During some months young Garfield served as bowsman, deck-hand and driver of a canal boat.
Four-story buildings had been built to the ceiling, flanking a narrow pathway and canal of water, siphoned from the Mississippi.
Lateral canal of Loire 137
He showed, while making the Suez Canal, what a gift he possessed for levying the pacific armies he conducted.
To the placing in quarantine of the vessel which took him to Egypt is due the origin of his great conception of a canal across the isthmus of Suez.