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canals

Linear markings on Mars that are now known to be illusory. They were first reported in 1877 by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli, who described them as ‘canali’ (channels). The mistranslation ‘canals’ gained popular currency, and the markings were later charted by many observers, most notably by the US astronomer Percival Lowell, who advocated that they were irrigation ditches dug by Martians to distribute their planet's scarce water resources. Mariner and Viking spacecraft observations showed that the canals do not exist.
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From the palace to the gloomy prison is but a step--one might almost jump across the narrow canal that intervenes.
Them canal boats is what you may call the wooden walls of England.
One was the British consul at Suez, who, despite the prophecies of the English Government, and the unfavourable predictions of Stephenson, was in the habit of seeing, from his office window, English ships daily passing to and fro on the great canal, by which the old roundabout route from England to India by the Cape of Good Hope was abridged by at least a half.
I was, as the French say, biting my fists with impatience for that cargo frozen up-country; with rage at that canal set fast, at the wintry and deserted aspect of all those ships that seemed to decay in grim depression for want of the open water.
Besides, you are interested, I know, in International Canal schemes.
They tied a policeman and the bear back to back and put the bear into the Moyka Canal.
When the one chair in the room was at its usual place before the table, the canal was unnavigable.
The outside of the building, with its fine Palladian front looking on the canal, was wisely left unaltered.
Well, I have half a mind to upset you in the canal.
It had welded into one compact political mass the whole of North America from the Panama Canal to the Arctic Ocean.
Tom had almost recovered his little namesake, when the branch on which it was perched, and that hung over a canal, broke, and the poor lad plumped over head and ears into the water.
I walked to and fro in that city, so beloved of her citizens; I went from the Rialto Bridge, along the Grand Canal, and from the Riva degli Schiavoni to the Lido, returning to St.