IRISH FREE STATE: Sluice Day

At Limerick, where the River Shannon flows under O'Brien's Bridge. President William T. Cosgrave of the Irish Free State last week opened a sluice. The Bishop of Killaloe was there to bless the sluice, to murmur a Latin benediction. Soon muddy Shannon water was gurgling slowly into Ireland's biggest ditch, a huge canal-reservoir six miles long, deep enough to engulf a four-story home.

President and Bishop took care that the Shannon did not gurgle in too fast, did not erode and spoil the sides of the $20,000,000 ditch. All in good time it...

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