Oct 24, 1938
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To Britain's Parliament the resourceful de Lesseps turns for help in building his canal. He hears conservative Lord Palmerston warn that the big ditch will endanger Britain's supremacy in India. But shrewd, farsighted Disraeli argues that the increase in maritime transportation will bring Britain greater wealth, increase the power of the Empire.
Digging the canal through blazing desert proceeds against terrific obstacles. Afraid of antagonizing England, Napoleon III halts operations. Disguised as Arabs, Turks dynamite the banks, destroying months of backbreaking labor. A screaming tornado whips across the desert, leaves death and havoc in its wake, nearly ends de Lesseps' great dream.