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By Johan Van Veen

During the career of the Netherlands the Germans made it most unlikely to hold out any upkeep paintings on our beaches or any sounding, soil investiga­ tion or current-measurement paintings off the co ast, within the estuary of the Scheldt or within the channels among the Frisian Islands. The paintings ofDr. Johan van Veen, then chief of this survey, accordingly got here to astandstill. He then got here to me and requested me to offer him a few activity, in order that he, an indefatigable employee, might proceed to have paintings, the simplest antidote opposed to the German poison, which affected purely completely unemployed males. I knew his love for the historical past of our conventional dealing with of the defence opposed to the water. An all-round learn had by no means been released, for in basic occasions a guy with complete wisdom of this sort of paintings can't make time for this type of learn, as water is our eternal enemy, which needs to be saved lower than continuous elose statement. From Dr. van Veen's publication will probably be elear that the Dutch demeanour of dredging, draining and reelaiming is a mixture of traditions inherited from our ancestors and utilized technology to deal with smooth calls for. this custom is in our blood. A extra intimate wisdom of it is going to, i'm hoping, provide a kcy to so me of the salient issues in our nationwide character.

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In it was a cat jumping from side to side, rocking the cradle in time with the waves, thus saving itse1f and the baby. The dike where the cradle with the cat and the baby ran ashore has since then been called 'Kinderdijk', which means 'the baby's dike'. This legend goes to explain that those who escaped drowning came ashore at the dike of Alblasserwaard and remained there. Those were the ancestors of the most famous tribe of water-fighters the world has known. There are not many Dutch hydraulic engineering firms whose founder did not originate from Alblasserwaard or from places immediate1y in front of it.

We took our coats and walking sticks and went towards the Manor which stood about 80 yards farther on, also on the top of the dike. Whereupon Si eu wert Meinerts said: 'You will be dead before you come to the Manor; the wooden beams are being blown from the pile so that you don 't know where to hide'. But we advanced at great peril creeping along the dike towards the Manor. The water had risen to the very top ofthe dike. 'And when we arrived there we found 20 refugees, men, women and children, all Dutch.

This was a process which the farmers disliked intensely. Some of the lakes were natural, most of them had been made by the people themselves when they wanted peat to burn in their houses, either for cooking of for heating. Every town had its own lake where the peat was dug, and those lakes grew in size not only because of the dredging of the black substance, but also because of the attacks of the waves on its shores. The larger the lake became the greater the attack ofthe waves. The big Haarlem lake, for instance, grew to such an extent that Amsterdam itself was threatened.

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