Lead: Malaria and yellow fever were rampant. Workers were deserting in droves. It was the summer of 1905 and Teddy Roosevelt was scrambling to save the Panama Canal.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: With no one to lead one of the nation's most challenging engineering feats, President Roosevelt turned to an unlikely advisor, railroad magnate and fervent Democrat James J. Hill. Hill suggested John Frank Stevens, a man largely responsible for the success of the Northern Pacific Railway.

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