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Originally appearing in Volume V27, Page 216 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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TRAVE, a river of north Germany, rising in the Oldenburg principality of Lubeck, between Eutin and Ahrensbock. Flowing at first southwards through small lakes and marshes, it then turns west and, confined within flat and sandy banks, enters the Prussian province of Schleswig-Holstein. It now bends due south to Oldesloe, from which point it is navigable. Hence it takes an easterly course, and, entering the territory of the free city of Lubeck, receives from the right the Stecknitz, through which and the Stecknitz canal built by the merchantsof Lubeck in 1398) a direct water communication is maintained with the Elbe, and passing the city of Lubeck discharges itself into the Baltic at the port of Travemunde after a course of 58 m. Its lower course from Lubeck to the sea has been dredged to a depth of 25 ft., permitting sea-going vessels to lie alongside the wharves and quays. TRAVELLER'S TREE, a remarkable tree, native of Madagascar and Reunion, with a straight stem reaching 30 ft. in height and bearing at the top a number of large long-stalked leaves which spread vertically like a fan. The leaf has a large sheath at the base in which water collects in such quantity as to yield a copious draught--hence the popular name. The plant is known botanically as Rarenala Madagascariensis and belongs to the same family as the banana (Musaceae).
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