What I Saw in London, or Men and Things in the Great Metropolis

What I Saw in London, or Men and Things in the Great Metropolis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...took place. The 1st of January, 1827, 350 feet of the Tunnel were completed, but as depressions in the bottom of the river were discovered bags of clay were thrown in to fill it up to the usual level. In May, a great irruption took place while all the workmen were at their posts. The water came pouring in, in volumes upon Aem, and they ran for their lives. Some were knocked down, while others were choking with water. One of the assistant engineers says: " The wave rolled onward and onward. The men retreated and I followed. Then I met Isamburt Brunei. We turned round: the effect was splendid beyond description. The water as it rose became more and more vivid--as we reached the staircase, a crash was heard, and then a rush of air extinguished all the lights I looked up and saw the staircase crowded--below, and beheld the overwhelming wave. Dreading the reaction of this wave upon our staircase, I exclaimed, ' The staircase will blowup!' Mr. Brunei ordered the men to get up with all expedition, and our feet were scarcely off the bottom stairs, when the first flight, which we had just left, was swept away The roll was immediately called--not one absent!" It took a long time to fill up this chasm with clay, and go to work again at the Tunnel, but the genius of Brunei would not rest. It is said that the workmen became accustomed to expect death at any instant, and that one night at dead midnight, while a son of Mr. Brunei was overseeing the workmen, he heard a cry of " The water! The water!" and hurrying to the place of danger, found the poor exhausted laborers fast asleep in the " shield"--one of them had cried out in his dreams! In 1828, another irruption took place, and this one was fatal to many lives. A son of Mr. Brunei was at the time in the...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 186g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236679288
  • 9781236679284