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One of the most interesting items -of intelligence by the San Francisco mail is that in regard to the." famous Tay Bridge, the terrible collapse of which,'bn the 28th December, horrified the whole civilised world. It is now proved in evidence that the wonderful bridge, in appearance a triumph of engineering and mechanical skill, was really a sham, a delusion, and a snareā€”a gigantic death-trap, and that so far from its being at all, surprising that the bridge gave way when it did, the only wonder is that it did not go long.before. It is proved that one of - the immense columns which supported the high girders was actually cracked from top to bottom, and held together by four iron hoops ; that there were' flaws in the castings ; ; defects in the iron filled with putty and painted over ; that some of the hollow iron piers were filled with loose sand instead of solid concrete; that there were rivets without heads, nuts unscrewed, empty bolt-holes, loose bars, &c. There must Have been scandalous rascality somewhere, andic will be a national disgrace if the whole affair be not thoroughly exposed and the guilty persons visited with condign punishment. . ,

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EXTRAORDINARY REVELATIONS ABOUT THE TAY BRIDGE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 88, 17 April 1880

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EXTRAORDINARY REVELATIONS ABOUT THE TAY BRIDGE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 88, 17 April 1880

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