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A strike broke out last week among the men at work on the Tour Eiffel. They demanded an advance m their wages of 20 centimes per hour. After a consulta. tation between a deputation of the men and M. Eiffel, the latter, offered ihe following coDditioaß:— (l) A general rise of 6 centimes per hour ; (2) A further rise of 5 centimes from the beginning of October to all hands proving themselves worthy; (3) The establishment of a canteen where both eatables, and drink shonld be retailed at prices 50 per cent cheaper than those charged by the wipeshops, etc, of the neighborhood. The delegates waited upon M. Eiffel and announced If hat they had recommended the acceptance of theadvanoe < ffered, but that they would not yet answer for the unanimons adherence of thei* comrades. After a> day's strike all.the mob resumed work at an advance of 5 cents yer hoar. A8 the tower rlseg, so will their earnings, and on the third platform being reaohod they will eaoh have a present of 100 franos. The tower has now attained a height of HO metres. After a numerous aesles of experiments made on a model three metres' high the definite coloring given to the Tour Eiffel has heen. definitely ohoeen. The oolo'r fijXod anon U r'ast or brlok-redj from which groat effects are expected. It is laid that lo the light of the. sotting son the vast fabrlQ will Jitaod oat as If glided from base to summit. Apropos of the tower, which, if completed, will certainly be the great attraction of next year's Exhibition, it is now ■s already mentioned, 140 metres high, and contains iron to the weight e{ over five thousand five hundred tons. Thci nnper 'portion, or tower proper, will QQntaln ahoat another thousand tona, bringing the entire weight of the fabric to blx thousand eight haudred tons. The rivets alone weigh three hqndred and fifty tons »t present, and. w,hen the structure^ Jq Will nomber two millions and a half, weighing four hundred and fifty tons. The ascent to the top, as already stated, will be made m two stages The first o^ge, wJU be reached by a lift, worked by a piston on a ate»men.gine o$ one hundred horsepower. Toe aspent *p the top will he effects d by a, syotem of two cages of equal weight, worked by feydr«aUo power. One party will go ap and Another downslmaltaneensly. Ie Is Intended that the lift shall be cspable of railing one hundred periooi «t 9R«ti

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THE EIFFEL TOWER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1995, 23 November 1888

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THE EIFFEL TOWER Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1995, 23 November 1888