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The joke baß been exploded btillborn, as to the Eiffel Tower leaning to one siie, like Pisa's, or the handle of a iug. It has four sideß to incline to, and such it does admirably, from base upw-rda. The legends connected with the undei taking vanish as it tapers to a close . The to *er will be most graceful, elegant m its symmetry, the cbief oreameut of the Champ de Mars, and a true monometallic symbol of our Iron Age From an offioial j statement) the Btaitha will be m a position to band over their handiwork by the close of February to tha painters and decorators Quakey grey is f aid to be the color decided upon. In April the restaurauteurs will fit up their establishment m mid air There will be five of them, to represent the five parts of the world, and more than 1000 Alpine appetites oan be ministered to simultaneously. The dome on the top of the tower w.ll be called "Excelsior." An eccentric was •nested a few days ago, and handed over to his friends to be looked after. Bia Infatuation is to be able to have it related he was the first wbo threw himself off the •ammlt of the tower. The smiths and carpenters, who work m nubibus, are paid If per hour. They are psov.ded with large fur c»ps, whtoh turn down over reck smd ears. They refused the Bryan O'Lfun or Bulgarian costume, m sheep's akl&s, but accepted double vests and knitted wool, and, above all, thick soled *hoei. The carpenters, not tie smiths, are most exposed to dacger. The former Jiave to ran up the soeffoldlng m advance of the iron work, and construct the life tailings. £ivery morsel of iron work is Jitted together In advance at the Eiffel foundry, outside Paris ; then numbered «nd placed m position, like tbe prepared iriooks of stone m mansion ereotlans, by a •rlndlae*. whioh is as accommodating as the conscience of a politician. The Aaohine holds beams of iron three tons weight m its Valean jaws as a dog would Its master's cane. The smiths have only Jto drive In the matrimonial bolts and rtrjke them home like Britons. Bach anecfwnlo has thus a pot cm feu at his side* te Impart the Bbadraoh and 00. 4empent«ce to the rivets. A portable fnrnaoe Is not to be despised, when the thermometer, as^ present, varies from one to eleven-^flees below aero. The tower wlllreprSsM • mass of iron weighIn* 7§oo tons ; its- top ooat of paint will augment the total by 24 tons- The Tubal Calnites have to mount 980 steps dally to arrive at their work, but avtw that ** stoh a gettin' downstair " Is the morb fatiguing. A small boy sleeps 00 the summit all night to keep the furnaces, tbe Testa! fires, alive. It is related be h?s not visited his mother earth for six weeks. On the second' storey the workmen have oil the comforts of a home. M. Eiffel h«s set op there a free breakfast and a free dinner table— food being 50 per cent cheaper In the heavens than here below. Contrary to the latter position, where a man is assumed to want '' but little " his appetite is Gargantuan when a resident m mid air. The ancient Swiss, who, too, iflsrelt on piles, were remarkable for tbelr tarif appetites, if geology is to be credited. A hint for those wbo may intend wending iothe awnrolt of the Eiffel Tower— the test preparation is a course of bicycling.

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THE EIFFEL TOWER, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2086, 13 March 1889

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THE EIFFEL TOWER Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2086, 13 March 1889