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Ingram, Orrin Henry, 1830-1918 / Autobiography, Orrin Henry Ingram : May, 1830--December, 1912

Selling the city bonds,   pp. 60-65 PDF (1.2 MB)

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one else, and passed along. He had worked for us a number of
years at the mill and felt an interest in the work because I was
in charge of it. When I got down to where they were placing
that timber (a third or more of it was down), I saw a place on
the rock where the timber did not seem to be drawn tight to the
rock, and I knew that with such a bolt as we had, with a wedge
in it, and a head on the bolt, if driven down properly, it would
draw the timber close to the rock; so I got down on my knees
and got a sliver that had been hewed from the timber and
reached under it, opposite the bolt, and found there was no bolt
there, but that only the head of the bolt was there. Part of
the way the timber was not drawn close to the rock. I went
along and tried another place where it was not drawn down,
and found no bolt. By that time the foreman came along
where I was and asked if there was anything the matter. I
answered yes, and said, "You take this little sliver and reach
under the timber there and see if you can find that bolt." He
went through the performance, but I was convinced that he
knew the condition of things without using the sliver. He be-
gan to curse and swear, and declared that some of the men
had been doing that to injure him. They had cut the bolt
off about ten or eleven inches long, up-set the head, and driven
it into the timber, and it hadn't got through which compelled
the removal of enough of the timbers so we could prove by
driving a wedge between the timber and the rock whether the
bolt was long enough to do any good. Had that not been dis-
covered, some of the timbers would have been thrown out by
the under-tow of the water poiuring over the dam and perhaps
caused the undermining of the dam. It goes without saying that
Johnson and Buffington felt pretty cheap when they were told
what I had discovered, which had been done without their

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