With the men who do things by Alexander Russell BondWith the men who do things by Alexander Russell Bond

With the men who do things

byAlexander Russell Bond

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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. 1913. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. SPINNING A WEB ACROSS THE RIVER. "I Suppose what you are most anxious to see is how the cables are strung," said Mr. Blanchard, as he walked out of his office toward the bridge, after we had presented our letter of introduction. "But what's the use of cables unless you have something to tie them to, eh?" "You mean the towers," I ventured. "Oh, no, they couldn't begin to stand up against the pull of those cables. We just put in the towers to raise the bridge high enough above the river--something after the fashion of the clothes-poles with which a washerwoman props up her clothes-line. Why, you have no idea what a strong pull there is on the bridge cables. We have to build great masses of stonework, and embed in the masonry enormous steel bars linked together like giant chains, to which the cables are fastened. The anchorages of this bridge are each as long as a city block (225 feet), and 175 feet wide, and when they are finished, they will be built up as high as an eight-story building." With this impressive introduction, Mr. Blanchard led the way up to the anchorage, and let us see for ourselves the huge chain of eye-bars. They were stringing the cables in separate strands, and each strand was fastened to a separate pair of eye-bars. As Mr. Blanchard was anxious to inspect the work at the other end of the bridge, he did not stop to explain this just then, but started with us up one of the temporary foot-bridges that ran up, under each cable, to the nearer tower. It was quite a climb, particularly as we neared the top, where the slant of the footwalk was very steep. The towers, reaching up to a height of 350 feet above the water, had looked very slender from a distance, and hardly strong enough to sustain the weight of a heavy double-deck bri...
Title:With the men who do thingsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:68 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.14 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217654215

ISBN - 13:9780217654210

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