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The Massena observer. (Massena, St. Lawrence County, N.Y.) 1897-1989, September 16, 1897, Image 1

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Eft fctn \Kl LOOK at the date on the label OP your paper,and Bee if your subscription is paid up to date. :^l YOLUME %X. RESUflE OR THE WORK * • '• • t the Origin of the Scjieine and the Sale to Stewart 6 Co.—The Letting of the Contracts and' the Beglntng «nd Progress of the Work.—A Re- . slime of the Undertaking up to the Present Time, with Map of Route and Illustration, of Power House.. > On account of the large addition to the subscription list of, the OBSERVER during the past few weeks, we have decided to give a brief resume of the work now in progress on the canal, for the benefit of those who have not been privileged to read our articles for the past eight months. At the earnest solicitation of many of our readers we also reproduce the picture of the gigantic power house which is to be erected at the mouth of the canal on the Grasse river one mile east of the village, also the route of the canal. * The stupendous project was first conceived in the mind of Henry H. Warren, of Massena. The original company consisted of Mr. Warren, Michael H. Flaherty, Charles A. Kel- logg, Charles R. Higgins and Alton Man. A valuable franchise was se- cured by an act of the legislature of 1896. Capital was interested and ,the original projectors, sold out their en- tire interest it was reported for $5f>,000. The present St. Lawrence Power Company was then formed with a capital of $6,000.- 000, which is held in nearly equal parts by Stewart & Co., of 40 Wall street, New York, and an English syndicate. The officers of tbe com- pany are William C. Lane, president; S. H Gardyne Stewart, vice presi- dent; Carlton H. Reeve, secretary; William C. Cox. treasurer. The company's representatives in New York are Seward, Guthrie & Steele; in London, Matheson & Co. John Bogart, ex-State Engineer and Sur- veyor, of New York, is the chief engineer, assisted by Messrs. Kin- caid. Waller & Manville, of London The surveys being completed and the country insured a strong finan cial policy by the election of William McKmley, the next step was the let- ting of the contracts for the excava- tions. But few have any idea of the extent of the work necessary in mak- ing these excavations. The length of the canal is three and one fourth miles, the depth to be 2p feet, below the fljater line, width on the bottom 187i feet with slop- ing sides making the width at water line 262£ feet. Seventeen steam shov- els, numberless graders, scrapers, shovels, wheelbarrows and dagos are to be employed when the \work is in full progress. Contracts for the work were then closed with the following parties: For excavation of canal, building of power house, intake and outlet con- struction,\ wfth the Lehigh Construc- tion Company, Limited, of South Bethlehem, Pa.; for fifteen 5,000- horse power turbines with the Stil- well-Bierce & Smith-Vaile Company, The freight depot being located two miles from the mouth of the canal it was necessary to haul the immense amount of machinery over this dis tance and hundreds of teams-have teen kept busy at this work., By August |C a sufficient amount had been placed in position and on that ' day nearly 3,000 people were on the of 6ayton, Ohio. The contract for fifteen 5,000-horse power electric gen- erators was awarded to the Westing house Electric Company, of Pitts- burg, Pa., and the supplies they will furnish will cost $1,000,000. ground to see actual work begin. With appropriate ceremony the first earth was thrown into the dump cars by Messrs. Warren and Man, assisted by Helen, daughter of H. O. Duerr, general manager of the Le- high Construction Company, after which the steam shovel was started. Since then three more shovels have been placed in position at various points on the route of the canal and are now working, with as many more nearly ready for operation. The work of excavating to within five feet of water level is let; to four sub-contractors. Messrs. Mandeville, Barry & Dunlevy begin at the St. Lawrence and have the north section of tbe river ridge. The south section of this ridge is in charge of E>iok Bros. The work on the Andrews ridge and also the power house site is being done by John W. Orellin. James Corbett, in connection with tbe Lehigh Construction Com- pany,, is to do the work on the two flats each side of the Andrews ridge. Midway on the line of the canal, the company has built for the accom- modation of the men and teams a small village which has. taken the name of the \white city.\ This name seems to be a pertinent one as the buildings are all unpainted and will be torn down when the work is done These buildings are heated by sjjgam and the line is lighted by electricity. Three gangs of laborers will be em- ployed and the work will go on with- out ceasing both day and night. The — >'\'a|ri!i MflSSENfl, ST. LftWRENCE COUIffc '»';>£/3' 3! iii i n..ffi»),1« j A ',!> i .'gj while here the turbines will bjepli on an inclined plane and dri^h horizontal flow, the portioj$|g shaft below the wheel beinj^i um. Each dynamo carrie$&i&il ring of steel which looks 'like0-J fly wheel. The central ^$f[ portion wfll not, however||p§| armature as in other dynamo*,? ^t»* After You have carefully read the \ads\ in this paper , you will be bettepposted on where to buy. $$6RK, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1897. NUMBER 43. m* will carry the field revolving ring with its ma| an extreme diameter of 16 feet width of 3 feet. The officii Lehigh Construction (fompfjj^grj now located at \Camp. Bogarfef the \white city,\ and every [\\ is running in perfect .•?#) The work is thoroughly By8tem$j and no person ventures any infBr |fah that is not in his direct line. Thousands of visitors inspect the each week, and to the many 8 questions quite trite answers ^sometimes given. ie question which everyone asks g4*'What is to be 1 done with the ijkevk Water power is running to 'jE^te all oyer the United States, and by be to the great expense of dig- ng this canal?\ Months before the franchise was -purchased from original promoters, geological irts were in town examining the :, ( They learned that a valuable estone formation underlies this Me section and th<*t it outcrops at eral points along the Racket and (Continuedon fourth page.) 11 THE BRASHER MYSTERY » (i Mrs. Pardon Bell is Found Dead In a Neighbor's Orchard-The Body in a Terrible State of Decomposition-Been Dead Four Days- The Neighbors Excited-Was There a Clurder?-The Coroner Investigating the Matter. At about 11 o'clock last Thursday night the dead and badly decompos- ed body of Mrs. Pardon Bell was found in the corner of Joseph Gray's orchard on Brasher Ridge. How she came there in the condition in Which she was found is a mystery not yet solved. Mrs. Bell lived with her husband on the Ridge, and their house is the next one to the west of that of Joseph Gray. Mr. Bell's family consisted of himself and wife, a weak-minded sister of his, a boy 14, a little girl 9, and there was at home on Monday a boy Winfred aged about 20, who is a deaf mute and who has been attending the deaf mute Institute at Malone, but was home en a vacation. The story of the disappearance as told by the family is as follows: * ts&5 5SSS^SS^»MS^S?%&>^ wvrwwvs^ l-'l l T i 'V-'i M J| ; ;£j $ i| •&?m. - v \\\'/*-.:=:\\\» S *A . •** r- v ' ,jr - z.v\i\z?\'<-\' G%> iM^= MILl+T'JiM *=fr-~ The Proposed Power Houfefxf'be Built by the St. Lawrence Power Co report has been circulated that work would be suspended during the win- ter months. No such thoughts have entered the minds of the contractors as Jack Frost would have to bustle to get ahead of the steam shovels and graders. A railroad is in proc- ess of construction the entire length' of the canal, while a complete sys- tem of waterworks ie in operation. Very good digging is found in the ground at tbe power bouse site and two steam shovels are plowing great holes in the yellow sand bank which rises sixty feet above the waters of the Grasse. Across the highway nearly one hundred teams are at work, with two wheel Scrapers, and mmense banks of earth are being piled up on either side of the canal. Two graders, with eight mules in front and four behind, take off the surface dirt to a depth of fifteen inch- es. These machines are curious in- deed. The earth is taken up in the same manner as by a common plow, made to turn an obtuse angle and carrier over an endless belt to a height sufficient to dump it into a wagon of ordinary height. One grader keeps a dozen or more teams busy. In this manner the excava- tions are to be made to within five feet of the water Jevel when the reg- ular work of the steam shovels is to begin. Long cantilever cranes are to be worked in connection with the shovels to transfer the dirt up and over the banks. These cranes are now being placed in position on the power house site. The soil along the entire route of the canal is an allu vial formation and no difficulty will be experienced by rocks or ledges. Stratas of clay have already been found in the sand near the Grasse river and if this is discovered in suf- ficient quantities it will be utilized in making brick. Some little difficulty has been experienced by one of the shovels in encountering quicksand, but otherwise everything is running in the smoothest possible style. The power house is to be 535 feet long by 116 wide and will be the largest structure of the kind in the world. It will rest upon the solid rock foundation which is found .on a level with the bottom of the Grasse river^ and will inclose the turbines and electric generators. The struc ture will rise to a height of 50 feet above the Grasse river and will have a crane traversing its whole length with-a lifting capacity of 85 tons. Each generator will weigh 350,000 pounds and have 180 revolutions per mhiufce and develop 5,000 horse pow- er. The volume of water being great- er and the fall less than at.Niagara the arrangement'of turbines and gen- erators will he different. At Niagara a vertical shaft, 140 feet, is in use STL AW/?; :•«• ?m- W€R • •:m root 5' H DOCQF O P B£fi/$0A/ m MS mUtet* crests $$Jf SCjRBORc \mHvtooa esx '^ . ' • •?j(«'ft i — ?!» L t& \ND*eto, i !w* W S&OANFMTH p\ 4Jt4«O0£w: frGRffW J.B/\NBI&W$\ % -GST WH PA DOC* MO «/L.Hyoe JF ,3$A0H {O/VUJcTl |y?,^ss/? iveir -/ Map Showing Canal Route and Lands Crossed. The canal takes a south-^^rfy course from the tnoufh of Dodge's creek to the Grasse river one mile below Massena village. ,!^n| canal will be a little over three miles long, will be 262 % feet wide at water level and the sides wii|j||ope so that it will be 187 feet wide on the bottom at a depth of 25 feet below the water line. Tfy||o5'a slight curve in the line so as to make the cut at nearly right angles to tha Andrews ridge,' If ^ |t resumes the straight line again. The curve is not shown here : $teS •\*i\ : >M Monday morning at seven o'clock Mr. Bell went to Brasher Falls to see about hiring a school teacher, leaving the rest of tbe family at home. Mrs. Bell sent the younger boy and the little girl up to Mrs. HUliard's, the ne^t neighbor on the west* to get a pail o£?'6$te&, $he deafboy went down the rc*d in the direct ton op>o»lto^ younger children \Thi* left the tw»? women at home. It is said that Mrs. Bell grew impatient waiting for the children to return with the apples, so taking a ajaptt she started toward Joseph Grjfor's orchard, down the road from the house. It seems that it was necessary in doing this for her to get over a stone wall, near is the line fence between the Gray and Bell farms, and this stone wall makes a right angle with another wall running up to the road. It was in the angle of these walls on Gray's side that the body wasrfound. Mr. Bell says he came home from Brasher Falls and found his wife gone, acd inquiry as to her where- abouts elicited no information other than she went after apples and had not come back. He thought; very little of this as she had been in the habit of going away for days at a time and not saying where she was going. The family relations were not as pleasant as they ought to have been, and the neighbors tell of pitch- ed battles between the husband and wife. One thing about this disap- pearance differing from former was the fact that she had always before . taken the little girl with her, but this time she left her at home. The other children except the little girl were step-children, she being Bell's second wife. Nothing was done until Thursday, when her brothers and the neighbors became suspicious and a search was instituted. Parties went to the different relatives about but none of them had seen her. Then a search of the premises began. This was Thursday evening. While Bell and Prosper Compo, her brother, were passing along the road toward Joseph Gray's near midnight they smelled a terrible odor, and following it up, just over the stone wall as be- fore mentioned they came upon her mangled and putrid body. The body was lying about two feet from the stone wall running along the road and six feet from the wall running at right-angles to the road. It was lying on the back, and the head turned toward the wall and wedged in between two stones, a stone weighing over fifty pounds lying on her left breast, another resting against her shoulder and other smaller stones scattered near. The wall had the appearance of hav- l(C&ntlnued on fourth page.) r mi V-, w-l #1 '4' ii m M •m Mm m •Mm m '•m / I 1 /. • %1 ,sm m«tz

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