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THE ACCIDENT.

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Monday morning an examination was made at the boat house by Messrs. Sexton and Perklns. It seems that the theory of the accident offered in Monday's HERALD-CRIMSON was a mistaken one, and more complete investigation shows that the structure was more insecure than the first account would indicate. The pile on which the structure rested had slipped from its original upright position and had gradually acquired a slant of some twenty degrees some time since. A knotch was cut in the side of the pile about three inches deep and in this an upright brace was fixed upon which the sleeper running back into the boat house rested. This sleeper did not extend as far out as the pile, but was mortised into the tranverse beam extending along the front of the platform which supported the lower platform and the pillar running up the upper platform. This pillar, however, patched as it was, did not rest entirely on the transverse or facing beam, but partially on the sleeper running back into the boat house. The weight of the upper balcony crushed the face beam and this left all the weight to be supported on the sleeper above mentioned, which as we have said was supported on a brace running up from the pile. This strain bearing upon the brace caused it to force the pile out from its position and allowed the whole structure to fall. One of the men at the boat house dug down into the soft mud with his hands along the pile until he reached a more solid foundation into which the pile was driven but little more than three inches.

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