Chicago Crib Explosion.

Issue 4 and Volume 45.

Chicago Crib Explosion. On January 20 an explosion, followed by fire, wrecked the wooden crib of the submarine tunnel for the Chicago waterworks, located a mile and a half from shore of lake Michigan. About sixty men were blown to pieces, burned to death or drowned in the icy waters of the lake, and nearly a score more may die from their injuries. The men were engaged in boring a tunnel 150 ft. under the lake to connect with a land tunnel, through which additional water is to be supplied to the southern part of the city. A shaft had been sunk in the lake, and the tunnel, which has been two years under construction, was well on its way to shore. Surmounting the shaft was a 2-story frame structure called a “crib,” in which were the machinery and materials used in the work, and in which have been housed,…

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