A Vanished Water Supply

A Vanished Water Supply

On August 27 water was turned into the new municipal reservoir at Chambersburg, Pa. After 1,000,000 gallons or so had flowed in from South Mountain, the whole body of water suddenly and mysteriously disappeared. The question arose where and how had this disappearance been effected. The water certainly had been turned in; who, then had turned it out? Assuredly it had not been consumed. It was equally certain it had not been stolen. There was no stock exchange in the city where the water could be employed, according to the accustomed Wall Street method. Whatever the cause it seemed as if the new waterworks system, of which the reservoir is a part, was likely to be as dry as any prohibition outside of Maine—at one time reported to be the dry state in the Union. After excitement had ruled, it was determined to investigate the matter. On examination it was discovered that there was a large hole in the bottom of the reservoir and to the discomfiture of those who had planned, those who had built and those who had paid for it, the further discovery was made that the reservoir had been constructed over a large and hitherto unknown cave!

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