An Old Water Pipe.
While the workmen of Contractor Crimmins were digging the excavations for the Third avenue cable in Park row, New York, north of Frankfort street, about five feet below the surface, they found a log twelve inches in diameter. Its surface was much decayed but the heart of the wood was sound. When the log was raised it was found that the centre had been bored out and that it was really a very thick four-inch pipe. Superintendent Norton said it was one of the old water pipes laid when the century was young by the Manhattan Company. ** I have found these pipes all over the city below Duane street,” Mr. Norton said, “ but most of them are gone now. We have found a number of them in the course of this work. In front of The Staats Zeitung building we struck an old water gate some time ago. It was made by sawing the pipe half way through at the top and inserting a piece of sheet iron curved at the bottom so as to fit the lower half of the pipe. This was pushed down with a handle from the surface and cut off the flow effectually. We have at least a cartload of these old pipes in the yard at Allen and Division streets. The wood of which they are made seems to be Norway pine. Mr. Crimmins has had canes made of some of them as mementos for his friends.”
Major R. P. Tomassek, assistant engineer in charge of that part of the work, said the excavations had brought to light proof of a line of pipes running down in front of Tryon row to Park row, with a branch which ended abruptly near the Bridge entrance. There was another line running from Tryon row through Park row toward Broadway.