THE WASHINGTON AQUEDUCT JOB.
Some interesting testimony was given this week at Washington before the military court of investigation into the aqueduct tunnel job. Frank Thompson, a bricklayer on the tunnel, testified that the bickwork was good, but that the packing behind the brick arch was frequently very poor. He said that incompetent men were employed, and were hurried so by the sub-contractors that it was impossible that the work could be good. The conspiracy was thoroughly organized, and its object was to deceive the government inspectors. The workmen always knew when the chief inspectors were coming, and it was easy for them to deceive the inspectors. A great deal of bad work was done at night, when nobody but the sub-inspectors were ever around. One morning an inspector examined some work done the night before and discovered a hole in it big enough to drive a government wagon into. It took three days to pack this cavity.
Civil Engineer George H. Coryell, who was at one time employed on the work, testified that the masonry lining was, in his opinion, too weak to withstand the pressure that would be put upon it. He condemned the whole scheme for the work, and declared that the tunnel was nothing more than an expensive hole.