National Affairs: Moffat Tunnel

"Dynamite is as harmless as a lead pencil if you know how to handle it," said one Thomas Morris of East Portal, Col., as he stuffed a few unimpressive-looking sticks into the groins of James Peak. Next day, in the White House, President Coolidge approached a golden telegraph key, applied thereto his right forefinger. The stimulus of a spark danced across the continent. A few feet of granite were blasted out of their native bed and James Peak had a hole completely through its middle. Outside the hole, safely away from flying...

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