National Affairs: Sewer Rat

Early one cold morning last week in Albany, N. Y. three employes of the Street Department rushed to Warren & Philip Streets to hunt a leak in the city's trunkline sewer. Expertly they flipped off the manhole lid. Ten feet below, icy black water, full of awful things, surged on to the Hudson. Once this sewer had been an open creek. When it was enclosed 35 years ago, engineers, according to the custom of the times, gave it great girth for a full current.

First to descend the steel ladder to make his inspection was...

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