CATASTROPHE: Second Greatest

"I looked up." said one witness, "and I saw what looked like a burning log hurtling through the air. It landed on the roof of the building and bounded to the street. It was a man."

Other New Yorkers who happened to be near the East River at 135th St. one morning last week told of seeing the 44-year-old excursion steamer Observation push off from her pier with the usual cargo of workmen going to their jobs on a new-penitentiary on an island in the river. Next instant, deafened by a water-boiling explosion,...

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