NEW YORK: Only a Brontide

Dishes rattled, plaster cracked, pictures fell from the walls. At the first ominous rumble one morning last week, residents of Niagara Falls swept to a panicky conclusion: something drastic had happened to the city's most precious scenic attraction.

News wires soon burned with the flash that a giant rockfall had plunged from the brink of the American Falls. Buffalo hastily reported that the shock had registered on the seismograph of Canisius College. An engineer of the Niagara park commission estimated the break to be 125 feet across and 30 feet deep, added that his view had been partly obscured by...

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