The World NY NY 17 July 1897 page 2 column 7 Timoney Dam

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The World NY NY 17 July 1897 page 2 column 7
Timoney Dam  - Residents of Fishkill and Mat'• Mat'• teawan...
Residents of Fishkill and Mat'• Mat'• teawan Anxiously Watch Beacon Dam. MASONRY SAID TO BE WEAKENED. a he Is Shnnld It Durst, Ilolli Towns Might ; Jle Swept Away—IiivcMtijUTHtiiig; I the Timoney Dl.santi.-r. • : I High up on North Beacon Mountain, that towers above .the villages of Mat- teawan and Fishkill, is the big auxiliary reservoir f of the Matteawan and Fishkill Fishkill Water Company. It Is known locally locally as the "Beacon dam" because the company In making the reservoir utilized a natural depression on the mountain top and simply built a wall of masonry iicross the course of a small brook that drained it. The Beacon dam Is a source of great by anxiety these days to the residents of . the two villages in the valley below. Every since tho Melzingah dams gave way Wednesday and brought death and disaster on the little hamlet at Tim- onoy's hardly an hour passses but anxious eyes are turned towards the mountain, in fear of a flood. There Is no reason for alarm if the officials of tho water company are to be believed, but the people of the villages are taking no chances. There have been rumors that the dam is leaking and unsafe. On Wednesday a self-appointed committee committee climbed up to the dam and returned returned with the news that small sprays of water were spouting through the masonry masonry in several places and that Gordon, Gordon, the superintendent, was trying to stop the leaks with wooden wedges. That night several villagers stood guard until morning ready to give a timely ilarm. Since then fear of immediate danger has been allayed, but tho villagers will not feel safe until something is done o strengthen the Beacon dam, which ittle more than a narrow wall of ma *onry without buttresses or a suppor ng "apron" on the western side. If it should break, between fifteen an eighteen million gallons of water wou je hurled down the narrow bed of Flsl kill Brook and sweep through tho thick! settled portions of Fishkill and Mattea wan. It was learned yesterday that Mr: _. „ y _.__ Ann Ferry, who died in the Timonej /:lle Hood with her child was to hav )een married this fall to Charles Demp ey who is employed in the brickyards Dempsey by chance slept on the night o he flood in tho Timoney House on th ill instead of In his usual place in th •oat. which was moored In the rive irectly In the path of the torrent. A strange coincidence marked th eaths of Mrs. Ferry and Mrs. Conroy oth were living In Johnstown, Pa vhen the great flood from a broken uar wept down the Conemaugh Vailc rownlng thousands. The husbands o oth perished In the flood, while they es aped unscathed. Then separately hot ame to the insignificant little settlemen t Timoney's only to perish together I le comparatively small torrent llbei ted by the bursting of the Melzlnga. am. The bodies of the Conroy children wer ound yesterday afternoon in the rive nearly a mile below Timoneyville. Th} completes the list of the missing, wit the exception of John Heinrlch, who, i is believed, was also swept Into the rivei Coroner Bevler and his jury of four teen visited the bursted dam yesterday The party was accompanied by District Attorney Georpre Wood and Benjami Brcvoort, an expert engineer. Mr. Bre voort g-ave It as his opinion that the dis aster was caused by the dirt filling anc. the insufficient overflow. Engineer John Robertson, who had already expressec the same opinion, said last night: "The masonry of. the dams was con structed of cobblestones and cemen which could not stand alone. To suppor this an embankment of earth was bull on either side. The insufficient overflow caused this embankment to be washec away." The Coroner's Inquest has been ad journed until Tuesday. WHISKEY FOR SNAKE-BITTEN DOG. of s;te Is up the of A yesterday. In arm the front yesterday the off No. by tour bo his slclan the detective here -on, was s n The

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