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house is a photograph dealer having all sizes of pictures representing
the bridge from every point. The proprietor with an eye to business
leads us up a winding stairway into the interior of the bridge
beneath the railway tracks into the passage used by pedestrians
(no place for carriage) and furnishes us with ^a^ little piece of
paper giving a description (in French) of its dimensions and con-
struction. Everything is light iron, except the floor over which
we are walking. We walk to the centre and look down,
we throw down some chips which the attendant has brought. Five
seconds to fall, by my watch. The piers are 260 ft high
to the under part of the bridge. The bridge is 1270 ft long.
At each end it rest on a series of low rollers which move in accordance
with the contraction or expansion of the iron- this amounts to a variation
of 60 centimeters, about 6 inches- Weight of iron six million pounds.
Cost $550,000. Contains 9,782,000 bolts, built in 1862.
20,000 cubic metres of maconry [sic]-
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Our ride of 2 1/2 hours was charming, thats just the word, and
must necessarily be often used in this beautifully cultivated country.
Fribourg is a conglomoration [sic] of old soulless dull red tile roofs, crooked streets
and small shops but its surrounding are unsurpassed. Wide
roads shaded with old trees, winding around and ^upon the terraced hights, green
and fruitfull, several hundred feet above the town, affording
such extended views over the valleys and to the mountains beyond,
rivalling Bern it its extent and variety- These old cities
have the advantage of American towns. Age has done for
them, in trees and shrubbery, what American money and ingenuity
cannot equal. And cheap labor keeps the roads more elegant than