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1839 Journal of the Franklin Institute  
rl cable feet of gas, by which 61,~OS private lamps, and 7~68 public or street lamps, were lighted in the metropolis. Besides these public companies, there were likewise several private ones. Vr.Ure,sDl~.oi&rta. ib!d.: ,Safety of Bonds, Bill~, ~c. A large banking-house, which has recently been finished in the first style of architecture, consequent upon the improvements in the city, had an immense pit or well dug many feet below the surface, and made water-proof! by substantial brickwork. The
more » ... al brickwork. The mouth of the pit opens in the floor of the bank parlour, but, during the hours of business, is effectually covered by the oaken floor. At the close of tim day, and in the presence of the respon. sible parties, the bank books, bonds, bills, notes, security and specie, en' closed in proper receptacles, are placed on the trap over tire orifice of the well~ and, by the aid oi ingeniously contrived machinery, the property is lowered to the bottom, a depth of about 40 feet, the trap.door is secured, and at the opening of the bank in the morning, the property is again raised to suit the purposes of the day. Lo~d. Morn. Chron. Arch, Mug.
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