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The Daily Dispatch: February 21, 1861., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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The river continued to rise rapidly, the ice moving in immense blocks, and carrying away two small bridges above Hoosick Falls.--About 4 o'clock the timbers of these bridges, with large quantities of ice, came down like an avalanche, striking the large bridge which connects Hoosick Falls with the manufacturing establishments. At the time there were several persons on the bridge, attempting to save the structure by pushing off the masses of ice from the abutments. Walter A. Wood and J. Russell Parsons, with their ladies, were just driving off one end of the bridge as the other gave way. About one-quarter of the structure fell, some six or seven persons going down with it. Five of them were soon rescued; but Mr. Horatio Hull, a gentleman some fifty years of age, could not be reached, and he passed rapidly down the river, piteously calling for help as he was borne along by the rapid current. Some two miles down at Hoosick junction, he was observed by Engineer Norcroff, from the Troy