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The strength of steam.

--Gunpowder is a terrible thing in its way, but a recent explosion of a steam botter at Macon, Ga., so far outdoes it that we think steam should immediately be conscripted and put into the army. The Telegraph says:

‘ The boiler was located out of doors on an angle formed by the main building and a wing used for a machine shop, facing towards the latter. Both the buildings were of stone. The boiler was thirty-three feet long, and weighed, when empty, 7,000 pounds or more. In the rear of the boiler about fifty feet was a fence, a long wood-pite, and the combined tracks of the Macon and Western and Southwestern Railroad, upon a wide embankment about four feet high, and covered with a network of heavy T. ralls, for convenience of switching. The force of the explosion seemed to concentrate itself upon the ends of the boiler. The front was blown off and through the wal's of the machine shop, and the vapor and boiler head together forced an aperture through both walls of more than twenty feet in diameter. The boiler itself was lifted from its bed, and driven with tremendous force through the fence and wood pile, through the top of the embankment, scattering the heavy rails, some of them, a distance of sixty feet or more, imbedding a cross us in the fine of the boiler, the most of which was torn out, and at last landing the boiler in exact line from its starting point a distance of a hundred yards. But for the obstruction presented by the railroad track and embankment, which it scooped out, the boiler would probably have been driven through some houses just beyond, and even across Fourth street, probably damaging houses on the other side.

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