t. It was eight feet in length and over one hundred and fifty feet in the air, on the Methodist church on Salem street. The tall tower of this (its third house of worship) was rectangular, sixteen by twenty-two feet, and its slated spire (surmounting an open belfry), a wedge six feet in width at the top. It was the architect's design to have the iron spindle, on which the vane swung, at the front end of this ridge, but the builders suited their own convenience, placing it in the middle.
In 1885 the vane became damaged, the butt of the log slanted downward and appeared likely to fall.
To add to the danger, several slates near the apex had become loosened and hung by one nail in an angular position, one directly over the side entrance door.
Being one of the committee on repairs who could find none willing to undertake the job, the writer, with no previous experience as steeplejack, undertook its removal and repair himself.
Building a scaffolding of two tiers on all sides, on timber