This is a facsimile of the 1894 book "A General Report Upon the Initiation and Construction of the Tunnel Under The East River, New York, to the President and Directors of the East River Gas Company." by Charles M. Jacobs.

Readers should note that as a document over 100 years old, as well as being a technical document, the grammar and phraseology may appear unusual and stilted to modern readers. Yet educated people actually did write (and talk) like that in those days.

Typography conventions of the time have semicolons set off from the preceding word by a space. I have maintained that convention for this web presentation.

I have preserved the page breaks of the original document, even when they were in the middle of sentences. While this may appear awkward when you first view the text, it allows discussion such as "the next to last sentence of page 20" to mean the same thing to both viewers of this web presentation as well as to people reading the original book (or photocopies).

Click here to view the book.

Also available is a PDF of the original book, in two forms:

  • With the two photographs included - 21.3MB PDF file
  • Without the two photographs - 3.0MB PDF file

Editor's Note: Works published in the United States prior to 1923 are (as of this writing) now in the public domain. The markup, layout, and presentation of this electronic version is Copyright 1998-2003 Teresa M. Kennedy. Permission is granted to download and store copies of this work for personal use only. For more information about the U.S. Copyright Law, visit the U.S.Copyright Office.