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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Tues., June 5, 1849

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The Canal Break at Geddes

The Canal break at Geddes, which has impeded canal navigation since Wednesday last, was nearly completed last night and the water will be let in this morning. Since Thursday night a large body of men have been employed day and night in repairing the break; but owing to several "strikes" among the Irish laborers, and numerous rains, the completion of the work has been delayed.

The resident Engineer, J. Barns, Esq., has done everything in his power to hasten the completion of the job. From 100 to 150 men have been constantly employed, not excepting nights and Sunday.

The number of boats delayed by the mishap has been very large. In either direction of the break, the canal has been lined with canal craft of all descriptions.

The break occurred at an embankment, the water washing down the bank some 20 feet below the surface of the towpath. It will readily be perceived that a break of this nature, extending some 300 feet, requires all the time ad labor for its repair which has been consumed.

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Syracuse Daily Star (Syracuse, NY), Tues., June 5, 1849