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Leaning Tower of Pisa has crashed to the ground... The Mexican War...

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August 14, 1847

THE DAILY UNION, City of Washington, Aug. 14, 1847 

* Leaning Tower of Pisa has fallen ?
* Mexican-American War

Inside has content on the Mexican War with the top of pg. 3 headed: "Army And Navy Intelligence" with many subheads (see). Also on pg. 2: "From Vera Cruz" and "Still Later from Vera Cruz". Also of interest is a pg. 2 article: "Fall of the Leaning Tower of Pisa" which is a fascinating letter from: "...an intelligent friend...now traveling...". The report notes in part: "The building to which the extracts refer was called the Campanile...a gothic edifice at Pisa & was known to most Europeans as the 'Leaning Tower of Pisa.' It was finished in 1174...I was fortunate enough to be in Pisa during the earthquake...As I was an eye-witness, I hasten to communicate the description...about 7 o'clock in the morning...was suddenly awakened by shouts...The Campanile, or Leaning Tower...has now become, I may say, almost a total ruin, having fallen to the southward...The centre is a completely mutilated ruin...The marble pillars...were very much shattered..." and even more (see). Obviously a hoax.
Four pages, very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War