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1845 'Narrow Escape.— On Tuesday night, at Messrs. Edelsten and Price’s pin and wire mills, a few minutes after the men had left their work, a cast iron pillar in one of the rooms gave way, and there being at the time large quantity of iron wire in an unfinished state, it caused the next pillar to give way, which brought that part of the floor in, with several tons of iron wire. Had it occurred half hour earlier, Mr. Edelsten, one of the partners, his son, and twelve workmen, must have been instantly killed. It is expected the stoppage of their works, to make the damage good, will not be very long.'