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83 ton bell for

St. Stephen's Cathedral

The great bell of St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, will soon be ringing out over the city again. A huge mould is being prepared at a bell foundry near the city to hold the 83 tons of bronze which will give the bell, for which £5,000 has been collected, its clear tone, loud enough to be heard all over Vienna.

An attempt to cast the bell last autumn ended in disaster, when the mouldlitracked, letting the molten metal pour out.

The first bell, known as " Big Pummerin," was cast from the metal of the bronze cannons the Turkish invaders, left behind after being beaten back from Vienna's walls in 1693. But it was destroyed when the Cathedral was gutted by fire during the fighting of 1945.

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