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- Here every thought of gloom vanished from her mind as at the touch of a magician, for before her stood the vast Temple of Serapis, founded, as it were, for eternity, on a substructure of rock and closely fitted masonry, the noblest building on earth of any dedicated to the gods. - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
- The Ohio River was not to be trifled with, and long before his masonry was ready we had relieved ourselves from all responsibility upon the bond by placing the superstructure on the banks awaiting the completion of the substructure which he was still building. - "Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie", Andrew Carnegie.
- Despite the apparent massiveness of the substructure, this soon made the whole so alarmingly insecure that it was pulled down. - "Cathedrals of Spain", John A. (John Allyne) Gade.