THE DYNAMITE GUN
The Amorioan experiments with a dynamite gun, of which our New York correspondent telegraphs an account, will not make pleasant reading for those jvho happen to fuel a want of cordiality m their relations with the United States. The discovery that dynamite may be safely discharged from an air tubealready described m some detail m these columns — has now been carried a step further. The inventor haa shown that it oan be discharged m tbe enormous volume of the explosives of modern warfare. On the first occasion, he succeeded m firing a small portion of dynamite from a pneumatic tube. He has now proved that as much as 5001 be of it can be sent through the air from a 15 inch pneumatic gnfi, with consequences which it is considered must be absolutely destructive to any vessel within a radius of a huudted feet of the point at whloh It exploded, At this rate tbe lOOton gun may soon become the Brown Bess of heavy ordnance. Tbe two shells fired on Saturday were not remarkable for acouraoy ot flight, but their explosive foroe left nothing to be desired. They were fired from Fort Lafayette seawards, and they raised mountains of water as they burst beneath the surface. The description of their effeots recalls the memorable account of the blowing up of Hell Gate In the same harbour, some few years ago; There Is a wide margin for marksmen's errors m a radius of 100 feet. Mere aocuraoy of aim o&n be but a question of detail, now tbat the possibility of handling immense masses of this terrible explosive with safety to the operator has been satisfactorily proved. Thero will henceforth be jnore reason than ever for Lord Wolaaley's assertion that many of the finest fortresses m the world have been rendered obsolete by the Improvements m gunnery made within the past twenty years. With dynamite project ilea on one side of the ocean, and me'ilnlte on the other, mere saltpetre will soon lose all its reputation for villalnouiueos. For this oountry there oan be no additional comfort In the reflection that the dynamite gun Is to be mounted on a new dynamite orulser, and tbat both originate among a people whose inventions of tbe Monitor and the Merrimao revolutionised the navies of the world.—" D*lly News."
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