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An Ancient Cannon.

Before the' days of Armstrong guns, arid-' when the; performance- of Krupp. were not > dreAmed, ; of,, ,the Bcejapur gun (says the " Englishman's Overland Mail,"----"of Calcutta), ,was,;» wonder^ oftgpy talked abo.ut. ißijb t^veni thejaitt wm out of date and out of .use. Far back in the 16th t centiiry^tjus monster^had^ grrtlfied the ' vanity l j&ni ; furnjsh^d -„ tbsj> pqigii of s Mahoramadan king verj^.^ch^^e big gun of Magdnli tickled and blinded King Theodore. The traditions and' facts relating, t^j this; fiurioußi piece of ordnance are preserved m an article on Betijapurin the last number of the "Calcutta Review." Under the name of " Malik-i-Maidan," or ft Lord f pf; the Plajn,£ jtfofc ,<ipß,wieldly cannon liee.amongthp gram M^.,weedß o' the ruined ramparfo of what Was'once the greatest cily of Western,^ India,- r It is » 42-toh gun,^ cast—not wielded—as guns used to ite,in;'th<»e;d«yjß. it sounds like-a tell* and* as a specimen of founding, it stands unrivalled. Its color istdark;; grjeen/^and^it3 i:i poh^e<i surface remains to this day as mirror-like as it was three centuries ajjo:~ The muzzle is^umtintpb|heleyyr ana-ribse and • bpjbn mouth of ac Monster devoiiring an ,eiephkrit; .Vhose hinder ptirts Sre disappeirmg:d6wrf%he r thro^ft' l Th^ 7briginal inscription,-which' has had additii>ns made to ity.lstates. that'the gun;wto )ycagt at Ahmednagar iniM9;'byJ^hbrafed'Kimri, a Turkish offitier? 1 iN^rl^^'cerftury^after.wards^it 7 was !< dragged' with'iin*r»dible labbr^ißeejapuiyand mouilftW'Vto a re-. yolying^ piyot; irbm; wltfch; it KaKftfeg been cUsmouhted^ Tliett'elephwitt/l4<)0 oxen* and'a Vast: multitude £>f'holies'' formed 'the transport/ During; the se^ffl^of Beejapur, themcmsterd^w&tw^boiwidered wonderful execution in those dsvys, but, although the^caUbrtsttEthß gun]m|Bt have reo^uire^a^batl Veighinjg; 37,441b of iron, the 'tfahge^ cannot'JhavV4ieen great. In 1829 it was loaded with powder and fired as iin experiment; 1 the charge being 801b. A proposition has been made several times : to' < carry , the : cannon,- > like; •• .Cleopatra's Needle',-to England, and in 1852 a sum of £3000 was .nearly sanctioned, fot the purpose/ . But. our age has, practical since that time, so the chances are each - year, growing greater; jjtjiat the massive' piece of j; artillery willibe left to repose en the spot where;it.used.tpbethe terror and the defence of i the old capital of the Deccan.;;' ■„;, ;-..>\:iis , .',

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An Ancient Cannon., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2432, 4 June 1890

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An Ancient Cannon. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2432, 4 June 1890