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The Shot-tower the Result of a Dream.

There was once a mechanic at Bristol, England, who had a queer dream. Watte was his name, and he was by trade a shot* maker. The making of the little leaden pellets was then a slow, laborions, and, conr Bequently, costly process. Watts had to take great bars of lead and pound them ont into sheets of a thicknesss equal to the diameter of the shot he desired to make. 1 hen he cat the sheets into little cubes, which he placed in a revolving barrel or box and rolled until the edges wore off from the constant friction, and the little cubes became spheroids. Watts had often racked his brain to devise a better scheme, bat in Vain. Finally, after an evening spent with some jolly companions at the alehouao, he went home and turned into bed. Jle soon fell into a deep slumber, but the liquor evidently did not agree with him, for he had a bad dream. He thought he was out again with the boys. They were all trying to find their way home when it began to rain shot. Beautiful globules of lead, polished and shining, fell in a torrent, and compelled him and bis bibulous companions to draw their heavy limbs to a place of shelter. In the morning, when Watts arose, he remembered the dream. He thought about it all day, and wondered what shape molten lead would take in falling a distance through the air. At last he could rest no longer; be carried a ladleful of the hot metal up into the steeple of the Churoh of St. Mary of Redcliffe and dropped it into the moat below. Descending he took from the bottom of the pool several handfuls of perfect shot, far superior to any he had ever «een. Watts's fortune was made, for he had conceived the idea of the Bhot-tower, which has ever since been the only means employed in the manufactnre of the little missiles so much used in war and sport.-—' Chicago Mail.'

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The Shot-tower the Result of a Dream., Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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The Shot-tower the Result of a Dream. Issue 7932, 13 June 1889

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