Advocate of Peace Volume 55-56

Advocate of Peace Volume 55-56

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...of war, and so reduce to the minimum the possibilities of war, it would be an end worthy of the Christian hero whose achievements we have undertaken to celebrate. It would be worthy of the high moral purposes and the humane endeavors that characterize our period of history. It would make real what lias been the dream of the great prophets and seers from the day of Isaiah until that of Hugo, Tennyson and Whittier. It does not require military education or experience to appreciate the wonderful attainments of science in the manufacture of the war implements to be seen at the Exposition. But some such thoughts as have been indicated of the profounder meaning and suggestiveness of these exhibits may deepen our interest in them and enable us to take away an impression more permanent and, we may hope, more useful to mankind. Take, for example, the Krupp gun building. The magnificence of some of these engines of war and the appalling record of their performance approach the sublime. Think of a gun for coast defence forty-eight feet long, seventeen-inch bore, weight, 140 tons; weight of carriage, 150 tons. Then think of what it can do. It shoots twenty miles and has pierced steel plates two feet thick at nine miles. Each projectile is five. feet long. The primary purpose of the gun is to destroy war-ships, but besides the steel-pointed shell for this purpose it shoots steel shrapnels filled with small balls--3000 in each. This shrapnel shell bursts and the balls are scattered, hurled with great velocity, so that besides the destructive power of the steel fragments of the shell is added that of all these 3000 bullets--equal to the muskets of three regiments. Indeed, few regiments contain 1000 effective men. Here is, then, in one projectile, the...show more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236907396
  • 9781236907394