Conversations with Distinguished Persons During the Second Empire, from 1860 to 1863 Volume 2

Conversations with Distinguished Persons During the Second Empire, from 1860 to 1863 Volume 2

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...' There are insults, ' replied the Duke, 'rather than submit to which we would burn Liverpool as well as New York.' Such was the conversation. Dayton.--I do not wonder at Seward's talking all this nonsense. He is fond of ill-timed jocularity. He was at that time elated by the long-deferred, but at length imminent victory of his party; perhaps the length and dullness of the Governor's dinner had tempted him into taking too much wine. But I do wonder at the Duke's taking it seriously. There is no man more friendly to England than Seward, but he has lived the little idol of a clique, and does not weigh his words. Senior.--He does not even weigh the words that he prints, or he would not have printed his letter to you, in which he threatens to declare war against any European nation that should acknowledge the Southern Confederacy--a threat as likely to bring on the recognition as to prevent it. I begged Dr. Doremus to explain to me his improvement in the manufacture of gunpowder. Doremus.--It is a simple one. I put a charge of dry powder into a hollow tube of the diameter of the gun for which it is to be a charge, and apply to it, by means of a hydraulic ram, a pressure of about three tons to the square inch. This diminishes it in volume to about one-half. It becomes a compact, smooth mass. Senior.--Will such a mass explode? I should have expected it to burn like a fusee. Doremus.--So it would if it were quite compact. Captain Rodman, of your navy, tried the experiment of wetting, and then compressing powder. It became quite compact, and burned instead of exploding. To render it explosive, he was forced to drill holes in it. But if powder be compressed dry, the granular particles do not cohere more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236814940
  • 9781236814944