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Soundless Guns and Sightless Statesmen

No other technique in the world seems to improve at such a pace as that of war. The Utopia of the artists of war advances daily nearer. General Maitrot, a Frenchman, has made a forecast of the future that is half vision and half possibility. France, he says, has since the armistice developed projectiles so powerful that a dozen of them would wipe out a city the size of Berlin. Another type of bomb, lately perfected, will infallibly sink a cruiser at sea if exploded within a hundred feet of it. The Germans-General Maitrot seems to have certain information of this-are no more idle, the Krupp engineers have completed a 309 mm. quick-firing, soundless gun. They are working on a model halfway between the French 75 mm., and the German 77 mm. field gun, with a range of ten kilometres, and are trying to make it soundless as well. With soundless guns and sightless statesmen the next war will be even more glorious than the last. -New Republic.

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