The Magic Rose

1888 Scientific American  
Although there is no shorter or quicker route for the descent of a falling body than that of a plumb line, it has been shown that a body projected horizontally with whatever force, and describing a long trajectory, will reach the earth in exactly the same time as an other similar body simply dropped from the same height. There are many simple and ingenious devices
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