A Remarkable Collection of Lamps

1900 Scientific American  
There is a lesson to be learned from the war in South Africa which can well bp, taken home by every nation not supplied with field artillery the equal of the best. England, despite her -great gun shops and enormous resources, has found herself outclassed from the start by the field-gun equipment of the Boers. The results, so far, have been checks. reverses, and defeats. The superiority of the Boer field artillery o\-er the Ellglioh field-guns is not surprising, when it is known that the forces
more » ... wn that the forces of the Transvaal are provided with Creusot and Krupp pieces. The only wonder is that England has been content to possess artillery weapons known to be inferior to the best guns on the Conti nent. We use the term "known " advisedly, since attention to this very fact has been called by promi nent artillerists during the past two years. Reports from Gen. White's forces state that the effective range for his field-guns did not exceed 4,000 yards. If Gen. White is provided with the standard 3-inch Woolwich field-gun, which we understand is the case, the only surmise is that the range referred to shrapnel. For shell proper the Woolwich gnn claims a range of 6,500
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