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guns, shot, shells and the like, became enormous.--Contracts on a large scale were made in all parts of the country, and among others with Major Clarks. When the guns came to be tested, the "burst up" was almost universal. But one lot stood the ordeal, and that was furnished by Major Clarke from Old Bellona," through she was not "Old Bellona" then. For several years the experiments were repeated, and the Bellona guns were the only guns that could not be bursted. At last one of the firm of Kemble, the famous New York contractors, having lost large sums by failures in the gun-casting experiment, bethought him to visit Major Clarke, and endeavor to ascertain the secret of his success. Had the Major been so disposed, he could have kept his secret, and coined money by the million. But he was the most candid and liberal of mankind. He kept his visitor with him as long as he would stay — he never liked to part with a guest who was tolerably agreeable — and told him everything, showing h