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[Communicated.]
the Steam gun.

We regret to learn that this important instrument of modern warfare has not been taken into favorable consideration by the Confederate Government. Its value and importance for destructiveness is beyond cavil. It is also important economically, as there is no necessity for powder, caps, or the many other implements required for a common piece of ordnance.

As a triumph of inventive genius, in the application and practical demonstration of centrifugal force, (that power which governs and controls the Universe, and regulates and impels the motion of planetary bodies around the sun,) this most efficient engine stands without a parallel, commanding wonder and admiration at the simplicity of its construction and destructiveness of its effects, and is eventually destined to inaugurate a new era in the science of war. Mounted on a four-wheel carriage, it is of itself an army, and throws three hundred balls per minute, and is worked by three men. If built on board a propeller vessel, it will throw one hundred 12-pound red-hot shot per minute. We know that there is an old experienced sea captain here that is desirous to build one of these guns and put it on board of a vessel, to clean our waters of the blockading squadron. In doing this he will be entitled to twenty-five per cent. of the value of the vessels he destroys, and $25 for each prisoner delivered up to the Confederate Government. If the said vessel is fitted up with private interests, this will be done so soon as a refusal of the Confederate Government, where the proposition is now before them, is obtained.

There has been too much delay by our Government officers in bringing these important missiles of war before the Executive. The system of bringing them before a Board of old men, who never recommended anything new, is a bad policy, as the time lost in getting their reports, salaries expended, &c., a gun can be built and brought to use on our enemies. If Government does not adopt it, there will be a fine opening for our enterprising merchants and citizens. The company will then get up in shares of $100. Tar Bucket.

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