whether this invention, on the average, ever got beyond the first camp in active service.
I still have in my possession the remnants of a waterfilterer
in which I invested after enlistment.
There was a metallic mouth-piece at one end of a small gutta-percha tube, which latter was about fifteen inches long.
At the other end of the tube was a suction-chamber, an inch long by a half-inch in diameter, with the end perforated, and containing a piece of bocking as a filter.
Midway of the tubing was an air-chamber.
The tubing long since dried
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and crumbled away from the metal.
It is possible that I used this instrument half a dozen times, though I do not recall a single instance, and on breaking camp just before the Gettysburg Campaign
, I sent it, with some other effects, northward.
I remember another filterer, somewhat simpler.
It consisted of the same kind of mouth-piece, with rubber tubing attached to a small conical piece of pumice-stone, through which the water was filtered.
Neither of these was ever of any practical value.
I have spoken of the rapid improvements made in arms.
This improvement extended to all classes of fire-arms alike.
Revolvers were no exception, and Colt's
revolver, which monopolized the field for some time, was soon crowded in the race by Smith and Wesson, Remington
, and others.
Thousands of them were sold monthly, and the newly