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New weapon is created... A stowaway slave case...



Item # 611388

October 15, 1836

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 15, 1836  Content includes: "Another Slave Case" concerning a runaway slave (see photos); "War In Florida" with the Indians; "The Hindoo Exhibition" and more.
The back page has: "New Weapon" with the report stating: "We have been...shown one of the most awfully destructive weapons, made by gen. Houston's orders, and stated to be furnished after a device of his. It consists of a cutting and stabbing knife, to the back which is fixed a pistol, the same handle serving for both weapons. The knife is nearly the size of that famous short sword, with which the Roman legionnaires did such memorable service..." A bit more, with talk about the weapon's potential effectiveness if used in close quarters during a battle.
Sixteen pages, 8 1/2 by 12 inches, very nice condition.

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia it: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: Pre-Civil War

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