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TOOLS OF DEATH

By JAN JANECEK

A Great Improvement over David's slingshot

A throwing machine for siege use—a pivoted arm with weight on one and and missile in a sling on the other. The "cannoneer" winds if up and then trips the beam. This weapon was used from the earliest Greek days till well past the days of Julius Caesar—who called it a "ballista."

THE ORIGINAL BLACKJACK

THE FLAIL—A very ancient and widely used weapon, being found from the 13th to the 18th centuries in India, China and Japan. Originally, it probably was an agricultural implement but its effectiveness for military use was soon increased by adding spikes. Very short flails were sometimes used by horsemen.