Another Use For .30 U.S. Cartridges

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Knute1
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Another Use For .30 U.S. Cartridges

Post by Knute1 » Tue May 26, 2020 12:22 am

A piece of useless info, but I find interesting nonetheless. Before Warren Harding became President of the United States, he managed a newspaper called "The Star" of Marion, Ohio. Some of the boys that carried the newspaper would become hoarse when shouting out "The Star!" as they delivered. So Mrs. Harding "obtained a supply of whistles that had been made of Krag-Jorgensen cartridges used in the war with Spain. Each boy was armed with a whistle, which made a very peculiar sound. After the whistle had been used for a while, all hoarseness had disappeared." This came out of The New Success magazine of January 1921.

https://www.google.com/books/edition/The_New_Success_Marden_s_Magazine/67URAAAAYAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=krag+jorgensen+window&pg=RA1-PA37&printsec=frontcover

I wonder how they did it?

From Comfort magazine, November 1898, is this reference of making bullets whistle when fired:

"Quite a consternation has often been made in the enemy's camp by the use of 'whistling bullets.' By cutting a slit and raising the tongue from the side of a bullet it makes a sharp, whistling sound as it passes through the air. The uninitiated usually seek cover when they hear these little birds sing for the first time."

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Comfort/xbJt2cwod4QC?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=krag+whistle&pg=RA6-PA17&printsec=frontcover

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