Deadliest Gas In The World, Daily Racing Form, 1919-06-01


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DEADLIEST GAS IN THE WORLD Guarded night and day and far out of human reach on a pedestal at fhe Interior Department Exposition at Washington is a tiny vial It con ¬ tains a specimen of the deadliest poison ever known Lewisite the product of an American scientist scientistGermany Germany escaped this poison by signing the armistice before all the resources of the Inited States were turned upon her herTen Ten airplanes carrying Lewisite would have wiped out it is said every vestige of life ani ¬ mal and vegetable in Berlin A single days out ¬ put would snuff out the millions of lives on Man ¬ hattan Island A drop poured in the palm of the hand would penetrate to the blood reach the heart and kill the victim in agony What agonyWhat was coming to Cermany may be imagined by the fact that when the armistice was signed Lewisite was being manufactured at the rate of ten ton a day Three thousand tons of this most terrible instrument ever conceived for killing would havo been ready for business on the American front in France m March 1 1Lewisite Lewisite is another of the big secrets of the war just leaking out It was developed in the bureau of mines by Professor W Lee Lewis of Northwestern University Evanston III who took a commission as a captain in the army armyThe The poison was manufactured in a specially built plant near Cleveland called the Mouse Trap be ¬ cause every workman who entered the stockade went under an agreement not to leave the eleven acre space until the war was won The object of this of course was 1o protect the secret secretWork Work on tin plant was started eighteen days after the bureau of mines had completed its experiments experimentsExperts Experts are certain that no one will want to steal the sample Everybody at the exposition which shows what Secretary Lanes department is doing kecits as far away from it as possible

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