Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
YEARLY WAGES OF ELEVEN AVERAGE WORK
MEN SHOT AWAY WHEN U. S. FIRES TORPEDO
Photograph Shows How a Torpedo Is Launched Coughed From the Tube
by Compressed Air.
Washington, Feb. 23. Every time
Uncle Sam fires a torpedo, Zip! Zipv!
two houses and lots!
Eleven men must work a year at
the average American wage .to pay
the" price thereof.
A single broadside from the dread
naught Arizona means the income of
the average workman for 25 years.
That's the way our money will be
shot away in case of war with Ger
many. A 14-inch shell weighs 1,400
pounds and costs $700.
A 12-inch shell, already considered
one of our "smaller" shots, costs
$600. . ;
The Arizona has twelve 14-inch
guns, all of which, together with
pgm.e Of fcer smaller cannon, can be
fired at once at a cost of $15,000.
Ten 14-inch shells or one torpedo
are counted on to sink a battleship.
The cost is the same for ammuni
But the torpedo is the cheaper way
because of the lessened expense of
firing; also the lesser risk.
A torpedo is really an electric
launch; it leaves the torpedo tube
with the propellors working, and it
will keep on geing until' the motor
runs down unless it hits its mark.
When it hits bang!
It is fitted with a gyroscope, to
keep it steacjy in its course, and two
propellors moving in opposite direc
tions. The motive power is electric
ity or compressed air.
Torpedo' parts are gauged to m