Speaking of cannons....., has anyone seen this little cannon related news
Sep 4, 9:51 PM (ET)
UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania history buff who recreates firearms
from old wars accidentally fired a 2-pound cannonball through the wall of
his neighbor's home. William Maser, 54, fired a cannonball Wednesday evening
outside his home in Georges Township that ricocheted and hit a house 400
yards away. The cannonball, about two inches in diameter, smashed through a
window and a wall before landing in a closet. Authorities said nobody was
State police charged Maser with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and
No one answered the phone Friday at Maser's home. He told WPXI-TV recreating
19th century cannons is a longtime hobby. He said he is sorry and he will
stop shooting them on his property, about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
I agree that he is responsible for damages and was careless to not
anticipate the cannon ball ricochet, but criminal mischief is defined as
"the willful damaging of the property of another", nothing in the article
indicates that he damaged the property on purpose. Yes, he was reckless and
in the wrong.
Firing a cannon off, (or any firearm for that matter) in an outdoor
uncontrolled area is an irresponsible act. If he'd fired it off in a gun
range, then I might agree with you. But, once a projectile is fired, there's
no personal control as to where it goes, unless you've taken steps to
contain it somewhere (as in the side of a hill for example). If you compare
that to driving a car, it's assumed that you are going to be in constant
control of it in what direction you aim it.
This is all just talk of course. I'm not a lawyer and have no legal
expertise. Just my opinion to go on and the man was criminally responsible
as far as I'm concerned. You're entitled to your own opinion.
There's a difference there.
While generally agreeable, in this case, all that is known is
that the ball ricocheted. Perhaps he was shooting it at a side of a hill
and it hit a rock. I'd hold off on your opinion until you know all the facts,
not just what is printed here, or in the press. The only facts are those that
come out in court.
I had something similar happen to me in 1982. At 60 mph, I smashed my car
into a concrete light pole. About two months after that, I entered the
hospital for 16 months for a completely unrelated matter. During that
period, I was charged with dangerous driving. There were no witnesses to my
car smash, so the cops were just guessing as to what happened. The charge
was apparently their way of doing an information search to find out what
Anyway, during that 16 month period that I was in the hospital, my father
had to go to the court house several times to have my court date stayed
because I was still in the hospital. Eventually, the prosecutor had the
charges cancelled with the explanation that I'd suffered enough. He believed
that I was in the hospital because of the accident, not for something else.
O.K. Posting from rec.crafts.metalworking as always.
1717) That looks to me like a mold for making bricks -- one at
a time. (And marking them "BIS" in the process.)
1718) Rodent-proof storage for various foodstuffs, and a
dispenser for water in the top center?
1719) I'm sorry -- I don't even have a guess for this one. :-)
1720) A holder for a vase designed to keep it from being knocked
over? Perhaps for something like flowers at a funeral?
1721) Is that an air hose going from it to the tire in the
If it were not apparent that it is mostly constructed from wood
and canvas, I would think that it might be a heat-treating oven,
with the apertures at the visible side for monitoring the
temperature, but not with the visible wood grain as part of it,
and not with the canvas cover. :-)
1722) Hmm ... a clamp-on end to a vertical exhaust pipe, with a
wooden plug to prevent rain from getting into the engine through
the exhaust system?
Now to see what others have suggested.
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Better late (or lateish) than never for my guesses. It was a busy day
with meetings at work. One I'm pretty sure of, but a couple I'm
completely befuddled by this time:
1717 -- Brick mould; clay is stuffed in, leveled off (I assume with a
scraper, but possibly there's a matching lid), and the mold inverted and
the brick eventually sent to the kiln for burning.
1718 -- Old fashioned soda fountain, perhaps?
1719 -- I don't have the foggiest idea, so logically it's probably a
wire fence tightener/stretcher.
1720 -- Rack to hold something; I'd guess maybe either a ketchup bottle
and assorted bins for sugar and whatnot in a restaurant, or
(upside-down) a shade for an oil lamp.
1721 -- Another one I haven't the foggiest idea about, but I don't see
how this one could be a fence tightener. Maybe it's a portable darkroom
or similar appurtenance for a view camera, although it doesn't look
especially light tight to my eye.
1722 -- Purely a guess: a device intended to help locate a leak in an
engine exhaust system, by (partly?) blocking the tailpipe output and
thus forcing the exhaust out of the leak, where it can be easily seen.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot
gotta put in a plug here for a local industry. crowell brick mould company
in wallkill, ny. she still makes brick moulds. i visited there, her
products are works of functional art in hard maple and steel.
if you know anyone who needs some brick moulds get in touch with her, it's
tough times, she's trying to retain her employees.
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