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"I Do Not Know Whether I Am in Order, Mr. Speaker, in Showing This Article": Mr. Lloyd George, the Minister of Munitions, Exhibits in the House of Commons a High-Explosive Fuse

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There was a dramatic moment during Mr. Lloyd George’s speech in Parliament intro- ducing the Munitions Bill. He was explaining the difficulties of suddenly and enormously increasing the output of complicated mechanism. To point his words he held up an object. “I do not know whether I am in order, Mr. Speaker,” he said, ” in showing this article. It is the fuse of the high-explosive, and is one of

the greatest difficulties of all in the turning out of shells. This fuse is not nearly so complicated as the fuse of the shrapnel-which is one of the most intricate and beautiful pieces of machinery-before it explodes. (Laughter.) This, indeed, is supposed to be simple. Yet it takes a hundred different gauges to turn it out.” Mr. Lloyd George mentioned that in France much delicate fuse-making is done by women.

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