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Wonderful Shooting

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A New York paper gives the followiug account of some extraordinary shooting jy Dr. Oarver, the California marksnan : A small wooden shed, with a bar n one comer; in front of tíiis a table, on which were four rifles, several boxea of cartrklges, and half a dozen scorebooks. Fifteen or twenty feet in front of this, again, a barrel and a man, the man taking the glass balls out of the barrel and throwing tliem in the air, and Dr. Carver breaking them with the bullets as f ast as they appeared. Somebody was always at work loading a rifle. Th", markeman could fire them faster thaii the loader could load. And they were the most remarkable rifles - breechloaders, of course. When they were opened at the end one cartridge was shoved in after another, till it seemed as if the first one must surely be somewhere up by the muzZle. Dr. Carver's costume has nothing to do with his marksmanship, and his shooting is simply business. He seldom misses what he flres at. Most of the time was taken up in shooting glass balls, filled with fcathers. The balls were of the thinnest film f glass, slightly tinted, so as to be easily seen in the air, and, when they broke, the feathers scattered in every direetion. The balls were thrown about twenty feet into the air, and the marksman was not more than fifteen yards from them at any time. It was noticeable that the shot was invariably fired just as the upward ímpetus of the glass ball ceased, and as it was about to begin its fall. This close glass-ball shooting did not give the idea of remarkable skill, probably on account of the short distance, even though the average was nine hit out of every ten. It looked much more wonderfiü wheu the assistant threw the glass balls as far as he could, a,nd Dr. Carver broke each one as it flew, the distance being not less than 100 yards. Several coins ware shot, straight through the center, as they whirled in the air. One of the most astounding of Dr. Carver's f eats was his hitting a bell-metal ball when it was almost out ol sight, up in the air. The ball is so made that when the bullet strikes it, it rings like a small gong. The assistant threw the ball many times as high as he could throw it, till, sometimes, it could hardly be seen, but every time the marksman brought the sound out of it. He also cut into all the lead-pencils he could induce the spectators to throw into the air, and he fired successf ully at a large number of unused cartridges. When tho assistant threw two glass balls up at the same time, the rifleman, with a doublebarreled weapon, first broke one andthen the other, without making a single failure. The two requisites for good shooting are, of course, an immovable rest for the gun-stock and a steady hand and arm for the barrel. The secret of Dr. Carver's wonderful marksmanship may be in his immense and perfectly-balanced body, which stands firm as a rock. With a steady hand also, such a man may do almost incomprehensible things with a good rifle. His body seems able to withstand any attacks of nervousness: yet, when he misses a shot, he is very likely to miss the two or three succceding ones, a sure sign that the miss flurries him. Another of his peculiarities is that ho aims with both eyes open- so that he can keep an eye on the Indians, he says, whik he is firing at a buffalo.


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Michigan Argus