Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
Contributing Library: Smithsonian Libraries
Digitizing Sponsor: Biodiversity Heritage Library
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itive sense. But themost dangerous article isquite safe if handled as itshould be, and dynamiteonly needs to be handled inthis way to be without anyordinary possibility ofharm. One must avoidsubjecting it to shocks, andit must be kept at an eventemperature, neither toocold nor too hot. Imagine, then, if youplease, a modest unpretentious country house standing in asomewhat open ground, whose distinguishing feature is thenumerous tree stumps that rise above the soil in every direc-tion. The outlook, even on pleasant days, is gloomy enoughand most discouraging to anyone who supposes that eachindividual stump must be cut out with the spade and draggedaway with a team of horses. As a matter of fact this methodproved not only so expensive but so slow that a more effec-tive means was sought and dynamite was pressed into service.The very simple tools have already been named. Thechief one was the long auger, which was used for boringholes in the base of the stump for the reception of the dyna-
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A Final Explosion Left Everything Ready for the Burning of the Debris 436 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS November, 1907 mite. The number of holesvaried according to the sizeof the stump, the large onesnaturally requiring moreexplosive than the smallones. The auger must, ofcourse, bore a hole thatwill readily admit the stickof dynamite, and the holeshould be deep enough toreach the base of the stump.The dynamite is then in-serted in the cavity andpressed or forced in—gently if you please!—witha stick having a diameterabout that of the stick ofdynamite. The starter, bywhich the spark from thebattery is applied to thedynamite, is then insertedand to it is attached one end of the copper wire or to a pole erected forthe purpose, will often befound of value in this work.The great pile is then fired,and the whole matter isended. The ground is nowready for cultivation andmay be put to the uses forwhich it was cleared. Dy-namite, therefore, insteadof being dreaded by thefarmer as something he
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