An absolutely fascinating story on the BBC website today. The mystery of William Cantelo. The sounds of rapid gunfire from the basement in a house in
Southampton in the 1880s – an inventor
called William Cantelo tells his sons that he has invented a new type of gun
that will fire bullets in rapid succession. He packs it away and sets off –
presumably to sell it. He vanishes into thin air.
A couple of decades later, another inventor, Sir William Maxim, is getting rich from an invention of his own – the Maxim gun, mowing down thousands of men in the First World War.
But Maxim and Cantelo look uncannily alike. And Cantelo’s sons put a private detective on the case. They spot ‘Maxim’ at