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Did Hiram Maxim Murder William Cantelo

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23709471 

William Cantelo, a 19th Century inventor rumoured to be working on an early version of the machine-gun, left his house one day and never returned. What happened to him, asks Steve Punt.

In the early 1880s, the residents of Bargate Street, Southampton, were probably a bit fed up with one of their neighbours.

From the cellar beneath the pub run by William Cantelo would come the sound of rapid gunfire.

Cantelo, an engineer and gun-maker, was experimenting with a new type of gun. Nobody knew what it was, but it produced shots in quick succession. It was clearly not your average rifle.

One day, Cantelo announced to his sons - also engineers - that he had perfected his new invention. It was a machine-gun, a weapon which used the energy of explosive recoil to load the next bullet. It would fire continuously until the bullets ran out. It was revolutionary

So what did happen to William Cantelo? Did he realise he'd been pipped to the post by Maxim, and come to a bad end trying to sell his own version of the gun? Or was there some Victorian melodrama going on underneath it all, a mistress or similar entanglement, leaving his family looking for reasons to explain their father's sudden departure?

It's a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes. _69311202_composite.jpg

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