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charcoal effects, the second steel with much less of the charcoal, the third aluminum and charcoal, and the fourth a circle merely of lilac-colored fire.

Tessier thought highly of pinwheels (pastilles). They were, he says, formerly among the artifices which were called table fireworks, the use of which has wholly fallen away since the immense apartments have disappeared which alone provided places where these little pyrotechnic pieces might be burned without too much inconvenience.

The manner of use of these pastilles calls only for smali calibers; also their small dimensions make it possible to turn them out at a low price, and the fireworks makers have always continued to make them the object of current manufacture. But what they have neglected, they still neglect: and that is, to seek to bring them to perfection. Those that

Figure 32. Pinwheels, Tessier, 1883. Wheels which show an inner circle of colored fire. Plate 1 (below) pictures pinwheels which are intended to be sold as completely consumable. The instrument represented at the bottom of the plate is the ramrod for tamping the charges in the pipes. Plate 2 (above) represents pinwheels which are intended to be exhibited by the pyrotechnist himself: the wooden parts are to be recovered and used again.

Figure 32. Pinwheels, Tessier, 1883. Wheels which show an inner circle of colored fire. Plate 1 (below) pictures pinwheels which are intended to be sold as completely consumable. The instrument represented at the bottom of the plate is the ramrod for tamping the charges in the pipes. Plate 2 (above) represents pinwheels which are intended to be exhibited by the pyrotechnist himself: the wooden parts are to be recovered and used again.

they confine themselves to making serve only for the amusement of children.

However, pastilles may become charming pieces of fireworks, fit to refresh all eyes. They can be made to produce truly marvellous effects, considering the conditions imposed by their size, effects all the more remarkable in as much as, by the very reason of these same conditions, they have no

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