Manuscripts/Mixed Material [J. H. Marshall]
“Then, about a year ago, I though of an electric toothbrush. Something that would clean the teeth and give the gums the proper massage. Everybody laughed at that! They thought it was a good joke, but it hasn't been two months since one was patented! Didn't you see that picture in the paper, showing the Hollywood actress trying out the new electric toothbrush?”
“No, but I saw a picture in the paper this morning that might interest you. It is a picture of a 'mystery motor' built in California for a new military airplane. It weighs 412 pounds, develops 500 horsepower, and only uses eight gallons of third-grade gasoline per hour at cruising speed.”
“ What ?” It was a shout.
“That's right. What does your motor look like?”
“What the hell does that California motor look like?”
“It's rather flat, and circular, and seems to have two sets of cylinders, but you can't tell very much about it from the picture.”
“Great God Almighty! My motor! But maybe not. Maybe not. My motor that size ought to turn up 1,000 horsepower.