In 1900 British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury, was a speaker at a British Empire League banquet where Hiram Maxim, famed and wealthy inventor of the Maxim machine gun, which was revolutionising warfare, was the guest of honour. Lord Salisbury surprised the guest of honour with a remarkable statement. What was this?

Answer: ‘I consider Mr Maxim to be one of the greatest benefactors the world has ever known. (By his invention of the machine gun) He has prevented more men from dying of old age than any other man that ever lived’

Source: The Gun – The Story of the AK-47 by C J Chivers

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