Police: The Humane Gun

In Dick Tracy, Cartoonist Chester Gould often anticipates events and inventions long before they become reality. Along with Diet Smith, Tracy beat the astronauts to the moon by seven years. The intrepid detective talked into a two-way wristwatch-radio before the transistorized version was invented. Now Tracy has introduced the "humane" pistol. It fires a cartridge that on impact spurts a slippery, tranquilizing liquid that upsets the footing of a fleeing suspect and immobilizes him for half a minute—just enough time to slip on the handcuffs.

The times have almost caught up with Gould. A California firm has just marketed the...

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