1917‘V. Rousseau’Messiah of the Cylinder x. 110
From each of the conical machines a glare of light shot forth. The Russians wilted and crumpled up. They did not fall; they were rather consumed like lead dropped into fire, and the next line wilted too as the Ray caught them.
1917‘V. Rousseau’Messiah of the Cylinder in Everybody’s Magazine July 73/2
There must have been more than a hundred of them, ranging from tiny scout-planes to huge monsters with glow shields round them and projecting conical ray-guns within.