Volume 65: Macarthur-Onslow correspondence, 1846-1929: No. 409

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spin at the end of twenty four days, and will thus managed yield, instead of 100 grains, 250 grains of silk; thus the skilled grower saves about one-third of his labour and feed, and thereby gains nearly 2 1/2 times greater results.  A saving of ten days' labour and supply of leaf among millions of worms is no small matter in itself, but when this saving more than doubles the returns the importance of skill is sufficiently demonstrated.

As for a market for our silk, we have already received an offer from one English firm to take all the cocoons we can supply at current prices.  Cocoons, strange to say, when properly dessicated, bear pressure as well as wool.  From another manufacturer has come an offer to do anything in his power to forward the women's enterprise.  We have sent to both a sample of cocoons, and asked that they will appoint us their sole agents here.
  We, therefore, undertake to supply seed of morus alba (white mulberry) graine of best silk worms, and direction for growing, and to export cocoons on commission if well grown.

  We have dealt, as far as space would permit, with the possibilities of silk

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