Congressional Edition Volume 3819

Congressional Edition Volume 3819

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...English language, describing machines and tools gauged according to the American standard of feet and inches, instead of according to the metric system, which is the only one understood or employed here, is a mere waste of time and money. The circulars should be in Italian; the weights and measures invariably expressed according to the metric system. The prices should be certain and not embarrassed by confusing discounts, and, if possible, should be quoted free on board, Genoa. MACHINERY AND FARMING UTENSILS. American machinery does not appear to have gained any decided foothold in this part of Italy. The same remark will apply to farming utensils. The implements now in use by the agriculturists in this part of Italy are of such clumsy design and crude workmanship that they would never be tolerated upon an American farm. The farmers here, handicapped as they are by the use of the most primitive tools, nevertheless, by great energy and perseverance, manage to make the soil yield crops. Supplied with modern American implements, they could with less exertion produce far more satisfactory and substantial results. RAW SILK. The most important article of export from this district is raw silk. Large quantities are annually sent directly to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and Russia, and a comparatively small amount directly from here to the United States. Why the American silk manufacturers are satisfied to purchase the silk product of the district of Piedmont in a city outside of this district, while their European rivals in business buy direct from this district, I am at a loss to explain. It is an undoubted fact that the great bulk of the silk which is grown in Piedmont and shipped to the United States is first sent from this district to Milan...show more

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 567g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236522079
  • 9781236522078