The Key to Fortune in New Lands, by W.B.L

The Key to Fortune in New Lands, by W.B.L

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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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...is not suitable to them. Angora goats have been imported, and a good-sized flock is in possession of the Acclimatisation Society, from which numbers have been drifted off to private individuals. They do exceedingly well, and it is hoped that, in a few years, their beautiful silky fleeces will form an article of export if not of domestic manufacture. It may naturally be supposed that a country wherein insect life is so abundant as Victoria would be very favourable to the growth of the silkworm; and this is found to be the case. The experiment has only been tried on a small scale as yet, but in every case it has succeeded well. The cost of labour will for some years operate against the extensive production of silk, but the day will doubtless come when Victoria will be a great silk-producing country. The mulberry grows luxuriantly, and with very little trouble, as does also the ailanthus gltndulosa. The mulberry Bilkworm is, however, the only one existing in Victoria, an effort to introduce the ailanthus variety having failed. There are several manufactories of native furs in Melbourne. The chief kinds are those of the opossum, the native cat, the platypus, and the musk rat, all of which have beautiful glossy skins The kangaroo, native bear, and bandicoot skins are also used for inferior articles. The prices of the best Victorian furs are rather high, but considerable demand exists for them in the colony notwithstanding. Only small quantities have as yet found their way to other markets. There are a number of tanneries scattered about in different parts of the colony where hides and skins are tanned, chiefly for local consumption. The leather produced is said to be equal to that imported. The kangaroo skin, when tanned, makes a pliable and thin but...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123653302X
  • 9781236533029