Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara Volume II

Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara Volume II

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Excerpt: the use of the Manila hemp for rigging, viz. its contracting in wet weather, can easily be obviated by more careful treatment of the fibres in the process of manufacture. On the other hand, in strength and elasticity the abaca surpasses its rival, as has been proved by repeated experiments, especially over common European, and even Russian, hemp. 98 Messrs. Russell and Sturgis have, it is true, monopolized the hemp product of the entire Archipelago, but under their fostering care it must sensibly increase and become perceptibly improved. From the leaves of Musa textilis, like those of all other species of the banana tribe, very excellent paper can be made, and by the increasing cultivation of the musaceae in the 324 tropics, two main objects could be attained, viz. providing a plentiful subsistence for the natives, and extending and cheapening the medium that mainly contributes to widen the circle of knowledge of mankind. 99 Next to Musa textilis, the Rame-shrub (Boehmeria tenacissima) especially deserves the attention of business men. The fibre of this member of the urticaceae, which unites extraordinary toughness with much beauty and fineness, is stronger and more durable than that of Russian hemp, and with careful preparation would make into finer thread than the very expensive material which is used in Europe at the present day for making the world-famous Brussels point-lace. The variety of purposes to which this useful plant may be applied has hitherto been less fully recognized than those of the Manila hemp. In Europe the Boehmeria tenacissima is but found in botanical gardens, or herbariums, and as yet not the slightest use is made of it for industrial purposes. And yet the introduction on a large scale of Manila hemp and Rame fibre into the European markets in place of Russian hemp, would have more than merely a commercial and industrial importance! 100 We may also notice in this connection another description of fabrics made more

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