Notes on Tariff Revision; Prepared for the Use of the Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives, Under the Direction of the Clerk of the Committee

Notes on Tariff Revision; Prepared for the Use of the Committee on Ways and Means, House of Representatives, Under the Direction of the Clerk of the Committee

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... American spinning machines, was held not to be partial manufactured, but to be free of duty under paragraph 660 as raw silk not advanced in manu acture. GENERAL INFORMATION. The present conditions surrounding the silk industry of the United States are little changed from conditions existing several years ago. The consumption of raw silk has gradually increased from 13,246,530 pounds, with a valuation of $48,871,750, for the fiscal year ending June 30,1903, to 16,984,743 pounds, valued at $70,955,141, for 1907. The fiscal year ending June 30, 1908, shows a slight depression in the consumption of raw silk, the figures being 15,551,912 pounds, valued at $64,282,874. Every pound of this raw silk has been raised on foreign soil and reeled by foreign machinery. When silkworms can be raised by a family whose expenses amount to but a few cents a day, and when reeling can be done by ex erts whose wages range from 4 to 30 cents per working day of eleven or more hours, it is impossib e for this country to successful compete and supply her mills with a domestically raised material. This condition accounts or the ailure of the Department of Agriculture to establish the industry of raising silkworms in the United States. In nearly every instance the persons induced to raise silkworms one year 'have refused to have anything to do with them a. second time. Those who have persisted in their attempts beyond the first year have raised them on such a small scale as to produce results totally inadequate with the amount of labor expended. Nevertheless, the etlorts of the department have brought about the planting of mulberry trees in difierent parts of the country and the instruction of a number of people in the art of raising silkworms. The Curtis silk...show more

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  • Paperback | 374 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 20mm | 667g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236937058
  • 9781236937056