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1908 Excerpt: ... of course, thousands of fibers held together with
gum (saving the operation of combing and spinning), which they
fasten, stick, or tie together end to end, making long threads in
imitation of silk, which they weave into goods by hand, then boil
and bleach out, and color in the piece. This primitive way of
working, which can only be done with the cheapest of labor, has
deceived most of our experimenters into the belief that the fibers
were long as the stalk, like flax and hemp, when in fact they are
hollow ribbons and veins, running between the leaves, of different
lengths, according to growth of stalk, from 2 to 6 or 3 to 9
inches, and run from the bark to the wood all the way along up,
making it such an enormous grower. Want of knowledge of this, of
course, prevented success in their making machinery to prepare it
to manufacture. But now that we have scientifically investigated
the fibers before we undertook to build machinery, and found out
just what was wanted, it was easy enough to solve the difficulty,
and we had a simple way to treat or finish it afterwards, success
was attained. The farmer is not bothered with the ungumming, which
is the difficult part of the work, after the process of cleaning.
This is all done in the factory. CULTIVATION. Ramie for fiber must
be grown rather thickly on the ground, so as to grow tall,
straight, and slender, without branching, and it takes a year or
two to make a marketable crop at best; though, on the right kind of
soil and proper attention, many stalks can be cut in six months
suitable for fiber. It will Improve for some years, three at least,
and may once in a few years stand overhauling, like tearing up the
surface and letting the roots in the ground grow up fresh. General
Bidwell, of Chico, Cal., has grown a pa...
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