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A New Textile Fabric

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The Qoientma American revives tlio subject of producing a new textilo i'abriu from the husks of ïndiau corn. It has beefl amply demonstruted by experiuaents made in Austria - under a goverumeut eommitfsioo, we believe - that a very superior artiele of paper, equal to the best made from rags, eau be made from corn husks, while from the fibre of this material an excellent artiele of coarese cloth is manufaetured. Several thousand yards of this have been brought to New York by the Americau Consul in Austria, aud samples are now ou oxhibitiou there. It is in the process of obtaiuing the paper stock from the corn husk that the fibre is set free. Ncither are iujuied but are separate and distinct producís of the wonderful plaut. The fabric which is woveu from this fibre is itnmeuscly strong. Cordage is made from it and it bears sotue resemblance in color to tho cocoa -fibre. Although far iaferior to it in strencth it is much superior in point of' softness and elasticity. Some samples of cloth we have seun woven froui tuis fibre, says the AincricaD, would muko excellent towelliüg or " crash," for covering carpeting. It is also valuable for uiakiug euauieleü clotbj or oil cloth, aud it takes any coatii.g applied to it readily and reta'ms it firnily. Specimens ot enameled eloth uiado on tbis fabric as a base are equal to the best English cloths. In addition to the paper stock, the husk of the Indian corn is capable of producing a marketable fibre, and still relaiu its val U6 as cattle-fodder, for iu these processcs the life-sustaiuiug element is not lost.


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