The Fur Trade of America and Some of the Men Who Made and Maintain It
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 388 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1917. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... lining, and is known in the trade as a muff-bed. Originally the muff-bed was made of down with a covering of muslin, but in these days of great progress in most "infant industries" and very high cost down, the name down muff-bed is retained, but the down is chiefly supplied by Queen Hen and King Cotton, separately or in combination, a substitution which enables manufacturers to sell muffs to certain retailers for "marked down" sales. President Harrison said, "A cheap coat makes a cheap man," which may or may not be true; chicken feathers and cotton surely make a cheap muff-bed, the owner, however, feels cheap only when some of the feathers work through to the surface of the muff, as they sometimes do, revealing the character of the "down." by-products Animals of the lower order, broadly spoken of as "beasts that perish," are herbiverous, granivorous, carnivorous, and otherwise variously classified, but man is in a class by himself, solitary and singular, the one and only omniverous animal. What he cannot "eat, drink or put on" in its natural state, he transforms, manipulates or transmutes into the medium of exchange wherewith to procure eatables, drinkables and wearables, and in the execution of this exalting purpose uses not only the manifestly beautiful and serviceable coat and cuticle but every part and fragment of all the furry and furless denizens of earth. Man utilizes the skin of the beast prepared as fur, hair, felt or leather for the protection and adornment of his person from "head to foot"; every portion of the flesh from tip to tip, both inclusive, as nutritious or delectable food; the marrow as a rare delicacy; the bones changed into tools, buttons or charcoal for his service and well-being, as poultry provender insuring an increased egg output, or ...
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