Guide-book to the Industrial exhibition

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Page 115 - The women spin the thread destined for the cloth, and then deliver it to the men, who have fingers to model it as exquisitely as these have prepared it. The rigid clumsy fingers of an European, would scarcely be able to make a piece of canvas, with the instruments which an Indian employs in making a piece of cambric
Page 113 - machine, in order to be opened, cleaned, and evenly spread. By the carding engine the fibres are combed out, and laid parallel to each other, and the fleece is compressed into a sliver. The sliver is repeatedly drawn and doubled in the drawing-frame,
Page 113 - more efficient than either, struck the mind of Crompton, who,, by a perfectly original contrivance, effected the union. From 20 spindles this machine was brought, by more finished mechanism, to admit of 100 spindles, and thus to exercise a
Page 91 - the most curious and interesting of manufactured substances. Although perfectly transparent itself, not one of the materials, of which it is made, partakes of that quality; exceedingly brittle while cold, it becomes, by the application of heat, so remarkably flexible and tenacious, as to
Page 115 - lively and durable; and to the hereditary practice by particular castes, classes, and families, both of the manual operations and chemical processes required in the manufacture. It is to these causes, with very little aid from science, and in an almost barbarous state of the mechanical arts, that India owes her long supremacy in the manufacture of cotton.
Page 142 - formed of a circular iron plate, of about five feet in diameter, in which there are three radical slots, furnished with as many knives or blades. The blocks are placed in an inclined shoot, so as to present one end to the operation of the cutters. The slices are then placed in a wooden tank, containing
Page 115 - to a physical organization in the natives, admirably suited to the processes of spinning and weaving; to the possession of the raw material in the greatest abundance; to the possession also of the most brilliant dyes for staining and printing the cloth; to a climate which renders the
Page 115 - the cotton manufactured by the machinery of England becomes less costly, than the cotton of India spun and woven by the hand near the field that produced it, and sold at the nearest
Page 74 - There is also a vast benefit derived from the novel construction of the lamps and gimble work, which, by a movement, exactly coinciding with the motion of the vessel, causes a perfect level to be always maintained, and ensures the proper flow of oil to the burners, however
Page 112 - In 1767, an eight-handed spinster sprung from the genius of Hargreaves ; and the jenny, with still increasing powers, made its way into common use, in spite of all opposition.

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