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[209] the time. He thought they must have been made by the Mission Mills of California, which make the best blankets in the country. It is those blankets she set herself to beat, if possible. he was genuinely surprised.

My other correspondent sent me word that neither of his mills-He being treasurer of several-had attained to producing such a quality of blankets as these, or to obtaining a price so high as these might fairly command. He also said that it had become known in the trade that there was one mill in New England which produced goods of this high grade, all sold by one house, and not generally accessible, and that these were apparently the very ones. He gave the lady a letter to a capitalist, and was quite confident that she would obtain the funds needed to enlarge her establishment and fulfil her proposed contracts. I quote the opinions of these gentlemen because they are experts, and not easily to be misled as to the quality of goods, or to be carried away by sympathy. Their verdict may be taken as establishing the fact that a woman has succeeded in taking the lead of all others in the Eastern States in a most difficult branch of manufacture, and this by her own energies.

It is easy to say that a woman thus successful must be a very exceptional woman. No doubt; just as all great inventors, such as Bell or Edison,

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