The use of raw hide
--The crisis through which we are passing tends to give value to every suggestion of a utilitarian nature.
In promotion of this object, we may mention that few persons know the use of raw hide--(darkies excepted)--or its value.
Take a strip of well tanned raw hide, an inch wide, and a horse can hardly break it by pulling back--two of them he cannot break any way.
Cut into narrow strips, and shave the hair off with a sharp knife, to use for bag strings; the strings will outlast two sets of bags.--Farmers know how perplexing it is to lend bags, and have them returned minus strings.
It will outlast hoop iron (common) in any shape and is stronger.
It is good to wrap around a broken thill — better than iron.
Two sets of raw hide halters will last a man's lifetime — if he don't live too long.
In some places the Spaniards use raw hide long chains to work cattle with, cut into narrow strips, and twisted together hawser-fashion.
It is good to tie in for a broken link in a trace- chain.
It can be tanned so it will be soft and pliable, like harness leather.--Shave a cow and ‘"deacon's pelt,"’ and try it.