Manufacture of crinolines.
--The Paris Nord
"We lately mentioned that the manufactory at Lyons
had received an order for three hundred thousand kilogrammes of steel hands for making crinolines.
That quantity, which at the first glance might appear exorbitant, is far below the reality.--One house alone in Paris
sells annually six hundred thousand kilogrammes of these hoops.
In order to form an idea of the extent of that branch of commerce, the calculation must be made that every woman or girl has at least two of these articles of dress, each weighing, on an average, five hundred grammes, being one kilogramme of steel for each person.
As heretofore, the adult female population amounts to twelve millions, it is that number of kilogrammes of steel which is annually used for the fairer portion of the French