A substitute for cotton.
--A new substitute for cotton is thus referred to by a Paris correspondent:
"Great excitement prevails in those manufacturing districts of France
where cotton is most used, on account of the discovery of a substitute for the new dethroned king.
This substitute is the China
grass, or white urtica
(nettle weed), which may be cultivated cheaply in all parts of France
The experiments with this new textile fibre have been going on for a year or more, under the direction of a competent committee, appointed by the Chamber of Commerce of Rouez.
And this committee, with the weed, the raw fibre, and various specimens of woven and colored and uncolored cloths in hand, have shown the Chamber
, beyond all question, that the substitute is a genuine one in every point.
They declare, without reservation, that none of the qualities of the cotton are wanting."