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The Daily Dispatch: May 6, 1864., [Electronic resource], Report of the Committee on the salt supply. (search)
last session to inquire and report as to the best mode to be adopted in procuring a supply of salt. This committee, after collecting information and examining the evidence educed by analytical investigation and actual experimental results, recommend the mining of salt as a means of supply to be for preferable and as possessing many advantages over the ordinary mode at present adopted. From the result of an analysis of a sample of salt taken from what is known as the Findlay well, in Washington county, it was ascertained that 82 per cent. was pure salt. The other qualities consisted of sulphate of lime, sulpha. soda, chloride magnesium, and earthy matter 18 per cent. It will thus be seen that the salt rock in its original state is very well adapted for curing meats, or can be used in salting stock without the trouble and expense of purifying it. Many of the reasons assigned are on the score of economy of labor, transportation, &c., all of which, it would seem, makes the mining pro