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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76

Bonuses of £1,750 and £250

Bonuses of £1,750 and £250.

In the hope that a wider circulation of the terms on which the above bonuses were offered for an improved process of preparing New Zealand hemp would increase the number of competitors, I made known, through the medium of the Press, in every city and town I reached the conditions attaching thereto. This involved heavy correspondence, and a very large number of interviews with engineers, machinists, and chemists, several of whom are now experimenting on the green leaf. Many of them were quite enthusiastic, and regretted that they were not in possession of the information before. At their own expense they obtained samples of Phormium tenax from Cornwall and other places. Mr. William Parkinson writes as per letter of 6th January (enclosed).