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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76

New Zealand Hemp

New Zealand Hemp.

Supplementing my report of the 30th March last, I have now the honour to place before you the results of my further investigations throughout Scotland, Ireland, America, Canada, and British Columbia.

Visiting Edinburgh early in July, I called upon several rope and twine dealers. The leading manufacturers are established at Leith. The Roperie Company (Limited), of that city, suggested the advisableness of regular grading, classification, and the establishment of a standard weight for each bale. I subsequently visited Dundee, and while there I inspected various jute and other mills, and, in discussion with many of the proprietors, suggested the use of New Zealand hemp as warps for carpets. A few of the manufacturers expressed the opinion that tow might be utilised for this purpose, and promised to make experiments therewith.

The rope- and cordage-makers of Dundee complained of the variation in the quality of our fibre, which I was assured would have continued in demand had there been any reasonable standard maintained by the millers in the colony. As a consequence, the rope-makers turned their attention page 10 to other fibres the quality of which was more uniform. Through the special kindness of Mr. James Williams, of Messrs. William Williams and Sons, distillers, of Aberdeen, I had favourable opportunities of supplying the larger importers and exporters of the Granite City with the fullest information concerning New Zealand trade generally.