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The Wild Silks of India1

Nature volume 25, pages 563564 | Download Citation



THE laudable efforts of the Indian Government to utilise the various products of which these wild silks form a class will tend, by the immediate production of wealth, and yet more by the spirit of intercommunication and enterprise thus created, to overcome the great difficulty of poverty and still greater difficulty of isolation, which so tasked its efforts in the last famine. And this work is the more desirable because, as the last census shows, the peaceful, firm rule of the British in India has removed that natural check to population which was found of old in the mutual internecine wars of its peoples; and numbers have increased to such an extent that the failure of a crop over any wide district is invariably followed now by a famine.

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