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image, is a fibre which is very rich in twist. This other vertical fibre has less twist, and so has this other one.
A MEMBER. Have you straightened these fibres on the glass, or are they as they just came from the machine ?
Dr. BOLLES. They are drawn out as carefully as they can be with the fingers.
Mr. ATKINSON. Has there been any effort to straighten them with the fingers at all?
Dr. BOLLES. No, sir. My plan has been not to disturb in the slightest degree the fibres as they were at that particular stage of the process.
Mr. ATKINSON. Thus far they show very little difference, so far as their being mixed up
is concerned. Dr. BOLLES. We will now take up the next preparation, which is marked " Finisher Card.” (Plate No. 5.)
Mr. — Do you always find the twist in the same direction, or the same fibre twisted both ways? Dr. BOLLES. It follows one direction,
sir. A MEMBER. I would like to ask the gentleman from Nashua whether this is the grist as it came from the doffers, or as it came from the rolls ?
Mr. MAXFIELD. As it came from the doffers, sir.
Dr. BOLLES. The next of this series is cotton from the drawing-frame. (Plate No. 6.) There, as the image is thrown upon the screens, you see that the fibres are evidently more parallel, although there are a number of fibres that lie across. Mr. MAXFIELD,
The first drawing is from the railway head.
Dr. BOLLES. The next illustration is cotton from the “Coarse Speeder,” _No. 7 of the series. Cotton from the "Intermediate Speeder" is the 8th, and cotton from the "Fine Speeder" is the 9th.
Will Mr. Bicknell now begin at the end of these fibres, draw them over the field, as the gentlemen wish to see the length of the fibres in that way? The one now before you marked "Drawing-frame." A MEMBER. That is not very
definite. Dr. BOLLES. Mr. Maxfield will answer any questions about the machinery. I know nothing myself of the arrangement of that mill.