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Volume 4, 1871
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This paper described a method of isolating the ultimate fibres by boiling in a solution of potash, and a table of their measurements was given, from which it appears that the average length of the ultimate fibre of Phormium is nearly twice that of either Manilla or Sisal, while the average diameter is not much more than half that of Manilla, which, again, is much less than Sisal. The cell wall of Phormium is also much thinner than either of the others.