Manawatu Times, Volume X, Issue 1216, 19 April 1884, Page 2
A New York rag-picker says there is no demand- for scraps of sheet iron though a few years ago quantities of it were manufactured into button. Old wire is worth nothing. Old boots and sh.qes used to be gathered, burned, and crushed, and the powder sent to spice mills to adulterate spices with. Wonder 'what they've found to use that is worse than old botta?