In responding at the luncheon to His Honor at Christchurch Mr John Cooke, exmanager at Christchurch for the Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, who is en route for Melbourne, made some amusing remarks in reference to the newly started meat preserving works at Islington (Templeton). He said :—“ It is no joke starting a new industry in Christchurch. Before you know your own policy half a dozen people have manufactured as many schemes for you. The Christchurch Meat Company before it got the foundations of its new works laid was going to lower the Canterbury standard of quality—it was going to ship
duggy old ewes and 1 cagmag.’ The latest yarn is that it had 3,000 pigs buried ip the sandhills because of a defective cure, while its new freezing machinery has gone ‘ crooked.’ I need not say that all these stories are equally false. There never was a better cure of bacon in Canterbury, while the operations that began only on last Tuesday _ week resulted in 4,000 well frozen sheep being in course of shipment per Doric. I may add the boilers for the works only left Anderson’s machine shop in Lyttelton three weeks ago. A great feature in the operations at Islington will, according to the newspapers here, bo the converting of pig's hair into leather beds. I have no knowledge of this process myself, but I can tell you, however, with some degree of accuracy, that every portion of the animals will be utilised, save, as the Chicago people say, ‘ the squeal of the hogs,’ Although scientific men have not been able to freeze this portion of the animal, the celebrated Professor Edison has invented a process for ‘ preserving ’ it. I am afraid, however, it has no commercial value, unless, perhaps, by way of diversion at meetings of musical delegates,”
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Utilising Hogs., Evening Star, Issue 7961, 17 July 1889
Utilising Hogs. Evening Star, Issue 7961, 17 July 1889
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