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Uses of the Willow.

A recent article in the Melbourne Argus is devoted to argifltf the cultivation of the willow in the coloefeu for economic uses. Independently of its veto for baskets and basket-ware of all kinda, tf appears that the willow is valuable for ma D y other purposes. No other wood so well standa abooks and braises without splintering, hence It w specially adapted for cricket-bats, paddle-floate of steamers, brakes of railway waggons and trucks, the sides and bottoms of carta and barrows for rough work. The beautiful carved and turned Tunbridga ware, so fashionable tn England, is made of the white willow. The uood is used by turners tor polishing other woods, and by cork-cutters and leather-cutters for keeping a keen edge on their knives. Hoops for barrels, bows and stretchers for waggon and tant covers, twigs for tying up vegetables and plants .and vhJLare other uses to which the willow u aDDlied. Then it make* the beßt charcoal, and another important use to which it W applied is that ei dyeing wool and W tanning Skins. The leaves and young twiga give a, pure cinnamon color to woollen goods, and the bark being rich in tannin is used m the preparation of the best kinds of Russian and Morocco leathers. Taxton relates that in the north of Europe the leaves and young ehoots arc given to cattle fresh, or are dried and stored for winter feed, U.ke f hose of tt\p

birch. It is being used in England as a hedge plant, profit being derived from the annual trimmings, finally, from the willow are obtained salicine and salicylate of soda, employed in medicine—principally in rheumatic fever—and saHcylic acid, used as an antiseptic for preserving fruit, ete.

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Uses of the Willow., Issue 7970, 27 July 1889, Supplement

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Uses of the Willow. Issue 7970, 27 July 1889, Supplement

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