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INDUSTRIAL DEPENDENCE

The New York • Evening Post.’ in dismissal" the subject of tho dependence of many American industries on other industries in Continental Europe, remarks :

" At first it was only the stool trade and the- textile industry; the ono had been buying lerro-mangancso from Germany, the other had relied almost entirely on the Gorman chemists for the dyes which gave the requisite .colors to its fabrics. Jlut the startled mitcrv from tlie two trades was only tho beginning. The electrical industry was presently hoard from, with the word that the platinum supply from the Ural Mountains was cut off, and that terrain carbons and metal filaments, made by German manufacturers and essential for the are-light, could not bo obtained after existing supplies on hand in the United States were used up. The drug and chemical trades were as quick in coming into view; an astonishing number of indispensable materials for these industries appeared to have their single source of production in Germany. Drug dealers here trebled their price of such products as citric acid, tartaric acid, carbolic acid, gum camphor, and dandelion root, ami warned 'consumers of an impending failure of supplies. In quick succession the same word came from manufacturers of glass, soap, matches, artificial fertiliser, gunpowder. In all these industries potash is an essential raw material. Natural potash is a. German monopoly, and with the war the supply was naturally blockaded. Misgiving spread after this to the manufacturers of photographic materials, because of tho prospective embargo on German-made oxalic acid. Then the glove, shoe, and hat trades had their turn; nobody outside the trades had suspected to what extent they depended on Continental Europe for their particular kinds of materia!. Even certain hinds of felt roofing were drawn into the dilemma, for the curious reason that tho rags from which it has been made arc imported from Belgium. As a highly interesting climax London raised tho alarm over the Transvaal gold mines—tho last of all places to be suspected in this case. Those, like our own Rocky Mountain gold mines, extract tho metal by the cyanide process, and cyanide of potassium, again a byproduct of German potash, was about to be cut off.”

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INDUSTRIAL DEPENDENCE, Evening Star, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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INDUSTRIAL DEPENDENCE Evening Star, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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