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and grumbles accordingly. Under these cir- cumstances, it is gratifying to find a new enter- prise opening out before him, and especially as it is one that will enable him to cope success- fully with foreign competition. It may not be generally known that a very large portion of the sugar now used in this country is made from beet. This will be made evident by the fact: that the quantity of raw and refined beet sugar annually imported into this country is now equivalent to more than ten millions sterling, and it is obvious that if this enormous sum can be kept in this country instead of being paid away, tho country will be so much the gainer. The existing depression in the agricultural interest is favourable to this effort ■vdiich promises to give tho farmer a new source of revenue and if there is nothing in the character of our climate, or the conditions of English agriculture, which proves specially unfavourable to the cultivation of the sugar beet, a welcome measure of success may be hoped for. It is gratifying to find that the capital and influence necessary to make any great enterprise successful are not wanting in connection with this. A private company has been formed, which includes:—The Duke of Marlborough, Lord Sudeley, Lord Gifford, Lord Randolph Churchill, General Steward, Sir Lyon Playfair, Colonel Sir Francis Bolton, Professor Frankland, and other well-known persons, to raise the capital, which is to consist of Y,200,000 in shares, and E75,000 in deben- tures, and the factory at which the beetroot is to be dealt with is situated at Lavenham, about ten miles from Bury St. Edmonds. If this experiment prove successful, numerous other factories will be erected in different parts of the conntry, which will find employment for a large number of hands. The roots on being brought in from the field, will be cut into slices by a machine, and then soaked with water to extract the juice. This liquor will afterwards be treated with strontia, which acts as a precipitant, carrying down the particles of sugar with it. The precipitate thus formed consisting of combined sugar and strontia, will be decom- posed by means of carbonic acid gas, which throws down the strontia, and leaves a pure and strong syrup. This will be boiled in vacuum pans in the ordinary way, until suffi- ciently concentrated to crystallize. The method is one which has many advantages, owing to the rapid and perfect manner in which it effects the process of purification. The promoters believe that it is possible for England to produce one-half of the sugar she uses, and if the far- mers only persevere in the cultivation of the beetroot that the factory may be well supplied, we may all hope for the development of a new and successful industry.







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