The Nature and Properties of Sugar Cane: With Practical Directions for the Improvement of Its Culture, and the Manufacture of Its Products

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Smith, Elder and Company, 1843 - Sugar - 240 pages
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Page 137 - ... the want of ships. The plentiful use of sugar in diet is one of the best preventives that ever has been discovered of the diseases which are produced by worms. Nature seems to have implanted a love for this aliment in all children, as if it were on purpose to defend them from those diseases. Sir John Pringle tells us, that the plague has never been known to visit any country where sugar composes a material part of the diet of the inhabitants.
Page 29 - It tends to diminish likewise the nutritive powers of albumen from the same causes ; and always destroys to a certain extent the efficacy of animal manures, either by combining with certain of their elements, or by giving to them new arrangements. Lime should never be applied with animal manures, unless they are too rich, or for the purpose of preventing noxious effluvia, as in certain cases mentioned in the last Lecture.
Page 137 - The plentiful use of sugar in diet is one of the best preventives that has ever been discovered of the diseases which are produced by worms. Nature seems to have implanted a love for this aliment in all children as if it were on purpose to defend them from those diseases. I know a gentleman in Philadelphia who early...
Page 138 - Cullen, and many other physicians, are of opinion, that the frequency of malignant fevers of all kinds has been lessened by the use of sugar. Dr. Rush observes, that, in disorders of the breast, sugar is the basis of many agreeable remedies, and it is useful in weaknesses and acrid defluxions in other parts of the body. The 10 celebrated Honchin recommends " Eau Sucre
Page 30 - The great object in the application of manure should be to make it afford as much soluble matter as possible to the roots of the plants ; and that in a slow and gradual manner, so that it may be entirely consumed in forming the sap or organized parts of the plant.
Page 138 - Sucre" for almost every malady. Dr. Fothergill was very anxious that the price of sugar should be sufficiently moderate, to render it accessible to the mass of the people. From experiments made by some eminent French surgeons, it appears to be an antiscorbutic; and this is confirmed by well known facts. A writer from India observes...
Page 139 - There is little else to be obtained in all the inns of the country but rice and sugar; it is the common nourishment of travellers. The Cochin Chinese not only preserve in sugar all their fruits, but even the greater part of their leguminous vegetables, gourds, cucumbers, radishes, artichokes, the grain of the lotus, and the thick fleshy leaves of the aloe. They fancy nothing is so nourishing as sugar. This opinion of its fattening properties has occasioned a whimsical law. The body-guard of the king,...
Page 233 - ... (if the expression may be allowed) of the liquid to the joint action of heat and air, and by that means effecting a rapid evaporation. The apparatus consists of a convoluted worm of great length, heated by steam in the interior, which is made to revolve horizontally upon its axis, partly immersed in the liquid under evaporation, which is thereby constantly taken up by it in the thinnest possible stratum ; and being in contact with the hot surface of the metal, the aqueous portion of the matter...
Page 174 - From Benares to Rengpur, from the borders of Asam to those of Catac, there is scarcely a district in Bengal or its dependent provinces wherein the sugar-cane does not flourish. It thrives most especially in the provinces of Benares, Bihar, Rengpur, Birbhuin, Birbwan, and Me'dnipur; it is successfully cultivated in all...
Page 34 - All green succulent plants contain saccharine or mucilaginous matter, with woody fibre, and readily ferment. They cannot, therefore, if intended for manure, be used too soon after their death. When green crops are to be employed for enriching a soil, they should be ploughed in, if it be possible, when in flower, or at the time the flower is beginning to appear, for it is at...

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