Water-Proof clothing--Asbestus.

We are pleased to learn that Messrs. Golucke & Wilson, of Washington, Wilkes county, Ga., are manufacturing a light and pliable cloth which is said to be impervious to water, and serve as a substitute for the ordinary, but more costly India Rubber cloth, and is said to be admirably adopted to camp service. There is another article which seems to be forgotten and almost entirely but of use, which may be worked to advantage in the manufacture of soldiers cloth and ther articles of clothing of similar use. We refer to a mineral called "Asbestus," and which may be found in abundant beds both in Southern Tennessee and Northern Georgia. This article, if we mistake not, when properly manufactured, or woven into cloth, will prove a most excellent article for soldiers use, for travelling purposes, and especially for firemens clothing. It is bothe water-proof and fire-proof. An instance is recored wherein a fireman clothed in a tissue made of this substance, with a proper hood as a covering for his head, was surrounded by a flame for fire and remained in this position for ninty seconds. His pulse during this time rose from 72 to 152. Another fireman repeated the experiment, and remained in contact with the flames for 3 minutes and 47 seconds. It was formerly used for shrouds for burying the dead, and may now be used as a valuable article for lining fire-proof safes, and serve a better purpose than the ordinary fire-proof paint for covering houses. In short, it can be woven into thread and manufactured into goods for many valuable and useful purposes, both public and domestic. Will not some of our more serentific [sic] citizens experiment on this subject, and furnish us with the result of thei investigations?

Albany Patriot, 12 December 1861.
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