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CLOTH MADE FIREPROOF.

Issue 20 and Volume 36.

CLOTH MADE FIREPROOF. United States Consul Frank W. Mahin sends from Nottingham, England, the following information relative to a new cloth fireproofing material: “In a paper read at a meeting of a society of dyers in Manchester, titanic acid was claimed to possess remarkable fireproofing properties, and evidence was produced in the shape of experiments by the reader of the paper. He took, for instance, some pieces of flannelette which had been treated with titanic acid, and put a lighted match to them. The incipient fire in the material smouldered and went out, refusing to burst into a flame. The experimenter claimed that all inflammable textiles could thus be rendered fireproof and that dyeing, boiling or washing would not remove the acid, it becoming, in fact, an integral part of the fabric.” [Titanic acid, according to the chemists, is the oxide of titanium—a white amorphous powder, Ti. (O. H )4…

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