HEALTH MATTERS

1889 Science  
More than a century ago, perhaps, a small pottery was established in Trenton, N.J., by some Frenchmen. Here porcelain, similar t o what is now known as French china, was made, and it is said that the goods were very creditable. This establishment existed for some years, but it attained no great importance. A t Philadelphia there was a similar pottery venture, also making porcelain or china wares, which are well spoken of for quality. This enterprise was sustained for a number o f years, but
more » ... ed to reach a permanent existence. There were other attempts to establish potteries in various parts o f the country from time to time, and the only one which seems t o have given the greatest concern t o English manufacturers was one established in South Carolina. T h i s was contemporary with the great Josiah Wedgwood, who has been called the father of the pottery industry in Great Britain, from the fact that he made great improvements in the quality of earthenware, which gave a very great impetus to the business in England. T h i s South Carolina pottery proved quite alarming to Wedgwood, as he feared that it might become a dangerous competitor in supplying the earthenware markets of the colonies : he therefore petitioned Parliament that the manufacture o f such goods be prohibited. He seemed to think, that, with the excellent materials found in South Carolina for making earthenware, the industry would become a successful one. His fears, however, proved groundless, as the unequal struggle was of short duration. One or two pottery enterprises, inaugurated within the past forty years, making special articles of white crockery-ware rather than
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