New substitute for cotton !!

Cotton Substitutes.  Mr. Stephen M. Allen, who published a work on Fibrilin, some two years ago, has experimented on many things as substitutes for cotton. He is now working flax and hemp exclusively with great success, and is supplying a number of mills with his fibrilia, which promises all the success that has been claimed for it.  A large mill has lately been started at Lawrence for the manufacture of the article.

               (Liberator, Nov 14, 1862, pg 4)