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to mix with the Shawl Wool of Tibet, in making
what are called Cashmere shawls. It is the pro-
duce of the Goat, and not of the Sheep, of Toor-
kistan, and is called put, in contradistinction to
pushm, which is used to express the fleece of

of Goat of ca- the Sheep. 2. The Wool or Put of Cabool, not at
present exported, being entirely consumed in the
Native Manufactures. It is procured from Goats,
and chiefly from the Hill Country of the Huzaras
to the West of Cabool, and between that city and
Herat, which has an elevation of about 6,000 or
8,000 feet above the level of the sea. 3. The count-

of Sheep of Ca- Icss flocks of flat-tailed Sheep in Cabool, which
produce an abundance of Wool. The fleece is
of a glossy white colour, and is in Cabool called
pushmi hurra, and the fabrics prepared from it
hurrah, in contradistinction to put too. It sells at
from two and a half to two Cabool rupees the
seer, or sixteen pounds. It is brought in from all
directions for sale in Cabool, and Sir A. Burnes
states, that he ** can scarcely put a limit to the



■of Goat of
Bokhara.



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WOOL IN INDIA. 147

supply, since the extent of pasture land in these sir a. Burnes

^^ •" _ ^ on Wool of Ca-

countries is not over-rated at four-fifths of the booi.
whole surface of the country, and a very large
portion of the population, such as the Lohanees
and Ghilgees, are shepherds, who remove from
pasture to pasture, and rear their flocks with
great care and attention. Nature, however, does
as much as the people; for aromatic plants in
which sheep delight, are exceedingly abundant,
and it is universally believed that they have con-
siderable effect on the quality of the Wool." —
Notice on the Wool of Cabool and SoJckara, hy
Sir A. Burnes.

The relative value of Wools, however, like that Market vaiueof

the above

of all other commercial products, can only be wools.
ascertained when submitted to the examination of
competent persons, or to the test of sale in an
open market where there is a demand for the
article. Thus, twenty-four bales of so-called
Cashmere Wool, shipped from Bombay on ac-
count of Maharajah Runjeet Singh, arrived in
London, valued at more than two rupees a pound.
But it was of such a description that the brokers
here could give no satisfactory report on it ; two
bales therefore were sold in order to ascertain
its value. One of Black Wool sold for 2*. 6J



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