ONE THOUSAND WAYS TO MAKE FORTUNE – CHAPTER XX.
FORTUNE IN FERTILIZERS.
Wanted, a New Fertilizer–How “Golden” Forests Drop Gold–Why the Fields Near Berlin are so Productive–How We Lose $5,000,000 a Year–The Peat Treasures of New Jersey–Fortunes in Phosphates–Millions of Fish on Land in addition to within the Sea–$1,000,000 for Him Who will Pick It Up.
We are but within the infancy of this necessary product. The desideratum is a fertilizer that may do the perfect work within the least bulk. The 4,565,000 farmers and vegetable growers of the United States will make independently wealthy the person who can produce a very good fertilizer at small value of transportation. The discipline of chemistry is especially wealthy in recommendations; experiments on this line are always happening, and there may be cause to hope that an agricultural Edison will quickly come up. Meanwhile, there may be fortune within the following fertilizers:
821. GARBAGEEvery truck load of rubbish is value at the least a greenback for manuring functions, and but 1000’s of those masses are dumped on daily basis into the water. Instead of the town paying a spherical sum for the elimination of rubbish, it should obtain a bonus from a contractor who is aware of the right way to flip it to account.
822. LEAVESRotted leaves type the wealthy base from which practically all our forests, and certainly practically all of the vegetation of the earth, springs. The variety of a great deal of leaves that fall from the timber within the autumn are fully incalculable. The keeper of a rustic livery secure may add one half to his compost heap, and thus double his sale of fertilizers.
823. URBAN SEWAGEThe better of all fertilizers is allowed to drift out to sea and is misplaced. The Germans are wiser. They make the most of all these waste merchandise, and the stunning fertility of the soil close to Berlin is the results of this smart employment of nature’s richest fertilizer. There are fortunes for individuals who will examine the international system and apply it to the big cities of this nation.
824. ASHESWe lose at the least $5,000,000 yearly within the waste of ashes. In the cultivation of gardens and metropolis heaps, the place the expense of transportation is small, there’s a discipline for the worthwhile use of this fertilizer. It may very well be mixed with some product wealthy in phosphates, as, for instance, bone mud, after which put up in barrels on the market. An Ash Fertilizer Company would pay.
825. PHOSPHATESThe phosphate rocks of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia include fortunes for the lads who will develop these industries. The amount is virtually limitless, and the worth of phosphate is $18 a ton. Cheap freights will make these rocks mines of treasure.
826. COTTONSEED MEALThis sells for $20 to $25 a ton, and being a waste product the price is gentle. Its sale may very well be made extra common among the many farmers in the event that they knew its worth.
827. CITY STABLESMuch of the product of metropolis stables is carried to the nation in barges and offered, however extra is wasted; particularly is that this the case with single and small stables within the suburbs, the place the buildup is gentle, and the legislation doesn’t require its elimination. But a scientific assortment of those merchandise would pay anybody who ought to undertake it on a big scale.
828. PEATNew Jersey has greater than 1,000 sq. miles of peat lands, for essentially the most half undeveloped. The peat is from three to 6 ft in depth. When phosphates are promoting for $18 a ton, there should be a marketplace for peat at $5, which might nonetheless go away a very good margin of revenue, if, as appears fully cheap, the labor and freightage may very well be lined for $3.
829. MENHADENThe farmers of the japanese finish of Long Island have discovered this a superb fertilizer. The fish are strewn complete upon the land. More than 1,000,000 of the tiny creatures, or upward of 100 tons, have been caught by one vessel in a single day. The trade is mainly confined to the neighborhood of Gardiner’s Island, nevertheless it is likely to be made worthwhile alongside different components of the coast.
830. FISH SCRAPThe chemists’ valuation is $41 a ton, nevertheless it ordinarily sells for $35 to $38. It is admirably tailored for plant meals. One of the biggest producers of dry floor fish claims that the farmer will get extra for his cash on this than in another fertilizer.
831. SOOTFor some crops soot is without doubt one of the strongest of all fertilizers, and but it’s allowed to go to waste. The whole quantity of soot produced in London twenty years in the past was 1,100,810 bushels, and might be about the identical for New York to-day. The common worth was 5 cents a bushel, and the whole value $109,165. Probably on this country–at least till its value is discovered–it may usually be obtained free by anybody who will take the difficulty to select up this $100,000.