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Henry, W. A. (William Arnon), 1850-1932 / Amber cane in Wisconsin : a circular from the Agricultural Department of the state university
(1881)

Sugar from amber cane,   pp. 5-7 PDF (753.5 KB)


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over estimated. Then the greatly increased acreage of Am-
ber Cane will give us a greatly increased amount of syrup.
  I am of the opinion that Amber syrup has created a market
for itself to such an extent that this year twice the acreage
of last could find a good home market, but when I hear
that in some localities fifty times as much as last year wil
be grown, I become anxious lest next fall our syrup should
go begging a market at twenty or twenty-five cents a
gallon. If there was a possibility for turning the syrup
into sugar the demand would be unlimited, but that fortu-
nate era has not yet dawned. If the market is overstocked
next fall this industry will receive a shock from which it
will not recover in vears.
               SUGAR FROM AMBER CANE.
  Chemistry shows that the amount of crystallizable sugar
in Amber Cane is almost equal to that in the Ribbon Cane of
the South, and enthuisasts have figured the number of
pounds of sugar that an acre of ground will yield, and
have given the large profits which would follow. These
results look very well on paper, but unfortunately no one
has yet made a fortune in producing sugar from Amber
Cane. Our present methods are yet so imperfect that all
effort thus far must be denominated experimental. Secret
processes are offered to the credulous for sums varying
from five dollars to five thousand, -which will enable the
person employing them to make sugar in unlimited quanti-
ties, and at rates which will pile up a fortune in a season.
  Strangely, however, these venders prefer to peddle their
methods about the country rather than use them to secure
the fortune for themselves.
  In I879, a couple of car loads of good brown sugar was
produced at Crystal Lake, Illinois. This seemed to indi-
cate that the way was now open for the manufacture of
sugar, but unfortunately we hear of none of those engaged
is that undertaking having put sugar on the market this


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