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withouting proof, machinist he

... said a large manufacturer to me, “without
ing proof of it in the island of Sikok, in the form of a Spices of the
                                      work ]
... and after puttering at it for an hour sent for a
interesting information about the areca nut, which machinist.
[He bothered with it half a day....

OCR confusions involving “Charging for Knowing How” (from the American Furniture Gazette), “The Kidney Bacilli” and “The Areca Nut,” at Scientific American 63:4 (July 26, 1890) : 54 : link
same page (hathitrust) : link

4 January 2023