Science: Lady's Worms

In England there is only one producer of raw silk on a practical scale, and she is Lady Millicent Zoe Hart Dyke, nee Bond, wife of Engineer Sir Oliver Hamilton Augustus Hart Dyke, Bart. At present her small industry is enjoying brisk business, for the new Queen and the Duchesses of Gloucester and Kent have patriotically-commanded that their coronation gowns be made of British silk.

The Dyke silk is grown at Lullingstone Castle, Kent, rushed to Macclesfield (neckties) to be "thrown" (twisted for proper thread thickness), then to Braintree to be boiled and dyed...

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