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Two kinds are known in commerce: one, which is the purest, is called an2ygdaloid benzoin, because it is formed of whitish drops, half transparent, oval, similar to almonds, coated by a reddish concrete juice, granular, and very brittle. The other species is the cornmon benzoin, of a darleer color, more opalescent, coarser in its texture, and does not present the drops observed in the above. It is the one most usually employed in perfumery and the arts. Amygdaloid ben,zoin is in compact masses, formed of a multitude of agglomerated drops; its fracture is white, when recent, yellow or reddish when 6* 66 THE MOST USUAL PERFUMES.

He sold it for three thousand four hundred dollars. This same piece was sold in Europe for tVlenty-two thousand dollars. The. French Company in India bought a ball weighing two ·hundred and thirty-seven and a half pounds for ten' tho~sand four hundred dollars. This substance was so common years ago in the islands of the Polynesia that the inhabitants of Timor used it to calk their canoes. Several chenlists have found ambergris to consist ofAmbreine . Resin. Benzoic acid Carbonaceous substance .

The bladders ha ve not at their upper part the, small hole \ve remark on the Tonquin; the skin also is thicker. It is exported in lead or tin boxes weighing fronl t\venty ounces to six pounds. The musk of Tartary is in flat, dry, and lqng bladders. The skin is thick, the upper part is covered with short hairs of a whitish-gray color; the appearance of the lower part is a dirty gray. The Inusk it contains is cornpact, and has a fibrous 58 THE :MOST USUAL PERFU~IES. consistency. Its oJor is little penetrating, atnnlO· niaca]~ and easily evpporates.

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