This determines to a large extent the fineness of the yarn which can be spun.
The English cotton yarn and spun silk counts are reckoned upon the number of hanks of 840 yds.
The materials required are iron borings, sal-ammoniac and sulphur; these are mixed together, moistened with water, and rammed into the socket, which is previously half filled with yarn, well caulked.
In the autumn of 1786 there was an encounter near the village of East Lee between about 250 adherents of Daniel Shays (many of them from Lee township) and a body of state troops under General John Paterson, wherein the Shays contingent paraded a bogus cannon (made of a yarn beam) with such effect that the state troops fled.
The spinner who persists in over-weighting his yarn finds it difficult to obtain "repeat" orders.