A blizzard of cotton. A description of a cotton gin's operation from an 1890 article: "The cotton lint goes from the field directly to the gin – a cylinder with a series of circular saws which revolve between riffs, which catch and pull off the lint and seeds. The seeds fall onto the floor. The lint passes back through the gin by the power of a bristle-brush that strips it from the saw-teeth. The brush creates a draught that carries the lint backward like a snowstorm."
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