The Houston Telegraph, (Texas.) says, chat J. W. Benedict, of Galveston, has manu, factured some of the most beautiful boots and shoes that we have ever seen, with leather made of alligator skins. The skins are tanned and prepared, so that they resemble the finest calfskin in pliability, and are beautifully mottled, like tortoise shell. He intends to send a pair of boots to the Worlds Fair in New York. He certainly meiits a premium tor changing the skins of these huge, ugly, monsters to forms of beauty and usefulness.
This article was originally published with the title "Alligator Skins" in Scientific American 8, 26, 201 (March 1853)