Cannibalism, as the customary consumption of human flesh in some other time or place, is a worldwide and time-honoured assumption. Depending on time or place, written accounts of alleged cannibalism entered the historical record long after the cessation of the purported custom- often after the obliteration of the culture itself and the decimation of its population. Consequently, rather than reliably documenting a custom, between the early sixteenth and late nineteenth centuries the allegation of cannibalism in western literature often merely legitimized the conquest of foreign cultures by expansionist European states. Understanding capital consumption must be based on an understanding of the distinction between fixed capital and circulating capital. The 50 cents is the charge for capital consumption per dress, and is analogous to the charge made for the cloth used. The price charged must include the cost of capital consumption per dress.