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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(August, 1874)

A convention of yellow pine manufacturers,   p. 485 PDF (380.0 KB)

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The Wisconsmn Iuwbem8
And now Henry Hart, with his saw
mill and patent cars, has the honor of
winding up this series for the present.
Mr. Hart's is the largest water-power
saw mill here. running a double cir-
cular saw and a gang edger. The
mill has been built two years the
coming fall. He has an extensive
lumber yard nearly on the side-track
before mentioned. The usual cutting
of this mill is 25,000 feet in 11 hours
Henry is a genius. His carts and
trucks are not like any one else's,
they're HenryHart's own contrivances
and are the most handy of any I
have ever seen. One truck that first
attrated my attention I will describe.
It is for running lumber out of the
mill into the yards,and can be turned
at right angles or any other angle al-
most, and runs on three wheels, the
rear one being in the form of an im-
meuse castor, which answers for a
rudder. This saves the building of
tramways, tracks, etc., for it is just
as easy, and much more convenient
to handle. Henry also is a lover of
'fine horses, and has some of the fi-
nest rtock in Greenville. *The rivals
in this are probably he and J. W.
The yellow pine manufacturers and
dealers have recently held a conven-
tion at Norfolk, Va., and are endeav-
oring to come to some agreement
about curtailing the amount of yellow-
pine lumber manufactured. The con-
vention is reported as harmonious and
united in expressi en. The following
resolutions were passed:
Resolved, That, in view of the fact
that yellow pine lumber cannot be
sold. at present, except at ruinous
prices, owing to the fact that a supply,
greatly in excess of the demand, has
been and still is being shipped to
market with instructions to sell and
the price left to the discretion of the
commission merchant, it is therefore
the sense of this convention that
shipments should hereafter be made
sparingly, until such a time as there
shall be increased demand, and manu-
facturers now having lumber in mar-
ket awaiting sale or shipping here-
after, instruct their commission mer-
chants to make no sale of yellow pine
lumber until it can be sold at a price,
affording a living profit.
Resolved, That the chairman of
this convention appoint a committee
of three, whose duty it shall be to
carefully prepare a plan, with suitable
constitution and by-laws, for the or-
ganization of the yellow-pine manu-
facturers into a permanent association
for the protection of that interest, to
report at an adjourned meeting of
this convention, to be held in Norfolk
on the 3d of September, 1874.
Resolved, That the chairman ap-
point a committee of three to prepare
a suitable circular, embracing the
objects of the adjourned meeting of
this convention, with statistics show-
ing the present condition of the lum-
ber market, and direct one to every
manufacturer of yellow-pine lumber
in Virginia, North Carolina and
Maryland, asking their attendance
and cooperation at the adjourned
Resolved, That we earnestly recom-
mend to manufacturers to reduce
their production of lumber as rapidly
as practicable, in view of the great
excess of the supply over the demand
now in the market.
The mill of Long, Barnhill & Co.,
at Portland, N. B., was wholly de-
stroyed by fire July 30. Loss $43,-
000; insurance $6,000. About one
hundred workmen are thrown out of
employment. The mill which was
cutting deals for the English mar-
ket, produced on an average, from.
70,000 to 80,000 feet per day.

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