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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)

O. W. Clark's barking machine,   p. 491 PDF (364.7 KB)

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The Wisconsin Zsumberynan.
Thus we have a new era inaugura-
ted in the lumber trade. A few
years ago it was deemed a very ruin-
ous policy to ship lumber by rail,
and mills, located along railway
lines, were not considered very valu-
able investments. Indeed, timbered
land any great distance from good
driving streams was not considered
.of great value, for the reason that
water was deemed the only legitimate
outlet for lumber; but the extension
of railroads into the very heart of the
timber resources of Michigan has
gradually exploded this theory, and
the signs of the times appear to in-
dicate that the mills along railroads
have not only the vantage ground
for manufacture of lumber, but are
in the early future to be placed upon
the same footing in regard to facili-
ties for shipment.-Evart Review.
Prom the Apleton Polt.
Mr. 0. W. Clark, the inventive
genius of this city, has recently had
a model of his barking machine per-
fected, which he has forwarded to
Munn & Co., of New York to be sent
from there to the department at
Washington, for the purpose of
securing a patent thereon. The model
is indeed a model of skilled work-
manship. It was manufactured at
Morgan Merrill & Steele's foundry
in this city, and is perfect in all of
its parts. Indeed it will do the work
of a large machine and with the same
accuzacy and neatness. In the course
of a few weeks we shall be able to
produce an illustration of this
machine . accompanied by a more
detailed description,
Mr. Clark has spent a good deal of
time and solid thought upon this
invention and the result is satisfac-
tory in the extreme. He has had it
in operation in the Bradner, Smith
& Co's. mills for the past six months
or more, and it has even more than
met his expectations. It should and
we trust will be a source of consider-
able revenue to its inventor.
Facts and Arguments by J. LIttle of
Frm the Jfotreal Gazete.
SiB,-I find in your issue of Satur-
day an article copied from the St.
John, New Brunswick, Telegraph, on
the subject of the timber supply,
from which it appears that the Prov-
ince, which has for so long a time
furnished a large amount of the con-
sumption in Great Britain and the
United States, is about used up, the
St. Croix being now the only source
of supply, and it appears from that
paper that the reason of its holding
out so long is to be attributed to a
large amount of the timber territory
drained by that stream being in the
hands of private parties, who, how-
ever, to meet the demand, have been
recklessly sacrificing their property,
reducing year by year the dimensions
of the timber they get out, while
one-third of the whole product is
now of the very inferior and almost
valueless description called hemlock.
The pine is all used up, and it is
evident but a few years will, serve to
throw them out of competion with
the province of Quebec in the matter
of spruce.
Since I brought the timber ques-
tion to the notice of the American
public in the communications which
have been published in the Gazette
and the Boston Lumber Trade, I
notice the question has been pretty
extensively discussed by the Ameri-
can press, and, taking the alarm, a
memorial was sent by the President
to Congress, strongly urging the
necessity of passing an Act providing
for the preservation of their timber,
and giving bonuses for tree planting
-a measure which should have been
adopted before the timber lands were

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