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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)

Along the line of the Central,   p. 517 PDF (357.3 KB)


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The Wisconsin Lumberman.
saw mills of the adjacent countr1
and already feel the depression
though not seriously yet. It is whe:
mills begin to be closed up, hand
discharged, time cut down, and de
mand for all kind of supplies short
ened, that the towns will begin t,
feel the burden. Things have no
come to this pass as yet ; but anothe:
season such as we have had will ren
der it inevitable. Production mus'
be shortened. This is the only pos
sible remedy and the only possible
way to a better state of things.
All that we have said respecting
the sawed lumber interest appliei
with equal force to the square timbei
business. This production finds a
market in England and Scotland.
But that market is flat.   Laboi
strikes and over production have
brought about a great reaction in the
prosperity which England has been
enjoying for some years back. Con-
sequently the building interest is not
buoyant. It has suffered a check.
The demand for timber is slack. The
timber merchants of Quebec, have,
therefore, large stocks on hand, and
they are rather likely to loose money
on them than otherwise. Quebec is
full of timber that ought to have been
in England by this time, and the
money that should have been drawn
against timber shipped is locked up
in advances.
This must reach generally on the
interior districts, from whence sup-
plies of timber are sent. .The vast
regions of the Ottawa, the Trent
Valley district, and its tributaries,
the region bordering Lake Simcoe,
and also, to some extent, the western
peninsular, where such large supplies
of hardwood are still to be found, all
are likely to pass through a period of
depression. For here also, nothing
can bring matters round but largely
diminished production.
Lumbermen and lumber dealers
will find the WiscoNsIN LumBERAN
just the thing for latest information.
ALONG THE LINE OF THE CENTRAL.
The Steven's Point Pinery says
s a side track will be put in by the Cen-
- tral Company, running along through
the, city to the saw mills and lumber
t yards, that will be of great benefit to
r the business interests of the place.
A correspondent from Sand's mills
says: "There is a constant run of
land lookers, mostly a very fine class
of men, looking for homes, and the
Wisconsin Central Railroad Co., are
the most accommodating company
we ever saw, or ever did business
with, which has a very good effect in
making everything pleasant, and the
rates and passenger tariff are such
that none can complain. Any one
riding with Conductor Mitchell will
have everything done to make the
trip pleasant."
A large and commodious hotel is
being built at Colby.
A store is being built at Sand's
mills on section 78.
The Steven's Point Journal reports
a serious fire on section 29, which
destroyed a new mill being put up
by Clark & Co. All their supplies,
material, &c., were burned, causing
a loss of $2,500.
The fires along the road have been
quite serious and considerable timber
has been injured. The company lost
2,000 ties by fire, near Chelsea.
CoNcERNiNG the reciprocity treaty
the Green Bay State Gazette says:
We do not imagine our lumber in-
terests would be materially effected,
certainly, the Wisconsin lumber mar-
ket would have little to fear. Dis-
tance,and freights would be more than
overbalance the lower cost of product-
ion which it is assumed is the case in
Canada. Lumber is now as los as
it can be and the steady increase of
demand and supply affords an ample
protection.
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