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The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
Volume III. Number 6 (March, 1875)

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rhe Wisconsin LTumberman.
CALIFORNIA TIMBER.
A correspondent of the Humboldt, (Cal.)
Times is responsible for the following fig-
uring, which, if true is, to draw it mild,
astounding. For that one session contigu-
ous to Humboldt Bay, is claimed more
timber than the statisticians tell us, is
left standing in all North A merica. Ac-
cording to that, with facilities for transport,
the entire demands of the country could
be supplied from that one county for half a
century. hear what he says:
"It is safe to say that Eel river has at
least 100,000 acres of as good redwood tim-
ber as the world has produced.  From
careful estimates and conversation with
those most thoroughly acquainted with
that locality, I fear no contradiction when
I s.ay that an average of 800,00) feet to the
acre can be cut from these lands. When
a person stops a moment and tries to com-
prehend the magnitude of these figures, he
is lost in a world of calculution. Thus
100,000 acres at the above average, gives
in the aggregate 80,000,000,000 feet on
the tract. Now it would take one saw mill,
with a cutting capacity of 40,000 per day,
6,3F9 years to exhaust the supply, or it
would take twenty mills of like capacitv
over 319 years to effect the same result,
and so on down. The cutting capacity of
all the mills on Humboldt Bay is, I believe,
40,000,000 feet per year, At this rate it
would take 2,000 years to exhaust the Eel ri-
ver timber belt. (0n Van Dusen creek, 15,
000 acres, which will cut 600.000 feet to
the acre; on Salmon creek, 20,000, which
will average 800,000; on Elk river, 35,000,
with 600,000 to an-cre: on Mad river and
Century creek 150,000 acres, 900,000 feet:
from Little river to the Lagoon, 250,000
acres, 100,000 feet to the acre; Eureka,
Rvan's Slough, Jacoby creek and forest,
105,000 acres, containing 200,000 feet to
the acre; adding the amounts together
-rives a total of 447,000,000,000 of feet.
Using the same illustration as previous
inmed to Ahow what these figures mean,
ramely: That the capacity of the present
mills on Humyollt Bay is 40,000,000 of
feet per year, it will require 11,745 years,
vat the present of consumption, to exhaust
'the redwoods of Humboldt county."
Farmuers' Wives.
A very sensible remark it was, that was
made lately by an old man, that many a
farmer's wife is literally worked to death
in an inadvertent manner from want of re-
flection or consideration on the part of her
husband.   None can understand better
than he, in plowing, or sowing, or harvest
time. that if a horse gets sick, or runs
away, or is stolen, another must be pro-
cured that very day, or the work will inevi-
tably go behindhand. lIe does not carry
the same practical sense into the kitchen,
when the hired help leaves without warn-
ing, or becomes disabled, although he
knows as well as any man can know that
"the hands" will expect their meals with
the same remularity,with the same prompt-
a ss, and with the same proper mode of
preparation: but, instead of procuring
other "help" oi the instant, he allows him-
self to he persuaded, if the "help" is sick,
she will get well in a day or two, or in a
week at farthest, and that it is hardly
worth while to get another for so short a
time.
Meanwhile the wife is expected not only
to attend to her ordinary duties as usual,
but somehow or other to spare the time to
do all that the cook or washerwoman was
accustomed to do, that is, to do the full
work of two persons, each of whom had
already quite aus much labor to perform as
she could possibly attend to. The wife at-
te npts it. By herculean efforts all goes on
well. The farmer perceives no jar, no
hitch in the working of the machinery, and
because no complaint is uttered, thinks
that everything is going or without
an effort.  Meanwhile,  time   passes,
and  (infinite  shame  on   some   of
them) they begin to calculate how much
has been saved from servants' wages, and
how much less food has been eaten, and,
because still no complaint is made, the
resolution quietly forms in the mind to do
nothing until .he does complain; but,
before that takes place, she falls a victim
toher over-exer ions, in having laid the
foundation for weeks and months of ill-
ness, if not of a premature decline and
death. Sincerely it is believed that these
statements ought to be written in large
letters above the mantels of half the farm-
ers in the country, and, if over the other
half also, it would not be labor lost in
favor of many a heroic and uncomplaining
but outraged farmer's wife and daughter.
-DeJ Moines Iowa Register.
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