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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)

Opinions of large manufacturers,   p. [463] PDF (338.2 KB)

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The Wwconusn Ln bermcan.                                  I
formation from which we learn that
over two hundred million feet of yel-
low pine lumber were exported from
Georgia in 1873, and that the product
this season will be increased to 300,-
000,000 feet. The business of manu-
facturing yellow pine lumber is rap-
idly increasing in importance and
will, in the near future, constitute one
of the chief features of the growth,
prosperity and wealth of many of the
southern states.
Hon. G. W. King of Humbird,
Wis., one of the heavy lumbermen of
the state, called recently at the Wis-
coNsiN LuMBERmAN office. Mr. King's
long and practical experience in the
lumber business renders his opinion,
on the present situation of the trade,
of decided value. Mr. King fully
agrees with the expressions given, in
the July number of this publication,
by the author of " Hot facts for lum-
bermen" and unqualifiedly endorses
the letter from Hersey,Bean & Brown
in this issue of the Wiscosix Lux-
BERwAN. Mr. King believes that
there must be a large decrease in the
amount of lumber manufactured be-
fore the trade can hope to be in a fa-
vorable condition; he not only be-
lieves so, but is one of that class of
pine land owners who are taking
initiatory steps to produce a reduc-
tion in the amount of lumber manu-
factured, by reducing his usual busi-
ness fully two-thirds. Mr. King
acknowledges that the cut on Black
river last winter was very light in
comparison to the winter of 1872-3,
yet claims that there are now logs
enough in the Black and its tributa-
ries to supply a proper demand from
that stream during the next year; he
also considers that the amount of
lumber and logs already cut for the
Mississippi markets is all sufficient
to meet the demand of that market
far into the next season, notwith-
standing that the supply is far short
of the amount upon the market in
1873. If the cut on the Black river
and its tributaries should continue
as large for the next three seasons as
it has for the past two, Mr. King con-
siders that the pinery of the Black
river valley would be virtually ex-
hausted. From all portions of the
country we obtain frequent informa-
tion that the larger manufacturers
are resolved to curtail future opera-
tions as the only plan left to secure
themselves from actual loss. Pine
land owners know that they are not
realizing one-half the value of their
stumpage, and are beginning to be
willing to allow their property to in-
crease in worth instead of destroying
it. We have heard many prominent
manufacturers express their belief
that the present season, seemingly so
unfavorable, will result in permanent
good ; that manufacturers will hence-
forth be much more careful than they
have been about receiving larger
stocks of logs than they can advan-
tageously handle. Once let the man-
ufacturers feel and know the benefit
they would derive from systematic
cutting of timber, in relation to the
amounts to be furnished bv the dif-
ferent pineries, and there would be
but little difficulty in maintaining as-
sociations in the several pineries that
would regulate and control the lum-
ber market to the advantage of all
producers and pine land owners.

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