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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)

Lumber matters in Michigan,   pp. 464-466 PDF (1009.4 KB)

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July 29th the lumbermen of the
Saginaw valley met at East Saginaw
pursuant to a call issued by the
Lumbermen's Association. The sub-
ject under consideration was the re-
ciprocity treaty with Canada. We
are informed that prominent lumber-
men from Chicago, Detroit and
nearly every important place in the
Saginaw valley, were in attendance.
The opinions of the gentlemen in at-
tendance are well worth considering.
For a full report of the arguments of
those who expressed themselves upon
the subject of reciprocity we are in-
debted to the Saginaw Wee&y Cour-
ier. We reproduce those opinions
in full, together with the report ol
the business transacted, for the care.
ful consideration of our readers.
Mr. Bradley on taking the chaii
stated briefly the object of the meet
ing. During the last few days of th,
last session of congress there cam
before that body a treaty for recip
rocity trade with Canada. The bi]
appeared to emanate with the seerc
tary of state, but so quiet had beer
the preparation of the bill that hb
few were aware of its preparatio
until brought before congress. Ts
matter appeared to have been worke
up quietly but effectively. Previol
to the advent of the bill member
were in receipt of documents ax
printed arguments in favor of recij
rocity. About the time the intent
the bill became public Mr. Bradl'
waited upon the secretary of stat
and found that officer of the gover
ment fully imbued with the idea
reciprocity, and fortified with pe
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tions from different parts of the
country, resolutions of boards of
trade, and letters from prominent
commercial bodies. It transpired
that the proposed treaty was an out-
growth of the liberal movement in
Canada. The liberals favor annexa-
tion, and they propose reciprocity to
assist and popularize their scheme.
Continuing  the conversation, Mr.
Bradley desired to enter a protest
from the state of Michigan against
the consummation of a treaty detri-
mental to -the manufacturing inter-
ests of his state and the northwest.
Mr. Bradley went further to show to
the secretary of state that the board
of trade and persons signing the pe-
titions in favor of the treaty weie
directly interested in free trade.
3 This was especially the case with the
petition from Detroit. From what
rthe chairman could ascertain at
- Washington, he realized that a strong
a and organized effort was beingmade
e to carry the measure. Thus far the
- friends of reciprocity have been in
i the minority, but there is no telling
what the future may bring forth, and
an we should organize ourselves on the
Lt best possible footing and present our
n side of the case to congress at its
id next session.
,d Mr. Ezra Rust on being called
is upon, said that about the only idea
rs he had upon the subject was that we
Ld must organize and oppose the treaty.
p- The best way, probably, to do this,
of would be to appoint committees who
By shall take the matter in hand, pre-
te, pare statistics, collect facts and fig-
n- urea, and report at the meeting of
of the National Association to be held in
ti- this city September 15th.

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