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Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
(July, 1874)

Limiting the supply of lumber,   p. 376 PDF (387.6 KB)

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The Wisconsin Lusem nan
brings you plump into the gents C
dormitory and the ladies' chamber c
as well. A good-sized white sheet e
being the partition wall between the I
two. And as for ventilation and
light, in the absence of windows, the I
air and the stars alike peep in at the a
cracks through the flat roof between E
the rafters.  The beds, which are I
very good, not downy feathers to be I
sure, but nice, clean Norway or white a
pine plank, I judge, with the soft
side up. They are ranged along
under the low, hanging roof, heads
to the centre, in true army style. I
And every fellow is expected to keep i
his position when once laid away for X
the night, and not turn over or set
up in bed, if he has any regard for
his head or shoulders, or even a
decent respect for the close fitting
roof. The economy and compact-
ness of this pioneer hotel arrange-
ment, is made plain, when I tell you
that some sixteen or twenty beds are
thus put into a room about 20x30
feet square.  But the host and
hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Palmer, are
fit to keep the Palmer lHouse of Chi-
cago. A true gentleman and a lady.
How they came here, why they came,
and how they managed to gather
flowers and pluck happiness out of
dense forests of pine and hemlock,
for nine long dreary winter and
spring months, was not revealed to
me. But so it seemed; with sturdy
Norways for daily companions, an
occasional homesteader or land hun-
ter, or railroad hand for a change,
they not only existed, but subsisted,
not on pine cones either, but on fat
elk and deer, and wrought out a
good lot of real comfort, so they said.
Hemlock bark is the chief article of
commerce hereabout. Several camps
are now in full blast, each having
contracts to get out this season from
2,000 to 5,000 cords. The most of
which goes to Milwaukee, at eight
shillings per cord. I did not learn
of any saw-mill or that any one was
in progress above town 33. but oh
dear I what magnificent pine trees.
Old chaps with heads brittle and de-
ayed by age, but with bodies so full
if "uppers" they would make a lum-
berman "fairly leap with joy."
Dry goods and wet goods too-
)ateing barley manufacture-are at
a discount here. No chance to
iwindle anybody. Ten years from
iow peddlers and drummers may
ind some gain in their vocation as
well as good to their patrons; but
not now. A genuine Pennsylvania
Dutchman, American born, young,
not over thirty, wild as a praire
horse, full of energy and "wild oats,"
a sort of waif in the wilderness, had
strayed up here just for the fun of
the thing and taken a job at peeling
hemlock bark.   He related a "chop-
ping match" which came oft there re-
cently with regular jubilation. Fifty
dollars stake was put up and he was
one of the two choppers. He chop-
ped down 65 trees averaging fifteen
inches through, and his opponent 62
trees, averaging ten inches. He got
the $50 but sprained his wrist in
doing it, which necessitated a trip to
Medford, No. 67, to enjoy the fruits
of his labor.
The lumber manufacturers doing busi-
ness in the vicinity of Glens Falls, Fort
Edward and Sandy Hill, N. Y., held an
important meeting on June 20th. Hith-
erto they have run their saw mills day
and night. At the meeting on Saturday,
it was resolved to run them half the time.
This action is had in consequence of the
supply of lumber being already largely in
excess of the demand. Lumber is not
made from logs secured the present sea-
son, but from logs obtained one, two and
even three years ago. The supply of logs
now en route to the mills, from the gather-
ing of the past, few months, is very great.
and, consequently, the future cutting of
logs will be diminished.
This action of the lumber manufactur-
ers, throws out of employment large num-
bers of men. It will doubtless be followed
in other localities, and thus many thou-
sands will be deprived of work.-AihlAlby

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