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

Effects of hard times in London,   p. 406 [496] PDF (397.3 KB)


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Tae Wiscomms LumbemaL
across the head of the ravine, so construct-
ed as to alow the fioating of timber thirty
feet in length. The terminus of the msin
canal, five miles east of Placerville, will
have an altitude of more than twelve hun-
dred feet above Shingle Springs, the pres-
ent terminus of the Placerville and Sac-
ramuento Valley Railroad. A chute or V
flume, can be construct3d from the main
canal via of Diamond Springs and Mud
Springs to Shingle Springs, the length of
which would be thirteeu miles, with a fall
from seventy-five to one hundred feet to
the mile, which would insure success for
transporting cord wood, and timber also,
if the flume be of proper size.
Achute, to be profitably used for tim-
ber, would require to be constructed of two
inch plank, twenty-four inches wide, which
would be eight feet to the foot-board
measure-tressle-work or support of the
flume, about four feet of lumber to the
foot, in all twelve feet of sawed lumber to
one foot of flume, or about mixty-four
thousand feet of lumber to the mile,
worth 2 cents per foot, $1,280 per mile, or
a total cost per mile of $2,300. A chute
thus constructed, with the use of seventy-
five inches of water, would transport 300
cords of wood or 300,000 feet-board
measure-to Shingle Springs or other
points on the line, every twenty-four
hours, at a cost of $20 for motive power.
Inch boards cannot be carried through a
V flume. A chute for the transportation
of cord wood only could be constructed for
a much less sum. If the Placerville and
Sacramento Valley railroad should soon be
completed to this place, which our citizens
are very anxious to have done, a five mile
chute would be all that would be required.
With the railroad terminus at this place,
Placerville would become an important
point for the burning of charcoal and the
shipping of wood and lumber. Charcoal
could be loaded into cars and transported
in bulk and deposited in the machine shops
or mills at Sacramento with but one hand-
ling. This center route by the El Dorado
Water and Deep Gravel Mining Company
canal commands one half, if not two-thirds
of the timber and cordwood in the country
On the north side of the Georgetown
ridge and southern slope of the Middle and
North Fork of the American river, chutes
can be constructed from  the California
Water Company's canal near Georgetown,
and fromthe North Fork ditch in Placer
county, both of which would terminate at
or near Folsom; that on the Grizzly Flat
ridp by chutes from the Consumnes river
to Shingle Springs or Latrobe. Thus at
a comparatively smal outlay of capital
Sacremento can be supnlied with cheap.
fuel and lumber for ali manufacturing and
domestic purposes, from El Dorado county,
and the supply cannot be exhausted in the
next fifty years.- In the vicinity of Dia-
mond Springs, Placerville, Kelsey and
Georgetown, where lumbering was carried
from 1850 to 1856, the large trees cut
down, and since that time autumnal fires
prevented, which, before the occupation of
the country by white setlers, destroyed the
young trees and undergrowth, a dense for-
est of luxuriant growth have sprung up
and now cover the hula and most of the
uncultivated land. Those young pines are
from ten to fifty feet in hight, and from
three to twelve inches in diameter, and
when cut and seasoned in summer, make
excellent firewood or charcoal. Such
wood is mcuh used now by families here_
If Placerville had direct commnication
with tide-water, she might be a formidable
competitor with Sacramento or Chico for-
the rolling mills. Her water power is
cheap, and equal to anything of the kind in,
the state, and besides her wood and tim,
ber facilities we have excellent beds of
iron ore, one about one mile from town,
with another some distance from here
which is almost pure metal, and in vast
quantities. I am informed by parties who
have tested it, that in a common black-
smith's forge they have worked it for horse-
shoes.                      Oxford,
Effeets of Hard Times in London.
The sales of plate and jewelry in London.
this spring will exceed the ordinary display&
in this branch of costly decoration. Early in?
March a casketof jewels of rare magnificence,
belonging to a lady, will be offered for sale.
Added to these are a gold vase, more than 100
ounces in weight, chased and enamelled in
colors, and studded with 1,700 precious
stones an Eleanor cross in silver, a grand~
piece 'of old Venetian work in silver, en--
riched with gems, representing the "Triumph
of Maimilian,"7 and lare camel by Giram
etti and other famous Romaon workers. Fol--
lowing these sales, in April, comes, notwith-
standing the accession of Kig Alfonso  II.,
the sale of the jewels of Dona Ysabel de Bor-
bon, which had been announced some time
before the recent change in Spain. Some ar-
ticles have been withheld, but at present the
directions given to sell remain in force.
Among the collections of old plate, which
will enable the virtuosi in this favorite walk
to enrichtheircabinets, is that of the lateo
Mr. Klockmn, a German merchant of LTo.
don, which isto besold.inllay
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