Northrop, E. B.; Chittenden, H. A., Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin lumberman, devoted to the lumbering interests of the northwest
The timber business. Please "wait a little" and see how it comes out, pp. 497-498 PDF (746.7 KB)
The Wisconst from the non-action of his competi- tors. In other trades, both in wholesale and retail branches, operations for the month of June-speaking for this city- show an actual gain over the corresponding period last year. Buyers are said to have been more liberal than for twelve months past. Money is undoubtedly in freer circu- lation among the class who buy in small lots, than at any time since last September. With the prospects which are now so apparent for abund- ant crops throughout the entire coun- try, it is more than probable that we are to enjoy a good fall trade. An increase in the different branches of retail trade exerts a powerful influ- ence in restoring confidence among all classes, and it has already been predicted that if this activity in the retail trade continues during the summer, "the anniversary of the Jay Cooke failure will find money in as free and general circulation as at any time since the close of the war." This line of reasoning does not ap- ply to this city alone. From the great eastern marts, New York, Bos- ton, etc., come substantially the same reports. That this will affect the lumber trade, other than in the way of an increased demand could not be asserted with confidence. We can- not have an advance in the price of certain grades of lumber while there are large quantities on hand and con- tinually being made. The price of good lumber is not low now. There is a good demand for the upper qualities at paying figures. Our ad- vices from the different distributing points along the Mississippi, and the large markets east, intimate an ex- pectation of an active demand throughout the season for fall trade. A large amount of lumber is now be- ing sold in this market, but at low, we might say, ruinous prices. There is too much low grade lumber on hand and constantly being shipped here to expect any material advance very soon. The only remedy for n Lunberman. 497 this is in a cessation of shipments. Thus, we can only argue for the im- mediate future, an increase of sales with but little advance in prices.- Northwestern Lumber-inupt THE TIMBER BUSINESS. Please "Wait a Little" and see how it Comes Out. Hudson Star Times. The Star & Times has exposed the ridiculousness of one of the phases of "Reform," in the appointment of an army of incompetent timber agents to forage off from the St. Croix land grant, and rob, in salaries and expenses, the State of money that ought to go into the treasury. Instead of appointing one man, as Governors Fairchild and Washburne did to look after trespassers. Gov- ernor Taylor has appointed-well we don't know how many, we can only call to mind, Wilson, and Bashford, and Drakely, and Angel, and Whit- tlesy, and Morse; and a few such deputies as Dresser, and Blanding, and Mears, and McDermiad; besides Glover, Atty. General of the Brigade -these are all we can think of just now. The True Republican intimates that a large amount of trespass will be hunted up. It says: It would seem that after all, the trouble with Hod Taylor and Abe Van Meter in regard to Gov. Tay- lor's timber agents, was because they were likely to find too many trespassers, and thus show by con- trast the incompetence to put it most charitablyof Gov. Washburne's X timber agency ring. Mr. Bashford and his assistants, on the St. Croix waters alone, are likely to realize more money from trespasses of last winter, than has turned over to the State Treasury in several previous years. Will our little contemporary re- strain its enthusiasm for a time?
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