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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)

Lumbering in Maine,   p. 505 PDF (363.7 KB)

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The Wisconsin Lumberman.
the manufacturers of Williamsport
might be depended on for co-opera-
tion with, and financial support of,
the combination.-Boston Lumber
From Editorial Cowrepondknce of the Montrea
(Canada) Gazette.
Bangor is a place of considerable
importance, which it owes chiefly to
the lumbering interest which centres
there. There are several large saw
mills in its vicinity, and others are
studded at. intervals along the banks
of the Penobskott river, between
Bangor and the Province line. What,
however, strikes all, as at different
intervals we catch glimpses from the
train of the mill ponds, is the charac-
ter of the logs which are being cut
up into lumber. As a general rule,
they are spruce logs, from five to
fifteen inches at the butt, but not
averaging on the whole more than
about six or seveninches. Here and
there a pine log or a small pond of
them carefully boomed in, afford the
evidences of the departed relics of
the forest. Even these are small
logs compared with what is the aver-
age class about a mill on the Ottawa
or the Trent. The truth is that the
lumber of Maine is well nigh exhaust-
ed, the victim to that most reckless
system of waste which has everywhere
on this continent characterised this
industry. The Bangor paper which
we got on the train had a letter from
California describing lumbering oper-
ations near the Sierra Nevada, and
there the inevitable madness crops
out. Describing the magnificence of
the forest trees, four logs from a
single tree scaling six thousand feet
of lumber, the average of a lot of logs
at one of the mills being fifteen hun-
dred feet, the writer proceeds to refer
to the yellow pines in those forests,
resembling the Norway pine in Maine,
the timber being hard and excellent
for flooring. And then comes the
old, old story: "These trees are gen-
erally passed by, but they will soon
be wanted. Now only the best is
taken-the cream of the forest."
Happy will it be for the lumber in-
terests if when they are wanted th ey
are still to be had, for it would be no
unusual experience, judging from
the record in Maine and Canada, to
find that the fire had run through
the partially cleared forest, and
swept away the now despised tim-
bers. It would not be easy to esti-
mate in dollars the loss which this
culling system has produced in
Canada; and the scurvy apologies
for saw logs which now fill the mill-
ponds in the rivers of Maine are the
warning voice to Canadian lumber-
ers of a day fast approaching, and
not, I fear, very far off, when a simi-
lar experience will be theirs. The
present depression in the lumber in-
terest affords a fair opportunity for a
pause in the career of our production.
and for stock-taking in relation to
the real interests of the trade. I be-
lieve there is to be a meeting of lum-
berers next week in Ottawa to con-
sider the position of the trade, and
it is most sincerely to be hoped that
wise counsels will govern its deliber-
J. W. Bashford, timber agent for
the state of Wisconsin, is meeting
with commendable success in settle-
ment for tresspass on the St. Croix
and Lake Superior landgrant. There
are now about fourteen million feet
of logs in the boom here, which have
been cut on these lands. Lumber-
men who have committed tresspass
on these lands now have an oppor-
tunity to make arrangements to re-
tain possession of their logs until
such time as they can be put in pro-
per shape for sale or shipment. Wis-
consin will doubtless realize more by
this arrangement than any other
which could be adopted.-St. Paul
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