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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)

The lumbermen's convention at Williamsport,   pp. 346-349 PDF (1.4 MB)

Page 346

346  l i e Wsagosin Lsumberma.L
At the Mississippi markets inspec- I
tion is hap-hazzard. Philadelphia, c
New York and the eastern markets
generally, hardly seem to realize that
a definite inspection law ever existed
in any locality. It is perfectly evi-
dent that if the great lumbering cen-
ters could agree upon uniform in-
spection rules and then that those
rules might become the legal inspec-
tion guide by action of the difierent
state legislatures, the business of
lumbering would be vastly benefit-
ted. It is time that certainly lumber-
men took some action in the matter
of obtaining a law or laws that shall
give some definite standard of in-
spection for the entire country.
The lumbermen who assembled at
Williamsport, Pa., on the 23rd of
June for the purpose of organizng a
national association, were successful
in their efforts. A national associa-
tion of lumbermen has actually been
formed. Thereby good has been ac-
complished. The convention was
small in numbers, but powerful as
the representative of wealth, business
and energy. It was not expected
that a gathering of lumbermen at
Williamsport would result in greater
good than in the laying of the foun-
dation of an organization which is to
eventually become powerful in its in-
fluence and protective of the lumber-
ing interests of the country. The
firm establishment of a great national
association may and should result
from the work now accompli.led.
.Local and state associations are ab-
and solutely necessary to sugges
)rganize measures which may subse-
quently be carried out through the
force and power of the national asso-
ciation. A good beginning has been
made by the convention at Williams-
port. Let the work be encouraged.
The amount of business transacted
at Williamsport by the convention,
although somewhat meagre in com-
parison to meetings of similar import-
ance, seems to cover the entire
grounds for which the convention as
The convention met in pursuance
of call, at 3 P. x., Tuesday, June 23rd,
and was called to order by Edgar
Munson, President of the West
Branch Lumbermen's Exchange. In
the course of appropriate remarks
Mr. Munson nominated Hon. Ezra
Rust of Saginaw, Mich., as temporary
chairman of the convention. On
Mr. Rusts taking the chair the active
business of the convention commenc-
ed. The temporary organization was
first perfected and a committee to
nominate permanent officers of the
convention was appointed; then the
convention adjourned until Wednes-
day morning, June 24th, at 10
o'clock A. x.
The committee to nominate per-
manent officers of the convention re-
ported as follows:
For President-Hon. L. D. Whit-
more, of Warren, Pa.
Vice Presidents-IHon. J. G. Thorp,
of Eau Claire, Wis. Hon. Ezra Rust,
of Saginaw, Mich. C. T. Marston.
Hartford, Ct.
Recording Secretaries - J. IL
Smith, Buffalo, N. Y. H. H. Col-
quitt, Savannah, Ga.

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