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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)

The midland,   pp. 518-520 PDF (1.1 MB)


Page 519


The Wisconsin .umberman.
- boiler and sawing gear are of the or-
e dinary description, but are placed on
y a floating platform or flat-bottomed
- punt, entirely decked over, and
i which when afloat is only a few
e, inches ont of the water. From the
o side of this vessel an elevator projects
- into the water, and receives the
I blocks of timber. They are then by
s means of girding chains conducted
I on to the saw frame, and cut through
I from end to end. The inventor of
Ithe machine is Mr. Robert Melvine,
3Sunnyside Foundry, Alloa. From
bexperiments made last week, it is
found the sleeper blocks can be sawn
at the rate of 1,500 a day.-London
iTimber Trades Journal.
LARGE Loss OF CORDWOOD NEAR Aus-
TIN, CALIFORNIA.-An Austin paper of
the 13th inst. says:
The Manhattan A-ill and Mining
Company suffered a severe loss by
fire on Saturday night, by incendia-
ries setting fire to wood-ricks on the
company's principal wood ranches,
sixteen and twenty-five miles from.
here, respectively. TJpwardsof 1800
cords of wood were destroyed, worth
from $12 to $15 per cord at this city.
The two piles were fired in several
places, but the fire being first ob-
served from a great distance, the en-
tire piles were consumed before as-
sistance could be rendered. Sheriff
Emery and a man named Webster
followed horse tracks from the scene
of the fire on Dry Creek for a dis-
tance of nine miles, when they came
upon a man asleep in the brush,
whom they arrested, The man was
fitted at all points, there being found
on his person four revolvers, two
bowie-knives and a double-barreled
gun. He made some attempt at re-
sistance, but Sheriff Emery would
not permit any nonsense, and brought
the man to town. He gives the name
of L. T. Haskell, and is wood-hauler
by occudation.
PLANTING TREEs oN LAN WASTES.-
Much attention is being given to th
planting of those loose sands, so ver
common beside several sea shores-
in the case of Holland, Belgium an,
the North of France, for examph
where the nudity of the coast is s,
dreary. It would be an error to sup
pose that the air being highly charge(
with sea salt, injures vegetation, a
many of these wastes were woode(
districts in the twelfth century, an(
the reader can recall places, if no
covered with trees to the water'i
edge, as in Sweden and Norway, at
least to very near it. To plant these
golden sands, patience and a just
comprehension of the circumstances
are required. The Dutch have solved
the p~roblem; they commence by
p~lanting the marine rush, which cQn-
stitutes a vegetable cement, a~d then
follow in due time the cemlbar pine,
or the common aspen. Hence the
truthful remark, without the Dutch,
Holland would not exist. Amster-
dam may be built on herring-bones,
but many of the towns exist owing
to the woods. At Boulogne Sur Mer,
Adams, the well-known banker, has
successfully planted 700 acres of the
sands in question. The cultivation
of pine for its resin is very profitable
in the south-west of France, where
the soil is a moor or sand. In the
course of thirty years land not valued
at more than six francs per acre can-
not now be purchased under 250
francs. The vietayer system is pur-
sued, where landlord and the farmer
equally divide the profits, the hold-
ings varying from 10 to 150 acres.-
Co,. Cal. Farmer.
A FLOATING SAwVML.-A sawing
machine of novel construction has
just been brought into use at Gran-
ton by Messrs. Calder & Lunnan,
importers of timber from the Baltic.
The invention designed is to cut
railway sleepers afloat at the ship's
side, in order to save the expense of
carriage to the ordinary mills. The
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