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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)

Yale Lock Manufacturing Company. Progress of the manufacture of locks and of bronze ornamental hardware--description of one of New England's leading manufactures,   pp. 377-386 PDF (3.1 MB)


The timber supply,   pp. 386-389 PDF (1.5 MB)


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3He Wisconsin Lumberman.
Philadelphia-Miller, Zinn & Bro., 415 in
Commercial street; Baltimore-Keith &  m
Kelso, 23 South Charles street; New g
Orleans-Stauffer, Macready & Co., 71 c
Canal street; Buffalo-Pratt & Co., 46 C
and 48 Terrace; Cincinnati-     i a
Chicago-D. S. Covert, 57 State street; c
St. Louis-E. C. Simmons & Co., 222 t
North Main street; San Francisco-James
L. Barker, 412 Market street; Toronto, a
(Can.)-E. H. Moore, 54 Front street, E. I
THE TIMBER SUPPLY.
Corrwesondence of tra Lotdon Timber Trades
LoNDoN, May 26, 1874.
Sir:-Notwithstanding the ques- I
tion of the timber supply is one in I
which the people of the United i
States and Canada are as deeply in- I
terested as the people here can,
possibly be in that of the coal or
iron supply, up to within a few X
months hardly a thought was given I
to the subject, and not till it was ]
brought to the notice of the Ameri-
can and Canadian public in a com-
munication which was presented to
the National Board of Trade Con-
vention which met in October last at
the city of Chicago, was the matter
taken into serious consideration by
either press or people. That com-
munication was written by one of
the oldest timber men in Canada,
and giving tbe statistics of supply
and consumption in all the eastern,
middle, and northwestern states of
the American Union, it was shown
that all the pine and other timber
used for building purposes, would
not give them a supply for over a
dozen of years at the yearly increas-
ing rate of consumption then going
on.   The question has, however,
since that time being pretty well
ventilated, as you will see from the
numerous extracts herewith present-
ed from the leading papers scattered
over the United States and Canada
on that subject.
The people there were going on
i the most destructive and reckless
sanner, wasting what it would take
enerations to replace, if indeed this
ould be effected by any effort that
ould be made, without ever giving
thought to the position the coun-
ry would be placed in when such a
alamity as the total exhaustion of
heir timber overtook them
The question of the Americas
upply, and especially that of Canada,
being one in which the people of this
,ountry are interested in a degree
second only to that of the Ameri-
cans and Canadians themselves, it is
very surprising to me why writers
)n the subject here do not try to
nake themselves conversant with the
acts before rushing into print, and
thus, in utter ignorance of the ques-
tion, mislead the public with regard
to it. The following I find in the
Standard of this city, of the 16th
altimo., after ransacking the timber-
supplying countries of Europe for
timber and finding them about ex-
hausted, it says, "We should fix our
attention upon the territories of
British North America, which, not-
withstanding the drain upon parts
of them, contain sufficient supply
for the most exacting populations of
the earth for centuries." Again, we
get the following from the Building
News, also of this city: "As to
British North America, no one can
form anything like an accnrate esti-
mate of the enormous wealth of
timber, comparatively neglected, and
yet so dear in our market, [query,
why is it so neglected and yet so
dear?] It is computed at a guess
that there are about 900,000,000
acres in British North America oc-
cupied by timber trees, or more than
the extent of Great Britain a dozen
times over." Again, in your Journal
of the 16th inst., we find the follow-
ing in a very interesting article on
the subject of timber houses by Mr.
Frank C. Thicke. He says: "Till
within the last few years young
forests have been ready for hewing
in Scandinavia when the old ones
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