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


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The Wisconsin Lumbbmn.
hundred to five hundred dollars per
acre in less than a half-dozen years
from now. Good pine timber will
now bring from one hundred to three
hundred dollars per acre in western
Canada if anywhere on the frontier;
in the old settlements, I have known
as high as three hundred and fifty
dollars an acre paid for pine trees;
but what is called well timbered lan-l
in Canada is not composed of pit
props and other such stuff, as I have
seen here from the north of Europe.
" Lignum Vitae" says your corres-
pondent proves too much for the
theory he desires to set up, and
asks "If the United States already
consume annually more than double
as much timber as the mercantile
navies of Europe and America could
carry, and as only a small portion of
those ships is employed in the lum-
ber trade, how is that vast quantity
brought into use? " and then an-
swers his own question as your cor-
respondent would have answered it,
that the bulk of it is used where it is
cut down. But what has all this to
do with what your correspondent
said on the subject? He simply stated
that the present annual consumption,
computed at 30,000,000 of loads, is
more than double all the tonnage of
Europe and America combined; and
if this proves too much or too little,
or anything beyond giving an idea of
the rate of consumption, I am at a
loss to conceive. One thing, how-
ever, it has proved, and that is that
your correspondent's critic, as I said
before, could not have read very care-
fully the letter he criticises, or he
would not have kept on blundering
in this way about it.
I will leave the gentleman to settle
the question of the "Trojan war" the
"battle of Salamis," and the supply
in the "northern corner of Sweden,"
with Mr. Thicke, who has but re-
cently returned from there undei
such discouragement as to force him
not only to look towards America
but all the way to India and Japar
as souWces of supply.
To conclude, sir, the question o-
the timber supply is one of vast im-
portance both to the people of this
country and Canada, and if discussed
at all it should be not bv "guess"
work and reckless assertions, but de-
liberately, honestly and dispassion-
ately, with a view to eliciting the
facts, and without such bitterness as
is manifested by the gentleman I have
taken the trouble to notice, and who,
as far as I can see, has been given no
reason for the exhibition of the bad
temper his attempted criticism of
your correspondent's communication
presents.
Yours very obediently,
A CAx&mAN.
P. S.-Northern Sweden must be
a most extraordinary section of the
timber world, for we are informed by
" Lignum Vitie" it contains 180,000
square miles, while the whole of
Sweden claims but 176,000 east, west,
north and south. The northern por-
tion, then, it may be calculated, will
amount to one quarter the area of
the kingdom, which would be 44,000
square miles, and as he " rejects half
the territory as rivers, lakes, rocks;
cultivated valleys and inaccessible
places ;" in his calculations, we have
then 22,000 square miles or 14,080,-
000 acres of timber. The United
States Department of Agriculture es-
timate the consumption of timber
during the present decade, at one
hundred millions of acres, or an av-
* erage of ten millions of acres per
year, which " Lignum Vitae" will see
would use up allthe scaffolding poles
* of 300 to the acre that corner of Eu-
rope possesses in less than a year and
a half. It is said besides that thirty
years will strip the United States of
every description of timber-fire-
r wood, pit props, railway sleepers,
seaflold poles, hop poles, bean poles,
in fact leave them without a faggot
* from the Pacific to the Atlantic sea-
board.
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