Bids have been received by the forest service for three hundred million feet of timber advertised for sale on the Tongass national forest in Alaska, and an additional three hundred million feet from the same forest has been applied for. A large part of this timber is Sitka spruce, which will be make into paper pulp, not only for the Pacific coast and the Orient, but for the general pulp market. The latest estimates available show that there is a stand of approximately seventy billion feet on the Tongass national forest, and approximately twenty-eight billion feet on the Chugach national forest in Alaska. The annual cut on the Tongass forest has gradually increased from zero at its creation in 1902, until it amounted to approximately forty-three million feet in the year 1912. All of this has been cut for local uses, largely for boxes to contain canned salmon. On the area on the Stikeen river, for which bids have been reveived the species to be cut include Sitka spruce, hemlock, red cedar, cottonwood, and yellow cedar, and the minimum stumpage rates range from two dollars and a half to one dollar a thousand feet, according to species, the yellow cedar bringing the highest price. A cutting period of twenty years will be allowed, with two years additional for construction work. The prices may be adjusted at five-year intervals to take care of possible advances in lumber values.

In an effort to end the prolonged ice strike, which has caused much suffering in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mayor Henry T. Hunt seized seven of the large non-union ice-making plants as a result of the refusal of the ice manufacturers to arbitrate with their striking employees. The formal seizure of the plants was ordered by the board of health in the interests of the city. Mayor Hunt gave the ice-makers a certain time within which either to operate the plants or to turn them over to the city. The manufacturers declared that they would do neither, and threatened injunction proceedings. The police seized the plants, and union officials then ordered engineers and firemen back to their former jobs, when work was immediately resumed. The first step by the ice manufacturers to regain possession of their plants was taken by the Cincinnati Ice Company, which applied to Judge Spiegel in the common pleas court for an injunction to restrain the city "from trespassing further on the property of the company." The petition asked that a temporary injunction be granted, and that it be made permanent. Mayor Hunt has sent a message to Attorney-General McReynolds urging him to order an investigation of the Middle State Ice Producers' Exchange, claiming that it is a combination in restraint of trade.

July 19, 1913

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