Items of Interest

That satisfactory wood-pulp can be made from a number of heretofore little known woods is evidenced by a Government publication, just issued, which contains seventy samples of paper manufactured by different processes, chiefly from woods heretofore practically unused for this purpose. It is pointed out that the spruce forests of the country are threatened with exhaustion, and that the cost of spruce pulpwood has steadily increased. If the price of news-print paper is to be kept at a reasonable figure, the experts say, more efficient methods of converting spruce into pulp must be developed or cheaper woods substituted for it.

The bulletin goes on to state that the method of manufacturing groundwood pulp has changed little since its introduction into this country in 1867. It was with the idea of developing new methods and improving the old that tests were undertaken at the forest service laboratories at Wausau and Madison, Wis. As a result, the relation to each other of the different steps in the manufacturing process has been definitely established and the merits of each treatment determined. The paper made from new woods was given a practical try-out by two large newspapers with satisfactory results.

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Annual Meeting of The Mother Church
June 17, 1916
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