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PRINCE ALBERT CROWN TIMBER AGENCY.
CROWN TIMBER OFFICE,
PRINCE ALBERT, 31st October, 1887. SIR, I have the honor to submit for your information the annexed report of the business transacted by this office for the Departmental year ending 31st October, 1887
The prospects for the coming year are much more favorable than they have been for some time past, the bountiful barvest and fair prices for grain bave brightoned up all branches of business, and the town and surrounding settlements are steadily improving, notwithstanding the great disadvantage at which we are placed by want of railroad facilities, and as soon as easy communication is obtained with the outside world, this is destined to become one of the great cities of the west, and has a great future before it.
I have the honor to be, Sir,
R. S. COOK,
Acting Crown Timber Agent. A. M. BURGES8, Esq., Deputy of the Minister of the Interior,
OBOWN TIMBER OFFICE, PRINCE ALBERT, 31st October, 1887,
R. S. COOK, Acting Crown Timber Agent,
SHOWING the Saw-Mills in the Prince Albert Crown Timber Agency, operating under Government License, during the Yoar endingi
the 31st October, 1887.
Name of Owner
Logs cut at.
Ft, B.M. Ft., B.M.
and poplar.... Sturgeon River.
* Returns received up to 30th June, 1887.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR,
CROWN TIMBER OFFICE,
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C., 31st October, 1887. SIR-I have the honor to submit my annual statement of timber matters in the Province of British Columbia for the year ending 31st October, 1887, to which the following statements are attached, namely :
“A.” Statement showing amount of revenue from all sources.
“ B.” Statement of saw mills operating under Government license, together with the quantities of material manufactured and cold by each lessee respectively,
For the year just closed the revecue of my agency, from all sources, amounted to $15,141,47.
In statement No. 2 I have, for the purpose of giving the public outside of this Province as full and minute information as possible in relation to lumber matters in this Province, prepared a tabulated statement, giving the names of mill propriotors, location of mills, their capacity, description of timber, situation of their limits, &c.
Owing to the superiority in many respects of both our Douglass pipe or fir ard cedar, they are attracting the attention of wealthy lumbermen in both Eastern Canada and the Western States, who are anxious to obtain full information regarding timber matters in this Province. I have, therefore, every reason to believe that our almost exhaustless forests of virgin pino and cedar will very soon bow their majestic heads to the axe of the foreign capitalist.
The completion of our great national highway, the Canadian Pacific Railway, has already given an outlet for the better class of dressed Douglass pine and cedar eastward as far as Montreal, and also to Chicago and St. Paul, while dimension timber from 70 to 100 feet in length have found a market in Dayton, Ohio, and other places. These new outlets are exclusive of the well established markets of China, Japan, Australia and the South American Provinces, in which places the bulk of our fawn lumber has found an unlimited market for many years past at exceedingly remunerative prices.
Considering, therefore, the denudation of the Eastern Canada and Western United States forests, wbich is steadily going on, this Pacific Province must supply the ever increasing demand, and it is, therefore, only reasonable to look forward to a lumbering boom in this Province at an early day.
I may remark that the great bulk of the timber which is now annually cut is rom Provincial lands along the mainland coast, the dues on which, as well as that cut on Dominion lands near tho coast, being at present merely nominal, equal to about 25 cents per M.
I have the honor to remain, Sir,
Your obedient servant,
T. S. HIGGINSON,
Dominion Crown Timber Agent for Eritish Columbia.