The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 21, 1954 · Page 11
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April 21, 1954

The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 11

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WEOWESDAY, 'APRa M, KM BLTTKET1LLK (ARK.) FAOV mm* Northwest Lumber Industry Has Declined from Last Year By SAM DAWSON PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The raw materials for America's homes are coming from the Pacific Northwest's forests at a slower rate today than last year. But lumber mill spokesmen say they are still betting on at least a million new houses rising this year — almost as many as last. The plywood industry, moreover,^ is going the lumbermen one better. Respite declining shipments, it goes on producing at or near capacity, confident that demand from builders will catch up In coming weeks. Lumber prices, shipments and orders, however, at present are all running below this time last year. And numerous small marginal mills and logging operations have closed down, because prices dropped below the break-even point. Pickup Seen The large concerns are betting on a spring pickup in construction to justify their hopes that total production this- year will finally come within 5 per cent of 1953's fat output. They point to an unusually good February home-building performance as one sign, and as another to the fact that in recent weeks orders have topped winter-retarded output. Prices of lumber and plywood, now down by 10 to 20 per cent from Korean War highs, are expected to fluctuate with the ups and downs of the construction industry. And with some types of timber used by home builders, prices may react to Canadian lumber exports and to overseas markets for American forest products. So far this year American shipments of Douglas fir to Australia and South Africa have been topping those from British Columbia—with the rise of the value of the Canadian dollar in foreign exchange said to be giving the Americans a price advantage. Lost Part of Market But last year Canada lost part of its English market when the United Kingdom bought lumber from Scandinavia .and Russia. The Canadians then sold part of their output in the Eastern TJ. S. market —weakening prices for American lumber, lodus-tr-y spokesmen* here sa-y. There are other problems bothering the Northwest's No. 1 industry. Booming postwar building brought many marginal mills into operation fpj a quick harvest of dollars. When production outran demand and prices cracked, these mills folded" and brought spot depression to some small communities. In some instances the easily available father has been cut, and costs mouot as the lumbermen, go farther afield. A threatened strike could affect the production picture. The CIO Woodworkers' Union, representing some 50,000 workers in sawmills and logging camps, has set May 3 as the date for an industry-wide strike unless its demands for wage increases and other benefits are met. But those who sell lumber see their best chance of finding a million-home market for their product to lie in possible congressional action to ease mortgage financing teraas still more. Competition Growing Competition from other building materials is growing. The lumbermen are fighting back with promotional campaigns to induce more LOOK-AM IKE) -it ma; be confusing, but this gentleman looks like President Eisenhower and his name is John J. McCarthy. A patient at a Hartford, Conn., hospital, he holds a picture ol ike K> prove it McCarthy claims he's an independent voter and that ao one ever told him he looked like Ike until he was hosDitalized. use of their product and with efforts to get building codes revised. The mills are following in the IMAGINE-ME Wanting To Take a Bath Kohler fixtures and fittings have the timeless beauty of sound design and exquisite finish. Products of unsurpassed engineering experience and workmanship, they assure lasting health-protection and satisfaction. The Cosmopolitan Bench Bath and roomy Westchester lavatory have lovely, smooth surfaces of Kohler enamel— glasshard, easy- to-clean, and fused onto non- flexing iron. Shower fitting includes the Niedecken mixer with single handle to control the flow and temperature of water for shower or bath. Kohler chromium-plated brass fittings insure matched beauty and maximum efficiency of each working part. Call on as today— we'll be fflad to help you in selecting fixtures and fittings, in matched sets or individual pieces — for bathroom, washroom, kitchen or laundry. Call Your Plumbing Contractor or Dealer in Blytheville Distributed in this Area By Midsouth Plumbing Supply Co. (WHOLESALE Rear 213-215 Walnut Phone 3-8351 learned to use every part of their animals "but the squeal." Mills have learned to cut more usable lumber out of a log, to sell certain types of their output to plywood makers, to get the bark chips and branches to the pulp mill, to turn the sawdust into salable products. Waste is too expensive for modern day lumbering. The Northwest's lumber falls into two classes, each with its special problems and uses. The West Coast Lumbermen's Assn. represents the Douglas fir industry which flourishes from the Pacific Coast to the western side of the Cascade Moun- tains, the great rain belt of the Northwest. Association spokesmen say they are "conservatively optimistic" for 1954. The Western Pine Assn. represents lumbermen in the 12 Western states where the ponderosa pine grows — in the drier regions from the eastern slopes of the Cascades on east through the Rocky Mountains. The association looks- for a the 1953 level, and a consequent five per cent decline in lumber production. Only six vice preeidente of the United States were elected to second terms: Adams, Tompkins, Clinton, Calhoun, Marshall, and Garner. WALLPAPER SALE Bargains Galore in Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom and Kitchen Patterns At Prices Never Offered Before! Reg. $1 Papers Reg. 90c Poper Now Only Now Only 40' 36' 32' 30 All Fresh From Factory! 140 Patterns to Select From! Us* Our Time Payment Plan Buy Now -Pay Later! Let Us Recommend A Good Paperhanger The SHERWIN-WILLIAMS CO. 411 W. Main INDO-CHINA-TheWorld's Oldest War By Walter Parkesand Ralph Lane and hove paid heavily M their fight against »« Reds, Up to tfee present time, Fmndi national fcxco. alone lost 34,600 killed and missing/ •*" eluding lo,500 Frenchmen. Wounded numbered 34,500. Viet Now lost 31,900 tilled and mow than 2,000,000 Indo-Chinese civilians were mode homeless. But th* Communist*' roll was heavier—estimated at 227,000 Mled and 230,000 captured. Paying a tab of some $500,000,000 a year smct 1950 for military aid to Indo-Chino, HM U. S. has become more wid more involved in Hie war. Ac the Geneva conferees meet, we arc paying 70% of the war*! cost. This represents hundreds of military planes and warships, rhousands of trucks, tanks and other combat vehicles and nearly 200,000 rifles and machine guns. This January, 250 Air Force technicians were ordered to duty in Indo- Chinc to help the French. In March, French Chief of Staff Paul Ely begged more military aid. An immediate result was the sending of 25 8-26 bombers to reinforce the French air force in Indo-Chino. Senators Plan More Hearings On Bill for TV A Appropriation WASHINGTON 0P) — A Senate subcommittee wants to hear more discussion of the money need of the Tennessee Valley Authority. After listening to six hours of testimony, Chairman Saltonstall (R-Mass) scheduled another hearing for Thursday to hear views of additional witnesses on TVA appropriations for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Three Senators, two Democrats and one Republican, have told the agency. They are Sens. Kefauver and Gore, Tennessee Democrats, and Cooper R-Ky. Some 20 other witnesses from the Tennessee Valley area piled up evidence for and against the agency's plea for additional funds. Led by Gov. Frank G. Clement of Tennessee, supporters of TVA told the Senate group the House passed appropriations bill would leave the agency woefully short of funds next year. On the other side of the picture, C. Hamilton Moses, board director of the Arkansas Power & Light Co., and other private power representatives testified that TVA should be made to stand on its own feet without further appropriations from Congress. They said private utilities can furnish the additional power needs of the valley. The House bill would provide $103,582,000 for TVA. This is $38,218,000 less than the $141,800,000 budget recommendation — and it includes no funds for starting new power tmits. TVA supporters want the Senate to restore funds cut from the bud- get request by the House. They also want 85 million dollars added for starting right new steam-electric power units. Nebraska has a larger percentage of its land in farms than any other staie of the Union. Cherry to File This Week LITTLE ROCK UP^—Gov.. Cherry said yesterdtiy he would file for a second term in advance of his leaving this weekend for the president's Conference of Governors in Washington, April 28 is the deadline for filing for this summer's Democratic primaries and Cherry will be out of /3W ywweffttn ext/v calf *** the state until after that date. Gus McMillan, Sheridan real es- tnre dealer, is Cherry's only opponent so far. Read Courier News Classified Ada Earth's Wobble The wobble of the earth's txlft is called the "precession." It it caused by an uneven gravitational pull of the sun on the earth. 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