THE TIMBER COMMISSION.
r. . . "i- (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) ir a! CHRISTCHUKCH, this day. a The Timber Commissioa resumed- tors day. re William (Joss, continuing his evidence, said he had made a return showing prices at various times bac kto 1874. In that year the price of red pine was 17/ and 18/, when timber was being obtained on Banks Peninsula. During the last three years his business decreased. He had a sawmill of his own and was interested in others on the West Coast. The slump in sawniilling had been gradual. Locally, Oregon had replaced red pine, font for fooU He was not making ■ e > the profit he should make on the amount n > of capital invested, and business-was not c - successful. Ie Replying to questions, he said anyone could purchase timber from him, On ae<rf count of the risk of fire, it -was better to ir use timber as it was needed. He favoured the Government conserving .the. timber lands if it could be dene \ritheut danger of fire. Fifty per cent, waa the maximum ig I amount of good timber that could be obri ' taineri from red pine logs, Oregen was g- j not rrfjulred in Ohristchureh. The men v,; of the present time did net work as well to !as men of the past, and there was not ur , the same output of wart. Mr Jennings, M.P., asked if Mr Goss he ! thought the race had degenerated. Whered ever he (Air Jennings) had been, in Aus.j, tralia and" America, he had found New gh i Zealanders holding pride of position as I workmen.
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