THE TIMBER COMMISSION.
(By Telegraph.—Press Association.) CHRISTCHURCH, this da>. At the Timber Commission to-day Mr Alfred Elliott, collector of Customs, produced a return of timbers imported to Lvttelton in the years ending June 30, 1007 and 1908. Wm. Jacques, builder, said in 1901 the price of ordinary undressed timber was 10/3, dressed 2/ extra. In 1908, two lists were issued—for January, ordinary timber 16/, in November 14/6 —but that did not represent the actual state of the market, because the list was altered, and other prices raised. Kauri had.gone up considerably. Flitches of 12in had risen 9/ per 100 ft. in eight years, and 14in. flitches had gone up 10/. In 1904 the price of seasoned timber was 6d more than unseasoned. When the company was importing jarrah it changed hands. The price of timber increased at that time. Jarrah had been competing with black pine. Large size Oregon should come into the country duty free, but there should be a large export duty on kauri. When the kauri supply was exhausted the people would have to pay the higher prices for imported inferior wood. He did not think the operations of the Forestry Department vigorous enough. Totara would not stand a strain equal to Oregon of the same size. Alfred Elliott, Collector of Customs, o-iving evidence at the Timber Commission,'said he had no record of any kauri being re-imported from Australia. Mr. Ell, M.P.. a member of the Commission, said the impression was abroad that kauri had been imported.
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