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It is our opinion that it would be advisable to maintain the rates about as they are at present. Yours, truly,
CONTOOCOOK VALLEY PAPER COMPANY,
HUNTINGTON, Mass., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF Wood Pulp IMPORTERS.
GENTLEMEN: Your circular letter of the 14th received. As we are one of the divisions of the American Writing Paper Company, we have referred your letter to our president, Mr. W. N. Caldwell, Holyoke, Mass. You have the sympathy of this division in your efforts not to have the duty on pulps increased.
The compliments of the writer to each gentleman represented on the committee. Yours, truly, CHESTER PAPER COMPANY DIVISION,
E. C. Rogers, Manager.
LITItz, Pa., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF Wood PULP IMPORTERS.
New York, N. Y. GENTLEMEN: We have yours of the 14th instant relative to the possibility of an increase in the duty on pulps, and we wish most emphatically to go on record as being most strenuously opposed to any such legislation. Yours, very truly, THE CONSUMERS BOXBOARD AND PAPER COMPANY,
South HADLEY Falls, Mass., November 17, 1908. COMMITTEE OF WOOD PULP IMPORTERS,
New York City. GENTLEMEN: In answer to your circular letter of the 14th instant, beg to state that you are right in your supposition that we are opposed to any advance in duty on foreign pulp. We might also add that we have the same opinion as the Hampshire Paper Company upon this matter. Yours, truly,
CAREW MANUFACTURING COMPANY,
KALAMAZOO, Mich., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF Wood PULP IMPORTERS,
New York. GENTLEMEN: Yours of the 14th at hand, and we certainly should not like to see the duty on wood pulp raised, and we remain, Yours, very truly,
BRYANT PAPER COMPANY.
HOUSATONIC, Mass., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF Wood PULP IMPORTERS,
New York. that we are opposed to any increase in the duty on wood pulp. On GENTLEMEN : Replying to your favor of November 14, we would
say the other hand, we do not think the duty ought to be reduced. Domestic manufacturers are entitled to protection on their product same as we ask for ours. Yours, truly,
B. D. RISING PAPER COMPANY.
ROCKFORD, ILL., November 16, 1908. OF Wood PULP IMPORTERS,
5 Beekman Street, New York City. GENTLEMEN: It has come to our notice that there will be an effort made on November 21 to start a movement raising the duty on wood pulp, which, in our opinion, would benefit nobody but a few woodpulp manufacturers and work a hardship on the consumer of all grades of pulp, which is now almost out of the reach of the manufacturers of the cheaper grades of paper. We, as users of the several grades of pulp, respectfully appeal to you to use every means in your power to prevent this advance. Thanking you for any efforts you may take, we remain, Yours, very truly,
ROCKFORD PAPER Box BOARD COMPANY,
PITTSTON, PA., November 16, 1908. Gents: I am very much opposed to any advance in the present tariff on wood pulp of any kind. Yours, respectfully,
G. B. ROMMEL.
SCOTCH PLAINS, N. J., November 17, 1908. GENTLEMEN: We are not in favor of adding to the cost of the pulp we are using by having the tariff increased. Yours, truly,
SEELEY PAPER MILLS COMPANY.
KALAMAZOO, Mich., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF WOOD PULP IMPORTERS,
New York, N. Y. GENTLEMEN: We have your letter of the 14th in regard to the tariff on imported wood and sulphite,.etc., and in answer would say that we do not think the tariff had ought to be interfered with in any way, and that means that we consider it just about right as it is. Yours, very truly,
STANDARD PAPER COMPANY,
RICHMOND, VA., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF Wood PULP IMPORTERS,
New York. DEAR Sirs: Referring to your favor of November 14 in reference to the duty on wood pulp, will state that we think that it would be unwise for Congress to increase the duty on this material, as we ourselves do considerable export business and presume that other paper manufacturers do the same thing.
If the duty were increased on wood pulp of any kind this would naturally throw us out of line with the prices of our foreign competitors in Germany and Sweden. We hope, therefore, that there will be no change in these duties. Yours, truly,
STANDARD PAPER MANUFACTURING COMPANY,
FULTON, N. Y., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF WOOD PULP IMPORTERS,
New York City. GENTLEMEN: We wish to authorize you in our behalf to make just as strong a protest as you possibly can in the hearing before the Ways and Means Committee at Washington against any advance in the tariff rates on sulphite or ground wood.
There can be no question but that these articles are now sufficiently protected, and if there is any change in the tariff it should be downward, rather than upward.
lie believe it would be a most serious mistake if any advance in the present tariff rates on wood pulp was made. Yours, very truly,
THE VICTORIA PAPER Mills COMPANY, By E. R. REDHEAD, President.
SKANEATELES, N. Y., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF WOOD PULP IMPORTERS,
New York City. GENTLEMEN: While we are not large consumers of pulps, we certainly do not want to see any disturbance in the tariff, as that would affect our business in proportion.
We trust you will use your best endeavors to see that no disturbance
CHARLES G. WEEKS COMPANY.
APPLETON, Wis., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF WOOD PULP IMPORTERS,
New York, N. Y. GENTLEMEN: Replying to your letter of the 14th, we are not prepared to give you such a letter as you ask for, although upon further investigation it might prove to our interest to give it
whole, and if it develops that it is to the advantage of the trade gen
we look at it, the whole paper industry must be considered as a erally to have a higher duty on sulphite pulp, we are willing that it would be of more benefit, then we are ready to acquiesce in that. should be put on. On the other hand, if it develops that a lower duty
With the information at hand now, however, we can not express an opinion either way. Yours, respectfully,
WISCONSIN TISSUE PAPER COMPANY.
WELLS RIVER, Vr., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF Wood Pulp IMPORTERS,
New York. GENTLEMEN: Replying to yours of the 14th, we would state that we do not use any sulphite pulp, our raw material being burlap, etc.
We realize, however, that higher duties on sulphite would be a serious handicap to the majority of tissue manufacturers, as the imported article is really necessary to them. We remain, Yours, very truly,
ADAMS PAPER COMPANY,
BELLOWS FALLS, VT., November 16, 1908. COMMITTEE OF Wood Pulp IMPORTERS,
Room 721,5 Beekman Street, New York.. GENTLEMEN: We are in receipt of your favor 14th, and would state that in our judgment we believe the duty on sulphite should remain as it is. Yours, truly,
JOHN ROBERTSON & Son.
BOSTON, November 20, 1908. The G. W. WHEELWRIGHT PAPER COMPANY.
GENTLEMEN: We understand that you propose to be represented in Washington by way of protest against any increase in the tariff on chemical wood pulp, which is taxed under - Schedule M," as follows: Unbleached, one-sixth of 1 cent per pound, dry weight; bleached, one-fourth of 1 cent per pound, dry weight.
We wish to make a similar protest. We manufacture in Maine rising 45,000 tons of chemical wood pulp by the soda process, so-called, more than one-half of which we sell to manufacturers of paper, the balance being used in our own paper mills. We think the protection afforded our product is ample under existing law.
We buy about 14,000 tons of chemical wood pulp, mainly unbleached, made by the sulphite process, for use in our paper mills. Of this amount more than one-half is of foreign origin, five-eighths of our foreign purchases being Canadian. The cost of the foreign pulp
to us, delivered at our mills, is about $4 per ton more than the cost of domestic pulp, and the specific duty amounts to more than 8 per cent ad valorem.
The above figures relate to the years 1907 and 1908. The large proportion of foreign pulp used in these years is mainly due to the fact that in the last part of 1906 and the early part of the year 1907 we found difficulty in obtaining domestic sulphite pulp at reasonable prices.
It would seem that sufficient protection is at present afforded to American manufactures on this item, and that an increase in the rate of duty levied might result in an unnecessary addition to the cost and to the price of paper in this country.
We own three mills, situated in Maine, two paper and one soda pulp mill. Our product of book and surface-coated papers is about 45,000 tons per annum.
You are authorized to make the above representations to the Committee on Ways and Means in our behalf. Yours, very truly,
S. D. WARREN & Co. P. S.-We wish to add that no individual or association is authorized to represent us in respect to the tariff on printing paper. We should not object to a revision of this schedule, provided, in connection with it, are fairly considered the present rates of duty on articles entering the cost of manufacture, such as coal, clay, chemicals, and structural materials.
PHOENIX, N. Y., November 20, 1908. COMMITTEE OF WOOD PULP IMPORTERS,
New York City. GENTLEMEN: Your favor of the 14th received during the writer's absence, and now beg to state that our position in the matter of tariff revision on paper, wood pulp, and sulphite is that no change should be made whatever--that the schedule should remain exactly as it is
Very truly, yours,
SWEET Bros. PAPER MFG. Co., Per T. C. SWEET.
BUTTE, MONT., November 19, 1908. COMMITTEE OF Wood PULP IMPORTERS,
5 Beekman Street, New York City. GENTLEMEN : Replying to your circular letter dated the 14th instant, subject duty on wood pulp, will say that at the present time our mill is not in operation, due principally to the high freight rates and the lack of proper consideration from the railroad companies for prompt service.
We would most certainly oppose a further increase of duty of both the chemical and mechanical pulp, and would earnestly solicit your efforts in our behalf to secure better service from the railroads. Yours, truly,
KING & LARGEY PAPER MILLS.