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Effective immediately, advance all red cedar split posts $1.50 per hundred. This makes your price on all items of Idaho red cedar split posts $1.50 over post price list of March 22, 1919.
There is no change in price of round posts. All round posts are still quoted at straight list prices.
Mr. G. A. Clark, secretary of the Lifetime Post Association, on November 21, 1919, wrote the following letter to the Lost Creek Cedar Co. of Ione, Wash.:
Under separate cover, we are sending you 25 post price lists on standard splits and rounds, in compliance with your request.
On November 28, Mr. Clark also wrote the Sandpoint Lumber & Pole Co., of Sandpoint, Idaho, as follows:
In compliance with your letter of November 24, we inclose herewith 1 dozen f. o. b. price lists on split posts and round cedar posts.
A series of telegrams, dated the first part of December, 1919, referring to price changes, were also found in the files of the association. Mr. Leavitt stated to the commission's representative that these price changes were not the result of a conference, but were determined upon by him during a trip through the Minnesota and Wisconsin territory, at which time he discussed conditions with various manufacturers in that territory. The first telegram, dated December 5, from Mr. Leavitt at Chicago, to Seaman, secretary of the Western Red Cedar Association, at Spokane, read in part as follows:
Advance treating prices twenty per cent dropping to five or zero effective to-day; get our circular at once but do not have new list printed until hear from me. Advise Flannery.
On December 12 Mr. Leavitt sent the Western Lumber & Pole Co. the following message:
Effective the 11th, increase weights on western red cedar poles by 50 per cent, arrive at price by deducting f. o. b. selling price from delivered price, divide remainder by two and add to present delivered price, dropping to five or cipher. Do Dot use f. o. b. price shown on delivered price list. Cancel all outstanding quotations by wire. Send out notice by phone and letter at once, and have new price lists printed, including treating prices. Leave here for Spokane Saturday morning. Price on fifty-cent rate should be seven twenties, four forty-fives; seven thirty-fives, twelve fifty.
On December 9, 1919, the Weyerhaeuser Sales Co. issued a bulletin to its salesmen canceling all quotations on poles.
On December 18, 1919, the Naugle Pole & Tire Co., of Chicago, Ill., sent the following telegram to Mr. Leavitt, at Spokane:
Please rush new price lists all possible. I find others are using printed f. 0. b. prices shown on regular price list and therefore making serious errors. Please wire all concerned cautioning them about this.
Mr. Leavitt replied in a letter dated December 30, 1919, as follows: Complying with your request of the 27th, we are sending you under separate cover 100 copies of price lists covering western red cedar poles in the United States.
We are not including any Canadian price lists. If you want any Canadian price lists, advise us and we will be pleased to send them to you.
A new pole list for both the United States and Canada was distributed under date of December 11, 1919.
A new western red cedar piling list was printed and distributed on December 16, 1919.
An addition or correction to the pole list was mimeographed and sent to the members, effective January 31, 1920.
The latest reference to a meeting of the association, found in the files of the association at the time of this investigation, was a notice bearing the date of March 10, 1920, calling a meeting of the association for March 16. In addition to the matter of advertising which was to be discussed, the circular read:
There are other matters of considerable importance to be discussed, such as available stocks, market conditions, etc.
IV. WESTERN RED CEDARMEN'S INFORMATION BUREAU.
The Western Red Cedarmen's Information Bureau, as described in the introduction, in unincorporated, and was formed for the purpose of compiling and publishing data pertaining to posts and poles. Various reports were periodically published. A circular issued by this bureau, under date of January 19, 1919, contained the following in reference to the data which it was intended would be published:
At a meeting held to-day it was unanimously agreed to furnish the following reports:
First, a report of the sales as made, showing the rate of freight and the quantity and size of posts. Second, a report of the number of cars shipped each month during the year 1915.
Third, a report, mailed so as to reach this office not later than the 5th of each month, showing the numer of posts you have located on each of the railroads. The report of the number of posts on hand the 1st of each month is to be as accurate an estimate as can conveniently be made.
I would like to have the reports showing the number of posts shipped each month last year mailed so as to reach this office not later than February 1, and the report of the stock on hand, to be furnished the 1st of each month. mailed so as to reach this office not later than the 5th of each month.
Trusting you will give this matter your very careful attention, I am.
Mr. Leavitt stated that the object of the information covering sales sent out by his bureau was to check the prices made by the individual members and to see that the “list prices" were followed. The bureau had no method of checking the figures as submitted by the individual companies, but the members had agreed to report all of their sales. Mr. Leavitt stated that no agreements were made to follow the prices set out in the various price lists, but the reports published through the bureau naturally tended to keep the members in line on prices.
A fairly complete list of the reports which were compiled and published under the name of the Western Red Cedarmen's Information Bureau was obtained during the investigation and are filed in the record.
VICTOR MURDOCK, Chairman.
Commissioners. JANUARY 24, 1923.
4th Session. S
AMERICAN PROPERTY INTERESTS IN ISLE OF PINES.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
IN RESPONSE TO SENATE RESOLUTION 392, A REPORT BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE ON LANDED AND OTHER PROPERTY INTERESTS OF CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES IN THE ISLE OF PINES.
JANUARY 29 (calendar day, FebRUARY 2), 1923.-Read; and, with accompanying
papers, ordered to lie on the table and to be printed.
To the Senate:
I transmit herewith a report by the Secretary of State in response to the resolution adopted by the Senate on January 3 (calendar day, January 4), 1923, requesting him to inform the Senate “how many citizens of the United States have landed or other property interests in the Isle of Pines, and the amount and value of such lands and other property owned by them.”
WARREN G. HARDING. THE WHITE HOUSE,
Washington, February 2, 1923.
The undersigned the Secretary of State has received through the Secretary of the Senate an attested copy of a resolution adopted by the Senate on January 3 (calendar day, January 4), 1923, as follows:
Resolved, That the Secretary of State be, and he is hereby, directed to inform the Senate how many citizens of the United States have landed or other property interests in the Isle of Pines, and the amount and value of such lands and other property owned by them.
In response thereto, the Secretary of State has the honor to lay before the President the following information with a view to its transmission to the Senate, if his judgment approve thereof:
The latest information received by the Department of State on the subject matter of the Senate resolution is contained in a dispatch,
dated January 13, 1923, from the American consul at Nueva Gerona, Isle of Pines, and a telegram from Maj. Gen. Enoch H. Crowder dated January 26, 1923.
In his dispatch the consul reports as follows:
It is manifestly impossible to estimate accurately the value of the land and other property belonging to American citizens without a long and expensive survey, but it may be possible to deduce from available data some idea of the amount and value of their holdings.
As many land titles have never been recorded by American landowners in the local registry office, it is only possible to estimate the total number. From the best available sources of information it is estimated that about 10,000 Americans own Isle of Pines land and that their holdings aggregate 90 per cent of the whole island. As only about 700 Americans reside permanently in the island, it is obvious that the great majority of the landowners reside in the United States.
A citrus fruit grove may be estimated as worth $1,000 per acre, on an average. As there are 10,470 acres of groves their value would be $10,470,000. The other land owned by Americans is estimated as worth $11,280,000, including the growing crops and timber, making the total value of American-owned land $21,750,000.
The value of the land not grove property is arrived at as follows: The area of the island in round figures is 800 square miles, or 512,000 acres, of which Americans own 90 per cent, or 460,800 acres. Deducting from this 10,470 acres of grove property leaves 450,330 acres of other land. This is valued at anywhere from $25 to $75 an acre. Taking it at the lowest valuation it is worth $11,258,250 without timber or crops. The growing crops of vegetables, etc., and the pine timber and other timber would easily bring this figure up to $11,280,000. This does not take into account the value of mining rights owned by Americans.
Besides lands Americans own a great variety of other property, such as buildings, hotels, fruit-packing houses, stores, dwellings, barns, warehouses, schools, and churches, also stocks of merchandise, household goods, and personal effects, the steamboat line with three steamboats, other boats and vessels, motor vehicles, farming equipment, stock in the bank and in the telephone company, all of which may be roughly estimated as worth not less than $1,000,000. This is believed to be a very conservative estimate.
In his telegram of January 26, 1923, Maj. Gen. Enoch H. Crowder states as follows:
From best available information the estimates made by the consul at Nueva Gerona are correct, with the exception of valuation. The value of American-owned property in the Isle of Pines would not exceed $15,000,000. Respectfully submitted.
CHARLES E. HUGHES. DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
Washington, February 1, 1923.
4th Session. S
1 No. 296.
REPORT OF PERRY'S VICTORY MEMORIAL COMMISSION.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,
THE SECOND ANNUAL REPORT OF PERRY'S VICTORY MEMORIAL COMMISSION SUBMITTED PURSUANT TO LAW TO THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR.
JANUARY 29 (calendar day, FEBRUARY 3), 1923.-Read; referred to the Committee
on the Library and ordered to be printed.
To the Congress of the United States:
I transmit herewith the second annual report of Perry's Victory Memorial Commission, dated December 4, 1922, which was submitted to the Secretary of the Interior, pursuant to section 5 of the act entitled “An act creating a commission for the maintenance, control, care, etc., of the Perry's Victory Memorial on Put in Bay Island, Lake Erie, Ohio, and for other purposes," approved March 3, 1919 (40 Stat. 1322-1324).
WARREN G. HARDING. THE WHITE HOUSE, February 3, 1923.
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, .
Washington, February 2, 1923. MY DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: The act of Congress entitled "An act creating a commission for the maintenance, control, care, etc., of the Perry's Victory Memorial on Put in Bay Island, Lake Erie, Ohio, and for other purposes," approved March 3, 1919 (40 Stat. 1322-1324), provides in section 5 "that said commission, through its president and treasurer, shall make in writing a report to the Secretary of the Interior of the United States on the first Monday in December of each year, in which shall be stated the condition of the said site and