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  THE FIFTY SAW LOGS - At the Centennial Exposition a load of saw-logs was shown that numbered twenty-five. The Michigan lumbermen determined to outdo this deed of logging, and, with that intent put thirty-six thousand feet of lumber on a sled and drew it down an incline for a quarter-mile with a single span of horses. The weight was one hundred and forty-five tons, or twenty-one tons more than the Krupp gun. The load was hauled to the Ontonagon River by the Nester Brothers, of Baraga, and although the logs were all piled on one sled, nine flat-cars were required for their transportation to Chicago. This prodigious burden was in view from the trains of the Intramural Elevated Railroad, and evoked expressions of amazement and incredulity from millions of people. Whether necessarily or not, the logs are so placed as to enlarge the bulk of the load. The Loggers' Camp, of which this exhibit formed a part, was intended to typify the methods by which the pine lumber of the West has been furnished to commerce. There was a log cabin seventy by twenty feet, in which lumberman lived on johnny-cake, pork and beans, and black coffee. The tools of lumbering were exhibited in chronological order, and near by was a large saw-mill two hundred by one hundred and twenty-five feet in area, with the latest appliances for handling timber. Here nearly all the pieces displayed in the Forestry Building were sawn into their peculiar shapes, and here a machine dragged a log upstairs and kicked it overboard in almost human manner. Band saws were used.
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