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    John Pinkney Brown
Excerpt from book: PREFACE. What is the occasion for another book? Surely with the multiplicity of recent publications upon every subject and in every language there must be some reason for adding another work and upon a new subject to vex the mind of mortals and fill the shelves of collectors. Probably no people in the world are more extravagant and wasteful of things which may for the time be abundant. In no case is this more marked than in the disposal of American Forests. Once very abundant, now practically gone in most regions, and soon to be but a memory in the United States. Books have been written and printed at government expense to prove our vast possessions in forests, which have lulled Congress to sleep upon the matter of forest protection, while interested capitalists have obtained possession of all timber land, and are destroying the nation's wealth. Climatic changes are occurring greatly detrimental to the agriculture and other interests of the country from the removal of timber from the great mountain ranges. Manufacturing industries representing many million dollars ceased operations, while others will soon close down from the exhaustion of timber supplies as the forests are being exterminated. Several million laborers, dependent upon the continuance of the wood industries, are obliged to find other occupations as the wheels of machinery become silent from the same cause. The inland commerce of the nation is borne upon a thousand million railway cross-ties. While two hundred million are required annually to renew those exhausted from decay. In a quarter of a century five thousand million ties will be demanded for such renewals. It is time for America to stop and think what are we going to do when the forests have become exhausted, and this after the first one...  
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