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"Oxford county, Me., turns out near7 all the spools ou which the sewing ,hread of this cotuitry is wound, " said a wholesale dealer in such articles to ihe writer. "The spools are made f rom white birch timber, and they are proLuced by the million in Oxford county. ?here are rnany other parts of western tfaine, also, where the industry is imxxrtant There are numerous sawmills n that part of the state which are kept jusy all the year round sawing white irch logs into strips 4 feet long and torn 1 to 2 inches wide and of the same ;hickness. These strips are sent to the pool faetories, where they are quickly worked into spools by the most ingenous labor saving rnachinery. "The strips of white birch are fed ino one machine, and they are not touched, in fact, are hardly seen again, until ,he spools, all finished for inarket except polishing, drop out by the bushei rom another machine several rods away rom where the strips started in. The spools get their gloss by being rapidly revolved in barrels turned by machinery, the polish resulting from the conact of the spools in the barrel. "In the backwoods villages of Oxord county one sees scarcely any othei ndustry but spoolmaking, and every jerson in the neighborhood is in some way interested in the business. The facories have been eating into the Maine jirch forests for years, but there still seems to be enough of the timber lef t to 'eed the machinery for many years to come. Hnndreds of thousands of feet of ogs are cut and sawed into spool tim)er annuallv. "Shoe peg factories are also an imortant braiick of business ouce pecular to Maine, although it has of late )een followed to soine extent in other sastern states and is spreading to the bard wood forests of northern Pennsylvania. Maple is used largely in the manufacture of shoe pegs, although white birch is used at sonie factories. Shoe pegs are sold by the bushei and ire worth all the way from 75 cents to Sla bushei, according to quality. More ;han $150,000 was received by Maine shoe peg factories last year for goods. "xV curious and profitable business las grown up in the Maine woods near the sawmills in the utilizing of the immense quantities of sawdust by compression. Thousands of tons of this waste material are bought for a mere nothing and are pressed into compact blocks and bales, and in this fonn is finding a ready niarket for kindling and fuel in eastern cities. "-


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