TURNERS FALLS BOAT CLUBS TO INSIST ON OPEN RIVER.
Expect Log Drive to Block the Stream But 10 days at the End
of the Season.
W.S. Dana of Boston, who represents the boat clubs at Turners Falls desireing
to keep the river open for boating during the logging season, has notified Mr.
Van Dyke of the Connecticut Valley Lumber Company that the company must live
up to its license strictly, or legal proceedings will be taken to compel such
The Turners Falls people interested in this matter are determined to have the
river kept open a reasonable amount during the logging season. They say there
is no doubt that they could make the logging company pay $15,000 to $20,000
to establish such booms as would keep a passage open all the time. They do not
however propose to be as stiff as this, if the company is reasonable.
They expect that the company will be able to get along with blockages of but
24 hours at a time, except at the end of the drive, when the river will have
to be blocked a week or 10 days. The whole period will be from six to eight
weeks, but except during the last of this time, the river will be open, they
expect, but with slight interruptions. At the last of the drive the logs that
have lodged about the French Kings and elsewhere are rounded up, necessitating
quite a little jam.
Before the boating interests at Turners Falls began to agitate the matter there
was needless delay in getting the logs along. Some of the rivermen were discharged
when they got to Turners Falls so that more help was needed to hustle the logs
along. Last year, owing to the recent agitation, it is felt that the drive went
through fairly promptly. The large amount of water this season, due largely
to recent heavy rains, will help slide the drive along. There has been three
to five feet going over the dam for several weeks. Often at this time there
is two feet or less. The drive is a little behind time and is not expected before
The company's license to use the river expires in August, and if the logs are
not moved along this year as the company gave reason to expect, the Turners
Falls boating interests will be in a position to demand further restrictions.
The fleet of boats at Turners Falls is steadily increasing, and the demand
that the river be kept clear will grow stronger all the time. A new addition
to the fleet is a launch capable of carrying about 25 people, which it is expected
will run regular trips later.