about 10 A.M. I had a visit from two representatives of the Main Plant
who were anxious to discuss some of the aspects of the wood and sawmill
business here in Mississippi. As you know, it is my policy to
receive such representatives with courtesy and discuss with them the GENERAL
aspects of the wood business without ever going into any of our SPECIFIC
methods of logging, sawing and
planer mill operation.
However, on this occasion, the two Main Plant representatives were so
insolent, and aggressive that I was forced to order them off of the
before any real discussion had taken place. I did this
as you can imagine, but I felt it was the best course of action under this particular
and peculiar set of circumstances. Actually if one is very
in such discussions, one may occasionally discover information of value
future market value of our sawmill products.
a particularly valuable bit of information dropped as we parted, which
is the prime reason for this communication. After being asked to
leave, the more agressive of the two (in a heated and rather breathless
fashion) notified me that they KNEW that I was involved in the large
operation which is centered in your area, and WARNED me NOT to go back
into your specific area again. I remained very calm and bit back
a defiant reply, then returned to my interrupted work. After
hours of reflection on this unpleasant experience, I have
come to a very hopeful and encouraging conclusion. That is, that
while the situation as regards the big logging operation is horrible it
is NOT HOPELESS.
this morning convinces me that the Main Plant is in possession of all
information regarding our secret logging operation, due to the loose
of some of our truck drivers, but that as far as FACTS are concerned,
have nothing of value for which they could sue us. Their THREAT
me which forbids me to come into your area again is chock full of
It means that my technical advice has injured and hampered their timber
scaling operation. It means that we were correct in firing that
manager. It means that they are now probably working against a SOLID,
blank wall in your area, and do not
want me working
to maintain it while they work to crack it. IT VERY PROBABLY
THAT THEY NO LONGER HAVE ANY SOURCE OF INFORMATION IN YOUR AREA,
because if they did, why would they
object to my coming
there and exposing myself further each time I do ? I urge
to consider this last point very carefully.
I am very greatly encouraged by it.
the threat itself, I consider only from the standpoint of what
may be gleaned from it. I have been a sawmill man for too long
to become subservient to the will of some furniture manufacturers
of how well they may have the market sewed up. They are
to have to let us make a decent profit on our mills, or else we are
to have to continue to slip logs by their scalers. Any time
that you feel that I may be of service in your area, do not hesitate to
call on me.
I would like
for you to pass this encouraging information along,
to all of our sawyers and truck drivers. I want them to be as
and calm as possible at this time. Also, I think that this instance
cited as is just another example of why I believe that all of our
should report to OUR timber scaler at onece whenever any Main Plant
questions him about
our operations. We should always strive to do everything possible
to ensure that EVERY time contact is made between our side and the Main
Plant, that we come out of the ordeal with Intelligence regarding their
position, just as they do of ours.
employee cannot evaluate Intelligence, but he can REPORT the contact
scalers for evaluation.
This, I want you to urge them to do.
You may show
this DIRECT communication to our scaler (who detected the crooked
manager) for his interest and evaluation, but to none other. However,
you and he may use the sense of what is contained here for
communication to other sawmill men, especially those who have been deep
in the swamp.
I am also
enclosing a communication, which, I believe is self expanatory.