Pulp Mill

The town of Dartmouth, N. S., is much interested in the proposal of a newly organized company, of establishing a large pulp mill and kindred plant there, and for which at a recent meeting of the council, tax exemption was asked. The promoters of the enterprise have an option on a property at the Mill Cove owned by the Building Society, and if everything goes well it is proposed to make paper and pulp.
The company asks to be exempted for fifty years from taxes. The pro- posed capital stock is stated to be $300,000, and between 200 and 300 hundred men would be required to run the new industry, which would probably consume 8,000 tons of coal, 15,000 cords of spruce and 1000 tons of limestone per year. The capacity of the plant pro- posed, is given as twenty tons of pulp per day, which is to be largely converted into paper. The legal representatives of the new company are Drysdale and McInnis, and the latter gentleman recently addressed the town. council in reference to the subject, and in the course of which he said the location was equal to any in the Dominion for the purpose. There were
facilities for shipping by rail and by water. Coal could be had as cheaply as anywhere. His clients were awaiting the decision of the council. If established it would give an impetus to the building of the Musquodoboit Railway, as spruce was to be had through the valley.
He pointed to the greater or less success that had attended the manufacture of pulp elsewhere. At Mill Village a pulp mill was prospering under the management of a Dartmouth boy. His clients proposed manufacturing both pulp and paper, the latter being by far the more profitable, and there was no doubt of its success. He urged upon the council the importance of securing the industry. In Ontario there was scarcely a town that had not a standing offer of exemption and bonuses.
Dartmouth under some such system would go forward by leaps and bounds.
J. W. Allison also asked to be heard. He endorsed what Mr. McInnis. had said and added that he was desirous that the building society should dispose of the property, and also as a citizen that such an industry should be established in the town. One such as this was the more desirable, as all material was produced in the province. He knew the parties promoting the company to be reliable.
Since the above was written, the committee to whom the matter was referred, have reported in favour of granting almost all of the company’s requests coupled however with the proviso that the company shall not engage in any other business than that set out in their prospectus, and that the establishment shall be constructed and in operation within three years. It is further provided that not less than $200,000 shall be spent in the buildings, wharves and other constructions and that the proposed company shall employ at least 100 men for a period not less than 11 months each year. There are several other safe-guards with reference to the enterprise, none however but what
are calculated to conserve the best. interests of both parties.

The Maritime Merchant and Commercial Review, Mar 3, 1898. https://books.google.com/books?id=1TZLAAAAIBAJ&pg=PA9&dq=dartmouth,+nova+scotia&article_id=6254,4560889&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjX_vWG0oOGAxUfFxAIHe6GARYQ6AF6BAgLEAI#v=onepage&q=dartmouth%2C%20nova%20scotia&f=false