LUMBER: Big Drive

The kingpin of Allagash Plantation, the last Maine outpost on the St. John River before it disappears into Maine's forests, is 6-ft., 190-lb. John Gardner. He could ride a log through white water be fore he was ten. At 20 he could lick every man within 50 miles.

This week, now nearing 40, John Gardner was busy doing something important about the war-born lumber shortage. Helping push toward the 1944 U.S. goal of 34 billion board feet, which Government officials gloomily doubt that the nation can meet, he was bossing the St. John's first big log drive (45 million ft.) in...

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