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J. E. Burgher, Publisher. . We are Here to- Help Clay City the Surrounding Country and Ourselves. PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY.
VOL. XXI. OLA OITY, KY., THURSDAY, SEPT-EMBER .14, J9I6. NO. 37
McClurkin Makes Rich Strike
J. H. McUlurkin, who has been
very octivo and persistent in his
Eenrch for oil around Clay Uity
has "struck it rich" at last. lie
purchased about 100 acres of Olu-
born and Pleas Tipton, about half
a mile north of Fitchbnrg Furn
ace, and organized the Furnace
Oil Co., which is composed of
prominent Blue Grass citizens.
Mr. McOlurkin owns 200 shares
one-fifrh, interest in the com
pany. Their first well was brought
in Tuesday, being only 827 feet
deep, and the oil is flowing over
the casing. Experts pronounce
it one of the best wells ever drill
ed in the Irvine field, and it is
thought to be good for 250 to 800
barrels daily. Mr. McOlurkin
has refused an oiler of $80,000
cash for the property.
. The Boone's Creek Baptist As
sociation held a most interesting
annual meeting with the church
at Iiiddville Tuesday and Wednes
day of this week. Mr. and Mrs.
F. P. AdamB, Mr. and Mrs. D. D.
T 1 i J . 1 it ... fc!
lutia uuiiuuuu una meuuiig ua
messengers from Powell's" Valley
Baptist church. The) Association
will Jbe beldnext year with Prov
idence church in Clark county on
.in nreaided at the inquiring
trUl of Press Spencer UBt Thurs
day for the killing of Alvin Hon
in which. Spencer's bond was
placed at $5,000. The 'quire
performed the duties like an old
lmnd and at this trial demon
strated his capabilities. Judge
Knox was a relative of Hou's
wife and could not Bit in the
case. Attorney A. T. Stewart
assisted County Attorney A. H.
Norton in the prosecution, while
J. D. Atkiusou represented the
The drilling for oil on Edwiu
linse'a nlace uear town has ceas
ed after sinking a well down but
850 feet. The natives here know
but little about the oil business,
but most of them who have had
hole9 suuk to 6uoh shallow depth
feel that they have hud uo teBt
of the field. Oil is not found in
other fields until a depth of 2000
feet la reached, and ft may be
here at that depth.
Powell Girl Wins.
Misa Beatrice Blouut, of Stan
ton.who attended the Muskingum
'8nmmer School at Now Concord,
O., wou first honors in a publio
epeakiug contest of the school iu
. which 'fourteen contestants par-
ticipateu. ftiisBiiiouuv io jjuji..
.of.Stantou College, which shows
the excellent drilling of this
The Clay City High School will
nrfiratlize & basket ball team and
prepare to play match games with
dtuer teams in neighboring
To Work Road.
The citizens living on the Es
till county road will meet at the
bridge Friday (tomorrow) morn
ing to begiu cutting down the
river hill to 5 per cent grade and
turnpiko it before the bad weath
er sets in. This hill has blue
clay top surface and each winter
gets more impassable. The Road
Commission will improve this in-ter-county
seat road in conjunc
tion with the people, but before
their plans can be perfected now
with the State, it-.will be too late
to fix this hill'for service this
winter a'ndjtha't is what the peo
ple want." It is urged of ull who
are interested in this road to
come out promptly aud help put
it in repair.
The rite of baptism will be ob
served Sunday morning. Com
munion service on the 24th. All
the members are urged to be
present at these-services, as well
as those who wish to worship
their God. To fail' in develop
ing this side of our life is to lose
the best things of it, because man
is religious iu spite of himself
and will never be really-satisfied
with life uutil be. does provide
ill M i li ttUk i eec
nrressive-xrorers, uruum i
our office a small bunch of soy
beans which are as fine as the
writer ever sw. grow. Soy beans
are a very fine crop to improve
the land, and make a feed equal
to cow neas and cloven They
will not grow so well as cow peas
ou thin laud", but where they will
grow they produce a much great
er quantity of feed per acre, and
fully as good quality.
A special term of the Estill
Circuit Court was held at Irvine
last week to adjust some dis
putes over oil territory. In the
same week we had a special term
in Powell for such purposes.
There is still much territory
claimed by different parties, but
jn the meantime those persons in
possession of the property go
merrily on getting the oil out of
Mother Earth just so iaat as is
Sells School Houses.
The Department of Education
Saturday sold the old sohopl build-
in ea at Waltersville aud Darlings-
ville in. the two districts recently
put together in one subdistrict.
J. N. Burgher bought tho Darl-
ingsvillo house for 820, while
Lewis Martin purchased theWal
teraville property for $80. Tho
land upon which these housea
stood, by conauiona oi hioubcub,
revert to, the original pwners.
Joe Allen, of Campton, was in
the city Saturday, en route home
with a fine Norman horse wtnon
he had purchased in Indiana and
Deputy Aspessor Jas. W. Wool
ery has begun his work in this
end of the county. Mr. Woolery
is nn old hand at the pump and
it is hoped. that ho and his chief,
Mr. Frazitfri'Will in some way in
duce some of the unloyal tax
payers of .the county to assess
their property at what is its near
worth so that the State will not
have to raise, all o,f us to keep the
total assessment something close
up to what it has been in former
years. Everybody knows, that
the property value of, Powell
county has advanced in the past
few years, but the assessment
shows a decline. Something is
wrong, and ."how is the time to
NEals Snow on Pike's Peak.
While the people of Powell
county werer8weltering with heat
last Monday,- our countyman, N.
V. Rose, who is sojourning iu
Colorado, wsb on Pike's Peak in
that State queuching his thirst
by eatiug snow. He also visited
the famous Cripple Creek gold
mines wherehe descended a nn'ue
-shaft 600 feet iuto the earth and
there penetrated the interior of
the mines to- $ distance of 1,200
jpr yearly oBe-quarter mile
tivitv in local buying. The large
farmers below are not going to be
I long without cattle on their farms
and thev do not raise them, but
depend on the mountains for
Shooting at Iron Mound.
The report comes from Iron
Mound that Howard Hill, mer
chant, and James Stone, black
smith, encaged in a quarrel which
resulted in Hill shooting out one
of Stone's eyes with a shotgun
and wounding him iu the log
with nnnthcr discharge of the
gun. Stone also used a shotgun
and shot Hill in the face, severe
ly burning the skin, being so close
to his combatant.
Appraisers at Work.
T. G. White, H. G. Orabtree
and Jas. B. Hall, have been nam
edas appraisers, of the Pearsito
Company, uow in the hauas or. a
receiver. They are now busy go-
ing over the property trying to
arrive at its fair value. A sale
will necessarily follow, but the
date has not yet been named
by A. T. Wliitt, the trustee.
Getting Started Early.
There are fourteen Dejtiocratio
candidates for Jailor in Mont
Itrnmerv county aud it is yet one
year till the primary. The office
of jailer always brings out more
candidates in every county than
fn Mnnntz brOUCllt to tlllS of
flc the finest specimens of millet
ur hnva seen this year. The
sterna are more than six feet long
and tho heads are unusually large
I and;long also.
(By P. O. Dcrthick.)
W. F. Adams is in Lexington for
a few days on business.
Mrs. R. Hall, of Lexington, is
visiting Mrs. Sis Hall this week.
Mrs. S. K. Baird, and daughter,
of Gordonton, visited her parents
Rev. Bert Martin, of Spruce
Creek, held services on Hatton
- Miss. Margaret Ncrton arrived
homo last week from a visit to rel
atives in Winchester.
John Creed and Colson Black
burn are attending the State Fair
at Louisville this week.
Mrs. Fred Blackburn arrived from
Torrent after several days visit to
that famous health resort.
Mrs. Minnie Thomas and her
daughter, Martel, are spending a
few days at Crab Orchard.
W. K. Harding, of Winchester, is
holding a series of meetings at the
Christian Church this week".
Miss Hope, of Pennsylvania, has
arrived and is teaching the Primary
grades this year at the College.
R. C, Hall and E. H. Fuller re
turned from Jgiaigton all enthused
shaking htAitW.Jilh all the boys
who are glad to see him.
Mrs. Mollio Crawford, and daugh
ter, Martel, returned last week from
Irvine and Winchester and is visit
ing her parents this week.
Guv Watson returned from Mc-
Roberts4 Sunday to again enter
Stanton College and he brought his
younger brother with him.
Mr. Tom Conlee was in Lexing
ton last week to see ft specialist for
his trouble. Mr. Conlee has not
been well for several days.
Miss Maxio Johsnon. who gradu
ated from here two years ago, passed
throueh Stanton yesterday on her
way to enter State University.
Mr. Tom Centers returned Mon-
dav from Hazel Green where ho at
tonded the Baptist Association
meeting on Laurcll Creek, in Wolfe
The examining trial of Press
Spencer for the killing of Alvin Hon
was held last Thursday anu no was
held under 85,000 bond" which he
Miss Grace Maxwell left Mon-
l(iv for Lcxincton where she wi
enter Translyvania University. &no
was accompanied by her motner
Mrs. A. T. Knox.
Win. Stcnhens. J. S. Ewcn, Rom
ulus Jackson, A. J. Martin, and
others attended tho opening oi tno
Democratic Campaign at Winches
ter last Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Sowell and
daughter, of Jackson, visited with
homo folks over Sunday ana wcro
'present at tho wedding of their sis
ter, Misa Hajtio Hardwick. " -
Miss Mila Knox, of Nada, has
been employed to teach in the grad
ed school of Stanton. Mila is a
splendid teacher and the town
board is to be congratulated on get
Rev- Alonzo Willoughby passed
through Stanton on his way from
his home on Spruce Creek to Dun
dee where he will begin a protract
ed meeting for Rev. J. H. Johnson,
of Flcmming county.
The new fence has been all put
up on three sides of the cemetery.
The writer paid out $50.70 all told.
It-is hoptJd'that the balance of the
money needed to put up the fence
in front will be raised so that we
can put it up before winter comes.
On September 4th there arrived
at the home of Rev. and Mrs. J. T.
Adams a little visitor who will make
her home with them. She arrived
on the same day of the month as
the first baby who came one year
ago so that there will be a double
birthday at the same time.
The depot will have been moved
before this reaches the reader and
the new depot will be begun at once.
We are looking forward with great
interest to the new building. It is
to be erected on the same place as
the old Aeajnly it will be placed
done to make tne air a success.
Miss Hattie Hardwick, the beau
tiful daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Wm. H. Hardwick, and Mr. E. U.
Cowgill, a fine hustling salesman of
a Lexington firm, were married
Monday morning, at breakfast
hour, bv the writer. They left oh
the morning train for Louisville
where they will take in tho State
'air. We wish them much joy and
Happiness as they start out on this
journey of life together.
The Missionary Bible Conference,
:ield at tho Presbyterian Church,
tho past week was a great success
and thoroughly enjoyed by all who
attended. It was a week of refresh
ing and a drawing closer to God
and the awakening of a new mission
ary spirit in our lives. Dr. Kyle, of
Xenia, O., gave some splendid in
snirational addresses, and gave a
message each time that was a help
to all who heard him. Rev. Mr.
Baldinger, of Pittsburg, gave a
splendid address Wednesday night
on "Standing Four Square" that wo
wish every Christian man and wo
man had heard. We wish everybody
could havo heard what ho said on
tho "Observance and desecration of
Tho Lord's Day." It put many of
us to shame to think how wo treat
that day and deny our Lord and
Master by the way many of ua ob
serve it. Wo trust that wo can
have another one of theso Bible
Conferences next year. They are
an inspiration to any community.
Miss Hunter, of Versailles, de
lighted tho children with her won
derful stories at the morning session
of tho conference.
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