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BEAUMONT DAILY ENTERPRISE.
SiJijiSijiJij '!''? i i J V i i j'i'i 1 J'JJ'i 1 A American Oil and Refining their lands are worth $1500.00 per acre. Viterbo Rice Farm was sold, 1600 acres, for $440,000.00. These lands join us and we will sell 10 acre tracts for (I i (?) (?) (" ( IS Because we want them developed. Cheapest Oil Lands on the Market. We Challenge a Competitor ! WRITE DIXIE OIL COMPANY OIL! Wiggins Producers, Crude Solicit the patronage of Fuel f. Kim-lno onrl P.qo shipment by rail Prices and other Information Furnished 5'i,i'i,i,!'S'i,!'i,!xi'i'J,i' J'?J i'J'J'S S'i i'? mmpsirn 5 Per Acre OIL! Oil and Beaumont, Tex., (I. S. Shippers and OF Petroleum Pnmnanioo fan mnko nrnm nt or water. i'J'S'i'i'i'i'i'J'i'i'J'i'ii - J'J'J'f'i i'S 4 J J smi Company claim ( ( Si 3 . C) () (J) & OIL! Fuel Co. A. Exporters Oil. Consumers, Re- Upon Application, Jot. H. Hoopes. The kubjM't of this sketch a born In t'liir (utility. Pa., near Philadel phia. ixt three- year ago. Ho come of Quaker aiui'otry. who settled In t'lu'Bit-r county In ItfTS. In hi sober consei iuuni, quid demeanor, dltsui fled ivfrvi. as well an exact and care lul .Inixiiu'iia method, thin man bear many of tli haimteribtlc of the sturdy rat e of Quaker Englishmen who found In the wild of North Amer ica freedom to attend their own bind neb, practice their own peculiar hab Ita and worship tiod In their own way. Iu JSCS, he moved to Illinois, near Chicago, aud entered Into the grain, lumber and coal buaiue. Naturally enough, ho was successful, for strict attention to business, fair dealing and the exercise of a wholesome econ omy Invariably shift arouud to the prosperity mark. New brauches of business undertaken and old Hues en' hrged. made drafts upon a body that, demanding rest, refused to longer hon or them. The physical mnn lefusod to furinsh backing to overtaxed ener gies and J. II. Hoopeg was up against the alternative of leaving hU business or the world. In 1S!3. his physicians urged upon lil in the removal to a milder climate, as the only hope of returning l.ea'th. It was then, aud under the stimulus of stern necessity that his business Interests with their exacting cares be closed up and the subject of oa; sketch took up his trek to the sunny south After a Journey of 10,000 njiles, look ing up and down the lines of more sun shine and less frost, he selected Beau mont as his home, proceeding to move his family here and prepare for re turning and renewed activity. He reasoned that a location near enough the coast line to be fanned by ocean breezes and fringed by the great pine forest, with Its healthful redolence on the north should produce the desired results, if any climatic condition could. He reasoned well and favorable re sults speedily followed. Mr. Hoopes was not Idle nor could he be In the delight of returning health. He Is not set up that way. Looking about for a profitable invest ment and a business to occupy his energies he quickly saw the opportuni ty for both In tlie rice field. Purchas ing a tract of some 1500 acres on Tay lor's Bayou, he began in the spring of 1896 to improve his lands, install pum ping plants and cultivate rice with up to date tools and in a thoroughly prac tical manner. In this, too, he has been uniformly successful. His planting this year is about 1000 acres, and, as usual, lie Is well up with his work. A son, Burdette Hoopes, and a practical young fellow, is the active lieutenant on the farm. W ' Enthusiasts and pessimists are the products of all new ventures the overly sanguine, leading to rashness, and the unduly timid, thwarting suc cess. J. H. Hoopes belongs to neither class. If he is off the exact plumb line at any point we should say that he leans to conservatism. He believes that specially fortuitous conditions in the matter of a large crop and big prices may and certainly have produc ed golden profits, but that the rice far mer can only safely count on good re turns for his labor and investments by applying to the business good Judg ment, the most economical methods of culture and harvesting and an indus trious attention to every detail. It is because of this conservatism and of his sterling worth, unobtrusive habits and his high standing as a cit izen and successful business man. in which he has had a large and varied experience, besides being one of our best known rice planters that made us solicitous to make him the subject of this sketch. Certainly no one knowing Mr. Hoopes will read iu these lines a word of fulsome praise or (lattery any more than will be seen in the stern but kindly features of the half tone en graving herewith, any desire for noto riety or ailutation. H- is one of th mo.st conservative, successful and best, known rice farmers in Texas and a representative citizen of IVaiimont and th industrial south. THE BAKU OIL DISTRICT. Interview With a Visitor Who Talk of the Tartar and Persian. Mr. Ennle Levier and Mr. S. I.;-eii-berg of S:ra1mri. B!ac, arrived in tiie c" ' thi " r,,:n are " e -by (fent'emen are itit.-rt-ted In tlie Heel mil's at Stra-l.uru and al-. In the oil business in the Baku d:-"rht in Ru--ia. They have recently j-nt - .me time at Ba'su. an 1 come t I'.-aum ot 1 1 look over t'le o;l fi el. Mr II -enV-rif aid to an fln?crpn r-jr.r-r t'iv tlie Reatim.nt oil field- were le ftf I ,f ;n France and ,n Ru- a l' n rg a-'--ed in referen e n t'if I i;. V -1 -! - . ,' fieM-. Mr. I. -r V-e ' Tl . ' ft'. U a-' i'. -! f f e.-i r-' - f- .-1 c-y :f RaV-i The 1'.--. -.: " Trar - .- !. f.- ' i- - ! ' ' ''-'' ' ' '' " -"" '"' ' ' " t ' .r- !-.jf .r-'sfvT If' F 1-- t : t r,---ri 1 .", -' -'.n ----- .r - - j ' e e-- f ? - r -- - ;r '.i. .v-l.v - . 1 ..V.- ::f if..-" ,.' V ' i 7" ' i 1 1 . ; JOS. H. HOOPES. sum each year for this privilege, and al so give to the government from 33 to 50 per cent, of the product of the wells. In addition," continued the speaker, smiling as if from experience, "a gov ernment inspector visits the well and reports the product to the government. For 100 roubles (about $50) he will re port the well 'dry' or, if not paid, he will report that you are not making fair returns to the government. And this inspector comes as often as he wishes, or sends his friend, who may also want 50 or 100 rouble-. ' ''Yes. there a.e a number of foreign ers in the district and there is considera ble capital invested there, both in sink ing wells and in refining the oil. Am ericans, Germans and English are there in large numbers and have made heavy investments. But, as stated, the Per sian and Rusian Tartars who own the land will not sell to ally foreigner. For example, the Standard Oil Company made an effort to get some territory by purchasing it in the name of Prince Gal etzin, a Russian,- wlid Is a' .Court attache. Eut the governilifii fitially 5av' tlir'o'iigli the scheme. Until aiMi't kri years' ago these fields were entirely ff'oWtrolled by these tartars, when the Kotlichilds, Noble Bros, and the Schebajcff Bros.. acquired immense interests there, and have developed the field wonderfully, and paved the way for other foreigners, as all are called who are not Tartars or Persians. The Tartars still work in a primitive mannei using crude drills and the simplest machinery. They do not work very hard. Laborers are paid about fifty cents a day. The oil is run into a small tank, the capacity of which is measured, and when the oil begins to flow from the well into tiir. tank the la borer goes home to sleep, and returns next morning and measures the amount in the tank and sells it to the refiner as it stands. Oil is found at from 50 to 500 feet, and it is very fine oil, as you must know." "In reference to the weather Mr. Eis eiiberg said: "It is mistaken that the sea sons are severe in that section of Rus sia. The dimmer is warm, but nut op pressively: in fact it is pleasant. The winter i- mild, there is a little -now. but it is l:li! atid soon melt- frmil the ground." THE WIESS BUILDING. It Will be One of the Finest in the City Progres of the Work. The I itiMi.it;'in walls fur the Wie I .it : i 1: t ilt "ti I'earl and Boiiliam Streets ba'.e been la'd an 1 work is pn.(re-:ni rapiilly. It will U- a five tor buildi'iif. con-tructed on tlie niot molern plans, and will be u-ed f'r stores and offices. Mr. R re. architect of this niaetiifi cent build ug. save the fallowing .!an ami description i the build ng t'i an I.nterj.r:-e rejK.rter this morning: ' The Wi.-is l.niid ng i r.f the finest an! ni'.-t b'.'e-'rtnr ar Ictertnrr. j.nt t ifeiber by the tn'.-t -k Kfiil -ng:nfr-:ng ri-tb'w-. f-'ti:pt. 1 with the rno.j modern beat-ng. i.'nni'. ng and I g'rmg a;.;. ian .. and fin -hi d in iff to d'e '''. I' ': a fue -i..rv l.'i ld fg. :'in '. .f a ;-, 1 r'.f-'tieiv,, f.n'-"i-d 'fi S I. ei . j,-..i,d '.-' V f.r-a . z. j;... . vii.f f-- , . .f -2-. I- I . ..... J 11 w , . . feet per minute. Besides an elevator of 3000 pounds capacity for carrying up furniture, safes, etc. It is to be wired for electric lights, call bells, two systemj of telephones and telegraph, District Messenger and Western Union Tele graph services. It is also to be piped for gas throughout and a thorough and com plete steam heating system, the two large boilers by which steam will be fur nished, being equipped for burning both oil and coal. The basement to contain these boilers is seven feet in the ground and will be the first one to be built in Beaumont and tlie method employed fo; niaking it absolutely water proof is en tirely original and it is expected that it construction will be watched with much interest. The piling used in the foun dation of this building were first to be driven for that purpose in this city. The placing of six thousand pounds of steel rails under the Pearl and Bonham stret corner of this building is also new construction to Beaumonters. Tll building is to have a combination SlielT jmJ asphalt roof, which is most durable anil prasti'cai ill iliU SwHtlierti climate, ' The building on tltf Wltil ii to hi of light red pressed brick, tfihlliied in grey terra cotta and gray granite. The entire interior trim of this building U to be finished in natural wood, liar J oiled. The walls are to be plastered and kalsomined. There will be fifty-seven departments in the building, everyone of which has outside light and ventilation." Judging from the plans it will indeed be a structure of which all Beaumont may feel justly proud, for there is no better in Texas, and few better in the South. PRACTICAL FUEL TEST. I. and G. N. to Make Comparitive test Of Oil and Coal. Palestine, Texas. Aug. 7. The Inter national and great Northen road this morning began the test of the differ ence in coal and oil as fuel. Engine 215. the oil burner, and engine 206. a coal burner, will be put on the freight run from here to Houston, both pulling trains Nos. 55 and 54. Otic engine wi'l go South one day and the other will g north. A complete record of all tb' coal and oil iicd. the number of pound nf tonnage, etc.. will ! kept f..r 15 day :iiid at the end of t I1.1t time the different- between the two will Im- compared ati'' it will -how which fuel is tho chenpc'. Engine jit 11m- fitted up with what t c.illel l.aftle doors and will burn !.v-' Mrli-tT coal. The International an' fir.at Northern is determined to gie the two fuels a fair test l.cforr adopting el. but the road will adopt oil as or.r as possible if it proxes t' Ik- the clicjp- 1 ed Iv-ry start-d a !1 two miW from Nederland and i d n ale mt t" feet 1 be contractors mpert to C jon f.-et iinb-st oil is sooner -tnii k. Oil at S20 Feet. M "s N'o 1. on 1'ic Hogg Say-' tra t. f cn 1 a g k fl . of u f-t Telegraph Service. Tb- '-t-t-m In ion T-tgriph ir lfiv -n'p1-t-l a liri fn.m Fv-a-i tnotit llironirti ( 'l t-laf.4. tt. jiincti" .f ti- Kafi'a V- ani ll'isi'ffi . at t.'I '-st T'- r lro'l. to Ciimni'-' ili-. 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