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Consulting the Beauty Doctor
Wallac e, Irwin s Japanese Schoolboy Letters
To Editor The Star.
DEAREST Sir; About 4 days
of yore Mrs C. W. Quack
mire, In whose kitchen I
manufacture food for her.
r imvo to roe with sweetly smiling on
her changed face.
“O Mrs Madam;" 1 narrate cxcitclv,
"what has happened to your expres
sion this morning? You look almost
•*otty. 4 of your chins has collapsed
into one (1) and your eyebrows seem
'■■> "land up by themselves. And look
at tbo brito brass color all over your
hair, by golly! "VVill your husband
know you this a.m.?"
! "Will not," she dib. "Ho took one
* (1) look at me and fledd."
“Will that bo our misfortune?” I
ask to know.
“Will not," she otter. "I arc tired
of leading a single life with a double
chin. Now I shall have a snappish
• -xcer for every chin I lost."
i “What have happened to you, if
anything?" 1 require nervely.
"I have had mv face lifted.” she
report,
"iou did not say so!" This from
me. “it must require a pretty strong
• ngine to raise so heavy an article.
How high did you lift it?"
Krom the knock to the top of my
c-allup," she uniform. “Not only
'hose. I have bought a pair of rain
proof eyebrows, a set of Tecla pearl
leoth & had my nose bobbed. In ad
ditional I have had my cumplexion
scraped with Budapest Brick Dust &
routed my hair with Persian Con
crete which give it that permanient
k wave.”
"Your hair resemble Star Spangly
Banner," I dictate.
"tthereso do it?” she renounce.
"Because it will continue to wave
wherever it are planted," I peruse.
"Maybe so," she say it. “Neverthe
lessly, howeverly much it have cost
me in pain & SSJJ. 1 shall never re
great this operation. Because now
that cat-talking Mrs Sirenberg can
never sav I have not got a stylish
face like anybody.”
“O joyful!" 1 say that. "Mrs C. W.
Quack ini re, tell me this statistick.
Arc it true that any face, however!}'
broken, can be warmed over to look
like Venus?"
"Exackly," she report. “I have
known faces so cross-eyed they could
read a book upside down behind
their heads. Yet after two (2) treat
ments from Prof. Smilax. famus
* beauty doctor, they are all straight
« ned out like a flatiron.”
"Goody, goody'." I seltzer. "I are
now in love with Miss Mamie Furloki,
who do not love me. By Geo. I know
how. With mv face overhawled, al
tered & decorated I bet my bootware
I can look like movie hero. Then
watch mo revamp this Miss Mamie
Furioki away from her home sur
roundings."
** * *
jyjntk C. W. KUACKMIRE took all
her new features & look at me
. • very unhealthy before she speech.
"Togo," she say so, "if you will go
to Prof. Smilax, famus beauty doctor,
and get your face relincd, .aJtered &
repaired I am willing to pay the gar
age bill."
*'So sweetish of you!" I holla. “Do
you wish this change so that I can
win th-* heart & lungs of Miss Mamie I
Furioki?”
"Not so, * she mono. "I wish it be
cause you are so difficult to look at
that I sometimes dred to come into
Kitchen after drinking cocktails.”
That sound very friendship to me.
i i Mr. Editor, so that afternoon p.m. 1
go to the Countenance Manufacturing
laboratory of Prof. Smilax, beauty
doctor, where I find that refined gen
tleman standing amidst photos of
.fno. Barrymore, Marjorie Rainbow,
Sami Gumpers & other famus bells.
"X -wish have ray face repaired."
4 Tliis from me.
“Are you trying to defy me?” he
ask off.
"Somewhat,” I renig. "But Mrs C.
W. Quackmirev whose eyes & ears you
have rearranged to match her teeth
nose, tell mo come here and get
helped."
Hon. Prof look at mo with spec- ]
tacles, spy-glass & etc. Then he j
woggle his finger to door & holla;
"Hay ChaJie! See what have just :
came in?"
Hon. Charlie, wearing a white o\ er- I
i coat peculiar to dentistry, emerge
’ into room while whistling twice.
"Goshes!” he gollup. 'Where did
that, stray from?"
“He say ho want to get his face re
made,” renounce Prof Smilax.
"Indeodly!” say Charlie. “If I had
one liko that J would put it in a i
showcase and sell tickets, price 2J." j
"You are sure you want it changed?”
pronounced Prof. Smilax with Will
Behec expression.
“I flrmlv do!" I ranglc.
“Owell," snuggest him with si
& grono. “It seem sort of profane to
spoil anything so perfect. Ilowevcr
• > ly, wo must please customers. Charlie, J
stand close & take the measurements I
while I holla them."
Therefore he got a pronlonged tape
measure and commence wrapping my
head while saying;
"Skull —bony, circumflex, amfcro
, bold, sarcastic. Brain requires lift
ing 2 inches in the back. Trim right
ear to match left. Bleach hair to a
• roo-coo nut brown & curl around
edges."
Charlie wrote with fountin pen.
"Kneck—duplex, circumambient, al
lipeptic. Equip with rubber tube &
■S inch bedspring to make it more*
flcxibal.”
Charlie take shothand notes,
“Nose—aJimentary. rhamboid, bibu
lous. Right nostril should be took
out & scraped "
At this junction Hon. Smilax stop
measuring and require with voice,
, • "Hashimura Togo, which style nose
you wish to wear this Spring?”
"Which styles have you?” I whizz.
"All classics, as following;
Greek
Roman
Hebrew.”
** * *
<<T END mo a Greek one. if con
■*-' venient,” I bisect. "Then may
bo I can make money in fruit &
vegetable business.”
“Very nicely,” say Hon. Smilax.
"Charlie, put down this note. Alter
Japanese nose to Greek. This will re
quire 3 ozs. fresh meat cut from el
bow.”
Charlie jott words.
"Eyes ” Prof. Smilax say that.
“Bow-legged, astigmatic, deceptive.
* Need to be took out &. bleached in
• soJlysilly acid.”
Cbariio scribed directions.
“Tooth eccentric, outshootlng,
overbearing & quarrelsome. Can be
•trafinfctoned by removing Jaw-bone
•uxd fining with plaster of Perish."

“SKULL-BONY. CIRCUMFLEX, ANTHROPOID, SARCASTIC.”
i
j Charlie wrote.
I “Entire face—This show signs of
i dilapidation, elliptickl© contortion &
j curvituro of the smile. This need to
| be removed, stretched over portrait
i of Apollo Belvedere and baked 4 hrs.
j at oven temperature."
Ho pause slowly. I listen to hia
I silence.
j "Are that all?" I pronounce distinc
j tually.
:
• 'All except your complexion," be |
j denote. "That of course should be
j bleached to match your new hair &
' eyes. 1 should snuggest the Wawaw
I Treatment."
j “How you do that?" I jar afraidly.
"Merely by placing your bead in a
j tub of hot pineapple jam and keeping
Work in Rumanian Oil Fields Reveals Some Queer Features
«V FRANK Ci. CARPENTER.
PLOESTI, Roumania.
HUNDREDS of gigantic oil der
ricks, black toothpicks, twenty
feet square at the base and as
, high as a ten-story apartment
j house.
i To the back of them mighty moun
| tains, the Carpathians, cutting the
j sky. |
In front the vast grain-laden plains
through which the Danube is flowing
to the Black Sea.
Underneath hills of black sand
tossed up in all sorts of shapes, with
black oil oozing from them and black
I streams and pools of oil here and 1
j there. Huge, flat, round, iron tanks |
( fifty feet high in groups, each holding !
j tens of thousands of barrels of petro
leum.
Iron pipe of all sizes lying on the
j ground, slacked in piles, and being
| carried by long teams of white bul
! locks to this place and that,
i Donkey engines pumping and bail
j ing and a myriad of dirty men and
i women toiling away at all sorts of
I strange jobs.
These are some of the features of
, the oil fields of Roumania, which lie
I here within gunshot of Ploesti, in
[southeastern Europe, not far from the
I Balkans.
The oil of Roumania cuts a large
figure in the markets of the world.
This country ranks sixth among the
great oil producers. She is now tak
ing out almost two barrels of every
j hundred which are mined throughout
| the world, and the bulk of her prod
j uct comes from this little region
; where I now am.
j The Roumanian oil deposits lie in
I three zones. One is in Maramuresctf,
along the Thciss river valley. An
other Is in the county of Vaicca, but
the most important is that of ITohova,
lying within two hours by motor of the
capital, Bucharest, and on the south
ern foothills of the Carpathian Moun
j tains. Here in a district ten miles
■ wide and running for a hundred miles
along the slope of the hills arc some
thing like 1,000 oil wells, which are
producing from seven to nine million
barrels of oil per year.
The oil lies in great pools scattered
here and there throughout this 100
miles. They arc in fields about ten in
. number, and the most Important of
I all is the Morcni-Tuicani field, which
“A LARGE PART OF THE LABOR OF THE RUMANIAN OIL FIELDS IS DONE BY WOMEN. DRESSED
IN RAGS AND STANDING ANKLE-DEEP IN POOLS OF OIL, THEY RECEIVE IS CENTS FOR V
WORK.”
i A
THE SUNDAY STAR, WASHINGTON, D. 0., MARCH 23, 1924—PAHT 5.
him there until satisfied,” ho pulmotc.
"Ladies is doing this every day for
beauty. Elegant results. We have
only killed one (1) this week."
I arose then from stool & sur
rounded those two wise scientists
with my eyes.
“Gentlemen,” I say so. “your treat
ment fills me up with delight. I
shall order two (2j of them. One for
| me and one for Cousin Nogi."
"So happy to hear,” they hand
shake. “& when you wish begin?”
“April 1, 1987,” I menagerie.
"But on that date you shall be
dead.” decry ITof. Smilax.
“Yes will!” I explode. “And when
I are dead I do not care what are
done to fix mo up.”
Great Pools of Petroleum Mixed With Sand Shoveled by Women —Study of Oil Production in the Carpathian
Mountains—W ells "Which Shoot Grindstones—Salt Bed of Moreni —How Government Gobbles Profits —Small Chances
for Foreigners—American Oasis on ILdgc of Balkans.
— ,
1 describe in this letter. It Is a small
territory. Put it all together and it
would not cover more than four 100-
acre farms. Nevertheless, it yields
more than half the Roumanian pro
duction, and it is the great center of
Roumanian oil activity today. Not
j far away is the district of Baicoi,
j which I also have gone over, and in
addition are eight or nine other fields,
all of which contain pools of petro
leum.
Ploesti is a city of 70,000, in the
center of the oil-producing territory.
The fields run in a great semicircle
around it, covering an area of per
haps forty square miles, and the oil
is piped here to be refined. There arc
a dozen or more different refineries,
the largest of which has a capacity
of 20,000 barrels a day. You can see
the tank farms on every side of the
city, and the rich smell of petroleum
fills the air.
T'UE refineries belong to the great
*■ oil companies which are working
the territory. These arc known largely
by the nations to which they belong.
The Etcaua-Romano is the German
company; the Royal Dutch is the
Dutch-English, commonly known as
the Royal Dutch Shell, and the ;
Romano-Americana is the Standard
Oil Company of the United States.
In addition there arc a dozen or more
smaller establishments, for more than
one hundred companies arc operating
in the territory.
The Standard oil refineries arc the
best in the country. The machinery
szsis all new, for it was built since the
world war and there is no modern
process of oil reduction and produc
tion which it docs not possess. It is
now refining something like ten
thousand barrels dally, and it has
very large holdings in the several
fields. It was in company with Mr.
J. P. Hughes, the director of the
Standard Oil Company here in Ru
mania, that I went over the fields,
"But think, Togo,” he bag. “'With
a face like yours walking around
town you cannot tell Standard Time
from Daylight Saving because of In
jury to clocks."
"Many will thank mo fop that,” I
bib & step out of there looking liko
u axpensive Japanese idle.
Hoping veil are th<- same
Yours truly
HA HI MURA TOGO.
i Copyright. 19111. l
-Long Enough.
Dugan—Did you sco that brick fall
on my head?
Finnegan—Yes; but what am you
yelling about? It stayed there only a
second.
and to him and Mr. E J. Dailey, the |
! manager of the Morcni field, and Mr. ;
: Fredericks, the manager of the!
; Baicoi, and others of tho Standard |
! Oil men employed h«rc. that 1 am
Indebted for much of the information
j given in this letter.
| In the first place, the oil formations
arc different from those of the Unit
led Stales. In America the oil lies
| largely iti a hard rocky Stratum and
i the crude petroleum nows or is pump
|ed to the surface. Here the oil lies
j in great pools from 1,200 to 3,000 feel
j below the surface and is mixed with
| sand as tine as flour and with the
natural' gas which permeates the
whole. When oil is struck tho gas
forces the sand out with the oil.
Sometimes nothing but sand will
come for several hours and even Aays
land then the mixture of oil and sand
j bursts forth. Even after the wells
i have been producing for a long time,
| there is so much sand mixed with
j the oil that it is impossible to pump
jit. For this reason, when the wells
stop flowing the oil is taken out by
[dropping a long bailing bucket such
[as is used in the making of any ar
j tesian well, allowing it to fill with
j oil, which is held in by a valve in the
1 bottom, and then raising it by ma
chinery to the surface and emptying
the mixture of oil and sand. These
bailers are driven by electricity or
steam and the bucket, which is as big
around as a quart measure and some
times as high as a five story building.
Is raised and lowered, carrying up a
number of barrels each time. With
a bailer fifty feet long, as many as
five hundred barrels of oil are thus
raised in one day. Some of the
bailers I saw carried two and a half
barrels at one load.
Getting the oil out of the sand Is
a large part of the production d
crude petroleum in Rumania. Every
bit of the oil comes up loaded, and
in a flowing well it pours forth in a
Umbrella Story Amazes Lardner
Ring Reports Incidents-of Rail Journey
BY RING L..VRDNER.
TO the editor: This article deals
with a few incidence in re
gards to my little trip from
Long Island to Asheville
which I am informed my readers is
in a fever to hear about same.
Well in the Ist. place I visited the
office of the Southern R. R. in N. Y.
city and told them where I wanted
to go and the man says I would bet
ter buy a All Year Ticket and I savs
do you mean it takes all year to get
to Asheville. He laughed heartly
i and exclaimed that a All Year Ticket
j was just a round trip ticket which
j you get it cheaper and come back any j
. time you want to within tho year. So I
I he fixed me up with a A. Y. ticket
| and I left Great Nock at 10:55 A.M.
one morning which is suppose to
j reach N. Y. city at 11:35 which would
I give mo over a hour and a M- In N. Y
{ city to have lunch with a friend of
mine before tho Asheville train left
at 1:10 P.M.
II But just as wo left Flushing they
opened up tho bridge to leave some
barges go through them and wo laid
there a hour and a Vj while they tried j
!to close the bridge again and finely i
reached N. V. at l:os'j so I had to
run like a dear to got on the board :
!of the train for Asheville. It seems i
liko tho Ixmg Island R. R. have only
been having trouble with that bridge
for 10 years so they figure that what
ever is out of order is just temporary
and will rectify itself if you give it
time.
Woll they was a gal about 55 years
of age setting acrost the isle from me
in tho Pullman and she kept looking
in my direction but my folks had ;
warned mo vs. these here train flirta
tions so I did not encourage her but
devoted the afternoon to silent prayer
and looking out the window at the
scenic wonders of the 1 stales which
lays between N. Y. city and what
i some wag has aptly nicknamed the
nation’s capital.
Along about 7 P.M. wo stopped in
Washington for oil and then con
tinued southwards arriving early in
the A.M. at Salisbury, N. C.. which is
where the Asheville branch leaves
tho maJn line. North Carolina is a
great tobacco raising country and
many of the towns is named after
cigarettes. A little while later we
passed through Nebo and Asheville
[ mush as thick as molasses, as black
;as ink and loaded with these fine ;
f rock particles. The particles are j
| heavy, however, and they rapidly '
| sink. The flowing well runs out into
•a great vat half tho size of a cit}
lot and below this is a succession of
a half dozen other vats descending
in terraces. The oil flown into the
first vat and much of the sand is
deposited as it passes into the,second
vat through holes an inch or so in
diameter. There more sand is drop
ped and the oil grows purer and
purer as it flows on through vat after
vat until at tho bottom it has no
sand at all and can be pumped by an
engine through pipes into the great
storage tanks. As tho black, sand
loaded pitch flows from the well it
deposits much sand around the edges.
This is scooped up by bare-legged,
bare-footed women, who stand ankle j
deep, and often calf deep, in the hot
slimy mixture and ladle the mush out
with scoops into holes or little pits
on the banks of the pool. Other girls
lift the mush from these pools to
pools just above, the oil draining out
as they do and finally at the top,
perhaps ten or fifteen feet above the
great pool below, they raise the now
almost clean sand and empty it into j
a steel car in which it Is carried away j
over a track to the sand pile.
In this field thero were hundreds j
of derricks, each over an oil well. !
and there were mountains of sand i
here and there, and everywhere I
among them, all of which had been i
lifted out in this way. I was asked j
as to the wages of these girls and
was told that they got fifteen cents
for a day of eight hours, or loss than
two cents an hour for this back
breaking, filth-scooping labor under
the hot semi-tropical sun.
** * *
T TOOK some pictures of the women
at work. They were almost in
rags and some of them modestly ar
ranged their short skirts as the
camera snapped. A large part of the
labor in the oil fields is done by
women, and here, as throughout the
farming districts, tnere are far more
woman workers than men.
Tho wages of the men arc more
than those of the women. Drillers get
as much as 75 cents a day, but the
common laborer seldom receives
more than 20 or 30 cents. The labor
is not nearly so efficient as that of
the United States. The cost of living '
is very low and the people think they
ido well.
The sand mixed with the oil entails
difficulties in drilling which we do
not have in the United States. The
1 sand is es sharp as that of a carbo
rundum grindstone. It cuts like dia
mond dust and when a gusher is
struck it comes out with such force
that the mush-like mixture will saw
its way through iron and steel. It
will spray itself over a large part of
the surrounding country’, and it is
for this reason that derricks are not
left open as in the United States, but
boarded in from top to bottom. In
order to break the force of the geyser
of oil and sand a sheet of steel rails
such as are used for railways is hung
about twenty feet above the mouth of
the well. Every other rail Is inverted
and tho whole makes a solid block *
of steel. The oil and sand flics
against this with such force that it
cuts right through the steel in the
space of eight hours or less. Some
times a cap of iron weighing three
tons, or as much as three horses can
haul, is poised above the well and tho
sand cats its way through it as
though with a saw, the well shooting
grindstones as it were.
The other day there was a man on
top of the derrick when one of these
wells burst loose. He was 100 feet
l
E>icu-» f I
‘THEY WAS A GAL ABOUT 33 YEARS OF AGE SETTING ACROST
THE ISLE FROM ME AND SHE KEPT LOOKING IN MY DIREC
TION."’
itself is said to of derived its soubri
quet from a inveterate smoker.
As I set down to breakfast the
chairman of the dinning car give me
free of charge a copy of tho Char
lotto Observer which it sa>s they
would give Bibles to new subscribers
and it struck me that in all the time
I been in X. V. X never heard of a N.
Y. paper trying to get new sub
scribers by offering them Ciblos.
Maybe they are afraid their presses
could not cope with the increased
circulation.
from the ground, but the mixture of
sand and oil lifted him thirty feet
higher and when he fell it was on the
! side of a soft sand pile, copiously
tarred and ready for feathers. Strange
to say, he was not injured and got up
and walked away.
I stopped at some of the wells and
■watched the drilling. The wells are
never shot here with dynamite or
other explosives as in the United
States. This is on account of the
sand. The drilling is difficult also on
account of the different degrees of
density of the various strata, which
causes the earth to slide in much the
same way as it docs at the Panama
Canal. This forces the drill out of
the perpendicular and often to such
aa extent that a second hole is put
down or the bent drill is cut through
and the hole extended. The soft
earth formations add to the difficulty
j of carrying the casings, and in a deep
well the pipe sunk dow n at the top
may be twenty-five inches in diame
ter. After some distance a smaller
casing is run down from the top and
the drill continued, growing smaller
and smaller* until the last casing
which strikes the oil is perhaps so
small that a cat could not run
through it without striking oft elcc
-1 trie sparks with Us fur.
I asked as to the cost of drilling j
; and found that the average expense !
lof the well is *50,000 or 160,000,
! whereas fifteen years ago oil was usu
; ally struck at a cost of about *15,000.
) Thirty years ago. I am told, the cost
of drilling a well at luma, Ohio, was
about *I,OOO.
The queer feature of the Morcni
field, the producing area of which is
only about 400 acres, is a huge wedge
of salt, a mile or so wide at the point
and broadening out as it extends from
the hills down to the plains. This
salt goes down no one knows how far.
They havo drilled into it more than a
half mile from the surface and have
not found the end. The wedge runs
east and west, with the oil on both
I sides of it, and, strange to say, the
nr- ■ .. —-
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“THE STANDARD OIL COMPANY HAS CONSTRI CTED A MODERN AMERICAN VILLAGE IN THE HEART
OF RUMANIA."
After a while we come to a town
called Newton and they was a sign on
the fence which Hays "Kiwanus Club
of Newton Wants a Station in Keep
ing with the Town," so I hind of
looked over the station and the town
both and it seemed to mo like the
Kiwanis boys had got their wish.
By this time we had began to climb
straight up into tho Blue Ridges and
the soenery was getting so good I
wanted to devote all my tension to
same but the little gal acrost the
islo finely’ could not contain herself
oils arc of different character. Those !
on the northern side of the wedge '
have a paraffin base and those on the
southern side have an asphalt base. |
standing on the apex I could sec the i
i great derricks forming long lines on
1 both sides of the wedge. They were i
all biack and somber, made so by the
black sand and black oil spray. This
somberness is one of the features of
these Roumanian oil fields. The
pitchy fluid paints everything the
color of jet. The buildings arc black,
the machinery is black and even the
ground is of a rich dark hue. In
walking I had to look out for my
steps for fear I might sink to my
shoe tops in one of the oil swamps
which are to be found here and there.
I haul to be especially careful also
as I had an appointment to lunch
with tho queen the following day
and had no other shoes with me but
those on my feet.
** * «
A COMMON expression m gold
mining is that gold is where
you find it. It is much the same with
oil. Petroleum has been mined in a
very small way in different parts of
Rumania for centuries. The field is
known to be one of the oldest in the
j world in point of actual production
1 and its statistics show that it was |
i mined commercially two years before j
| tho Drake well was put down in the \
United States. For a long time the
wells were dug by hand and large
basins about fifteen feet square and
fifty feet deep were made to hold the
oil. At first the drillers were not
able to go below 150 feet, and they
dropped snow into the well to purify
the air. At least they claimed this
purified it. Later wells were made
by hand six hundred or eight hun
dred feet deep and the oil sands were
washed in large wooden vessels half
filled with water.
After the foreign drillers came in
prospecting went on everywhere and
new fields were discovered. Among
those tested was this Morenl field.
1 no longer so she pointed to a. um
brella. which tho porter had placed
in my section bv mistake* and she ast
me was that my umbrella.
Hho knowed very well it was not
my umbrella because it was hop um
brella and besides which I do "not
look like tho kind that goes around
the country totting a umbrella. But
any way 1 says no is it yours and
she says I think maybe it is so 1
give it to her and byway of thanks
site told me a very interesting Inci
| donee In connections with its career.
It. seems like odo winter she was
down in Florida and sho was going
to take tho boat from Jacksonville
back to N. Y.. and sho wa.: riding on
a street car to tho worf in Jackson
ville and when she got off of the
street car she forgot hor umbrella
Well she did not miss it till sho got
on the boat and sho felt kind of bad
as it was a high class umbrella, and
on more than one occasion had saved
her from drowning ha ha ha.
Well the boat stopped at Charles
ton and her and several other pas
sengers got off and it war, raining
and sho made tho remark to another
gal that she had left Imp umbrelbi
on a street car in Jacksonville and
the other gal says why they’s a lady
right on our boat that told mo about
finding a umbrella on a street car in
Jacksonville just before she got cn
tho boat and I will see that you two
gets together. So she introduced the
two of them and sure enough it was
her umbrella.
So I thought to mvself that is a
very hair raising story but it would
of been a whole lot hotter if tho um
brella which the lady found had of
turned out to not be my gal’s um
brella after all.
The friendship between this lady
and I broke off as we entered Ashe
ville station before either or boi
had tht-ir heart seared. 1 dumb in a
costly motor and was wished out to
an inn.
Meanwhile 1 been enjoying south
ern hospitality and also been inter
viewed by Mr. Holloway of the Ashe
ville Citizen, a newspaper dedicated
to tho upbuilding of western North
Carolina, which if they build it up
much more it will make Pike’s Peak
look like a divot.
' Copyriebt. ISKM. •
against the advice of Dr. Nerasic, the
head of the Geological Institute of
Rumania. That learned doctor said
there was so little chance of finding
oil in Moreni that ho would agree to
drink every quart taken out of the
region. Nevertheless, the Moreni
field, as I have said, is now producing
S more than half the output and it will
1 yield this year something like four
i million barrels. At a quart to the
! person it would take twice the stom
; achs of all people of our country to
i hold it. There are but few oppor
tunities for wildcat oil men in Ru-
I mania. American prospectors conic
in, the ground, and go away
In disgust. One reason is the diffi
culties of drilling and another the
expense, and last, hut by no means
least, is the strangle-hold which the
government has on the industry. Ac
cording to the laws enacted before
and since the war, all the oil taken
out of the ground must be refined in
Rumania, and no crude oil, fuel oil
or naphtha may be exported. Two
thirds of every oil product must be
sold in Rumania at prices fixed by
tho government. This makes it pos
sible to export only one-third of the
product.
In closing this letter. I want to say
a word or so about the Standard Oil
Company here in Rumania. Its in
vestments amount to upward of $20.-
000,000. It was one of tho first for
eign companies to aid in establishing
the industry and today it does a busi
ness larger than any other company
with the exception perhaps of the
| Royal Dutch Shell.
j I have- gone over its works and they
! arc wonders of efficiency and modern
invention in a land where moat of
the methods are crude to the extreme.
It has a high-class force of men, and
the American colony which lives here
at Plocsti is a refreshing oasis in
this great desert of cast Europe.
(Carpenter's World Travels, Copyright, 1921 >
An Even Break.
Townly—Do you often have to rusk
to catch your morning train?
Stubbubs—Oh. it's about an even
break. Sometimes I am standing at
the station when the train puffs up
JLnd other times it is standing at tho
station when 1 puff up.
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