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Millikan’s Storage Tank One
Instance of Money Lost
in “Black Gold.”
Special Dispatch to The Star.
CLEVELAND, Okla., September 1. —
Oklahoma's oil region is strewn with
the wrecks of fortunes won but never
realized. They po to account for the
SSOO which statistics show is sunk in
the earth for every dollar wrested from
it in net oil profits.
For instance, there is the story of
the hip earthern reservoir which
Bill Millikan built 17 or 18 years
ago when he brought in several
big wells on the southwestern part
of the townsite of Cleveland. This
tank covered a half block, was of
great depth and at one time was roof
ed. It was a forerunner—spectacular
for its time—of the vast concrete and
steel reservoirs now in use for oil stor
age in the new California fields.
When Millikan struck oil the Standard
was paying 35 cents a barrel for crude
In this field as against the $3.50 and
even more that certain grades have
commanded in recent years. Millikan
swore the Standard nor any other con
cern should force him to give his oil
away he would store his production
and wait for better prices, which he be
lieved were on the way.
Hard to Stop the Plow.
If Millikan could have shut down his
Wells he would have been happy. But
it was as hard to curtail production
once established then as it has been
found in recent years, when demorali
zation has more than once threatened
the oil industry because of rapidly
shifting price scales. It was as danger
ous to the well as to the. owner’s
If other producers on adjoining leases
kept their wells running, they would
soon be able to drain all the oil and
the owner of the capped wells would
find them dry in time. That was why
Millikan was compelled, he thought, to I
build the big earthen tanks.
Millikan emptied 100.000 barrels of oil |
Into his tank. Much of it remained j
there for good—or rattier bad. If all I
that Millikan put int othat tank had re
mained in prime condition and been
sold advantageously, it might have be
come worth $300,000.
It is doubtful, however, if as much as
SIO,OOO was ever salvaged from the
wreck. Millikan forgot his tank, as oii
men generally are accustomed to forget
such things, and proceeded to build up a
fortune in other parts of Oklahoma.
The Cleveland oil was of high
grade, but continuous exposure to the
atmosphere caused the gasoline con
tent to evaporate quickly and the oil
to deteriorate much in quality, in two or j
three years the oil in Millikan's big
tank had congealed and hardened
until it resembled badly scorched I
fried mush or blackberry jam. It was
hardly good fuel oil and scarcely
worth lo cents a barrel.
Sold for Axle tlrcase.
Then, in 1513, the Flat Rock Oil j
Company dared Millikan to set a price j
on his big tank of black axle grease,
with the result that the owner un- |
loaded his property at a poor fire :
sale price. The Flat Rock Company I
cut canals in the embankments and I
recovered such oil as would flow |
down the side of the hill. When this j
exhausted, pumps were thrust down \
below the flow line at various places
in the reservoir and more oil taken
By this time the roof and the heavy
girders that spanned the reservoir
had collapsed and fallen in, and the
black sea on which no boat could sail
was filled with the debris of broken
timbers. The Flat Rock Company
reached the conclusion that nothing
remained but axle grease material.
Axle grease, however, w’as one of
the cheapest commodities salable—
then little boxes in which the grease
was sold were worth more than their
contents. The Flat Rock Company
was lucky when an employe stuck a j
hose down in the hard muck and j
turned on the steam, to see if he j
could soften and loosen up the mess, i
The steam turned part of the muck
into fuel oil and formed little wells
that gradually filled and were pumped
out. The steam process was contin
ued and hundreds of barrels of oil ob
But after a while even steam made
little headway and the old reservoir
with 10 or 15 feet of black much
was abandoned. It wouldn't burn, it
was too slippery to be hauled away
and, besides, no one would provide a
dumping ground even if it could be
Some Leap-Year Hint.
Kmm the Boston Transcript
They were sitting on the beach at
Revere. Moonlight silvered the quiet
water. After a brief silence she
lurned to him and said: “Why is the
ocean like June?” He thought a while
but to no purpose. “I don’t know,”
he said finally: "why is the ocean
like June?” Blushing coyly, she
answered: “Because it is maritime.”
We don't know what happened after
that, but if there isn't another leap
year wedding that girl will certainly
be disappointed.
Just to show his friends that he
can swim, although he recently be
came a grandfather of twin daugh
ters, a man of Thibodaux, La., swam
across the Mississippi River.
HATS are one of
the specialized
=| 1 features of The
d i s criminating judg
k nient that we may
p {Ta surely have the best.
Most of them are
in nr IT ATT Borsalino . . 59-00
JMuU/JL iX/lllJ Stetson ..... .57-0°
£ hy Mode
' Special ... ss*°°
—and it is a most remark
able Hat this Fall.
Modest Hornet Family Curtains
Bedrooms From Curious Public
Modesty in the hornet family has
been demonstrated during the past
week at a rear window of the Chevy
Chase Bank building on Connecticut
avenue. The insects with the trou
blesome stings, finding that their
home was open to the public gaze
through the wire screen to which it
was fastened, have manufactured
their own curtain and drawn it over
the end of the nest that opened to
ward the interior of the bank build
For several weeks the nest has been
growing, and men, women and chil
dren of Chevy Chase made special
trips to the building to observe the
domestic life of the hornets througn
the screen on the window. The older
insects could be seen feeding the
young and building additions to the
home. It beeame one of the most im
portant sights of the Washington
Bankers Interested.
Dr. Frederic E. Farrington of the
Chevy Chase School was one of the
interested visitors from the sphere of
education. Hr. Harvey L. Curtis, a
physicist of the Bureau of Stand
ards, approached the matter from the
scientific point of view. Joseph A.
Burkhart, a Washington lawyer and
director of the bank, made a tour of
inspection. Other bank directors who
studied insect life were Ur. Truman
Abbe, R. Frederick Hatcher, Dwight
V. Jones. Edward H. Jones, Alfred B.
Leet, Thomas W. Perry, Frank Simp
son and Horace E. Troth, jr.
As for the younger generation, the
entire school population of Chevy
Chase was largely represented. None
of these had ever before had the priv
ilege of observing a hornet nest in
full operation, and they eagerly took
advantage of the opportunity.
The hornets, not being in the habit
of receiving extensively, finally put
an end to the social functions by
manufacturing their own curtain of
a design which perhaps had not pre
vinusly been displayed- Their own
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College Eye* Examined
Eyesight Specialist
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The Place for Your Home!
Main 8416
After you have walked all day in shoes
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that make you cringe with pain, or in
shoes that make your feet nervous, hot
and swollen, you will get instant,
soothing relief from using some ALLEN’S
FOOT-EASE in your foot-bath and gently
rubbing the sore spots.
When shaken into the shoes, ALLEN’S
FOOT-EASE takes the friction from the
shoes, makes walking or dancing a delight
and takes the sting ont of corns and
bunions, hot, tired, aching, swollen, ten
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ONE good coat of paint
a year will keep a
great many carpenter’s
bills away. We advise
you to call on us in time
and give your home the
advantage of being pro
tected against the ele
ments by paint that serves
two purposes satisfacto
"Wall Paper of Character”
Hooper & Klesner
929 H St. N.W.
Main 4763
modesty inspired the Invention. Per
haps the last thing to arouse their
resentment was the act of one or
two ruthless spectators, in blowing
tobacco smoke through the nest.
The hornets are still at home on all
days In the week, but In complete
retirement. They are far enough
The House If we ever quoted, com
£ I f parative prices we could
|Sw| ft/ II write some interesting
of Courtesy
We’ve Prepared An Event That Will Be the
Talk of Washington Throughout the Season
A Sale of Winter Coats I
= —of very high-grade and very effective designing—really masterpieces of artistic pro
duction—and at the proffered price promising a wonderful saving which more than
* justifies your buying your winter Coat NOW—
styles— I will reserve any
of many only the II Ij | selection for i
late delivery.
Such a sale—of such Coats—must come as a complete surprise —for garments of their authorship rarely find themselves
included in a special event —except at the close of the season. They herald the new modes—and give evidence of their ex
cellence and elegance in the details of fabric, trimming, lining and finish.
The weaves are of the royalty of the f The trimming Furs are • [7l
fabric family: of the finest:
Velourette Buell a Beaver J a fi Mink
"* Gerona Lustrosa Muskrat , Squirrel
i Suede Down Ormandale Skunk Marmink T
And many others Black and Platinum Wolf
A display of these Coats utilizes practically our entire front windows
Sale Begins T uesday at 9:15 i
Black Ormandale, fur Penny Gerona, trimmed , Gnnabar Suede Down, Black Luella, with Near
collar and cuffs; button with Jap Mink and Braid, trimmed with Muskrat, Seal trimming, SSB.
J trimming, SSB. SSB. SSB. L
3 ' E
rn=aaa=imna ini== ,mr == nrll == 1nr ~ ihi inr inr= in
from the banking rooms to require a
special trip even to observe the ex
terior of the nest.
Her Dad Has Suspicions.
From Capper'a Weekly.
A young man, writing to the father
of his girl, closed his letter with this
appeal: “I want your daughter—the
‘flour’ of your family.”
And the cold-blooded old man an
swered: “ 'Flour' of the family is
good, but are you sure it isn't my
‘dough’ you are after?”
Their Acreage. Is Greater Than
Those of Scandinavian Peninsula.
Mary Dee Darli la Scribner’* Magazine.
Farms! Most people begin to laugh
when we Alaskans start talking about
our flowers and*"bur vegetable gar
dens and our wheat fields.
“Laugh, and show your Ignorance,”
say we, to scoffers! That there are
numerous wide tracts of land both in
the Mantanuska and Tanuna-Yukon
valleys of demonstrated agricultural
value, the reports of the department
of agriculture abuhdantly prove.
That these lands are greater In ex
tent than the Scandinavian Peninsula
farm lands, which today support five
million by agriculture alone, Is one
of those facts that only people with
Imagination will appreciate fully.
We He In large part In the same
latitude as Sweden, Norway and
Finland and are not only greater In
extent than all three, but have a bet
ter climate. So, at least, X have been
told by my neighbors here who have
themselves come directly from Nor
way, Sweden and Finland. They tell
me, too, that It is “easier to get a
living here.” Naturally, then, we
have a large and ever-increasing
Scandinavian population, for not only
the Interior but the fisheries on the
coast attract these good immigrants
Estimates show that Alaska is
quite capable of supporting from
three million to five million people
by farming alone, and yet our pres
ent white population Is little more
than thirty thousand all told.
Frozen ground? Yes. But 24-hour
suns, weeks on end, thaw the sur
face. and the updrawn meltings suh
irrigate the roots In a most ideal
fashion. And do not laugh when I
tell you that I own a small interest
in a flour mill that we have recently
built here in Fairbanks and which
mills Tanana Valley wheat and pro
vides our whole district and parts of
the coast with as fine bread flour an
the most fastidious cook could desire.
Poets, on an average, have shorter
lives than prose writers.

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