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ERIE AND OHIO.
Government Engineers' Report on the Lake-River Cnnnl. WITH IMPROVEMENT OF RIVER The Englitfcn Can 8ee the Feasibility of the Scheme?Without Hirer Improve i ii u liupiatiiDiium? i mn ngnicn Were InrmtlRRtrd-Coiit oftltr Eulcrn ! Unlit# Is the Lowtit~U Is from Cleveland to Marietta I A plan has been submitted to Congresa for a canal connecting Lake Erie f with tho Ohio river. The secretary of war yesterday sent to the house the report of a board of three englneors of the army of a survey of the Miami and ? Erie canal, the Ohio canal and connections available to make a continuous canal connecting the waters of | Lake Erie with tho Ohio river through the state of Ohio. The survey was also to look to the feasibility una act! visablllty of improving and widening I, the canal to seventy feet and deepenr lng It to seven feet. Plans and cost [ ,wero also required for the construction of locks with a capacity for vessels of at least two hundred and eighty j: tons burden. The board considers the following r. routes available for continuous canals gfei making the required connection: ir Eastern route?Cleveland, to Marlet- I ta. ^ Central route?Sandusky Bay to h Portsmouth. | Western route?Toledo to Cincinnati, f On all these*routes the water supply Is such that with necessary imi nrovomonta It Is nracticablo to con struct a canal of the kind required that [. can be operated at its full capacity i for 275 days each year. The estimated cost of each waterway 1 . of the prescribed dimensions is: East| ern route. $12,299,372; central route, ) 118,094,165, but to this may bo added. If p. necessary, cost of feeder from Letvis^ ton reservoir to the Sclota valley, $34,J 000, making the whole sum for the cen; tral route. $18,118,165; western route, 123.011,374. [' The board concludes that while It r would be feasible to construct a canal of the dimensions specified, It would by reason of inadequate depth in* the canal and the Ohio, be restricted In Its benefits. In the opinion of the L board the construction of a canal of i - such dimensions, or apart from an adequate Improvement of the Ohio river, E would not be advisable. The board has j not considered It part of Its duty to 82 present any recommendation with re ! para to a canai or dimensions uiuereht from thoso prescribed In the act i v;' of Congress. A canal having a unlj?'" form width of eight-five feet and a ll depth of ten feet would Admit the passage of vessels that might be considered of about tho least practicable size for lake navigation. I YESTERDAY'S DEPARTURES b-' Charleston...RUTH. 6 a. m. ? Pittsburgh...HEN HUR. noon. Pittsburgh...LORENA. midnight. LifV Clartngton.... JEWEL. 3:30 p. ra. 1 JO ATS LEAVING TO-DAT. Pittsburgh...KEYSTONE STATE, noon. P? Pittsburgh...II. K. BEDFORD. 8 a. m. IParkersburg. LIBERTY. 11 a. m. Matatnora* ..LEXINGTON. 11 a. m. Clartngton...JEWEL 3:30 p. m. BOATS LEAVING TO-MORROW, i Parkershurg.BEN HUR. 11 a. m. k rptifi'T a.m r, m K I Along the landing. [' Good progress is being made on the !**.". : refitting of the packet Evansville. at the |* public landing. I The Ruth for Charleston and Kanawha river points, departed at 7 a. m., , g-. with a good trip. pi The marks at 6 p. m. showed 9 feet 3 [ :, Inches and falling. Weather, clear and te; ^ /cold. Ice haa nearly all passed this.! |V port. \") The packet Ben Hur was delayed heI low. on account of heavy offerings, in\./ culdlng a large lot of apples, and did ? not pass up for Pittsburgh until noon. I The Keystone State will not depart rfor Pittsburgh before noon to-day. She Is doing a heavy hunlness below Wht<b ing and is delayed four hours In consek1 quence. The Lexington and Liberty got In ^ from below last nlglit, both with good r up-bound freight trips. Their rate war Is still on with no signs of weakening on either side. p TheLorena was duo forPittiburgh at I'.. nuuiiittlll. OIIC ?v?M.?o >UI MOHt-n.iHk ir" Sunday morning. This boat la Imndk ling a nice trade between Pittsburgh ! and Muskingum river'points. I It may be the river will be down to the desired somewhat low stage when the congressional committee makes the trip ^ from Pittsburgh to Wheeling on the I Virgin^, next week. Tho local chamber of commerce Is making xteimlve preparations for the entertainment of the visitors. The tall-end of the bis Pittsburgh ooal fleet passed Wheeling Tuesday night. Thr- aggregate shipments were nearly S.OOO.OOO bushels. But for the caulkers' strik* the shipments would have been considerably heavier. Neari, ly all the coal In the Monongahola pools r Is now cleared up. ! . The Iron Ag<? Is expected to arrive In a few days with a tow of 1,000,000 feet !?' of cottonwood timber, soys the Pitts[; burgh Chronicle Telegraph. This conL. slgnment is to be followed shortly by similar shipments, all coming from the Mississippi river. These shipments k mark the first of the peculiar southern j timber received in Pittsburgh. Cottonf ' wood has been brought here from time to time, but no great quantity has hereC tofore been shipped. The wood is consigned to D. RSpeer, of McKecs Hocks, and will be used In tho manufacture of fe boxes. Captain William Prince, of the towboat Belle Prince, Is hoping there will l be a good soaking rain up Pishing I creek down in weizci county, him Dont haa the contract to tow several hundred thousand railroad ties from New Martinsville to Pittsburgh, but It looks as though the tins will never be rarted down the creek to the river. Most of the ties have been cut for three years, but / in that time there hns not been enough water to send I hem down. Home people I say the oil business has an influence r on the scarcity of rain in that country, but this Is not a nenalbln explanation. The same trouble has b?-en experienced In the lower end of the state. Tor I two years the tlmbermen on the Cluyl andotte. Big Bandy and Twelve Pole were unable to send a stick down to the river. Itlvrr TrlrKmnia. OTl? CITY?Rlv?.r 3 foH 4 Inchon and falling. Clear nn?l cold. MQROANTOWN?River .8 foot nnd stationary. Clear. OBBMNBBORO-nivor 8 foot and falling- Clear, cold ami windy. PITTSBURGH?Rlvor 7.r, foot and L falling at the dam. Weather clear and I*. cold. No coal linn Ik;on Mhlppnd Hlnco & ' yoeterday, an<l none will likely bo iihlp5; ped ?outh until there In a rl*o In the rlvor. The J. C. Rtaher, which mink part of hor tow at Mcrrtman, arrived light having ulkon the Nilance of hor X \ tow down tho river. Some Ice la Mill running down the Allegheny, and It U principally new Ice. The following tow boiWa arrived, nam* of which had emptlea: Robert Jenkins, Onward, Clipper, Sam Brown, Monterey. William O. Horner, fi. D. Wood, Little Fred. John Moron. The Clipper went down the river with two model barges of iron. STEUBEN VI LLE-Rlv?r 9 feet 3 inches and falling. Clear and cold. Down?Faille.. Up?Ben Hur, Ironsides. PARKERSBURO?River 10 feet I Inches nnd falling. Clear and cold. Up?Ben Hur, Keystone State. Ruth, Liberty. Down?Virginia, Liberty. Down with coal?Dick Fulton, flagship of the coal fleet; James Moren, John Morcn, Hornet No. 1. Enterprise, Raymond Horner, Josh Cook, B. D. Wood, Sam Clark, Fred Wilson, Ed Roberts. Mariner. Tornado. Steamer Qobel struck a snag this morning near Little Hocking, knocking a large hole In her bow. She began sinking, but the Ohio shore was reached, when she was pumped out by the Hilton. The cargo was saved. Iron Age brought a large string of empties this morning, tied them at Bel pro and returned for more. Little Kanawha falling, lip?J. King. Locals on time. IN TJIE OIL FIELDS. The P?it Glories of IheVrlnlrn Pool Rccullrd?Drrllnr of the W?klf Gitalin In Tyler Coiuily ? Operation* In Uic Sunihutil. One of tho Frlcden??owners of the famous oil producing farm In Monroe county. Ohio,?was in town a day or two ago, and talked with one of tho Wheeling men who was so fortunate as to be in on tho ground floor with George Digby, when the first well was drilled in on the Frleden, over a year ago. Ho says the original well is still producing some oil, but the decline In great and he Is sorry he did not sell out to the easterners at the time Dlgby, Robinson. Croclcard and the other Wheeling men, who held the lease, disposed of their Interests for the cool sum of $150,000. He says tho famous "Dog-skin" district is quiet as a uraveyaru. una that was touted a year ago as a coming rival of Slstersvllle as an oil town. One of the first moves. It will b* remembered. was to establish a bank. It lasted about three weeks and died with the town. t From Indian creek com?* the rather startling report that the Kyle and Weekly gushers are decreasing In their output of oil and Increasing their How of ealt water. The oil production of each Is now about 800barrels a day and about 275 barrels of salt water. Promoters of new work are laboring under the most embarrassing trials in getting new work started on account of the bad condition of the roads. The superintendent of one company expected to start thirty teams from Slstersvllle to Indian creek, with supplies yesterday, but was unable to iri?t a Hindi* load of material out of the town. The Devonian 01! Company's No. 2 Kyle Is now three dnys pant due. and In awaited with no little Interest. J. M. Guffey & Co. have started two wells on thePltts farm, near the Kyle and Weekly pushers. No. 1 Is down 500 feet and No. 2 Is spudddlng. The name company Is fretting ready to start five more wells on the same property. In the Flat run district north of Mannlngton the South Penn Oil Company hns drilled In Jts No. 2 George Cross. The well madtrone flow, but Is not deep enough In the pay to Judge of Its status as a producer. On the Devlin farm. Meigs county. Ohio. Taylor & Company are drilling at 600 feet and Slstersvllle parties are starting a well In Letart township. In Monroe county, to the northeast of the Frleden poo.l the Eastern Oil Company Is deep in the sand at its test well on tho Bechtel farm, and has no show for oil. There Is a new Richmond In the oil field. Not In the active derrick-decked field of production, but In the vast flold of distribution, where the Standard Oil Company has had absolute control through many a year and many a bitter fight. The name of the new man is S. Y. Ramage. and his mercantile career has been meteoric. Ten years ago he was a penniless oil prospector, who trod the hills of Pennsylvania In rawhide boots and flannel shirt, seeking the spots where the exploring drill might tap the oleaginous veins of mother earth. Even now he appf-nrs still scarcely more Ml Ml II iKiy. niiiTOiii-miru, tuiv fully-clad, quick-spoken young business man. such an dozens around him. Hut he Ik a man of big affairs. Almost unknown and without Influence. operating upon a capital constituted of the small savings of a few 'fairly fortunate years as an oil prospector, h?? took up and carried to a rucoessful conclusion a vigorous fight against the wealthiest and most powerful business corporation In the world. On Monday morning he departed from New York to assume what Is practically complete charge of the business of the Standard Oil Company In the central and southern states; nn enormous commercial Interest which represents the tranefer of $100,000,000 a year from the pockcts of the purchasers of oil to the tills of the distributing company. RUtmvlllf Oil Solra. Special Dispatch to the Intelligencer. SISTEK9VILLE. W. Va., March 4.? It is understood that the well drilled by the Victor Oil & Gas Company has been delivered to and accopted by the Philadelphia Gas Company as a gasser and that It will connect with the line running to Pittsburgh, .the same line t>in< I tin -rili. Mnsnn" vaiinr will Hn connected to. The South Penn Oil Company In drilling a well, located a short distance southwest of the well being: drilled on the Furbee farm. The well being drilled by Shay & McMullen on the Weekly farm should reach the pay the latter part of this week. This well will be watched with much Interest, as It Is located a little over a thousand feet east of the Devonian Oil Company's No. 2 on the Kyle farm. The Devonian Oil Company's No. 2 on the Kyle should reach the sand either this evening or curly In the morning. ParkrraUurg Oil Notea. Bpeclal Dlnpatch to tho Intelligencer. PARKERSBURQ. W. Va, March 4.The oil well being drilled buck of Rcedvllle, two miles from here. Ik down over 700 feet and It Is reported that there is a good showing for oil. Another well will be commenced Immediately in that vicinity. It will bo located on the Major Reed farm, which Is one mile back of ReedVllIe. Machinery and tools arrived last week And drilling will commenco soon. A well will also bo drilled In the vicinity of John Wlgals, near Buckley's Chapel, which Is four miles back of here. The contract for the rlir timber was let some time aso and operation* will commence as noon as the roads get better. Anothsr \V?II at Coleralit. There Is another producing well In the Coleraln field. The limt one to come In wo* the Clark No. 2, on theThco. Clark farm, yesterday afternoon. It Is a very promising well. This makes the second produoer on the Clark farm. The well In nnlv n. Hhnrt riliif.it.nr* uniillitvcni nt n... village. Several other well* will In? In noon and the work of putting up rigs In programing rapidly. Several wagon loads of supplies are haulwl out daily from Mnrtin's Ferry. Muc.h interest in manifested In the Parker well. Klilirr'ii Colli Day. You won't need your overcoats at the Orand Opera House on ntxt Monday and Tueitday evenings, ns Manager Foinlor has hooked Flsher'n comedians In that rattling farce cotncdy "A Cold Day." Fisher In a great laugh maker, and will make it warm for everybody. "A Cold Day" has more fun In ono act than most so called farce comedies have In their whole show. Abe, Uaby and Jake are a trio that are hard to heat. "A Cold Day" always ha* the latest ones and dances of the day. rv ^ i" IMPROVEMENT Is the Watchword of Mr. Burt, of the Ohio River Roud. | IMPROVED POSTAL SERVICE 1 Is the Announcement from lite llniit'i General, Office-One Additional Mali Train Oat of Whrtllng and Another to thia CHy-Xrw Locomotlvea Or. dered for Delivery In Slay?'Through Train llfUmn N|mirrr and Parkersb?rg. i iesicruuy vino rriniuvni imu ucncnu i Manager George A. Burt, of the Ohio River railroad, closed a Contract with the Brooks Locomotive Company, of Dunkirk, N. X.. for three new tenwheel, fifty-ton locomotives, which will bo delivered In May and which are Intended to handle freight trains. Increased business made It absolutely necessary that additional engines be pur[ chased. This makes Ave new locomotives that this road has purchased In tho last six months. The engines ordered yesterday will be the best In every detail. Mr. Burt has been working for the last three or four months to put on additional railway postal service and yesterday received notice from the United States postofflce department at Washington that this will be done. According to the order received tnnll will be handled from Wheeling to Kenova on train No. 3 (leaving Wheeling at 11:45 a. m.) and from Kenova to Parkersburg on train No. 8. also from Parkersburg to Wheeling (arriving at C;4G p. m.) on train No. 4. Three new postal cars made necessary by this additional service are now being built by the Pullman Car Company, at Pullman, Ills., and are to be In service not later than May 15. ^ , A IH'W IlilUUIill HILHI llttlll uufcwwtn Spencer and Parkersburg will be put on the road by the last of thin month. This is done to accommodate parties who go to Parkersburg to trade. It will be a great bentflt to that city. The train will start from Spencer early each morning and arrive at Parkersburg at 9 a.m.; returning, leaving Parkersburg at 3 p. m. 5orrla Brother*' 111k Carnival* Norris Brothers Equine and Canine Carnival will be the attraction at the Grand Opera House to-morrow night, Saturday afternoon and evening. Norris Brothers will give one of the grandest exhibitions, with their company of trained dogs and ponies, ever presented to the public. This company of dogs, ponies and monkeys, all take their parts in this grann cnienamment of over two hour*, unaided, understanding and obeying correctly over 1,000 commands given by Norrls Brothers, who have spent their whole lifetime in designing the most attractive way of exhibiting their Intelligence. The most wonderful exhibitors of animal intelligence and sagacity in the world. Kr>U for "Tlir New Dominion.*' The saJe of seats for Clay Clements' "The Now Dominion," at the Opera House Saturday, will open at C. A. House's music store this morning. Clay Clement, the clever young man who hna been winning ao much renown for his remarkable gifts as a comedian and character actor, has been secured for a special engagement. Supported by a strong company of comedy players I under the management of Jcweph Adel- I man. Mr. Clement will present his delightful comedy of southern life. Grrnt Mliiatrrla Coming, ' To the. lovers of the banjo the man- ! agement of Gorton's Minstrels have a treasure to offer this flea son In Fred Alberts. He is a wonder for purely artistic work of his own composition?a soloist. Malcolm McGregor, late Euphonium soloist with Cappa, Llberari and Bellstedt's bands, is nlso one of the features with Gorton's Gold-Band, and can be heard here at noon to-day, dur- ? lng the open-air concert. It comes for one night only. THE wonderful cure by Salvation Oil of Mr. M. S. Culp. a chronic rheumatic, Sl$ George treet, Baltimore. Md., Ih a miracle. Spring Is the season for purifying, clcansing, and renewing. The accumulations of waste everywhere are being removod. Winter's icy grasp is broken and on sll sides are indications of nature's returning life, renewed force, and awakening power. | Cnnnffl v W|SI my In tho time for purifying tho blood, cleansing tho system and renewing the physical powers. Owing to close confinement, diminished perspiration and other causes, in the winter, impuritios have not passed out of tho system ns they should but havo accumulated in tho blood. Spring > Is tborefore tho best time to take Hood's Barsapflrilla, because tho system is now most in need of modicine. That Hood's Hnrsnpnrlllu is tho best blood puriflor and Spring medicine Is proved by its wonderful cures. A courso of Hood's Sarsaparil la now may provont great sufforlng later on. Hood's Sarsaparilla Is the One True Wood Purifiers All druggists. $1. Prepared only by C. I. Hood ft Co., Lowell. Mass. u i? cure Liver Ills; easy to HOOd S Mills tAke.CAavtaoncrate.2Ao. I WATCBB8-J0HN DECKER it CO. Combination >n the?* JEWELRY BUSINESS, i Wa hire combined nil our ofTbrt* thliaet* ?on. not for tho purpose of obuinlug bettor prirm. but to elionr onn of tbe flnoet ntocki of DIAMONDS. WATCHB3 nod KINK JKW KI.HY llio mnrkota produce. Wo nil I onntluuo toMilInt the very low price for which wo ire noted JOHN BECKER S GO,; JEWELERS AND OPTICIANS, 3527 JACOB STREET. N. &-8pecl?l cire In flttlnf leuMa. / jSofflething New !Ao Opportanify for Every Man to I m. i\... An Kim i ro-uay rnaiw i a. OF ? MISFIT CLOTH I OPENING OF A NEW ERA III HE f One Fact is Worth More Than a T [ Misfit Clothing arc misfitted or uncalk > tailors and purchased by us through 01 f principal cities at a little more, than tl L ?v ?1 . J.? ? ?n/1 Vncifa rAni DU115, VSV&rUUZUBj XilUlO uuu ? vwvw ! sbip tho highest products of tho most ( [at one-half the or I Special Openint V ? A J. > Fine Suits and Overcoats, worth (j> g QQ . High Grade Suits and Overcoats, -jft ftft . worth $25, at lu.UU It Elegant Suits "and Overcoats, A 0 RA 1L wnrtl, *30. at . . . lfl.uU I Finest Suits and Overcoats, A R Art j worth $35, at . . iUiUU ] The above are our statements. Prov and prices, which we guarantee have n | yvvii ^Clothing ; 1333 MARKE ; Branch Stores: X BRUSSELS CARPETS _ m 1-^ tk 1 1 Sfc,AS>UJ Brusse AT REDUCED F In order to niako room for onr New Sprin >ets wo carried over from last season. Thous! o select. Perhaps the patterns and colorings veil as the new ones. Come and 800. T> v.l ?_ f >n.ji TTam4^a?i/) am/4 nil T) BIgeiUW, LUWtiii, naruuiu auu an dcsi sels, regular price $1.30, reduced Roxbury, Stinson's, Smith's and all B( Brussels, regular price 90c, reduce Carpets selected now will bo sewed and st 'our room or hall. Mferf whi G. Mend nWlTURB, CARPETS, ETC. [HERB NEVER WAS A BETTER THE TO BUI FURNITURE r - - CAR fhan now. Don't wait for the spring rush ai jutes. Kcmcmuer our loss is your gain, ively sold at cost for cash. J. K. HRI Assignee of ALEX. FREW, 1117 Mi i for 52 1)6 a Nobby Dresser at Small Cost. MINfi Mai \J X JLJlUi.1 M AV VU| run mm " ING PARLORS.] CLOTHING TRADE OF THIS CITY. hoasand Arguments, so Kead On.: id for garments mado up merchant ur agents from the finest tailors in the . 1 10 actual cost of the material. These 1 resent in cloth, linings and workman- 1 ;xclusive tailors and sold to you by us 1 nnrvnn nnrriTi , J luiflAL UKUM ffilliis! j ( j Week Prices: j TheHeightof Perfectionin Suits <N 0 M ' and Overcoats, worth $40, at V10, u U Ftf ,"d.16 Si,k $2.00 & $3,005 No extra charge for alterations when 1 necessary. Garments bought of us kept in repair for \ one year. Open evenings until 9 o'clock.' e them by an inspection of our goods. ever been equaled in this scction. ? .FIT Parlors, IT STREET. j USE, ROCHESTER, BUFFALO, CLEVELAND, 1 >IT, WASHINGTON', D. C., WHEELING. j ... 8] l-O. MENDEL & CO. MS Is Carpets! 'RICES.?^ g Stock we have placed on sale Brussels Carmds of yards of excellent Carpets from which i of last seasons Camels wil suit vou just as 4 ? Grade Body Bros- ? to' - ist Grade Tapestry orccl until wanted. If possible, bring size of !TE IRON BEDS, - $4.65. ?KNY SIZE.? el & Co. JEWELRY. r .4 II Cx MImitfl . I u oiufi (i AND W :::::: S?,r show n windows, PETS ^?iP? contain ki^k.. ??ms. pay 1111*1 iv.i 'i'wip _ r , II you wish. Goods posi- Don't be afraid to look: won you onsoont. - L-, Dillon, Wheat & Hanchcr t"' ain Street. wrWo Soli Diamond*.J