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WH1 IS MOST REMARKABLE UraOFHOIHEKT fOLWKIEWS OF BK SBfflNSTON STRIKL The Fairmont Times says: With the well gushing over 400 barrels per hour, the product flow ing down the hill into trenches that are being dug by nearly a hundred men, the Philadelphia Company's wonderfol strike in the E. E. Swiger form in the Shinnston pool is prov ing to be even greater than it was first reported and is without excep tion the largest well ever driUcSin j West Virginia. Following the excitement of the strike which was made on Monday j afternoon, a more accurate guage j has been kept on. the flow and at a late hour last evening it was esti mated that the production averaged 400 barrels during the first twenty four hours. Although every means was utilized to secure sufficient tankage for the production, all efforts of the com pany failed during the first few hours to care for the fluid. One large: tank was filled in a few hours and following this the oil was allowed to flow down a hill into trenches that the company hastily threw up. In ; this manner much of the production was saved, but thousands of dollars worth escaped into the stream below. The strike was so sudden and so unlooked for that the company was' entirely unable to cope with the sit uation. Immediately following the, big strike scores of men were sent! in all directions to secure men to work on the trenches. Fabulous prices were offered, but it was total ly impossible to secure enough to build trenches sufficient to care for the output. The pews of the strike spread like1 wildfire throughout the entire country and yesterday the well was visited by hundreds of people. Oil experts from Pittsburg and other sections rushed to the scefle and had i a look at the greatest gusher of modem times. Extra precautions were taken to < prevent fire and the visitors were all kept at a safe distance. * Last night the men who had worked all day on the trenches' were relieved by a fresh crew and the work was continued throughout the night. W hile the official figures were un obtainable last night, it was stated! upon good authority that the well I during its first 2+ hours in thej present depth flowed a little over 10,000 barrels. Crude oil was yes- : terday quoted at $1.48 and had the entire output been saved, the well j would tave netted its owners during' that time in the neighborhood of: ?15,000. SCHOOL ON FRIDAY. Scattered over the state are a couple of thousand teachers of country schools who are asking the j state department of schools a ques tion in which they are verr much interested. That query is whether or not they can suspend school Fri" I day, December 24th, and call it Christmas. The department answers that they cannot. In the city schools the local boards regulate the time taken off for the holiday season, but in the country j schools the general law applies. Christmas comes this year on Satur day, which is not a school day. If teachers suspend school on Friday, the day before, they must teach a day to make it up, according to the ruling of the department. FINEST theatre in the state burned. Wheeling,W.Va. Dec. lO.Fire de stroyed the six-story board of trade building this morning, causing a loss "f $25,000. A hundred or more "of fices and the Court Theatre and a pharmacy were located in the build ing. INDUSTRY HAS ITS-DRAWBACKS. The people of Kenova are not feel-! | in* any too friendly toward the re-1 cent advent into that community of I several hundred Huns, Slavs and Poles, all of whom expect to be given work at the new steel plant now in coarse of construction at that point Catlettsburg is overrun with this ob jectionable class of people. Whether the company operating: the steel plant will (five this class of labors employment, to the exclusion of American citizens, is not known, but it is very probable that large numbers of th m will be given work. The Kenova citizens are of the opin ion that the incoming of this class of ignorant foreigners will transform their peaceful little city into a brawl ing, turbulent community and will make strenuous objections to their being allowed to settle there. Huntington Herald-Dispatch. LAYMEN'S MISSIONARY CONVENTION. ????? A great national laymen's mission ary movement is sweeping over the country. Laymen's Missionary Con ventions will be held in seventy-five of the principal cities of the United States from the Atlantic to the Pa cific beginning with October and con tinuing until May 191C. These meet- j ings are heartily entered into by all j the leading evangelical nominations. More than a dozen conventions have already been held some of which has been attended by as many as 1500 and 1700 men as delegates. One of these great conventions will j beheld in Wheeiing, W. Va., Jan. 25 to 27. The convention will open with a banquet the first evening. Many prominent speakers will be present. Delegates will be in at tendance from Ohio, Pennsylvania and all parts of West Virginia. Minis ters and laymen are invited to attend. Many are already registering as del egates. The registration fee is one dollar. Mr. Ferris R. Miller, of Wheeling, W. Va., is the secretary of the local committee and will furnish information to all interested men. SMALLPOX RIFE. An epidemic of smallpox has struck portions of \Y est V irginia during the past month and the dreaded disease in some sections is increasing at an alarming rate, although no deaths have resulted. Tyler is the latest' county infested by the'disease. Rich-! wood, Kingwood, and several lumber1 camps in the eastern portion of the! state are infected with nearly a half1 hundred cases. For the past two I weeks the doctors have been treating, a number of mild cases in Mt. Hope, j but from latest reports the disease is; stated to be well under control. B. & 0. ELECTS OFFICERS. Baltimore, Md., Dec. 10.?The! board of directors of the B. & O., j which met in New York yesterday, re-elected Oscar G. Murray president, this being his 7th election as chief executive of the ^company; Geo. F. Randolph was re-elected 1st vice president; Hugh L. Bond, Jr., 2nd j vice-president; J. V. McXeal, 4th ' vice-president and treasurer, and Curtis \\. Woolford secretary. Capt. Geo. . Booth, for many years as sistant comptroller, was elected to succeed the late Major H. D. Bulk lev. B. & 0. RATES COMEBACK T01 ffO-CENT! RATE. Announcement has been made bv the Kanawha & Michigan Railroad that arrangements have been made with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad by which the railroad fareVrom Char leston to Wheeling over the Kana wha & Michigan and Baltimore & Ohio via Point Pleasant has been re duced from $6.32 to $+.60. The fare from Charleston to Parkersburg has been reduced from SS.5I to $2.75. The decrease brings the rates back to the flat rate of two cents per mile to these cities, but the', higher rate to Grafton, Fairmont and Clarksburg over the two roads still prevails. PATHETIC STORY KEVEUIDIN CONHECIION WITH EF FORTS TO FIND PARENTS OF BABY GIRL LAST SEEN WAS SI POINT PLEASANT, W.VA. Newark, N. J., Dec. 10.?Theef forts of Mrs. Rosie Leventhal to find the supposed parents oftbe baby girl left in her care three and a half years ago have revealed a pathetic story of & little flaxen haired four-years-old, seemingly deserted by her father and mother whom she has never seen and knows nothing about. For more than two years Mrs. Leventhal re ceived money orders for $13 each month to pay for the little one's board. Then these payments sud denly ceased. It was on Labor Day, 1905, that some one knocked at the door of Mrs. Leventhals home. A young man and young woman, the latter with an in fant in her arms, entered. Their names were given as - "Mr. and Mrs. P. Mann."' They wished to leave their child and pay its board. The charge was accepted. They gave their address as General Delivery, Philadelphia. This was changed la ter to the Phoenix Hotel, Point Pleas aiit, W. Va. BUT THEY LIKE TOWN. Butter and eggs and meats and other foods all up above the clouds in prices and still going up, is what accounts for the general town talk of "back to the farm again," where an independent living can be secured with much less worry than digging it out in a dingy city. There are thousands of acres of waste land in all parts of the country that should be producing an independent living for people who are pinching a scant' subsistence in towns.?Moundsville Echo. OBITUARY. Saturday, December 4th, -1909,' Mrs. Sarah Lavinia Somerville, died , at her home in Robinson District. \ She was the wife of Mr. E. G. Som- j erville, to whom she was married January 6, 1869, and to which union j there was born three children; Van | B., Byron E., and Gora Somerville. j Mrs. Somerville was born Septem- > ber 2S, 1846, and was the fifth daugh ter of Thomas Ball and Julia Ann ' (Hogg) Ball,and was a sister of Mrs. Man.' M. Somerville, Mrs. Frances 1 Somerville, Mrs. Patsey Rice, Mrs. Arabella Shirley and Mrs.Maria Ray-1 burn, all of whom are living; the two i brothers of the family, Robert Ball | and Lewis Bill having died many years since. Some fifteen years ago Mrs. Som erville united with the Presbyterian Church, in Pleasant Flats, during . which time she was a most loyal and consistent member. As a wife, she faithfully performed her duty, by showing her devotion j to her home and her people. As a mother, she used her best efforts in ; teaching the principles of .honertv j and'right living. Asa'neighbor, she ; always stood ready t<r do her part,j and no one could say ought against: her. To her long list of friends, she j leaves behind a store of blessed rec ollections, for none knew her, who could not truthfully praise her. By her industry and economy, she was enabled to have the comforts of life, and leave something behind for thofc who were near and dear to her. and by whom she will be most sadly missed. The Cleveland Leader says that a scientist states that when people kiss they should use a strainer to prevent contagion. We would sug gest that the judicious use ofcholoride of lime when osculating might prove an excellent means of sanitation. Why is Johnny like a sidetracked freight car: Because he has been switched. IS THE TASTE OFTHEPOBLKTO BLAME? No!!! Bat the lack of desire to cultivate a liking for the really good j things that so seldom come our way, ] is to be sadly regretted. The public is.said to have no taste, I but is only impressed by its natural leaders, a very few of whom were | present at the Victor Victrola Con cert given last Wednesday afternoon and evening at HoolFs Opera House. It is a most deplorable fiat that few of our music loving people (for the people of Point Pleasant 0?"?l music loving) availed themselves of I this priceless opportunity to hear really good music by the world's I greatest artists,?not great, but the greatest,?this opportunity that en-1 ?bled one to compare (by means of the Victrola records, many costing $7 each)the voices of Melba, the! greatest English soprano. Calve, the I greatest French soprano, Gadvki, the greatest German soprano, with the I voices of Farrar and Eamcs.thc great est American sopranos,?to hear Car-1 uso, the greatest French tenor and his I incomparable high C sharp in thel clear ringing tone that made him fa-1 mous in a night,?to hear de Gogor-1 za, the greatest Spanish baritone, and the rich, sympathetic voice of Journet, the greatest French basso, a man of wonderful voice. The song by Schumann-Heink wasl as clear and true as life itself, bring ing out as it did, the exquisite rich ness and beauty of a' voice long | acknowledged to be the most mar vellous of its kind, and giving to the 1 audience, by its every intonation and bv the very breathing of the singer 1 (which the Victor records made audi-1 ble,) everything, even the personal j magnetism of Scbtxmann-Heink her self,?a perfect whole, with nothing! lacking but the vision of the singer] herself. Is-the taste of the public toblame? No, but a step towards cultivating that taste has been taken by Walter Aiken, Supervisor of Music in the public schools of Cincinnati, who has installed, for the benefit of the child ren of that city, a number of Victor Victrolas, in a successful effort to raise the musical standard and en courage a true appreciation of the good things in music by practically educating, along that line, the in fants, who become in time, Our mu sical public. The Victor Victrolas are on exhibi tion at the studio of Mrs. Gilbert Parker-Eppens, in the Mullineaux Rooms, at Gallipolis, Ohio. MAIL RULING FOR CHRISTMAS ALL WRITTEN INSCRIPTIONS ARE SUB JECT TO FIRST-CLASS RATES NOW MEANS BIG DIFFERENCE. Washington, Dec. 9.?It has been decided by the Classification com mittee of the Post-office department that the words "not to open until Christmas day" or similar inscrip tion may be written only on such parcels as bear postage at first-class rates. Packages that are mailed at third class or fourth class rates may bear the same inscription provided that it is printed or stamped on them. When written on the parcel with pen or pencil the words are held to be a personal communication from the sender to the addressee, thus, making the matter subject to first class rates. MARRIAGE LICENSE. The following marriage license have been issued since last report: Chas. F. Ward and Cloe V. Davis. Robert A. McCarty and Emma Hall. Erkey D. Warner and Clara A. Casto. Theodore Arnold and Edith Hers man. Charles Mash and Tinnie Brewer Fresh fruits, nuts, candies, ba nan as etc., always fresh at Bryan s DRY OPPOSE 1-1 EXTRA SESSION ACTION TAKEN BY HMHBBinON EXEC UTIVE COMMITTEL Clarksburg, W. Va., Dec.8.?At am eeting of the state executive com mittee of 'the prohibition party of West Virginia, held today a the Waldo hotel, a resolution was passed expressing the committee's disap proval of a proposed extra session of the legislature. The resolution is as follows: "Whereas, There is considerable discussion in the public press of our state in regard to a proposed extra session of the legislature, and as the governor has not indicated his in tention in the matter, we desire to express-our doubts as to the pro priety of calling any such special session before the time for the legis lature to meet in regular session. Inasmuch as it is but thirteen months until such time, in this expression we believe we not only voice the judgment of the 5,000 party Prohi bitionists, but as well, the thought ful convictions of a large majority of the citizens of the state. But should the governor decide to call such special session, we earnestly request that he embrace in the call the ques tion of the submission to a vote of the people of a prohibition amend ment to the state constitution, in conformity with the platform pledge upon which he was elected." A voter's pledge was adopted by the committee, plans were formu lated for increasing the circulation of the Mountain State Patriot, pub lished at Parsons, and miscellaneous business was transacted. FIRE DRILL IN SCHOOL. I desire to notice a bitter attack, in the State Gazette of Dec. 9th, up on the management of the Point Pleasant public schools, which was evidently intended as a personal at tack upon the superintendent. The article referred to was an arraign ment for not practicing fire drill. In order to be understood, I shall say that it is contrary to my usual prac tice to give any attention to personal abuse or misrepresentation, and that that practice will be adhered to in this instance, as to personalities, but there are in town some who do not have a very good opportunity to know the conditions at the schools, and possibly there are some who are sufficiently credulous to take serious ly and witfi consequent unea siness such statements as those in the Stute Gazette referred to. It is to these people that I wish to speak, in order that they may be put right in regard totheirchildren's safety. I have no desire to vindi cate my course in dealing with drill, although the facts that I shall state are, in my judgment, sufficient vin dication, but it does not seem right to the people to make them appre hensive of the safety of their child ren, when there is no possible justi fication for raising such apprehen sion. Now the drill. Last year in the initial drill, the building was cleared in less than a minute, if my recollec tion of the time is correct. Since the children, without previous drill, could clear the building in that time, it seemed unnecessary to give further drill for speed, but a few more drills were given as a disciplinary measure, because some few pupils persisted in talking during drill, and later a few were given preparatory to the exhib ition drill on Parents' Day. It was evident from the first, however, that the builcing could be cleared in a re markably short time, without practi cing the drill, and that with the doors, stairways, etc., adapted to rapid exit, as they are, drilling was not necessary as a precautionary measure. This year the fire drill was not giv en until to-day, nor was it given this time as a practice drill but merely as " a demonstration Off the. futility 9fthe drill in this building and to show the pupils and their parents that no child is in danger from fire in the public schools here. In order to show how quickly the building could be emptied in the event of a fire, the drill this morning was given with conditions as unfavorable as they cooM well be made. No one had previous, notice, except a teacher on each floor and the janitor, who were requested to note the time taken in getting die children out. None of the teachers had previous notice, nor' did any of the children. The doors were closed at the beginning and were not even opened by the superintendent;after the signal was given, but were to be opened by the children or the teach- ? ers. Regardless of these unfavorable conditions, it was only fifty-five sec-^ ? onds, as nearly as could be ascer-v tained without a stop watch, from) the time the alarm was given until the children were all out, but, if it had taken ten or even twenty times as long, I believe any reasonable per-' son who knows the plan of the build ing and the distribution of the child ren in it would admit that there was no cause for alarm. It should also be taken into consideration that the chances here are exceptionally good for detecting a fire in its incipiency, for the janitor is in the building all day, except for a short time after morning recess, and is in the base ment, where the furnaces are, nearly all the time during school hours, and during the time when he is not in the building there is scarcely a min ute when there is not either a child or the superintendent in the base ment. All of us know that there have been a number of school fires this year, but thed anger to life of a fire depends almost entirely upon lo cal conditions, and, since conditions here are so exceptionally good, we should see to it .that an incendiary newspaper article shall not sweep us from our moorings of sanity. If we do not think or investigate, it is easy to be wrought upon by the calamity howler, the fire escape agent, or the sensation monger, but are we going to be thus hoodwinked? Fire drill should be practiced to whatever ex tent the safety of the children de mands, but it always produces nerv ousness and restlessness not only in the children but usually in* the teach ers as well, and for this reason, if for no other, I have found it unprofitable practice except as a means of safety. It has been my endeavor to sys tematize the work of the schools and to keep it so, to direct the efforts of the pupils and the energies of the schools in such a way as to vield the greatest useful returns to the child ren, and I regret very much to see affairs brought in that are of such a nature as to distract interest and dis sipate energy. H. E. COOPER, Superintendent. Point Pleasant, Dec. 10, 1909. THE BOARD OF REGENTS DENY PRIVI LEGES TO GIRL SAZERS The Board of Regents has acted on the recent hazing of Miss Mattie Taylor, at the Fairmont Normal school. As a result of the investigations of the Board of Regents, one young woman, a teacher in the city schools of Fairmont,who was pursuing special studies at the normal school, was denied the privileges of the girl's hall, while six other young ladies were denied many privileges for the rest of the term. Prior to the investigation made by the Board of Regents the faculty at Fairmont had administered a repri mand to the hazers, but the Board deemed that this was not sufficient and approved the order restricting the privileges of the half dozen co-eds who were implicated. From the investigation conducted by the Board of Regents there was no evidence to show that the hazing of the Taylor girl, in which'even her . own room-mate was implicated, wasi not of vinous character and according " to Miss Taylor's statements she was hot injured.