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FORMERLY^TYLdR DEMOCRAT, Th. *cC0Y, Editor and Prop'r, SisteriTille, f . Va SUBSCRIPTION, ia months, in Advance, $1.00 ? e t< ?. ?? 5o it j ?? " " 25 Entered at the P. O. at Sistersville as Second class mail matter. WEDNESDAY MAR. 30, 1898. Next week we will vote upon the question of issuing bonds for the purpose of aiding the building of a narrow guage railroad from this city to Salem. We are asked to vote for this district ten thousand dollars'. If our readers will notice the order of the county court, au thorizing this vote and published elsewhere in this issue, they will see that if we carry the election for bonds then that the subscription voted in this district on the 25th day of August, 1896, shall be held ^ to be inoperative, null and void ' otherwise, that is if we don't vole to issue the ten thousand dollars now asked for, then the said subscription heretofore voted of twenty-five thousand dollars shall remain in full force and virtue. Now if you as a voter, are op posed to issuing bonds you should vote for this issue, because in doing so you save exactly fifteen thousand uollars. The court has been author ized by our voters to issue bonds to the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars to aid in building a railroad through this county. This is a fact whether you like it or not. It is quite probable that it could be used to aid in building the proposed road. Now by voting to issue ten thousand dollars worth of bonds we wipe out of existence this former bond issue and save exactly fifteen thousand dollars in doing so. There is another little matter that is very much in our favor and that is this: U ider the vote of Au gust, 1896, there is no time set for the expiration of the bonds to be issued. In other words, the bonds can be issued now, or ten, twenty, thirty -or a hundred year* "^m now. There-is-t^ *imit as to time. lor the bonds now asked for, .unless the railroad is built and completed through this district by May (Lst, 1899, a little over one year from now, then the authority to issue the bonds is dead and lapsed, and we are free from rail road bonds forever. This all ap pears in the order of the court Every voter then can and ought to vote for the bond issue next week, even if he is conscientiously and selfishly ^ opposed to issuing bonds for any purpose On the other hand the great majority of our people are in favor of public improvements and have always voted for railroad bonds and always will, not from any selfish views, but to help build up our county and permanently improve it. All of these voters should be at the polls and vote promptly and show to the outside world that we are always and all times at the front doing our very best to build up our city and coun ty. So the people can all vote for this bond issue, some because we save fifteen thousand dollars, be cause we will soon have a railroad or be free from any bond issue what ever, and the others because they want a railroad. We do not thii^k a railroad is what we want We honestly think the extension of the macadam turn pike through the CDunty is worth a dozen railroads, but in this we may be mistaken. Our friends in the interior of the county think a rail road is what we need, and we are willing to do our part to aid them. Tutt's Pills Cure All Liver Ills. Twenty Years Proof. Tutt's Liver Pills keep the bow els in natural motion and cleanse the system of all impurities An absolute cure for sick headache, dyspepsia, sour stomach, con stipation and kindred diseases. "Can't do without them" R. P. Smith, Chilesburg, Va. writes I don't know how I could do without them. I have had Liver disease for over twenty years. Am now entirely cured. Tutt's Liver Pills If they fail in their pet project we hope then they will honestly go to work for the pike. Congress may declare war but McKinley never. The president is running the government for the trusts and they say no war, as it will disarrange business and cause them to lose a little money. The lives of 253 American citizens cuts no figure with the trusts. These men were poor and a poor man is not much good any way to the trust men. You must be very rich to amount to anything with them. But we hope when the election comes around this fall the trusts will find out us common people can vote very hard. You may not like this but it is true. This country is fast getting into two classes, the very rich on one side and all the rest on the other. Elect men who will legislate trusts out of existence and then we can all hope for an ex istence. Its coming to this last. ???'*? We publish in this issue the Star's report of the fist fight and cutting scrape between Strickling and Underwood. The Star is try ing to leave the impression that Strickling cut U^erwoodraceideat aiiv,^-fW, if'all the Star says is /true, then Strickling had his pen knife open and in his hands when Underwood struck him. If he did not intend to cut Underwood with the penknife, as he in fact did do in two or more places, he ought to to have thrown the knife away when he began to fight, or at least to have dropped it. It is a little bet ter excuse than none, but it is very thin. The new council should repair the city wharf. The easiest place to make a good road will be at the foot of Catherine street. Just take a look at the situation and you will agree with us. But locate the wharl where you will, we need a new one ac once. ? ?? I have been afflicted with rheu matism for fourteen years and nothing seemed to give any relief. I was able to be around all the time but constantly suffering. 'I had tried everything I could hear of and wTas at last told to try Chamber lain's Pain Balm, which I did and was immediately relieved and in a short time cured. I am happy to say it has not since returned. Josh. Edgar, Germantown, Cal. For sale by C. W. Grier. Kutti Has h Biic Trip. The steamer Ruth was a little late in getting into port last even ing on account of having a big trip. On her trip down she handled from Wheeling to this city over two hun dred passengers, and it took the steward three hours to feed the pas sengers. The boat, however, han dled all the business with ease and came into town nearly on her regu lar t'me. She is a popular and fast little steamer. ??? Robert Ingersoll lectures in Wheeling tonight on the subject, "Why I Am an Agnostic." We presume it's the want of good, plain, everyday sense, is why- he teaches such silly nonsense. OIL NOTES. D. S. W'S. REPORT. ( The developments of the week past in the lower southwest were watched with a great deal of inter est, the point of greatest interest being the new pool on Whiskey run in Ritchie county. The discoveries to the northeast, south and southeast were not satis factory to the holders ot territory in any direction mentioned, from the cluster of gushers on the Al brecht, Payne and Williamson iarms.' The first well to hoist the danger signal was the Mallory & Co. test on the E. M. Butcher farm, located 2,000 feet north and east ot the initial well on the Albrecht. It came in a strong gasser, and sprayed some oil, but no one ventured the opinion that it would make better than a 25 barrel producer 24 hours after it had been drilled in. This was perhaps the greatest disap pointment, for the reason that the northeast line had been played for a sure winner. The next well in, and the rankest failure, was the Jones & Co. test on the McGregor farm, three-quarters of a miie southeast of the gushers. This well is a total failure and shows that it is entirely outside the limits of the producing territory. J. M. Guffey & Co. followed with their test on the W. H. Hamilton, farm, located 600 feet east and a little north of Albrecht No. 1. A 30 or 40-barrel producer is the most that can be said for this venture. It can readily be seen that there is no occasion for a demonstration to the northeast, east or southeast. The Mountain State Gas com pany's well on the Daniel G. Payne farm was expected early in the week, but a set of broken jars pre cipitated a fishing job that lasted all week, and the hole was not cleared till yesterday morning. At noon the well was drilled in and began to flow at the rate of eight barrels an hour. As soon as the pay was tapped drilling was suspended to move back the boiler, and nothing will be done until this morning, when it will be drilled deeper. The location of this well is about 1,000 feet southwest of the No. 1 Albrecht, on a 45-degree line, arid from its in itial performance can be regarded a goocl producer, showing an exten sion to the pool ?he distance pre viously mentioned and in its direc tion. It may improve with deeper drilling, but it has been the rule to get the larger volume of production in the top of the sand. Following up the same southwest line there is nothing in advance of this well ot a discouraging nature until the old gasser on the D. and C. A. Hayhurst farm is reachtd., more than a mile distant from the Payne. In the vicinity of the new well the South Penn Oil company is drilling on J. J. Mahoney Namon Barnes and Bumgardntr farms Due south 'of the producer on the Joseph Payne six acres, the same company is drilling on the Sarah DeLong farm. The first four pro ducers are holding up very nicely, the gauges Friday showing an ag gregate ot 75 barrels an hour. Not withstanding the east side of the pool holds out no inducements, there is room for an extension in other directions that have not yet been condemned by dry holes. It will continue to be the leading southwest attraction for some time, and new developments may en hance rather than decrease the ex citement on Whisky run. Good producers in the deep sand territory on Campbells run, north of Mannington, were a feature of the week's developments. From that source and Whisky run will come the largest increase in new production when the present month's field operations have been summed up. Campbells run and the Bristoria pool in Greene county and Whisky run will not fall much below 5,000 barrels' of new produc tion. The Centerville pool in Tyler county furnished a duster on the Morris farm. It was expected to show a norther extension to the pool. ? Operations west and southwest of the Hendershot pool, in Wood county, are still quite active, and the wildcatter is very busy in Ritchie. In the local fields very little new work is starting, and the occasion al completed well entirely devoid of interest. SHIPMENTS AND RUNS. Shipments and runs up to and including March 25, of Pennsylva nia, Ohio and Indiana fields. PENNSYLVANIA OIL. Shipments 59.357 Previously reported 1)880.354 Total 1,940,21 1 Daily average 77>6o4 RUNS. For same time 78,816 Previously reported 1 , 995 , 066 Total 2,973,882 Daily average 82,955 lima oil. Shipments 62,323 Previously reported. . . .. 1,71 5, 759 Total 1,778 082 Daily average 7 1 , 1 23 RUNS. For same time Not in Previously reported 1,089,625 Total (4 days) 1,099.525 Daily average 45.817 THE OIL MARKET. Oil City, March 27. ? Credit bal ances, 77c. Certificates opened first sales, cash, at 77c; closed 77^c bid, with sales of cash oil at that price. Total sales, 4,000 barrels. QUOTATIONS OF PRODUCERS. Producers' Oil Company paid 77c for credit balances. ASTI HIP POCKET BILL. $viith Carolina's Newest Plan For Kedae* in^ the Number of Murders. The ministers erf South Carolina are paying much attention to the prevalence of the crime of murder in the state, and as a general thing they attributo it to the habit of carrying concealed weapons. J. A. McCollough, amornber of the state leg islature from Greenville county, will in troduce a bill at the coming session which will deal with this matter in a stringent manner. The minimum penalty is fl^od at a line of $100 and six months' imprison ment. The bill makes it unlawful to havo a hip pocket in the rear of the trousers or coat. A violation of this provision is a misdemeanor, with a penalty of $100 and six months. The carrying of a concealed weapon is made a misdemeanor, as under the present law, but the bill allows a pis tol to bo carried under certain conditions. If for any reason a person should wish to sarry a pistol, ho must apply to tho clork of tho court of his county and give his reasons for desiring to do so. If the rea sons are good, the clork may issue a license to the applicant, who will have to wear a metal badge in a conspicuous place on the lapel of his coat. The badge will read, "I have my gun concealed." The clerk of tho court is to keep a public record in which the names of all armed persons shall bo entered. Tho book will be oj#jn for public inspection at all times. Tho "loaded" badges aro to be supplied by tho secretary of state to the clerks in all the counties. Applicants for concealed weapon licenses will have to pay a fee of 8-. It is doubtful if tho bill will bo passed. Tho politicians eay they will oppose it be cause it interferes with personal liberty in abolishing the .hip pocket. In South Caro lina that pocket is used oftener to carry a half pint bottle of dispensary liquor than for a gun. ? New York Sun. MAGNETIZED OAEDS. A Clever Trick Done by the Aid of Shoe maker's Wax and a Button. There are fakirs going about New York pretending to have the ability to magnetize a pack of caids, and in that way to bo able to hold a wLole pack susponded from the palm of the hand with apparently no other support. Tho fakir first shows a pack of pjaying cards of the ordinary typo and in vites tho bystanders to examine them. After the examination has boon comploted the fakir lays the pack down in front of him and placing his left hand palm down ward on a tuble, takes up the cards, one by one, and tucks thorn undor his hand. The first card is put in under his fingers, the next one parallel with this, under the main part of the palm, and the next two aro tucked under the sides of his hand, but on top of the ends of the first two. Then in order, all the others aro tucked in, be tween these four and tho hand. When they are all in place, the fakir draws his hand carefully to the edge of the table and then clear of it, and the cards all remain suspended. When a sufficient amount of wonder has been producod by the trick, the fakir offers to sell the secret of it to any one for 25 cents. The trick is clever, but it can be done without buying the secret from the fakir. The secret lies in having a button conceal ed in the hand, which has a bit of shoe makers' wax stuck to the center of if Just before beginning to place the card* under the left hand the button is stuck fast to the palm of that hand, a little way back from the fingers. The first two cards are so placed that their inner edges are tucked under this button. The button holds these cards in place, and they hold all the others. Closing the hand will cause the cards to drop, and at the same time loosen the button from the p&lm so that ' can be got out of sight. ? New York Sun. Chinese Tillage Festivities Marred. Two women named Chan Hi and VTong Mui were brought before the Hon. H E. Wodehouse, charged with being in possession of one revolver and 1, 160 rounds of ammunition without a license. They were seen by a watchman trying to convey the articles on board the steamer Honam and w^re arrested by hini. The women, on being ask6d what they had to say, replied with tears in their eyes that they had been sent by l the elders of their village to get arms and ammunition from Hongkong for a fight between their village and another village. They had been threatened that if they did not return with weapons they wonld be banished. The magis trate fined eacA of them $50. ? Hong kong Press. The Right Ring In Maine. Now, let's all talk for a July 4 cele bration in Lewiston in 1898. It is fun, and it is good business, and it pleases our neighbors. We are big and growing, brethren, and there i? an electric future for us.? Lewiston (Me.) Journal. EXPLOSION OF Mill An Abstract of the Report of the Court of Inquiry. EIGHT SPECIFICATIONS The Most Important One is the Seconfl Citation. Temperature of nagmlnes was Normal an Hoar Befoje the Explosion, Ex cept One, and That One "Did Not Ex plode? The Feature of the Report is the Complete Exoneration of Captain felgsbee and. All on Board. Washington, D. C., March 27. The Associated Press presents here with a complete abstract of the re port of the court of inquiry which investigated the wrecking of the battleship Maine. This abstract is made from the report itself, access to which was obtained today de spite official secrecy, unparalleled in handling of official papers. The report is made up of eight parts, as follows: ? First ? The court finds that at the time of the explosion the battle ship Maine was lying in five and one-half to six fathoms of water. Second ? The discipline aboard the ship was excellent; everything stowed according to orders ? ammu nition, guns, stores, etc. The tem perature of the magazines at 8 p. m. was normal except in the after ten inch magazine, and that did not ex plode. Third ? The explosion occurred at 9:40 o'clock on the evening of February 15. Thtre were two ex plosions, with a very short interval between them; the ship lifted on the first explosion. Fourth ? The court can form no definite opinion of the condition of the wreck from the divers' evidence. Fifth ? Technical details of the wreckage from which court deduces that a mine was exploded under the ship on the port side. Sixth ? The explosion was due to no fault of those on board. Seventh? Opinion of the court stating that the explosion of the mine caused the explosion of the two magazines. Eighth? The court declares that it cannot find evidence to fix re sponsibility. The report is unanimous and is signed bv all the members of the court. It does not refer to the ex istence or non-existence of mines in the Larbor of Havana, except in the f-pecific finding that a mine was ex ploded under the ship, and the opin ion that the explosion of the two magazines was caused by the ex plosion of a mine. . The report as a whole, is a for mal, dispassionate recital of facts and bears the stamp of that strict officialism which marks naval pro cedure. It is brief, not exceeding 1, 800 words, and among the eight parts goes to the greatest length under the second heading which deals with the discipline and order of the ship. This the court specifies with extreme minuteness, the last detail of the satisfactory condition of everything on board being given. The normal tempera ture of the large forward magazines at 8 o'clock ? only an hour and forty minutes before the explosion ? disposes of the question of acci dental combustion within these magazines. ? While the court holds that these magazines did not explode from in ternal causes, they nevertheless are of the opinion that tne explosion of the Maine under the port side of the ship caused the explosion of two maga zines. This will explain the re markable destruction wrought, the explosion thus being shown to have combined the force of a mine without and two magazines within. The two explosions which the court finds to have occurred, with a very short interval between them, is an additional detail, showing that two forces operated in causing the destruction. The finding that the ship lifted on the first explosion in dicates an external source and one of tremendous power to be able to lift a battleship ol thousands of tons. The character of the wreck age, technically described in the fifth part of the report from which the court deduces that a mine was exploded under the ship on the port side sustains the view taken by some experts shortly after the | disasterthat the force of the ex- 1 plosion was exerted from port to' starboard. F I The leature of the report of deepest interest to the navy is the complete exor c ation of Captain Sigsbee and all on board contained in the second finding, setting forth the perfect order and discipline prevailing on the ship and more directly stated in the sixth finding,, which declares the disaster to be due to no fault of those on board. The inability of the court to find evidence to fix responsibility as stated in the eighth part, makes the report so guarded in express ion of blame that neither they nor the Spanish are mentioned throughout. THE OIL MARKET. Monday, March 25. The following figures exhibit the current fluctuations for National Transit certificates, together with the sales, shipments, etc. Open High Low Close Monday,- .. 77 78 1-2 77 78 i-? Tuesday.. 80 801-2 77 14 77 l-j Wednesday 80 73 1-2 80 80 Thursday 77 77 58 77 77 M Friday 77 77 1-4 77 0 Yesterday Today Sales 6,000 2,000 Clearances The fluctuations of oil for the different fields represented by credit balances were as follows: Tiona oil .. >..87 Pennsylvania oil ?77 Barnesville oil 67 Corning oil 60 New Castle oil 52 North Lima oil .. 56 South Lima oil .. M Indiana oil 51 The market opened at 77c bid for cash and 77^c bid for regular, but the only sale was 2,000 barrels at 77c. STATISTICS The following table exhibits the shipments and runs of March 24 the Pennsylvania and Ohio fields: DAILY SHIPMENTS. Transit 19,616 Tidewater 9.54S Sout h westjPe u n Kureka Buckeye, Macksburg oil New York Transit '6,235 Southern..., 86,556 Crescent Total for day 81.963 Previously reported 1.792,455 Total 1,874, 4iH SHIPMENTS MONTH TO DATE. Transit *500.364 Tidewater 2 38,86* Southwest 18,170 Eureka >4.459 Buckeye. Macksburg oil 44 New York Transit ,W-57? Southern 577.535 Crescent 1S9.5I4 Total 1,874,41s Daily average 7N?oi DAILY RUNS. Transit, Bradford 8.555 Transit, outside of Bradford 19.651 Tidewater 5.7?9 Southwest u. 003 Eureka 35.?44 Buckeye, Macksburg oil 3. 106 Total for time noted 84,166 Previously reported 1,912,^84 Total 1.997.05? RUNS FOR MONTH TO DATE. Transit 4. R50.687 Tidewater l.Tf. 106, .V59 Southwest 277,827 Eureka 923,205 Buckeye, Macksburg oil >39.944 Crescent ? Total l.997??5? Daily average 83,210 LIMA OIL SHIPMENTS. Buckeye Pipe Line 90.117 Indiana Pipe Line >45 Total ~ 90,262 Previously reported 1,625,497 Total ?, 715.759 Daily average 7'-4^ LIMA OIL RUNS. Buckeye Pipe Line, 3 days 47 97? Indiana Pipe Line, 3 days 6,203 Total 54.173 Previously reported 1.051,035 Total 1,105.208 Daily average 46,050 SALES APRJL DELIVERY. National Transit Certificates At 77 ..... .. - 2,000 Total 2,000 REFINED MARKET. New York, March 21.? Refined market at 5.75 and 5.70. They Will Proar?n(c. The firing on steamboats at Mourttlsville during the late flood, is likely to result in presentments before the United States district court at its Wheeling spring term which begins soon. It is stated up on what was believed to be good authority, and which is not yet dis proved, that the rifles used in firing on the Virginia and other steam boats were Springfield army rifles, belonging to the state of West Vir ginia and in the possession of the Company B, First regiment, West Virginia National Guard, of Mounds ville. The captain of the company denies the truth of this statement, and adds that the rifles were stored in a safe place, of which he carried the key. 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