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THE OIL MAN MB.
A Run Through Southern Oil Fields. INTO THE GOLD REGIONS A Great Railway- MonntaiiiH. Ravines, Brldfea and Tnuiield? ('hlckamauga f Soldiers? What Was Seen, Felt and Heard. When Mr. A. W. Gordon and the writer boarded the 8*30 a. m. Queen & Cresent train at Cincin nati Sunday morning:, June 13, bound for Chattanooga, no idea of the route or the scenery was enter tained. From Toledo at midnight (he over the C. H. & D., and the writer over the T. & O. C.) the trip was one of comfortable rest. Therefore there was nothing to mar the pleasant prospects of the day and when it had passed noth ing had occurred to change the feeling. The Queen & Cresent R. R. system passed direccly southward through Kentucky until Lexington is leached where it bears to the southwest for a time and again as sumes a southern inclination through the greater portion of Ten nessee. For wild scenery, pic turesque landscapes; for deep ra vines and enormous and cloggy up lands; for high bridges and moun tain -cuts and tunnels of which there are seven between Cincinnati Chattanoga, thi^ route beats every thing east of the Rocky Mountains. At Highbridge., Ky., southeast of Lexington, there is one of the most interesting views upon which human eye could rest. A HIGH STRUCTURE. Excepting the great bridge of McKean county, Penna. , this is the highest in the United States. It is 285 feet from the R. R. track to the bed of the stream. At this point two rivers converge. They appear|trom the great height of the train, so charming in their peace ful sol.tude as they approach each other through tortuous travels among the distant hills, that one ieels like jumping overboard and making a dive into one of them The valleys are quite narrow, but what there is of them is as level as a floor and in a perfect state of cul tuation. They seem to be divided Into lots of a few acres each, upon each one of which there is a com fortable dwelling house. On the west side of the train where the rivers join they are bounded by a wall of natural stone as perpendicular as if erected by a hand guided by a line and plum met to the level of the railroad track. The road is here poised up on a trestle as stated 285 feet high, but so substantial as to precend the possibility of danger. Away in the distance on all sides are seen noth ing but great hills covered with all kinds of timber and shrubbness and an occasional outburst of huge ltocks which appear to Have been hurled into their present position by some violent eruptions of nature during the completing process. Any one desiring a picture of desolation and weird solemnity could find no better opportunity than shortly after this scene is passed. For nearly 100 miles tbere is little to change the almost tire some monotony of wooded hill sides and dessolate streams which sneak along at the base apparently hustling on to fill their proper places in swelling the mighty ocean which in turn carries upon its mighty bosom the battling forces of a Sampson and a Schley. They, therefore, fulfill their destiny. THE OIL BELT. The route of this great highaway lies directly in the path of the Ken tucky and Tennessee oil and gas belt. At Somerset some disap pointment was felt when it was learned that nothing had yet been done regarding the construction of the pipe line from that point to the oil fields to the southwest in Wayne county, Ky., and Otter Creek, Tennessee. The writer was in formed by a citizen of the town that 50 acres of land had been bought by the company which pro posed to further the enterprise, but that was as far as it had gone. No pipe had yet reached the town and 110 word of recent date had been received touching upon the subject. No drilling is being done in any quarter and no wells, except those of fhe OHer Creek region, are be ing pumped. The people had been ltd to believe that the work ot pipe ]a wm'd begin at once. Tliis was three months ago. The region in yy uiCu iue on is said to be tound j certainly ought to possess some re deeming feature, for without some species of precious mineral cr other substance, it would not be con sidered worth the powder to blow it where Dewey blew the Manila Spaniards. But it still, as a country, seems to have favorable possibilities in store for itself. It is a wonder suf ficient energy and capital could ever be exercised to construct a railway like this through such a length of almost unbroken forests. Yet through it regular trains run at 35 miles an hour and keep pace with the best, American time piece. Trains, however, are well filled and no better service could be rend ered the moving public.- The profits come in, it is supposed, from the large through freight and pas senger traffic as all trains are well loaded There is no doubt of the exis tence of oil in the region in paying quantity. With railway facilities of this character and the Cumber land river besides it seems peculiarly strange that greater effort is not being expended for the de velopment of the industry. At Chattanooga a close connec tion is made with the southern and with the western and Atlantic rail roads for a mineral region that when this war is over will attract much greater attention than even the natives imagine. I now speak of the gold fields of northwest Georgia and the southwest portion ot North Carolina. Not a few oil men have already "staked claims," and a large number have paid short visits. The country is easily ac cessible, which is one feature against its development in the past. Had people to surmount some of the difficulties encountered on the frozen "highways" leading to the Klondike there would he more of them here. There are hundreds of mines in those two states paying their owners handsomely. In less than a year there will be oil men in the region by the hundreds. Those who are there feel quite comfort able at the present time, not phys ically, but mentally and financially as well. SOLDIERS EVERY WHERE. At Chattanooga soldiers meet you every where. The hotels on Sunday were filled with them and the friends who by the hundreds had come to visit them. Of the visitors, perhaps young ladies make up the greater number. They ap parently become captivated by the glitter of army dress and manner. The whole south has returned to war talk. The mobilizing of great armies has renewed interest in this species of life and action. It is of a more favorable kind, however, than that which a third of a cen tury ago actuated the inhabitants. The weather has been rather pro pitious not only at Chickamauga, but at all other points where our armies have gathered. In Georgia sunstroke is more rare than in Ohio or even Canada. At the park (Chickamauga) but few out of the 40,000 gathered there are sick and all are anxious to get a move on and push to the front. To see their faces and ob serve their bearing the man who would assert that the American boys do not round into first class soldiers would not be a substantial judge of humanity. The fact is, that they probably supercede the whole earth. They are better off financially and better educated and more humanely disposed that those of any other nation. HUNTING RELICS. Relic hunting has become a great fad with all of the old soldiers who took any part in the recent tussle between the states. Tn the park it is not an infrequent occurrence for one to pick up a jack knife or a buckle or a bullet or some other of the belongings of the great army that has already passed to the other shore. Anything of the kind is cherished as of great value. One found a peuny for which he refused a five dollar bill. I was told this by a lady passenger who had paid the park an extensive visit, and no man dare doubt it. SOUTHERN METHODS. The southern people as a rule are mors chivalrous than those of the north. Among the white popula tion there is more unanimity of feeling and less disposition to class ify than at the north. The farm ing population, however, is a long way behind the age. Of course there are exceptions to all rules, but in this case they are rare. It is not an infrequent occurrence to witness a single ox, or a mule, performing service in the fields where two horses are used in our country. As a consequence crops are not abundant. It seems that if they manage to live it is about all they expect. The women and girls become an important factor in the cultivation ot the soil and the reap ing of crops. -5; ?? ~ " V- fi AS COOKS. As cooks the country people are not a howling success. Perhaps the most hungry man ever seen was Mr. Gordon, after a three days' visit among them. They stuffed him with hot biscuit and sow-belly until he refused to eat. VERY GENEROUS. They are generous, howevlr, to a fault. The climate that has been supposedly by all northern people to be extremely hot in summer, is no more oppressive than in Ohio or any other northern state. They say a case of sun stroke has never oc curred in north Georgia, and ca tarrh is almost unknown. A To ledo gentleman named Crosby came to Marietta, Ga., twenty miles northeast of Atlanta, ten years ago, seriously affected with this disease. Today he is comparatively free from it. The. southern country is in a state of innocuous desuetude and has been so ever since the war. Northern capital is just beginning to revive energy. In the next quarter of a century no doubt vast eruptions in a business way will occur. The vast mineral resources will be developed, for, as compared with the far west, they at this writ ing certainly offer equal induce ments. ? Toledo Commercial. - The Following: Confirms Mac Shaman's Story. John Lamp, of Devil Hole, went to Parkersburg last week to get a check cashed. It called for $103 77. John found a new friend at a boarding house who volun teered to help him. He steered Lamp into a poker room where the check was taken from him and Lamp was grabbed and hustled out of side door. He found two po licemen who agreed to get the check back and give Lamp $38 if that would satisfy him. He wanted $75 and hired lawyers and told re porters. Quite a sensation was created and as the slickers got scared they put the check in the mail and sent it to Detective Hea ton. He turned it over to Lamp's lawyers who cashed it and gave him $58. When a man runs against a combination of robbers, lawyers and amateur detectives and gets away with $5S he has a right to congratulate himself. ? Pennsboro News. Sudden Death. Mrs. Mary Rea, widow of the late William Rea, died very sud denly at her home on Market street about 4 o'clock Sunday morning last. About the time mentioned she raised up in bed and called to her daughter Mary to get up and light the lamp, as she believed she was going to die. Mary made the light as quick as she could and ran to her mother, who still sat up in the bed, her life fast ebbing away from hemmorrage of the lungs. She never spoke again after calling for the light and in five minutes after wards she was dead. It was all over so suddenly that there was no time to call a physician or render any assistance whatever, and before those of her children wrho had hur ried to her bedside could realize it she had gone from them forever. Deceased was in her 626. year and was well known and highly esteemed throughout the commu nity. She leaves eight children ? four sons and four daughters ?to mourn her sudden departure. One brother and one sister also survive her. The funeral took place at 10 a. m. on Tuesday forenoon. Inter ment in the Clarington cemetery. ? Independent. fcJhe VV as Absorbed. "A sneak thief entered my flat yes terday, and, strange to say, ransacked the very room I was sitting in." "Eow was it yon did not hear him?" "I was all absorbed in watching a new family move in next door. Kew York World. ^ # ^ Thompson'* ToniclT;?. Mildly and effectually carries off all impurities of stomach and bow ?els, strengthens, regulates and re stores them to a healthy and natural condition; invigorates the liver, re duces inflammation in the kidneys; purifies and promotes a healthy cir culation of the blood, and is an in valuable remedy in giving tone and vigor to the system generally. It agrees with the mostde1icate stom ach, cures constipation and does not gripe. 25c. Sold by C. W. Grier, druggist, and Opera House drug i store, d-w-tf \ i OIL NEWS. From Wednesday's Daily The market advanced another cent today, making the price of PeKnsylvania oil 87c per barrel. The operators are jubilant and ex pect dollar oil. In the northeast extension of the iSlk Fork pool the Henry & Paova Oil company are drilling at their No. 3 Duval. Brown & company are drilling at their No. 2 C. C. Fluharty. Thompson & company are busily engaged in drilling their No. 1 Thompson in the sand in the Elk Fork field. At Lone Tree, Thompson & company will complete their test on the Martin farm. Capt. J. T. Jones has decided to drill No. 2 oa the Lisle farm which will be drilled at once. The Klondike Oil company will drill their No. 2 John Johnson at once. The well will be started this week and completed at once. This location is in advance of developments to the northeast of the "Jug pool" and incase the well proves profitable, it will open up a vast amount of undeveloped terri tory. The Hickman Oil company will start their No. 3 Smith some time this week. A NEW POOL. The new gusher drilled in a few days ago by Brumer & Co., on the Hickman lease, in Tyler county, opens up an entire new field out side of the alleged Sistersville field. It is 16 miles southwest ot Sisters ville, and is a wildcat venture. The statement that it is outside of the Sistersville field will have the ef fect of arousing the ire of the bellicose editor of the Review, who will use up three columns of hts sheet in a vain effort to explain that Wood county is not the great est oil field in West Virginia, a fact that he well knows, but retuses to acknowledge. The above funny item was pub lished in the Parkersburg Sentinel yesterday. It has reference to the Pierpoint well, drilled in by the South Penn Oil company. The firm of Brumer & Co. is a new one to us, and the Sentinel is referring to the Hickman Oil company's No. 2 which is not drilled in yet. The field is 13 miles from our city ?the same distance the Hendershot pool is from Parkersburg. The above item is interesting only in that it proves our former statements to be true when we say that the little ass that writes oil news, as he calls it, for the Sentinel, is not only a gigan tic but an extremely awkward liar. BENWOOD. Special t? the Review. The Bonar well, near Round Bot tom will be due iu the Big Injun sand the last part of this week if the^ have no bad luck. A great deal of anxiety is exhibited among the local talent as to the outcome of the Bonar test. Report says that Fishers expect to locate a well on the Clegg farm. This will prob ably be subject to the outcome of the new arrival. Fisher's men are rigging up to commence drilling at the Stephen's well at New Castle. The Moundsville company's Piatt well, a mile west of here, in the Berea sand was shot a few days ago and since cleaned out is making a flowing production of 25 to[3o bar rels a day. Fishers have commenced a well on the D. Hamilton farm, Jackson's ridge. They have also made one new location somewhere out there. Henrys have placed a gas engine on their lease here at Holtzclaw No. 2. ? From Thursday's Daily: The well on the Pierpoint farm is still holding up at 300 barrels a day. It is still flowing an immense amount of salt water which hinders it from producing oil. -The Victor Oil company drilled their No. 1 A. Smith to the second pay yesterday. It made one nice flow of oil but the salt water pre vents it from flowing oil. A twelve foot vein ol nice sand was found. The Hickman Oil company will complete their No. 2 Hickman to day. According to the Standard Oil company's report of today, down in the Wood county field, during the The Associated Oil Producers drilled in their No. i Miller yester day in the southwest extension of the Whiskey run pool and have a producer good for 225 barrels per day. This, it would seem, will warrant more drilling in that locality, es pecially in that direction as this well is in advance of other wellr. which were smaller. At Stringtown, Tvler county, the boom continues unabattd. That locality will be fully tested before fall, and it promises to be one of the busiest sections in the south west fields. Parties returning from there yes terday claim that they counted 15 new rigs in one small ravine. All over, the hammer and saw of the rig builder can be heard, and the merry creak of the beam will not be silent before the snow flies, at the several locations that have been made, and the rigs built. The main portion of this work is being done by the Standard, or South Penn Oil company, although the few independent producers that was fortunate enough to have a slice of territory in that vicinity are not idle, and are making prepa tions to drill their holdings. They can not do better, as the actions of the Standard and its af filiated members would indicate that an oil lamine or a big shortage is in sight, and when fall ship ments begin they will, unless more pools are discovered, be painfully short. They are telling how much less oil is being produced yet their pipe line reports show excesses of runs over shipments. This cau hardly be true and their reports are doctored to suit the occasion is not doubted by the thoroughly inform ed producei. Mr. Armstrong returned from Sancho yesterday and claims that everything is looking up all over the county. Derricks are spring ing up and a real old time boom is in store for Sistersville. This morning teams were stream ing out by the dozen and reminded one of days of "Dog Skin and Elk Fork." The supply houses generally, re port better business? a decided im provement over last month with prospects really flattering for next month. jackson's ridge. f I The well on the David Hamilton lease, owned by Fisher Oil Co., is drilling at a depth of about 1000 feet and will be completed in a I few days. This well is located | near developed territory and is ex < pected to be a producer. past thirty days, ten wells have been completed. That's a hustling place for an oil field, ain't it? Ac cording to the Standard's report these wells produce 65 barrels a day each or 650 barrels of oil a day. This same reporter says the Pier point well in this county fLwed 700 barrels a day, which is 50 more barrels than the whole famous Wood county field combined pro duced in 30 days drilling. When you look at the facts even as this biased reporter gives the well, you can easily see what fakes this re port contains. Up to and including June 21st, the runs of Pennsylvania oil for this month have averaged 77,306; barrels a day* shipments, 75,791. For Lima oil the shipments have averaged 64,454 barrels a day while the runs have only been on an av erage 43,938 barrels. There is no change in the price of oil today. The Standard is pay ing 87 cents for our oil while the Producers and Refiners' Oil com pany are paying 89 rents for the same oil. At Tiona where there is opposition in the business the same kind of oil we produce exactly is selling lor 99 cents a barrel. The opposition makes that oil at all times command a premium ot 10 cents a barrel more than our oil is worth. It pays to have opposition, and the opposition seems to have quite an effect on the "Markets of the World." The Long Reach Oil company's well on the Stevens' farm is re ported a duster in the Big Injun sand. It will be drilled deeper. From Friday's Daily. WHISKEY RUN. ? . - The well on Anthony Hnnter farm has commenced spudding and will be watched with considerable [interest by operators, and if a pro ducer it will open up an oil field o! large proportions, with a wide ex tension of the Jackson's Ridge field to the south and west. The Fisher Co. have located a well on the M. Y. Yoho 150 acre tract, west of present developments and the work of building a rig is under way. Samuel Galey will locate and drill a well on the Joshua Jackson 50 acre tract northwest of present developments. CAMERON FIELD. Another good well came in in this field the past week, which al though not of much importance in the way of developing new ter ritory, will serve to cheer the drooping spirits of operators in this field and stimulate further de velopments. No. 2 on Grodhaus 5 acre tract got the sand Sunday morning and it responded to the prod of the bit in a very encourag ing manner. When only 3 or 4 feet in the sand, the well began to I flow and kept it up with more or less regularity till Monday after noon it put 35 barrels in the tank in a few hours. Since then it has been drilled a little deeper and put to pumping. When it gets settled down to business it is thought to make about 30 or 35 barrels a day. ? Clarington Independent. The market advanced again to I day. The late advances have caused the operators to awaken up, and if we are not mistaken, field work will experience a big boom. Trading on the exchange was brisk today, and at noon 9 ic had been offered for cash oil. RITCHIE CO., W. VA. Lambert Cain & Co. have the rig up for a new well on the Pratt farm this side of Ellenboro and will begin drilling in a tew days. We hope for good luck for this en terprising firm and would like to chronicle their success in striking a gusher. What is known as the "talent" in the oil business issufferiug from an attack of blues. Many com panies have failed and many arc tottering and the wildcatter is dis appearing. Some of these days an effort will be made to develop some of the promising territory adjacent to Pennsboro and then a field will be opened up that will enliven things ior a long time. The oil people are disposed to kick against the disposition to hold them to a strict observance of Sun day laws. Mr Gillespie told the News man that he had three or four wells that would not amount to anything unless they were pumped every day and one day's suspension would ruin them. He has spent over $100,000 in leasing and drilling in this county and thinks both he and his men, who are anxious to work every day they have the chance, are entitled to a little consideration. ? Pennsboro News. Kenmrknble IMnrovcry. One of the greatest discoveries, judging from the permanent cures made, is San^Cura Ointment. It relieves at once that itching, burn ing pain caused by erysipelas, tet ter. eczema and salt rheum. San Cura Ointment cures old sores pimpfes, cuts, bruises, burns, corns itching piles and insect bites. It draws out all the poison, leaving a sound, healthy skin. AiJs disnne* venting scars. Price 25c, For sale by C. W. Grier, druggist, and Op era House drug store. d-w-*f A rrailon of PTTRE LINKED OIL mtxad with a tfallon Of Qmmar am mike* 2 ration* of th? VFBY BEST PAINT in the WORLD for *2. *0 or &Cm6&5&3 nH roar paint bllL In rtx ytr mi Draumt than Port White Livd and (? Ab*olcttlt hot rotftaxoca. BiXVAB Faint Im made of the Bcxt or PaI.tt Ma mi\L* -#orh all Rood painter* tw?, and la /roand Tcica. tebt Thici. No trouble to mil, my boy can do It- It ia the Common Sc*? a or Uou?c Paint. No pLTTZ'ii paint cao be made at in coet, and la QuarnxfudSi^ .oTto Crac*. B Llama. PeaLorCai*. F.HAMMAR PAINT CO., St. LOUlS, MO. Sold And froaranteed by G. B. STATHERS, Furniture, Bicycles, Buggies, Harness, Sash, Doors, Paints, Oils, Varnish, Etc. ALMA, WEST VA. Estib. ? iwi