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FORMERLYATYLER DEMOCRAT, J. i, McCOY, Editor aid Prop'r, SistersTille, W. 7a SUBSCRIPTION, 12 months, in Advance, $1.00 .? 6 ? .. .? 50 3 .. .< 2J Entered at the P. O. at Sistersville as Second class mail matter. WEDNESDAY AUG. 31, 1898. DEMOCRATIC TICKET. Far Representative in Congress, First Congres sional District, # JACKSON V. BLAIR, of Doddridge County. LEGISLATURE. For Delegate District, W. R. RINE, of Tyler County. There is no question whatever about business in every line improv ing in our city. The number of teams going out and coming into the city every day is fully equal to what it was at any time since the oil field here was opened up. The prospects for work were never more promising. The new wells at Bens Run, in this county is enly the opening wedge of a big new pool. The Marshal well has opened a big field. The shallow sand develop ments back of Friendly are only the foreruuners of belter and big ger wells. The developments over in the Hebron district are very flattering. Wilson run, only six miles from our city, is a promising field. Jackson Ridge is showing for plenty of good small wells. Elk Fork promises much work yet be fore it is finally rounded up. There is going to be a great deal of work around the Jug. TheWoodburn well may prove the opening up of a pool of oil around Middlebourne which has been so long and so per sistently drilled for. The Tri-State Gas company's line being laid from this county to Steaubenville, Ohio, is giving steady employment to many men and teams and more or less of the money paid out in that field finds its way to the city. From all these fields the oil leave for our city. For Sistersville is composed of oil men. They all feel at home here, for here they meet their old friends and are not strangers as they are in any other city or town in the state. The city is again fast filling up with people. Operators are coming in from all quar ters seeking territory around the new wells recently drilled in so many quarters ot the county. Add to this the price of oil which is causing the producers with old wella> to clean them out, shoot them and increase their production all they can. All of of this means work and plenty of it. When men have work business is good. So without any flattery or boasting we think we can truthfully say the outlook for all kinds of bussiness was never brighter in our city than it is today. The merchants should wake up, push their business, try and attract trade this way and hustle tor the trade. No need to fear sudden attacks of cholera infantum, dysentery, di arrhoea, summer complaint of any sort if you have Dr. Fowler's Ex tract of Wild Strawberry in the medicine chest. A Card. The $25 Good Luck Range giv en by Smith & Boeshar duriig the fair, was drawn by Miss Blanche Stealey, of Middlebourne, her num ber being 212. The management of the drawing was placed in the hands of the Fair Association and A. L. Corbly, E. B. Wells, O. W. O. Hardman and John Riggle as judges to make the drawing. Respectfully, Smith & Borshar, , (The Sistersville Homefurnishers. it d & w SflifTER SATISFIED. With the Result Achieved by the Army IN SANTIAGO PROVINCE. The Fruits of the Great Vic tory Were More Tkan Were Anticipated. Tbe Only Iteanlt Looked Forward to Was the Capture orsaatiafo de Cvrba. He Snyii the Rearnlara Won the Battle Although the Volunteers Behaved Magnificently. .New York, Aug. 26.? A dispatch to the Herald trom Santiago says. Prior to embarking on the steamer Mexico, Major General Shafter consented to be interviewed During the interview he discussed in general terms the campaign that he had just ended. The bare pros pect of returning to the United States caused him to be brighter, more cheertul ana less harassed looking than at any period since he embarked at Tampa. General Shafter said: "I look upon the campaign just closed as a success ful one in the highest degree, not only in regard to the highest de gree, not only in regard to the mil itary operations, but more especial ly in regard to the great results achieved. When we decided to at tack Santiago we looked for nothing more as the fruit of victory than the capture of the city. What has been achieved is the capitula tion of the eastern part of the east ern province from a line at Jabiri to the south coast, together with the enemy's forces, amounting to al most 24,000 men. Surely this was the most notable achievement of the campaign, bearing in mind the most fierce opposition we encoun tered and the comparative small ness of our own forces. "From a military point of view I perhaps took a step which might not be deemed justifiable under other circumstances, but I knew the temper and the capabilities of my soldiers and the moral effect of our gradually cooping up the enemy within his own lines. "My engineers were very appre hensive that the Spaniards might break through on my left and cut off Siboney. This, from a military standpoint, might have been truth fully correct, but personally I had not for a moment any fear on that score. The result has, I think, proved the correctness of my con clusions. "Our primary object was to drive Cervera out, and next to take the town. We had gradually driven the Spaniards back on his lines, circling the city and slowly advanc ing day by day. The enemy began losing spirit as soon as our gucs had been placed in a position to cover the town. "When Cervera left, the situation was changed. The town was at my mercy, and I had given the order for a direct assault it would have been taken within four hours. I believe that with the forces then at my command, reinforced as they have been, I was in a position to take the city by force. AT AWFUL COST. "But if I had taken a step of such character what would have been the result? I estimate that our casual ties would have been 3,000 men, and the action I took has had more real brilliant results without heavy loss of valuable iives. "The town itself is admirably situated for defense, and the fight would have been a long and bloody one. Every house is strongly con structed of stone and entirely differ ent from the ordinary frame build ing. Every house was a little for tress in itself. Had the Spaniards forced by desperation, fought the battle out in the streets, our loss would have been enormous. But from the moment General Toral made a proposition for a conference I knew he was determined to give up, and I acted accordingly. "Personal reflections have been cast upon me because I was not on the fighting line. That was not the place for a general in command of an army. It must be remembered that I was connected by telephone with the officers at the front and was better able to direct operations Irom the position I had taken. REGULARS WON THE BATTLE. "Save for two days when ill I was in direct command of this cam paign, which I consider unique in American history, for it was really the first time the United States had fought with its regular enemy. 1 ne civil war was a war of volunteers, but this campaign was iought and won by our regular troops. ,4I did not notice the fact at first. ^ but there were only three volunteer regiments engaged against the Spaniards. While the kighes credit is to be given them, and they loueht bravely and well, there was the moral support of the regulars back of it all. "Our volunteers lacked that uni ty, cohesion and individual sup port noticeable in our trained troops, but at the same time no dis paragement should be made of the volunteer regiments in the cam paign. What they lacked other wise thev made up tor in enthusi asm andpatriotic spirit, and I de sire to command no better army than the one composed of volun teers under me in the Santiago campaign. "The operations of the regnlars in the campaign have proved conclu sively their superiority over some organizations of state militia in which the men are partially com pelled to serve by a sense of shame, but they do not show the enthusi asm of the volunteers. "There has been some question concerning the transportation lacil ities of the army. The facilities were all there and transportation ^ equipment provided was aH it should have been, but our difficul ties were enormous. There was only one road, and to have built another would have taken two years. The nature of the country, the weather ? all these things helped to disorganize this depart partment. The use of wagons was almost impossible. PATHETIC SCENES ' On the Arrival of the Transport San Marco* At New York. New York, Aug. 28.-The United States transport San Marcos, Cap tain Itzen, which sailed from Tam pa, August 20 and Key West Aug ust 22, arrived this morning with two batterus of the first United States artillery, two companies of the Third Texas volunteers and the general hospital corps and a de tachment from the corps of engi neers. The total number on board was 528 of which fifteen are officers. Captain A. H.. Merrill, First artil lery, is in command. Nearly all the men are convales cents from the general army hos pitals at Key West and Tampa. The men taken off were distributed as follows: Ten to the New York hospital, one to Governor's Island and the remainder to Fort Hamilton and Fort Wadswortb. Very few of the men were able to walk. The scene as the men were led or car ried down the sea ladder and lifted onto the General Meigs, was pa thetic in the extreme. Private Stephen Easton, troop K, First volunteer cavalry, was the only man landed at Governor's Is land, as the field hospital on the island is crowded. His suffering from melancholia, having lost his voice and hearing as the result ol fever contracted while serving be fore Santiago. During the trip to th?5 city his attempts to end his life became so frequent and determined that it was necessary to have a guard 01 hospital corps men watch him night and day. He was car ried over the side of th,: General ( Meigs and taken into the cabin, where he was guarded until turned over to the Governor's Island offi cials. He will be guarded during the day and at night the hospital officers will both guard him and plci^c him in handcuffs. enlisted in the Rough Riders just before they went to Cuba. He is of Mexican descent and comes from New Mexico. Will Noon be Completed. The handsome new brick busi ness building being erected on Wells street by Eph Wells will soon be completed and ready for occupancy. The finishing touches are being put on the building now and it will not be more thaa a cou ple of weeks until it will have been completed. Bonnd for Tbefr New Home. Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Attwood left this morning for their new home, which they lately purchased at Ur bana, Ohio. We regret the loss of such valuable citizens, but wish them, much success and c?nient ment among their new neighbors. The Kev. B. W. Costley, of Stock bridge, Ga., while attending to his pastoral duties at Ellen wood, that state, was attacked by cholera morbus. He says: "By chance I happened to get hold of a bottle of Chamberlain's Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea Remedy, and I think it was the means of saving my life. It relieved me at once." For sale | by C. W. Grier, & Co., druggists. - OIL _N0TES. THE OIL MARKET. 10 Pennslyvania i oo^ Barnesville 9? Corning 83 New Castle 75 North Lima 73 South Lima Indiana 68 From Saturday's Daily. The talent has not been without food for speculation during this week. It has easily been the most interesting in many months. The first ripple of excitement was caused by Capt. Jones' mo mentous strike on the Marshall farm on Saturday. This was fol lowed on Monday by an advance in the price of credit balances, bring ing up the price of Pennsylvania oil to the dollar mark, the highest point reached in nearly two years. Other portions of the southwest field have developed many interest ing and encouraging features. On the whole the week's opera tions have been replete with excit able and unexpected features. The timely advance of the credit bal ance price has set the operators to planning their fall campaigns and, as the Review predicted, all along the fall season will be an ex ceptionally busy one. It has been many a day since the operator was as eager to return to work as he is at the present time. Stakes are being driven where there is a "ghost of a show" for finding the coveted fluid in prospective oil territory and the different extensions of the old pools that look the least favorable will be thoroughly punctured by the time snow flies again. The late strike on the Jas. .Wells farm at Ben's run is attracting con siderable attention and has caused considerable comment in oil circles. The Review has been giving the latest and most authentic reports from the well from day to day, but information that is thoroughly reli able is very meager. The latest report from the well which we consider thoroughly re liable is to the effect, that well will make a small producer from the Keener formation, with a possibili ty of an increase from the second Injun sand. It is the third well to be drilled in that vicinity, and the fact that it is a paying producer is significant that more good wells may be expected. That country has never been satisfactorily tested, but from present indications it is safe to say that several tests will be made on adjoining farms during the coming fall. Wilson run forged to the front with another splendid producer this week, and leads to the con clusion that that pool has not yet been rounded up by a good deal. Fall work in that locality will be gauged however, by the Fisher Oil company's No. 8 Kdwards, which is now nearly ready to spud. This is by far the most important loca tion to be made since the first well was drilled in the field almost one year ago. The Poulton No. 3 belonging to Gordon & Co. is down mearly 1,000 as is their Knowlton No. 3. The Elk run field is still an at traction for the talent and since a small well was completed in the path of their proposed north exten sion they are now busily engaged in mapping out the future career of that promising field. There is nothing due in that pool now before the second week of September. Cusick, Jones & Co. are having a run of "tough" luck in the Hebron pool. Shortly after the completion of tke Childers & Co. well on the Clark Smith farm they bought an adjoining lease, paying a handsome price. They drilled their first well and scored a rank duster. After the completion of the third well on the Clark Smith they started on their second well. Last week they incurred a difficult fishing job and after an unsuccessful "fish" of ten days, they yesterday abandoned the location aud are now moving the lig. The South Penn Oil company which lost their tools in their well ? ? i? ?? ?????? ?JL??? on an adjoining farm abont the same time have been more success ful, they having recovered the tools Thursday and expect to complete their well today. The Elk* Fork po?l has not fallen from the race and many wells are drilling and contemplated for that field during the fall months. Cutler, Harvey & Co. have not yet drilled in their test on the Glen denning farm in the northeast ex* tens:on. At a late hour last even ing they were drilling in the sand but did not expect to reach the pay before some time this afternoon. The sand, it is said was very hard and drilling was slow and tedious. Childers & Co. are drilling at the depth of 400 feet at their No. 1 Henthorn in the same locality. The producers are under obliga tions to the Ppoducers and Refiners advance in the price of oil. They tampered with the Standard's chess board and the result was not at all satisfactory to the octupus. The Standard was evide*tly pre paring to drop the price of crude oil, for on Saturday previous to the advance they marked down refined oil 10 points. On Mopday mornkig at 9 o'clock the Independent line marked up the price for crude oil 2 cents bringing it to the dollar mark. At 12:30 of the same day the Standard followed suit, their plans to reduce the price of oil hiving been unexpectedly upset. It is reported that T. N. Barns dall has purchased the 40-acre lease known as the Measure, lease on which is one small well on it producing oil from the Maxon sand. The con sideration was $8,000, and we are informed that Mr. Barnesdall will drill a number of other wells on the same tarm. Everything back of Friendly, in the new Cow run sand pool, opened up down there is quite lively, and a number of wells will be put down in the course of the next thirty days. There is a little oil pool over in Ohio that is attracting some atten tion at the present time from the fact that during the past few weeks there have been some fairly good wells drilles in over there. It is what is known as Jackson's Ridge. Yesterday Galey Bros, who have been operating on several of the farms in that section drilled in their No. 1 on the Truax farm and will have a well good for not less than 75 barrels in the Keener sand. All the wells that have been drilled over in that territory have been producers in the Keener sand. It seems to be the opinion of a great many of the oil men that tliere is a pool of considerable mag nitude in that section. There are at the present time several wells drilling on Jackson ridge, and some ot them will be due in the sand during the next ^cn days, and if they come in good they will extend the pool, which, up to date, is not very large. Over in the Elk run territory, Cowell &Altenberg drilled their well into the Cow run sand yester day and got a good showing of oil. The well would have been good for from ten to twelve barrels a day in that formation. There does not seem to be any doubt now but that there is a lot of good territory all around the wells which have been drilled in at Elk run. It is the only territory in the southwest at the present time that is showing good wells ? wells that will pay in three sands. It may be there is oil in more than three sands over there but up to the present time none of the wells have been drilled deeper than to the Berea grit and the sands be low that are an unknown quantity. In all of the wells that have been drilled over there, good showings have been gotten in all three of the sands to the Berea and of the en tire number drilled, there is not a well that would not have paid for itself from one of these sands. After Shay & McMullen's well, No. 3, on the Bohlen was shot it filled up 1,200 feet and when it is cleaned out it will be good for not less than 25 barrels a day. This is the well which was thought to be dry when it was drilled in. The same company's No. 2 on the Bohlen lease, which was report-; ed in and the best well in the field, has been ganged and it will make not less than 125 barrels per day. The Carter Oil company's No. 1 on the Musser farm is drilling at about 900 fret Myers & Co. are drilling at 1 ,000 feet on the Dye Brooks. The' rig for the Carter Oil com pany's No. 1 on the Cocks farm, three miles ahead of developments in the Elk run field, near the well they drilled in on the McLain tarm is about completed and they will probably start to drilling the early part of next week. Shay & McMullen are building rigs tor their Nos. 4 and 5 on the Bohlen lease and No. 1 on the Smitternbauch farm. The rigs will be completed the first of the coming week and drilling will be started as soon as they can be rigged up. The Carter Oil company is dnll at about 1,200 feet at their No. 1 on the Moore farm about a mile ahead of developments. From Monday's Daily. The operators are still handicap ped to a certain extent, lotwith standing dollar oil aad their will ingness to return to work. The present market will justify the drill to be started by those holding ter ritory near production where there is a reasonable chance of success, but the minority have this territo ty and the majority are compelled to wait, as it were, for ' something to turn up." There is at present a large amount of capital seeking in vestment, but no desirable opp#r tunities are* rapidly presenting themselves. With some degree of hesitancy the operators are taking hold of prospective territory, and will await the results obtained by the venturesome wildcatter. It is an established and undisput ed fa* that future operations of any magnitude depend largely up on this class. In many, in fact, in nearly every quarter ol the West Virginia and Ohio fields they are resuming their search for the cov eted treasure and it is the prevalent opinion of the talent that before a great many weeks something will) be opened which will interest and attract the speculator. The bulk of field work now under way may be credited to defined limits in older pools as the treachery of the country displayed by recent operation's holds a more conserva tive in check. In the northeast extension ?f the Blfc Fork pool leaseholders have reason to feel encouraged by late developments. They have a rea sonable chance to recover excessive rentals which they have been pay ing for more than one year. The latest strike in that vicinity was made yesterday evening by Har vey. Cutler & Co. on the Gleuden ning farm. When the drill tapped the pay the well began to flow and was shut down until connections could be made. At noon today an exact estimate of the well's production could not be had but it made a magnificient showing and when drilled in will donbtless make a fine producer. This morning some placed its production at 150 barrels per day but having no figures upon which to found their estimate leaves us to presume that their figures were entirely imaginative. The well is 250 feet in advance a little north of east and adds several locations which will be drilled at once. Childers & Co. are drilling at 600 feet at their venture on the Henthorn farm. This is an im portant well aid is being closely watched. THE MARSHALL WELL. On Satnrday Capt. Jones' well on the Marshall made 400 barrels. Yesterday it was increasing its out put by more frequent and larger flows. Mr. Armstrong stated last evening that he would not be sur prised if it placed 600 barrels at its credit during the 24 hours ending last evening. The staying quali ties of this well are truly phenome nal and is certainly indicative of other wells of the same caliber on CMtllM^ Mi stfe