Weekly Oil Review!
FOR MERLYBTYLE R ? DEMOCRAT,
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Entered at the P. O. at Sistersville as Second
class mail matter.
WEDNESDAY OCT. 12, 1898.
For Representative in Congress, First Congres
JACKSON V. BLAIR,
of Doddridge County.
DEMOCRATIC COUNTY TICKET.
For Delegate District,
W. R. R1NE,
of Tyler County.
For State Senator,
HOMER W. GREER,
of Richie County.
For House of Delegates,
LOUIS B. HILL,
of Lincoln District.
F,or Commissioner of County Court,
TOHN B. RIGGS,
of Centreville District.
For Superintendent of Free Schools,
JOHN. R. HISSAM,
of Union District.
LINCOLN DISTRICT TICKET.
For President Board of Education,
For Commissioner of Board of Education.
HENRY W. McCOY
D. H. LACY
lrXIOX DISTRICT TICKET.
For President Board of Education,
C. B. OWENS.
Hor Commissioner Board of Education,
JACOB L. MITCHELL.
I. W. DANIELS.
J. L. THORN.
Petroleum; Field Work In September.
The stimulating effect of the
higher prices being paid for the
product upon the drillers in the va
rious petroleum producing states is
shown clearly by the review of op
erations during the month of Sep
tember. In every department
of development work a considera
ble increase is noted, and it re
quires but additional stimulus of a
few important strikes or the discov
ery of a new pool to cause a repeti
tion of the feverish anxiety which
has several times followed in the
wake of conditions analagous to the
present. A feature of the present
activity, however, is the compara
tively meager results, the increased
number of wells adding less than
an average of two barrels to the
daily production, while in former
instances the increase in develop
ment work has been tollowed by a
substantial increase in both
the average and the total pro
duction, the efforts to extend
productive limits have been re
warded by rich fields. Endeavcrs
in this direction during the past
month have been discouraging ow
ing to the small caliber of the pro
ductive wells and the increased
number of dry holes. While the
field operations during the month
of September show an increase in
the new production, this cannot be
regarded as indicating an implove
ment in the situation. On the con
trary, the results have been so un
satisfactory there is little reason to
expect an important increase in the
output to follow future operations,
the conclusion being inevitable that
the richest territory has already
been exploited and that the driller
in the older fields can scarcely
hope for wells of more than aver
age production, and this average
appears to be growing smaller.
Of course, there is a possibility
that a new . pool of considerable
magnitude may yet reward the
"wildcatter," but as the lines are
extended the possibility becomes
more remote, In the Indiana and
Ohio fields the prospects may be re
garded as somewhat better, al
though it is believed the sections
promising the best results have al
ready been thoroughly tested.
The number of wells completed
in the States of Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Indiana, West Virginia and New
York during the month of Septem
ber was 886, which shows an in
crease of ninety-three as compared
with the number completed during
August. Of these 175 were non
The production of the September
wells at the close of the month
was 17,495 barrels per day, show
ing an increase of 1,500 barrels
over the production of the August
wells. The average production of
the September wells was about
nineteen and three-quarter barrels,
while that of August wells was
twenty and one-sixth barrels. The
per centage of dry holes found in
September was nineteen and three
quarters. while that in August was
a little over eighteen and three
quarters. She number of wells
drilling at the close of September
was 812, showing an increase of
fifty-five. The number ;of rigs in
course of construction was 532,
showing in increase of fifty-four, the
total increase ot new work under
way being 109 wells. ? Paint, Oil
and Drug Reporter.
A Village Band.
About noon a special train
passed up carrying the Knight
Templars ot Parkersburg to the
conclave at Pittsburg. The train
stopped here for dinner and the
brass band discoursed some sweet
music, considering it is only a small
village band. We regret so few
people were at the depot when the
music was being wasted on the des
ert air, but it so happened that the
Sistersville Drum Corps, composed
of boys from 10 to 12 years of age,
with no fife or horn, were out play
ing at the same time the village
band was discoursing, and the S.
D. C. making such superior music,
the people could not ttar them
selves away even for the pleasure
of hearing our rural friends.
As the train moved out the band
played and the music died away in
the distance, it was pronounced by
all as being superb- we mean the
dying away, not the music. Tak
ing it all in it was very kind in our
rural friends to play for us and we
appreciate their efforts very much.
It's very rarely we have such
pleasure of hearing so much an
cient music in one day. We hope
the boys will have all the hayseed
blown from their clothes before
they gee home and will have a safe
and pleasant trip and won't get
eaten up by the cows. They are so
fresh we fear they will never get
through but we hope so.
Connecticut Indemnity Fake Scheme.
The notorious fake concern, the
Connecticut Indemnity association
of Waterbury, Conn., is once more
doing business at the old stand. A
couple of months ago it was insolv
ent, its death claims vastly exceed
ing its assets, and Commissioner
Betts applied lor a receiver. The
concern was given a limited time in
which to make good its impair
ment. It then hustled around and
by presenting the fact that it was
about to go into the hands of a re
ceiver to the claimants succeeded
in compromising with them for
merely nominal sums. When the
day came the concern was thus en
abled to present a clear slate, all
liabilities wiped out and a hand
some surplus. It is now prepared
to continue business as an insur
ance company, the protector of the
orphans and bereaved widows. ?
Insnrance Commissioner Needed.
West Virginia is sadly in need
of an insurance commissioner who
knows something of the business,
the needs of the companies and
protection of the policy-holders.
There has been an effort for the
past four years to pass a law creat
ing the office of commissioner on a
salary basis, but through the in
fluence of the politicians it has al
ways been killed. ? Ohio Underr
A Happy Man.
"I suffered with constipation and
dyspepsia for five years, never
having a natural operation. After
eating I always felt as if there was
a great lump in my stomach. Four
packages of Thompson's Tonic Tea
entirely cured me. ? T. M. Mc
Cracken, 323 Washington Avenue,
Oil City, Pa.
Said by C. W. Grier.
Who Knows Charles 9. Ford?
Relatives of the person named
above would be glad to learn of his
whereabouts. In January last he
was working for the Pipe Line Co.
in this field. Address, Edith C.
Ford, 511 Lake St., Elmira, N. Y.
Noldlers Coming Home.
Quite a number of the soldier
boys are coming home, having re
ceived their discharge.
WITH A FINE BANQUET
The J. T. Jones Hose Co. Cel
Large Number ot the Members
and Guests Were Present.
From Saturday's Daily
Last evening at their home on
Brown Betty street the members of
the J. T. Jones Hose company No.
i celebrated the fifth anniversary
of their organization with a good
time. The arrangements for the
affair have been going on for some
time and last night they culminated
in one of the swellest banquets that
has ever ben given in the city.
It was just five years ago yester
day that the Jones Hose company
was first organized and since that
time they have made a record of'
which any hose company should be
proud.* During all the time the
company has been in existence
there has never been even once but
what they have turned out and
worked hard whenever they have
been needed. The record which
this tympany has made is one to be
proud of and the people of the city
should be proud of them and there
is not the least doubt but it is.
At about nine o'clock last even
ing the members of the hose Co com
menced to gather at the hose house
on Brown Betty street for the good
time in store for them, which had
been herald to them through the
medium of a very prettily printed
invitation. There was a large
crowd ot them present and in ad
dition there were a number of hon
On account of Capt. J. T. Jones,
the sponsor of the company being
in the city, it was expected that he
would be present at the banquet,
but he had been in the country all
day and returning to the city late in
the afternoon and not being in very
good health, he was unable to at
tend. In his stead he sent Capt. W.
L. Armstrong to take his place.
The boys were sorry that Capt.
Jones could not attend and so ex
Shortly before hall past nine
o'clock it was announced that the
repast was ready and it was very
evident from the appearance of the
members of the company and their
guests that all were ready for it.
The audience room of ihe hose
house where the banquet was served
was very handsomely decorated
with flags and bunting and in the
center of the room was a huge bell
constructed of vari-colored flowers.
The table was prettily decorated
with flowers and presented a very
neat appearance. After being seat
ed at the table, Attorney F. L.
Blackmarr, who had been desig
nated as toastmaster, stated to the
guests and members of the compa
ny that the event was in celebratiop
of the fifth anniversary of the or
ganization of the hose company.
He talked for fully two minutes,
not longer, stating that on account
of the tempting appearance of the
table and the viands which graced
it he knew the members of the
company and the guests were not
desirous of hearing a long address;
that they would much rather fall to
and get some of the good things
which had been prepared for them.
All were then told to help them
selves, and the following menu was
Raw. Fried. Stewed.
Fried Spring Chicken.
Potato Salad. Chicken Salad.
Cold Slaw. Spring Onions.
Sweet Pickles. Preserves. Celery;
Cocoanut and Sponge Cake.
Grapes. Oranges. Bananas.
Tea and Coffee.
To say those present did justice
to what was set before them, would
be to use ambiguous language. All
were told to help themselves, and
they did. It was a caution the way
some of them went after the good
things which had been prepared for
the occasion. The banquec lasted
fully an hour, which, as toastmas
ter, Mr. Blackmarr called on some
of those present for speeches.^
Among those who responded
were Col. W. C. Turner, who made
a very learned talk during which he
stated that he had betn requested
on the part of the hose company to
make presentation speech and to
present to Capt. J. T. Jones, who
had been expected to be present a
fine bouquet, which had been ar
ranged for him with the best wishes
of the company. In lieu of Capt.
Jones, the token of esteem was
presented to Capt. W. L. Arm
strong who received it in a gracious
manner and told the assembled
company how much Capt. Jones
would appreciate the token.
Mayor Lawrence was also pre
sented with a very pretty bouquet
of fine flowers by Mr. Blackmarr in
a neat and pleasant manner and the
Mayor responded briefly.
Among the others who had a few
words to say when called upon
were Councilman Hays, Recorder
Sybert, Councijmen Bailey, Harry
Work, and A. Bruce Hunt, E.
Cohen, O. G. Guyton, Charles F.
Douglass and others.
The banquet and celebration was
one of the most pleasant events of
the kind that has ever been held ifl
the city and those present retired at
a late hour, after having enjoyed
all the hospitalities, wishing the
members of the J. T. Jones hose
company continued popularity and
Those present were: Mayor
Lawrence, Recorder Sybert, Coun
cilmen Hays, Work, Thistle and
Bailey, Captain Lew Armstrong
P. H. Gaflney, Col. W. C. Turner!
A. Bruce Hunt, P. L. Blackmarr;
D. T. McWilliams, Alex Miller.
E. Cohen, P. C. Ackerson, Frank
Grim, John Reedy, T. B. Meek, P.
Mays, Frank Hockiuberry, Charles
Douglass, Frank Bromley, Harry
Ashton, Mike Shufflin, E. P. Rus
sell, James McCardle, Henry
Rauch, Mont Hubbard, Ed Aggas
The Paving; Completed.
Yesterday afternoon contractor
W. F. Rice completed the paving
of the Ohio River Railroad com
pany's yards about the freight sta
tion, and it is now in first class
shape. The paving was delayed a
little on account of the wet weather
ot the past few days, as it would
and should have been completed on
Tuesday otherwise. It is a good
job of work and is a great improve
Have Returned Home.
This morning Homer Bennett
and Ben Kaster, members of com
pany E, of the Seventh Ohio Volun
teer Infantry, who have been at
Columbus for a couple of weeks,
waiting on their discharge arrived
in the city and will remain at home
having received their honorable
discharge. The boys are glad to
get home and say they have had suf
ficient of army life for one time.
How to Prevent Cronp.
We have two children who are
subject to attacks of croup. When
ever an attack is coming on my
wife gives them Chamberlain's
Cough Remedy and it always pre
vents the attack. It is a household
necessity in this county, and no
matter what else we run out of, it
would not do to be without Cham
berlain's Cough Remedy. More of
it is sold here than of all other
cough medicines combined. ? J. M.
Nickle, of Nickle Bros., merchants,
Nickleville, Pa. For sale by C. W.
Went to 81. Mary*.
Last evening Capt. Meighen, of
the Ohio River Railroad Co.'s de
tective force, passed through the
city on his way to St. Marys with
Chas Loring.the fifteen-yeay-old boy
arrested at Ben wood for complicity
in the robbery of freight cars at St.
Marys, some time ago. The other
members of the gang, which have
been located, have not yet been ar
rested, but will be as soon as it is
possible t$ get around to them. It
would seem from what is know that
the gang which has been doing
this work, rivals the famous gang
of "Forty Thieves," which were ar
rested at Fort Sidney, near St.
Marys, some lime ago.
A Good fyddonce.
How a Bridgeport Policeman
Figured in a Recent Eject
There is a great deal of truth told
about the evictions made in Ireland
and the north of Scotland during
the early and middle part of the
present century. It is hardship for
any family to be summarily dumped
on a roadside, without friend or
wealth, half famished and half clad;
but such ejections or evictions are
not, by any means, confined to the
British Isles. Scarcely a day passes
in free America without a similar
case being recorded, and often in
place of extending gratuitous sym
pathy across the Atlantic, we could
find abundant opportunities to lav
ish it at home. Policeman L. Dean,
of Bridgeport, became involved in
an eviction a short time ago. Some
time the Sistersville reader may be
forced to adopt the same measures.
Knowing how Mr. Dean did will
save a heap of trouble and many
dollars. Mr. Dean says: "Four
years ago I bad to give up my work
entirely, for I got so bad with my
back I could do nothing, and every
steo I took meant pain that almost
killed ine. Since that time I have
suffered in the same way, always
getting worse. Other complica
tions set in, such as swelling in the
feet, knees and legs and profuse
scalding secretions from the kid?
nevs. The quantity frightened me
for it has been as much as two gal
lons in twenty-four hours; this is
positive, for I have measured it
more than once. I have taken not
less than one hundred different
kinds of medicine, and not less than
fifty of them were remedies for the
kidneys, but all failed to cure, They
did not even make an impression.
If I had stuck to the doctors I
should have been dead long ago.
Four or five months ago I read in
some papers about Doan's Kidney
Pills. I don't remember just what
time it was, as I read everything I
could get hold of. as I was laid up
and could not do anything else. I
sent my wife for a box. The first
three doses made a slight change.
I was not willing to believe it at
first, but each dose helped me a
little more. I have taken a number
of boxes and have not a pain left in
me. The urinary trouble has been
corrected and the swelling has left
my limbs and feet. Doan's Kidney
Pills is the first medicine to make
an impression and the first three
doses did it. No man will use a
box of Doan's Kidney Pills and say
that they did not do him good."
Doan's Kindev Pills for sale by
all dealers. Price 50 cents. Mailed
by Foster-Milburn Co., Buftalo, N.
Y., sole agents for the United States.
Remember the name? Doan's ? and
take no other.
Saturday noon, Oct. 8, 1897.
The monthly report of field oper
ations shows a large increase in the
number of wells completed and of
wells drilling and rigs in course of
erection, but the increase in new
production is small, amounting to
only about two barrels per well for
the increased number. This shows
the low average production of the
new wells being brought in, and
with the larger proportion of dry
holes reported indicates that the ef
forts to find new pools and import
ant extensions to productive terri
tory have not been successful. The
result of field operations during the
past month gives little encourage
ment to hope for an increase of the
output and a reduction in the dif
ference between the amount of
runs and deliveries. Meanwhile,
the deliveries continue large and
the drain on the stocks above
ground is as large as ever. The ;
situation, field and statistical, is1
growing in strength day by day and
the effect on prices has been such
as may be expected under the cir
cumstances, the figures offered by
the purchasing agencies having '
been moved up three times during
the past week, crude at the wells
showing an advance of 5c. per bar
rel and refined per gallon. The
higher prices tend to still further
stimulate field work and unusual
activity is noticeable in every sec
tion of the producing area. The
field situation is considered more
fully in our editorial pages. Con
siderable interest has been shown
on the exchanges, but the transac
tions in certificates have not been
REFINED AND PRODUCTS.
There has been a falling off in
the demand lor refined for export,
due to the position of the tank fleet,
while the demand for refined in
barrels is checked by the high
frieght rates demanded. The en
gagements during the past week
loot up about 175,000 barrels. The
price of barreled oil was advanced .
on Tuesday to 6.95c., on Thursday
to 7c, and on Friday to 7.10c.
for New York loading, and 7.05c for %
Philadelphia loading. The princi
pal foreign markets are firmer:
Today's quotations by cable were:
Antwerp, i8^f.; Bremen, 6 80m.
London, 5^d. , and Liverpool,
5^@5^d. Freight rates were firm
at 2S. [email protected] 3d., to London, and
I 2s [email protected] 3d ? to Continental ports,
as to port and vessel.Home trade lots
have been in active request, and are
firm on the basis ol 6^'c for 150
peg. water white from tanks, and 9c
Cases for export have been in
light request, and sales of about
50,000 are reported. The price of
plain tops has been advanced to
7.75c. Freight rates are: Nom
inal rates for large vessels are:
Amoy [email protected]; Bombay, 16^ ?17c;
Calcutta, 15? 1 6c; Colombo, 22?
23c; Java, [email protected], Padang, 22?
23c; Hong Kong, [email protected]; Saigon,
[email protected]; Shanghai, 21 ?22c; Singa*
pore. [email protected]; Yokohama, [email protected]
Crude for export has been in fair
request and sales of about 30,000
barrels are reported. Washington
crude is quoted at 7.10c in barrels.
Cases for export have not been in
demand and no sales are reported.
Prime city naphtha has been ad
vanced to 6.75c. For export no sales
are reported. ? Paint, Oil and Drug
A Splendid Sermon.
Rev. George Campbell, who is
visiting with Mrs. Campbell at
their parents' home in this city,
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hays, preached
a very interesting sermon in the
Presbyterian church in this city
yesterday morning. All who had
the pleasure of listening to the dis
course speak of it in eulogistic
terms and were much pleased with
the delivery and wording of the
sermon. Mr. Campbell is a bright
young man and will no doubt make
his mark in his chosen profession.
We are sure he will always have
the best wishes of the people of our
city for his success, happiness and
'Tisn't safe to be a day without
Dr. Thomas' Eclectric Oil in the
house. Never can tell what mo
ment an accident is going to hap
An Appeal Granted.
We understand that an appeal
has been granted by the Supreme
Court of Appeals of this State, in
the case of Boyd Bros. & Malarkey
and McMillen vs. W. T. Brown.
Horne & Co.
Something of Novelties.
This word Novelty is high
ly thought of by dry goods
men because it is aptly used
as a distinguishing quality for
all sorts of goods. *You have
heard us talk of novelty dress
goods. These are fine, fancy
imported woolens and there
is no name that suits them
better. Theu there are the
novelties in silks, novelties in
men and women's, neckwear,
hahdkerchief novelties etc.
So, takihg the ground that
you have had a surfeit of dress
goods talk, we'll tell you of
some novelties in other lines.
As you are a women of taste you have
often admired Ostrich Boas, and just
as often though they were too high
for your pocket-book They may
have been in your home store, but if
you had thought to ask us about them
you'd have found out different, Our
buyer when over in Paris bought
great quauities of Ostrich Feather
oas, full 50 Inches long and embrac
ing combinaiions of the most beauti
ful of colors and color shades There
are less prices attached to them than
* you would think, the range being
$5.00 to $40.00 each.
Ask about these by mail.
KID GLOVES? We have every kind
of KID GLOVES 'hat are made, a
a majority of the makes beinz exclu
sive with us. A popular brand of ours
is the Staghead ? a French kid, four
button or two clasp? all colors.
Priced at $1.00 a pair,
Your size is all we want.
VEILINGS? The new kinds are all
on our counters. We have a special
black ve lling, with graduated sizes of
chenille dots? 50c a yard, up. We
have a large li? e of Made Veils black
and colors, with pretty neat borders
that were formerly sold for $1 25 and
$1 50 each? to close the line, we- name
the price of
75 cents cents each.
Ask for samples of anything you desire.
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wont euei of Kcrrew Dthlllty are
?omnia, failing memory and the wast*
and drain of vital powers, incurred by
indiscretions or excesses of early year*.
Impart rigor and potency to every func
tion. Brace op the system. Give bloom to th*
cheeks and luetre to the eyes of /^V\ young or eld.
One soc box renews vital energy, (?lli* boxes at
SS.f a. complete ifuaranteed cure waHKw or money re
funded. Can be carried in vest pocket. Sold
everywhere, or mailed in plain wrapper on receipt of
price by TUB PKKTKtTU CO.. Caxtea BMf., Ihitaf*, 1?L
FOR SALE BY
Hill & McCoach and C W. Grier
95 iy Agents.
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