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Terms? $1.00 Per Year, in Advance J. H. McCOY, Editor and Proprietor VOL. XIV. SISTERS VI LLE, TYLER COUNTY, W. VA., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1898. NO. 42 ON TBS TRICK. Buckeye State Officials are Prob ing the Standard. AGAINST HIS WILL HE IS Forced to Admit Some. Things About the Standard Trust New York, Oct. 14. ? A commis sion representing the state and su preme court of Ohio has arrived in this city for the purpose of exa ru ing the officers and books of the Standard Oil company. The first session of the commission was held yesterday, and John D. Rockefeller was the first witness. The efforts against the Standard Oil company in Ohio have been go ing on since early in 1892, when the first case was brought before the courts. It is now contended that, contrary to the orders by the supreme court of Ohio, the com pany has continued to do business within that state, to control the stocks of the absorbed companies, and to pay dividends. On this ground the attorney general of Ohio brought suit in November^ 1897. charging the Standard Oil company with contempt of court. Speaking of the present proceed ings, Mr. Brinsmade, a member of the commission, said: 4 Some time prior to March, 1892, the State of Ohio commenced an action against the Standard Oil company on the ground that it had abused its corporate franchise by be coming party to an agreement that was against public policy. It was stated that an agreement existed known as the "Standard Trust Agreement," dated January 2, 1882, wherein it was agreed that corpora tions to be known as the Standard Oil companies of the various states should be formed, and that all the property aud the business ot all the corporations and partnerships absorbed by the trust should be vested in the several Standard Oil companies and that the stocks of the latter companies should be held in trust by certain trustees. "The ca?e came up for decision on March 2, 1892, when Judge Marshall held that the defendant should be deprived of power to per form this agreement. He further held that if any of the corporations concerned should recognize the transfer of shares made on its stock books to the trustees of the trust, or should pay dividends to them in stead of to the rightful owners of the shares, or should permit the trustees to vote on shares so held by them in the election of directors, that company must be regarded as forming an agreement in violation of the judgment of the court. "In November, 1S97, ths attor ney general of Ohio field informa tion with the supreme court ol Ohio charging the Standard Oil company with contempt in viola tion of the orders of the court. The Standard Oil company has answer ed the charge with a sweeping de nial. The company alleges that it has been doing all in its power to carry out the mandates of the court. Testimony is to be taken in this city as to whether the Standard Oil company has in any way violoted the order of the court. The defence held that all the tes timony given in the proceedings before the Ohio^ supreme court lormed a part of the present case, and that it was unnecessary to go over the same ground again. Mr. Flagg and Attorney General Mon nett, on the other hand, contended that the contempt proceedings now pending were distinctly different and required a separate record. The first object of the state, the at torney general explained, was to show that the defendant had full knowledge of the content and sig nificance of the judgment rendered against him. ' Mr. Rockefeller was asked whether a meeting of the directors of the Ohio company had been held within a month from the entry of the judgment on March 2, 1892. He said that he could not remem ber. The same answer was given when he was asked if there had been a meeting of the stockholders in the same period. He supposed that records were kept of the meetings, but was not sure of it. The books were not in his cus tody, he said, but the defense would place them at the disposal of the master commissioner and the representatives of the state. Coun sel for the defense contended that this was all that the prosecution could ask for. "Did you read the decree of the court in this case?" was then asked. *'1 cannot tell," was the answer of Mr. Rockefeller. "Such docu ments are always read and inter preted by crnr counsel." "Were you a trustee of the Standard Oil company at the time of the entry of the judgement?" "I was." ''Who held 34.993 shares of stock of the Ohio company at the time when the judgment was en tered?-' Alter a long wrangle Mr. Rocke felltr was told by the commissioner to answer the questiou. He said: "The trustees of the Standard Oil trust." "Were you a stockholder in the Ohio company when the stock was transferred to the trust?" "I was." "Did rhe stock certificate issued for your individual stock pass to the Ohio company first or direct to the trustees?" "I cannot say." "How did you get your stock in to the hands of the trustee*?" "I can not tell. There is noth ing. tQ__ke - concealed. The matter was very simple, but I can not rec ollect how it was." "What was your first step when you wanted to put your stocks in the hands of the trustees?" "I can not tell, but it may be learned by the records." "Where can it be found?" "I can not tell just now. All such details are attended to by clerks, secretaries and attorneys." "Did your secretary attend to this business?" "The secretary has to attend to all the business, but the signing of my name." "Did you sign your name to a transfer of the stock?" "I did if my counsel advised me to do so." "Do you remember having seen the original certificate of your in diivdual stock?" "It is impossible for me to re member an insignificant deal like that when 16 or 17 years have elapsed." All Elopemvnt. The people of the town of Shirley were treated to an elopement Tues day night, when J. W. Weekly, of Camp, and Miss Sarah, the 17 year old daughter of Ralph Sweeney started tor Oakland with strong in tentions of matrimony. They made their way through the darkness and mud to Central where they took train No. 2 for Oakland where they expected to have a performance that would make two hearts beat as one The bride's mother sent a messen ger to Central to head them off but they had gone before he got there. ? West Union Record. Evitfenee to the Contrary* The whitewash committee is go ing on with its work and its labor seems not to be in vain. Bat there 1 are a few soldiers' diaries being published that are worth more than all the evidence offered. They deal not in gei^rals but in particulars, and the picture they present is not refreshing. The Miller Diary lately published by the Oil Review is a sad story. ? Wetzel Democrat. ? 5 Iladly Scalded. | ? Councilman Charles E. Bailey, of the Oil Well Supply company, had his left arm severely scalded by an escape of boiling water last night. Ht had gone into the cellar to look after the boiler, and in the darkness disturbed the water valve, causing the mischief mentioned. He is carrying the injured member in a sling today. COUNTY SEAT BUDGET. Middlebourne, Oct. 14, 1898. Marriage license issued in Sep* tember and October to date, 18984 Emanuel Grav, 24, and Hulda - Baker, 19. J Silas H. Underwood, 23 1 and Delia N. Eaister, 18. Claud L. Fordyce, 24, and Stella G. Marsh, 22. Jack A. Wheeler, 28, and Mary E- Carpenter, 29. Lue Corbett, 31, and Mary V. Thompson. Roland Z Warner, 25, and Susan F. Conoway, 21. Earnest A. Smith 24, and Hattie I L. Smith, 20. ??? iMHBMiSBGL I Thomas A. Wilson, 24, and Mary L. Landy, 22. John Haley, 44, and Mary J. Summons, 34. James W. Mikes, 23. and Ruth Wright, 18. Amos R. Wright, 20, and Ila Sweeney, 19. Geo. W. Elder, "22, and Alex Mc Cormick, 19. William A. Stull 22 and Birdie Lamp 15. Francis W. Richmond 26 and Mary Stearns 17. Earnest C. Doukle 27 and Myre E. Prosser 22. Peter J. Gas vey 31 and Margaret E. Roome 20. Milroy Railing 34 and Orpha V. Long 30. Deeds and other papers filed on record since October 3rd, 1898, in Clerk Hickman's office. Thorns A. Williams vs Uric Ran dolph, assignment of one-sixteenth in lease on W. E. Mercer, 38 acres. J. L. Wetzel vs Uric Randolph, deed for i-64th interest in A. Ricefl 15 acres. Eli Wetzel and wife vs A. Sum mers and others, deed for one-half oil in Mary E. Wetzel, 55 acres. Clark Smith's plat of land. B. Engle and K. S. Boreman, special commissioners vs C. Engle, deed for lots Nos. 89, 90, 91 and 92, in Middlebourne. C, Engle to B. Engle, deed for lots Nos. 89, 90, 91 and 92 in Mid dlebourne. Elizabeth J. Harris and husband to J. C. Jones et al, royalty deed for of oil in James Lowry 25 acres. Elijah Lemasters to E. H. Jen nings & Bros., oil lease on 101 acres. Andrew Hough et al to E. H. Jennings & Bros., oil lease on 469 acres. F. M. Parks to E. H. Jennings & Bros., oil lease on 100 acres. O. W. O. Hardman, guardian of heirs of Amos Lemasters, to E. H. j Jennings & Bros., oil lease on 245 acres. L. W. Parks et al to E. H. Jen nings & Bros., oil lease on r5o acres. Martha B. Wilson to L. C. Leap, royalty deed for 3^ interest and one half gas in land. Enos Smith and wife to David F. Smith, deed for interest in Riley H. Smith estate. David S. Smith and wife vs. Mary Smith, deed for one fourth real estate of Riley H. Smith, de ceased. J. N. Barr vs John Makelver, oil lease on 53 acres. W. E. Marcer and wile vs Floyd Hntchinson, deed for one-eighth royalty and one-half gas in 1 acre. Floyd Hutchinson vs James Mc Coach et al, deed for one-eighth royalty in W. E. Mercer 1 acre. Annie M. Slemaker vs Charles G. Slemaker, lis pendens as to lot No. 84. D. H. Stealey et al vs Thomas I. Stealev, power of attorney. W. R. Mclntyre vs J. D. Owens, deed tor royalty one thirty-second in 2 acres. John Anderson heirs by G. D. Smith, commissioner, vs Minnie Anderson, deed for lot No. 86. The Talisman Oil and Gas com pany vs P. Q. Shrake, deed oil in-* terest in J. C. Parker land. P. Q. Shrake to F. C. William son, deed for oil interest in J. C. Parker, 30 acres. John W. Mercer to John Duval, royalty deed for oil and gas in 19 acres. J. T. Devaul et al to E. B. Con oway, royalty in 19 acres of J. W. Mercer. R. M. Mercer to C. J. Allen, one half royalty in 50 acres. C. W. Cox to Levi Tucker et al deed for interest J. Jacobs 33 acres. C. W. Cox to Levi Tucker et al, deed for interest in J. Morrow, 34 acres. John H. Parker to G. C. Seck man, deed for 1-16 interest Jas. Lowery, 35 acres. S; L. Frum and wife to C. P. Tustin, deed for 58 acres. Jas. McCoach et al to Andy Bruner, Power of attorney. Jas. Capman guardian &c. to A. Stead et al. ELOPIll). A Prominent Mprcliani's Daughter of Shirley, This ('oiinly. On Jast Thursday evening about 9:30 o'clock Sarah Sweeney, daugh ter of Rafe Sweeney, eloped to Oak land, Md., where she was united in marriage to John Whitelock Week ly, of Camp, Doddridge county. The parents of the girl were bitter ly opposed to Mr. Weekly's atten tions and watched her almost con stantly for fear she would e!ope. However, she gave them the "slip" on the night mentioned and through the aloof some friends was driven to Central station, where she took the train to Oakland. Ker intended |"hubby" had gone in advance, as doubtless he desired to be on time. The father of the girl was in Pitts burg attending the conclave. Her mother employed a man to follow her daughter as soon as she missed her, but the pursuer in taking a way to Central station got tangled up in a barbed wire fence and missed the train by seven minutes. It was a lucky seven for the girl, no doubt. Miss Sweeney is a bru Ifftte of the perfect type and the belle o? the village. Everybody speaks with consid erable regret because Messrs. Smith & Boeshar are going away. It fact, we would feel real badly ourselves it we were not sure they would re turn again. They will be here when the leaves begin to fall again. The west looks very pretty. But just wait until these gentlemen come in contact with a "Jigger, '' call on them after a Missouri drouth, a cyclone, a week or two of hot winds and other blessings they have out there that we have not space to enumerate. They will come back again; they all do. So don't worry or feel sad any more. Their sojourn in foreign lands will only be for a short time, and then they will come back again to the greatest town on earth, and we will all welcome the prodigals, and have veal for two. Free Pills. Send your address to H. E. Buck lin & Co., Chicago, and get a free sample box of Dr. King's New Life Pills. A trial will convince you of their merits. These pills are easy in action and are particularly effec tive in the cure of constipation and sick headache. For Hialaria and liver troubles they have been proved invaluable. They are guaranteed to be perfectly free from every dele terious substance and to be purely vegetable. They do not weaken by their action, but by giving tone to the stomach and bowels greatlv invigorate the system. Regular size 25c per box. Sold by Hill & McCoach, druggists. A Regretted Departure. Smith & Boeshar requests us to say to the public that they have pur chased a Houseiurnishing busiuess in Sedalia, Mo., to take possession January I, 1899. This announcement comes to us with both surprise and 'regret, for this firm is one of the most prosper in our city, and we regret very much to lose them. But they think they are only giving up a good business for a better one, so we can but bid them Gods' Speed in their new ven ture. Here is an opportunity for some one to step into a good business. Ofl Tear. Captain Blackburn B. Dovener made that speech at Sistersville. It is off year speech and very much off? Wetzel Democrat. Stephen la Deceivin'. As we before remarked, Stephen B. Elkins would be around to pour oil on the troubled waters in Tyier. Hence we find the following cheer ful announcement in the Oil Re view: "The following arrangements have been made for Senator Ste phen B. Elkins to make a speech in Middlebourne October 24th. This meeting will be held in Mid dlebourne on the afternoon of that day and the Senator will deliver one of his interesting speeches." This does not mean help for Dovener so much as it means help for Hughes. Stephen has been in formed that there is trouble in Ty ler, hence this pilgrimage, this vis it of the Republican Bishop. Any republican suffering from party dis satisfaction will do well to go over and see the Bishop. But oh Lord, iadies, Don't mind Stephen, Stepen is deceiben, You nebber can beliebe him. ? Wetzel Democrat. Beats (he Klou<lik<>. Mr. A. C. Thomas, of Marysville, Texas, has found a more valuable discovery than has yet been made in the Klondike. For years he suf fered untold agony from consump tion, accompanied by hemorrhages, and was absolutely cured by 'Dr. King's New Discovery for consump tion, coughs and colds. He declares that gold is of little value in com parison with this marvelous cure; would have it even if it cost a hun dred dollars a bottle. Asthma, bron chitis and all throat and lung affec tions are positively cured by Dr. King's New Discovery for con sumption. Trial bottles free at Hill & McCoachis drug sto^e. Regular size 50c and $1. Guaranteed to cure or price refunded. Daily and monthly gauge books for sale at the Review office. Thrifty West Tlrfinift. The report of the State Treasurer of West Virginia for the year end ing with September 30 shows a most gratifying condition of the Little Mountain Commonwealth. ; The State has no bonded debt, the various funds have increased during the year, a handsome surplus is on deposit with the banks of the State, and the prospects are better for the future than in the past, because of the rapid development of the coal, oil, lumber and agricultural regions. It is doubtful if in the United States there is another scope of country in which so much riches await development, and which is so convenient to the markets that stand read v for the romingofthe innumerable products. West Vir ginia has an endowment of mineral, soil, climate and location. Instead of having cut off her forests, drained her oil wells, worked out her coal mines and exhausted the fertility of her soil, all are yet in the best condition. Oil wells are to be drilled, sawmills to be projected, farms to be created, hills to be cov ered with stock, and In every way West Virginia is favored by the generosity o? destiny. But there aie still some things that man should do to bring West Virginia to the point of excellence for which Nature has adapted it. West Virginia needs an improve ment in its school laws that the standard may be raised higher, and before the natural wealth is made as profitable as it should be the roads of the State require intelligent I attention. Jhat the bounty of the | grazing lands of the hills and ridges may be utilized, West Vir ginia should make the sheep as val uable in the law as the yellow cur dog. Wrest Virginia is prosperous and is bound to be more prosper ous. Nature has so planned that that it cannot be otherwise. ? Pitts burg Times. Rocker No. 2, Price $1.00. This is a very handsome Rocking Chair, and is a favorite with the Ladies, because it is such a good sewing chair, having no arms to be in the way. It is very Comfortable, Strong and Stylish, and a great bargrin at ONE DOLLAR, the price we are asking. This chair has an antique gloss finish Only One will be sold to a family. SMITH & BOESHAR, Homefurnishers.