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SISTERS VI LLE, TYLER COUNTY, W. VA., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1898.
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
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?"
''Who held 34.993 shares of
stock of the Ohio company at the
time when the judgment was en
Alter a long wrangle Mr. Rocke
felltr was told by the commissioner
to answer the questiou. He said:
"The trustees of the Standard
"Were you a stockholder in the
Ohio company when the stock was
transferred to the trust?"
"Did rhe stock certificate issued
for your individual stock pass to the
Ohio company first or direct to the
"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
"The secretary has to attend to
all the business, but the signing of
"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
"It is impossible for me to re
member an insignificant deal like
that when 16 or 17 years have
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
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.
Roland Z Warner, 25, and Susan
F. Conoway, 21.
Earnest A. Smith 24, and Hattie
I L. Smith, 20.
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Thomas A. Wilson, 24, and Mary
L. Landy, 22.
John Haley, 44, and Mary J.
James W. Mikes, 23. and Ruth
Amos R. Wright, 20, and Ila
Geo. W. Elder, "22, and Alex Mc
William A. Stull 22 and Birdie
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.
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
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,
C, Engle to B. Engle, deed for
lots Nos. 89, 90, 91 and 92 in Mid
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
Andrew Hough et al to E. H.
Jennings & Bros., oil lease on 469
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
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
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.
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
J. T. Devaul et al to E. B. Con
oway, royalty in 19 acres of J. W.
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
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.
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.
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 &
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
Here is an opportunity for some
one to step into a good business.
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
"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
Rocker No. 2,
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
the price we are asking. This chair has an
antique gloss finish
Only One will be sold to a family.
SMITH & BOESHAR, Homefurnishers.
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