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T'JESDAY SEPT. 16, -S7j I 3203GB P. SARGENT, PUBLISHER & PROPRIETOR. Volcano ll'cst J 'a. Oil Production o i West Virginia. The Pnrkersburg Timet., in its Ism:"* of t'?e 10th $nd :sth insts., has seen tit. for some reason Jrnownjonly to the ed itor of that paper, to step one side and throw at our paper such epithets as, "want of ?ood faith." "intemperate wrath," and so on. a:t libiiicm. In re gard to a", article which we published in our issue of tiio relative to a j communication from J. C. Nash, to the Cincinnati Enquirer , we know not. neither do we care, what spirits prompt the redoubtable knight of the Times, to thus a'rempt to provoke a di<>cii.sion with us in regard tc this mat ter; but this we do know, that our ar- I tide on Mr. Na-h v.as r.ol too severe, nor was our wrath intemperate, r.cr can on we sec where there is any faith in the matter, either good or bad The Ti.itii savs the coiniiumic:iti'>n of Mr. Nash was published in July lust, and seems to intimate that we *!ept over it a good while. We r.ever noticed 'lie article until it w>s enclosed to <?s by a gentleman in the o'l busi ness, tvr.o was struck with the absurd ity of the thing, and who thought we ought to notice it. W*c did, in Ian guag? that suited us, whether it suited the Times or not, we don't know, nor neither do we carc. If we did linger long over that communiej.::^*; we have ollered cur o:i!v excuse; but why the 7 /.???? should linger over seven issues beside one weekly issue, before reply ing, or attempting to reply, to our ar ticle, we can only acco'ft for it in one way, a.id thai we prefer not to do al present. The Times calls upon us to prove, b.v giving the actual production of each well, that the production of the West Virginia oil .regions is 1,200 barre?> per day. We would state for the benefit of the Times that what oi! evh .-in produces is a matter between himself and the company t-j which he pays his royalty, and we have neither tin*? ncr the inclination to thus lay hare to the eyes of the puhlic'the pri vate affairs o; the oil operators. Some times, for the benefit of our readers, we give a list of the largest producers, but we never did, nor do wc ever in fend to, pubii.-h a production of each well; but we shall endeavor to satisfy the readers of this paper what the pro duction oil in V?"e>t Virginia is, with out resorting to any such plan as is *u??e?ted by the writer of the two editorials in the limes of the ioth and nth insts. To get at this subject properly we <rive to our readers that part of the communication from the Enquirer, written by J. C. Nash, to wh:-h we took exceptions, in language as best suited us at the time: "With the cloce of the war and its terible rear* the production of oil in West. Virginia be^an a rapid de cline, which has continued until the whole Burning Springs region does not vielJ one hundred barrel* per day, an<l tiie White Oak region is doing but little better. Two vears a^o the most salient features of cur town presented to visitors consisted of rows of empty business houses and tenantlcss shan t?>s. and great acres of silence where in was not heard t;is sr.un-i . f at, ham mer or any tool of iren. A neatly whitewashed fence to enclose it seemed all Parkersburg lacked of being fin ished." And now for the fac'.s. Fact No. i ? When the war closed there was no* a producing well in what is known as the Volcano ( White Oak) cil region Fact No. 2 ? That since 1S69. the pro duction of oil in the Volcano oil re gion has never been less than i;o bar- 1 re!s per da;-, the \ olcanic Oil & Coal | Co.'s tract alone producing over ia> barrels per day. In June/71 the produc tion of the Vc!cr.aic tract amounted to 3.015 barrels of 40 g.dloas to the barrel*.; and in th.it month the esti ra '.ted production of the whole r?g?or- . outside of Burning Springs, amounted t<> barrels. So much for the hundred barrels 0! oil per day in 1S7 1 . Now we propose to give tbe estimated production of the oil regions of Voi cuuc at the present time, and then we th:nk our readers will agree with u> that the writer of the communication to the Enquirer was a consummate ass to write to that paper a letter on a subject he knows no more about than a child. V,"e pltice the estimated pro duction of oil in West Virginia in the month of Jul/ at i,coo barrels. We shall give such figures as are furnished to us-bv men who knows as much, at least, about the oi! business as the Times man knows about publishing a paper. The average daily production of the V. O. & C. Co. tract for the month of July, 1873. amounted to 491 barrc!s per dry; the production of the Gale & Glanz tract, 150 barrels per day; the W. Va. O. & O. L. Co. tract, 15S barrels per day; the Jackson, Cow Creek, Willow Island and Goose Neck tr icts, 30 barrel* per day , Mount Farm Oil Co., So barrels per tiny; the j L. F. O. & C. Co. tract, about 30 bar rels per day, and ?he Burning Springs j oil regions, about 90 barrels per day. To recapitulate: V. O. & C..Co., ? ? 491 bbls. Gale & Glanz, - ? - i;o " W. Va. O. & O. L. Co., - 125 M Jackson. etc.. - - - 30 " Mount Farm, - - - So " L. F. O. & C. Co., ? ? 3? Burning Springs, - - 90 " 996 Thus we ?cc that the estimated pro duo? ion 'or the month of July (the j month the communication appeared) was 995 barrels per da v. We cannot see the sense of writing such trash to! j tl e newspapers as was Nash's commit- ] nication. We can only think how the oil brokers in Cincinnati and Chicaso must have laughed when they read the statement of Prof. Nash, it they had the courage to tackle the article. But! perhaps Nash thought that he was do ing the oil operators a favor bv thus misrepresenting the facts. We are no "bull" nor '"bear," and we know that all our operators have no objection to having the actual production of oi! known It is for their benefit in the | cr.d. We do not believe but that to day the oil production in West Vir ginia is 1.200 barrel*. We have had several large strikes since July, but we knve rnl v tnken the trouble to find oat how much oil was produced in July. In conclusion, wc would say that we do not purpose to bother our readers with this subject again. We shall make just such strictures in the future I as we have in the past, on any dolt who endeavors to write upon a subject | he knows nothing of; and it our neigh bor ol" the Times don't like il, why he can do the next best thing. We do not publish our paper to please him. but tor the purpose of making money, and when we cease to make money, why. or" course, the business will lose all it interest to us"; but uulu th.v time we propose to keep the flag flying. A Costly Masonic Present. At a meeting of the Baldwin Chap ter, No. 17, Royal Arch Masons, of Newton, New Jersev, the Chapter was presented with a rich and costly High Priest's breastplate, bv the organizer of the Chapter, M. E. Israel Baldwin, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Chapter of Now Jersey, now ? resident of Newark. Tl;e breastplate cost $2,5000, and is of white corded ?ilk, ten inches square, embro'dered in green and gold, rnd set with p.reciotis stones, eniblematica! of the twf.lve tribes of Israel. It is very handsome ly decorated, and is suspended by a hefcvv gold chain; the stones are set in gold sockets. I:i the "Cyclopaedia of Masonry" it is thus described: "A spiendid pie?.c of ornamental em broidered cloth, of the same material of which the ephod was made, re:s inches square, ar.d worn bv the Jewish High Priest on his breast, when dressed in full sacredotal vestments. The front was set with twelve precious stor.es. In golden sockets, arranged in four rows, three in each row, on each of which was engraved the name of one of the t velve tiibes of Israel. On the first row a sardius, red, for Judahr a topaz, pale green, for Issachar; an j emei aid, green, for Zebulon. On the second row, a carbuncle, for Reuben; a sapphire, deep blue, for Simeon; jas per, green, clouded with v.hite, for Gad. On the third row, a ligure, dull red, for Ephraim; an agate, gray, s lot ted with different colors, for* Manas seh; an amethyst, purple, for Benjam in. On the fourth row, a chrysolite, pale green, for Dar. ; an onyx, bluish white, for Asher; a beryl, bluish green. I for Naphtali. The breastplate was | double, or composed of two piece*, forming a kind 01" purse or bag. in which, according to the learned rabbis the Urim and Thummin (Light of Truth), were inclosed. It was fastened at the four corners: those at the top to the shoulder, and a golden ring at the end of a wreathed chain; those below to the girdle of 'he ephod, bv four blue ribbons, two at cach corner. This or nament was never to be severed from the priestly garments, and it was called the "Memorial," designed to remind ' the priest how dear those tribes should be to him whose names he bore upon his heart. It was also named the 'Breastplate of Judgment,' because it was believed that by it was discovered the judgment and the will of God, or because the High Priest who wore ic was revered as the fountain of justice, and put it on when he exercised his judicial authority in matters of great importance which concerned the na uuu ? Hro. Drahosh, of the Times, has an article in Wednesday's paper about our strictures on Prot. Nash's article in the Cincinnati Enquirer, ."bout the* West Virginia oil regions. We endeavored to administer a dos< to you, Bro. Drahosh, that will, we think, satist y you that ;ve, at least, have good reasons to believe that the West Virginia oil regions are no', quite played out. Overestimating the Production. 1 It is ^rcneraiiy s?ippos?.ri, says the Titusville Herald , tliat the constant striking of large wells in the Lower River Districts increases our daily pro duction enormously. Those, however, who have watched the production claim that the large strikes of the past two months have dwindled down to comparatively insignificant figures. Wells reported at five hundred and a thousand barrels each are to-day not doing one* fourth of that amount, while a large number of the smaller wells, ol which the great bulk of the product is made up, are constantly being shut down; as an illustration of this latter fact we may state that Fuyundus Farm Company have si.ut down twenty seven wells. At Petroleum Centre the following farms have entirely shut down: Funk Flats, Egbert Farm, Body Farm, Caxton Farm. Skinner Farm, Phillips, Petroleum Company Farm. Gillespy Farm. The balance of the farms aronund Petroleum Centre are doing about *85 barels, alt told, against 300 barrels two months ago. A Vessei 109 Years Old. The Philadelphia Evening Tele graph of Thursday, says: The bark True Love, Captain Thomas Wether ill, has just arrived Irotn Greenland with a cargo of kryolite, that will be landed at Greenwich Point in a (lav or two. This vessel was built in the year 1764, and is consequently one bundled and nine years old. The sides batter inward to the top of the gunwale, and this makes the vessel much broader at the water line than on deck. In nau tical language the fides are known a> "tumbling home," because they fall in abnvc tiie bends. This bark was built at Philadelphia, but it cannot be ascertained with any degree of certainty at what particular point. The Custom House register does not contain the record, because the vessel was built twelve years be fore the beginning of the American Revolution. Ii is most likely that she was built in Kensington, as it appears from history that the tirst shipyards on the Delaware were established in ti.at locality, not far from the Penn treaty ground. The bark was built for par ties residing in Hull, England, and still hails from that place, and tor for ty-seven years was engaged in the whaling business in the Northern seas, and appeared to be at home among the icebergsofthe Arctic region. It is un derstood that the vessel has never re quired any considerable repairs. The bark registers 296 tons, but will carry much more. How tLe Production is Overes timated. Over two weeks ago Hi passing the Asa Say well, one-half mile south-west of Greece City. we found that ihc sand had been penetrated some depth and the well filled up to some extent with oil. We telegraphed the news to the Journal, setting forth that the sand had been struck and the hole was full of oi! ? we coulci not see through the oil to the salt water under it. The well after the boiler was moved, was drilled dteper and oil occasionally flowed t herefrom;. N'ot having occasion to pass that wav before our last paper was issued, we made inquiry of differ ent persons and it was represented to us as good for 150, 200 and 300 barrels per day. With such representations we considered it safe to plare its yield at 100 barrels daily, and it was accord ingly estimated and published thus in our 'ast paper. On passiry by the well on Th'ursdav last the walking ? . 0 beam was seen to be in motion, when we rode up to the tank and found the pump throwing out a stream of oil and water of about 3'> barrel^ psr day, mak ing a yield of six or seven barrels of oil and 24 or 26 barrels of water. Thus you will perceive that a well which has been estimated from the show which it makes at ti e starting point frequently drops, when the facts are fully revealed from 100 to six or seven barrels per day. While this well has thus far proved almost a fail ? ure ? worse than a failure, in (act ? it is an exception to the general rule ? for a very lar^e majority of wells, yes, nine out of ten well sunk in the vicin ity ol Greece City. Modoc, Millers town and elsewhere in Hutler county, yield large quantities of oil and keep up their production for a considerable length of tin w. ? Oil MlI/i's Journal. ? Brick Pomeroy while making a speech in Texas was asked by a listener "What has the northern man done for Texas?" To which he replied, "'Taken the weeds out of you fence corners, raised vegetables, planted fruit trees, built your largest and best houses, im ported your finest breed of horses and cattle, erected nearly every machine shop, foundry, and mill that you nave among you. They hare minded their own buMtiess, and have not disturbed a large audience by asking foolish questions. They have striven by hon est industry to keep ouf of ihe sheriffs hands and ate thirty feet ahead of the tax collector." A Complacent Sham. | V.'c mo inclined to ni:ree v- it!i the Wheeling Rcgisttr th.it immigration will come, ? is already coming ? though not rapidly ? into West Virginia; but we set* no reason to assert, as it has done once or twice, that the States Legislature can be depended on to give immigration adequate encouragement. I The Legislature never lias done any thin^ in that direction, and never will till it is composed of different material from that which has constituted the majority r f that body thus far in the history of the State. It has been the misfortune of the State that it has been controlled by a body of men who have lu'd no conception of public en terprise and who never rose to the level of a statesmanlike thought of their duty to legislate for great public ends. Session after session has been absorbed by petty schemes to promote personal or factional objects; and though ten years have passed, not the first measure has ever been taken of sufficient value lo even show that our Legislatures attached the least impor tance to the speedy settlement and development of the State. Yet, in the face of facts so notorious, the Register complacently said the o'her day ? after declaring that "immigration is the one great ne^d of West Virginia to-day," ? that"The Sta'e Legislature many be relied upon to do its part in the work of inducing immigrants to settle upon West Virginia soil. Whatever policy is deemed best will be eagerly adopted by We?t Virginia." We would like the Register to tell us what this Legis lature has done ? what any Legislature ! has done since the formation of the State; for we do not except Republi can Legislatures; they showed about as little appreciation of their duty in this diieciion their political succes i sors? to justify the supreme compla cencv of this assumption. We judge this Legislature bv what it has done; [ and so judging it see no reason to ex pect that it will do anything at the | next sitting that will 1>?: of real value in hastening the settlement and develop ment of the State. This State will be settled and developed in time, in spite of our own indifference and unwilling* ness to aid the work, because it pos sesses very great natural advantages, | and in the superabundance of popula tion steadily flowing from the over crowded countries of the old vorld and the eastern States of our own country, some will be continually discovering these advantages by accident and crowding in and making their homes in West Virginia in spite of us. But this talk about the "eagerness" of our Legislature, or of our population, as a mar lis the iuter'or of the State, to male any serious effort or incur any adequate expense to bring in strangers and disturb the present repose of West Virginia solitudes, has no foundation I in fact. West Viginia will be invad ed in time by the steady march of the great firmv looking for promised lands; but the invaders will come rather of jtluir own incsstibfe impulve than from invitation. In time they will overrun our hills and valleys, and take possession of ihe State. The old fo gyism of these times will be crowded to the wall, and finally disappear; but we see no evidence that this generation of fogies, now in control of the govern ment of the State, will ever do much to hasten their own extinction. Per haps it is their instinct that warns th^m against their ultimate fate; and where the higher intelligence is wait* i ing in*t!:*ct is mighty and ail control I ling. ? 1 ' ntetligrnrer. ? % | ? A I! art lord gentleman who had , tarried late at a wine supper, found his wile waiting his return, in a high I state of nervousness, she ? "Here I've been waiting, and rocking in the chair till my head spins round like a top!" '?Je.-> so tvherc I've i>ei-n?' responded he, "It's in the atmosphere*" T T. DEVORE, Z^. ur.ALEX IN' WATCHES, CLOCKS JEWELRY, ?SPECTACLES, NOTIONS, Si c. Watches ^aiul Clocks repai.-ed and varrantcJ. Every watch or clock aid warranted lor one year.. Tobacco and Cigars of the finest orands; Tips and Wheeling stogies. Italian strings, Cartridges, &c. Orders promptly attented to and satisfaction guaranteed. ' Raymond s:, next door to Lubricator. VOLCANO, WEST VA. W. S. o'IJRIKK M. J. O'Brien & Bro., MANUFACTURERS AND DEALRRS IN PORTABLE AND STATIONARY ENGINES, Oil Well Tools, Fixtures, Working Barrels, Valves, Sucker Hods, Gum and Leather Belting, New Bedford Drilling Cables, and General Assortment Hope, Packing Tarns, die., <?c. Also, the largest and most complete Stock of Fittings in this section ol the country. Our facilities for Machine Work, style of finish, price, etc., are 6uch that we defy competition in this line. ?3P We have recently added to our Blacksmith Shop a S TEA M HAM MER, which enables us (on short notice) to fill all orders with promptness. We solicit an examination of our stock before purchasing elsewhere. M. J. O'BRIEN & BRO., Lock Box 10, VOLCANO, West Fa. M.J. O'BRIEN & BRO. AGENTS FOR WEST VA. 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