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THE ORGAN OF THE WEST VIRGINIA OIL PRODUCERS.
GEORGE P. SARGENT, PUBLISHER <k PROPRIETOR VOL VOLCANO, WEST VA.. TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1874. NO. 32. Volcano Lubricator. ? Published every Tuesdajf ?by? GEORGE P. SARGENT. Oillce: No. S, Raymond street. Subscription Kates: One year, invariably in advance, ?-.oo. Six months " " " 44 J. a?. Advertising Rates: One Square, one insertion, ? 2.00 Kach additional 44 i.oo One Square one year. 25.00 ?4 44 six months, 15.00 " " three months 10.00 One Fourth Column one year, 40.00 44 " six months, " 30.00 ?' " three months,, 20.00 One Half Column one year, 70.00 44 " six months, 60.00 " " three months, 50.00 One Column one year, 140.00 " 44 six months, 90.00 ?* 44 three months, 70.00 I.ocal notices 20 cents per line. No notice inserted for less than one dollar. All yearly advertisers pay quarterly in ad Parkersburff Advertisements. [ JOHN A. HCTCHtNSON.JR. DAVE D. JOHNSON. WTCHINSON & JOHNSON, Attorneys and Counsellors at Law, Co irt Square, PA RKKRSni'K' \V. V. SWAXN HOUSE. ? B. Gilbert, Proprietor, Parkersburg, AV. Va. This is the only first-class Hotel in Parkersburs*. It is fitted up with all the modern improvements. Pure solt water is constantly supplied from Ohio Riv2r, and Is lighted" with pis and heated with steam. Strict attention given to guests. It is head-quarters for oil men j '71? tl". II. BUSH, MERCHANT tailor. Court Street. PARKER^BURG, WEST VA' Always keeps on hand a large and well se lected stock of the bost of Cloths, C;:ssitners Vestines, &c. Suijs made to order and upon the shortestnoco. All work warranted. A ii large spplv of Gent's Furnishing Goods al ways ou hand auj?V7i-'Y? ~}7 R. mehekT DEALER IX vjroceries, Produce, And r. full supply of fresh fish and oysters always on hand. ?fc!r.r!:ct afreet, next to Market House, Parhtrcburg, W. Va. may27*4t. EDWARD BRAIDON. PIONEER TOBACCO WORKS VARKERSBURG. WEST VA. w M. DILS, Gen. Fire , Marine <k Life Insurance Agent. Represents the following well known and popular Insurance Companies. Continental Ins. Co., of New York (Cash Assctts over ooo.ooo.) Home Ins. Co., of Columbus, Ohio. (Cash Assetts over.fS70.ooo.) New York Life Ins. Co. New York, Cash As?etts $20,000,000; an'l income $3,oco, 000.; Office on Market street, above Court Square, Parsbunr, YV Va. uarv.'i. 1 JpURNITURE WARE -ROOMS ?OF? D. SCH^FER, Ann St., rai'ktrsburg. BEDSTEADS, SETTEES, SAFES. SOFAS, WARDROBES. BUREAUS,! ROCKING-CHAIRS. EASY-CHAIKS. WRITING-DESKS, IMPROVED BLINDS, LOUNGES, CHAIRS, PICTURE-FRAMES. PARLOR FURNITURE, MIRRORS OF ALL SIZES, Ax., And every variety of articles usually kept iu a first class furniture st ' c, manufactured , urd imported. All article- bought at this) k store are warranted to be as represented wlier Vrchased. Any article manufactured on tK hortest notice. apr."0'ji-6m ' lIIIS SPACE PAID FOR BY THE WEST VA: & OIL LAND JO MP ANY, nyaged so constant ly in LING OIL ^not time to prepate is week. IV rkersb urg A d vertlsem en t s. 'Jp i I L PL A C E~TO G ET THE CHEAPEST AND BEST Groceries, Provisions , Grain and Pro duce, is a-i MARTIN & GILBERT'S, Market street, Parkersburg, W. Va 'pHOMPSON & JACKSO Wholesale Grocers and LiqyoR Dealers, General Forwarding and Commission M ERCHAN T^ Corner of Ann and Kanawha Streets, Parkersburg \V. Va. We will forward all poods to Volcano promptly and in good condition from all points. We refer to Thomas Schilling & Co., the O'Brien Bros, and others. All goods consigned to our care will be forwarded without making it necessary for the parties ordering, corres ponding with us. J. H. Stribling, DEALER IX HATS, CAPS, BOOTS AND SHOES. AND GENTS FURNISHING Goods, Court Square, Parkersburg. West Va, april 29 iy. J W. HITESHEW Commission Merchant ? And Dealer in ? Flou Grain, Baled Hmj, etc. Ground Feeds and Corn Meal a Spec ialty. ANN STREET, PARKERSBURG, WEST VA. Mayn'-itt. TgURC#E& BUTCHER. DEALERS IN Hardware, Iron, Steel, Nails, Nuts, Bolts, Etc. Blacksmiths', Carpenters' and Coop ers' Tools. Belting and Packing, Fire Brick and Clay. Drill Ropes. Sand pump Ropes, and all kinds of cordage ? including WIRE ROPE, all sizes. Bungs, Tank iron, Rivets :\nti all that is necessar> for the Oil Trade, also a full stock of WOODEN WARE; And the celebrated cutlery of Rogers' Wostenholm's, pocket and table. Also Drain Pites suitable for chim neys. CALL AND EXAMINE OUR STOCK. Court street, opp. 2d Nat. Bank, Parkersburg, W. Va. TUBRICATING OILS L. D. KRAFT & CO. PRODUCERS AND DEALERS IN WEST VIRGINIA NATURAL LUBRI CATING OILS. Sole Proprietors of the Well Knoivn Ad Iress L. D. KB A FT, V Co. Parkarsbury. Parkersburg Advertisements. Fall & winter r S73 S. NEWBERGER, Court St., Parlcersburg, West Va. Just returned from the Eastern cities with the most complete assortment of DRY GOODS, FANCY GOODS, NOTIONS EVER EXHIBITED IN THIS CITY, And he very respectfully invites the citizens of Volcano and vicinity to call and examine his stock. An entire new stock of CARPETS, OIL CLOTHS, MATTINGS, RUGS, WINDOW BLINDS, BLANKETS, COMFORTS AND BED SPREADS. Orders received from Volcano will receive carefully attention, and prices guaranteed. When vou come to Parkersburjj do not tail to call and examine my goods. REMEMBER THE PL A CE ! ! SAM'L. NEWBERGE Pakkeksuukg, Wkst Va. MOVELTY FOUNDRY ? AND ? Machine Works. J011X COOK , Machinist! Blacksmith Engines, Saw Mills, Stave Machines, etc., generally on hand. Shafting, Pulleys, Hangers, and all kinds of Machinery, inaJc to order on short notice. IIEAVV & LIGHT CASTINGS, HEATING STOVES, &c. Oil Well Tools of best brand of Iron. Prompt attention paid to Repairs. Kanawha St , bet. Marlict and Juliana Streets , PARKERSBURG, \V. VA. S-\ug73tf '"jpiIE MAMMOTH NEW FURNITURE WAKE-ROOMS VV. H. WARNE& CO Market St., JParisersburg, (Old place, below Market House) is now open. Those who are desirous of purchasing Superior Furniture ? at ? Reasonable Prices Cannot do better than examine the work at this establishment, before making their selections. Inquiries by inail promptly answered. Their Stock is complete, comprised in part ol ?3^" Marble and Wood Top ?3^*Tables aad Stands, Ladies' and Gentlemen's PT Writing Desks, pgpLotzs Patent Spring Bed Lounge, ?2?" Wardrobes and Bookcases, 42?"Camp and Easy Chairs, Bureaus and Sideboards. ^5? "Re frige r at o rs C2T Window Shades. ?ALL KINDS OK? COFFINS Constantly on hand. We me prepared to manutacturc to orrfci anything in our line, in the very best style. We have none but first-class workmen, and all responsible orders from Volcano nn<l vi cinity, will be promptly filled, and goods warranted as represented. Remember the i'hice,^??l I'ARKERSBURG, WEST VA. |unc2Q 7i tf. 1858, 1873, J.G. BLACKFORD, Forwarding and Commission MEii CHANT. Pork-packer, and curer of the celebrated brands of Maryland Su^ar Cured llains, and Shoulders and breakfast Uacon. ? IlEALEK in ? Staple and Fancy Groceries, Provisions. Liq uors, Argosy and othe? choice brands of ilour Apent for Pomerov Salt Co. Poineroy Iron Co's. Nails. Louisville Lime and Cement, Xenia Powder Co. Ac. &c. Ann Street, above Court. Parkersburg, West Va. ro?vo? ouj "PARSON DAN," ? OR ? THE LAST WRESTLE OF T1IE OLD PARDS A Story cf New Yorl: and the Gold Mines in '49. WRITTEN FOX THE NEW YOYK CLIPPER. Byron in his Don Juan positively as serts that the superlative degree of happiness is achieved only through rum and religion. The result of a so cial spree and a christian conversion are, however, as a general thing, wide ly dissimilar. Connoisseurs in good liquor maintain that at the present date modern Bourbon contains about four square drunks to the quart; and though getting tight and the gathering a stray lamb into the fold may lor a short time cause a similar feeling in those who are interested, the after claps are as unlike as chalk and cheece. Brother Daniel Sloshgrip, H. S. B. on the Chickasaw Circuit, the lower Mississippi, and all around "them dig ging there and thereabouts," as he de lineated his missionary endeavors, was as quaint a specimen of humanity as ever entered the Jield of religion; but he ever preached against rum and cards with a vim, and on more than one occasion he allowed from the pul pit that he was "ready to tackle them snares and pit-falls of sin with one eye shut and his right arm tied behind him.,' "And I was a gambolier and "wine bibber." continued "Brother Dan'l," while discussing the subject, "hanker ing arter strange wimmin, and always on hand to buckle into a plugmuss or a free-light, till 1 felt I was playing perzacktly the game to get euchred 011 in the long run. So I shook oil" thetn evil waj s my bret bring and sistering, and I fetched hunk at iasl; and here 1 am, bound for glory." Daniel Sloshgrip, II. S. B., though addicted to Soul h western dialect, was New York born, and his earliest im pressions and education were derived from the streets of the great cosmo politan metropolis. lie frankly ac knowledged that up to the period ol his conversion his heart was as riley with .vickeduess as Chocta\vbI5end du ring a Spring tide ? in fact "as full ol the devil as a woodchuck is of meat." "But," he was wont to say, "I was a poor, forlorn critter at best, jis like a man holding nary pa'r and buekin ag'in a straight llush, where them kind o' kerds always rake down the Dile." Daniel Sloshgrip, II. B. S., in his ycuthlul days had proved his prowess in many a street light, and at that pe riod it was a dangerous proceeding for any one to advance the theory that his engine was lazy, lie had alsoac quired lienors in the fistic arena, hav ing knocked the wind out of the Mack* erville Pet in the unparalleled time of three minutes and a quarter, besides receiving forleit from the lloboken Slasher, a pugilist of merit, but who evidently dreaded the powerful left handers of the invincible lire-laddie. "Ah," Daniel would remark, "them were days of vanity and the pride of life; but I managed to squirm 'round 'till I give the old Adam a squar hip lock, which sent all my sins to grass; and here I stand a level Christian, flat foot and firm, and ready to die for the cause ? for 1 can light as sharp for teruth as I used to once for ther old machine, when the shysters double banked me, and 1 slashed 'round with a crank or spanner." With all his quaint ways and rather equivocal language, Daniel Sloshgrip was a decided success in the calling he had adopted from conviction; and there is a:i old proverb that, after the manner of "reformed rakes ma king the best husbands," a regular hard case; if he feels genuine repen tance for his past misdeeds, often cul miuales into a quiet and sober citizen. In his slouched hat, Kentucky -jean coat, cut Quaker-fashion, and pepper and-salt trouseis, coupled with a standing-collar which kept his ears in constant jeopard\, none of his former comrades could have recognized the rollicking lire -lad die whose mandates of "make her jump lively boys!" and "stand off them hose or I'll lam you ftom the word go!" were reminis ences of many a fierce conflagration where lie tiad taken a conspicuous part prior to his sitting out for the modern El Dorado, California. At his worst, however, none could accuse him of a dishonest action, and his bravery on several occasions had won him favoi able notices from the public press. Evincing a degree of bravery that would have won laurels on the battle-field, on many a cold winter night he had clambered over steep roof tops with marvelous agility, and amid smoke, cinders, and the clash of falling walls, performed his duty like a sturdy veteran of the days of Jim Gulick and Harry Howard. Was there not framed in the famous Break-o'-day House a picture depicting the figure of a stout young fellow with two scared children in his arms, descending from the third story of a building wrapt in flames? The fond mother of the pre cious ones he has in charge is in her night-dress, and on her knees in the muck and mire of the street she is of fering up a fervent "God bless you. brave fireman!" while in the sphere of her fascinated gaze the features of her children's preserver, though tarnished with dust and soot, seem as radiant as the face of an angel. Such are the foundation deeds upon which uprises immortality; and though the picture did not develop the whole story, it was true as gospel as far as it went, and Daniel Sloshgrip was the hero of the thrilling scene. Rather rough on the brave iirs-laddie, too, for his new IJeaver-ckuh coat and pants ("loJt.y inches round the bottom, and throw 'em on the tailor's hands if a half an inch less,") were scorched beyond re pair ? though the foreman had been playing the hose on him all through his perilous descent ? to say nothing of his beautiful soap ljcks crisped beyond the panecea of bear's grease and po I matum. Those who relate the grand tableau say that Dan., although he lacked the polish of a Chesterfield or a D'Orssy when lie placed the babies in the hands of the overjoyed mother with the remark, "I've been mighty keerful ofyour lot of cradle fruit, my handsome lady, and you can call me a shyster and a foofoo if there's a hair of their precious heads singed," never theless towered as grandly as a success ful general on the battle-field. She did not reply, "Vulgar fellow! what do you mean by addressing such lan guage to me?" but threw her white arms around his neck and gave him as chaste a kiss as he ever received from his mother. More than one v. ho saw the deed assert positively that Pan. who was never Known ;o flinch frcin danger before, shock at this stage as i: stricken with a sharp attack of the ague; and truly it was a trying mo ment to a man who, though brave as a lion, among his fellows, was ever bash lul in female society. To her oft re peated thanks he could only say: "Please to switch oil", mam. Any of our boys would have done the same thing, you know, Only my duty." 3m she took his name and the num ber of his machine, ere a carriage ar rived to convey her to tne nearest no tcl. The woman whose children Dan. ha.l so bravely preserved was a widow, and with limited means; yet, like the interest upon the mite contributed by the poor woman in the scriptural par able, the consciousness of a good ac tion, together with a souvenir of friend ship in the shape of a handsome watch, was a source of conlinur! consolation, particularly as the present had carved on the back the scene of the lire con. nected with all the thrilling incidents we have related. A ball at Monroe Hall ? fifty cents a ticket and twenty live cents hat money ? for the benefit ol the best man on the machine, pro duced a sufficient fund to recruit Dan's j wardrobe, and to leave him a fifty dol lar note as a contingent fund. In any case of calamity during the days of the Volunteer I'ire Department, the mem bers of a company seemed to enter tain for one another the friendship of Jonathan ar.d David, a:sd every mem ber of the machine to which Dan. be longed was ready to bet his bottom dollar that he was as noble a fellow as as could be found in a day's walk, llis shuffling, easy way, when he first became a member of the Depart merit, made him seem more like an awkward lout from the rural districts, than a sharp lirc-laddie of the city; but the unprecedented short time in which he used up the Mackerville Pet gave him at once the position of head of the class. lie was always ready to laugh against himself for drawling his words or tangling grammar into the quaintest dialect of slan^; but nothing would induce him quicker to light than some stranger's allusion to his defec tive i>arts of speech. The poet says that "coming events j casth their shadows belort:;" and alter j the lire we have mentioned, which ' took place on a New Year's eve, 1045, I our hero seemed to east oif many of ihi'j former ways, and although lie pos scssed every atom of the nerve and courage that wound up the Mackerel ville Pet in three minutes and a quar ter, he could be induced only by the ruli of self-defence to put up his maw leys. I iis comrades loved him all the same, but they changed hi? former ti tle to Parson Dan. We are told in the Good Book that the prayer of faith can remove mountains; and the wi dow's benison may have squared the accounts of Daniel Sloshgrip \vi h the Recording Angel and left a balance in his favor. It was strange, too, that at about this time he gave up tackling the tiger; and although he sometimes indulged in a quiet game of whist, he appeared to have lost all his former taste for draw-poker. But his best friends appreciated the change. He was true to his stall, (he was a butcher by trade,) and never went back on the old engine until the shifting sands of time brought forth the- eventful year of 1S49. The discovery of the modern Ophir electrified not only the United States, but the rest of the civilized world as well. Gold has always proved the strongest magnet to attract the hu man heart, and a legion of hearty pioneers poured forth from all parts of the Union to gather what Scripture denominates filthy lucre, and what, as Bulwer makes Alfred Evelyn assert in the play of ''Money," man has made a god. Daniel Sloshgrip was not av aricious, but his ready hand to assist others in distress had left him with but very little provision for a rainy day? The news of wonderful lodes of sur face-gold, and of pay-gravel continued lo reach us from the Pacific. The modern El Dorado was not a myth, but a sterling reality. The untilled soil which the early Buccaneers, be fore the davs of Dumpier and Sir Henry Morgan, sought for the pur pose of capturing wild cattle, promis ed a richer revenue to the world than was ever bequeathed by the diamond fields of Golconda. Staid and sober citizens became convinced of this, and left the plough, the loom and the an vil, to rush to the ne.viy discovered land of promise. At length Daniel Sloshgrip took the fever. He became one of a party of twelve who agreed to combine their fortunes and take the oyerland route to California. A journey across the plains in the winter of 1S49 was a *?ar different af fair from the present safe and commo dious route by rail. The number of emigrants who left their bones to bleach on the plains, can never be as certained until the great nnal reckon ing. There were mysterious whisper ings through the press that on more than one occasion pioneers who jour; neyed by the way of Utah were de coyed into som? dr.rk snare by the avenging Danites, who, under the guise of Indians, concealed their ter rible crimes of robbery and murder, and that none of the adventurers was left to tell the talc. The wrongs their ancestors had encountered at Nauvoo rankled deep in the breasts of the Mor mon Elders, and the lesson was fcr long years taught their immediate pro geny. But the railroad and tiie tele grcph have proved grand civilizers of the human race, and since the period of which we write the war ol faith has toned down immensely in the regen erated territory of Utah. Early in the spring of 1S50, a hag gard, half starved man, with his gar ments worn to tatters, and himself walking 011 the uppers of his boots, en tered the streets of San Francisco. In this dilapidated personage no one couid have recognized the once rug ged tire-laddie Daniel 51 jshgrip. Of the twelve who had set forth in high spirits from the Empire City, he alone remained. San Francisco was mainly a village of tents, and much resem bled the camp of a great army prcpar ing for a long day's march. The post - office and the El Dorado Resturant, were quite respectable sheds of timber and evidently itad been designed ;;s permanent institutions. The wharves were piled high with miscellaneous gocdu, wliich men, paid at the rate oi live dollars an hour, were employed in removing. They weic men with ueards of many month's growth, and most of them carried a bowie-kniie and revolv er in open view, preparatory to set tling any local difficulty or trifling ar gument in politics. Dusiie. Sloshj;: saw many fac-simi!es of himself, as garded wearing apparel; hut the l.iw of circumspection were t-ct at deiiaiw in the year of grace 1S49 in San Era;-, cisco, and a person whose garinc:.? would not bring a doiiar, i! ollerc<i ;o sale to the most benevolent jew' u. (Continued or. 4th page , re