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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.
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