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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 18 74. NO. 35.
Volcano Lubricator.
Published every Tuesday
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OStce: No. S, Raymond street.
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I-3 a rkcrsbu ro Ail vertiscmcn ts.
Attorn* vs and Counsellors at Law, \
Court Square, PARKERS3URO. W. V.
SWANN HOUSE. ? 3. Gilbert,
Proprietor. Parkersburg, W. Va. This ist'ne
only lirst-class Hotel in Parkersburg. It is
fitted up with all the modern improvements.
Pure sol": water is constantly supplied from
Ohio Itivcr. and is lighted * with gas and
Jie:>.ted with steain. Strict attention ijiven
guests. It is head-quarters for oil men
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7 M. H. BUSH,
Always keeps on hand a large and well se
lected stock of the best of Cloths. Cassimers
Vestings, Jfec. Suiis made to order and upon
the shortestnoce. All work warranted. A
a large spplv of Gent's Kurnishin? Goods al
ways ou hand au<;V7!-!y.
Groceries, Produce,
And a full supply of fresh fish and
ovsters alwavs on hand.
Market street, next to Market House,
Parkersburg, W. Va. mav2~-4t.
Gen. Fire . Marine Or Life Insurance
Represents the following well known am!
popular Insurance Companies.
Continental Iu3. Co., of New York
(Cash Assctts over $2,000,000.)
Home Ins. Co., of Columbus, Ohio.
(Cash A '-setts over ?S;o,ooo.)
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Cash Ascetts $io,cco,ooo: an'l income SS.oco.
OfTice on Market street, above Court Square,
Parsburar, \V Va.
nary 2i, i
Ann St., Parkersbitrg.
And every variety of articles usually kept
iu a first class furniture store, manufactured
ur.J imported. All articles bought at this
store are warranted to be as represented xvher.
nrchased. Any article manufactured on tr ?
shortest notice. aprjo'71 -6m
?qpuis SPACE
TTfio are engaged so constant
ly in
That they have not time to prepaie
an advertisement this week.
f 'ctroleirtn, Jf'entVa.
Pa rl ersbnrg Ad rcrvlse.'n en ts.
Groceries , Provisions , Grain and Pro
duce, is a*
Market street, Parkersburg, W. Va
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Wholesale Grocers and Liquor
General Forward in? and Commission
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Corner of Ann and Kanawha Streets,
Parkersburg W. Va.
Wc will forward all goods to Volcano
promptly and in good condition from all points.
Wc refer to Thomas Schilling & Co., the
O Brien Bros, and others. All goods consigned
to our care will he forwarded without making
it neccssary for the parties ordering, corres
ponding with us.
J. H. Stribling,
Goods, Court Square, Parkersburg.
West Va, april 2q i y.
Commission Merchant
And Dealer in?
Flou Grain, Baled Hay, etc.
Ground Feeds and Com Mail ? Spec
ially. -
Hardware, Iron, Steel,
Nail*, 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
all sires.
Bungs, Tank iron, Rivets ana all that
is necessar> for the Oil Trade, also
a full stock of
And the celebrated cutlery of Rogers' |
Wostenhohn's, pocket and table.
Also Drain Pipes suitable for chim
Court street, opp. 2d Nat. B.rnk,
Park^rsburg, \V. Va.
Sole Proprietors of the Well Known \
Ad iress L. I). KRAFT* Co.
It Never Pays.
It never pays to fret and growl
When fortune seems our foe;
The better bred will push ahead
And strike the braver blow,
for luck is work,
And those who shirk
Should not lament their doom,
But yield the pay
And clear the way
That better men have room.
It never pays to foster pride
And squander prjdc in show;
For friends t'- ?? . uo'i are sure to run
In times of v. woe.
The noblest worth
Of all the earth,
Are geras of heart and brain,
A conscience clear,
A household dear,
And hands without a slain.
It never pays to hate a foe,
Or cater to a friend;
To fawn ind whine much less repine.
To borrow or to lend.
The faults of men
Are fewer when
Each rows his own canoe;
For feuds and debts
And pampered pets
Unbounded mischief brew.
It never pays to wreck the health*
In drudging after ffai",
And he is sold who thinks that gold
Is cheaply bought with pain.
A humble lot,
A cosy cot.
Have tempted even kin^s.
For stations high
That wealth will buy.
.""Tot oft contentment brings.
? OR ?
A rude though substantial log-cabin
stood 0*1 the bank of an ice bound ri
vci, in the heart of a great Maine for
est; and around the boisterous fire
that rose and fell in the huge log chim
ney, were seated a seen- i men. \Y iih
on t, the rain was pouring down in tor
rents, borne in great sheets against the
walls and roof of the cabin by the
strong wind that caine 1 i lie a race
horse from the south-and east. It was
the annual March storm that Irecd the
rivers from the icy fetters of winter,
and forced the way for the great mass
of legs, that all through the cold
months had been piled upon their
banks, to iind their way down to the
cities by the ocean; and the occupants
of the cabin were river-men, whose
duty it was to keep the struggling mass
in the stream, and so prevent each log
from wandering olT singly into by and
forbidden channels in search of ad
venture on its own account. All thro'
the winter they had toiled in the
swamp, until the melting snows had
rendered further ell'orts in that direc
tion impossible; and now, each
man hailed with joy the storm that
would tend him on his way down over
the rushing river, toward home and
friends to whom they had bidden adieu
nearly six months before.
The group before the lire were en
gaged in various ways in which to pass
away the time. Some ol them were
1 gathered around the table, where a
party were having a game of "high
low jack.'" Those looking on seemed
to ta*. ? much interest in the play as
these engaged, and each player had
his particular friend or backer to urge
him on when fortune frowned, or to
applaud when, by some master stroke
he was triumphant.
Other groups gathered more imme
diately about the fire, and were en
gaged in storv-telling, another popular
amusement among the logmen, rela
ting stories that they had heard, or in
cidents of a somewhat marvelous char
acter that had befallen them, in their
long carecr in the forests and on the
rivers; and many are the thrilling sto
ries this class of people can relate,
without departing from the truth in
their narration; for no other occupa
tion is so full of danger, aside from
that of a sailor or soldier, as that of
the logman. Seldom is there a drive
that ever reaches its place of destin
tion without claiming as a sacrifice,
one or more of those who set out lull
of life and expectations of soon seeing
those iv.. .r to him, from whom he had
been parted so long.
Others were talking of home, and of
the probability of soon being on their
way, while others stiil sat mute and
apart by themselves, either listening to
the conversation of the rest, or think
in" Pc rhaps, of wife or children, or of
some one dear to him, but who as yet
bore not his name, but would as sjyn
as he could once s1 ? seach her side:
and to these the her ce roarin * of the/
storm made music, and a stranger
looking in upon them would have said
that another so happy, stalwart a crew
would be hard to find, even in that
section which is famous tor its tall,
broad-chested men.
"What is that you are saying, Bill
Brown?" demanded one of the players
at the table, as he held the ace of dia
monds suspended between his thumb
and finger while in the act of playing.
"I was telling the boys here that I
went over 'Wildcat Falls,' and came
out all safe and sound, never oncc lo
sing my hold upon the log I had been
riding," was the answer.
"That's a lie, and a big one, too.
That does for that ton spot;" and the
ace decended upon the table with a
force that was supposed to give great
er stress to both assertions the speaker
had made.
"Do you mean to call me a liar, Cy
Gordon?" demanded Brown, spring
ing to his feet and taking a stride over
to where the offender was silting, cool
ly drawing in the game his last trick
had taken, as if he had caid nothing
"I do, if _vou mean to tell that story
for the truth. I've drove on that
stream myself, and I know that the
man ain't r.live who could go over
Wildcat Falls, and come out alive,
much less not lose his hold upon the
log he was riding. Such a thing is
"It may be for you, that can't ride a
log any more than a sheep. I wonder
what vou are up here in the woods
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for!" exclaimed Brown tauntingly, ana
with anger blazing in his eye.
"One thing I came for was to hear
you lie," said Gordon, coollv, as he
plaved another card.
in a moment, Brown's fist was
! clenched, and lie aimed a blow at the
| skeptical player, that, had it reached
I its destination, would have felled its
recipient to the tloor. but one of those
bitting by watching the play knocked
up his arm', and the blew went wide of
its mark, while its sendu almost pitch
ed jiead foremost upon the table.
"Mow careless you are, Brown:"
said Gordon, without seeming to no
lice that the blow had been aimed at
his head. "Don't you see that you
have mixed these cards so that we
can't tell totiier from which? It's al
most as bad a mess as you made of
your Wildcat Falls story."
"Sit down, Brown, and you, Gordon,
hold your tongue. I'll have no quarl
ling or fighting here, for I want you o
have whole hands and heads to-mor
row, for, if it keeps on raining, there'll
be plenty for us to do," said Sam
Hartwell, the boss of the crew, a great
six foot giant, whose word among the
men was law, and i: any ?aw lit !o re
bel, his hsts were like a pair of sledge
hammers, and few mere were w ho
cared to come in contact with them,
much preferring to abide by the deci
sion of his words.
Brown muttered something about
not caring to be called a liar to his
head, and went back quietly to his
seat, where he sat without making
much conversation the rest of the eve
ning, while Gordon went on with the
fame without a word. 9
At the usual hour, the logmen went
to rest, with the tempest sounding in
their ears, mingled with the increasing
roar of the falls, half a mile below, as
the volume of water gathered strength,
and went surging downward, carrying
on its bosom a mingled mass of timber
and ice, piled together by ths embrace
of winter.
With the earliest dawn the camp
was astir. The rain had ceased, but
not until il had accomplished ali that
could be required of it. The river was
free from ice, and was running like a
mill-race, its surface covered with foam
and straggling pieces of ice, hurrying
or as if to overtake the main body far
in advance. Most of the great piles
of logs were gone, but there were some
that still hung to the bank at the land
ing, and as soon as they could sue, the
men were busily at work turning them
out into the stream.
About half a mile below the landing
there was a fall of considerable magni
tude, etretehing entirely across the ri- j
ver; the roar of which could be heard j
a mile above or below. Between thisj
and the landing, the rivet; was full of
sharp, jagged rocks; some of which
even now showed black hcado above
the water, < insing the Hood to ebb and \
!;c>il like a -eetbin^ cauldron. The de- j
scent was considerable lo the brow of
the falls; with steep banks on either j
side, through which the water poured 1
with great speed. Upon on^side near
flic brow of tiie t'all>, the bank sank
down almost to the edge of the water,
while just above, through a break in
the cliffs, a stream of considerable
magnitude emptied itself into the river.
Such briefly was the aspect of the
place with which we have to do.
About half way between the land
ing and the falls, one of those black,
jagged rocks showed itself above the
water in nearly the centre of the
stream, and against this a pile of logs,
perhaps a hundred in number, had
jammed, and as the river had already
commenced to fall, there was no pros
pect oftheir starting off of their own
accord. Consequently it was necessa
ry for some one to endeavor to reach
it and dislodge them This was no easy
task to do, for they had no boat at this
po'nt. The only way to reach it was
by means of logs, upon which some
one well skilled in riding them might
pass over in safety. But to return to
the bank would be the most dangerous
part of the undertaking, for theclifis
that formed them were so steep that
to ascend them from the water's edge
was next to impossible. This jam and
the prospect of dislodging it, kept run
ning in the minds of all, as the logs
were rolled in, with the exception of
half a dozen that had been retained to
form a raft for those who should under
take the dangerous enterprise.
The cook's horn sounded for dinner
at this point of the operations, and be
fore the meal was through, two men
had announced their willingness to
dislodge the jam. They were the foes
of the evening before, Drown and Gor
don. Something was said in a joking
manner to the former, that he was
used to going over falls, and that it
was his duty to <40 on the jam; and he
had declared his willingness to do so,
providing that Gordon would accom
pany him, upon another and single
iog. This the latter had at once agreed
to do, and as the boss knew them both
to be good river men, and smart s:gile
fellows, he made no objection to their
going, thinking, perhaps, that it might
be the means of healing the ill-will
that existed between them.
As soon as dinner was over the men
gathered upon the ban lis, to witness
the breaking of the jam. The boss, in
company with the volunteers, went
down to the edge of the falls and saw
that there was no difficulty in bringing
their logs to the bank at that place, so
they were quietly to allow themselves
to float down to this place before at
tempting to land.
This important matter decided upon
they returned to tne landing, and each
selecting a log to his mind, sprang upon
it, pike-pole in hand, and pushed out
into the stream.
"Do careful, boys!'' shouted the boss
after them. "Keep close to this shore
afrer you break the jam. The water
draws hard over the falls, and the
further out you are the more trouble
you'll have in getting ashore."
Once in the current, the frail logs
upon which the two men stood, sprang
from wave to wave like a thing of life
threatening each moment to throw
them into the boiiing flood beneath
them; but both had long been used to
this mode of locomotion, and they kept
their balance in a manner that was
perfectly wonderful to those who never
had ventured afloat on so frail a bark.
With the sweep of their pilcc-po'es
they guided the logs in the direction
the}- wished, and in a tew moments,
Brown, who was in tha advance sprang
upon the jam. lie wis followed in
a moment bv Gordon, and while their
logs, no longer wanted, Heated down
towards the falls, they fell to work
upon the pile beneath them with a
Thej' had hoped to have been able
to lind iiic key log th.it lit id the jam,
and so start the logs altogether, after a
few moments labor; but this they
soon found was impossible, so closely
were they wedged agsinst the rock,
and so great was the for.:e of the wa
ter hurled against it; and so they la
bored on for half an hour, dislodging
a few at a lime, until at last a trembling
beneath them gave notice that the jam
was abcut to move.
"Come o:i, Bill; they arc OiT,"' shout
ed Gordon, as he sprang or. one of t he
outer logs and with a sweep of his pike
freed it from the 'struggling mass, and
set olVon hi* swift downward course
"Come back," shunted Bill. "Here's
half dozen that mean to stay. I tho'i
von would have courage to keep by a
fellow until the work was done."
Bill knew that it was impossible for
him 'o return nor did lie need him.
lie thought it was a good chance to
pay him o ST for the words of tne even
! ing before and so lie iinpiovi-j it.
Stepping from the logs upon the rock
which afforded at the best but an un
certain foothold, he with a little labor
loosened them, and they commenced
floating down the stream. With a leap
he sprang on the hindmost, maintain
ing his balance as easily as a practised
rope-walker would have done, and al
lowed the log to float downward after
its companions. The water rushed
and boiled like a huge caldron on eith
er side and every now and then through
the flash of the foam the dark-headed
rocks would show themselves for a
moment, and the next be submerged
bv the rushing torrent. These he
would avoid by a sweep of the pole,
while every moment added to the velo
city by which he moved, until At last
as "the falls burst into right round a
cove, it seemed almost a wonder how
it was that he managed to keep his bal
ance, upon his uneasy footing.
Gordon had gone over the same
route but a moment before, and was
now standing in triumph on the edge
of the bank, to which he had brought
his log as easily as he would have
managed a canoe; and there among his
companions who had run down to wit
ness their landing, he stood watching
the coming of Brown, who was making
the perilous journey with as much
eclat as lie and done.
On he came, with now and then a
dip of his pole in the water, and al
readv he had begun to shape his course
in to where he s'.ood. when suddenly
a rush and a roar, that mingled with
the din of the falls sounded above them,
and a great mass of ice and water that
had been detained by a barrier in the
brook that here emptied into the river,
gave way and came pouring down a
force torrent, shooting far out into the
current. A cry of horror burst
from the lips of the spectators as they
saw that it. had caught the log upon
which their comrade was approaching
and in spite ofal' his efforts was carry
ing him out into the centre ot the river
wh'le at the same time he was nearing
the brow of the falls, at a speed that
showed that no earthly power could
uvc him from taking the fatal leap. ^
'?For Go'' sake, strike for your life,"
shouted the boss, as lie saw the terrible
danger; but the man needed not this to
incite him to do his utmost, but which
he knew would avail him nothing
Each moment brought him nearer to
the fearful spot and at last he ceassd
from his efforts, and turned a white,
ghastly face towards his mute com
panions. For a moment the log seem
ed to balance upon the very verge ot
the falls, while Brown seemed hung
suspended in the air, and the next mo
ment the fearful leap was tanen, and
both man and log were plunged into
the raging pool belo?v
"Follow me," shouted Hartweu, as
lie sprang down over the cliiTs; but this
order was not needed, for some of the
men had already reached the edge of
the gieat barrier into which the waters
thundered before him, and eagerly they
scanned the su-face of the foam covered
caldron, but with very faint hope in
deed that thej' would ever see aught of
their comrade again. But a moment
after, such a shout arose as the falls
never heard before, and even its voice
for a time was drowned; for out from
the mist that rose up like a vapor or a
curtain hiding the face of the cataract,
they saw the head and shoulders of
Rill Brown clinging to a log, which the
action of the water was rapidly moving
towards the edge of the pool, and three
:r.in;:tes '..iter, eager and willing hands
pulled him ashore, among whom was
Cy Gordon, who exclaimed .is he gasp
ed him my his hand:
"I take b.n:!; all I've said, Bill, and
vote myself a fool in the bargain; and
and if ever 1 hear you tell that you
have been over Niagara, I'll swear that
it's ?0."
A faint smile spread over Bill's face
but as yet he had not found his ton
gue. They carried him up to the cab
in and by the next day he was a-s well
as eve:; a;:d during the rest of the
drive no..o cared to dispute his stories
however improbable th??y might seem.
Fine natures are like fine poems ? a
glance at the first I.- v.' lines gives a
gliin;>a? of the beauty that awaits you
if you read on.
This world ar.d the next resemble the
East and the West; you cannot draw
near to one wi'i out turning your back
; to the other.
.'ieal glory springs from the silent
j conquest of ourselves.
| I tod hand girt? to *ome. whispets
ptlit.in to otln r-.

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