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SDemocratic 'oi1nal, dceotd to Local and &uvarl News, L~tevataw, Scitnc, mgricumetl, 6~.
Gas Field at Colfax is Proven
It Flows in Ample Quantity to Run Mills and Factories
and Indications for the Development of Oil in this
Immediate Vicinity are Very Promising.
The late development of a fine
flow of natural gas at the well that
is being bored by the Colfax Gas
Well Co., in the eastern limits of
this town, proves Colfax to be in
the gas field beyond any doubt.
This new well is about a half mile
from the celebrated gas well locat
ed on the Colfax court house
square, that has been flowing gas
and water for the past ten years,
and it shows that quite an exten
sive field of natural gas underlies
this immediate territory.
Mr. G. W. Fouke, owner of the
Colfax press brick factory, which
has been furnishing the steam
power to bore the new well, which
is situated near his brick plant,
says that the gas flow lately de
veloped is ample for the purpose
of running all kinds of -mills and
factories, and that it should be a
great inducement for enterprises
to locate at this point. He says
the clay of which he is making
brick is, the very finest quality of
which tiling and jug ware can be
made, and that there is a vast
quantity of the clay in this vicini
ty. Mr. Fouke, beside owning the
press brick factory at Colfax, is
the president of a bank at Texark.
ana. He has large interests in ve
rious localities, and his opinion is
entitled to great weight
The stockholders of the Colfax
Gas Well Co. held a meeting this
week and instructed their con
struction committee to communi
cate with Mr. Oscar Shanks rela
tive to the cost of increasing the
diameter of their present piping
and digging the well deeper. The
present depth of the well is 1450
feet, and it is the intention of
the company to increase the sie
of the well and bore deeper.
It is almost incredible that in
all the excitement about oil no
well has ever been sunk in this
locality to a greater depth than
the 1450 feet of the well above
designated. The well on the court
house square is only 1098 feet deep.
It was dug in the spring of 1899,
for the purpose of securing for the
town of (olfax a supply of drink
ing water, but was abandoned be
cause the water was salty. This
was during the big excitement
about oil at Beaumont, Shreve.
port, and other places. If the oil
fever had been on here at the time
our first well was bored the peo
ple of this locality would probably
have sunk a dozen wells. We re
produce from the Colfax Chronicle
of May 20, 1899, an account of the
first finding of gas at this point,
as follows:
While boring the artesian well
in Colfax on last Thursday, Mr.
L. B. BHart, the contractor, discov
ered a free discharge of gas com.
ing from the pipe, which had been
sink to a depth of 660 feet. Upon
applying a match to the gas, it
leaped up in a dflame eight or ten
feet high, and for an hour or more
consternation prevailed. All hands
set to work to put out the flame,
but it was only extinguished after
a couaple of tons of wet earth had
been piled over and around the
pipe and. it was emothered out
Evren after a great mass of earth
and mud was piled over the jet,
the gas continued to burst out in
blue flames on all sides, jolting
and shaking the bhue pile of earth
like it was a big jelly, and for a
a while it looked like Old Nick
was so angry at the invasion of his
quarters that he was determined
to burn up the town. iowever, it
was finally extinguished, and the
timid ones gradeailly 'reeovered
from their alarm. The pipe that
invaded the gas reservoir was only
1t inches in diameter, yet the flow
of natural gas was amply sufficient
to furnish blast for a twenty-horse
f engine. With a larger pipe the
I flow can be greatly increased. The
drill has been soak about fifty feet
below the reservoir of gas, and the
entire depth of the well last even
ing was 710 feet. Mr. Hart ex
pects to secure an artesian flow of
water within the next fifty feet.
The well on the court house
- square was begun in January 1899,
a and was finished in J uue that year.
And the wasteful flow of gas from
that well has gone on from that
I time until now. There has always
3 been a strong probability of this
I well being a bonanza to the town
as a health resort, but so far no
- one has been found to exploit its
I merits. Capt. C. H. Teal and
I other citizens of Colfax had the
a water of this well analysed by
a Prof. Mets, official chemist of na
a tional fame, and his analysis shows
r it to be valuable for number of
f purposes. The Proffessor took no
3 account of the gas which flows so
L abundantly, and only a bare men
- tion is made of the oil which is
a quite apparent on the water when
a fresh, but being volatile it escapes
- after standing a few minutes. He
- says, however, that the water when
a heated to 100 degrees Farenheit
is "petroleum like in odor." He
c made a quantitative and a qualits
a tive analysis of the water, both
- of which we give, as follows:
CuasucAs. LAmeYoa, or A. L. Marns M. .n.
New Oriea.sa La., Jea. U. Im1.
Aanalyss No. MU
Crtllrate of amaryd of a rmple of water
marked 'ram. Coan.. xganttl pm. La.."
r mied fro- Capt C. H. r.l. .r olu. La. by
I the ParMe Ipre.m Co.
COSUIMM . I. V. N. alo.e.
[od1 u 0510134. .............. lM. or 2% os. adv.
Sodtum Bromdeo ..... eavy tframe
f Potsm m Chloride ..............
Cale.um aW .osa.............
Cal Calum Si...............14.1$
Magselmm telrboat ...... .
Masmebum aromlde.beavy traces
Mas um Chlorde............. 12
IPerri (Iron) O dzMe .................7
Alu i a ..................................
S5N ..................................... 1
3mkar:-This ea seue water.
S a.pecttUr sebmtatted.
A. L. MIS. D. DC, Chemlt
n Aaalyt No. UNº
Cer5eatel ! Bsltary Ama*s. gpemed La
Color Is4oo tub ........ ...At turbid.
1. Odor wheLa hated to leM" P....petoleum itke.
T a[' ..................................................
Nitrogem as rm Ammo·nia/.....................1.
Nitroges as AlbmeaeM d Ammola..... 11
SNitroge as Nlttes..............................o
Nitoge as NItrates .......... ...........tre.
Vol . OraL e ttt ............... ..
Mineral Mattr .................................... .M.
Toa sois.......... ..............n2. 11
5 liceoecopiel: No. of Amaluamle per cable
et. l a ..... ......................... _ ............. I11
t No. of Baetera per eble c~n.r.............. 4
Ituecpully submited,
A. L. MTI, M. D. Chemi t.
11 The water is as clear as crystal,
and yet carries the enormous total
of nearly three ounces of solid mat
ter to the gallon.
When Prof. Mets's analysis was
submitted to Hon. H. C. Riser, act
e ing Director of the U. & Geologi
e cal survey, he said the most inter
esting feature to him is the pres
ence of Potassium Chloride, a de
posit of rare commercial value.
he only deposit of Potassium
I salts of commerc.ial importance,
known in the world, is monopolis
- ed in Germany, and it has long
been the wish of the department
a that a deposit of this rare and val
o uable salt could be found in this
t ouontry.
SThis matter should be taken up
a with the U. & department again,
* and the attention of our Senators
" and Congressman shouldbbe called
r to the outlook. Iu any event, Cdl
fax now has two wells located a
Shalf mile spart, each afording a
Sfine flow of gas, and this is a prov
en gas field beyond any contro
versy. The fioding of oil we re
gard as simply a matterof boring
Stwo or three hundred feet deeper
b in the neighborhood of either of
Sthe two present wells.
s II year livt ip eguish sad eut ol
Stone, mad yope e. dull, tlilone, oolI.
It patled, take doe of' Chamberlis's
ei Stomsh ard Liver Tablet. toolght be.
d fore rtring and yee will feel all right
t in the norasing. oid by all deales.
Gov. Sanders Calls Legislatare to Cae
sider Expositieo Tax sad Five
Other Matters.
Baton Rouge, Aug. 8.-Governor
Sanders Issued his proclamation
to-night calling a special session
of the General Assembly, begin
ning at 12 m., on Monday, Aug.
15th, and ending on Wednesday, I
Aug. 24th. The proclamation is
as follows: I
"By virtue of the authority in
me vested by the Constitution and i
laws of the State of Louisiana, I, 4
Jared Young Sanders, governor of i
the State of Louisiana, do hereby
issue this my proclamation conven
ing the General Assembly of the I
State of Louisiana in an extraordi
nary session at the State capitol,
in the city of Baton Rouge, for al
period not exceeding ten (10)
days, beginning at 12 m., on Mon- I
day, the 15th of August, 1910, and I
ending on Wednesday, August 24,
1910, and I do hereby designate as I
the objects to be considered in the I
said extraordinary session the fol- I
lowing, to-wit: 4
"First-For the enactment of I
such law or laws, and for the pass- I
age of such joint resolution or res- I
olutions, submitting amendment
or amendments to the Constitution 4
of the State; levying a tax or taxes 4
for the purposes of constructing, 4
maintaining and operating in the I
city of New Orleans an exposition 4
commemorating the opening of the l
Panama Canal, authorizing the I
World's Panama Exposition Com-I
pany, a corporation organized un- I
der the laws of Louisiana, and
domiciled in the city of New Or- I
leans, to issue bonds and to pledge I
any and all taxes to be collected I
under any law proposed amend-I
ment of the Constitution in-aid of I
said project and other legislation I
in aid, furtherance and assistance I
of the said proposed Panama Ex- 1
"Second-For the purpose of
proposing an amendment of article
270 of the Constitution of Louisi-.
ana, so as to authorize municipal,
ward and parochial authorities to
vote special taxes in aid of indus
trial or manufacturing plants or
enterprises, and such enabling laws
as may be necersary to carry out
the purposes of such article as
amended if such amendment to
the Constitution is adopted.
"Third-To authorize and direct
the attorney general of the State
to take part in and assist in all
cases involving the title of pablie
lands in the State, whether the ti
ties to such public land is in the
State, or in some political sub-di
vision thereof, whenever so direct
ed by the governor.
"Fourth-To amend and re-en
act act 171 of 1910 by inserting
therein an enacting clause.
"Fifth-To make an appropria
tion to meet the expenses of the
extraordinary session of the Gen
eral Assembly held under this
"Sixth-To enable the Senate to
advise as to all appointments of
officers made by the governor since
the Senate was last in session, and
to take action on such appoint
"In testimony whereof, I have
hereunto affixed my signature and
caused the great seal of the State
of Louisiana to be fixed at the
State Capitol in the city of Batmn
Bouge, on this the eighth day of
August, A. D. 1910.
By the governor:
EUovlr J. McGlVNEY,
Aaset Secretary of State.
The ladies are invited to call at
Tummiuello's new store on Railroed
Avenue and insbect his fne line of
obumshold artlele.
The Building of Model Roads
Practical Suggestions as to Best Methods to Employ in
Getting Rid of Stamps and Clearing Them from
the Public Highways or the Farm.
Model roads for the planter to
haul the products of the farm to ti
town or the railroad station are a
now being built in every State. a
The movement has a good start s
I in Louisiana, and whenever a mod- a
el road is made in one section it
r increases the values of the land o
on each side and for some distance d
beyond. This fact becomes known a
to owners of land on unimproved a
. roads and they petition the police a
,jury to improve their road at once, b
L losing sight of the comparative s
cost of the road, and are anxious
. to pay the tax so as togetthe c
I benefit. tl
Over in Ouachita parish they a
are making as fine roads as in any h
Spart of the country. Well drained
and ballasted with heavy bed gray- d
el that makes a perfect fooundation tl
and smooth surface. A heavily a
loaded team can trot without any c
trouble. I
SGood roads are needed by our a
own people, and it is a foregone a
i conclusion that the districts that a
obtain model roads first will attract a
, to that particular locality the tide
1of immigration now fowing to the t
S Southland. They will people the a
i hills and deserted valleys adding a
- untold wealth and prosperity to t
- State of Louisiana. a
I Good roads should be laid out I
by engineers who understand the i
g many problems that confront the a
Sroad maker. Old roads naturally a
- follow the water courses and are u
f subject to overflow. Such roads
3should be straightened and plaed 1
e higher up so as to maintain sa
- average level that will avoid heavy "
grades. Often new paths through
f the timber are out out to shorten I
B the distance, and the stumps \must
be removed before the ftio a
, of a model road cam be hi \
There are several ways of re- I
moving stamps. One that: uvry
r farmer knows who has handled ai
S grubbing axe, . is expesive and
back breakinug Aaother is a
s stump paller, but these are .vleess
, on big stumps, and the tst and
best way is to blow them out with
t Hercules Dynamite.
e Blowing oat a stump with a lit.
i tie dynamite is such an eas thing
e to do, and the expense involved so a
insignificant when compared to the I
, great benefit to the property, that ]
s land owner having oece tried it
. is never satisfied until all of the i
stumps are removed.
This not only applies to stamps
g in the road, but in the 1 dh.
They occupy a large portion of
the field and prevent the me of,
Sor are dangeroes and destructive
, to high-class farm machinery.
, There is no true farmer owning
stomp land who does not my to
o himself, "some day I am going to
- clear out those old sea S," or
e "when I have time ]r goeg to As
, up that old ield." Perhaps he
W thinks, if he osly hea soa g oe
"who knew how," he woeol get
some dynamite sad "blow ps. ew
Sof the worst of thao stmps."l
SBut be doss not nsed a espart;l
all be alneedse i ommm i nae o d
a little book of instrsioms, whih
Sis furnished free b, the DuPeout
Powder Company, fa 8breveperk
It is the easiest thi g in the world
to bore a hole with at two-kehj
auger with a long fn our lat
under the stamp, pot a fule  baL
blasting esp in as·t H rculs
t Dynamite, place ite thie le, sad
I filling it up with d , using aweed
Ilea stick to tmb dirt, thiL
light the funse amtmue way
The fuse shbould never be less f
,than four feet long. This gives p
I boet two minuates' time to get to A
a safe place, so that the pieces of as
stamp that go high in the air will c
not fall on you. li
When you bay dynamite, get la
Ionly the best. Remember that
dynamite is concewtrated energy, al
Sand when you buy a box of dyn
mite youe a getting a hundred or w
Sso little ginbts who are going to t
be pushed *uder your stamps to
,shatter thems at one blow.
You cannot see strength, you gi
ºcan only peeamve its eleets, and
therefore when you buy, your only ki
adte way is get something others
have tried and found good. . •
I There e nearly a thousand
I different kinds of ezplosivs, but s+
Sthose that have survived sand are p
adapted to stump blowing cam be di
coutnted omooe's fingers, all others v,
have tooled the people for a while r
r a. the, disappeard ftar the 8
markets, though in the first place ai
ac was sold am beingst as good
Sas the DuPont brand. ki
The DuPoEt Powder Company,
the oldest and largest manaimtarr 4
ers of explosives in America, de-.
Ssire to sell their goods. That's 
Sbusiness. They are willing to
send a man from Shreveport "who a
Sknows hour" to show a road super-.
santeldent or a plaster who has b
e stamps to remove, just what to do 4
ad what not to do. One shekd
e aever osesight of the fact that t
. dynamite ip as explosived sad t a
I be handle with reasosble am
a It osb only about one-half e
Smubh to get rid of stamps with b
dynamite as it osi to et rid of b
a thim any other way. This meas
t that t is aaving to the parisi
a ald to thelmd owner, who, afte
ald, isthe one who pays foria.
Sprovemeats and is also the pasm.
yr Ebois most bemettal by the ar
a moval of the stumps.
I Yours truly, a
a  asumr TAmno,
s a ' . hreveport, la. i
!drll ee "iBew Sto lilL, s ,
The Godd Westsr Pacide wil
Siassgerat through peuseager ser, a
Srise from Salt Lske,City, And, I
o ooaehetioei' with tl " Dvuir iNd
s Bi Grandes, fle Deiver apd :
i Publo, to 8an Fraaeled os a- I
it it 8.t This anoemseaet was
s received in a 8telear seat by L. I
L:I aa' peassar tr.ecmanoag.
Sernof the hew lnle to LS.iae,
I. palssagr trada maaeri of the1
a Mrissori Pacile-Iroa Mosate i.
E, The schedule adopted for the l
e present provides for train No. 4,
eastbosad, to havefals Francise
g at 6pp im., arriving at Salt Lake c
o Cityf at 8 o'clock on the saecond I
o merasiog following.
r Trn. 8, west bound, ,will
-Ileve ae City at ip aJi.,
a arrivimgat anlr Paaess at neo
5 of the aoad day blelag
st quipeseat will include steaad
i sad Petllasa ad torau uI
"ears betwees saa ireai as i
I; Iabe City ad Deevure .aaerudg
d with the Eeouri Nsiude trhes a
h Pslos sad diaing ass baadma'
it coaohes are ltoouded in. tCi raeg
i hr tral eqalpemeat.
hI Two teatures of tbh #sterw
& Paci swill e its iebrary -el
I and lsa that very peesmeaer
a eari owasw e aetisp athmoagh
aA-~ b em sth s aA
n-.ve. m, n ietd Pmmse S.rmd
eoGame Lawi 9r the bui t
Ex.-Gov. N. C. Blanchard has
prepared a synopsis of the game
laws recently enacted, for the bene
8) of himself and other hunting
friends, aid the synopsis bas been
printed in the Shreveport Times.
As the -Governor is a hobusier,
as well as a practicg attorney
capable of interpreting the game
laws, we publish the synopsis be
low as prepared by him:
No doe or faew may be killed
at any time.
There are only three months in
w:ch to kill bucks, to-wit: Octo
ber, Novenmber and December.
The pollee jury has no power to
8S the time when deer or other
game may be killed,
Dves and wood decks may be
killed during the moeths of Octo
ber, November, DecemberJJanu.
ary and February.
Wild gees, brunt and deeks,
ssoh as mallard, green winged teal,
pin-tail decks, eto., may be killed
during the mouths of October, No.
vember, December, January, Feb.
rary a d tp to the 15th o Mareb.
Shooting may begil Oatober 1st
elma sad arsh 16th.
vr.s ad poole d'esa may be
killed daring the sum time.
Wild tuekey ccks may bt llk d
during the moeths of Novembr,
Dedombet, Jammury, February,
March and up to the 16th of ApriL
uail,' red-wiged blackbirds
and reWib may be killed from
November 16 to Mar 1i.
Bluwinged tesd and saipe mny
be killed lrom Septomber 16 to
Wood cask y be killed daring
the montta of Jauary and Febre.
srul, only.
ld bees bemare prebibLitd
frm bei ktied all eon ti. ADe
aember 4 tAfter that deo
thay may be b"ldaring N.,..
I' bmklled from Oeto
hber I to M ar I -
,11.  " ' ".
e kil e duenTis leadie o
96 t r r a pOO.
limited oan pada iy orme pn .
p oa es d'.m. s 1i II.
The at ie
-ldu h l is ait lei per
mitted hill ehskeb dgi.
W i em~a o h, ri e t
4 I h "tiewlel aa r hi sr btl "
i., of , t L d t fae beedt h
-It is bawal to ks a oeadt a
;not seeuto, to be mreu the -aB
o Mereb sa b do I t O ber.
mad, or lead that o
rests, without a hingees.
D Amy h'eter sebing mere
ve mie toi r ds is as, cue
SLull mmosided , ma msbete h .
law er .Bst e aa.o,
abeh Le sad impetmemeat at tiu
jdi siti e f l.lo uir 1 er ach
he irldSe k bel s (s the
buslw gass and be dhned ti.r
w rIgbt at bomhay ane durag th
peorT b Lir violaton of the
k gumelaw an hi deart ia Se ao sat
tem then s ar mrer ther 800,
t vst nh.ate lmuisssed Ver
p.t w*eSthe4a do esr more than
isn m ISmeto or bthISee aud it.
It pi msumlen st (diintetio of the
-e Sot each denes

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