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VOL. 11. No. 31. 


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Oil men who professed to see a cessation of the 
Fastern market advances were agreeably disap- 
pointed this week when not only the Eastern but the 
Central West and the Caddo, La., markets advanced 
as well. Pennsylvania oil brings the very gratify- 
ing price of $2.05, the advance taking place on Janu- 
ary 6, at which time Mercer black, Newcastle, Corn- 
ing, Cabell and Somerset advanced 5 cents also, 
while Ragland took a 3-cent advance. On January 7, 
Wooster oil advanced 5 cents and Caddo light oil 
—38° and above—advanced 2 cents, making the 
quotation 93 cents; 35° to 37.9° went to 88 cents; 
82° to 34.9° advanced to 78 cents, and heavy crude 
below 32° advanced 10 cents, the quotation on that 
grade now being 70 cents. . 

North and South Lima, Indiana, Princeton and 
Illinois grades were the first to set the style for 
the new year, these fields getting their advance of 
2 cents on January 3. 

Oklahoma should respond to the fervent appeal 
of its producers and mark the price up within the 
next few days. 


Winter, with its zero grasp and a heavy snowfall 
combined, has effectually put a stop to operations 
in the Mid-Continent field and at this time work of 
every character has been abandoned. Coming as 
it did—without any warning—the cold weather 
found the average producer unprepared, and until 
the weather moderates or the lines are thawed out 
the work in this district will remain at a standstill. 
Cold weather is inevitable, but coming at this time, 
when every rig in the field is at work and prepara- 
tions for moving into new territory are under way, 

the field will get a set-back from which it will take’ 

months to recover. 


The attempt to infer a Rothschild affiliation with 
the bhareag igre Oil Company by the introduction 
of Mr. ©. D. Martin, president of the Roxana Pe- 
troleum Company of Oklahoma, at the Cushing pro- 
ducers’ meeting last week, failed utterly, none of 
the producers believing for a minute that if there 
was an affiliation that such an inauspicious occa- 
Sion would be taken to make the matter public. 
There have been many rumors of an invasion of the 
Mid-Continent field by a foreign company, these 
Tumors going so far as to have one of the big pro- 
ducing, transporting and marketing companies 
bought and paid for. Of late the rumors have con- 
nected the foreign company with the Waters-Pierce 
Oil Company, but that such a combination would be 

advantageous to either is extremely doubtful, as the 
latter company is a distributing company alone, 
lacking both the producing, transporting and mar- 
keting facilities to make it a formidable competitor 
of the already established companies. 


Although there is sharp competition between the 
various marketing companies of this country, the 
prices of all petroleum products are advancing at 
a very rapid rate because production is not nearly 
keeping pace with the demand. When automobiles 
were first introduced there was a let-up in demand 
during cold weather, when they were not in com- 
mission, but now there are so many trucks in opera- 
tion which run all winter, and 60 many individuals 
run their cars all through the year, that the de- 
crease in demand when cold weather sets in is 
hardly noticeable and has no effect whatever on 
prices. ' 

In many other commodities the rising price has 
a tendency to restrict consumption, but it is not the 
case with petroleum products where so many of 
them are used in effecting economies over other 
means previously used. No more economical agency 
has been discovered, and even with advancing 
prices consumption is not likely to be checked. 


In addition to its regular gasoline trade The 
Texas Company has two other branches which are 
demanding considerable attention. The first is the 
contract which it has for supplying the navy with 
over 25,000,000 gallons of fuel oil, an increase of 
approximately 10,000,000 gallons over last year. 
This is the fourth year that the company has had 
the contract and there has been a steady increase 
in the demand each year, with the prospect of an 
unlimited expansion in the future. 

At present the United States Government burns 
oil in its torpedo boats only, but the Wyoming and 
Arkansas, now under construction, will be fully 
equipped with tanks and furnaces capable of car- 
rying approximately 500,000 gallons, sufficient to 
provide fuel from New York to San Francisco. 

The trend of the times is toward fuel oil as a pro- 
ducer of heat and power, nearly all of England’s 
dreadnoughts being equipped with oil tanks and fur- 
naces. Japan was a consumer of about 80,000,000 
gallons of oil for its navy last year. The field for 
this consumption is not limited. 

The other field which The Texas Company is de- 
veloping is the export trade, particularly of lubri- 
cating oils, of which 200 different kinds are manu- 
factured, adequate for the demands of every class 
of consumer. In spite of the enormous trade of 
other companies, which go into every country of 
the world, officials of The Texas Company state that 
there is a large field for their products abroad. 


Reporting upon the commerce of Arabia, and re- 
ferring especially to the port of Aden, Consul 
Walter H. Schulz states: 

“The kerosene trade continues in the hands of 
the Americans and will probably remain so for 
many years to come, despite the apparent increase 
in imports from Sumatra during 1911. The Asiatic 
Petroleum Company entered the field about three 
years ago, and by means of an inferior quality of oil 
was able to reach a class of trade whose first con- 
sideration was cheapness in price. Two kinds of 
oil were put into the market, both of 125 degrees, 
but varying in price. “Crown” brand sold for $1.01 
per case of 8 gallons, while “Cross” brand sold at 
86 cents. 

“American oil in competition with the Sumatra 
product is of two kinds. The 125° proof oil was 
sold at $1.11 per case of 8 gallons, while 150° proof 
oil was sold at $2.10. Thus, the cheapest Sumatra 
oil was approximately 25 cents per case cheaper 
than the lowest grade of American oil—a sufficient 
margin to give the Sumatra oil a promising market. 
That this oil is inferior to the American product is 
generally admitted. 

“The imports of kerosene from the United States 
during the fiscal year ended March 31, 1911, were 
valued at $111,594, and from Sumatra and Borneo, 


“The Compania Mexicana de Petroleo El Aguila, 
S. A., has perfected plans for a large crude oil re- 
finery in three or four units, to be constructed three 
miles from this city on the Mexican National branch 
running to La Barra,” says Vice Consul Thomas H. 
Bevan, writing to the Bureau of Foreign and Do- 
mestic Commerce from Tampico. “The first unit, 
a topping plant, the only part to be constructed in 
the coming year, will have a daily capacity of about 
12,000 barrels of crude oil. The refinery plans pri- 
marily to prepare a fuel oil meeting all Lloyd’s 
requirements for marine use and also the require- 
ments of the British Admiralty. This fuel oil will 
have a fiash point over 150° F., and a viscosity 
under 1,000. 

“The equipment will be purchased partly in Eu- 
rope and partly in the United States. Construction 
is to start in January and operations to start the 
latter part of the year, wtih a much larger capacity 
than the Waters-Pierce refinery, in operaion here 
for a number of years.” 


Consul Charles Adams Holder, writing to the Bu- 
reau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce on the 
trade of Rouen, says: 

“The imports of crude petroleum into Rouen de- 
creased 22,587 tons in 1911, while refined increased 
29,273 tons, essences 14,790 tons, and heavy oils 
1,544 tons. This trade was normal in 1911, as 1910 
was below the average. Each year a larger pro- 
portion of refined oil is imported at the expense of 
the crude as the cost of refining, after paying the 
refining tax, is greater in France than in the United 
States. The Bedford Oil Company, the local branch 
of an American company, ceased refining in the 
latter part of 1911.” 


Secretary of the Interior Fisher, on January 4, 
removed the Osage National Council from office for 
cause, and has ordered an election held the latter 
part of this month to elect a new council as well 
as a Principal Chief and Assistant Chief. The 
trouble grew out of a determination of the deposed 
council to lease the residue of the Osage Nation to 
four blanket lessees notwithstanding the President 
of the United States as well as the Interior De- 
partment have refused to ratify the proposed leases. 

Several months ago the Department promulgated 
rules and regulations governing the leasing of the 
Osage lands and advertised for bids, to be opened 
on November 11, last. At that time oil men bid on 
the land, offering $142,438.65 bonus on approxi- 
mately 40,000 acres, the Osage Council rejecting the 
bids the following day. Petitions were then cir- 
culated among the tribe to have the council rescind 
its action, which were signed by a large majority 
of the voters of the tribe, and it was the failure of 
the council to act promptly on the petitions that 
caused the Deparment to take summary action 
against the members of the council. 

In all, seven members of the council were re- 
moved, although eight members constitute that body, 
but one of the member’s (Tom West) election was 
refused ratification by the Interior Department at 
the same time that the Department refused to ratify 
the election of the Principal Chief, Bacon Rind, and 
Assistant Chief Henry Red Eagle last June, Bacon 
Rind and West being rejected on account of bribe- 
taking in a former leasing transaction, while Red 
Eagle was rejected on account of getting intoxi- 
cated at Washington last spring when the council 
was in that city. Since that time seven members 
of the council have conducted the business of the 
tribe, all seven of these being removed. 

Several weeks ago Fred Cook, a special agent of 
the Government, was sent to Pawhuska to ascertain 
why the council was so determined in executing 
leases that were not for the best interests of the 
tribe. Representing himself to be a representative 
of a big foreign company, Mr. Cook soon got into 
the confidence of one of the attorneys of the Uncle 
Sam Oil Company, one of the prime movers in the 
blanket lease agitation, and, through this attorney, 
was enabled to secure valuable evidence which is 
said not only to be conclusive that the council is not 
acting in the best interest of the tribe, but which 

at $53,264.” 

also is sufficiently strong to warrant criminal pro- 



ceedings against some of the proposed blanket 
lessees as well as members of the council. 


Recent advertisements of a South African oil 
company, prominently displayed in London and 
other papers throughout the British Isles, contain a 
flattering recommendation of the holdings of this 
company by an engineer, W. W. Van Ness, who is 
stated to be “late of the United States Geological 
Survey.” Mr. Van Ness is unknown to the geolo- 
gists of the United States Geological Survey and, 
so far as can be determined from the records, has 
never held any scientific or other appointment with 
that organization. The statement that he has been 
a member of this scientific bureau of the United 
States Government is obviously intended to delude 
persons into purchasing stock on the strength of 


the recommendation conveyed by this connection, 
and without doubt it may have been successful in 
misleading some. Such a statement amounts to no 
more nor less than fraud, whether authorized by 
Mr. Van Ness or not. 

Another case that has just come to the attention 
of the Washington office of the Geological Survey 
is a statement regarding a mining man in one of 
the Central States who is quoted as having been a 
field man of the Survey and as having resigned his 
position to take leases on some of the mineral de- 
posits discovered by him in the course of his work 
for the Government. The facts are that he was em- 

ployed by one of the Survey geologists for 14 days 
as a guide and had no part in the examination of 
the mineral deposits mentioned other than to ren- 
der assistance as one who was especially familiar 
with the localities that the geologist wished to visit. 

A Lay Treatise on the Technique of the Diesel Oil Engine—the Contri- 
vance That is Affecting Not Only the Oil Industry, but the 
Entire Industrial and Shipping World. 


The growing use of liquid fuels as a means of 
propulsion has brought the oil engine to the front 
in the past few years, and especially is this true 
of the improved Diesel type. The high heating 
value of oil as fuel and its small bulk compared 
with other solid fuels has gone a long way toward 
making the oil engine popular. Its efficiency in 
Diesel engines has already been demonstrated be- 
yond a question and today many of our largest 
ocean-going vessels are equipped with engines of 
this class. One of the greatest advantages of oil 
over other fuels is the small space required for its 
storage. An experiment is to be tried on the White 
Star steamer Olympic of storing oil between the 
inner and outer shells of the hull, and using the 
oil in a Diesel engine. If the trial gives satisfac- 
tory results it would not be surprising to see a 
number of boats fitted out in the same way. 

Gasoline Engines First. 

In a paper prepared by H. R. Setz of the Fulton 
Iron Works, St. Louis, Mo., for the American So- 
ciety of Mechanical Engineers, the author has gone 
fully into the detail of Diesel engine construction, 
and some of the generalities leading up to the in- 
vention of the Diesel engines are of more than 
usual interest. 
the first successful solutions of the problem of 
using liquid fuels in internal-combustion engines 
were naturally attained with gasoline. This fuel 
vaporizes at comparatively low temperatures and 
readily forms an explosive mixture under ordinary 
atmospheric conditions. Only some form of a car- 
buretor was therefore required, aside from the usual 
elements of the gas engine. 

A far more serious problem presented itself when 
the utilization of the heavier hydrocarbons, such 
as kerosene, fuel oil and crude oil itself, was at- 
tempted. Many experiments showed that in order 
to get an explosive mixture these heavy oils must 
first be converted at a comparatively high tempera- 
ture into vapor before or during their mixture with 
air. For this purpose most oil engines have a hot 
chamber or vaporizer where the oil, after having 
been introduced as a liquid or in the form of a 
spray, is converted into vapor and then taken up by 
and mixed with a current of air. 

The Methods of Vaporizing. 

There are many different methods used for secur- 
ing a perfect mixture by means of a vaporizer. In 
one instance the oil is injected into an incandescent 
hood or chamber, which, for starting, is heated up 
externally by means of a lamp and afterwards kept 
red-hot by the combustion of the mixture in it. 
During the compression stroke air from the cylin- 
der rushes through the contracted opening into this 
chamber and mixes with the vapors therein until 
at the end of the stroke, the right proportion of 
combustible to air is reached. This mixture is then 
ignited by direct contact with the hot walls of the 
vaporizing chamber, augmented slightly by the heat 
due to compression. 

In an arrangement used by gasoline engine manu- 
facturers to adapt their engines to the utilization 
of heavier products.than gasoline, the vapor cham- 
ber is provided with a jacket space through which 
the exhaust gases pass, thus heating the vaporizer 
externally. A cloud of fuel vapor is produced by 

He says among other things that} 

dropping the liquid fuel on the heated surface of 
the baffle plates inside the vaporizer. On the suc- 
tion stroke of the piston free air enters this vapor- 
izer, and, in passing over the baffile plates, becomes 
heated and at the same time absorbs the oil vapors; 
the mixture thus formed and pre-heated then enters 
the cylinder and at the end of the compression 
stroke is ignited by an electric igniter. 

Oil Broken by Compressed Air. 

In another instance the oil is mixed up with and 
broken by a stream of compressed air of from 8 to 
25 pounds pressure above atmosphere, so that it 
enters the vaporizer chamber in the form of finely 
divided spray, aud is immediately vaporized, due 
to the heat applied externally to the exhaust gases. 
The bulk of air, being aspirated during the suction 
stroke, then mixes with the fuel vapor and becomes 
pre-heated, thus forming the explosive charge. 

These types of oil engines, according to Mr. Setz, 
are quite simple and therefore cheap in first cost. 
The method of vaporization, however, is rather 
crude, and gives rise to objections well borne out 
by practical experience. The chief drawback to all 
these vaporizers is the practical impossibility of 
vaporizing the fuel completely at all loads and un- 
der all conditions. 

The Improved Diesel Type. 

The Diesel type engine, .which is considered a 
|great improvement over these oil engines, has the 
|following characteristics of operation: During the 
compression stroke the cylinder contains air only, 
which is being compressed to about 500 pounds, the 
resulting temperature reaching a point sufficiently 
high to ignite any liquid fluid injected into it. At 
the end of the compression stroke, fuel is gradually 
injected by means of an air blast at a pressure 
about 250 to 500 pounds above the compression 
pressure in the cylinder. This high-pressure air 
blast completely atomizes the fuel during the in- 
jection period, and carries its small particles di- 
rectly into the highly compressed and heated air 
in the cylinder, where they are immediately vapor- 
ized and ignited. By this method combustion is 
effected without explosion, as the continued admis- 
sion of the fuel to about 10% of the expansion 
stroke causes the development of heat to take 
place at approximately constant pressure. Since 
the oil particles are burned immediately after their 
mixture with air, there is no possibility of deposits 
forming on the cylinder walls and combustion is so 
complete that the exhaust products are entirely 
smokeless and without odor. Numerous tests made 
on Diesel engines of different sizes show an aver- 
age fuel consumption of less than one-half pound of 
oil per horsepower hour, corresponding to a thermal 
eficiency of about 30%. As a comparison, the fuel 
consumption of the ordinary type oil engines, ac- 
cording to Mr. Setz, averages about 1 pound of oil 
per British horsepower hour, corresponding to a 
thermal efficiency of not over 15%. 

To the particular feature of compressing air 
alone to such a pressure and temperature that it 
will immediately vaporize and ignite the fuel in- 
jected into it, the constant-pressure engine as em- 
bodied in the Diesel motor undoubtedly owes its 
success. It lends itself admirably to the utilization 
, of liquid fuels, as it does away at once with carbu- 

retors or vaporizers, and igniters; moreover, it al- 
lows the burning of any liquid fuel without special 

A Variety of Modifications. 

A great variety of modifications is possible in oil 
engines, such as the cycle of operation (2-stroke or 
4-stroke), vertical or horizontal, regulation, valve, 
gear, etc. In the old oil engine, whether they work 
on the 4-stroke or 2-stroke cycle they all have in 
common the fact that the fuel and air mixture, 
after having been compressed, is instantaneously 
ignited, i. e., at constant volume, and according to 
this mode of heat application they belong in the 
class of constant-volume engines. The efficiency of 
these engines is greater with increasing degrees of 
compression, but the compression is limited on ac- 
count of the danger of premature ignitions due to 
the compression temperature. In the Diesel engine 
the possibility of backfires is eliminated and an- 
other point in its favor is the fact that with decreas- 

-|ing loads the efficiency of the constant-pressure en- 

gine decreases very little, while that of the con- 
stant-volume engine drops very rapidly with lighter 

Various Types of Engines. 

A number of new types of constant-pressure en- 
gines have been brought out within the last few 
years, all differing more or less from one another 
in their mode of fuel injection. 

The new era of oil-engine construction started 
with the Diesel engine and the mode of injection is 
something as follows: A measured quantity of 
fuel, according to the load of the engine, is depos- 
ited in a space in the injection valve cage by the 
oil pump, the injection valve being closed at that 
moment. The space in which the oil is contained is 
continuously in communication with the air-storage 
tank, into which a 2-stage air compressor delivers 
the air required for fuel injection at a pressure of 
from 750 to 1,000 pounds. (One or two additional 
tanks are automatically kept charged by the com- 
pressor with air of about the same pressure for 
starting the engine.) 

The injection valve controls simultaneously the 
admission of fuel and injection of air into the 
cylinder. i 

At all loads the points of opening and closing of 
the injection valve remain unchanged, i. e., the 
length of the period the injection valve is open is 
constant. Within this period a variable quantity of 
fuel, according to the load, is injected. In order to 
accomplish this most satisfactorily it has been found 
necessary to increase the pressure of the injection 
air with increasing loads on the engine, i. e., with 
increasing amounts of fuel to be injected; Diesel 
engine manufacturers recommend a pressure in- 
crease of about 250 pounds from light to maximum 
load. This is due to the fact that all the fuel hav- 
ing been previously deposited in the space in the 
injection valve, must be accelerated and atomized 
by the injection air as soon as the injection valve 
opens. In order to properly distribute the oil and 
to direct the injection air so as to facilitate com- 
plete atomization, special accessories, atomizers or 
distributors are used, which are placed in front of 
the injection nozzle. 

The Sabathe Motor. 

There are many classes of Diesel engines, the 
American Diesel engines having the fuel-injction 
valve and atomizer on the side of the combustion 
chamber. A modification of the Diesel engine has 
recently been brought out in France, known as the 
Sabathe motor, which is an attempt to eliminate 
the inconvenient requirement of variable injection 
air pressures with varying loads. Its fundamental 
features are identical with those of the Diesel en- 
gine, with the exception, however, that not only 
the delivery of oil but also the lift of the injection 
valve are here varied by the governor according to 
the load of the engine. 

The De La.Vergne Principle. 

Another combination of the Diesel engine princi- 
ple is the FH engine of the De La Vergne Machine 
Company of New York, which has a hot-bulb ar- 
rangement. The engine operates on the 4-stroke 
cycle and compresses the air to about 250 to 30° 
pounds, instead of 500 pounds as in the Diesel en- 
gine. The temperature thus obtained would not be 
high enough to ignite the fuel; recourse is therefore 
taken to the hot bulb, the air in which, owing to 
the heat radiated from its uncooled walls, attains 4 
higher temperature than that contained in the com- 
bustion chamber. For starting; this bulb is heated 
externally by means of a blow torch, 10 to 15 min- 
utes being required for this purpose. At the end of 
the compression stroke the fuel is injected by 
means of an air blast of about 600 pounds pressure, 
from the injection nozzle across the combustion 
chamber into the hot bulb where it is immediately 

Mr. Setz Draws Conclusions. 
In his article Mr, Setz says that there can hardly 

January 9, 1913. 


be any question that for the utilization of liquid 
fuels the ¢onstant-pressure engine is far superior 
to the constant-volume engine. The great number 
of Diesel engine installations working under greatly 
varying conditions and with all kinds of fuels, 
abundantly proves this, particularly in Europe, 
where during the last three years engines of this 
type to an aggregate of over 250,000 horsepower 
have been built. Considering the fact that at the 
beginning of the century the Diesel engine had 
hardly emerged from the experimental stage, this is 
truly a remarkable achievement which cannot fail 
to attract engineering activity towards further de- 
velopments in so promising a field of enterprise. 

In conclusion he says: “Looking over the situa- 
tion of the oil-engine industry in this country, 
where conditions for extended activity on this field 
aré probably more favorable than elsewhere, it 
must ‘be admitted that very little has so far been 
.ccomplished. Our patent records are not wanting 
in evidences of interest, nor have manufacturers 
overlooked this prime mover. Of far greater mo- 
ment than the patent specification is a full appre- 
ciation of the importance of details, the develop- 
ment of which along sane principles must be the 
designer’s foremost aim. That this may involve a 
considerable amount of experimental work should 
iorm no barrier, for the commercial possibilities 
ire well worth every earnest effort. There is a 
prowing demand in this country for reliable engines 
that will burn efficiently the heavier hydrocarbons, 
and it is safe to predict that the near future will 
see great strides towards the advance of these 
prime movers.” 


Responding to a cry for help, which they believed 
to be genuine, Messrs. C. P. Ackert, vice president, 
and J. A. Steward, purchasing agent of the Waters- 
Pierce Oil Company, journeyed from their head- 
quarters at St. Louis to Tulsa on January 3 and met 
with the oil producers in the Cushing field, from 
whom the appeal came, only to find that the pro- 
ducers were not in nearly as bad shape as had 
been represented to them and that they were any- 
thing but fighting the pipe-line interests in their 
field. After a two-days’ session one of the Waters- 
Pierce representatives was led to remark that the 
letters and telegrams received from some of the 

producers did not state conditions fairly and that: 

instead of a lot of producers anxious to turn oil 
over to his company he found them welded together 
to get the very best price obtainable and that on 
short time contracts only. 

As a result of misrepresentations nothing definite 
was accomplished, although the Waters-Pierce Oil 
Company has taken the proposition of the producers 
under advisement and no doubt will render an 
answer in the very near future. 

Demand a Big Premium. 

The producers demanded a premium of 10 cents 
above the market, and in addition wanted the 
Waters-Pierce company to eliminate the 3% deduc- 
tion for shrinkage, water and b. s. that is deducted 
by all the purchasers of crude in the Mid-Continent 
field, virtually making a premium of nearly 13 cents 
above the market for the oil. The Waters-Pierce 
company is not willing to pay such a premium, es- 
pecially in view of the fact that none of the pro- 
ducers are willing to enter into a long-time con- 
tract, but rather reserve the right to quit that com- 
pany any time they see fit, a course of procedure 
that will effectually put a quietus on any proposed 
transaction between the producer and the marketer. 

C. J. Wrightsman, an attorney and oil producer, 
was the leading spirit in the proposed deal, not be- 
cause he loves the pipe lines less, but because he 
loves the premium more, and it was largely due to 
his efforts that many Cushing producers were pres- 
ent at the conferences. Mr. Wrightsman opened 
the meeting on the afternoon of January 3 with a 
short address, calling attention to the fact that the 
representatives were present and ready to do busi- 
ness and stating the purpose of the meeting. He 
read a lengthy letter from Clay Arthur Pirce, presi- 
dent of the Waters-Pierce Oil Company, in which 
Mr. Pierce expressed regret that he was unable to 
attend the meeting, but that Messrs. Ackert and 
Steward were empowered to negotiate and close 
any satisfactory proposition. Mr. Wrightsman then 
threw the meeting open for discussion. 

It was then that the newspaper men were re- 
quested to make themselves conspicuous by their 
absence, this move being intended to convey the 
impression that something important was going to 
happen. : 

Waters-Pierce Proposition. 

Mr. Ackert then made the statement to the pro- 

ducers that his company was willing to pay a prem- 

ium of 10 cents above the market on 10-year con-'| 


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tracts, which led to some lengthy discussions on 
the part of the producers; as, has been said before, 
none, with the exception of Mr. Wrightsman, being 
willing to tie their production up for any length of 
time. The producers then made the counter-propo- 
sition of being willing to deliver 5,000 barrels daily 
for a premium of 10 cents with the 3% deduction 
eliminated, but would enter no long-time contracts. 
A desultory discussion then ensued, the meeting ad- 
journing until the following morning, at which time 
nothing further was done, Mr. Steward leaving for 
St. Louis, while Mr. Ackert, at the time of this 
writing, was still at Tulsa. 

Will Deliver 5,000 Barrels. 

The producers who expressed themselves as will- 
“ing to deliver 5,000 barrels daily were C. J. Wrights- 
man, Gunsburg & Forman, White, Sinclair & Ufer, 
the Devonian Oil Company (Joe Evans) and M. M. 
Jones. It is the intention of the Waters-Pierce com- 
pany, in case it is successful in securing some pro- 
duction in the Cushing field, to prorate the produc- 
tion among the various producers, taking a percent- 
age from each in proportion to each producer’s out- 
put, and expects to build a line from Muskogee to 
the Cushing field via the Morris field, but would 
begin shipping by cars immediately after the con- 
tracts were signed, but would not be able to handle 
very much oil under those circumstances. 

That the producer of the Cushing field would be 
willing to sell for a 10-cent premium to any com- 
pany which would insure satisfactory handling of 
the oil as well as prompt payment for oil purchased, 
is certain, but that the same producer is not going 
to tie himself up to a long-time contract is equally 
as certain. There are two important conditions 
which preclude such a possibility and one is that 
car shipments under the present conditions are very 
unreliable and the other is that he eliminates his 
property from a prospective sale by eliminating his 
three principal purchasers in the Mid-Continent 
field, for no company is going to purchase property 
with a long-time contract to some other concern. 
Then he has no assurance that if he sells a part of 
his oil that he will have a market for the balance, 
for it would not be violating business ethics for the 
present purchaser, in lieu of its great expense in 
going into that field, to say to the producer, “all or 

That such a condition would prevail in any other 
line of business is inevitable, and why the oil busi- 
ness should be any different from any other well- 
conducted business is not apparent. This is not to 
say that such a statement has been made, but it is 
within the bounds of possibility, and with the pres- 
ent purchaser of Cushing oil putting oil in storage 
for the first time in several years, there is not the 
great demand for Cushing oil indicated that some 
producers would have one to believe. 

But it is the elimination of a purchaser that con- 
fronts the Cushing producer, for there was never a 
man in the oil business that at some time or other 
did not contemplate selling out and either retiring 
altogether or taking a new start, perhaps in some 
other part of the country, and the Cushing producer 
is no exception to the rule. History has taught him 
that the marketing company is his one hope of a 
buyer, and with free oil he can always hope for a 
purchaser in that direction, but with a long-time 
contract on his property he will probably live to see 
it fall off to a small pumping proposition with a few 
barrels of production daily instead of a purchaser 
who will not only pay him for what he has in sight 
but also for the expectancy of the undrilled prop- 
erty itself. 

Mr. Wrightsman, one of the largest producers in 
the Cushing field, expressed himself as being will- 
ing to tie himself up for a period of 10 years, but 
it is doubtful, with his knowledge of the business, 
if he would still be willing when the time came 
to make a contract. His property today is worth 
many hundreds of thousands of dollars, but that 
the Cushing field is bound to decline is as apparent 
to him as to anyone else, and his willingness to tie 
himself up to such a contract looks hardly plausible 
unless, as has been suggested, in his capacity as 
agent for the Waters-Pierce Oil Company in bring- 
ing that company and the producers together, he 
has a private understanding with that company 
which is not apparent to the other producers of the 
Cushing field. 

Cc. B. Shaffer Not Present. 

Every producer in the Cushing field, with the ex- 
ception of C. B. Shaffer—the pipe-line interests not 
being invited—were present at the meeting. Mr. 
Shaffer, who is the largest producer in that field, 
refused to attend. He is busy constructing a 2,000- 
barrel capacity refinery at Cushing and a gasoline- 
from-gas plant on his lease in the field; and he, for 
one, is not going to contract any of his oil as long 
as he can provide his own market. 

The producers present, in addition to Mr. Wrights- 

man, were P. J. White, Harry Sinclair, and B. F. 
Ufer, representing the Kathleen Oil Company; Roy 
Seales, representing himself and Gunsburg & For- 
man; Joe Evans, representing the Devonian Oil 
Company; H. B. Gooch and J. W. Gililland, repre- 
senting the Southwest Oil Company; A. L. Funk, 
representing Funk & Riter; Gardner Steel, repre- 
senting Steel Brothers; B. B. Jones and M. M. 
Jones, representing themselves; H. N. Bartlett, rep- 
resenting the Manford Oil Company, and J. W. 
Chapman, representing the McMan Oil Company, 
the other producers being represented by proxy. 

Another gentleman present, who is not a pro- 
ducer in the Cushing field, was C. D. Martin, presi- 
dent of the Roxana Petroleum Company of Okla- 
homa, whose presence was calculated to impress 
the producers with the fact that the Asiatic Petrol- 
eum Company was affiliated with the Waters-Pierce 
Oil Company. Mr. Martin’s presence seemed to in- 
dicate that a pipe line to the Gulf was to be started 
at once and that the producers need have no fear 
that they would not be well taken care of. Mr. Mar- 
tin’s presence and the newspaper men’s enforced 
absence, viewed from every angle; looks like the 
great American game of “bluff.” 


E. L. Connelly, of Bartlesville, Okla. was at 

Tulsa last week. 

L. R. Ebling and C. D. Shacklette, of Bartlesville, 
Okla., were at Tulsa this week. 

J. C. Neely and J. H. Jenkins, of Shreveport, La., 
were Tulsa visitors last week. 

C. L. McMahon, a well known producer of Bartles- 
ville, Okla., was a visitor to Tulsa last week. 

E. E. Schock, of Okmulgee, Okla., the well known 
oil and gas producer, was at Tulsa last week. 

W. H. Brown and C. E. Roth, prominent oil men 
of Independence, Kas., were at Tulsa this week. 

W. H. Whitford, of Independence, Kas., was at 
Tulsa last week, spending a few days in that city. 

L. E. Hohman, ef Nowata, Okla., operating in the 
shallow field, was at Tulsa on a short visit last 

H. G. Fretwell, of Nowata, Okla., was a Tulsa vis- 
itor last week. Mr. Fretwell is:interested in the 
shallow fields. 

George M. Janeway, of Skiatook, Okla., a banker 
and oil man of that city, was at Tulsa for a short 
stay last week. 

D. C. Morrison, oil inspector for the Five Civilized 
Tribes, with Muskogee headquarters, was a Tulsa 
visitor last week. 

H. W. Dunnagan and wife, of Nowata, Okla., were 
Tulsa visitors this week. Mr. Dunnagan is Indian 
agent at Nowata. 

W. W. Fondren and C. E. Barrett, of Houston, 
Tex., well known Humble operators, were Tulsa 
visitors last week. 

G. I. VanDell, attorney for the Prairie Oil and Gas 
Company, with Independence, Kas., headquarters, 
was at Tulsa this week. 

W. F. Meester is at Tulsa, registering from Mari- 
etta, O. There are a lot of his old neighbors in this 
field to make him welcome. 

R. S. Litchfield, the well known oil man and 
banker of Independence, Kas., was at Tulsa last 
week on a short business visit. 

J. H. Wright, a successful operator near Kelley- 
ville, Okla., was at Tulsa last week. Mr. Wright 
makes his home at Kelleyville. 

Henry Roeser, the well known Cleveland, Okla., 
producer, has returned from a business and social 
trip to Marietta, O., his old home. 

Harry Nolan, with the Continental Supply Com- 
pany at Tulsa, has been transferred to the head 
office of the same company at St. Louis, Mo. 

J. D. Ward, of Collinsville, Okla., operating near 
his home town, was at Tulsa this week. Mr. Ward 
has just finished a small well east of Collinsville. 

“Clint” Moore, one of the most familiar figures 
in the oil business in Oklahoma, was at Tulsa last 
week. Mr. Moore makes his home at Bartlesville. 

Colonel “Jim” Sloan, president of the Oklahoma 
Iron Works of Oklahoma and Mexico, has returned 
to Tulsa from a brief business visit to New York 

J. E. Schell, of Pittsburgh, Pa., the president of 
the Minnetonka Oil Company operating in the 
Cleveland field, was at Tulsa for a brief visit last 

J. J. Linehan, of Bartlesville, Okla., division super- 

intendent of the Prairie Oil and Gas Company, was 
at Tulsa on one of his regular weekly visits last 

R. S. Sterling and W..M. Babcock, of Houston, 
Tex., interested in the Humble Oil Company, new- 
comers in the Oklahoma field, were at Tulsa last 

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Blake have moved to Tulsa 
from Independence, Kas. Mr. Blake is employed by 
the Prairie Oil and Gas Company as master 

Charles A. Lockhard, of Muskogee, Okla., who is 
drilling in the Schulter field, spends some of his 
time at Tulsa, having been at that city the early 
part of this week. 

J. A. Twichell, of New York, interestéd in the 
Twichell & Myers property at Morris, Okla., was at 
Tulsa last week. Mr. Twichell’s property is on the 
market at this time. aka 

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gone into business for himself and has opened offi- 
ces in the Robinson Arcade. 

S. G. Isett, the well known producer of Kansas, 
who hails from Chanute, was at Tulsa last week. 

W. P. Speer, the manager of the Independence 
Iron Works of Independence, Kas., was at Tulsa for 
a few days last week. 

A. J. Mercer, general manager of the Busch-Ev- 
erett company, has resigned from that company, his 
resignation taking effect on January 1. Mr. Mer- 
cer’s successor has not been appointed. 

U. S. Rhodebarger, accompanied by Mrs. Rhode- 
barger, was at Tulsa on a short visit last week. 
Mr. Rhodebarger is field manager of the Milliken 
Oil Company, operating at Cleveland, Okla. 

Nelson K.. Moody, vice president of the Prairie 
Oil and Gas Company at Independence, Kas., was 
at Tulsa for a short stay last week. Mr. Moody is 
also in charge of the production department of that 

Colonel C. E. Suppes, the well known rig builder 
and contractor of Tulsa, Okla., who has been con- 
fined to his home for several weeks on account of 
illness, is again able to be out and attend to 

Fred Cook, the special agent of the Government, 
with Muskogee headquarters, was at Tulsa last 
week. Mr. Cook worked up the evidence which re- 
sulted in the Osage National Council losing its job 
last week. 

A. T. Sticklebar and Joseph Rossiter, well known 
oil men residing at Coffeyville, were at Tulsa last 
week. Kansas offers sufficient attractions to keep 
a number of the producers, with interests in Okla- 
home, busy in that field. 

Calvin H. Payne, of Titusville, Pa, the well 
known gas man of this country, was at Tulsa en 
route to his home from a business trip to Okmulgee 
and Sapulpa, where he, together with S. S. Bryan, 
of Titusville, have the gas franchises. 

L. E. Robinson, the packer man of Coffeyville, 
Kas., was at Tulsa last week. Mr. Robinson has 
placed the agency for his packers with J. A. Mowry, 
of the Tulsa Rubber Company, and no doubt will 
do an increased business in this part of the field. 

E. R. Wilson, of Oakland City, Ind., representing 
the Pure Oil Company’s interests in the Texas 
fields, will leave for his home Friday. Mr. Wilson 
has been in the Panhandle fields for over a year 
and his departure is regretted by a host of friends. 

J. J. Larkin, the torpedo man of Bartlesville, 
Okla., who spends about as much time in Tulsa as 
he does in his home city, was here last week on a 
business visit. Mr. Larkin’s company is doing a 
lot of work in the Mid-Continent field. 

S. K. Warrener, vice president of the Humble Oil 
Company, which recently purchased a half interest 
in the Musgrove Oil Company in the Morris field, 
has moved from Houston, Tex., to Tulsa and in the 
future will make his home in the latter city. 

Senator N. V. V. Franchot, of Olean, N. Y., is at 
Tulsa and will probably remain some time in this 
field, his gasoline-from-gas interests being large in 
this State. Accompanying Mr. Franchot were I. R. 
Drooney and A. J. Hastings, both from Olean. 

J. A. Dutton and C. N. Black, of the Gulf Refining 
Company, with headquarters at Beaumont, Tex., 
were visitors in Wichita Falls, Tex., during the 
week. Mr. Dutton is head of the pipe line depart- 
ment, while Mr. Black looks after the engineering 

C. N. Haskell, ex-Governor of Oklahoma, and C. J. 
Haskell, his son, both of Muskogee, and L. G. Nib- 
lack, of Guthrie, were at Tulsa last week. These 
gentlemen have formed a company known as the 
Haskell Oil Company and have a number of tests 
under way. 

Frank Brown, of Independence, Kas., who is start- 
ing a refinery at Cushing, was at Tulsa last week 
on his way to that field. Mr. Brown recently dis- 
posed of his interest in the Jane Oil Company’s 
holdings in the Schulter field, netting a splendid 
profit on the transaction. 

George O’Hara, formerly with the Home Na- 
tional Bank of Caney, Kas., has elected to quit the 
banking business and enter the oil business, and 
accordingly has moved to Tulsa and associated him- 
self with Barney Rabinovitz, one of the prominent 
producers of Oklahoma. 

R. M. McFarlin, H. B. Gooch and J. W. Gililland, 
of Holdenville; B. B. Jones, of Bristow, and H. N. 
Bartlett, of Mannford, Okla., were at Tulsa last 
week attending a meeting of Cushing producers rel- 
ative to selling a portion of their oil to others than 
the established pipe line companies. 

Daniel H. Campbell, the 22-year-old son of Archi- 
bald Campbell, one of the best known oil men of 

Oklahoma, was taken seriously ill this week with 
hemorrhage of the lungs and is improving slowly. 
Mr. Campbell is a junior in the University of Kan- 
sas and was visiting his parents at Tulsa when 
taken ill. 

C. P. Ackert, vice president, and J. A. Steward, 
purchasing agent, of the Waters-Pierce Oil Com- 
pany, with St. Louis headquarters, were at Tulsa 
last week. Mr. Ackert remained over until the early 
part of the present week conferring with the Cush- 
ing producers relative to purchasing some oil in 
that field. 

F. S. Bennett, who scouts the Okmulgee-Morris 
field for the Gypsy Oil Company, was at Tulsa on a 
business visit last week. Mr. Bennett was formerly 
superintendent of the Heywood Bros. Oil Corpora- 
tion at Jennings, La., going from there to Mexico 
where he remained some years, coming to the Okla- 
homa field some months ago. 

J. C. Neely, formerly superintendent for the 
Standard Oil Company of Louisiana in the produc- 
ing department, with James H. Jenkins, of Vivian, 
a rig contractor in the Caddo field, have formed a 
partnership and started a lumber yard and will 
build rigs and furnish lumber in the Oklahoma field, 
their plant being located at Cushing. 

George H. Barnes, of Muskogee, Okla., operating 
at this time in the territory southeast of the Schul- 
ter field, was at Tulsa this week. Mr. Barnes and 
associates have a 30,000,000-foot gas well in the 
upper sand in their second test on the Cumberlidge 
farm in section 17-11-14, having a gasser in the 
upper sand in No. 1, but a failure as an oil well in 
the deep sand. 

John L. Bird, of Pawhuska, Okla., one of the pro- 
posed blanket lessors of the residue of the Osage 
Reservation, was at Tulsa last week. Mr. Bird’s 
hopes of ever securing his lease went glimmering 
when President Taft refused to approve the leases 
and when the Osage National Council was removed 
from office by the Secretary of the Interior for 
cause last week. 

H. H. Orcutt, of Tulsa, Okla., who drilled the well 
for the late “Jimmie” Murphy in Baylor county, 
Tex., will leave Wichita Falls, Tex., in a short time 
for the Cushing, Okla., field, where he has a con- 
tract to put down several wells. Mr. Orcutt de- 
serves much credit in finishing up the test, as much 
trouble was encountered, one fishing job lasting 
over three months. The well was started about 
11 months ago. 

James King Duffey, vice president and general 
manager of the March Oil Company, and president 
of the Phoenix Refining Company; E. C. Benedict, 
the prominent New York banker, and Clifford B. 
Harmon, the well known real estate man of New 
York, both of the latter gentlemen being large 
stockholders in the March and Phoenix companies, 
are at Tulsa. Mr. Duffey registered from New York 
City and the other gentlemen registered from 
Greenwich, N. Y.- The Phoenix Refining Company 
is building a 2,000-barrel capacity refinery at Sand 
Springs, Okla., an industrial suburb of Tulsa. 


The British Government is reported to have 
placed contracts with Mexican oil companies con- 
trolled by the Pearson interests for 61,000,000 bar- 
rels of oil for use in the navy. 

The No. 1 warehouse of the Imperial Oil Com- 
pany, the Canadian branch of the Standard Oil Com- 
pany at Winnepeg, Manitoba, which contained 27,- 
000 gallons of oil, was destroyed by fire on Decem- 
ber 31. The loss was about $100,000. Defective 
wiring was given as the cause. 

A two-year revocable contract for the supplying 
of fuel oil to the Monolith cement plant on the 
aqueduct at Los Angeles, Cal., at a rate of 45 cents 
a barrel, in quantities not exceeding 500 barrels a 
day, was awarded the Standard Oil Company by 
the Board of Public Works last week. The Union 
Oil Company made the same bid as the Standard, 
but in the tossing of a coin by General Adna R. 
— to decide between the two bids, the Stand- 
ard won. 

Three thousand gallons of coal oil were spilled 
from a tank wagon of the Crew-Levick Oil Com- 
pany, Highlandtown, Baltimore, Md., last week when 
a Fairmout avenue car collided with the oil wagon 
on Third street, near Baltimore street. The wagon 
and the car were bound north on Third street when 
the collision happened. Charles Knocker, the 
driver, was thrown from the wagon and injured on 
the arms. For fifteen minutes oil gushed from 
broken parts of the tank and flowed down the 

Directors of the Republic Iron and Steel Company 
will meet about the end of January to take action 
on the regular quarterly dividend on the preferred 
stock. Considerable curiosity is shown regarding 
the possibility of a payment being made on the 
back dividends on this issue, the company having 
failed to pay the regular dividend of 13%,% quarterly 
in April, July and October. While there seems 
little reason to expect quick action in the accumu- 
lated dividends, those who look for an early pay- 
ment on this account base hopes on the fact that 
the directors of the Republic company have in the 
past always followed a policy of paying off back 
dividends as soon as earnings warranted to avoid 
accumulation. It is understood that earnings dur- 
ing the half year now ending will be sufficient to 
allow for preferred dividends and leave a balance 
equivalent to not less than 3% on the common 

The annual gathering and banquet of the officers 
and selling force of the Kentucky Consumers Oil 
Company was held. at the Tyler hotel at Louisville, 
Ky., in the private dining-room one evening last 
week. This company makes this an annual feature, 
providing instruction and pleasure for its entire 
force. Altogether twenty-two were in attendance. 
The officers present were as follows: W. Hume 
Logan, president; E. H. Hilpp, general manager; 
R. O. Bailey, secretary and treasurer; J. B. Wurach, 
director; A. T. Shrader, superintendent lubrication. 

In seven years the consumption of kerosene and 
gasoline has doubled in Kansas. J. S. Longshore, 
State oil inspector, completed his annual report re- 
cently. The inspection of oil and gasoline brought 
into the department fees aggregating $68,930.99. Of 
this amount $29,803 was paid in local inspection 
fees, and $134.80 was paid in miscellaneous fees, 
leaving $38,189.95, which has been turned into the 
State treasury. 


The Arkansas Refining Company, operating the 
only refinery in the State, was placed in the hands 
of receivers A. N. Cicard and C. J. Jewett last week 
by order of Chancellor Bourland. The action was 
taken on the petition of the heaviest stockholders 
and creditors and was precipitated by the threats 
of the minority stockholders to take advantage of 
an option in their stock, which, it is claimed, would 
embarrass the company. The step was taken also 
to avoid suits by unsecured creditors for judgments 
totalling $19,214. It is alleged that the company is 
solvent, is operating at a profit, and if not harrassed 
by minority stockholders and small creditors will 
soon free itself from financial difficulties. 

The enforcibility of hundreds of gas and oil land 
leases throughout the country is said to depend 
upon a case which the Supreme Court of the United 
States was asked to review. The case is that by which 
a United States Circuit Court of Appeals held that 
the “surrender clause” in a gas or oil lease by Su- 
sannah Smith, near Martinsville, Ill., was inequita- 
ble and uninforcible in equity courts. Gas and oil 
companies claim that such a clause, giving them 
the right to terminate the lease by the payment of 
$1, is essential to the protection of the risky busi- 
ness of developing gas and oil fields. In the case 
in question the owner of the land is said to have 
disregarded the first lease containing the surrender 
clause and made another to a rival company. The 
first company was held not to be entitled to an in- 
junction to prevent the second company from devel- 
oping the property. In West Virginia, Ohio and 
Louisiana the leases containing these clauses have 
been held enforcible in equity, but in Illinois and 
Oklahoma it has been held otherwise. 

The State of Texas, through its attorney general, 
James D. Waltham, has filed suit and asked for a 
receiver for the Houston Oil Company, one of the 
largest lumber companies in the country. The 
State seeks to recover 88,000 acres of land in Texas 
and $1,000,000 damages, the suit being brought un- 
der the land-patent laws of Texas. The _ in- 
formation received at Baltimore was the topic of 
conversation in the local financial district, but 
the Baltimoreans interested in the corporation 
expressed themselves as being confident that the 
company had nothing to fear from the outcome of 
the suit begun by the attorney general of Texas. 
Mr. Henry J. Bowdoin, vice president of the Hous- 
ton Oil Company of Texas, stated that he had re- 
ceived a telegram to the effect that the attorney 
general has instituted a suit against the company 
for the recovery of 80,000 acres of what is known 
as school lands. These lands formerly belonged to 
the State, and were sold by it and the proceeds 
paid into the State school fund. Damages were also 

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claimed against the company in a large sum. Mr. 
Bowdoin stated that he had no further information 
in addition to tbat contained in the dispatch, ex- 
cept that the validity of the company’s title to these 
lands had been most carefully examined, and that 
in the judgment of their legal department their title 
was complete. Mr. Zimmerman, president of the 
Maryland Trust Company, which company holds, 
as trustee, the title of the Houston Oil lands, stated 
that the matter had been passed upon by most em- 
inent counsel employed by the trustee at the time 
of the formation of the company, and that the opin- 
ion of such counsel, to the effect that the company’s 
title was complete, had been recently reaffirmed to 
him. Neither Mr. Bowdoin nor Mr. Zimmerman 
seemed to be at all alarmed over the matter. It 
was learned yesterday that the title to the property 
in question was examined by Judge H. O. Mead and 
T. M. Kennerly, two of the most prominent law- 
yers in Texas, Mr. Kennerly being the general coun- 
sel of the Houston Oil Company. 


George Hutchinson, a tool dresser employed by 
Contractor Holman on the Hainer lease in the Mor- 
ris field, Okla., was instantly killed last week by a 
bull rope breaking and striking him on the neck. 
He was 24 years of age and formerly lived at Ob- 
long, Ill. 

J. Haywood Haymaker died on January 5 at 
Tulsa, Okla., at the Physicians and Surgeons hos- 
pital after a short illness, death being due to pneu- 
monia. The remains were accompanied to Fort 
Worth, Tex., by his wife and sister, Mrs. John Fay, 
and his brother, Robert Haymaker. Mr. Haymaker 
came to Tulsa about a year ago and had been en- 
gaged in the oil business since that time. He was 
40 years of age and one of the most active operators 
in the Mid-Continent field. He came to Tulsa from 
Kansas City, Mo., but formerly resided in Fort 
Worth, Tex., where his father, the late W. R. Hay- 
maker, was prominent in business and politics. Mr. 
Haymaker was a member of one of the pioneer 
families of the Lone Star State and his father was 
a public official in Fort Worth for several years. 
Relatives of the deceased were at his bedside when 
the end came. 


There was no considerable change in the quantity 
of petroleum produced in the United States in 1912 
compared with 1911. Nevertheless, according to 
David T. Day, of the United States Geological Sur- 
vey, the year was as full of remarkable incidents 
as is usual in the history of this article of coin- 
merce, which depends for its statistical posit on 
more upon the chances of new discoveries and less 
upon trade demands than any other commodity ei- 
cept gold. 

As a rule, the Eastern fields declined in produc- 
tion, because it was impossible to keep up the 
great output of 1911 without large additional dis- 
coveries of new pools in the older fields. The East- 
ern decline was, however, offset by the increase in 
California, where the San Joaquin Valley fields 
(Midway, McKittrick, Maricopa, etc.) are still at 
the height of the gusher stage. 

An estimate of the production in 1912 and a com- 
parison with the product in 1911 is given below: 



(Barrels of 42 gallons.) 

1911 | 1912 




Other States 194, 690 500, 000 

220,449,391 | 220,200,000 

It will take much time to calculate the amount of 
oil sold at the different prices of the year, but it is 
evident that the total value of the product increased 
markedly, béing about $150,000,000 compared with 
$134,144,752 in 1911. 


‘In all the fields except those of California and the 

Gulf there was a steady drain on stocks during the 
year, so that from a total of 81,789,390 barrels—over 
a half year’s output—on January 1, the stock de- 
clined to 69,000,000 barrels at the end of the year. 
This drain reflects the increased capacity of the re- 
fining plants of the United States, the greatly in- 
creased exports, and a gradual change in the gen- 
eral condition of the industry by which gasoline 
has become much more in demand, so that the trade 
is well satisfied with heavier grades of gasoline or 
naphtha. For this reason the dividing line between 
naphtha and kerosene has necessarily been drawn 
nearer to kerosene and a large quantity of oil has 
been distilled into the gasoline portion of the prod- 
ucts and a less output of kerosene resulted. On 
the other hand, the heavy residues which are mar 
keted as fuel oils have come into greater demand, 
and owing to the ever-evident effort to increase the 
yield of light products by splitting up these resi- 
dues the supply of fuel oil has not kept up with the 
demand. The advent of internal-combustion en- 
gines, such as those of the Diesel type, promises 
still higher prices for fuel oils. The United States 
has been slow in the adoption of these new engines, 
but their general adoption abroad has pointed the 
way to rapid increase in their use here. 

The general decline in production, except in Cali- 
fornia, would doubtless have been much greater 
but for the effort to apply laws of supply and de- 
mand by increases in prices. Prices advanced so 
greatly during the year as to stimulate drilling, 
even in the old New York and Pennsylvania pools, 
and so checked the decline. Formerly this plan 
has not been so successful. In the Mid-Continent 
field also it checked the decline, so that the product 
will come within 4,000,000 barrels of the maximum 
output (in 1910). In the Appalachian field, where 
higher prices and very cheap methods of pumping 
oil wells make the decline slow in any event, the 
great rise in price from $1.30 to $2 a barrel seems 
to have checked the normal decline and even to 
have effected an increase, which, though slight, 
was gratifying. 

At the beginning and end of 1912 the prices of 
various oils were as follows: 


| Price per Bbl. 

Begin- | Close 
| ning of | 


Pennsylvania grade 

Cabell, P. 

Mercer, Pa., 

New Castle, 

Corning, Pa. 

Wooster, O. 

North Lima, O. 

South Lima, O. 



Somerset, Ky., 

Ragland, Ky. 

Illinois, 30° Baume and over 

Illinois, under 30° u 

Kansas and Oklahoma 

Corsicana, Tex., light 

Corsicana, Tex., 

Electra, Tex. 

Henrietta, Tex. 

Caddo, La., 38° 

Caddo, La., heavy 

Humble, Tex. 

Saratoga, Tex. 

Sour Lake, Tex. 

Spindletop, Tex. 

Batson, Tex. 

Coalinga, light 
Coalinga, heavy 
Kern County, light 
Kern County, heavy 
Santa Maria, light 
Santa Maria, light 
Los Angeles, light 
Los Angeles, heavy 
Fullerton and Whittier, light 
Fullerton and Whittier, heavy 

Canadian oil 

Drilling Activity. 

In the Appalachian fields in 1911 the highest 
number of wells drilled in any one month was 
slightly over 300, whereas in 1912 the figure of 300 
wells a month was reached in April, and the monthly 
number did not go below 300 during the rest of the 
year, reaching a maximum of 450 wells in Septem- 
ber. The rate of drilling was increasing at the end 
of the year instead of showing the usual decline 
due to bad weather. 

Decline Abroad. 

Another feature tending to strengthen the posi- 
tion of oil in this country is the decrease in pro- 
duction in Russia, from 66,183,691 barrels in 1911 
to about 60,000,000 barrels in 1912. Roumania in- 
creased its product slightly, but not sufficiently to 

0 | tankers. 

offset the Russian decline. The chief decrease was 

in the old Baku field. The world’s consumption of 
oil, according to Mr. Day, is now about a million 
barrels a day, the United States — more 
than all other countries, 

Naphtha exports from the United States increased 
enormously this calendar year, being about 1ix,- 
000,000 gallons. In the fiscal year 1911 the total 
was 77,666,000 gallons, and in 1908, 36,000,000 


The Crowley Oil and Mineral Company paid its 
fiftieth 10% dividend December 23, making a total 
of $1,000,000 paid to its stockholders in dividends 
on a capitalization of $200,000. The company was 
organized April 15, 1901, and paid its first dividend 
of 10% on July 1, 1904, : 

The Crowley Oil and Mineral Company’s largest 
holdings are in the Evangeline oil field, Arcadia 
parish, La., where it has a production of about 1,200 
barrels and is continuously developing its holdings 
in this field, besides being at present engaged in 
drilling operations in St. Martin and Evangeline 
parishes. The company has a pipe line from the 
Evangeline oil field to Lafayette, connecting at 
Egan, Crowley and Rayne where it has complete 
storage and loading equipment. 

The officers of the company are: W. W. Duson, 
president; P. S. Lovell, vice president; P. L. Law- 
rence, treasurer; A. M. Finley, secretary, and T. R. 
Hiney, superintendent.. The company has _ been 
practically under the same management since its 
organization, and these gentlemen share in the 
credit of its phenomenal success. 


“During the last three years there has been a 
large increase in the number of American ships 
clearing from the Mexican port of Tampico,” says 
Vice Consul Thomas H. Bevan, of Tampico, in a 
report to the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Com- 
merce. “This increase has been due to the devel- 
opment of the oil industry. 

“The Huasteca Petroleum Company has under 
charter several American ships that make regular 
trips between Tampico and North Atlantic and Gulf 
ports. The Texas Oil Company owns a large fleet 
of oil carriers, all under the American flag, for 
which Tampico is a regular port of call. The Trans- 
continental Petroleum Company made its first ship- 
ment recently in a chartered American vessel and 
has several more on their way to Tampico. The 

-|Cia. Mexicana de Petroleo El Aguila has also sev- 

eral American ships chartered in its big fleet of oil 
The Seguranca, Vigilancia and Matanzas, 
American merchant ships of the New York and 
Cuba Mail Steamship Company, have been in the 
passenger and freight service between Tampico and 
New York for about 10 years. 

“Before the oil business was started here the av- 
erage number of American ships to touch at Tam- 
pico was about 20 a year. Many of them were 
schooners in the lumber trade, but they are no 
longer in service on account of the cheap rates and 
quick delivery of the steamship lines. During the 
fiscal year 1909-10, 20 American ships touched at 
Tampico; in 1910-11 there were 50, and in 1911-12 
there were 78. During the first five months of the 
fiscal year 1912-13 there have been 82 American ves- 
sels in this port.” 


Russia is looking forward to the time when her 
navy will use oil as fuel. Consul General John H. 
Snodgrass, of Moscow, in a recent report says: 

“In discussing the fact that the use of oil instead 
of coal as fuel in the English navy is under consid- 
eration the Novoye Vremia says that it is time Rus- 
sia should pay serious attention to this question. 
If England is replacing its own cheap coal by the 
more expensive foreign product, there must be im- 
portant advantages on the side of naphtha, and in 
the future Russian fleet the part to be played by this 
fuel will be a most important one. Many mills and 
factories have gone over to naphtha as fuel, and the 
consumption is increasing every year. 

“Russia owns immense oil fields and the Novoye 
Vremia contends that it could be the chief supplier 
of the world. The need of organization in the busi- 
ness is recognized by the Government and a number 
of special meetings have been held for discussing 
the subject. New conditions have been laid down 
for the exploitation of Government territories, and 
the regulations for investigations have been 
changed. Some territories known as being rich in 
oil have been closed to private enterprise, such as 
the Apsheron Peninsula, near Baku, and various 
islands of the Caspian Sea, as well as some terri- 

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tories in the Transcaspian, Ural, and Ferghana dis- 
tricts, and others in the north of Russia and Siberia, 
amounting to millions of acres. The reason for this 
action is the wish to preserve these districts from 

“Another question concerns the matter of investi- 
gation. The Novoye Vremia thinks it quite neces- 
sary that the right of investigation be granted on a 
large scale and not only for comparatively small 
lots of ground where the investigation might not 
pay. The Government is aware of this fact, and 
according to the new regulations the plats of ground 
allotted for investigations are to be increased 

“The most advisable system, says the Novoye 
Vremia, is to grant concessions that would induce 
capitalists te place their money in such undertak- 
ings. Under the new regulations regarding the in- 
vestigation of naphtha districts, the Government 
proposes to publish geological descriptions of the 
various districts.” 


The Interstate Commerce Commission has de- 
cided that increased rates proposed by railroads on 
petroleum and its products from the refineries in 
the so-called Buffalo group north of, but not includ- 
ing Oil City, Pa., to points in southern Ohio and 
Indiana, being from % to 1% cents per 100 pounds 
on carload shipments, are unjust and unreasonably 
discriminatory, and they have ordered that the in- 

creased rates shall be wi‘ hdrawn by the railroads. 
In deciding this case the Commission referred to 
the keen competition between Oil City and Frank- 
lin, and Titusville and points north, and gave 
credence to the suggestion that the proposed in- 
crease, amounting to one-eighth of a cent a gallon, 
would determine which of these competing centers 
would get the business. The Commission could 
find no justification for an increase of old rates. 


Criticism of the course of Attorney General Wick- 
ersham in the Southern Pacific oil-land litigation is 
made by Maxwell Evarts and Henry W. Clark, coun- 
sel for the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, in 
a brief filed last week in the Supreme Court of the 
United States in defense of their claim to millions 
of dollars’ worth of Western oil lands. 

It is said that titles to $500,000,000 worth of oil 
land depend upon the outcome of the litigation. 

The case now before the Supreme Court involves 
questions as to whether Edmund Burke and other 
private litigants have better claims to the land than 
the railroad company. The Government recently 
brought a suit in which it seeks to annul patents to 
the land it issued to the Southern Pacific. 

“It is unparalleled in the whole history of judicial 
procedure,” declare the railroad attorneys, “for the 
Attorney General of the United States to be per- 
mitted to intervene as ‘friend of the court,’ in a 
case between private litigants, and then so to use 

the privilege granted him as to attempt to have 

decided issues not now before the court, and which 
may or may not hereafter come before it in a Gov- 
ernment suit just begun against one of the parties 
to the case at bar. 

‘Tt is certainly unfair and unjust to the railroad 
to be compelled in this court of last resort not only 
to defend the present case, but also to defend an- 
other case arising upon entirely different facts, 
which has not proceeded beyond the filing of a bill 
of complaint. Especially is this so when the great 
seriousness and vast importance of this matter not 
only to the Southern Pacific railroad but to all land 
grant railroads is considered.” 

The attorneys printed for the court an opinion 
Attorney General Wickersham is purported to have 
handed to the Secretary of the Interior in 1911, in 
which he expressed the belief that the opinion in 
the case he is now opposing before the Supreme 
Court is “sound.” 

The railroad attorneys take the position that the 
patents are conclusive evidence that the lands are 
not mineral, whatever they may have been discov- 
ered to be since the patents were issued. They 
cite many decisions of the Supreme Court to that 

The clause in the patents, which excepted “min- 
eral lands” from the grant, is held by the railroad 
attorneys to have been absolutely void. 

The cases will come up for oral arguments Janu- 
ary 6, or a few days later. The Government’s brief 
in the case has not been entered, although the rail- 
road attorneys treat it as having been presented to 
the court. 




The extremely cold weather which set 
in early this week caught some of the 
producers unprepared, and, as a result, 
the entire State is suffering from a 
shut-down that only a thaw can re- 
vive. The temperature dropped to 
several degrees below zero, and in 
Tulsa’s case the cold weather worked 
an extreme hardship, as its water 
froze and one night the electric ser- 
vice was put completely out of com- 
mission, and with no water or lights 
the town assumed a primitive spirit 
relieved only by its splendid business 
houses and homes. 

In most of the fields water has been 
at a premium for some months past 
and the producers have been just get- 
ting by in most cases. The freeze has 
put every drop of available water out 
of commission and it will be some 
time before things get running again 
in good shape. 

No Contracts Signed. 

The report that a number of Cush- 
ing producers had actually signed con- 
tracts to deliver a portion of their oil 
to the Waters-Pierce Oil Co. appears 
to have no foundation and at this 
writing, Thursday, no contracts have 
been signed. It is true that the 
Waters-Pierce company has prepared 
contracts and submitted them to some 
of the Cushing producers, but a con- 
tract does not become really valuable 
until it is signed by both contracting 
parties—and these contracts still re- 
main unsigned. 

The consensus of opinion among the 
producers is that any new company 
should show evidences of good faith 
by building a line into a field and then 
soliciting production as the other lines 
have done, and they seem to feel that 
loss of initiative on a company’s part 
until it has been insured against fail- 
ure is contrary to the usual order of 
things in the oil business. In the case 
of most of the fields developed in this 
State the pipe lines have been ready 
to go in and run the oil without first 
tying the producers up on long-time 

contracts before they assumed any 
risk of loss; and the feeling exists 
that any other company, to show evi- 
dences of good faith, should be willing 
to take a similar step. 

The action of the Waters-Pierce 
company is exactly similar to that of 
all the little refiners in the years past 
in this field, offering a premium for 
the oil; in fact, its proposition is not 
nearly as good as the little fellow who 
asks for no contracts and usually goes 
into the field and solicits business 
when his line is in and ready for busi- 
ness. While the larger company of- 
fers what appears to be a considerable 
bonus, it is only what some of the 
smaller companies have been doing in 
some fields for months. 

The danger of a producer tying up 
his production on a long-time contract 
is apparent in the proposed transac- 
tion, for as soon as he does he elimi- 
nates all purchasers for his property, 
and to avoid that, the contract of the 
Waters-Pierce Oil Co. is worded so as 
to make it appear that danger has 
been removed. The proposed contract 
really says that in case of an offer for 
a property the Waters-Pierce reserves 
the right to itself to purchase the 
property at the highest figure offered 
by any other concern. Inasmuch as 
that clause leaves no opportunity for 
another party to become the owner, 
there certainly will never be any of- 
fers made, for it would simply mean 
that a prospective purchaser could 
only bid on the property with no 
chance of ever securing it, and no 
company is going to bid on a property 
only to run it up for some other 

The contract does not state that the 
Waters-Pierce company will ever buy 
the property; and if there are no of- 
fers, then that company does not have 
to buy, so that clause in the contract 
amounts to nothing from a purchaser’s 

Their Only Object. 

Back of the whole business is the 
desire on the part of the producer not 
to sell to any company, but to force 
the price of the crude product up in 
the Mid-Continent field by trying to 
throw a scare into the older pipe lines 

and that seems to be the whole pur- 
pose of the present negotiations with 
the Waters-Pierce company. 

Kiefer Suspect Caught. 

Late reports from Kiefer, the scene 
of the terrible outrage which resulted 
in the death of little Ella Brown, the 
9-year-old daughter of George Brown, 
a well known oil man of Kiefer, are to 
the effect that a suspect has been ar- 
rested in Kansas, who formerly was 
employed at Kiefer and disappeared 
at the time of the crime. No positive 
evidence has been secured against 
him, but he will be brought back from 
Kansas and an investigation made of 
his late movements at Kiefer. 

Cushing Gets Jolt. 

The failure to find the Layton sand 
in the Webb, Hardenburg & Bum- 
baugh test on the Katie Brown farm 
in the northwest corner of the south- 
west quarter of section 9-17-7 comes as 
a pretty hard jolt to the producers of 
that field who had property in that 
direction. Later reports from the 
same well are to the effect that a show- 
ing of gas was found in the Jones sand 
and there is still a chance for the 
Wheeler sand to make a good well. 
The test of the Kathleen Oil Co. on 
the Richards farm in section 4-17-7 has 
been completed and is a good well in 
the Layton sand, extending the field a 
little farther in an easterly direction, 
this well being located in the south- 
west corner of the southwest quarter 
of section 4. 

Down in section 23-17-7, on the Bru- 
ner farm, the Hill Oil and Gas Co. got 
a good gasser in the 900-foot sand, 
which will be cased off and the well 
drilled to the Layton, and if that is 
barren will be carried to the Wheeler 

Other completions of the week in 
the Cushing field were those of Guns- 
burg & Forman and the Devonian- 
Fuller interests, the former complet- 
ing Nos. 5 and 6 E. Richards in sec- 
tion 5-17-7, making 75 and 200 bblis., 
respectively, and the Devonian Oil Co. 
and R. E. Fuller completed No. 5 on 
the Maley Yarhola farm in section 
8-17-7, a 450-bbl. producer natural. 

A recent test made of the Wheeler 

and Layton oils in the Cushing field 
reveals the fact that the Layton oil is 
the best in the State, with the Wheeler 
oil a close second, the former being 
produced from a 1,450-foot level and 
the Wheeler from a 2,250-foot sand. 
The Layton oil, which is of 45.5° grav- 
ity, runs 30% of 65° gasoline, 4% of 
56° naphtha and 34% of burning oil. 
The Wheeler oil is 41° gravity, con- 
taining 24% of 63° gasoline, 3% of 54° 
naphtha and 32% of 44° water white. 
The field has approximately 80 wells 
with 12,000 bbls. of production and its 
oil is very much in demand, three re- 
fineries being planned for that field. 

General Field News. 

Big completions still are the regular 
order of things in the Mid-Continent 
field and the past week has had its 
share, two being reported from the 
Okmulgee-Morris and Schulter dis- 
tricts. One was Preston & Co.’s third 
well on the Fox farm in section 22-13- 
14, making 64 bbls.-an hour for a short 
time after the shot, putting 1,200 bbls. 
in the tanks the first 24 hours. South- 
east of the Schulter field proper, 
Barnes & Co. have a 30,000,000-foot 
gasser in the upper sand—No. 2 on 
the Cumberledge farm. The same 
company’s No. 1 found the same gas 
but was drilled to the lower pay in the 
hopes of finding oil, but nothing re- 
sulted and it was saved as a gasser. 
The company has 800 acres blocked 
up in one piece around the new well. 

The old Bird Creek-Skiatook district 
is showing a decided falling off, while 
the wildcatting around the same region 
is on the increase, wells being drilled 
all the way between the northern ex- 
tension of Bird Creek almost to Bar- 
tlesville, trying to make a connection 
between the Bartlesville field and the 
lower fields. Owasso is coming in for 
its share of tests and, Collinsville has 
been busy for several months. 

The Biddle Oil Co. has what appears 
to be the shallowest producing well 
at this time in the Mid-Continent field 
—its No. 10 on the Panther farm in 
section 8-21-13—making 10 bbls. from 
a sand 180 feet deep. Drilling in this 
neighborhood found showings at this 
depth and the Biddle company deter- 


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mined to test the sand and ascertain 
its value, the well being drilled with 
a water-well machine. 

East of Collinsville. 

Small wells are the rule in this sec- 
tion of the field. Glenn & Frazier com- 
pleted a 15-bbl. Tucker well last week, 
the balance of the wells in the dis- 
trict averaging about the same, al- 
though there is plenty of water with 
the oil. The Michigan Oil Co. is shut 
down at 600 feet in its first test on the 
Henry Rattlinggourd farm in section 
14-24-13 on account of inability to. se- 
cure additional acreage. In section 
30-23-13, on the Sam Moore farm, Rob- 
inson & Co. are shut down at 150 feet. 

Small Bird Creek Sale. 

Flanagan & Owens have purchased 
the property of the Victoria Oil Co. in 
the Skiatook district, consisting of 140 
acres with 125 bbls. of production, the 
purchase price being $55,000. 

Adair Pool Falling Off. 

Recent completions in the Adair 
pool, while plentiful, have shown a de- 
cided falling off in initial production 
and it is a rare thing now to get a 
well with an initial production of 150 
bbls., where a short time ago wells 
starting off at 250 bbls. were common. 

The Belmont Oil Co., one of the lar- 
gest operators in that field, completed 
No. 26 on the Barnoski 10 acres in 
section 1-25-14, a 25-bbl. producer. No. 
25 on the same farm made 150 bbls. 
The Roxana Petroleum Co. completed 
No. 1 on the Lydia Bearpaw, section 
11-25-14, getting a 25-bbl. well. Lovell, 
Hasting & Chamberlain completed No. 
2 on the Eddie Lett, section 31-26-15, 
good for 25 bbls., and the same firm 
completed No. 5 on the George Ellis 
farm in section 31-26-15, a 40-bbl. pro- 

In section 1-25-14, on the George 
Deer-in-water farm, the Link Oil Co. 

completed No. 7, a 30-bbl. well. The’ 

Mosier Oil Co., operating on the Stand- 
sill farm in section 31-26-15, completed 
Nos. 7, 8 and 9, good for 75, 75 and 30 
bbls., respectively. In section 36-26-14, 
the Prairie Oil and Gas Co. completed 
No. 1 Samuel Adair, making 45 bbls. 
The Barnsdall Oil Co. completed No. 2 
Standsill in section 32-15-14, making 
25 bbls. 

Lots of Work at Cleveland. 

The first of the month saw 52 wells 
drilling and rigs up in this field, indi- 
cating that the returns of the old field 
are stil sufficiently large to warrant a 
lot of work on the old farms as well 
as a lot of extension work in the near 
future. Over southeast of the present 
big development A. L. Richards com- 
pleted No. 1 Baker in section 9-20-8, 
the well making 125 bbls., being lo- 
cated in the same section with the 
Baker well of the Uncle Sam Oil Co., 
completed month before last. In the 
Cleveland field proper, W. C. Kennedy 
completed No. 7 D. L. Murphy farm, 
section 20-21-8, getting a well with an 
initial production of 200 bbls. In sec- 
tion 11-20-8 the Milliken Oil Co. com- 
pleted No. 2 H. D: Craig, a 150-bbl. 
producer. In section 14-21-7, on the 
Sam Hull farm, the Prairie Oil and 
Gas Co. completed No. 1, a dry hole, 
and Brown & Rosier’s No. 2 George 
Cotton, section 620-8. is good for 195 
bbls. Markham & Ball’s No. 6 Van 
Eman in section 30-21-8 is a 125-bbl. 

East of Glenn Pool. 

The Dunn Oil Co. has a rig up for 
No. 2 Shellie Barber in section 13- 
17-12, and C. J. Wrightsman has a rig 
up for a second test on the William 
Oswalt farm in section 6-17-13. Dona- 
hue Bros. completed No. 5 Ellis Crosby 
in section 17-17-13, getting a 175-bbl. 
well, and the Sparks Oil Co.’s third 
test on the Ellis Crosby farm in the 
same section is good for 100 bbls. 

In section 1-17-12 Farr & Grimes’ 
No. 1 H. Brown is a dry ‘hole at a 
total depth of 1,860 feet. In section 
35-17-11 the Oklahoma City Oil Co. has 

a 3,000,000-foot gasser at 1,730 feet in 
its test on the Lena Maxwell farm. 

In the Bald Hill district D. F. Con- 
nolly, trustee, has a 100-bbl. producer 
in No. 3 G. Adams in section 27-15-14. 

In the old Hogshooter district work 
is plentiful and there are a number of 
completions reported each month. The 
past week saw five wells finished. The 
Tahlequah Gas Co. completed No. 1 
Charles Nave in section 16-25-14, a 
5-bbl. well, and in section 19-26-14, on 
the Clara Bean farm, the James 
O’Neill estate and Bruen completed 
their second well, a 25-bbl. producer. 
In section 5-25-14, on the Charles M. 
Cowart farm, the Doris Oil and Gas 
Co. completed No. 1, a dry hole, and 
the Prairie Oil and Gas Co. completed 
No. 1 Pettis, getting a 15-bbl. well. In 
section 5-25-14, on fee land, Roland 
Norris completed No. 11 fee, a 15-bbl. 

Many Tests Near Duncan. 

Very little progress is being made 
with the wells being drilled near the 
town of Duncan, Stephen county, and 
it will be some time before any of 
them are due to reach the pay sand. 
Leasing is going on in an active way 
in the vicinity of Duncan and other 
tests will probably be sunk in the near 

In section 12, township 1 north, 
range 6 west, and about 15 miles east 
of Duncan, W. G. Skelly is down 250 
feet with a test on the Colbert farm. 
In section 8, township 1 south, range 
5 west, Beckett & Eiseman are down 
close to 1,150 feet with a test on the 
Little tract, located about 18 miles 
west of Duncan. Hosford & Story are 
putting in 6-inch at 795 feet in a test 
on the Walter Payne tract in section 
30, township 1 north, range 5 west, 
located about 15 miles east of Duncan. 
J. R. Greenlease has made a location 
for a test about 20 miles from Harris- 
burg. The Big Horizon Oil and Gas 
Co. is rigging up for a test on the 
Jones land in section 6, township 1 
north, range 6 west, located 18 miles 
east of Duncan. Galloway is down 500 
feet with a test in the southeast cor- 
ner of section 33, township 2 south, 
range 5 west. He has made a loca- 
tion for a test in the northeast corner 
of section 10, township 3 south, range 
5 west. 

Stroud Goes After Business. 

That Stroud, Okla., is determined to 
benefit to some extent from the prox- 
imity of the Cushing field, is apparent 
by the action of its Commercial Club 
in appointing various committees to 
look after the completion of a good 
road from that city to the field, to 
make application to the supply stores 
to make Stroud a base of supplies, 
and another application to the Frisco 
railroad to build a spur from Stroud 
to the field, as well as a committee on 
finance and another on _ publicity. 
Stroud at this time has no oil of its 
own, but that has’ not deterred it from 
benefiting from somebody else’s oil 
and it is that public spirit that makes 
the small towns grow. A deal has 
been closed whereby Lee Patrick, of 
Stroud, has leased the southeast quar- 
ter of section 6-17-6 to the Gillette Oil 
and Gas Co., drilling to be started be- 
fore February 12. The land is nine 
miles north and two miles east of 
Stroud. A Ve Be 

Articles of incorporation were filed 
at the State department at Dover, Del., 
for the Desoto Oil Co. of New York 
City, the object and purpose being to 
acquire, hold, own, sink and bore for 
oil and the development of oil wells. 
The incorporators are Thomas G. Mc- 
Cabe, Walter H. Perran, William E. 
Mudgely, of New York City. The capi- 
tal stock is $1,000,000. 

The Hammond Michigan Oil and 
Gas Co., capital $250,000, was incor- 


porated by Alley B. Magee, of Dover, 

Del., at that city last week. ‘ 


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SHREVEPORT, La., Jan. 5.—Inter- 
est in the gas situation in and around 
Shreveport has again been the topic 
of conversation. During the past 
week the Purified Petroleum Products 
Co. completed a 12,000,000-foot gas 
well on the Herndon farm, being its 
first well on this tract, which is lo- 
cated in section 34-18-14, and early 
Sunday morning the Independent Ice 
and Cold Storage Co. brought in a 
large gas well on its tract of land off 
Southern avenue, in the city limits of 
Shreveport, estimated at from 12,000,- 
000 to 15,000,000 feet. The well was 
going wild and could be heard for a 
considerable distance. No correct es- 
timate of the volume of this well 
could be obtained. 

What looked like one of the old-time 
gushers was brought in by J. C. Mc- 
Cue on the Louisiana tract in section 
1-20-16. The well started off at the 
rate of 2,000 bbls. at a depth of 1,600 
feet, but the casing seat gave way and 
the well stopped flowing at once. The 
6-inch casing is being re-cemented 
with hopes of bringing the well back. 

The Gulf Refining Co. also brought 
in a good gas well on the Jeems 
Bayou tract in section 20-20-15, in the 
800-foot strata, good for over 4,000,000 

On the Hale farm, section 22-22-15, 
W. C. Wolfe completed a small gas 
well at a depth of 1,050 feet, and the 
Southwestern Gas and Electric Co. 
found a considerable gas showing in 
their No. 1 on the Phillips in section 
12-17-15. This well came in without 
bailing and showed 1,500,000 feet with 
rock pressure of 450 pounds. This 
will, undoubtedly, prove to be a good 
gas well, as it will be lubricated and 
drilled several feet deeper. 

From an oil standpoint, the last 
week has been, as usual, very disap- 
pointing, and with the exception of a 
20-bbl. well which was completed by 
the Producers Oil Co. on the Evans 
farm, section 11-20-16, no oil wells 
were completed. 

Two Dry Holes. 

The Producers Oil Co. completed 
two dry holes during the past week; 
one on its Levee Board property in 
section 8-21-16, being its No. 26 on this 
piece, and No. 1 on the Boyter Hart 
farm in section 3-21-16. 

The Arkansas Natural Gas Co. has 
abandoned No. 27 on the Hinson farm 
in section 3-21-15 at a depth of 2,500 
feet. It also abandoned its No. 30 on 
the Glassell farm in section 36-20-15 
at a depth of 810 feet. 

McCann & Harper ran into salt 
water at a depth of 2,400 feet in their 
No. 1 on the Huckaby farm in sec- 
tion 33-22-15. 

Certainly, from the number of good 
gas wells brought in during the past 
week, the shortage of gas, which has 
been worrying the oil producers for 
the past four months, should be 
quickly alleviated. The Oil Field Gas 
Co. has completed its gas line and is 
already supplying a number of plants 
with gas, with a great many appli- 
— awaiting to be connected to its 

The second test on the Flournoy in 
section 6-17-15, which was drilled by 
the Cross Lake Oil and Gas Co., is to 
be plugged in the deep sand, and the 
company is going to try to make a gas 
well out of it in the shallow strata. 

Guf Company’s Operation. 

The Gulf Refining Co.’s well in Ma- 
rion county, Tex., is drilling at 1,900 
feet. Its Leonard No. 1, section 6-20- 
15, is setting 6-inch casing at 1,900 
feet, and cement is setting in its 
Levee Board R-8, section 4-20-16, at 
2,000 feet. R-4 is still a location in 

section 4-20-16, and in the same sec- 
tion R-7 is a derrick and R-6 is trying 
to sidetrack 4-inch drill-stem at 1,700 
feet. Its Ferry Lake No. 16, section 
24-20-16, is waiting for cement to set 
around 6-inch casing at 2,000 feet. Its 
X-1, section 7-20-15, is drilling at 1,450 
feet, and it Levee Board A-9, section 
35-21-16, is drilling at 1,950 feet. Its 
Ferry Lake No. 18, section 22-20-16, is 
driving piling and cribbing up and its 
Curtiss No. 2, section 19-20-15, is drill- 
ing at 800 feet. Its Moore No. 11, 
section 10-21-16, is setting 6-inch cas- 
ing at 2,200 feet. A location has been 
made for Ferry Lake No. 19, section 
25-20-16. Its Huckaby No. 1, which 
was a gas well, in section 17-20-15,. is 
drilling deeper. 
With the Producers. 

The Producers Oil Co.’s Levee Board 
No. 27, section 14-21-16, set 6-inch cas- 
ing at 1,040 feet and found 500 feet of 
oil in the hole. It will make a small 
pumper. Its Noel No. 2, section 9-20- 
16, is drilling at 2,100 feet, and its 
Harrell No. 21, section 4-21-16, is drill- 
ing at 2,150 feet. Its J. B. F. and H. 
No. 8, section 10-20-16, is drilling at 
1,600 feet. A derrick has been erected 
for Levee Board No. 28, section 4-21- 
16, and rigs are up and building for 
Levee Board No. 29, section 14-21-16, 
and for Harrell No. 23, section 35-22-16. 

The Sun Oil Co.’s Barr No. 76, sec- 
tion 30-22-15, is dry at 1,100 feet and 
will be drilled deeper. Its Williams 
No. 84, section 10-21-16, is drilling at 
1,700 feet and derrick has been erected 
for Williams No. 75 in the same sec- 
tion. Its Williams No. 82, section 10- 
21-16, is drilling at 2,200 feet and its 
Williams No. 80, section 24-21-16, is 
fishing for 4-inch drill-stem at 2,000 
feet. Its Posey No. 60, which was 
pumped for a short time at 2,000 feet, 
set liner at 2,200 feet and is bailing. 
Brown No. 83, section 21-22-15, is still 
a derrick. 

The Koster Oil Co.’s No. 32, section 
1-20-16, is down 2,200 feet waiting for 
standard rig to be built. Its No. 31, 
section 12-20-16, is cementing 6-inch 
casing at 2,000 feet, and its No. 33, 
section 35-21-16, is drilling at 220 feet. 

J. C. McCue has set liner in his 
Levee Board No. 2, section 36-21-16, 
at 2,200 feet and is waiting for stand- 
ard rig to be built. His Continental 
No. 1, section 35-21-16, is temporarily 
abandoned at 2,290 feet. In ‘section 
25-21-16 his Brooks No. 4 is drilling 
at 2,050 feet. Brooks No. 5 is still 
fishing at 1,200 feet and Brooks No. 6 
is still a derrick. 

The Arkansas Natural Gas Co.’s 
Glassell No. 30, section 36-20-15, got 
salt water at 806 feet and is now 
closed down. Its Levee Board No. 26, 
section 4-19-15, has been temporarily 
abandoned at 2,380 feet. 

The Rogers Oil and Gas Co. is still 
waiting for standard rig to be built 
for its Rogers No. 12, section 24-21-16, 
at 2,200 feet. Rogers No. 17, section 
24-21-16, is drilling at 1,700 feet, and 
derrick has been erected for Rogers 
No. 18 in section 13-21-16. 

Other Operations. 

The Atlas Oil Co.’s Levee Board C-1, 
section 8-20-16, is drilling at 2,200 feet. 
Its Levee Board B-s, section 4-20-16, is 
still waiting for standard rig to be 
built. Its Hobbs No. 1, section 29- 
21-15, is drilling at 2,000 feet, and its 
Thigpen No. 2, section 7-20-15, is still 
fishing at 2,205 feet. 

The Louisiana-Texas Oil Co.’s Holt 
No. 2, section 2-20-16, is still bailing at 
2,200 feet. The Godchaux Oil Co.’s 
first test in section 15-20-16 is still 
standing idle at 2,100 feet. The Nata- 
lie Oil Co. set liner at 2,150 feet in its 
Natalie No. 1, section 10-20-15, and has 
1,200 feet of oil in the hole. The well 
has made several small flows, but 
standard rig is being built to pump. 

The Higgins Oil and Fuel Co.’s No. 
1, section 1-20-16, is still fishing at 
2,200 feet. Its fee No. 2 in the same 
section is drilling at 900 feet. The 

Pure Oil Co: is still waiting for ce- 
ment to set in its Levee Board No. 5, 
section 4-20-16, at 2,000 feet. The Mu- 
tual Oil Co.’s fee No. 1, section 2-20-16, 
is still a derrick. The Busch-Everett 
company has erected derricks for its 
fee No. 2 and fee No. 3 in section 36- 
22-15. The Continental Oil Co.’s fee 
No. 1, section 2-19-16, is still a derrick. 
The Columbia Oil and Gas Co.’s An- 
derson No. 1, section 1-20-16, is drill- 
ing at 2,000 feet. 

The Midland Oil Co.’s Brooks No. 4, 
section 25-21-16, is still a derrick. The 
Houston Oil Co.’s well, Thompson No. 
1, section 21-22-15, is closed down at 
1,100 feet. The Reisor Land and Min- 
eral Co.’s well in section 5-16-14 is still 
closed down at 1,200 feet. The Star 
Oil Co.’s Loucks No. 2, section 32-20- 
15, is drilling at 1,700 feet. The Cen- 
tral Producers of Texas Oil Co.’s fee 
No. 1, section 36-21-15, is drilling at 
1,900 feet. Its fee No. 2, section 36- 
21-16, is drilling at 1,100 feet. The 
Longview Oil Co.’s fee No. 1, section 
1-20-16, tested dry at 1,700 feet and 
will be deepened. The Alamo Oil Co. 
is still waiting for standard rig to be 
built for its Alamo No. 1, section 1-20- 
16, liner having been set at 1,480 fete. 
Its Alamo No. 2, section 1-20-16, is 
drilling at 250 feet. 

The Cross Lake Oil and Gas Co.’s 
Flournoy No. 2, section 6-17-15, is 
closed down at 2,500 feet. The 
American Well and Prospecting Co.’s 
Alexander No. 1, section 2-16-16, in 
the Cross Lake district, has reset 
6-inch casing at 2,250 feet. The South- 
western Gas and Electric Co. is test- 
ing seat for 8-inch casing for its fee 
No. 3, section 16-20-15. Its Barr No. 
8, section 30-22-15, has 600 feet of oil 
and is still waiting for standard rig to 
be built. The Vivian Oil Co. is build- 

Board No. 5, section 22-22-15, in which 
400 feet of oil was found in the hole. 
Rig is up and building for its Harrell 
No. 2, section 2-21-16. 

J. W. Olliver has located Olliver No. 
1 in section 31-22-15 and is drilling at 
230 feet. 

The Standard Oil Co. has seven 
wells drilling on the W. P. Stiles farm 
and two rigs up and building. Six- 
inch casing has been set in Nos. 58, 74, 
78 and 79 at about 2,225 feet. No. 80 
is drilling at 925 feet, and No. 81 at 
1,925 feet. On the Helpman heirs’ 
farm, section 16-21-16, Nos. 31, 32 and 
34 are drilling, and rigs are’ up and 
building for Nos. 33 and 35. A. B. Lig- 
get et al. No. 2, section 12-20-16, has 
just started drilling. Its W. W. Bar- 
low & Co. No. 1, section 8-21-15, is 
drilling at 1,100 feet. 

Work in Other Parishes. 

In De Soto parish the Gulf Refining 
Co.’s Jenkins No. 1, section i0-12-11, 
is drilling at 1,800 feet. Its Nabors 
No. 1, section 5-12-11, which has been 
closed down for some time at 2,500 
feet, is preparing to drill deeper. Its 
Giauque No. 1, section 3-11-11, is still 
temporarily abandoned. The Chris- 
tine Oil Co.’s Nabors No. 6, section 
6-12-11, is drilling at 900 feet. 

In Natchitoches parish the Natchi- 
toches Oil and Gas Co.’s Draguet No. 
1, section 37-9-10, is still closed down 
for lack of water. The Clover Leaf 
Oil Co.’s Parker No. 1, section 30-11-10, 
is drilling at 2,939 feet. It got salt 
water and will probably be abandoned. 

Three in Sabine Parish. 

The Busch-Everett company’s Logan 
No. 2, section 22-10-12, is still fishing 
at 2,800 feet. The Fitz Oil Co.’s test 
in section 26-6-11 is drilling at 1,000 
feet. The Negrete Oil Co.’s test, W. 

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ing at 1,400 feet and is preparing to 
set 8-inch casing. 

In Winn parish the Vivian Oil Co.’s 
well on the Bodcaux, section 25-13-5, 
has been temporarily abandoned. 

In Bossier parish the Producers Oil 
Co.’s Whited & Wheless test in sec- 
tion 9-20-16 has reset and cemented 
6-inch casing at 2,000 feet. The Fort 
Jessup Oil Co.’s test in section 25-16-13 
is still standing idle at 1,600 feet. 

In Lincoln parish the Hill City Oil 
Co. is preparing to deepen No. 1, sec- 
tion 12-18-1, in which a small amount 
of gas was struck at 2,600 feet. 

In Webster parish the Gulf Refining 
Co.’s Bisteneau No. 2, section 35-18-10, 
has been fishing all week for a joint 
of 4-inch drill-stem and 6 to 4-inch 
swage-nipple. : 

Wood County, Tex. 

The Cypress Glade Oil Co. has beep 
drilling a test two miles northwest of 
Winnsboro. The company set 6-inch 
casing at 1,000 feet and drilled to 1,800 
feet, at which depth it struck a sand 
formation showing a little gas. It had 
several stratas of water sand below 
the 6-inch casing and the casing is 
now being pulled to reset at about 
1,800 feet. H, da. V. 



BEAUMONT, Tex., Jan. 4.—Vinton 
furnished enough excitement during 
the week closing today to keep Gulf 
Coasters completely interested and all 
eyes have been daily turned toward 
that field. Not since the opening days 
at Humble has such a gusher been de- 
veloped as was brought in by the Gulf 
Refining Co. the morning of the last 
day of 1912. The completion was No. 
10 Vincent, located in block 65 about 
90 feet north and 50 feet east of the 
Gulf-Star No. 2 Vincent in block 67. A 
gauge taken Wednesday morning at 
the end of the first 24 hours showed a 
little better than 14,000 bbls. produc- 
tion. After the well had been washed 
the bailer was run for three hours and 
then the enormous flow started and 
kept up until this morning, when the 
well went dead. Friday a small per- 
centage of b. s. and water showed up 
and the pressure decreased consider- 

The talent, when the well came in, 
at once came to the conclusion that 
the completion marked the beginning 
or was the second indication of the 
possibility of Vinton coming in an 
old-time gusher field—that the real 
productive area and sand had been lo- 
cated. Today the feeling of certainty 
does not run quite so strongly, though 
there is still no little enthusiasm be- 
ing manifested. Just what the Gulf 
company intends doing wtih No. 10 
has not been learned, but intimation 
seems to have been made that the 
hole will be put on air. Coincident to 
the coming in of the new well the 
Gulf-Star No. 2 fell off rapidly in pro- 
duction though the gas pressure in- 
creased materially. When No. 10 went 
dead this morning the Star well im- 
meditaely began to pick up again, and 
report received at noon from the field 
stated that the production was as good 
as ever. 

Producers Get Good One. 

Another completion in the northeast 
region and not far from the Gulf-Star 
well, being 140 feet west of it, was the 
Producers Oil Co.’s No. 7 Vincent, 
which was finished up good for 250 
bbls., flowing. The acreage, which is 
considered by the talent as being in 
line for productive development, is for 
the most part under lease to the Gulf 
Refining Co., and that company is at- 
tending to prospect work with four 
rigs running. Should the deep pay 
show a tendency to run south, then 

other companies will have an oppor- 
tunity to drill for it. The C. Bencken- 
stein well, located several hundred 
feet southeast of the Gulf’s No. 10, 
continues to flow and is at present 
making 200 bbls. per day. There is 
some discussion along the theory that 
had the well been drilled deeper the 
extension to the deep sand would have 
been found. The opposite side of the 
supposition has its supporters and 
they believe that the well now produc- 
ing is as good as the territory is capa- 
ble of giving up. Anyway, the hap- 
penings in the field have put a certain 
degree of life into the situation, and, 
though there are very few operators 
engaged in the development of the 
field, yet those few are keenly inter- 

On cannot help but make a mental 
comparison of the change in conditions 
at the present time with those exist- 
ent several years ago. In the Vinton 
field today there are but 10 operating 
companies with production, while in 
the old days in a field as young as this 
one, and as full of constant surprises, 
it is not beyond the truth to suggest 
that the number of operators would 
have been recorded in figures at least 
three times as large as the present 
total. Taking a casual glance over all 
districts in the coastal belt, the de- 
crease in the number of operating com- 
panies as compared with the condition 
a few years ago is very marked and 
noticeable. All the fields show a great 
difference, though Humble and Sara- 
toga record the least change. If it 
were not for the 40 companies at 
Humble and 20 at Saratoga the Gulf 
Coast would show even a greater 
change. These numbers are not given 
as being absolutely correct, but are 
within the shade of the exact figures 
and in them are included the large 
operating companies. lf a total nuin- 
ber of operators connected with the 
development of production in the 10 
defined fields and five added to this 
number to include Anse La Butte, 
Welsh and Pine Prairie, were given, 
118 would not be far out of the way. 
In a number of fields there are several 
small companies in which the same 
parties are interested, so the total 
number of operators would really be 
less than the figure above given. 

Spindletop to the Front. 

At Spindletop the Guffey company’s 
No. 168 Gladys was finished up, good 
for 200 bbls., the best completion re- 
corded in the field in many months. 
The Unity Oil Co. set screen in its 
test on the McFaddin and faiied to get 
oil, though a strong gas pressure was 
developed. This makes the second 
time screen has been set, the first 
test having failed to amount to any- 
thing. ‘he hole is now being deep- 
ened. The Guffey company completed 
an 80-bbl. well at Saratoga, its No. 1 
Buchanan-Ogden, and Buchanan & 
Fitzsimmons brought in their No. 4 
Ogden, good for 20 bbls. On the Og- 
den farm, in block 2, the Sun Co. com- 
pleted its No. 102, also good for 20 
bbls. on the beam. In the southwest 
flat, on the Bond & Simpson, the sig 
Flat Oil Co. has screen set and stand- 
ard rig is being built. The operator is 
confident of bringing in a good pumper 
and the indications seem very encour- 
aging. On the Hopkins farm, iu sur- 
vey No. 2, the Jackson Oil Co. put No. 
1 to pumping and it is making a large 
quantity of salt water with a very 
small showing of oil. It is stated that 
should the test fail to come in oil ‘it 
will. be further worked upon. 

The completion of the week at Hum- 
ble was Blaffer & Farrish’s No. 25 Bar- 
rett, good for 20 bbls. On the north 
side of the river, and on the Foster 
Lumber Co.’s farm the Producers Oil 
Co.’s No. 5 is still flowing, but the 
Ninety-Nine Pumping Co.’s recent com- 
pletion, located on the same lease, but 
several thousand feet to the east, has 
sanded. This test was completed sev- 
eral weks ago and came in flowing at 

the rate of 600 bbls. It soon went dead 
and was then put on the beam, and 
since has given trouble by sanding up. 
The Gulf Refining Co.’s No. 22 Morse- 
Arnaudet at Jennings, recently com- 
pleted with an initial production of 
150 bbls., has been bothered with sand 
and the hole has to be worked on con- 
stantly. Inserted strainer was set re- 
cently and the well is now making 25 
Operations in the Fields. 

In the Anse La Butte region the 
V-Ville Oil Co. is preparing to drill 
two new tests, one on the Martin and 
the other on the Begnaud. Both loca- 
tions are in the vicinity of the old 
gusher well, No. 7 Lake Oil Co., which 
came in in November, 1907. About a 
quarter of a mile to the west of No. 7 
the Big Six Oil Co. has made a loca- 
tion on the Begnaud and will start 
drilling at a near date. At Jennings 
the Crowley Oil and Mineral Co. is 
drilling No. 62 fee, and the Marguerite 
Oil Co. has started drilling its No. 1 
Morse. Another rig running in the 
field is the Gulf Refining Co.’s Arnau- 

The Gulf Refining Co. made a test 
in its No. 17 G.-N.-G. at Vinton and is 
preparing to drill deeper. Its No. 11, 
on the same lease, an old hole recently 
deepened, has been abandoned. A bad 
fishing job was the cause. On the Vin- 
cent tract the Gulf is drilling Nos. 13 
and 14, and with the Star company, 
jointly, is putting down Nos. 3 and 4 
Vincent. With the Producers Oil Co. 
the Gulf company is drilling No. 2 
Vincent, jointly. The Producers Oil 
Co. is engaged in deepening its old 
No. 3 Vincent, and the Vinton Petrol- 
eum Co. is drilling No. 21 on the Gray. 
To the north, on the Gordon 40, the 
Vinton company is deepening No. 1 
and is down past 2,300 feet. The 
Lucky Four Oil Co. is drilling two 
tests on the Harmony—Nos. 1 and 2— 
and Wilson & Tucker are drilling their 
No. 3 Harmony. The Lake Charles 
Oil Co. has set 10-inch casing in its 
test drilling on the G.-N.-G. 

Quiet at Saratoga. 

In the Saratoga region the situation 
does not show as much activity in 
drilling operations as was noted up to 
a week ago, and at present there are 
but five rigs actually running, though 
several locations are making prepara- 
tions to start. The Houston Oil Co. is 
setting up draw-works at its No, 2 
Hopkins, in survey No. 2, and its No. 1 
is shut down. On the Lobit the Hig- 
gins Oil and Fuel Co. is down nearly 
2,000 feet in its No. 1. The Meriam 
Oil Co. started drilling its No. 2 Ogden 
and is down 100 feet. On the Ogden 
farm the Reliance Oil Co. is drilling 
No. 3 and is down 1,200 feet. On the 
eastern side of production, on the Og- 
den farm, the Sun Co. is drilling No. 
98 and is down 1,000 feet. Buchanan 
& Fitzsimmons are setting up draw- 
works at their No. 5 Ogden, a location 
30 feet south of the north line and 30 
feet east of the west line on the lease 
in block 3. The Corsicana Petroleum 
Co. has a fishing job in its No. 1, lo- 
cated to the north and east of the field, 
on the McShane Lumber Co.’s lease 

out of the Hardin county school land. 

Drilling at Batson. 

At Batson the Guffey company is 
moving material to its location on the 
Wing tract for No. 132 and will start 
drilling during the week. W. C. Turn- 
bow is drilling at 1,000 feet in his test 
on the Wilson & Broach. On its 40 
acres the Paraffine Oil Co. is drilling 
No. 12 and is down 1,500 feet. J. H. 
Antilley is drilling on the Higgins and 
is down 800 feet. In the Goose Creek 
field the Bay Shore Co. is drilling No. 
6 Wright and expects to have the well 
completed in the same sand as was 
its No. 5, within the next few days. 
On the J. Gilliard, near the boat land- 
ing, the Little Fish Oil Co. has been 
trying to set screen for several days, 
but has had to ream out twice. Screen 
will be set at approximately 1,470 
feet, a depth which is in line with pro- 
duction developed in the region of 
present producing wells, which are lo- 
cated about one-half mile to the north 
and east. The Guffey company is drill- 
ing two tests in the field, one on the 
Tabb and the other on the Briggs. 
Both wells are drilling below 1,900 
feet and operations are being watched 
with interest, as the theory in connec- 
tion with development is that the real 
Goose Creek pay will be found below 
1,900 feet. Hindman, Barlow & Scott 
are preparing to work over an old hole 
in which they set screen nearly a 
year ago, and which gave trouble with 
sand. When an effort was made to 
pull it out to reset the fishing string 
was pulled apart and work has been 
at a standstill since. The C. L. Smith 
Oil Co. is setting up draw-works to 
work over Tabb No. 1 and will try and 
pull strainer and reset. The well was 
finished up late in the summer, and 
wher bailing the bailer was lost in the 
hole and several efforts that were 
made to fish it out failed and‘a few 
joints of 4-inch were left in the hole. 
The Smith company is drilling No. 5 
on the Smith 50 acres, located several 
miles to the east of the field. On the 
J. Gilliard the Sunset Oil Co. is set- 
ing up draw-works and will drill its 
No. 2, a new location for the well, as 
the first test was junked while drilling 
and the derrick was moved over. 

Spindletop looks somewhat different 
as compared to conditions noted last 
week and several locations have been 
made which will be drilled immedi- 
ately. The Guffey company is drilling 
No. 169 Gladys and has a location for 
No. 170 on the same lease, The Unity 
Oil Co. is drilling a test on the Mc- 
Faddin and the Nineteen Oil Co. is 
setting up draw-works at No. 15 in 
block 19 Gladys and will start drilling 
in a few days. On the Sunshine lease 
the Sun Co. is ready to begin drilling 
its No. 1. R. A. McReynolds has started 
drilling No. 5 on the Cissel, and the 
Ab Moore Co. has a location on the 
Trembly for No. 6. On the Cox the 
Thresher-Gray Oil Co. is setting up 
draw-works and will drill No. 3, a lo- 
cation 100 feet south of No. 2. Hen- 
derson & Moore are also preparing to 
drill a test which is located 100 feet 
south of the Hammond well on Gladys, 
block 5. A. B. P. 

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On Thursday, January 9, the price 
of Corsicana light, Henrietta and Elec- 
tra crude advanced 2 cents to 90 cents. 
The previous advance was on Decem- 
ber 26, when 3 cents was added. 


WICHITA FALLS, Tex., Jan. 6.— 
Operations in the Texas Panhandle 
fields show no abatement at this 
time, and with weather favorable to 
the transportation of ‘material, the 
building of rigs and other work of a 
similar nature will go on with renewed 
interest. The most interesting fea- 
ture of the past week was the com- 
pletion of two wells in the Petrolia, 
Clay county, field, one of which was a 
big gasser and the other an oil well. 
While the production of the latter is 
still a mere conjecture, it has all the 
earmarks of a good producr. The 
Electra field shows the completion of 
two of the largest wells found in that 
field during the past several months. 
A report from the Eeds district states 
that one well has been abandoned and 
it is probable that a number of 
others will follow during the present 
week. No completions in advance of 
production in counties adjacent to 
Wichita were reported and it will be 
a week or ten days before any com- 
pletions are looked for. 

With the bringing in of the two 
good wells in the Electra field during 
the week in review, the total produc- 
tion of the pool shows a slight in- 
crease and late estimates place it at 
not more than 15,000 bbls. The Pro- 
ducers Oil Co.’s daily production is 
now 7,300 bbls., while the Corsicana 
Petroleum Co. is next with 5,500 bbls. 
The J. M. Guffey Petroleum Co. has 
1,150 bbls., while the other concerns 
and individuals have a combined pro- 
duction of 1,050 bbls. 

Petrolia Field. 

The Petrolia field in Clay county 
has come to the front with two good 
wells and the next month or so will 
prove to be the most active in its his- 
tory, as preparations are being made 
to drill a number of tests in all direc- 
tions from the new producers. Since 
the completion of the Amarillo Oil 
Co.’s test on the Elliott farm (mapped 
as Talbert), which came in a small 
well several weeks ago, the operators 
are looking for a new pool in that sec- 
tion, and with this in view are pre- 
paring for active work. The Amarillo 
Oil Co. has completed its second test 
on the Joyce tract, located in block 
58, Parker county school lands, and 
about three miles south of Petrolia, 
and it is a 25,000,000-foot gas well. It 
is stated, but not confirmed, that the 
company will shut off the gas and drill 
deeper in hopes of finding oil in a 
lower strata. The No. 1 well was com- 
pleted some time ago and has a gas 
volume of 25,000,000 cubic feet a day. 
The Edmond Oil Co. has drilled its 
test on the R. C. Taylor farm two feet 
in the sand and the hole has filled up 
1,900 feet with fluid. The well will be 
put on the beam and it will be several 
days before it is known what the test 
is good for. It is located in block 39, 
Parker county school lands, and is 

about three miles southeast of Pe 
trolia. The No. 1 well on this tract 
was a 100-bbl. well at 1,740 feet. The 
Corsicana Petroleum Co. has drilled 
its test on the H. Boody farm through 
the 1,067-foot sand where the Amarillo 
Oil Co.’s test on the Elliott farm found 
its pay, and it was barren. It is being 
drilled deeper. 

The Producers Oil Co. is down 1,050 
feet with No. 11 Byers. Greenlease & 
Co. are down 1,400 feet with a test on 
the McGregor tract, located one mile 
west of Mabledean. It is in the S. T. 
Stanley survey. The Riverside Oil 
Co.’s No. 1 on the Beavering farm in 
section 5 of the B. B. B. & C. Ry. Co.’s 
lands is down 500 feet. It is located 
one and one-half miles northeast of 
Charlie. The Amarillo Oil Co. is spud- 
ding in with a second test on the El- 
liott farm, located 400 feet south: of 
No. 1 in block 54. England & Co. are 
rigging up for a test on their tract 
(mapped as Johnson), located south of 
the Elliott well. The Developers Oil 
Co. is down 1,100 feet with a fourth 
test on the Markowitz tract. Marko- 
witz et al. are drilling No. 1 Schnell 
at 1,000 feet. 

Three New Wells in Old Field. 

During the week in the Electra field 
seven completions were reported, of 
which three were dry, while the new 
production amounted to 1,290 bbls., 
showing an increase of 625 bbls. in 
new production over the previous 
week’s report. This big gain in new 
production is due to the fact that the 
Producers Oil Co. completed three 
wells that showed a production of 400 
bbls. each. These three wells are 
among the largest completed in this 
field during the past several months, 
and, while they do not add any new 
territory, it will be an incentive for 
further work in that section of the 
development. The Waggoncr tract, 
where two of the wells were found, 
consists of 350,000 acres, which is all 
under lease to the Producers Oil Co. 
Outside of the completion of the three 
big wells only one other completion of 
any size was reported. 

The Producers Oil Co. finished No. 
27 on the Waggoner tract and it was 
a 400-bbl. well. It found the top of 
the sand at 1,880 feet, with 15 feet of 
pay sand, or a total depth of 1,895 
feet. No. 28 is of the same kind at 
1,910 feet. Its No. 2 on the Sheldon 
tract is a 400-bbl. well at 1,920 feet. 
The J. M. Guffey Petroleum Co. fin- 
ished a fourth test on the Bywaters 
tract and it is a 75-bbl. well at 1,055 
feet. The Corsicana Petroleum Co.’s 
No. 35 on the R. S. Allen tract is a 
5-bbl. well in the shallow sand at 360 
feet. Its No. 2 Cook & Sumner tract 
is a dry hole at 675 feet, as is No. 3 at 
490 feet. No. 4 is a 10-bbl. well at 480 
feet. Its No. 1 on this tract, which is 
drilling down past 1,350 feet, had a 
good showing in the shallow sand, and 
in hopes of finding a good shallow- 
sand production the other three tests 
were drilled, only one of which was a 
paying producer. The Crescent Oil 
Co. finished a second test on the 
Fisher tract and it was a duster at 
2,006 feet. 

Operations are picking up in the 
Electra field and a number of new lo- 
cations are being made. The Sun Co. 
has entered the field and will prob- 
ably start a number of tests within the 
next three or four weeks. It has made 
a location for a test on the Crow tract, 
located in the northeast corner of the 
Anderson survey and 500 feet south of 

the J. M. Guffey Petroleum Co.’s No. 
4 on the Bywaters tract. The Five 
Rivers Oil Co. has made locations for 
Nos. 6, 7 and 8 on the Marriott tract; 
its No. 5 is spudding in. The Corsi- 
cana Petroleum Co. made a location 
for No. 5 on the Cook-Sumner tract 
and for No. 41% on the R. S. Allen 
tract. The Wichita and Wilbarger De- 
velopment Co. made a location for No. 
1 on the Brookins & Williams tract. 
The Florence Oil Co. has a rig up for 
a test on the Ayers tract, located 
about two and one-half miles south of 
the Waggoner tract. The Corsicana 
Petroleum Co. has a rig up for No. 44 
R. S. Allen tract. = 
Eeds District Disappointing. 

The past week in the Eeds district 
was uneventful, and, with the excep- 
tion of the Corsicana Petroleum Co. 
abandoning its test on the McClure 
tract at 2,150 feet, nothing out of the 
ordinary happened and the wells that 
failed to find any production in the 
Eeds sand are drilling. The McClure 
well was the first to be abandoned in 
that section since the wildcat well on 
the Eeds farm was completed, and it is 
probable that a number of others will 
follow in a short time. The Corsicana 
Petroleum Co. is under-reaming 8-inch 
at a depth of 1,380 feet with a test on 
the Perkins-Sheldon tract, located one- 
quarter of a mile northwest of the 
Eeds well. No. 1 Warner is shut down 
at 2,150 feet. No. 2 is a rig, located 
three-quarters of a mile north of the 
Borchelt well. The J. M. Guffey Pe- 
troleum Co. is down 1,420 feet with a 
test on the Ward & Todd tract, lo- 
cated 600 feet southwest of the Eeds 
tract. No. 1 Eeds is drilling at 1,790 
feet. The Interstate Oil Co. is down 
50 feet with a third test on the Bor- 
chelt farm. The Producers Oil Co.’s 
No. 1 Burnett & Loyd is down 1,580 
feets The Red River Oil Co. is due in 
the Eeds sand with a test on the Lang- 
ford tract. Skelly & Reed’s No. 1 is 
a rig. G. C. Woods is shut down at 
1,850 feet with a test on the Eeds 
tract. The Northwestern Oil Co.’s No. 
2 on the Eeds is down 1,905 feet. 

The Burkburnett Field. 

The Burkburnett end of the field has 
nothing to offer for the week and it 
will be several days before the next 
well is due to reach the pay formation. 
The wells completed so far are show- 
ing poor staying qualities and the pro- 
duction of the five producing wells is 
not more than 275 bbls. a day. The 
best well in the field at the present 
time is W. C. McBride’s on the Che- 
nault farm, which is holding up at 45 
bbls. a day. Very little of the daily 
production is being run through the 
Magnolia Refining Co.’s 8-inch line to 
Corsicana, as the product is being used 
for fuel purposes. The Texas Co. has 
completed its 4-inch line from _ its 
6-inch main, four miles west of Wich- 
ita Falls, to its Clark farm near Burk- 

The boundaries of the pool at the 
present are altogether a matter of 
guess-work, and only the daring of the 
prospector will define its limits. A 
large number of wells are now under 
way in hopes of discovering new pro- 
ducing areas far removed from where 
the large strikes have been made, and 
it is expected that more of the wells 
due in the sand will define some of 
the outlying territory. 

The Corsicana Petroleum Co. is due 
to reach the pay sand within the next 
few days with a test on the Sands, lo- 
cated one-half mile southwest of the 

Schmoker well. Its No. 1 Cook is 
spudding in. Greénlease Bros, are 
deepening their test on the Reilly 
farm, located two and one-half miles 
south of the Schmoker. This well had 
a reported showing at 1,240 feet, 
where it was tested and showed a 
large amount of water with very little 
oil. The Interstate Oil Co. is down 
1,150 feet with a test on the Kierst 
farm. This test is located several 
miles in advance of production and its 
coming in is awaited with interest. 
The Producers Oil Co.’s No. 1 on the 
Gibheart, which has been shut down 
for several days waiting for water, has 
been started up again and is down 
about 700 feet. “ The Marcus Oil Co. is 
down 945 feet with a test on the Mar- 
kowitz tract, located in the northwest 
corner of the east half of the W. Kep- 
ler survey. It is one mile south of the 
Chenault well. W. C. McBride is down 
300 feet with a second test on the 
Chenault tract in the northwest corner 
of block 25, Red River Valley subdivi- 
sion. It is located 700 feet south of 
No. 1. Wilcox et al. have a rig up for 
a test on the Van Horn tract, located 
200 feet west and 600 feet north of the 
southwest corner of the farm. 

J. E. Head & Co. are down 1,400 feet 
with a test on the Warren tract, lo- 
cated one and one-half miles southwest 
of the Chenault. It is one-half mile 
south and 200 feet east of the W. Kep- 
ler survey. Urban et al. are down 
1,225 feet with a test on the Michner 
farm (mapped as Curtis) in block 1, 
Spetch Colony lands. This test is lo- 
cated three miles due west of the 
Schmoker well. ‘The J. M. Guffey Pe- 
troleum Co, has a rig up for a test on 
the Roller tract, located in the north- 
east corner of the C. "f. R. R. Co.’s sur- 
vey No. 3. The Producers Oil Co. 
made a location for a test on the Mor- 
ris tract, located 200 feet. south of the 
Staley farm line and 200 feet west of 
the east line of the farm. It has a rig 
up for a test on the east 80 acres of 
the Chenault farm. J. W. Dyson et al. 
are rigging up for a test on the Horton 
& Walker tract, located in the south- 
west corner of the J.'C. Poesh survey. 
It is located 600 feet north and 200 
feet east of the Horton & Walker sur- 
vey. The J. M. Guffey Petroleum Co. 
is down 1,100 feet with a test on the 
Smith tract in the southwest corner of 
the George D. Marion survey. This 
test is located midway between the 
Burkburnett pool and Iowa Park. No. 
1-Staley, located one-half a mile north- 
west of the Schmoker and in the north 
part of block 35, Red River Valley sub- 
division, is down 1,250 feet. The Pro- 
ducers Oil Co. is down close to 1,400 
feet with a test on the Miller tract, 
located in the southwest corner of 
block 45, Red River Valley subdivision. 
It is also one-half mile northwest of 
the Schmoker and is the only well 
drilling to the north since the comple- 
tion of a dry one by Skelly & Craw- 
ford on the Roberts tract, which was 
one mile north of the Schmoker well. 

May Wind Up Archer County. 

In the Archer county development 
the Sun Co. struck a large flow of 
fresh water at a depth of 100 feet with 
a second test on the Luke Wilson 
ranch, located six miles northeast of 
Archer City, and it is shut down await- 
ing a shipment of larger pipe. This 
test is located one-half a mile north- 
east of No. 1, which was a dry hole. 
It is the only well that is drilling in 
the Archer county field and will prob- 
ably be the last for some time, as the 

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field has proved to be a big failure. 
Coleman County. 
-A report from ‘Trickham, Tex., 
states that the well drilled by L. A. 
and J. A. Robertson on the Mathews 
farm is showing for a small well at 
1,005 feet. It is reported that a second 
test will be started in a few days. The 
Producers Oil Co. is down 900 feet 
with a fifth test on the Robertson 
tract. No. 1 Guthrie, located six miles 
southwest of Trickham, is a rig. 
Hardeman County. 

Near the town of Quanah two wells 
are now starting and one other loca- 
tion has been made. The Quanah Oil 
and Gas Co. is spudding with a test 
on the Halcomb tract, located three 
miles east of Quanah in the southwest 
corner of section 101. White-Cotton 
& Co. are down about 300 feet with a 
test, located about two and one-half 
miles northeast of Quanah. The Acme 
Oil Co. has a location for a test on the 
Newby tract. 

Brown County. 

The Winchell Oil and Gas Co. is 
drilling a test about three miles east 
of Winchell. 

Stephen County. 

In the Stephen county field Miller et 
al. are down 1,000 feet with a test on 
the Pratt’ ranch, located 10 miles 
northwest of Breckenridge. A num- 
ber of leases are being taken up in the 
north part of the county and addi- 
tional work may be started. 

Leasing Near lowa Park. 

Nothing new in regards to the de- 
velopment at Iowa Park has been re- 
ported and the usual amount of work 
is under way. Leasing has been quite 
active in the vicinity of the hamlet 
and it is probable that a number of 
other wells will be started in the near 
future. The larger companies have 
not entered the field as yet, with the 
exception of the Sun Co., which is 
drilling one well. J. P. Staples & Co. 
are down around 1,100 feet with a 
test on the Winfrey ranch in the 
northwest corner of block 21, Cowherd 
subdivision, and about one and one- 
half miles south of Iowa Park. This 
test had a showing for a 4 or 5-bbl. 
well around 680 feet, but the owners 
were not satisfied with a small well 
and are drilling it deeper in hopes of 
finding the product in a lower forma- 
tion. The Buffalo Oil Co. has resumed 
operations on the Roberts farm in the 
northwest corner of block 23, and 
about one and one-half miles west of 
Iowa Park, after a two-weeks’ shut- 
down and is now drilling at 1,250 feet. 
The Sun Co. is down 450 feet with a 
test on the Stien tract in the north- 
west corner of the John Gimble sur- 
vey and 200 feet from the west line. 
This test is located about five miles 
northwest of Iowa Park. Wilson & 
Furgeson have a rig up for a test on 
the Furgeson tract, located five miles 
southwest of Iowa Park, across the 
Wichita river. L. C. Hivick has a rig 
up for No. 1 Brown,in the southwest 
corner of block 130, Louise Netherby 
survey. It is located one and one-half 
miles south of Iowa Park. R.S. W. 




PITTSBURGH, Pa., Jan. 6.—The 
new year came in as quietly as the 
old went out. There was nothing 
spectacular at the close or beginning 
in the fields under development in the 
Hast. Operations are active in all sec- 
tions where there is a possible chance 
for new production. Deep-sand terri- 
tory is receiving almost as much at- 
tention as the shallow-sand districts. 
Never in the history of the industry | 

has there been such a general effort 
made to find new producing territory 
as is now witnessed in West Virginia 
and southeastern Ohio. Wildcatters 
are ignoring all previous theories as 
to where to look for new pools and are 
drilling or starting tests far removed 
from production. During the year 
there will be more strictly wildcat ter- 
ritory tried out than at any time in 
the past. 

Many of the old companies have 
sufficient undeveloped territory to 
keep them busy for many months, but 
are now beginning the search for new. 
The old fields have been closely leased 
up by the larger companies that there 
is little room for the small operator 
to get in. There is a lot of new talent 
seeking an opening and if it succeeds 
it will have to be content with operat- 
ing on the outer edges or search out 
new producing territory. 

Present Attractions. 

The development attracting the 
most attention at this time is the Be- 
rea grit pool on Scaffold run, Spencer 
district, Roane county. During the 
past week the Fisher Oil Co. com- 
pleted its No. 6 on the L. L. Atkison 
farm and secured the largest producer 
that has been found in that pool. It 
had an initial production of 25 bbls. 
an hour. Other wells were completed 
in the same districts and range from 
50 to 200 bbls. a day. The production 
of the pool at this time is close to 
2,500 bbls. a day and will increase. 
To the north and northeast the pro- 
ducing limits have not been defined 
and some of the best of the late com- 
pletions are located in the north end 
of the development. To the south and 
southwest gas has been encountered, 
precluding the possibility of an exten- 
sion in either direction. To the north 
and northeast there has been nothing 
drilled to condemn the territory for a 
distance of several miles. Roane 
county has not been so closely tested 
that there is no longer room for small 
pools and there will be an effort made 
to find them. 

Kanawha County Looks Good. 

With the passing of the Blue Creek 
field in Kanawha county, interest is 
now centered in the Berea grit devel- 
opment on Falling Rock creek in Big 
Sandy district. There have been a 
good many wells completed in that 
section, but it is only recently that 
good producers have been found. Good 
gas wells have been found in the 
northern end and the best oil produc- 
ers to the south and east. On the east 

(Of it. 
‘this county that have not been tested 

side of the development the South 
Penn Oil Co. drilled in a test on the 
D. R. Carnes farm 10 days ago and it 
had an initial production of more than 
600 bbls. and is still holding up at bet- 
ter than 400 bbls. The Falling Rock 
district has a procuction close to 2,000 
bbls. a day and is increasing. At the 
present time Big Sandy has more ex- 
perimental work under way and start- 
ing than any other district in West 

Wildcatting is not confined to Kana- 
wha county alone. Clay county is next 
and has a little development on Birch 
run, Union district, that has been fur- 
nishing light pumpers or a size suf- 
ficient to inspire the hope of finding 
something better. The oil in Union 
district is found in the Big Injun for- 

Boone County. 

There has been a good deal of test 
work completed in Beone county dur- 
ing the past year, more than at any 
time in the past eight years, but the 
result has not been satisfactory. At 
the time when Lincoln county was the 
most active district in West Virginia, 
the South Penn Oil Co. and others 
tried to extend the producing limits 
into Boone county, but nothing came 
There are still large areas in 

and the current year will see a good 
deal of this territory tried out. There 
are possibilities just as in Kanawha, 
Lincoln, Cabell and Putnam counties. 
Jackson county has had considerable 
test work and several times it looked 
as though it would find a place in the 
producing list. There is a little pro- 
duction, but the wells are very light 
and at this time there is very little 
doing. Recently several new compa- 
nies have been organized to drill in 
Jackson county. 
Good Wells in Old Territory. 

A number of the old districts in 
Harrison, Pleasants, Ritchie and Dodd- 
ridge counties have quite recently 
been supplying good producers. The 
largest producers are located on West 
Fork river in Clay district, Harrison 
county. There are three wells in that 
district that have been producing bet- 
ter than 600 bbls. a day for several 
weeks. In Sardis district there are 
several good producers. Clay district, 
Ritchie county, came to the front with 
a good producer when the Hope Nat- 
ural Gas Co. drilled in a test last week 
on the Fanny McCullough farm and se- 


cured a 100-bbl. producer in the Maxon [work 
In the Falling Timber run’coun-|!that can be hoped for. 

try in Grant district, Wetzel county, 
there is a large acreage that is known 
to be productive that has not been 
fully defined and only partly devel- 
oped. The oil is developed in both 
the Big Injun and Gordon sands. The 
South Penn Oil Co.’s last completion 
on the Cosgray-Stewart farm is good 
for 60 bbls. a day. In the shallow- 
sand districts in Lafayette and Union 
districts, Pleasants county, there has 
been a marked increase in develop- 
ment work and interest is increasing. 
Dry holes have been encountered in 
proximity to good producers, but this 
will not discourage operators so long 
as they find other wells that start at 
200 or more barrels a day. 
The Buckeye Fields. 

Development work in the southeast- 
ern Ohio fields during the past week 
was almost featureless. No new dis- 
coveries were made and the wells com- 
pleted in the old fields were generally 
light with a considerable percentage 
of dry holes. For some months the 
deep-sand territory and the new Be- 
rea grit development in Belmont 
county have been furnishing the lar- 
gest wells. Neither district furnished 
a 100-bbl. producer during the past 

The new Clinton sand pool in Read- 
ing township, Perry county, has been 
something of a disappointment. The 
efforts to extend its producing limits 
have failed and the wells once rated 
as near gushers have declined to small 
producers. The northern extension in 
Licking county is not improving its 
record. In Hopewell township, Lick- 
ing county, the Arkansas Fuel Oil Co. 
has drilled its test on the Flint Ridge 
Coal Co.’s property through the Clin- 
ton sand and has a duster. In Hope- 
well township, Muskingum county, the 
Columbus Gas and Fuel Co. drilled a 
test on the E. E. Day farm through 
the same formation and did not get 
better than a 5-bbl. pumper. North- 
west of the new pool in Reading town- 
ship, Perry county, the Avelon Oil and 
Gas Co. drilled its test on the A. B. 
Dennison farm through the Clinton 
sand and got a gasser with an esti- 
mated capacity of 2,000,000 cubic feet 
a day. 

The Shallow Sands. 

Development work in the shallow- 
sand districts is very active and in- 
creasing. All of the old fields where 
there is room for additional wells the 
leaseholder is drilling or starting new 
Light pumpers are the best 
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Washington counties lead all others in 
southeastern Ohio. In Independence 
township, Washington county, there is 
a considerable acreage that looks good 
for average wells. Profitable produc- 
ers have been found in the Keener 
and Big Injun sands. In Monroe 
county there is a little new work 
in the development near Armstrongs 
Mills, Belmont county, the new Berea 
grit pool shows increased develop- 
ment work. 

There were few completions in the 
local fields and none of them better 
than 5-bbl. pumpers. There is a good 
deal of new work starting, but it is not 
important as to location and consists 
principally in putting down an addi- 
tional well in some of the old fields. 

Recent Field Developments. 

The sudden change from spring-like 
to mid-winter weather caused a tem- 
porary suspension in many fields. 
However, it will be or short duration 
as the incentive to try for new pro- 
duction is too great to prevent opera- 
tors from pushing development work 
on a continuance of the search for 
new producing territory. In the search 
for the latter explorations will extend 
over a wider area than at any time in 
the past. 

On Leatherwood run, Big Sandy dis- 
trict, Kanawha county, W. Va., the 
Falling Rock Cannel Coal Co. has 
drilled No. 27 on the Falling Rock 
Cannel Coal Co.’s property through 
the Berea grit and has a light gasser 
in that formation. This well is prac- 
tically a wildcat, located two miles 
west of No. 24 on the same tract. 
This tract contains 3,080 acres and in 
the past the operating company has 
confined its operations to that section 
along Falling Rock creek. 

On Scaffold run, Spencer district, 
Roane county, the Ohio Fuel Oil Co. 
has drilled its well on the W. H. Pool 
lot through the Berea grit and has a 
35-bbl. producer. This location is only 
150 feet east of the Carter Oil Co.’s 
No. 2 on the W. J. Davidson farm. In 
the same district G. L. Cabot has 
drilled a test on the Harpole-McIntosh 
farm through the Berea grit and has 
a gasser with a light show of oil. It 
will be given a shot in the hope of 
making it an oil producer. 

Light Well in Ritchie. 

On Gillespie run, Grant district, 
Ritchie county, the American Oil De- 
velopment Co. has completed No. 3 on 
the J. L. Mullenax farm and has a 
show for a very light pumper in the 
salt sand. Development work in 
Ritchie county has been renewed and 
operators are hopeful of finding new 
pools or extensions to some of the old 

On Sycamore creek, Union district, 
Harrison county, W. B. Maxwell has 
completed a test on his own farm and 
has a gasser in the Gordon sand. No. 
2 on the same farm is que in the sand. 
On West Fork river, Freemans Creek 
district, Lewis county, the Reserve 
Gas Co. has drilled a test on the Anna 
C. Barb farm into the Big Lime and 
has developed a show of oil. The own- 
ers are undecided as to test or drill 
to the lower sands. On Smoke Camp 

Natural Gas Co. has drilled its test 

fifth sand and has a fair gasser. 

On Miracle run, Battelle district, 
Monongalia county, the Ventura Oil 
Co.’s No. 4 on the Nancy Johnson farm 
has now been drilled through the fifth 
sand and is good for 20 bbls. a day. 
On Fish creek, Liberty district, Mar- 
shall county, the same company has 
started to drill a test on the Marshall 
County Bank’s property. On Big run, 
Marion county, the same company has 
made a location for a test on the 
Daniel Freeland farm. 

Drilling and Starting Tests. 

Development work is again starting 
in Church district, Wetzel county. On 
Long Drain run the Carnegie Natural 
Gas Co. has started to drill a test on 
the U. R. Horner farm and has made 
locations for tests on the E. Higgin- 
botham, Elizabeth Hummel and 
Thomas Heinerman farms. 

Roane county has as much or more 
experimental work starting than any 
other county. On Scaffold run, Spen- 
cer district, the Fisher Oil Co. will be 
due in the sand this week at a test 
on the Margaret Wine farm. The same 

and locations made up to No. 7 on 
this farm. On Nancys run the same 
company is drilling a test on the E. E. 
Cross farm and has part of the rig 
material on the ground for a test on 
the Margaret Starkey farm. On 
Spring creek the United Fuel Gas Co. 
is drilling a test on the J. N. Cyster 
farm and is rigging up on the R. B. 
Wright farm. On Reedy run, Spencer 
district, the Carter Oil Co. is building 
rigs for a test on the Frank Evilsizer 
and E. M. Clevenger farms. On Spring 
creek, Smithfield district, the Colum- 
bia Oil Co. is rigging up to drill a test 
on the John S. Bannon farm. On 
‘lanners run, Spencer district, G. L. 
Cabot has whe rig completed for a test 
on the Norman Wines farm. On 
Spring creek Goff & Heck are down 
1,800 feet on the Minnie B. Simmons 
farm. On the Little Kanawha river 
in Center district, Calhoun county, the 
Southwest Oil and Gas Co. is down 
1,900 feet on the Elias Yoke farm and 
fishing for a string of tools. 

Southeastern Ohio. 

The deep-sand territory in southeast- 
ern Ohio did not begin the new year 
with any leading attractions. Devel- 
opment work in the northern end of 
the field in Muskingum, Licking and 
Perry townships is rather discourag- 
ing. In Hopewell township, Muskin- 
gum county, the Columbus Gas and 
| Fuel Co. has now completed and shot 
its test on the E. E. Day farm and will 
not have better than a 5-bbl. pumper. 

In Hopewell township, Licking 
county, the Arkansas Oil and Fuel Co. 
has at last succeeded in completing 
its test on the Flint Ridge Coal Co.’s 
land and has a duster. A little show 
of oil was developed in the Clinton 
sand, but not enough to make a pay- 
ing producer. 

In Reading township, Perry county, 
the Avelon Oil and-Gas Co. has com- 
pleted a test on the A. B. Dennison 

run, in the same district, the Hope. 

on the L. G. Garrett farm through the. 

company is drilling No. 3 and has rigs]. 

farm, located three-fourths of a mile 
northwest of the Carter Oil Co.’s light 
gasser on the W. A. Johnson farm, 
and has a fair gasser. In Jackson 
township, Perry county, J. E. Purvis 
has started to drill a second test on 
the C. and A. D. Polling farm. 
Shallow-sand Territory. 

In Marion township, Noble county, 
the Summerfield Gas Co. has com- 
pleted a test on the S. D. McClintock 
farm and has a gasser with a capacity 
of 5,000,000 cubic feet a day. The 
same company is starting a test on 
the J. S. Rowand farm, located one 
mile northeast of the gaser on the Mc- 
Clintock farm. 

In the New Matamoras district, 
in Grandview township, Washington 
county, the Knight Oil Co. has drilled 
a test on the R. Wilson farm through 
the Cow Run sand and has a show for 
a 5 or 8-bbl. pumper. In the Lowell 
district, Salem township, Bogard & 

Johnston have drilled a test on the] pen 

William Grosse farm through the 800- 
foot sand and have a duster. In Au- 
relius township J. F. Ward has com- 
pleted No. 19 on the William Harvey 
farm and has a light pumper in the 
Buell Run sand. D. S. W. 



TOLEDO, O., Jan. 4.—The only fea- 
ture in the week in review in the Cen- 
tral West fields of Illinois, Indiana, 
Kentucky, northwestern and central 
Ohio was the advance of 3 cents in the 
credit balance market, making the 
North Lima oil $1.28, South Lima and 
Indiana $1.23, Princeton, Indiana and 
the Illinois product $1.11 per barrel. 
These are the highest prices paid for 
these products since 1905 and the oil 
operators are jubilant over the out- 
look for the new year and many pre- 
dict the greatest year in the history 
of the industry if the prices remain, 
as not only new producing territory 
will be looked for but the old locations 
on leases that have been producing 
for years will be drilled up. 

Work slacked up to a large extent 
through the fields during the past 
couple of weeks and will hardly start 
at its usual rate until toward the lat- 
ter part of January, when increased 
activity is looked for unless weather 
conditions are bad. The “goose-bone” 
predictors claim an open winter, and 
if such is the case and the highways 
are in shape there will be nearly as 
much work as during the summer 

Central Ohio Gas Gusher. 

The new year came in with a record 
of one of the best gas wells drilled in 
the Central Ohio field for many years. 
This new find was the Logan Gas and 
Fuel Co.’s test on the G. H. and E. 
Mowery farm, section 1, Monroe town- 
ship, Richland county, and showed bet- 
ter than 16,000,000 cubic feet. For 
over three years but little attention 
was paid to Richland county as it was 

supposed that the gas territory had 

been pretty thoroughly drilled over 
and the drill was worked in other coun- 
ties, but late work in the Mansfield 
section shows that the territory that 
was overlooked is among the heaviest 
producers in the State, and from now 
on leaseowners will pay more atten- 
tion to the county. 


But one completion was reported 
from the Kentucky field during the 
week and that was in the Stillwater 
district in Wolfe county and east of 
the Campton pool. The well was the 
Craft Oil and Gas Co.’s No. 2 on the 
Samuel Fischel farm and failed to find 
any traces of oil at the depth of 1,300 
feet and goes down as a real duster. 

The runs from the wells of the vari- 
ous Kentucky districts for the week 
were as follows: 


Page Hollow 
Lewis (Morgan county) 
Page Hollow N 
Beaver Creek 

Daily average 
The Indiana Field. 

No completions were reported from 
any section of Indiana during the 
week and most of the wells that are 
drilling have been shut down for over 
the holiday season and will, no doubt, 
remain so for a couple of weeks. 

The Lima Fields. 

The Lima fields of northwestern 
Ohio are showing very little com- 
pleted work for the past several days. 
In Montgomery township, Wood 
county, A. J. Fowler and others drilled 
a 15-bbl. pumper in No. 4 A. Wirebaugh 
farm, section 2, and D. O. White’s No. 
10 on the northwest corner of the D. 
Asier farm, section 1, pumped 5 bbls. 
In Freedom township, same county, 
Rozelle & Stahl are nearing the sand 
with No. 11 L. Driftmyer farm, section 
13, and the North Lima Oil Co. is 
drilling No. 14 Shepler heirs’ farm, 
section 11. 

In Plain township, Wood county, 
the Paragon Refining Co.’s No. 5 on 
Blystone farm, section 35, is a salt- 
water pumper. D. Ickler is drilling 
No. 30 R. Minear farm, section 36, and 
the Octo Oil Co. its No. 12 Pinert & 
Munn farm, section 16. In Henry 
township the Ohio Oil Co. is drilling 
No. 9 J. Thome farm, section 14, and 
has rig up for No. 16 Olmstead farm, 
section 9. In Bloom township W. 
Leathers’ No. 10 on his farm, section 
34, pumped 5 bbls. F. J. Miller and 
others are drilling No. 1 A. W. Adams 
farm, section 28. In Portage township 
Thomas Cannan has drilled in a 4-bbl. 
pumper in No. 17 on the northwest 
corner of the George Weaver farm, 
section 31. Bushman Bros. are drill- 
ing a test on the H. Swan farm, sec- 
tion 17, Webster township, same 

In Allen township, Hancock county, 
King, Ewing and others’ test on the 
southwest corner of the W. R. Miller 

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farm, section 31, pumped 20 bbls., and 
the Ohio Oil Co.’s No. 13 J. E. Hunt- 
ington farm, section 23, pumped but 4 
bbls. This well found the Trenton at 
1,306 feet and drilled 300 feet in, toa 
total depth of 1,606 feet. In Orange 
township, same county, in the Bluff- 
ton district, the Glen City Develop- 
ment Co.’s No. 4 F. P. Blackford farm, 
section 4, pumped 42 bbls., and the 
Ohio Oil Co.’s No. 7 on the northeast 
corner of the W. E. Gallant farm, sec- 
tion 9, pumped 39 bbls. 

In Amanda township, Allen county, 
the Ohio Oil Co.’s No. 2 A. B. Moor- 
man farm, section 29, pumped 40 bblis., 
and No. 3, located on the southwest 
corner of the farm, pumped 15 bbls. 
In Richland township, same county, 
William Keegan’s No. 7 C. Balmer 
farm, section 23, pumped 5 bbls. In 
Spencer township W. L. Parmenter’s 
No. 7 J. C. Harbert farm, section 24, 
pumped 25 bbls. The Ohio Oil Co. is 
drilling No. 2 W. T. McCracken farm, 
same section, and W. L. Parmenter is 
drilling No. 5 L. Winans farm, same 

In Woodville township, Sandusky 
county, the Taylor Oil Co.’s No. 7 on 
the northwest corner of the J. Emch 
farm, section 17, pumped 5 bbls. In 
Washington township the Neff Oil 
Co.’s No. 1 J. W. Wells farm, in the 
southwest quarter of section 16, 
pumped 2 bbls. 

In Jennings township, Van Wert 
county, the Coleman Oil Co.’s No. 20 
Melvina Mark farm, section 30, 
pumped 10 bbls. 

Good Tiffin Well. 

The Citizens Savings Bank and Ba- 
con’s No. 18 on the T. B. Toombs 
farm in section 28, Pleasants town- 
ship, Seneca county, O., and north of 
Tiffin in the Spicer district, produced 
200 bbls. of oil the first 24 hours after 
being turned into tanks. This well 
found its oil at 146 feet in the sand 
at a total depth of 1,608 feet and is 
the best well found in the Tiffin field 
for months. In Jackson township, 
same county, near Rising Sun, the 
Near Oil Co.’s No. 2 J. Soule farm, sec- 
tion 21, pumped 10 bbls. 

South of Tiffin in section 32, Clinton 
township, Seneca county, the Sun Co. 
is drilling No. 9 on the Orphans’ Home 
farm, and north of Tiffin in section 5, 
same township, this company is drill- 
ing No. 11 W. N. Baker farm. 

Weather Slows Up Work. 

In the Illinois field the snow, holi- 
days and weather conditions have put 
a damper on active work the past few 
days, but work will start with a rush 
as soon as conditions improve for the 
rapid advances in the price of crude 
has set the operators to making ex- 
tensive plans for the present season. 
Territory will be drilled over that has 
been considered worthless for any- 
thing but light wells. Numerous tests 
are being planned for Jasper county, 
Which lies just west from the Craw- 
ford county field and south of the Cum- 
berland county development and be- 
tween the Olney-Sidell branch of the 
C. H. and D. Railroad and the Jasper- 
Crawford county -line. , 

In Oblong township, Crawford 
county, the Ohio Oil Co.’s No. 29 J. G. 
McKnight farm, section 17, and 800 
feet from the north line and 200 feet 
from the east line of the farm, pro- 
duced 50 bbls., while No. 30, located 
600 feetyfrom ‘the south line and 200 
feet from the east line of the same 
farm, produced 190 bbls. No. 3 of the 
same company on the J. H. Wood 
farm, section 34, and 200 feet from the 
south line and 2,000 feet from the east 
line of the farm, pumped 30 bbls. 

In Robinson township, Crawford 
County, the Annin Oil Co.’s No. 9 on 
the southeast corner of the Mary W. 
Guyer farm, section 8, pumped 30 bbls. 
The Ohio Oil Co.’s No. 8 on the north- 
east corner of the Elnora Quick farm, 
Section 18, pumped 10 bbls. No. 6 
on the northwest corner of the C, S, 

Jones farm, section 9, pumped 10 bbls. 
George S. Bole’s No. 13 Lindsay Bros. 
farm, section 8, pumped 30 bbls., and 
the Associated Producers Co.’s No. 40 
S. D. Meserve farm, section 9, and lo- 
cated 660 feet from the south and 
west lines of the farm, pumped 35 
bbls. The Ohio Oil Co.’s No. 6 W. C. 
and Mary Jones farm, section 28, and 
200 feet from the north line and 1,120 
feet from the west line of the farm, 
was a duster. 

In Petty township, Lawrence county, 
the Central Refining Co.’s No. 17 J. H. 
Klinger farm, section 18, and 200 feet 
from the north line and 1,520 feet from 
the west line of the farm, pumped 70 
bbls. from the Bridgeport sand at 945 

In Bridgeport township, Lawrence 
county, the Hamilton Oil Co.’s No. 16 
W. Ella Burns heirs’ farm, section 8, 
and 245 feet from the north line and 
735 feet from the west line of the 

farm, pumped 40 bbls. from the 
Bridgeport sand at 956 feet. 

Dennison township is ‘by far the best 
producing section of the entire Illinois 
field, although there is not as active 
development work as in Petty town- 
ship of the same county. The wells 
drilled are larger producers owing to 
the three heavy producing sands—the 
Kirkwood, Tracy and McCloskey—and 
the late wells, as a rule, are allowed 
to produce from the three sands in- 

stead of one, as has been the case up 
to a few months ago. By letting the 
three sands produce in one well it 
saves the close drilling of wells on al 
lease and equally as much oil is pro-| 
duced from the one well as would be 
from three wells if each sand was 
cased off, allowing the single produc- 
ing formation to supply the crude. In 
nearly every case the wells drilled to 
the three sands are much more pro- 
lific in their production. The Ohio Oil 
Co.’s No. 20 on the George L. Ryan 
120 acres, section 26, was allowed to 
produce from the three sands and 
shows a fine production of 260 bbls. 
Nos. 7 and 8 on the George L. Ryan 
80-acre farm, same section, are both 
producing from the same three pays 
and show 210 and 190 bbls., respec- 
tively. No. 8 on the Lewis K. Leighty 
farm, section 35, is another showing 
200 bbls., and No. 16 W. A. Gould 
farm, section 35, is producing 250 bbls., 
and No. 31 L. A. Buchannan farm, sec- 
tion 2, all from the three pay sands. 

January should see quite a number 
of wells drilled to the pay sands in 
the township, as they are now nearing 
the completion stages. The Ohio Oil 
Co. is drilling No. 7 E. H. Shuey farm, 
section 5; Nos. 16 and 17 A. L. Gould 
farm, section 35; No. 31 Lewis K. 
Leighty farm, section 35; Nos. 9 and 
10 George L. Ryan 80 acres, section 
26; Nos. 26 and 28 Smith-Neely farm, 
section 2; No. 9 E. M. Lewis farm, sec: 
tion 24; No. 3 George L. Barnett farm, 
section 6; No. 7 J. W. Clark No. 2 
farm, section 2; Nos. 22 and 23 Peter 
Leighty heirs’ farm, section 27; No. 8 
Laura Gillespie farm, section 27; Nos. 
32 and 33 L. A. Buchannan farm, sec- 
tion 2; No. 12 H. H. Gould farm, sec- 
tion 35; No. 26 T. I. Gould farm, sec- 
tion 35; No. 4 John J. Gould No. 2 
farm, section 36; No. 3 E. J. Ridgley 
farm, section 11; No. 23 James Gray 
farm, section 34, and rigs up for Nos. 
5 and 6 W. E. Robbins No. 2 farm, 
section 27. 

The Silurian Oil Co. is drilling No. 
10 and has rig up for No. 11 on the 
H. D. Hinkle farm, section 27. The 
Kewanee Oil and Gas Co. is drilling 
No. 12 J. E. Lingenfelder farm, sec- 
tion 1, and the Big Four Oil and Gas 
Co. is drilling Nos. 26 and 27 Laura 
Gillespie farm, section 35. J. C. Don- 
nell, agent, is drilling No. 5 C. H. 
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In Cumberland County. 

In the Siggins pool in Union town- 
ship, Cumberland county, northwest 
of Casey, some creditable producers 
are being drilled in the once-produc- 
tive shallow-sand field. The Ohio Oil 
Co.’s No. 9 on the northeast corner of 
the A. W. Lacey farm, section 24, 
pumped 15 bbls.; No. 14 I. J. Stroch- 
bine farm, section 2, and located 700 
feet from the south line and 200 feet 
from the west line of the farm, 
pumped 30 bbls., while No. 4 Samuel 
Sidwell farm, same section, pumped 
20 bbls. 

Moore & Biair’s No. 16 on the south- 
east corner of the W. H. Arney farm, 
section 25, pumped 75 bblis., and James 
A. Harper’s No. 5 on the southwest 
corner of the C. H. Gochenour farm 
pumped 30 bbls. 

In Clarke County. 

In Johnson township, Clarke county, 
the Pure Oil Co.’s No. 6 J. A. Larri- 
son farm, section 27, and right in the 
pool, developed into a duster, while 
No. 7, same farm, pumped 10 bbls. 
The same company’s No. 1 Levi Staley 
farm, section 27, was dry. 

In Casey township Starnsdal!l, Hay 
and others’ No. 10 J. C. Hartman farm, 
section 15, pumped 10 bbls. The Ter- 
rain Oil Co. is drilling a test on the O. 
Langle farm, section 10. 

Between Casey and Westfield, on 
Parker Prairie in Parker township, E. 
T. Pinnell is drilling No. 44 on his 
farm, section 6, and J. H. Parker his 
No. 17 on the G. A. Fuller farm, sec- 
tion 5. “WHIT.” 


ALLENDALE, Ill, Jan. 6—The Al- 
lendale pool in Wabash township, Wa- 
bash county, and the newest pool to be 
opened up in the Illinois field, is not 
living up to its first flashy showing 
made when the Biehl farm well was 
drilled in with a production of close to 
500 bbls. When this initial well was 
drilled in and started with such a nice 
production as it did, the trade rushed 
to Allendale and then the fight was on 
for leases. Enormous prices were of- 
fered and accepted for leases in most 
any old direction from the big well. 
Some scalpers who were on the 
ground early secured leases and dis- 
posed of them for a snug little for- 
tune, while the buyers will never see 
the color of their investment for the 
leases alone, to say nothing about the 
expense attached by the drilling of 
wells. Wells of the worthless kind 
have been drilled north, east and west 
from the origina! well, and as far as 
development work has gone in those 
three directions it shows that the field 
has but little width to it, as the pro- 
duction has all been found to the 
south. Every well drilled in the field 
is considered a test, and a dry hole 
can be looked for at most any new 
location. The wells do not show very 
extra staying qualities, which is one 
thing.against the field. Wells that 
start at several hundred barrels, like 
the one of Snowden Bros. on the Arm- 
strong farm, and within a few days de- 
cline to less than 15 bbls., do not 
speak well for the surroundings. Some 

of the wells drilled in show very good 
staying qualities, while the majority 
are just the reverse. The Biehl farm 
well which started at 575 bbls., was 
drilled during August, and since then 
to the close of 1912 there were a total 
of 43 wells completed, of which 20 
were dusters—nearly one-half. But 
few wells have been drilled any great 
distance from the original well, all be- 
ing confined to Wabash township with 
the exception of a couple of dusters 
found in Keensburg and Mt. Carmel 

Since the December report was com- 
puted there has been seven wells com- 
pleted, of which five were producers 
and two dusters, the showing being a 
trifle better for the new year. 

The best well of the new comple- 
tions was the Shaw Oil Co.’s No. 3 Ed- 
win Smith farm, section 10, Wabash 
township, and located 15 feet from the 
north line and 250 feet from the east 
line of the farm, which produced 270 
bbls. from a depth of 1,488 feet. No. 4, 
located 15 feet from the north line and 
20 feet from the east line of the same 
farm, pumped 15 bbls. from a depth of 
1,493 feet. Nos. 5 and 6, same farm, 
are drilling near the sand. 

The Ohio Oil Co. has drilled in its 
test: well on the J. G. Loeffler farm in 
the northeast quarter of section 9, 
Wabash township, and 200 feet from 
the north line and 135 feet from the 
east line of the farm, and found a 
duster at a depth of 1,565 feet, far be- 
low where oil is found in the pool. 

Snowden Bros. run up against a rank 
failure in their test on the northeast 
corner of the Ella Crouch farm, in the 
northeast quarter of section 16, at a 
depth of 1,605 feet. This firm’s No. 5 
Estes McMillan farm, section 9, and 
200 feet from the north line and 660 
feet from the east line of the farm, 
pumped 75 bbls. from a depth of 1,484 
feet. No. 6, in the southeast corner of 
the same farm, pumped 15 bbls. at a 
depth of 1,478 feet. The depths of the 
three last wells show that the sand is 
up and down and does not lay on a 
level as does the deep and shallow- 
sand fields of Clarke, Crawford and 
Lawrence counties. 

Charles Brohenmuller is trying his 

luck again to the north of the pool, |3 

near the Wabash-Lawrence county 
line in section 35, Wabash township, 

by drilling No. 2 on the D. S. Ravatte 
farm. No.1 on this farm was a duster 
with no showing whatever for a well. ' 

Duster in Bond Township. 

The Ohio Oil Co. has drilled in a 
duster in No. 8 on the Charles Gillin 
farm, section 30, Bond township, Law- 
rence county, and located in the north- 
west corner of the farm. 

In Bridgeport township, Lawrence 
county, the Ohio Oil Co.’s No. 34 J. T. 
Griggs No. 1 farm, section 32, and 
2,425 feet from the north line and 660 
feet from the east line of the farm, 
pumped 100 bbls. from the Bridgeport 
shallow sand. 
farm, section 20, and 990 feet from the 
south and east lines of the farm, 
pumped 15 bbls. from a depth of 1,855 
feet, and No. 29, located 990 feet from 
the south line and 330 feet from the 
west line of the same farm, pumped 
10 bbls. from a depth of 1,909 feet. 

No. 28 W. C. Miller | Boyd 

Hemley, Watson and others’ No. 3 on 
Scholl lot No. 36, section 5, and 125 
feet from the south line and 65 feet 
from the west line of the lot, pumped 
35 bbls. from the Kirkwood sand at 
1,550 feet. 

Two More Dusters. 

In Honey Creek township, Crawford 
county, the Ohio Oil Co.’s test on the 
northwest corner of the Mary A. Lind- 
say farm in the northeast quarter of 
the southeast quarter of section 1 was 
a duster, as was the Freehold Oil and 
Gas Co.’s No. 4 W. W. Mills farm, sec- 
tion 20, and 660 feet from the south 
line and 200 feet from the east line of 
the farm. “WHIT.” 


The year of 1912 was an exception- 
ally active one in the Central West 
fields, there being a total of 2,672 wells 
completed. Of this number, 1,713 were 
oil wells with a new combined produc- 
tion of 79,157 bbls., 540 dry holes and 
419 gas wells, the latter showing a vol- 
ume of 680,338,707 cubic feet and were 
by fields as follows, except the gas 
volume found in other fields outside of 
the Central Ohio, which are not given: 

Field. Comp. Dry. Gas. 
N. W. 55 : 56 14 
Indiana ria 20 4 

a 256 
*Central Ohio.... 



79,157 419 
*Central Ohio gas production, 680,388,707 cu- 
bie feet. 

In the Lima fields of northwestern 
Ohio the wells for 1912 were distrib- 
uted by counties as follows: 

County. Comp. Prod. 
y 1 

Dry. Gas. 
Wood 1 



Wen Wert ....... 




7,245 656 14 
The work in the Indiana fields dur- 
ing 1912 by counties was as follows: 

County. Comp. Prod. Dry. Gas. 
Well 6 31 




88 1,080 20 
The wells in Kentucky during 1912 

were completed by counties as fol- 

County. Comp. 

or ge Dry. Gas. 



1,933 6 5 
In the above figures the well found in the 
Cannell City district in Morgan county, 
which produces about 60 bbls. a day, is not 
given in either the Kentucky figures or the 
grand totals. 

| - 

5 | Cuyahoga : 4 

»| cocorroooooonoo 

The wells in the Illinois fields dur- 
ing 1912 were distributed by counties 
as follows: 



Comp. Prod. 
6 ’ 


St. Clair 


65,686 256 23 
The completions in the Central Ohio 
fields during 1912 were by counties as 
follows, showing the number of oil 
wells, oil production, gas wells, gas 
production and dry holes: 
Comp. Oil. Prod. Dry.Gas. 
Licking ...154 26. 583 30 98 
Fairfield .. 28 0 0 13 15 
53 0 12 41 
695 42 


Gas Prod. 



Coshocton.. 70 
Medina ... 

Muskingum 200 

14 1,035 





Richland . 69,637,943 
Summitt .. 300,0 
Athens .... cstnicane os 
Lak 1,000,000 
Total ... 3,213 148 373 680,388,707 
wi i 8 yi 


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year just closed there were a total of 
2,036 wells abandoned in the Illinois, 
Indiana and northwestern Ohio oil 
fields. The Indiana field showed the 
greatest number, owing to the scar- 
city of natural gas for fuel purposes to 
pump the small wells. The abandoned 
wells in each State, by months, in the 
three fields were as follows: 

Month. N.W. Ohio. Indiana, Illinois. 
January 18 59 19 
February 58 

In the Lima fields during the year 
the abandoned wells were, by coun- 
ties, as follows: 


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Seneca .... 
Wyandot .. 

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a total of 50 wells were abandoned. 
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leases which have not been RS 

drilled over. In Montgomery town- 
ship the Ohio Oil Co. abandoned No. 8 
Fuhr & Villwock farm, section 4. In 
Freedom township H. Crawford did 
the same with No. 5 J. Zipernick farm, 
section 29. In Plain township the Ohio 
Oil Co. pulled out No. 2 G. W. Hart- 
man farm, section 27, and L. D. Lang- 
made his No. 6 D. Hartman farm, same 
section. In Henry township the Ohio 
Oil Co. abandoned Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 
B. A. Lawrence farm, section 24; Nos. 
3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 9 Bass Lawrence farm, 
section 24, and No. 22 B. A. Lawrence 
farm, section 13,. while E. L. Vegina 
did the same with Nos. 1, 2 and 3 T. J. 
Campbell farm, section 24. The Ohio 
Oil Co. also pulled out Nos. 3, 36 and 
39 Lawrence Cable farm, section 2, In 
Bloom township Walsh, King and oth- 
ers abandoned Nos. 3, 4 and 5 A. C. 
Chamberlain farm, and Nos. 2, 5, 7, 
12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 Douglass & Stahl 
farm, section 7, and Thomas Percy es- 
tate its No. 1 M. Milburn farm, sec- 
tion 5. In Portage township the First 
National Bank of Fremont, O., aban- 
doned Nos. 4 and 5 A. Davidson farm, 
section 35; Nos. 2 and 3 H. Canfield 
farm, section 35, and Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7 and 
8 F. Borner farm, section 26. Henri 
Clauss abandoned Nos. 2, 6 and 8 S. 
Musser farm, and No. 7 R. H. Brand 
farm, section 25, while John Hosey 
and others did likewise wtih No. 8 
Hilliard heirs’ farm. In Middleton 
township the Martin Oil Co. aban- 
doned No. 7 F. Hubbard farm, sec- 
tion 27, and Harvey R. Gaylor did the 
same wtih No..8 H. Wening farm, sec- 
tion 21. In Washington township Ras- 
sell & Rassell abandoned No. 3 F. 
Pinert farm, section 28, and in Webes- 
ter township J. & G. Bushman pulled 
No. 10 J. Brandeberry farm, section 17. 

In Hancock county but five wells 
were abandoned. In Liberty town- 
ship the Ohio Oil Co. did this with 
Nos. 7 and 9 Charles Clark farm, sec- 
tion 9, and in Union township the 
Producers United Oil and Gas Co. 
pulled out Nos. 1, 2 and 3 Jesse Welty 
farm, section 33. 

Allen county for December had 10 
abandoned wells. In Perry township 
the Ohio Oil Co. abandoned No. 15 R. 
Crossley farm, section 4. In Spencer 
township W. L. Parmenter did the 
same with No. 11 H. C. Hart farm, 
section 25; No. 6 D. M. Richardson 
farm, section 35, and No. 4 J. N. Bailey 
farm, section 26, while T. J. Winans 
pulled out Nos. 1, 2 and 3 H. W. Hol- 
man farm, section 3. In the corporate 
limits of Lima T. C. Morrison aban- 
doned Nos. 1 and 2 Edward Crossley 
lot and No. 1 E. Middagh lot. 

Three wells were pulled out in Mer- 
cer county. In Union township, near 
Mandon, Jacob Stetzler and others 
abandoned No. 1 G. T. Griffin farm, 
section 1, and the Ohio Oil Co. its No. 
4 John Laus farm, section 13, while 
Williams & Moore did the same with 
No. 1 J. J. Piper farm, section 7, Cen- 
ter township. 

Five wells were abandoned by M. J. 
Lynch and others in Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 
5 C, A. Roller farm, section 7, Jen- 
hings township, Van Wert county. 

In Oregon township, Lucas county, 
the Clauss Oil Co. abandoned one of 
the wells on the Sol Wynn farm, sec- 
tion 28, and the Ohio Oil Co. its No. 
3 J. M. Bury farm, section 12. 

The Indiana Field. 

In the Indiana field during Decem- 
ber a total of 80 wells were abandoned 
and for the year there were 1,020 wells 
distributed, by counties, as follows: 

County. Aban. 
We cte aes Vecdsh seenae sane ee 412 
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BY ccccveecccescsvecsses 55 
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GPIIAG 54 windsks doc 0s 05 0 00% 293 
Huntington «- 58 
DGRWEEO ssc kopespcbspeccnces-e 101 
TEOMRUON ii isha pee cdacer dees 5 

TOCA) swicdavcpaconcesscescese 1,020 

In Wells county during December a 
total of 43 wells were pulled out as 
worthless, In Nottingham township 

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L. L. Langmade abandoned Nos. 1, 4, 
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 George W. Bolds 
farm, section .32, and Roberts & 
Thomas their No. 1 L. Heller farm, 
section 29. In Jackson township the 
Ohio Oil Co. abandoned No. 37 Silas A. 
Pulse farm, section 10; No. 8 J. P. A. 
Leonard farm, section 27; Nos. 1, 2, 3, 
4 and 5 William Jones farm, séction 
21; Nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 S. S. Parker 
farm, section 16; Nos. 1 and 2. F. 
Gooding farm, section 16; Nos. 1, 2, 3, 
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 C. A. Parker farm, 
section 21, and Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 
A. T. Good farm, same section. In 
Liberty township Cook & Smilack did 
the same with Nos. 3 and 4 J. P. Mun- 
sey farm, section 29. 

Blackford county shows four aban- 
doned, in Harrison township. No. 1 of 
T. W. Bradstreet on the C. Bradstreet 
farm, and Nos. 1, 2 and 3 of H. C. 
Ziegler on his own farm. 

Five old wells were pulled out in 
Jay county. Pontius Bros. abandoned 
No. 4 A. D. Pence farm, section 14, 
and the Bear Creek Oil Co., of Boston, 
its No. 5 M. M. Knoelke farm, section 
16, Bear Creek township, while in 
Wabash township William “F: Gee 
pulled out No. 1 Daniel Kelley farm, 
section 5. In Jackson township the 
Clifton Oil Co. abandoned No. 3 Eliza- 
beth Avery farm, section 8, and Clark 
A. Browning, trustee, did the same 
with No. 2 Oliver Orr farm, section 1. 

In Hartford township, Adams 
county, the Ohio Oil Co. abandoned 
No. 5 William Snyder farm, section 28, 
and in Wabash township W. J. Hester 
pulled No. 5 H. W. Hale farm, 
section 28. 

Grant county for December showed 
14 abandoned wells. In Van Buren 
township the Ohio Oil Co. pulled Nos. 
1 and 4 P. Pilkington farm, section 14, 
and in Washington township its Nos. 
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section 12; No. 6 M. E. Bradford farm, 
section 12, and No. 13 William P. Brad- 
ford farm, section 16. In Jefferson 
township Robinson & Duckwall aban- 
doned Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Jesse 
Johnson farm, section 7. 

In Delaware county, Liberty town- 
ship, the Panay Oil Co. pulled out No. 
8 M. F. Wood farm, section 32, and 
Louis Friedman his No. 4 G. E. White- 
hair farm, section 10. In Delaware 
township the Ohio Valley Oil and Gas 
Co. did likewise with Nos. 4 and 5 J. 
and M. F. Black farm, section 5, and 
the Paragon Refining Co. its Nos. 2, 4 
and 6 C. Marsh farm, section 17. 

In the Noblesville district in Fall 
Creek township, Hamilton county, J. 
C. McMahan abandoned Nos. 1 and 2 
J. J. Kinkade farm, section 2, and Nos. 
1, 2 and 3 T. E. Kimmerman farm, 
section 1. 

The Illinois Field. 

In the Illinois field during the year 
1912 there were a total of 162 wells 
abandoned, which were, by counties, 
as follows: 


The December figures of abandoned 
wells in the Illinois fields show a total 
of 21. 

In Clark county but one well was 
abandoned and that was E. T. Pin- 
nell’s No. 22 on his farm in section 
6, Parker township, near Westfield. 

Crawford county led other Illinois 
counties with 19 wells abandoned. In 
Oblong township the Ohio Oil Co. 
abandoned No. 15 A. G. Meserve farm, 
section 11; No. 12 Charles Clark farm, 
section 16, and No. 3 A. R. Boyd farm, 
section 11, while E. N. Gillespie did 
the same with Nos. 14, 21, 25, 43, 46 
and 47 J. N. Barnes farm, section 35. 
In Martin township the Ohio Oil Co. 
abandoned No. 6 George P. Hopkins 
farm, section 23, and Nos. 1, 2 and 3 
W. B. Adams farm, section 25. The 
same company abandoned No. 1 A. 
Gibbons farm, section 11, Robinson 
township, while in Honey Creek town- 
ship No. 1 C. L. Ducummon farm, sec- 
tion 31, and No. 1 H. D. Mann farm, 
section 19, were abandoned by the 
same company. In Montgomery town- 
ship the Montgomery Oil Co. pulled 
out No. 1G. P. Ford farm, section 15, 
while J. C. Donnell, agent, did the 
same with No. 1 J. W. Créswell farm, 
and No. 2 J. P. Sager farm, section 29. 

During the past month but’ one well 
was abandoned in Lawrence county 
and that was the Ohio Oil Co.’s No. 1 
Orris Pepple farm, section 12, Petty 
township. “Wit. 



Statistics for November, as com- 
pared with October, show a decided 
decrease, there being 7,676,171 bbls. 
against 8,158,814 bbls., or a difference 
of 482,638 bbls., the daily average pro- 
duction showing a decrease of 7,316 
bbls. There was a general falling off 
all along the line, the only field show- 
ing any increase being Coalinga, which 
has an excess of 410 bbls. a day over a 
month previous. The following table 
gives a comparative statement of av- 
erages for October and November: 

Field Averages. 

Kern River 
Santa Maria 
Santa Paula 




4,212 4,478 
263,188 255,872 

In the way of new work there were 
73 new rigs completed, 11 less than 
the month before, Midway showing a 
lack of energy by falling off 12, hav- 
ing erected but 23 new rigs, where the 
month before showed 35. Coalinga 
had 13 new rigs and the Kern River 
and Lost Hills 7 each. There were 
395 wells drilling against 389 for Oc- 
tober, there being an error in the last 
report in the Fullerton figures, which 
should have been 51 instead of 15. 
There were 5,627 wells producing 
against 5,650 for October, and 50 wells 
were completed, 17 less than reported 
during October. Of these, 21 are 
credited to the Midway. The only 
well of special note that was recorded 
was that of the Honolulu Consolidated 
in section 14-32-24, Midway, which 
made a production of 1,500 bbls. a day. 

In consumption figures there was a 
falling off of 535,093 bbls., or a daily 
average decrease of 7,216 bbls. In 
stocks another addition of 439,253 
bbls. is shown, which brings the pres- 
ent total up to 46,744,119 bbls. 

The present decrease in production, 
it is generally believed, is only the 
harbinger of still further reductions 
in the next few months, as many con- 
tracts are still in force for heavy oil, 
and assurance is given that each 
month will add to the number of com- 
panies that will shut down their wells 
with expiration of contracts till such 
time as better prices can be secured. 
It has been frequently announced that 
the Agency drew on stocks to some- 
thing like 300,000 bbis. and that the 
Associated had also drawn on its sur- 
plus. This, to a great extent, was re- 
garded as a most encouraging sign, 
and many looked for another decrease 
in the daily average surplus, which 
had declined from the September re- 
port to October from 30,266 bbls. to 
12,478 bbls., but the falling off in con- 
sumption raises the daily average 
from 12,478 to 14,641 bbls. a day, and 
proves that calculations on consump- 
tion figures can never be relied upon 
with anything like accuracy. 

November Completions. 

The list of new wells completed for 
November show the smallest number 
of any month in the year, there being 
but 50, with a total output of 6,263 
bbls. a day. This, compared with the 
month of October, is a most radical 
change, as that month had a daily 
average of 28,020 bbls. from 67 wells. 
But when it is taken into considera- 
tion that four wells alone were re- 
sponsible for 1,900 bbls. the difference 
is hardly so great. There was only 
one well on the gusher order, brought 
in by the Honolulu Consolidated, 
which made a production of 1,500 bbls. 
a ay. 

Aside from the Midway, little activ- 
ity is shown, and in this field only 
those companies that are assured of 
markets are making any effort at in- 
creasing their production. - Low-grav 
ity oil operators, aside from the Gen- 
eral Petroleum, the railroad interests 
and the Standard, are all tied up. 
The number of wells completed fell 
short of the previous month by 7, 
there being 21 in all. 

In the Kern River field 7 new rigs 
were built and 4 wells completed. This 
was a slight increase in new work, be- 
ing 5 more rigs than were erected dur- 
ing October. 

At Belridge 4 wells were completed, 
3 by the Belridge Co., which were 
much smaller in output than those pre- 
viously reported. 

At Coalinga 7 wells were completed, 
with an average of 78 bbls. to the well. 

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interest is shown in the way of new 

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$2 |month of October. 


LOS ANGELES, Cal., Dec. 31— 
There has been some inquiries regard- 
ing the various gravities of oil found 
in this State, as well as to the reia- 
tive value of each grade. Up until 
one year ago there seems to have 
been no established market price, and 
contracts were made at the best terms 
available. Under these conditions it 
has been quite difficult to ascertain 
what prices were being paid. But mat- 
ters are being more generally system- 
atized and there is reason to believe 
that from now on a more uniform 
price will prevail. This, as a matter 
of course, will ge governed largely by 
location and facilities for handling the 

As far as grades go, everything from 
solid asphaltum to 40° Baume is found, 
and for that matter kerosene, clear as 
crystal, has been produced, as well as 
fine lubricating oil, but not in any ex. 
tensive quantities. 

Prices established by the Standard 
place oil under 18° at 30 cents a bar- 
rel. Above this grade there is a set 
schedule running as high as $1.10 per 
barrel, which is paid for oil 33° or 
lighter, but this is governed accord- 
ing to location of the field. In Ven- 
tura county, for instance, oil 31° to 
31.9°, inclusive, is quoted at $1, while 
in the Lost Hills and Belridge terri- 
tory 31° and lighter is paid on a rate 
of 80 cents. 

In Ventura county very little oil is 
produced under 18° gravity, and such 
as is found is usually used for road 
purposes and commands a _ higher 
price than oil of 20 or 21° gravity, 
which now has an established price 
of 45 cents. 

To get down to schedule figures, the 
prices established by the Standard are 
here given. Until their recent deci- 
sion to handle no more “below 18° 
gravity oil” the price was established 
at 30 cents, which still obtains on all 
outstanding contracts. ; 

The prices here enumerated show 

the difference by locality: 
San Joaquin Valley. 

(Including Kern River, Coalinga, Midway, 
Sunset, McKittrick and Lost Hills.) 
18° to 20.9°, inclusive 35 
21° to 23.9°, inclusive -50 
24° to 26.9°, inclusive 55 
27° to 28.9°, inclusive 60 
29° to 29.9°, inclusive -70 
30° to 30.9°, inclusive 75 
31° and lighter 80 

Ventura County. 


Under 20° 
20° to 
21° to 
22° to 
25° to 
28° to 
30° to 

» inclusive 
» inclusive 
» inclusive 
» inclusive 
31° to . inclusive 
32° to » inclusive 
33° and lighter 

(Including Olinda, Brea Canyon, 
Hillis and La Habra Valley.) 

18° to 21.9°, inclusive 

22° to 24.9°, inclusive 

25° to 27.9°, inclusive 

28° and lighter . 

In the Santa Maria field there i 
still lacking any definite rates, but 
prices run from 40 cents to better than 
$1. A very heavy oil is found in the 
Sisquoc field, better known as Cat 
Canyon, which commands good prices, 
the oil being used for either asphalt 
or road purposes, while in the old field 
a high grade is produced. 

The Producers Agency, who handle 
a large part of the fuel product, while 
varying in price from month to month, 
is now quoted at 35 cents. 

In the Los Angeles field all oil is 
marketed direct to city consumers, and 
the price runs about 65 cents per bar- 
rel. In the Salt Lake field most of 
the oil is under control of the Asso- 
ciated Oil Co. and the Union Oil Co. 
draws largely on the field for its city 
trade. Many local dealers also get 



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New work in the fields is being 
shown more extensively at this time 
in North McKittrick and Belridge, 
where the General Petroleum Co. is 
starting a lot of new work and are 
drilling several wells, having com- 
pleted four in the last few days. The 
Belridge Oil Co. and the Pittsburgh- 
Belridge Co. are also active. 

It is the intention of the Standard 
to push developments in the La Habra 
district. Their Emery No. 2 is making 
a daily output of 800 bbls. No. 1 is 
nearing completion and shows for a 
big well. Indications point to an ex- 
tensive field in this location. The 
company is making good progress in 
their lately acquired Orange county 
land at Bixby, and drilling will be 
started at once. 

The announcement that the Produc- 
ers Agency doors would be thrown 
open to all companies affected by the 
“below 18° gravity” order, and that 
“whosoever will, may come,” is looked 
upon as being somewhat unofficial, as 
members of that organization state 
that before any such proclamation can 
be issued it will be necessary to call a 
meeting and have the matter endorsed 
by the board of directors. In making 
the announcement, President St. Clair, 
it is stated, has only the privilege of 
extending an invitation to companies 
to join, but he has no authority to as- 
sume the acceptance of any applicant. 
While there may be some companies 
willing to join the combine, they are 
mighty scarce; but, as was ruled at 
the last meeting held at Bakersfield, 
there is nothing to prohibit any com- 
pany from making application for 
membership, but it is up to the board 
of directors to elect or reject any can- 

It might be mentioned that even 
though some of the outside companies 

.have been compelled to shut down, 

there is little prospect of prices in- 
creasing very materially through af- 
filiation with the Agency, and those 
who have so far remained independent 
of this combine will scarcely care to 
join issues, considering the fact that 
present prices are anything but 

All operators affected by the slump 
in low-gravity oil are eagerly awaiting 
some move that will in some manner 
cast a ray of intelligence regarding 
who the people are to whom Tim 
Spellacy has rendered an agreement 
to furnish 10,000 bbls. of oil a day. 

Nobody seems willing to even = ex- 
press an opinion as to who is likely to 
be in the market for that amount of 
oil, but one thing has been established 
without any question of doubt, namely, 
that Mr. Spellacy has the unlimited 
confidence of those who have given 
him an option on their oil, and if he 
isn’t being stung, which may not be 
improbable, and Tim succeeds in get- 
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prove a move unprecedented in the 
way of building up a market price 
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ted the large organizations here to 
secure much additional territory with 
comparatively little competition. One 
peculiarity is that individuals or com- 
panies coming here with the intention 
of securing a moderate acreage al- 
most invariably catch the Mexican oil 
fever and endeavor to get hold of all 
the lands they can tie up. And, al- 
though there are many millions of 
acres held on which rentals are paid, 
such a thing as allowing a lease to 
lapse is almost unknown. In one re- 
spect this is a good thing. There will 
soon be such an enormous production 
—probably a half million barrels daily 
the coming year—and that being held 
largely by comparatively few compa- 
nies, the. price of crude will be more 
easily sustained. 

“Shipments have increased to about 
1,500,000 bbls. a month at present, and 
will continue to grow as rapidly as 
transportation can be secured, and 
there is a constantly increasing de- 
mand for fuel oil. Most of the pro- 
duction so far is owned by the large 
companies—El Aguila or Pearson in- 
terests and the Mexican Petroleum or 
Doheny companies. This, owing to’the 
fact that operations by new organiza- 
tions have been confined largely to 
territory near the Panuco river, which 
permits transportation to this port by 
barges, from which it can be readily 
transferred to tankage and loaded 
onto ocean-going steamers. 

“While quite a number of fairly good 
producers have been found, the world- 
beaters so far are confined to the 
lower district, where comparatively 
few wells have been drilled. The Gulf 
company, Treat, Crawford (called 
Penn. Crude) and associates, the Asi- 
atic, together with several smaller 
companies, are preparing or are now 
drilling in this district where it is cer- 
tain all the ‘whales’ have not been 
tapped, and 1913 will be very apt to 
show others besides the Pearsons and 
Dohenys, with a very large production. 
At present were all wells permitted to 
flow at their full capacity the output 
would be approximately about 275,000 
bbls. daily, divided as follows: Pear- 
sons, 200,000 bbls.; Doheny, 55,000 
bbls.; all others, 12,000 bbls. 

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that the representatives of ‘J. Bull- 
dom’ are so far in the lead in this, the 
greatest fuel-oil producing country in 
the world, but as a matter of fact at 
present they hold about 75% of Mexi- 
can oil production. 

“The Aguila company, under the able 
management of Dr. Hayes, has shown 
a remarkable improvement in the con- 
ducting of its affairs the past year. 
Formerly controlled largely in its op- 
erations by a,corps of ‘arm-chair ge- 
ologists’ in London, many errors, 
laughable and expensive, were com- 
mitted. As a sample of the former, 
when the Potrero de Llano well has 
struck over 100,000 bbls. daily were 
flowing down the Buena Vista river, 
where a large part of it was con- 
sumed in two enormous fires and the 
rest floated down the Tuxpam river 
into the Gulf. With Lord Cowdray 
personally on the ground, with Sam 
Weaver and Frank Lowery in charge, 
doing everything possible to control 
the well, assisted by experienced men 
and several thousand Mexican labor- 
ers, a cable came from London say- 
ing: ‘We have decided that the 
proper thing is to stop the flow.’ At 
present the entire management is 
practically held here. Each camp 
where drilling is under way is super- 
intended by practical, level-headed 
men who have served apprenticeship 
under the beam, and ask ability from 
their employers rather than letters of 
recommendation. In the direct man- 
agement of field work the boys who 
get their transportation from Liver- 
pool have been largely eliminated. 
Improved methods for transporting oil 
to Tampico and Tuxpam are notice- 
able, An 8-inch line has been run to 

Tuxpam, where it extends out into the 
Gulf several miles to deep water, per- 
mitting the loading of oil direct aboard 
the ship. The great disadvantage of 
this system has been when a ‘norther’ 
is blowing the steamers are obliged to 
put to sea, and as the wind blows 
sometime for several days a great deal 
of time is lost. This will be largely 
overcome by running eight 8-inch 
lines to the boats, permitting them to 
be loaded in two or three hours. Ten 
55,000-bbl. tanks are located here, 10 
more are being constructed, with, it is 
said, a total finally of 100. 

“The railroad at Tampico, controlled 
by the Government, collects 50 cents 
(Mexican) per ton for all oil shipped 
over the bar at the mouth of the Pan- 
uco. This item, amounting to many 
thousands of dollars annually, will be 
saved by the Pearson company. An 
8-inch line is being constructed from 
Tanghuipo to Tampico, where there 
are at present forty 55,000-bbl. tanks. 
A refinery is about to be built here. 
Tramroads are to be extended to the 
Amatlan valley and other points 
where operations are to be started. 
More territory is being added con- 
stantly, probably 300,000 acres the 
past year. This company has ac- 
quired the electric plants at Tampico 
and will build an electric road from 
there to the Gulf, passing the refin- 
ery. A large hotel at the beach, an 
office building of five stories, on which 
work is being pushed day and night, 
are some of the improvements now 
going on. Their drilling operations 
have proven the Potrero district, like 
most Mexican territory, is spotted. 
After drilling three wells on the Ala- 
zan hacienda, none of which were pro- 
ducers in paying quantities, the fourth 
one struck the right spot, and when 
capped was doing, in the estimation of 
experienced oil men, 40,000 bhis. a 
day. Five wells were drilled on the 
lands called Terra Amarilla. These 
were small, considered as no good by 
the Pearson Co., which, like the Hua- 
steca, throw 50-bbl. wells into the dis- 
card; but No. 6, after the crew had 
shut down for the night, broke loose 
and began to drill itself in. Before 
the boys could get it under control it 
had smothered, with the gas, one 
Mexican and 35 horses and mules. In 
the short time taken to harness it the 
well was flowing one kilometer (about 
five-eighths of a mile) through 3-inch 
pipe, with gate almost closed, 750 bbls. 
per hour, and in all probability would 
have equalled the original gusher at 
Potrero, seven miles distant, if per- 
mitted to flow open for a time. It is 
probable that this company could to- 
day throw nearly as much crude on 
the market as the total production of 
the State of California and within a 
year equal the entire amount produced 
in all the States. They have 17 tank- 
ers ordered, six or eight to be deliv- 
ered in July. Their shipments from 
Tuxpam in November were exception- 
ally large, the total being 600,000 bbls. 

“The Huasteca (Doheny) companies 
were not so active the past year, de- 
voting their energies to securing mar- 
kets and taking care of the production 
of No. 7 at Casianos. This world- 
beater can not be entirely closed in, 
as in that case oil spouts through the 
surrounding surface. The best that 
can be done is to put a back pressure 
of 265 pounds on the well when they 
are compelled to take care of the 25,- 
000 pounds production which is bound 
to flow. As they are now drawing on 
their reserve, it is presumable that 
they are disposing of at least 30,000 
bbls. a day. This includes about 15,- 
000 bbls. shipped to interior points. 
No. 7 has the world’s record in the 
amount of oil saved and sold, prob- 
ably amounting to 20,000,000 bbls. of a 
value of at least $10,000,000 and is 
still flowing at the age of 28 months 
at the original rate. Realizing that 
this can not go on forever, and to be 
prepared for emergencies, the com- 

pany is starting active drilling opera- 
tions again. 

“Their reserve at present consists of 
No. 6 Casianos, 15,600 bbls., and the 
Ebano production, probably 4,000 bbls., 
with about 7,0000,000 or 8,000,000 bbls. 
in storage. They are at work on a 
railroad which starts at San Geron- 
imo and will extend by Cerro Azul 
to a point on or near the Tuxpam river. 
A fine office building has been erected 
here and a second 8-inch line run to 

“The report is circulated and I give 
it to you for what it is worth, that ne- 
gotiations were on with the Standard 
for a time, but fell through on the 
point that while the Standard wished 
to buy only a controlling interest, Mr. 
Doheny insisted on the total transfer 
of stock in the interest of the minority 
stockholders, many of whom are em- 
ployes who have staked a large part 
of their earnings on the success of the 
company. When finally the buyer 
agreed to this the price was jumped 
and the deal declared off. The man- 
agement is as independent as the Bull 
Moose or a driller with a hundred in 
his clothes. 

“Another rumor which almost bears 
the stamp of certainty will, if com- 
pleted, transfer another large interest 
to the sons of Merry England. That 
is that the Asiatic is negotiating for 
all the interests in Mexico of the 
Waters-Pierce Co. It is said they were 
the real buyers of the Rockefeller in- 
terests in the States. 

“Along the Panuco three or four 
pools are in process of development. 
The first, at Caracol, has not been 
very successful to date. The Leonard 
Co., represented by individuals of The 
Texas Co. and others, have drilled or 
partially drilled five wells. None of 
these were paying producers, if we 
except two shallow wells at a point 
near the large seepages, called Cara- 
col oil springs. These two wells, 
about 400 and 800 feet deep, show for 
several hundred barrels, but have 
never been properly tested. The com: 
pany is drilling another near these 

The Tampico Oil Co., Ltd., an Eng- 
lish company, has one dry hole here, 
but No. 2 is good for 750 bbls. at about 
2,150 feet. No. 4 is drilling. What 
may prove a new pool is located about 
four miles north, where their No. 3, 
at a depth of 1,600 feet, found 225 
bbls. of 18.5 gravity oil. Sill & Rowe 
have rig up 600 feet ditsant. 

“Topila, so far, has not come up to 

expectations. The East Coast No. 2, 
Topila Petroleum Co. and the Produc- 
ers are the only paying wells so far 
brought in. ‘The eight or nine others 
so far completed are light. Three or 
four wells are now drilling. 

“As my letter has drawn out to 
some length will send in this install- 
ment and tell you the rest in a day 
or two, as Mexican news will keep for 
a considerable time without getting 

In addition, Mr. Spellacy gives fur- 
ther details of work in progress with 
a few pointers regarding working con- 
ditions as well as the political aspect 
in Mexico as they appear to the 

“Panuco is the point of greatest in- 
terest at present and approaches 
nearer to being classified as an oil 
town than any other in Mexico. About 
a dozen strings of tools are running 
and as many more will soon be. The 
town being in the State of Vera Cruz, 
bullfighting, gambling, etc., is permit- 
ted, while they are prohibited in Ta- 
maulipas, wherein Tampico is located. 
The territory is held in comparatively 
small leases; transportation is by way 
of Panuco river and operations not so 
expensive. The wells so far drilled 
have been almost uniformly success- 
ful, running from 100 to 3,000 bbls. 
Only two, so far, can be classed as 
losing ‘ventures, and they are good for 
30 or 40 bbls. There are 9 or 10 com- 

“The various pools along the river 
are producing, or can produce, approx- 
imately 12,000 bbls. daily, classified as 
follows: Caracol, 1,200 bbls.; Topila, 
4,000 bbls.; Panuco, 7,000 bbls. 

“The gravity of the oil in the differ- 
ent locations shows as follows: 




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southwest of Tampico; the Swayne, 
Graham & Co., on a sublease from the 
Seaboard, between Panuco and To- 
pila; Galey & Co., two miles northeast 
of Casianos; Mexican Premier Co., 
six miles east and a little south of 
Casianos; Standard Oil Co. of Mexico, 


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five miles southwest of Potrero; East- 
ern Oil Co., four miles northwest of 
Casianos; Huasteca, northeast of Cas- 
ianos, between that point and Dos Bo- 
cas (two wells); Pearson, 20 miles 
west of Potrero de Llano. This well 
had a 25-bbl. showing of 32° gravity 
oil at 1,300 feet. Some of these tests 
are below the point where production 
was supposed to lie, but it is a new 
field and all are getting some show- 
ings of gas or oil. Their depths are: 
Dos Bandéras, 3,335 feet; Swayne, 
Graham & Co., 700 feet; Galey & Co., 
2,200 feet; Mexican Premier, 2,230 
feet; Eastern Oil Co., 750 feet; Huas- 
teca, about 2,200 feet; Pearson, on 
Tlacalula, 2400 feet; Standard Oil Co. 
of Mexico, 3,175 feet. 

“The Penn. Crude (Treat, Crawford 
& Co.) has several hundred tons of 
material in port and will place two 
camps at once in the lower field, one 
at Tumbadara, 20 miles west of Tux- 
pam, and the oiher probably west or 
northwest the same distance from No. 
1. Several other companies will start 
tests in the near future in both the 
lower and upper fields. 

“Boicourt, McKeever & Co., 90 miles 
north, is a very likely wildcat location. 
They are nearly 1,900 feet deep. Alto- 
gether there are probably 35 or 40 
strings of tools now running. 

Plenty of Labor. 

“Many inquiries are received from 
the boys in the States in regard to se- 
curing employment here. There are 
generally more than men enough in 
Tampico to fill all demands. Many 
find work pipe lining, rig building, 
etc., while waiting employment in 
their regular line. If one is provided 
with money enough to support him- 
self in idleness for some time, with 
surplus then for a return ticket, it 
might do for a limited number of drill- 
ers and tooleys to come here. Other- 
wise, not, as it is a long ways to the 
Rio Grande. 

Regarding Political Conditions. 

“At present things look good for the 
Government forces, and if ‘Orozco 
keeps off the warpath they will con- 
tinue good. But ‘Quien Sabe.’ We 
have given up trying to guess the out- 
come here where things have been so 
quiet that it is hard to believe that 
Mexico is undergoing an experience 
that threatens its very national exist- 
ence. Here, as in many other dis- 
tricts, the few bands who have wan- 
dered in were not warriors, but finan- 
ciers. They organize a bunch of rus- 
tlers, limited, march into a village or 
up to a hacienda, shout ‘Vive Juan 
Smitho,’ collect toll, horses, cattle or 
money, punctitiously giving receipts 
payable when ‘Juan’ becomes presi- 
dent, and depart. They carry arms, 
but so far have not used them. The 
Mexican Government should protest 
against our Uncle Samuel shipping 
arms to Mexico for Americans to de- 
fend themselves. So far, without ex- 
ception almost, they have handed 
them over to the ‘rebs’ at the first re- 
quest. Pearson and Oilfields of Mex- 
ico have likewise donated arms. An 
American colony up the road about 50 
miles, the Mormons, Casianos, and now 
comes Cananea; all have helped the 
rebels or bandits to become armed 
with ‘Krags.’ While there are doubt- 
less many atrocities committed in 
some parts of the country, there are 
exaggerations both in the States and 
even here. 

“George Harmon brought a good one 
with him on his return from his last 
trip to the city, and which he relates 
‘Con Mucho Gusto.’ A patriot rides 
into a village and seeks the Alcalde, 
‘Do you know who I am?’ 

“No, I don’t know who you are.’ 

“*Well, Iam the ear man.’ (Motion- 
ing to a Mozo, who accompanies him, 
he gives an order and the Mozo takes 
two sacks from the back of a pack 
mule and brings them into the room. 
Opening them, he pours on the floor 

300 right ears.) The story goes, of 
course, that his argument was good 
and the ‘jefe’ came across with his 
contribution. (Pretty big ears or 
small sacks, eh!) 

“Tampico is on the verge of a build- 
ing boom and the oil men are doing 
their share of it. Aside from the Do- 
heny and Pearson buildings, W. H. 
Milliken is building several business 
blocks and residences. He is also put- 
ting up an imposing structure to be 
used as an office building and opera 
house. It will be called the ‘Teatro 
Millikeno.’ The Oklahoma Iron Works 
has a fairly well equipped machine 
shop, and if we can get a supply store 
will be pretty well equipped. The 
Lucey Co. is about to place some sup- 
plies in stock. i 

Among the old-timers who have 
been here since my last letter are 
Messrs. Trees, Treat, Colonel Newell, 
McFadden, Gartland, Nichols and oth- 
ers. Quite a number of those located 
here went to the States for election. 
John Leonard, Eddie Gilmore, John 
Galey, Martin Holtz and Penrose were 
among the number. All have returned 
but Leonard and Holtz. As John 
tipped it off that the Bull Moose was 
going to be snowed under in Pennsyl- 
vania the result may account for his 
continued absence. Gilmore and Galey 
look happy, as though pleased with 
the result. Most of the precincts in 
Mexico went ‘Mooseward,’ as the ma- 
jority here think he is the one to han- 
dle the Mexican situation. 

“The main interest here, politically, 
is centered in the hope that our pres- 
ent consul, Miller, will be retained at 
Tampico. Efficient consuls are not so 
plentiful that we can afford to take 
any chances in losing the present in- 

“The concession, held largely by 
Government officials, in which appear 
members of the Madero family and 
Pino Suarez, vice president, granting 
rights to operate the marine zone, are 
preparing to do some work. This 
‘zone’ is a narrow strip of land about 
30 feet in width, bordering the Gulf 
and all streams as far as navigable at 
any season of the year in small boats. 

“There is considerable feeling over 
this concession, it being contended 
that the land is only held by the Gov- 
ernment for marine purposes and does 
not include the subsoil. It is probable 
the matter will be taken into the 

“In conclusion, I will state that all 
are impressed with the belief that 
1913 will be a most eventful year in 
the oil history of Mexico, as every 
movement tends to show that the 
large interests are preparing to take 
care of the situation as never before, 
and when the wheels of progress get 
in good running ordr there will be no 
limit to the amount of production that 
Mexico sand send out into the world. 


“Andy Gartland, accompanied by his 
wife, will spend the winter here. Andy 
will soon start ‘digging’ for Mexican 

“John Haswell, the popular general 
manager and superintendent of the of- 
fice and field department for the Lu- 
cey Supply Co., has gone on a vaca- 
tion to the States and is succeeded by 
Mr. McIntyre. We all hope ‘Jack’ will 
soon return, as he is deservedly popu- 
lar with the fraternity. 

“At the meeting of stockholders (?) 
held in this city, December 31, the 
Mexican Petroleum Co. (Doheny) in- 
creased its capitalization from $50,- 
000,000 to $60,000,000 for the purpose 
of entering into a more active devei- 
opment of its holdings, the idea being 
particularly to put the transportation 
facilities in more efficient condition. If 
this is done there should be no excuse 
for withholding activities in this 
highly advertised and widely praised 
territory, where lakes of oil abound 
and perpetual gushers are said to 
exist.” C. H. G. 



SAGINAW, Mich., Jan. 4.—The new 
year starts in well for the oil outlook 
at Saginaw, Mich. The people of Sagi- 
naw Valley are rejoicing over the fact 
that it looks very much as though an 
oil field had been discovered in their 
back-door yard. There was more or 
less excitement when the Saginaw 
Valley Development Co. drilled in its 
second well on the Carey-Casamar tract 
along Bristol street in Saginaw and 
found a producing well at a depth of 
2,317 feet that made an excellent show- 
ing of a high-grade crude, but after 
being pumped dropped off until the 
production: was close to 2 bbls, a day, 
and the citizens to some extent lost 
their faith-in the prospects a field. 
But the Saginaw Valley Development 
Co. never faltered in the*work of giv- 
ing the field a fair test and put the 
capital invested against luck, and luck 
appears to have won out in the race; 
at least the third well, which is located 
on the Jackson-Church property, is 
making a much better showing than 
the Carey-Casamar well. This well 
was drilled in a couple of weeks ago 
and left stand for a time, after which 
it was given a shot with better results 
than expected. After the well was 
cleaned out and tubed about 5 bbls. of 
crude were pumped from it, when it 
was discovered that the cups and 
valves did not work properly and they 
were repaired, after which the well 
for the first 24 hours’ pumping ending 
at noon, Tuesday, showed 50 bbls. of 

oil in tanks. This well found its first 
pay streak at a depth of 2,925 feet in 
what is known as the Dundee sand, 
the real oil-producing sand of Michi- 
gan. About 15 feet of good sand was 
found and the hole was drilled to a 
depth of 3,081 feet, afterwards being 
filled up and shot at a depth of 2,932 
feet where the best showing was 
found. The oil is equally as good as 
that found in the Carey-Casamar well, 
which was 47.9° gravity. No. 4 well, 
which is located at the Bristol street 
bridge, was drilled to a depth of 2,334 
feet and showed some oil, but since 
No. 3 has made such a good showing 
from the Dundee sand the owners 
have concluded to send the drill to 
that formation in the Bristol bridge 
well which is on the Creswell property. 
The first well of the company on the 
Mundy-Fifield farm, midway between 
Saginaw and Bay City, will also be 
drilled to the Dundee sand as soon as 
the Creswell well is finished. This 
company’s well in Buena Vista town- 
ship, a couple of miles northeast of 
Saginaw, is on top the first pay sand, 
but this well will also be drilled to the 
lower Dundee formation. It is evident 
that the Saginaw capitalists that are 
at the head of this company contem- 
plate giving Saginaw Valley a most 
thorough test. Another well will be 
drilled east of Saginaw at what is 
known as the east intake and another 
on a block of leases about eight miles 
northwest of the city, making a total 
of seven tests for the company. 

The McClure Co., also a Saginaw 
concern, has arranged to drill five test 
wells around Saginaw and Bay City, 
and Mr. Murrin, a_ contractor from 
Lancaster, O., has already contracted 
for the wells and at the same time se- 

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with one. producing well; also including cas- 
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Kiefer, Okla. 

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cured an interest in the property. 
This company, like the Saginaw Val- 
ley company, has an abundance of 
capital to push the work along, as it 
consists of the best known business 
men of the Saginaw Valley—men who 
have made their money in timber and 
salt and are willing to spend some of 
it in hopes of making Saginaw and 
Bay City recognized as oil cities. 

It is reported that the Michigan Oil 
and Gas Co. will soon start test work 
on some of its holdings in the valley 
as well as outside where a block of 
leases has been secured. The. Great 
Lakes Co., that secured the State 
lands in several counties amounting 
to something like 100,000 acres, con- 
templates some test work with the 
opening of spring. 


SAGINAW, Mich., Jan. 6.—Present 
indications are that the Nos. 3 and 4 
wells of the Saginaw Valley Develop- 
ment Co. at Saginaw will both make 
small pumpers. No. 3, the deep well 
on the Jackson-Church property, has 
been tubed and put to pumping. Sun- 
day morning the pump was started, 
and, after about 4 bbls. of crude were 
pumper from the well, it was found 
that the cups and valve did not work 
properly and for fear of trouble pump- 
ing was stopped and the tubing is be- 
ing pulled to put it into better shape. 
It looks like a well that will produce 
from 5 to 10 bbls. of high-grade crude. 
The well is tubed with 2-inch tubing 
and as soon as repaired will be given 
a fair test to see what it will do. 

No. 4 of the company, which was 
drilled to a depth of 2,334 feet, and 
located on the Creswell property, on 
the east side of the Bristol street 
bridge, also looks like it would make 
a,small pumper. The bailer was run 
and it was found that there is about 
400 feet of fluid in the hole, which was 
a surprise to the owners as they ex- 
pected a dry hole. Nothing has been 
done to this well since December $13, 
when it was drilled to its present 
depth and left standing to see what 
No. 3 would do in the way of produc- 
ing oil from the lower Dundee sand. 
It is not known at this time whether 
the well will be shot at its present 
depth or will be drilled deeper. Much 
depends upon what No. 3 will pump 
when in shape. The stockholders of 
the company appear to be well pleased 
with the outlook of all three wells 
they have drilled at Saginaw and ex- 
pect to send a string of tools to the 
Munday-Fifield farm well, between 
Saginaw and Bay City, within a few 
weeks to drill deeper the well which 
was the company’s first venture. The 
Munday-Fifield well was drilled only 
to a little over 2,200 feet and not deep 
enough to get the pay found at 

Oil leases to the number of 1,922 
have been recorded in the register of 
deeds’ office at Saginaw up to Decem- 
ber 21, according to a statement made 
by E. H. Patterson, register of deeds. 
The fees which go, to the county 
amount to $1,926. While it would be 
a tremendous task to ascertain the 
acreage as recorded, Mr. Patterson es- 
timates that there are at least 200,000. 
There is much other land leased 
which has not been filed for record up 
to this time. Many lots have been 
leased within the corporate limits of 

The oil craze which has been hitting 
many spots in Michigan has struck 
Breckenridge, a small hamlet six miles 
east of St. Louis, Mich., and C. A. 

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has interested several parties to the 
tune of about $10,000 to prospect for 
both oil and gas in that vicinity. Mr. 
Zubler has secured leases on about 
3,000 acres and expects to keep at 
work leasing until spring and will 
then start development work. 




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PITTSBURGH, Pa., Jan. 3.—The 
week broken by the holidays shows 
light trading in the natural gas and 
oil securities on the local exchange. 

Manufacturers Light & Heat recov- 
ered its dividend of 14% quickly on 
sales of 1,800 shares at $464%4.@47%, 
selling ex-dividend. Ohio Fuel Supply 
sold at $44 ex-dividend with one sale 
of 30 shares. Ohio Fuel Oil sold 255 
shares at $15@16%, an advance of $1, 
later selling off, with last bid at $15%, 
$16 asked. Caney River Gas was un- 
changed in the bid price at $36%. 
Columbia Gas & Electric seemed a 
little heavy at $15 and weakened off 
to $14% bid, $14% asked. Oklahoma 
increased its dividend rate from 4% to 
5% per annum and advanced $4 per 
share on the news, with sales of 330 
shares, and closed $70 bid; none of- 
fered under $75, and which price it 
should reach. Osage and Oklahoma 
sold up to $62%, a gain of $214 for the 
week, and has good reason to advance 
still further. Pure Oil was quiet with 
sales of less than 600 shares at 
$14%,@15; no new rumors. It is a 
better buy at $14 than it was at $19. 

On the curb Kansas Natural Gas 
was the active feature, with sales of 
nearly 1,000 shares, and advanced 
from $17 to $20%, later weakened to 
$18 bid, offered at $20. The company 
has veen granted the right to raise the 
price of gas and may soon pass out of 
the receivers’ hands. 

United Fuel Supply was in demand 
at $25 with little stock offered under 
$26%. The company is interested in 
600 to 800 bbls. of oil production. 

Union was unchanged with $130 bid 
and a small sale at $132. -The com- 
pany just completed a fourth well in 
Monroe township, Richland county, 
O., which gauges 16,000,000 cubic feet 
and gives over 48,000,000 cubic feet 
from the four wells. 

Paterson Oil was wanted at 18@20 
cents. All the formations have been 
regular to date and indications look 
good for a well. 

Arkansas Gas has just completed a 
well in a dry sand, near Lewis, which 
gauges 20,000,000 cubic feet. 

Standard Oil Subsidiaries. 

The rapid advances in the Standard 
Oil issues continued during the past 
week and several new high marks 
were made, although today shows a 
slightly tired feeling in the market. 

Continental Oil made the most sen- 
sational advance, being marked up 
$350 a share to a new high of $1,750 
bid. Unless an extra meeting for pos- 
sible increase in capital stock, or an 
extra large cash dividend is in sight, 
the advance looks premature as its 
annual meeting is not due until May 8. 

The refining group continues to 
show strength, Indiana selling at new 
high figure of $370 a share, closely fol- 
lowed by California, which sold at 
new high mark of $197, an advance of 
$22 for the week. It later reacted to 
$188 bid. Galena (common) made a 
new high mark and advanced $15; 
New York and Ohio each gained $10, 
while Atlantic sold off $5. 

Producing companies were also ac- 
tive, South Penn being put up $10 a 
share on prospects that its capital 
stock will be increased at its annual 
meeting on the 24th of this month. 
The advance, however, seems to have 
completely discounted any melon-cut- 
ting that may come. Ohio Oil showed 
considerable strength, selling up to 
$136, but weakened to $130 today. The 
price of Illinois crude was advanced 

3 cents this week, which will mean 
about $1,200 a day increase in the com- 
pany’s income. We look to see the 
stock sell much above the present 
high mark before the annual meeting 
which is due in May. Prairie Oil and 
Gas held steady, while Washington Oil 
was marked up $7 a share on. pros- 
pects of some dividend action soon. 
This stock looks like a sell at present 

Pipe lines, with the exception of In- 
diana, which gained $9 and equalled 
its former high mark, and New York 
Transit, which more than gained back 
its dividend, were inactive. We like 
Buckeye Pipe Line and look to see it 
sell well above present figures. Eu- 
reka declared the usual quarterly divi- 
dend of $10 a share. ; 

Borne-Scrymser gained $55 a share 
and Swan & Finch $50 on rumors of 
increase in capital for one and divi- 
dend action on the other. Vacuum Oil 
was marked up for $4 a share. 

New Jersey made a nice advance of 
$20 a share and established a new 
high mark since the dissolution, sell- 
ing at $438 on rumors of large cash 
disbursement within next 60 days. We 
have pointed out in these columns for 
the last two months that this stock 
was selling much below real value and 
in comparison was the cheapest on the 
list. We still think this company is 
the big earner of the bunch, and with 
Standard Oil of California they offer 
the best strictly investment purchase 
on the list. Union Tank Line lost $2 
in bid price, while Anglo-American Oil 
was marked up 1% points. 
Standard Oil Cuneo. 

Par. id. Asked. 
100 Atlantic Refining .......... 595 605 
100 Borne-Scrymser Co. ........ 230 260 
50 Buckeye Pipe Line ........ 173 178 
100 Chesebrough Mfg. Co. ...... 660 690 
208 Colonial O10 CO. ..wccvcens 140 150 
100 Continental Oil Co. ..,.... 1750 1850 
50 Crescent Pipe Line ....... 63 68 

100 Cumberland Pipe Line ... 65 75 

100 Eureka Pipe Line Co. ..... 382 388 
100 Galena-Signal (pfd.) ...... 132 140 
100 Galena-Signal (com.) .... 305 310 
50 Indiana Pipe Line ........ 155 160 
25 National Transit ......... 44 61 
100 New_York Trensgit ......... 347 355 
100 Northern Pipe Line ...... 110 115 

SD... COO. GE SARs. cones cecceesiees 129 131 
100 Prairie Oil & Gas 

100 Solar Refining ........... 600 620 
100 Southern Pipe Line ...... 263 267 
100 South Penn Oil Co. ...... 910 925 
100 6G. W. Pa. - Pipe Lake ...... 65 170 

100 Standard Oil (Cal.) 
100 Standard Oil (Ind.) ........ 365 370 

100 Standard Oil (Kas.) ....... 450 460 
100 Standard Oil (Ky.) ........ 75 390 
100 Standard Oil (Neb.) ....... 310 315 
100 Standard Oil (N. Y.) ...... 670 675 
100 Standard Oil (Ohio) ....... 5 295 
100 Swan & Finch Co. ......... 270 
100 Union Tank Line .......... 74 
100 Vacuum Oil Co. ........ 187 
10 Washington Oil ........ 30 

100 Waters-Pierce Oil ......... 
Anglo-American Oil 
Standard Oil of New Jer- 

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Resolutions were passed by the City 
Commission of Kansas City last week 
calling for the impeachment of Judges 
Pollock and Van Valkenburgh, for 
their action in authorizing the receiv- 
ers of the Kansas Natural Gas Co. to 
advance the price of gas to the Kansas 
City Gas Co. to 31 cents per thousand 
feet. The Kansas City Gas Co. ob- 
tains its supply of gas from the Kan- 
sas Natural and is now charging con- 
sumers 27 cents per thousand. 

When the court authorized this ad- 
vance the Kansas City Gas Co. imme- 
diately applied to Judge Van Valken- 
burg for the appointment of receivers 
for the concern, as it was unable to 
retail the gas at a price less than it 
paid for it. Three receivers were 

This marks another chapter in the 
Kansas City gas squabble, which has 
almost reached the proportions of a 

calamity. The dwindling gas supply 

has put the Kansas Natural to a great(also drilling, and found gas at 1,500 

expense in its efforts to supply the | feet. 

city, and, at the same time, has given 
the consumers a case of the “chills.” 

When the Kansas Natural was un- 
able to carry on its business at a 
profit under existing prices receivers 
were appointed for the concern and 
they reported to the court that the 
company must obtain a better price 
for its gas. The action of the court in 
approving their recommendation was 
not unexpected and appeared to be the 
only logical solution of the problem. 
However, a storm of protest arose and 
Receivers Holmes and Sharritt made 
an application to Judge Pollock to re- 
scind his order approving the advance 
in the price of gas as sold by the Kan- 
sas Natural. This Judge Pollock re- 
fused to do, but slightly modified his 
original mandate by forbidding the 
Kansas Natural to shut off the supply 
to the distributing companies if they 
failed to meet the advance in 10 days, 
which provision was made in the origi- 
nal order. 

The court set the first Monday in 
February—the third—as the date on 
which all of those interested might 
appear and thresh out the gas ques- 
tion. In the meantime the question is 
expected to remain dormant. 

The new order forces the Kansas 
Natural receivers to allow the distrib- 
uting companies to receive gas, de- 
spite their probable refusal to pay the 
new price. Pollock’s modification of 
the original order was made to allow 
more time for consideration of the 
case. It followed the complaint made 
to the court by John Marshall, attor- 
ney for the Kansas Utilities Commis- 
sion, who stated that many of the dis- 
tributing companies in Kansas towns 
have contracts to furnish gas to con- 
sumers at the old price, which is less 
than the new wholesale rate de- 
manded by the Kansas Natural. This, 
he said, was an obviously impossible 

In his weekly review of local oil and 
gas stocks quoted in the outside mar- 
ket R. C. Hall says: “Union Natural 
Gas directors held an important meet- 
ing last week and are said to have 
definitely outlined a policy that will 
solve all the company’s financial prob- 
lems and vigorously carry out plans 
for extension of the business. While 
no official announcement has been 
made, the gossip is that the capital 
will be increased by $1,000,000 new 
stock and $5,000,000 serial bonds. The 
stock will be offered to present hold- 
ers at par, one new share for every 
nine now held. The bonds will prob- 
ably be underwritten at par. The 
money thus secured will take care of 
the Union’s great Ohio developments 
and leave ample for the extension of 
lines into Indiana and a good work- 
ing balance.” 


(U. S. Geological Survey.) 

The natural gas supply in Caddo 
parish, La., still remains one of the 
largest known. Its limits have been 
extended somewhat north and west in 
the course of the oil developments in 
this erratic region. 

The event of chief interest in 
Louisiana during 1911 was the explo- 
ratory work for oil at several points 
in the neighborhood of Mansfield, De 
Soto parish. In January the Spider 
Oil Co. began a second test, after leas- 
ing a large territory. Gas was struck 
in this test at 800 feet and again at 
900 feet. 

Finally, by September, heavy 
gas pressures in sands sufficiently 
thick to justify considerable produc- 
tion were found at from 1,500 to 1,600 
feet, and the existence of a new gas 
field was assured. In February the 
Christian Oil Co. began drilling in the 
neighborhood of Naborton. By July 20 
three gas sands had been penetrated 
in its second test, which at that date 
reached 1,800 feet. In August, the 
second test reached 2,450 feet, and it 
was planned to drill 50 feet deeper, 
and if no further large supply of gas 
was obtained to abandon the test, al- 
though the showings of gas at com- 
paratively shallow depths assured a 
moderate supply. Late in September, 
when the drill reached 2,600 feet, gas 
was struck, giving an estimated sup- 
ply of 15,000,000 cubic feet of gas per 
day. Other companies, including the 
Henry Oil Co. and S. A. Guy, have also 
begun operations. These results have 
been sufficient to excite general inter- 
est in the exploration of the entire 
region between Shreveport and Alex- 
andria and as far east as Monroe, in 
the hope of developing further oil 
and gas fields. 

Early in the year 1912 a well drilled 
for water in the fair grounds by the 
town of Shreveport struck high pres- 
sure of gas. Though the well proved 
to be so difficult to control as to yield 
little profit itself, it has naturally 
stimulated drilling in the hope of a 
large supply of gas directly in the 
town of Shreveport, and four or five 
small gas wells have since been de- 

Of greater significance to the utili- 
zation of Louisiana natural gas has 
been the extension of a pipe line from 
the Caddo field to various towns to 
the northeast, including Little Rock, 
Ark. This will afford a much-needed 
market and a stimulus to the conser- 
vation of the entire supply. 

The state of Louisiana continues to 
increase its gas production. During 
the year 1911 a total of 36 gas wells 
were completed and only one gas well 
was abandoned. Many of these wells 
are closed in, there being no market 
for the product. Gas wells have been 
discovered in Caddo, De Soto, and 
Lafourche parishes. So much has 
been written about the Caddo field in 
previous reports that little can be 
added. In the new gas field of De 
Soto parish there are five gas wells 
not more than a year old which show 
no reduction of pressure. The thick- 
ness of the sands is from 50 to 130 feet 
between cap rock and bottom of sand, 
and the depth of wells range from 
810 to 2,250 feet. By test the gas con- 
tains no gasoline, but is an excellent 
gas for commercial purposes, domes- 
tic and industrial consumers in the 
town of Mansfield being supplied with 
gas from this field. One well is in 
process of drilling in this field: In 
Natchitoches: parish one well is in 
course of drilling. Gas was struck at 
a depth of 1,120 feet, and the well was 
cased off and drilled deeper. During 
the year 1911 three wells drilled in 
Calcasieu parish showed the presence 
of gas, but not in commercial quaunti- 
ties. The latest news from this state 
is the drilling of a large gas well at 
the state fair grounds, inside the city 
limits of Shreveport, and-borings were 
being made for salt water to supply 
a natatorium. The well is said to 
have a capacity of 6,000,000 cubic feet 
and 400 pounds rock pressure—a dry 
gas well. 

In the fall of 1911 the Arkansas Nat- 

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Caddo field, and the towns of Hope, 
Prescott, Arkadelphia, Malvern, and 
Benton were supplied. Much of the 
gas produced in the Caddo field is 
piped to Texas and consumed in the 
towns of Atlanta, Queen City, Mar- 
shall, Texarkana, and Texarkana, Ark. 
On account of the confidential nature 
of the reports, it is not possible to 
publish the quantity and value of the 
gas produced in Louisiana and con- 
sumed outside of the state. The 
towns supplied with gas in Louisiana 
are Shreveport, Mooringsport, Caddo, 
Blanchard, Rodesso, Oil City, Vivian, 
Bloomburg, Ravenna, Dixie, Belcher, 
and Mansfield. 

The total quantity of gas produced 
from wells in Louisiana and Alabama 
in the year 1911 was 9,786,041,000 cu- 
bic feet, valued at $858,145. 


The principal supply of natural gas 
from this state continues to come 
from the Henrietta or Petrolia field of 
Clay county on the northern edge of 
the state. The principal operators in 
northern Texas are the Lone Star Gas 
Co. and the North Texas Gas Co,, both 
of which have large production and 
are supplying gas for consumption. 
Two distributing companies which 
purchase gas from the Clay county 
field to supply consumers are the Fort 
Worth Gas Co., which is supplying 
Fort Worth, and the Dallas Gas Co., 
which is supplying Dallas. In addi- 
tion to these two cities gas is supplied 
from wells in the Clay and Navarro 
county gas fields to consumers in the 
following named cities and towns: 
Corsicana, Wichita Falls, Petrolia, 
Henrietta, Byers, Bowie, Decatur, Al- 
vord, Rhome, Sunset, Bridgeport, Ir- 
ving, and Bellevue, and preparations 
are being made to supply Gainesville, 
Denton, Whitesboro, Denison and 

The total production of gas in Texas 
in 1911 is estimated at 5,503,393,000 
cubic feet, valued at $1,014,945, the 
average price being 18.44 cents per 
thousand cubic feet. It will be seen 
that the total distribution to domestic 
consumers amounted to 1,590,858,000 
cubic feet, valued a $631,986, the re- 
mainder of the gas, 3,912,535,000 cubic 
feet, being supplied for industrial con- 
sumption, including gas used for man- 
ufacturing and for power. The aver- 
age price received for gas supplied for 
industrial purposes was 9.79 cents per 
thousand cubic feet. 

The number of domestic consumers 
supplied in the state in 1911 was 22,- 
972 and the number of industrial con- 
sumers 303. 

The total number .of gas wells in 
Texas at the close of 1911 was 68, of 
which 19 were drilled in 1911. A total 
of 14 dry holes was drilled in 1911 and 
3 gas wells were abandoned. 

Considerable development work was 
under way in Texas in 1911. It is in- 
teresting to report that gas produc- 
tion from wells in Shackelford county 
was being supplied to domestic and 
industrial consumers in the town of 
Moran. Work in this county is still 
in the development stage, wells now 
being bored in the vicinity of the com- 
pleted wells. In Webb county several 
gas wells were completed, the product 
of which was used for drilling in the 
field and supplied for domestic and 
industrial consumption in the town of 
Laredo. In Coleman and Brown coun- 
ties attempts are being made to de- 
velop an oil or gas field. Five wells 
are being drilled on top of Holoway 
mountain, showing some oil and gas, 
but not yet in paying quantities. Some 
drilling is being done near Trickham, 
which resulted in the discovery of a 
gas well of 350 pounds pressure and 
3,000,000 cubic feet capacity, the prod- 
uct of which was used in 1911 only for 
drilling. In McMullen county suffi- 
cient gas was produced from one oil 
well to supply a few domestic consum- 
ers in the town of Crowther. It is re- 
ported that a gas well was completed 

in Maverick county, but no further in- 
formation was obtained concerning 
this development. 


As indicated in the report for 1910, 
the development of natural gas in sev- 
eral localities in California, especially 
in the Buena Vista hills, has _ pro- 
ceeded rapidly in the hands of large 
corporations, resulting in a supply of 
natural gas to the town of Bakers- 
field and to other points in the San 
Joaquin valley, with the prospect of 
ultimate extension to Los Angeles. 
During the year, several gas wells, 
among them perhaps the largest ever 
drilled in the United States, were 
opened with convincing evidence from 
the pressure and the thickness of the 
sands of an adequate supply justify- 
ing large development. 

The estimated value of natural gas 
consumed in California in 1911 was 
$800,714, as compared with $476,697 in 
1910, a gain of $324,017, or nearly 70%, 
it being the greatest year in the his- 
tory of the natural-gas industry in this 
state. This was the result of increased 
production and distribution of gas to 
consumers from wells in the Midway 
field, pipe lines for which were in 
course of construction in 1910. In the 
early part of 1911 Bakersfield was be- 
ing supplied with gas from this field, 
in addition to Maricopa, Taft and Fel- 
lows, besides camps and drilling rigs 
in the Kern county oil fields. No new 
gas fields were opened in this state 
in 1911, but a total of 8 productive gas 
wells was completed, all of which 
were located in the Midway field, the 
number of gas wells in this field be- 
ing 12 at the close of the year 1911. 
The indications are that there is a 
large quantity of gas now available 
and the probability of a continued sup- 
ply. It is reported that additional gas 
lines may be extended from this field, 
one of which will supply domestic con- 
sumers in Los Angeles and other 
towns adjacent. 

By referring to the table of distri- 
bution of gas in 1911, by states, it will 
be seen that the total distribution of 
gas to 10,598 domestic consumers in 
California was 543,392,000 cubic feet, 
valued at $317,467, as against 245,738,- 
000 cubic feet of gas, valued at $194,- 
631, supplied to 8,292 domestic con- 
sumers in 1910. The quantity and 
value of the gas supplied for indus- 
trial purposes in this state in 1911 
was estimated to be 5,846,428,000 cu- 
bic feet, valued at $483,247, which was 
principally consumed for power in the 
oil fields. However, considerable 
quantities of gas are daily wasted, and 
for the purpose of utilizing this sur- 
plus gas some plants for the produc- 
tion of gasoline are being installed in 
the oil fields of Brea Canyon, Puente, 
and Santa Maria. 

The principal towns supplied with 
gas in California are as _ follows: 
Stockton, with gas from San Joaquin 
county; Sacramento, with gas from 
Sacramento county; Ventura, Oxnard, 
and Santa Paula, with gas from Ven- 
tura county; Suisun City, Fairfield, 
and Cement, with gas from Solano 
county; Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and 
Betteravia, with gas from Santa Bar- 
bara county; and Bakersfield, Mari- 
copa, Taft, and Fellows, with gas from 
Kern county. 

The total number of wells from 
which gas was being used at the close 
of 1911 was 60 as compared with 54 
at the close of 1910. During the year 
8 productive gas wells were drilled 
and 6 dry holes and 2 gas wells were 


The condition of the natural-gas in- 
dustry in Arkansas was practically 
the same in 1911 as in 1910. No new 
developments have been _ reported. 
Most of the gas produced in the state 
is drawn from wells in Sebastian 
county, although there is a small pro- 

duction from wells in Scott county. 

The cities of Fort Smith, Mansfield, 
and Van Buren are supplied from this 

During the year 1911 the Arkansas 
Natural Gas Co. began to supply con- 
sumers in the state with gas from the 
Louisiana gas field, distributing gas to 
the towns of Hope, Prescott, Arkadel- 
phia, Malvern, and Benton. _ 

Five productive gas wells were com- 
pleted in Sebastian county, two dry 
holes were drilled, and one gas well 
was abandoned in 1911. 

The statistics of the natural-gas in- 
dustry of this state are included with 
those of Colorado and Wyoming. 


The gas production of Colorado in 
1911 was chiefly from a well located 
in Boulder county, the product of 
which is supplied to domestic consum- 
ers in the town of Boulder. 

There is also a large gas production 
from the Oil wells of this field, some 
of the wells producing more than suf- 
ficient gas for operating purposes. 
One interesting feature is the estab- 
lishment of two gasoline plants in this 
field for the purpose of extracting 
gasoline from the surplus gas. Both 
of these plants were in operation in 

A small quantity of gas is produced 
from the oil wells in the Florence oil 
field of Fremont county and consumed 
for field purposes. 

The number of gas wells in this 
state at the close of 1911 was 6, as 
compared with 4 at the beginning of 
the year. 

The statistics of gas production in 
Colorado are included with those of 
Arkansas and Wyoming. 


In Louisa county, Ia., there are 6 
shallow wells producing a small quan- 
tity of gas which is used for illuminat- 
ing purposes. The value of the gas 
consumed for this purposes in 1911 is 
estimated at $70. 


The value of the gas produced from 
wells in Michigan and consumed in 
1911 is $1,330. This gas was produced 
from wells located in the counties of 
Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair; and 
Wayne. The gas was chiefly con- 
sumed by the owners of the wells for 
domestic purposes, there being a total 
of 16 domestic consumers supplied. 

The number of wells from which 
gas was used in 1911 was 22, of which 
6 were drilled in 1911. 

North Dakota. 

There was little change in the con- 
dition of the natural-gas industry in 
North Dakota in 1911 as compared 
with the condition in 1910. The gas 
production is from wells in Bottineau, 
Lamoure, and Renville counties. The 
wells in Lamoure county are artesian 
wells from-which enough gas is ob- 
tained for use for domestic consump- 
tion by the owners of the wells. 

The total estimated value of the gas 
consumed in this state in 1911 was 
$5,738, which was chiefly used for do- 
mestic purposes. 

South Dakota. 

The report shows a decline in the 
value of the gas consumed in South 
Dakota in 1911 as compared with 1910. 
As already stated in previous reports, 
the gas produced in this state is from 
artesian wells located in Hughes, Ly- 
man, Stanley, Sully, and Walworth 
counties. The gas is principally used 
on the ranches by the owners of the 
wells. The cities of Pierre and Fort 
Pierre are supplying gas to domestic 

At the close of 1911 gas was being 
used from 41 artesian wells. 

The total value of the gas consumed 
in this state in. 1911 is-estimated at 


There was a slight gain in the con- 
sumption of gas in Wyoming in 1911 
as compared with 1910. The chief sup- 

Domestic consumers in the towns of 
Basin and Graybull were supplied 
from this source. Some of the gas 
wells in this county. were closed in 
during the year. There is also an 
a#bundance of gas from some of the oil 
wells in this county, some of which 
was consumed for field purposes dur- 
ing the year. 

A few domestic consumers were 
supplied with gas from wells in Con- 
verse county in 1911. Some gas from 
oil wells in Uinta county was con- 
sumed for boiler and illuminating pur- 
poses in the field. 

The statistics of natural gas produc- 
tion in this state are included with 
those of Arkansas and Colorado. 


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NEW YORK, Jan. 3.—The usual 

holiday business pervaded the market, 
and, coupled with firms being busily 
engaged in stock-taking, business 
transacted in the interval exceeded in 
volume the expectations of most in- 
terests, as orders booked for the week 
just ended show a substantial gain 
over those in the preceding. The in- 
crease in sales was principally con- 
fined to refined oil in bulk, while case 
oil suffered a marked loss, due in part 
to recent heavy purchases and a scar- 
city of suitable vessels to load full 
cargoes. No further advances of im- 
portance have been received from Ger- 
many relative to the launching of the 
Government oil monopoly of that coun- 
try. Prices, locally, covering petrol- 
eum and products show decided 
strength with an upward trend, based 
on the strong position of crude oil in 
this country and in the foreign oil 
fields, with prospects for an active 
buying in the near future. Cables from 
London note that owing to the in- 
creased cost of gasoline, prices of 
which have been advanced from 16 to 
26 cents per gallon to consumers, led 
to a strike by about five thousand taxi- 
cab drivers there on January 1, who 
own their respective cars, refusing to 
meet the sharp advance in values, 
claiming they could not afford to pay 
same. This resulted in tying up fully 
5,000 to 6,000 taxicabs. 

Chartering of oil carriers to load full 
cargoes of case oil lacked animation, 
due in part to limited offerings of 
suitable vessels and recent active 
chartering. This led to a slightly 
easier trend of rates, which is rather 
in shippers’ favor. The total charters 
for petroleum and products for the 
week ended January 2, 1913, covering 
refined oil in bulk and in packages, 
reduced to crude equivalent, aggre- 
gated about 604,000 bbls., showing 4 
marked gain compared with the pre 
‘ceding week’s total. No fixtures ‘or 
case oil could be traced. 
month of December, 1912, the to‘al 
charters, reduced to crude equivalent, 
covered 1,976,522 bbls., showing a loss 
of 633,137 bbls. under the total for No- 
vember, 1912, and an increase of 1°3,- 
430 bbls. compared with the total ‘or 
December, 1911. For the year 1!12 
he total charters aggregated 25,580,:58 
bbls. with a monthly average of 2,151,- 
696 bbls., showing a shrinkage of 
2,379,942 bbls. and 198,329 bbls. com- 
pared with 1911, respectively. 

Transactions in petroleum and prod- 
ucts, as outlined in the weekly review 
herewith, are based on terms deliv- 
ered f.o.b. vessel, New York, involving 
200-bbl. lots and upward and 200-case 

lots and above, unless otherwise speci: : 

fied. Invoices covering 10,000-case lots 
and upward and 3,000 to 9,999-case 
lots, are subject to lighterage charges 

(ply is from wells in Bighorn county. |of 1 1-10¢ and 0.15¢ per gallon, which 

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must be added to prices mentioned for 
standard white oil, while water white 
oil sells at 1c’ per gallon above stand- 
ard white oil. Refined oil in bulk met 
with larger inquiries, sales covering 
over 380,500 bbls. at 4.80c, while bar- 
relled oil sold fairly well at 846c per 
gallon, cargo. lots. Refined illuminat- 
ing oil in cases (each case containing 
two 5-gallon, low-screw cans, 110 fire- 
test oil) met with few inquiries and 
small orders, covering only 85,000 
cases. -Of this total no cargo lots are 
included, which closed at 10.55c, and 
szles comprised 3,000 to 9,999-case lots 
at 10.70c per gallon. Naphtha at- 
tracted good attention, but orders 
show a slight shrinkage about 33,000 
cases (part in bulk) being traded in 
at 28e per gallon for 72@76°. In ben- 
zie a general quiet led to no booking 
of orders worthy of mention with quo- 
taiions closing at 19%c per gallon for 
59@62°. Gasoline attracted fair atten- 
tion, about 1,500 cases changing hands 
at 22144¢ for stove and 25c per gallon 
for auto 58@72°. Increased activity 
in lubricating oils resulted in larger 
sales, involving over 48,000 bbls. (part 
in bulk) at former prices as to brand. 
Oi crude oil, only small lots have been 
traded in, while sales of fuel and gas 
oi! covered 5,600 bbls. and 56,000 bbis., 
all in bulk. 

Clearances of petroleum ssid prod- 
ucts, a8 outlined by tabulated figures 
herewith, at the port of New York, 
from January 1, 1912, to date, com- 
piled in gallons, comprised 813,529,295 
gallons, showing a decrease of about 
85,518,727 gallons compared with the 
same period in 1911. Clearances of 
petroleum at Philadelphia from Janu- 
ary 1, 1912, to date, amounted to about 
300,100,000 gallons, showing a shrink- 
age of some 39,900,000 gallons, com- 
pared with the same time in 1911. 

The following table gives the charters for 
petroleum and products, reduced to crude 
equivalent, covering crude, refined, etc., in 
bulk and. in packages, for thé week ended 
January 2 and since December 1, 1912, with 
daily averages, compiled in barrels: 

; wae ora 1912. Av. 



1,797,308 64,189 

1,873,340 62,565 

1,976,522 63,759 
Since Jan. 1, 1912. Av. 

153,016 76,508 

The subjoined table gives the charters for 
petroleum and products, reduced to crude 
equivalent, covering crude, refined, etc., in 
bulk and in: packages, with monthly aver- 
ages and. comparative figures, compiled in 

1910 ge & 1912. 

January ....., 1,729,459 2,387,460 2,090,924 
February .... 1,672,755 2,108,315 1,491,834 
March *..40 6% «0 2,096,910 2,245,563 2,137,244 
April $s¢245.6% 2,025,049 2,692,761 2,515.993 
May vssaccaas 2,386,520 2,346,568 2,368,376 
JUNG icdswhet se 2,316,747 3,106,004 1,861,739 
July woaaeeves 1,724,930 2,287,319 2,348,775 
AUSUM Sieve 2,112,017 1,988,6J3 1,921,115 
September .., 2,086,639 2,415,879 2,132,701 
October ...... 2,041,274 2,637,002 1,143,476 
November ... 2,534,143 1,788,092 2,609,059 
December .... 2, 060, 203 1,962,223 1,976,522 

TOthhi sg ian se 34,286:866 gt het] 25,580,358 

Mo. av. .... 2,065,554 330,025 2,031,696 

The: following table coe the clearances 
New York, compiled in gallons, from Janu- 
of petroleum and products at the port of 
tf 1 and for the week ended January 0, 

Week. Jan. 1, 1912. 1911. 

Refined ..... 5,538,464 557, 890, 043 614,060,421 
Crude. .ssese 9,722 36,349,629 41,660,690 
Naphtha .... 70,000 84,002,504 81,864,793 
Benzing “sy. <<2y;9 kei 11,062,929 21,350,750 
Gasoline ... 1,900 13,684,274 37,240,102 
Lub. ols. «--1, 826, 583 106,959,972 100,032,045 
Min. oils..... 54,900 3,579,944 2,839,221 

Totahs. x0 cies 7,501,569 813,529,295 899,048,022 

Foreign Closing Cable Quotations. 

- tone refined petroleum standard 
ite, . 

pence. pence. 

London. Liverpool. 
i lay ....° 8 8-16@8 1-4 9 15-16@9 3-8 
aturday .. 8 3-16@8 1-4 9 15-16@9 3-8 
Monday ... 8 3-16@8 1-4 9 15-16@9 3-8 
Tuesday . 8 8-16@8 1-4 9 15-16@9 3-8 
Wer inesday. 8 3-16@8 1-4 9 15-16@9 3-8 
Thursday . 8 3-16@8 1-4 9 15-16@9 3-8 
Antwerp. Bremen 
francs. marks. 
23@23 1-2 6.75 
@23 1-2 6.75 
23@23 1-2 6.75 
23@23 1-2 6.75 
23@23 1-2 6.75 
23@23 1-2 6.75 

The English Oil Corporation of New 
York, capital $200,000, was incorpor- 
ated at Dover, Del., last week, James 





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Manufacturers of Oil and Water Well Agents for 
Agents for Drilling and Fishing Tools, Rig Irons, ponerse 
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Quotations on Sum yoy as Posted by 
the Pipe Lines. 

Following are the aa in the price of 
crude oil since June 1, 1912: 

June 5, Pennsylvania, Mercer black, Ca- 
bell, Corning, New Castle and Somerset ad- 
vanced 5c, and Ragland 8c. June 13, Illi- 
nois heavy advanced 2c. June 16, Corning 
advanced 10c and New Castle 3c, June 20, 
Caddo heavy advanced i15c. June 27, tli- 
nois heavy advanced 2c. 

July 12, Wooster, O., ofl advanced lic, 
making the quotation $1.13. July 15, The 
Texas Co, advanced Oklahoma and Kansas 
oll 2c; The Texas Co. advanced Caddo heavy 
16c. July 16, the Prairie and Gulf advanced 
Okiahoma and Kansas oil 2c. July 17, Cor- 
sicana light, Henrietta and Electra ad- 
vanced 5c. July 25, North and South Lima, 
Indiana and Iilinois light advanced 2c, Illi- 
nois heavy 8c. July 27, Canada advanced 2c. 

September 10, Corsicana heavy advanced 
6c. September 12, Illinois heavy advanced 2c. 

October 25, Corsicana heavy —q ot 6c. 
October 28, North and South Lima, Wooster, 
Indiana, Illinois light and toy " advanced 
8c. October 29, Pennsylvania, Mercer black, 
New Castle, Corning, Cabell and Somerset 
ang Se and Ragland 3c; Canada ad- 
vanced 3 

leaner: 7, Kansas and Oklahoma oi) 
advanced 3c. November 8, Pennsylvania, 
Mercer black, New Castle, Corning and Ca- 
bell advanced 5c and Somerset and Ragland 
4c. November 9, North Lima, South Lima, 
Indiana, Wooster, Princeton, Illinois light 
and heavy advanced 2c; also Caddo light 
Was advanced 3c and heavy 5c. November 
13, Canada advanced 2c. 
Pennsylvania, Mercer black, 
Corning and Cabell, Somerset and Ragland 
advanced 5c; Corsicana light, Electra and 
Henrietta also advanced 5c, November 15, 
North Lima, South Lima, Indiana, Prince- 
ton, Illinois light and heavy, advanced 2c, 
and Wooster 6c. November 18, Pennsyl- 
vania. Mercer black, New Castle, Corning 
and Cabell advanced 6c and Somerset 2c. 
November 23, Pennsylvania, Mercer black, 
New Castle, Cabell and Corning advanced 5c 
and Somerset 8c. November 25, North Lima, 
South Lima, Princeton, Indiana, Illinois 
light and heavy advanced 2c and Wooster 5c. 
November 27, Oklahoma and Kansas ad- 
vanced 8c. 

December 2, Pennsylvania, Mercer black, 
New Castle, Corning and Cabell advanced 
5c; North Lima, South Lima, Indiana, 
Princeton, Illinois light and heavy, advanced 
8c, and Wooster 5c. December 4, Canada 
advanced 3c. December 9, Pennsylvania, 
Mercer black, Corning, New Castle and Ca- 
bell advanced 5c, and Somerset 2c; North 
Lima, South Lima, Indiana, Princeton, Illi- 
nois light and heavy, advanced 3c, Decem- 
ber 11, Oklahoma and Kansas advanced 2c. 
December 12, Caddo light advanced 5c, and 
Canada 3c. December 14, Pennsylvania, 
Mercer black, Corning, New Castle and Cabell 
advanced 5c and Somerset 3c; Corsicana 
light, Electra and Henrietta advanced 6c 
and Corsicana heavy 6c. December 16, Ok- 
lahoma and Kansas advanced 2c; North 
Lima, South Lima, Indiana, Princeton, IIli- 
nois light and heavy advanced 3c and 
Wooster 10c. December 14, Caddo light ad- 
vanced 3c. December 17, Canada advanced 
8c. December 20, Illinois heavy advanced 
8c. December 23, North Lima, South Lima, 
Indiana, Princeton, Illinois light and heavy 
advanced 3c. December 24, Oklahoma and 
Kansas advanced 3c, 

The following is a summary of the 
ee in the prices of crude oil during 

January 3, North and South Lima, Indiana, 
Princeton and Illinois oil advanced 3c. Jan- 
uary 6, Pennsylvania, Mercer, Corning, New- 
castle, Cabell and Somerset advanced 5c, and 
Ragland advanced 3c. January 7, Caddo 
light advanced 2c and Caddo heavy ad- 
vanced 10c; Wooster advanced 6c. 

Kansas and Oklahoma. 

All Grades .....ssccceeecees cece sooe 083 

AMGGO TE? cccssccdesvvccncspacceséscoes -93 

Cae DOREY 2ccccsecncodccvescocese eocee 0 00 

North Texas and caedieniny. 
Corsicana heavy 


Electra ......- 



Sour Lake. 

Batson ........ «75 Vinton ..ccesee 
Eastern States. 

Pennsylvania .. 2.05 Wooster ........ 1.58 

Mercer black... 1.58 Indiana ........ 1.23 

Corning .......+-+ 1.58 Princeton ...... 1.08 

Newcastle ...... 1.58 Somerset ...... 1.20 

Cabell ......00- 1.65 Ragland ....... -68 

North Lima.... 1.28 — all grades.. 1.11 

South Lima.... 1.23 Canada ....... - 1.65 


At wells ...... cocecccccccccscs BO 
Delivered, bay MRE sce sciesabexes 70 


The following table shows the runs and 
shipments by the various pipe lines in_the 
oil fields of New York, Pennsylvania, West 

Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee,, Ohio and 

Runs—December 1 to 31, Inclusive. 
National Transit Co.........eseeeees 217,627 
South West a P aga eovcces eeeseee 111,361 
Wereke P. Ta CO....scesvvccccscece 831,335 
Buckeye P. L. Go. (Lima)......+.+- 276,377 
Buckeye P. L. Co. (Macksbarg) 275,373 
Cumberland P. L. eovecce eoccce . 40,843 
Indiana P. L. Co..... ° ° 45,088 
New York Transit 17,447 
Tidewater Pipe hy (Pa. oil) 74,122 

Tidewater Pipe Line = oll)...... 124,408 
Ohio Oil Co. (Il. ofl)......22.--++-L4 457,322 
DORE oxo 02 00.0500 0,08 iweneewes - 3,520,802 
AVErAPe TUNG ...... ese eeecevess +» 118,578 
Ship ts—D. ber 1 ~~ 31, Inclusive. 
National Transit Co..........++. «++ 1,540,640 
South West Pa. Lines ..........-. «+ 174,60 
Eureka vo ARO, oc nes cowna0 ees hemes 77,556 
Buckeye P. L. Co. (Lima)..... 7,645 
Buckeye P. L. Co. (Macksburg) . 246,538 
Cumberland P. L. Co.......-eeeeees 3,86 
Indiana P. L. Co......+++. . evevers 
New York Transit Co...........+++. 18,104 
Tidewater Pipe Line (Pa, oil)....... 336,764 
Ohio Oil Co. (Ill. of])........+2-00s 1,086,171 
WOR «oon ct psssnedsvvecgse oe peed 3,511,786 
Average shipments a's sleiea ws « tees 113,283 
Stocks, October 31, 1912...... - 46,304,866 
Production, November, 1912 7,676,176 
53,981, 042 
Consumption, November, 1912.... 1, "236, 923 
Stocks, November 30, 1912........ 46,744,119 

Daily average production........... 255,872 
Daily average consumption......... 241,231 

Daily average surplus............. 14,641 


Prairie Oil and Gas Co. 

Net runs and deliveries from December 1 
to December 31, sets, both dates inclusive: 

Total Bbls. Daily Av. 

BRAM .ccsvcccecevzends 2,894,393.30 93,367.53 
a METS Pe 2,841,271.83 91,653.93 
Put into tankage..... 53,121.47 1,713.60 

Total stocks in tanks and pipes 7 a. m., 
January 1, 1913, 38,907,447.05 bbls. 


Pipe Line Runs. 
Month. Average. 

Prairie O. & G. Co....... 2,699,734 89,991 
The Texas Co. (est.)..... 660,000 22,000 
The Gulf Pipe Line Co... 621,000 20,700 
Total outside lines (est.)... 810,000 27,000 
RE ncccscccgcsececes 4,790,734 159,691 
Total October 5 ama: 4,896,647 
Decrease .....eeseseees 105,913 

Month. Average. 

The Prairie O. & G. Co... 2,740,615 ;: 
The Texas Co. (est.)..... 660,00 22,000 
The Gulf Pipe Line Co.... 621,000 20,700 
Total outside lines (est.). 810,000 27,000 
TOO csc sakvaesenaness 4,831,615 161,054 
Total October 31. - 4,927,450 
Decrease ..ccccscees ° 95,835 
Stocks, December 1, 1912. 
The Prairie O. & 4 CO. cccccces 38,971,788 
*The Texas Co. (est.) ....... esee 2,781,500 
The Gulf Pipe Line Co. (est.) .... 6,001,500 
Producers’ stocks (est.) .....+.. 40,000 
OE cic bend becasue ns ehbundren ee 47,794,788 
Total November 1 seeeee 48,093,614 
Decrease ........-6 eeccceve eee 298,826 

*Includes 365,000 bbls. by purchase. 

The following table shows the oil run by 
Le | Prairie Oil and Gas Co. from the Kansas 
Oh — — fields for the year: 

ants Shipments. Stocks. 
es | 2,626,164.00 2,867,224.00 41,512,203.00 
Jan 2,431,448.00 2,800,345.00 40,988,965.00 
Feb. 2:310,397 54 2,662,990.54 40,691,460.83 
Mar.. 2,369,496.00 2,780,990.00 40,377,119.00 
Apr. ,254,972.00 2,825,551.00 40,094,689.0¢ 
May.. 2,550,183.16 2,816,066.04 40,094,613.83 
June. 2,356,648.00 2,372,179.00 39,834,055.00 
July. 2:630,573 00 2,670,062.00 39,947,091.00 
Aug.. 2,771,736.00 2°891,167.00 39,833,731.00 
Sept. 2,625,978.00 2,901,817.00 39,3838,432.00 
Oct.. 2,974,647.00 3,005,450.00 § ,613.56 
Nov.. 2,699,734.00 2,740,615.00 38, 971, "788.00 

The following table shows the runs ship- 
ments and stocks of all Oklahoma and Kan- 
sas lines; some lines that do not make regu- 
—— being estimated: 

11. uns. Shipments. Stocks. 
= «++ 4,087,224 4,987,064 50,260,208 
January °.. 8,857,448 4,086,845 49,876,465 
February 3,719,798 4,043,391 49,607,961 
March 3,826,496 4,160,440 49,371,119 
April .671,572 4 08,151 49,022,689 
June ,162,648 4,638,179 48,752,055 
May - 4,171,483 4,437,366 49,022,614 
July .. 4,468,873 4,508,362 48,865,091 
August ..... 4,703,036 4,822,467 48,751,731 
September .. 4,482,978 4,758,817 48, "432 
October ..... 4,896,647 4,927,450 48,093,614 
November .. 4,790,734 4 831,615 47,794,788 

Estimated Daily iy ~ =. = 

District. t. 31. ‘ov. 30. 
S@ratoga .ncsssceveccscecs Ot 500 4,000 
Batoon cccccccccccecccces 8,200 2,200 
Humble .ccccccccccccccece £600 4,500 
Sour Lake ...cccccccsceces ,000 3,000 
Spindletop ....ssecscecese 2,400 2,600 
Markham ....cessccccses 1,200 1,200 
Goose Creek .eescesseeees 65 750 

DOUAL. 0 sccscccssccgncnce: Sspuee 18,150 


District. Oct. 31. Nov. 30. 
VINTON cccccscccccccsccses 8,6 6,615 
Jennings .. coccccescce 8,300 4,300 
POUNETE .nccccesccccscsess 250 200 

Total csccesececceseseee 6,966 11,116 

*Includes Anse La Butte, Pine Prairie and 


Total Gulf Coast Region. 

District. Oct. 31. Nov. 30. 
Southeast Texas ......... 17,350 18,150 
Louisiana ......eeeseeeeee 6,965 11,115 

THUR ccccccccccevcccess BUeae 29,265 

Runs From Wells. 

In the following table will be found the 
runs or receipts from wells by various pipe 
lines in New York, Pennsylvania, West _Vir- 
ginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for Octo- 
ber-and November, 1912: 

Oct., 1912, Nov., 1912. 
National Transit Co. 249,238.88 213, 912.91 
S. W. Pa. P. L. Co.. 116,319.90 108,628.46 

Eureka P. Tl. Co... 954,537.20 859,982.51 
Buckeye P. L ‘0. 

(Macksburg) . 337,328.71 288,236.50 
Buckeye P. 

(Lima, ete.) ..... 254,144.51 220,208.58 
Indiana P. L. Co.. 66,222.39 -96 
Cumberl’d P. L. Co. 37,765.92 

Southern P. L. Co...  scoosesee 
Big se P. lL Ce. s- 

N. Y. Transit Co... ié, 947.91 14,720.67 
Northern P. L. Co.. $ecee beens 
Tidewater P. L. Co. 110,428.78 95,920.70 
Prod. & Ref. O. Co. 202,171.81 205,365.36 
Emery P. L. Ca.... 28,372.68 24,347.64 
U. 6. P. Te CO. ccc 6,556.78 oceewece-s 

Rr ee .2,380,025.42 
Daily average ... 176,775.01 
Petroleum Deliveries. 
The following table exhibits the shipments 
or regular deliveries of various pipe lines in 
New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, 
Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana for October and 
November, 1912: 


Oct., 1912. Nov., 1912. 
National Transit Co.1, 7 043.34 1,614,560.31 
& W. Pa. P. Tewnee 92,125. 71 182,804.97 
Eureka P. L. Co. 198, 474.14 78,501.31 
Buckeye P. L 

(Macksburg) ° 7,636.32 7,079.62 
Buckeye P. 

(Lima, etc.) ..... 362,938.40 396,679.78 
Indiana P. L. Co..1, ee 489. 4 986,195.02 
Cumberl’'d P. L. Co. 4,677.4 5,759.82 
Southern P. L. Co. 720, 263. HH 550,831. 36 
Crescent P. L. Go.. 202,397.21 153,079.79 
N. Y. Transit Co...1,275,393.66 1,044,341.43 
Northern P. L. i pe a a pe ccasoces 
Tidewater P. L. Co. 176,025.71 174,446.15 
Prod. & Ref. O. Co. 171,853.45 189,117.17 
Emery P. L. Co.... 28,974.37 22,519.30 
U. 8. P. L. Co..... 38,377.44 9,787.58 

MOREA ® Seb cakiedes 6,151,569.77 6,415,703.56 

Daily average 198,437.73 180,523.45 

Gross Stocks. 

The gross stocks held by various pipe 
lines in the oil-producing sections of New 
York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, 
Indiana and Kentucky at the — of Octo- 
ber and November, were as _— 

ic 2. her. +, 1912. 
Nat'l. prengit Co. 1, 142, 205.03 1,027,972.16 
BW: Pa... 2. +.» 603,212.56 554,518.79 
Eureka P. L. Co. 1,332,901.06 1,237,111.56 
Buckeye P. lL. 

(Macksburg) 314,248.53 339,455.20 
Buckeye P. L. Co. 

(Lima, etc.) .... 3,628,882.52 8,377,925.51 

Indiana P. L. Co.. 1,030,068.84 993,917.63 
Cumberl’d P. L. Co. 170,685.97 150,952.80 
Southern P. L. Co. 557,054.73 663,914.61 
Crescent P. L. Co. 56,082.31 2,703 
N, Y. Transit Co.. 815,187.67 938,522.15 
Northern P. L. Co. 688,689.08 787,634.25 
Tidewater P. L. Co. 
Prod. & Ref. O. ~~ 217,817.65 234,065.84 
Emery P. L. ee 19,738.68 21,567.02 
U. S. P. L. Co. 44,549.50 60,420.48 

TOM ssskcs - -10,616,324.13 10,340,681.07 

Decrease ....... 631,874.51 275,643.06 

Daily Average Runs. 
In the following table will be found the 
daily average runs of the Pennsylvania, 
Lima and Kentucky oil fields for the past 

five years: 

1908. 1909. 1910. 1911. 1912, 
Jan 81,733 7,16 87,153 76,217 68,374 
Feb. 80,460 80,809 86,101 80,172 66,792 
Mar.. 84,252 86,369 96.762 80,663 77,413 
Apr. 86,103 85,739 91,924 77,828 82,514 
May 85,096 87,240 92,644 82,608 85,106 
June. 89,195 90,090 96,378 80,692 83,906 
July.. 85,977 87,070 87,5627 69,141 3,080 
Aug., 82,461 85,507 90,968 73,240 88,314 
Sept. 85,618 91,344 88,639 71,111 75,127 
Oct 81,273 8,728 82,924 70,591 76,775 
Nov 78,626 91,760 81,772 67.427 70,834 
Dec 84,914 87,812 81,140 70,206 ...... 

Daily Average Shipments 

In the following table will be found the 
daily average shipments from the Pennsyl- 
vania, Lima and Kentucky oil fields and of 
oil received from other fields, for the past 
five years. 

1908. 1909. 1910. 1911. 1912. 
179,193 173,129 185,536 184,647 231,563 
171,918 164,165 183,756 181,305 240,986 
166,034 189,496 186.561 177,698 247,056 
d 171,315 176,908 200,089 188,493 199,483 
May.. 179,289 165,899 198,738 187,221 236,149 

190,297 179,809 199,503 179,397 248,925 
July.. 191,199 155,750 193,628 192,041 236,354 


Aug.. 180,837 170,848 186,880 ATX 5 170 
Sept. 188,422 179,438 itsto zone od 
Oct.. 181,588 184,578 192, bor 1 ississ 8,437 

Nov.. 185,497 183,170 196,666 ined ise, 525 
Dec.. 183,827 194, "915 189,975 2 
Gross Stocks. 

In the following table will be found the 
gross stocks of the various pipe lines of the 
including oil received from other Hines, at 
Pennsylvania, Lima and Kentucky oll fields, 
the close of each month for the past three 

January .. 16,850,337 
March .... 17, 
ee | 



August ... 16,671,592 16,780,146 

September. 16,079,579 15, 054 

October ... 15,347 ,832 14,289,369 

November.. 14,931,833 14,152,613 

December... 14,994,815 12,397,509 
Grades of Oil. 

The following table shows the amount of 
the different grades of oil held by the Hast- 
ern pipe lines at the close of October and 
November, and included in the gross stocks 
of the above tables: 

seer cerens 

Oct., 1912. Nov., 191 
a oe $386,484, 15 3,408,784.86 
ee 2,135,500.96 2,134,642.25 
So 295,344.46 262,909.43 
Kansas . 2,046,495.86 2,050,652.63 
Illinois ... -++ 2,762,499.21 2,483,691.90 

Total ....++5++-+10,616,324.13 10,340,681.07 


In the following table will be found the 

report of the Ohio Oi] Co.’s pipe line in 
Gross stocks December 1.......12,307,724.81 
Runs from wells November..... 1,700,704.92 
Regular deliveries Seg 1970-08 8-67 
Other deliveries «+ 1,117,413 

The following is the report of the Ohio ods 
Co., which shows the runs, shipments and 
soene in the Illinois field for the months 


1911, Runs. Shipments. Stocks. 
Oe 2,088,868.64 1,454,393.63 19,131,677.63 
Jan.. 1,870,418,30 1,350,621.49 
Feb.. 1,872,169.87 1,3 7,078 48 

Mar.. 1,970,421,14 1,582,428.26 
Apr., 1,985,016.12 1,420,013.29 
May.. 2,104,689.43 1,301,726.71 
June. 2,099,719.88 1,302,536. 
July. 2,241,187.12 1,827,328.66 
Aug.. 2,013,419.46 1,306,562.64 
Sept. 1,885,225.99 1,359,968.05 
Oct. 916, age 31 1,401,806.6 

Nov.. 1,700,704.92 1,280,356.57 

Some of a Illinois oil is handled by the 
Tidewater Pipe Line. Its runs from that 
state in November gesreutiee rat's 2.58 

Adding these figures to the runs and deliv- 
eries of the Ohio Oil Co., makes the runs 
and deliveries from the Illinois field for the 
year 1912 as follows: 

ns. Deliveries. 
January .......... 1,965,331.89 1,528,743.59 
February ........+ 1,968,767.15 1,608,341.90 
March .....+.+++++ 2,068,102.03 1,695,385.75 
oy | eooes 2,036,564.98 1,674,428,71 
OY Perr +++ 2,218,850.01 1,501,867.38 

TUNG cccccccccccce BlONsS ta 60 
Tully .ccceeeeeeeees 2,840,778.384 1,454,456.14 
AUHUE ccccccsicoe RUS 9 
September ........ 1,980,480.80 
October .........+s 32,022,664.59 
November ........ 1,801,877.50 
Refined Oil. 

The following table contains the runs, 
shipments and stocks of the United States 
Pipe Line Co. and includeg refined oil only: 

1,387,418. 20 

911, Receipts. Shipments. Stocks. 

Tris’ eee 140,086.05 139,540.24 177,842.17 
Jan. ...... 114,738.17 162,178.83 140,401.51 
| 110,187.92 2,994.68 7,594.75 
March .... 140,341.82 111,664.59 236,271.99 
April ..... 129,973.11 133,931.96 282,318.14 

Ay ...e-. 157,920.00 177,021. 213,212.06 
June ..... 161,976.37 167,131.78 218,056.65 
July ...... 145,420.53 187,573.24 225,903.94 
August ,.. 132.586-75 106,968.15 261,511.64 
Sept. ..... 141,837.13 158,069.13 245,279.64 
Oct. .....- 183,938,565 141,698.48 287,519.7! 
November.. 121,896.44 149,991.32 209,424. 83 

Franklin Pipe Line Co. 

The following table exhibits the cond!- 
tion of the Franklin Pipe Line at the close 
of business for the months named, and not 
pb in the stocks and averages reported 

1911. nyEe a ments. Stocks. 
Deseever oe» 8,318.6 ,870.46 69,998.! 2 
January ..... 1,822.07 8,367.43 $,452.°6 
February .... 2,094.35 6,252.19 0,294.52 
March ....... 3,653.21 2,363.73 1,584.41 
April ........ 3,690.43 coeséccs 6,274.81 
BBY. covcecece $U3y-T1 Cossesce 9,018.91 
June ...sese- 3,971.4 cee ecece 1,990.%5 
i Ree =. ae ee 6,150.97 
August ...... 3,509.66 487.93 68,172.60 
ar oes H+ . 0,771.63 
October - 2,988.94 6,096.87 67,663.19 
Hovamter oe “2, 899.45 11,417.75 59,145.40 

Summary of Statements Made December 10, 1912, Relatin: 
Lines for Month Ending November 

z, te to Ppa ad of Various Pipe 

Gross Runs from Other , ee Other 
Stocks. Wells. Receipts. Deliveries. Deliveries. 
National Transit Co.... 1,027,972.16 213,912.91 1,596,261.67 1,614,660.31 294,646.35 
South West Pa. P. L. Co. 554,518.79 108,628.46 1,125,956.00 182,804.97 1,094,563.53 
Bureka P. L. Co........ 1,237,111.56 859,982.51 1,010,849.99 78, "501.31 1,879,217.13 
Buckeye (Macksburg) -- 839,455.20 288,236.50 827 7,079.62 258,930.63 
Buckeye (Lima, etc.)... 3, 377,925. 61 220,208. 1,835,682.32 396,679.73 1, 737.69 
Indiana P. L. Co....... 993,917.63 54,425.96 2,650,282.97 986,195.02 1,747,754.69 
Cumberland P. L. Co... 150,952.80 39,271.70 5,759.82 890.83 
Southern P. L. Co...... 563, 914.61 Seccens ae 1,633,667.24 153,079.79 1,07 3 447.36 

Crescent P. L. Co...... 52,703.07 dace panda 150,846.60 1,044,341.43 Wo eescees 
New York Transit Co... 938,522.15 14,720.67 1,154,186.19 1,044,341.438 = .....-.::: 
Northern P. L. eeoee 787,634.25 oceoceses 1,275,248.19 eevee e sens 1, 1725133. 04 
Total Nov. 30 ......10,024,627.73 1,799,387.29 12,441,757.71 6,019,833.36 9,449,321.15 
Total Oct. 31 ......10,334,218.30 2,032,495.42 18,610,116.46 6,751,438.80 10,470,199. 26 
Decrease .......+.. 309,590.67 1,168,867.74 781,605.44  1,020,878.11