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Items from The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa.,
Saturday, August 25, 1866
OIL AFFAIRS. - It is so long since we have touched on this subject that our readers will look upon it as something new. So completely has the oil excitement fizzled out, that it is scarcely ever mentioned, except by the few who have suffered. Generally speaking, it has proven a most magnificent humbug, nevertheless, there are a few sound companies among the many worthless ones. All being now looked upon with suspicion, the good are condemned along with the bad. One among the number, with which many of our citizens are connected, which is likely to yield a full return for the money invested, if not a handsome surplus, is the Hamilton McClintock* Oil Company. For a time, all appeared blank with the Company. - The agreement with the land interest required the putting down of eight wells. The general break down in stocks, last fall, prevented the sale of the working capital, and the yield of oil from the first wells, at the low prices of last winter, was not sufficient to meet the expenses incurred in putting down the new wells. About the first of July the last wells put down were got in working order, and they proved to be good ones - one pumping 100 barrels per day and the other flowing 35 barrels per day. Since that time the flowing well has increased to 75 barrels per day. The first well put down has been overhauled, and is now pumping from 80 to 100 barrels per day, making the yield from the three wells, 250 barrels per day. One other well, which has heretofore yielded from 35 to 40 barrels per day, but which has been stopped for some time past from want of water to supply the engine, will be started up again. To this increased yield must be added the increased price of oil. - During the past six months oil has scarcely ever been worth more than from $3.00 to $3.50 at the wells, and part of the time not over $2.50. Now it is quoted from $4.00 to $4.50, with a fair prospect of going still higher, as all admit that the day for low prices has passed. And to all this must be added the fact that there are no more expenses to be incurred in putting down wells, leaving to the Company the entire receipts as clear income which at present prices is over $400 per day. The capital of the Company is $300,000 divided into 60,000 shares, of the par value of $5 each. Every one can make calculation of the monthly dividend these receipts will pay.
These are facts, and not telegraphic reports. - The day for humbugging in the oil business is past. Eighteen months since, such a yield of oil would have put the stock of the Company up to $25 or $30 per share on any stock board in the country. Now, however, it is different. Oil stock, like other stocks, must have merit. It is right they should. All the bogus concerns have been swept from the stock boards, and really meritorious companies now stand a fair chance. The Hamilton McClintock Company is willing to stand upon its own merits.
THE DISEASE IS SPREADING. - A few years since, a disease, or as it has been termed, a mania, made its appearance in one of our Eastern cities, - Philadelphia, we believe. Although baffling the skill of the most scientific of the medical fraternity, the trivial character of its attacks excited no alarm, and it was not considered contagious. - After a time, however, symptoms of the disease manifested itself in other cities, and some of the larger towns of the East; still there was nothing alarming about them, there being no visible increase of violence in the attack or the succeeding stages, consequently all apprehensions of fatality were dismissed. It was not considered necessarily contagious, and the idea that it would be come epidemic was not entertained. Subsequent events have exposed the fallacy of these conclusions. - Like other epidemic or contagious diseases, it appears to have followed the most frequented lines of travel, and wherever those smitten therewith have been dropped from the trains, the contagion has been communicated, until, at this day, there is scarcely a town or village wherein its victims may not be numbered by the score. Generally, it attacks the most athletic of our young men, but the delicate, the aged, and even the tender maiden is not exempt. In some cases of the latter, the attacks have been the most violent, leading them to give very audible ejaculations and visible gesticulations of approval or disapprobation, as their fancy dictates. We are happy to announce that these are the only effects known to be produced by the mania upon its female victims. The male portion do not escape so easily, although we are not aware that it has proven fatal in any case, up to the present, notwithstanding the attacks are increasing in violence. The effects upon men are different; on some it may be seen on their hands, in disjointed or dilapidated fingers; in others on their disfigured countenances, but in by far the largest number in their constant theme of conversation, ranting all the time about "fly-catches," "fly-misses," "well-held balls," "fine plays," "foul balls," "bully short-stops, "splendid fielders," "heavy batters," "pitchers," "catchers," etc. The disease is termed "Base-Ball-on-the-Brain." Are you a victim?
BASE BALL. - The match game, played some two weeks since, between the Star Club, of this place, and the Hartslog Club of Alexandria, resulted in favor of the Hartslogers, by the following score:
The match between the Spartan, of Huntingdon, and the Logan, of this place, played on Saturday last, resulted in a victory for the Spartans. The following is the score: -
A match game will be played on the field of the Mountain Club, at this place, this morning, at 9 o'clock, between the first nine of the Star, of this place, and the first nine of the Bald Eagle, of Tyrone. In the afternoon a match between the Mountain and Bald Eagle will be played on the same field.
MORE PILFERING. - On Tuesday night last, the residence of Mr. Samuel Hileman, on Emma street, was entered, through a window, and the kitchen and cellar thorough ransacked. - The depredator appears to have been in search of cooked food only, as nothing else was missing. - A peach tree, in the garden, containing a few choice peaches, was stripped.
Items from the Register.
The Dunkard Church within a short distance of Duncansville, was recently broken into and robbed of various articles, particularly those belonging to their communion service. The loss is about $12.00. It is a shame that the house of worship of this inoffensive and worthy sect should be thus desecrated. It was evidently done by a mean thieve, who if opportunity offered would do greater.
A very painful accident occurred, on Friday last, at the coal bank of Cooper, Blackburn & Porter, by which Mr. Jesse Herbet was almost instantly killed. He was pushing a truck into the head of the shaft and having gone too far the truck was precipitated into the shaft, a distance of seventy-five feet carrying him with it. He lived about an hour. He leaves a wife and a family of children.
RECEIPTS AND EXPENSES OF ALTOONA SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR 1865:
Amount paid out for salaries of Teachers, Repairs, Fuel and
Am't of Duplicate, 1865, $4414.78
Approved by the Board of Directors. - JOHN A. BAER, Sec'y.
The Board of Directors have secured the services of the following named Teachers for the coming session, commencing on the first Monday of September:
High School, Prof. John Miller.
GEARY MEETING AT HOLLIDAYSBURG. - The campaign was opened, in this county, on Monday evening last, by a meeting of the friends of Gen. Geary. The excursion train, from this place, consisted of five cars, well crowded, accompanied by the Altoona Cornet Band. The meeting was addressed by Hon. L. W. Hall, of this place, who it is agreed on all hands, excelled himself on the occasion. He drew the line of distinction, between the candidates for Governor, so clearly that none could fail to see it, and presented the issues so plainly that all could understand. The meeting was large and enthusiastic and passed off pleasantly, the excursion party returning previous to eleven o'clock.
CHAPTER OF ACCIDENTS. - The town of Mill Creek, five miles below this station, has been very unfortunate in having three of its citizens injured on the railroad, during the last two weeks. On Wednesday, Aug. 1, John Ritter died from injuries received a short distance below this place; on Monday, August 13th, Andrew Miller died from injuries received a short distance above this place, and on Tuesday last August 14th, George Miller, a brother of the latter, while walking on the track in Mill Creek was struck by a locomotive and thrown some distance. He was injured about the head, and when we last heard he was in a very critical condition. - Hunt. Globe.
SUICIDE. - On Friday morning of last week, an old lady, named Loreman, residing with her son, on Emma Street, committed suicide by hanging herself with a rope, in an outhouse on the premises. She had been laboring under an aberration of mind for some time past, and had previously made attempts on her life.
BOUNTY AND PENSION. - All persons who have claims for either Bounty or Pension should call upon J. F. FRUEAUFF, and put their cases in his hands. He having been engaged in the claim business since 1860, and having successfully prosecuted upwards of three hundred cases is specially to be recommended as a safe, honest and prompt Claim Agent.
The Huntingdon Globe has hauled down the name of Gen. John W. Geary, for Governor, and announces its intention to await the nomination of a candidate who will support the National Union platform adopted at Philadelphia, last week.
RELIGIOUS. - Rev. P. D. Collins, a descendant of Powhattan, will preach in the Bethel on to-morrow (Sunday) morning at 10 o'clock, and also in the evening.
Clark Wilson has retired from the Ebensburg Democrat, and set up in the grocery business. Wm. H. McEnrue has purchased the Democrat.
On Wednesday, August 15th, 1866, BENJ. FRANKLIN, son of Benj. F. and Eliza Ann Custer, aged 2 years, 10 months and 4 days.
Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pa., Saturday, August 25, 1866, page 3
* 1870 United States Federal Census
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