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The Colonel was then but six years of age, but one incident of the journey be remembers distinctly. The route lay through Albany, and the day of their arrival there was one of vast Importance Importance to the Empire State. It was the day of the opening of the Erie Canal, when, figuratively, "the water of Lake Erie was let into the Hudson." The water was brought to Albany in a bottle on the first boat and emptied into the Hudson with proper ceremonies. Albany had put on ner holiday attire and' was wild with joy. ''Signal guns had been placed at intervals all the wav from Buffalo to Albanv. a distance of 3iV miles, within hearing distance of earh other. When the break was made and the waters of the Western rivers came tumbling tumbling into this immense channel, the first gun was fired, and at the instant the sound was heard at the next station the gunner there applied the match and answered hack the iovfnl news and sent the o-lad o-lad o-lad tidings speeding onward toward the East." These scenes and sounds are still fresh in the memory of Colonel Drake. Here, too, on the same dav Colonic Drake saw his first steamboat the Governor Cliuton.4 Arrived in the Yankee home, the boy Edwin worked on the farm and received such education as the schools of those days imparted. At eighteen years of age he left liome and entered upon the struggles with the world. In 1838 he was Captain of a line packet on the Erie Canal ; later, clerk on a steamer plying between Buffalo and Detroit, and then Superintend ent of a cloth factory in Tecumseh, Mien. In 1842 he was a salesman with Uotchkiss & Chamberlain, merchants of New Haven. from 1M3 to iHio he. tilled a like position with Selby A Co. and Lvman A .Stillman, in New York. From 1H44 to 1849 he was express messenger between Albany and uoston, ana xrom itnv to inoi eon ductor on the New .York and New Haven Railroad. Among his friends in the latter city were Messrs. Townscnd, Pierpont, Ives and Bowdieh, who had loaned money to the firm of Eveleth Bissel, of New York. Eveleth fc Bissel purchased of Brewer, Watson & Co., of Tit usville, Penn the oil which was taken membered," were gold to a man named MeKoown, a druggist t Pittsburg, who also refined oil as an experiment. Erie, Cleveland, , Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Pittsburg, Philadelphia and New York were visited auooeawvely in the effort to build op a commerce for petroleum. The undivided undivided and tireless efforts of Colonel Dxake were finally crowned with success. The' Drake well yielded probably three thousand thousand barrels of oiL He bored only one other well, and that didn't yield much oiL The enee Oil ; Company sold out, and Colonel Drake operated individually until li4. In that year, in consequence of ill-health, ill-health, ill-health, he was compelled to relinquish his business, and after all - his hard work he saw the following year, 1S05, the greatest idlers making fabulous sums of money on the oil he discovered, and in the boring and introduction of which he spent not less than $10,000, while his own hands were tied by illness. The last $500 used in the work on the Drake well were borrowed bv Colonel Drake on his individual responsi bility. . In 1873 Pennsylvania granted Colonel Drake a civil pension of ?1,S00 per year, revertible to his widow while she remains unmarried. His fortune had been swept away and his health wrecked by his inces sant lalxirs in the oil interest. On this pension he lives modestly, yet comfortably." comfortably." It ia but a small recompense for his public labors. The tweuty-five-barrel tweuty-five-barrel tweuty-five-barrel tweuty-five-barrel tweuty-five-barrel well of August, 1W, has been augmented by 10,000 other wells, with an annual capacity capacity of not less than 15,000,000 barrels. Not less than. fOo.Ot 10,000 worth is exported annually and about $10,000,000 is invested in the business. Dr. tspoflord says : "Fifteen million barrels (the annual firoduct), of forty gallons to a barrel, of his Oil would fill 9,000,000,000 lamps holding holding half a pint each, or about seven such lamps for every man, woman and child upon our globe. All this has come to light from the bowels of the earth in less than twenty years, during which time we have not only used all the petroleum we have wanted ourselves, but nave sent to other lands nearly $500,000,000 worth, at the low custom-house custom-house custom-house valuation." Colonel Drake is a gentleman of intelligence intelligence and refinement, an earnest member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and though the hand of misfortune and affliction affliction has borne heavily upon him he never murmurs, but suffers with true Christian resignation. . His family wife and three children by whom he is idolized, and his mends, mane his me happy ana comiort-able. comiort-able. comiort-able. - llis wife Is a noble and devoted woman. Colonel Drake may lie smred mauv more veara. but he will scarcely re cover from the palsy that laid its hand upon him eight years ago. AX ARKANSAS ROMANCE. The I the for as the are me. as yachting are a the can in be

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  1. The Cincinnati Enquirer,
  2. 20 Sep 1879, Sat,
  3. Page 11

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