Clipped From Iola Daily Register And Evening News
than ten tons of salt!' "Bp't Bill hitched off wften Drake laid down his theories toljlm, and said he_ ^dn ;t have time to fool, and wa.s maJt ^%s stirred-up bees that he had •beeiin^^.t for on such a crazy job as itha^'-'"Bui Drake offered him a good deal; bigger wages to kick down a well tii^jeuthan he ever got for putting down .* sail well, and he finally agreed to ,wo ^',a month for Drake, and to work jhe went, kicking down that well on LwairoV's ^ats, ^ "^e.'ji^ed to go down and watch iBlU,.kl ^kIng away with his drilljand |ma^ .bis life miserable' by remarks, |but. lie" kept right at it according to agreement. He begim the well on July 1- When he quit work at night on the 31st we all exi)ected Bill to rthrow up and quit for good, but he didn't He had become as firm In the belief in Drake and the oil lake theory as Drake was himself, and he kept right on kicking down that well. Bill was so confident that he would find oil that I began to think that maybe Drake wasn 't so crazy, after all, and as there was a strong smell of petroleum and gas to the well when Bill had got It down 70 feet on August 29, 1 hadn'^ much doubt that the lake was soon to be tapped. "That, was the reason that I went out with Tinecum Bill Smith when he started for the flats on the morning of August 31. We got to the well at just six o'clock. It was chock full of oil. Bill and I dipped out a barrel full in a very few minutes, and then Bill went and got Drake. And from ihat minute, instead of being a lunatic, Drake was the Hon of the Oil Creek valley. That original barrel^»f crude petroleum solder 1241 The news of the discovery wa$:-flashed over the country from Plttebiurg, and the oil excitement began, i ''Tinecum Bill Smith put down the first oil welL He wouldn't have put It down, of course. If It hadn't been for E. li. Drake. He put It down, just the same, but history has never taken ths trouble to mention his name In connection with IL"—OU City Special in Buffalo Express.