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 - August 17, 1878, AT SMITH'S FERRY. The Town on...
August 17, 1878, AT SMITH'S FERRY. The Town on the Eve of Solid j Prosperity. Feculiarit es of the Place The Oil and Land Interests. Hrlrf Hkrlrbra of Farljr lliKlorr. Indlau r.. D:t.h....). I'.ut ' -" ! Smith's Fkkkt, Kkavf.k Co., Pa., July .30. Not half the glories of Keaver have; yet been told. Here is the whole Smith's ., . . . . i ...... tuousaiiu auu uve uouars, out iiie on men terry oil regions within the sacred prjwnt five ,nor(, anii got ,he property. It cinctsof this historical place, ine morewi1 now t)e a;Tj,ied up in lots and solid you see of Reaver the more there is to nml out. It seems to furnifh the best of every- thing. At Rochester this morning I met a crowd of Democrats who wanted to know why I ha in't noticed several things, and 1 iday, should the oil be offered. Consider-begged them to remember that I bad not : able oil is brought down the river from the heard those things b 'fore. Venango region to lie treated. The refln- a woun AnorT pilots. jershere now are Dawson, Chase & Co.: To Heaver county formerly came all the ; Paine, Ablett & Co. ; Peter Waliower & river captains to ft their pilots The;Co.; Lang & Co. ; James Timmons Co. : lieuoa, Krans', Javens, Mrattas, and Dan j John Antle Co.; Watson, Irwin t Co.; Ethlers were the men in early days who!":1 ')"' 8tmil Company. could b3 trusted at the wheel of the mail packets anil keep their nose straight to the ; was really for the Standard t Ml Company, distant tow head, then Captain Hurst, C. but Mr. Ablett says the land will lie divi-It. Hurst, who now modestly acts as an in-1 ded up and sold, no matter in whose insurance agent, he was the Captain of the' terest it is supposed to be purchased, government ordinance boat, the Kocket, j The freight, on a barre! of refind oil which piled in the shot and shell at Pitts- from Smiths' Ferry to Pittsburgh is thirty-burgh Landing. Captain Joe Dunlap, the'six cents. The cost of a barrel of refined Superintendent of Oray'a Iron Line, lives il is at ihe rated ten cents per gallon or here; Reaver county swarms with notables, i about five, dollars, as most of the barrels When you have name! over the politicians . filled there now hold fifty gallons, you have not mentioned all the first class i a kcssias seerixo isvormatiom. people by a good deal. An aent frnm the Kussian Govern- sinoi-lar characters. j ment bas exx at Smiths' Ferry for i uere are several curious ol.l cuaracwrs some time studying the still holding out that everybody saysiti0f their oil. He ha I would be a treat to see. Mr. Wilson told me the other day that if I would come ! dowruar-d stay a while he wouU show me a errtt philnaopher, I.iniel Waonpr. but I tinl not liear any psirtiularH him. M Mr. Shotw, the f oun.inr of ShoiiMtown, where they built w many bat in the earlr .ays, is Htill living. anl Adam Poe, a pramlson of the old original fellow who hal the trouble with the Big Foot Indians, rUiil lives opposite this plwv, Smith's Ferry. A son of the oricinal Smith who kpt the frry ocepiH th- ertat hrick mansion. In the ear! v days all the tirovrs Tppt-d Srniih's Frry. All The horses and cattle driven eattt frm Ohio nr from p 'iots f'lrther west rroswM the rihio at Smith's Ferry. The earnings fnim toll often amounted in oneiay u more than it deM cow in an entire year. The IittiH Ileaver river emptiH into the Ohio at Smith'H Frry. and S.tndv and I -aver ranai rme down ti Limerick at this poin, and iiiiT'yir'd the wav of I.nke Krie with those of fh b,iuriful river, lint the raiin-ads wt-re built .icroi-- th ranai. a hure Hiihaiikiiimt iTtiHtpil over (lie outlet bM-ks, and they built cu!v-rts out of the cope atones. I.K"ATrof AND FOt'NDERS f)F THE T'WV. The site of the Ferry on the raHroal side 8 on a narrow bench of land, whirh is overhung by a hill or bluff nearW fourhun-drexl feet high. From this point one of the finest views on the river is obtained. It belongs, I believe, to the Daw n?, a family quite numerous here. Two of the brothers, Homer anil Job H. Dawson, in company with H G. Chase, run a retinery at the mouth of the little Beaver. The grandfather of these Dawsona settled and cleared the fonr hundred acres. He had len a trapper and hunter, and had pi'"krd on that pint as the riuest viw on the river whirh was barked bv gvd lantl. Th Dawsona, like every one I ever knew of ibat name, are all DemooratH. May their, tribe increase I met John K lilat-kmorn John Childs, both connected with people of that name in Pittsburgh, and both IVmocxats, and in the hardware More of .John Childs was Keed McFaii, the;ITEREsiis first Temo'ratic election pidgte of Glasgow Mcball was a healthy looking darling of about two hundred weight, but like most big men good uatured and mild. Henry Camp, another regular reader of Thf Pi .ST, worked with steady hammer in his shoe shop, and the whole settlement seemed busy. . CAPACITY OF THE OrL WEI-t.S. The Smith a Ferry oil district in Keaver county is jirod aci n g atwut two huodre.l ; and sevfenty-h ve barrels or oil pr iay. diand, as fhe rxT8 always rai it jhe latest alrirs by mail M'ate.l tbat The oil is a beautiful amber color, will i The grand s..n of Adam J.e. tilled with ; tht. m(.a!lllrM i,i.,kiiig towards the pmieot-burn rea.lily and freely in lamps without the ln''an, connert.d with his wl t,ro,i,a! with the I'nnre.-s Thyra had reflninu or any preparation. H lias ueen ourneti me ruy in nfl ui.iii n.c iui ine isi leu .years, .imuiu a. imcui i.i mny R'nil. iiern are nr-eii inmruni i t-mu n nunareu acres oi verv nne rartn laiul. tie Kerry, five of them in full operation, the is now an ,( man ana delights to talk of other two in repairs. About one hundml tj,e early times, r tne of Ins sons became and fifty barrels are retiued here daily, the a landscape painter when quite young remaining oil is tak-n to the Cleveland ; antl Adarn conceived the idea of an Indian refineries. Jonathan Gallagher's sons have panorama, in which the scenes of the two an office here. They are producers 1 believe. , Pom,, Adam and Alexander, should tie por-J'aine, Ablett & Co. have the largest re- traved and described, together with the finery. Tiie price of a barrel of this re- : thrilling adventures of Lewis Wetzel, tbe fined oil is only four dollars and a quarter ! jhnson bovs, E:izbe;h Ztne and Hauiel (54 25) here on the railroad piatform. Of rue cruue, wuicu uurus erv wen, i "e the price is one dollar and a ouarter. With dollar and a ouarter. V ith the oil stoves that are now being turned out by the mill, this ought to be the cheapest fuel in the world. The freight on a barrel of oil from Stnitb a Ferry to Pittsburgh is about flfry c-ntH. ; Smiths Ferry is on the Cleveland Pittsburgh RaUroa 1, thirty nine mile-t from Pittsburgh. It it takes one hour ami a quarter to reach it from the I'uion depot. You can go down on the twoo'clo k train in the afterncc-p, have nearly four hours at the Ferry and return loth-city on the half-past seven train. A more pleasant . and instructive trip could hardiv be mwleip " " , 7 ; in any direction. The wells at. Smit hs : Ptttaburgb. The two trees are stiH stand-: Kerry were never great gushers, nut they , baveproved "o be very steady ones. There, are welU here that have l'-n nuuip-d reg- i a afm fir n.iw p,- air,i i-i.t v.upven 1 are we.i iie.e tnai uavo iru ' A son of Andrew 1 oe, agea eiphty-seyen, UlarW for Sltnep years The big W lI.dyMsTlU hveS back in the Country alK)Ut three; coninwnwl at sixty-rive barrels and j held up for over a year. It has gut down now to w.ven barrels per day. i The School House well is six hundred: feet deep, was put down in 1872. has done - n uijt-u tm at uiiT7ip, ipuk u" " ".tnino-n sieamooau, aim was nouxi iu uih two. A tornedo raiMwl her to sixty, but ,1-,-for th snecws of hm low wat.r riat. the low price of oil prevents any further j exertion to increase proauction. one is pumped by Blackinore for her owner, a widow lady in Beaver. HIackmore seems to be a good man He in a good Democrat, anyway. 'I took The Post." said Black-more, when some people around here would hand it to me with a pair of tongs.", Mr. H. Darrah, another old Pittsburgner, i lives up on the hill, and has several producing interests. The wells are back some three miles from the river. They call the settlement around the wells Ohioviile, 1 suppose from IU closeness to the State line. At Dawson's retinery I saw several bottles of the original Carboline, now so extensively usea as a liair tonic It is bright color like sweet oil, is heavy ard oiierlewe. Henry Clay Chase, tbe partner in the refiuery, dofled hi? beaver and at-tested the wonderful fprouting qualities ot CarUlii,e in a young crop of brown hair, upon a law clearing which old Time with hi Mvr.Ji xetrma to make on ni"st of our polls. A poor fallow named McCready. who had" been terriMv burned in an oil tire nut lonv since, thinks it helps his hair J. C. A LAKOE LAND 1TWHASE. Smith's Fkkrv, Beavkk coi vtv, Pa., August 5, 17k They claim that mor money chauges batsds at Smith's Ferrv tbuu at Mj vuiz point m leaver cvupty. With oil at a dollar a barrel I would not . , mat was to. ut- kept back by the way real estate wa9 The Smith family would never seil any lots, but. like the Schenlevs leased it all, conse- uuentlv notliiii" but frame houses were put ' qnentiy nouuiin um ! up. l.easS and frame houses seem to ro; together, whilst the brick house with tasty ; aiirrnnn.ltr(T!i are found oniy on the fee simple lot. That, this state of thines is about to change at Smith's Ferry Messrs. Paine & Ablett, who have purchased the Smith estate, now asuert. Paine t Ablett are probably the largest refiners here, and have purchased for the lis sum of seventeen thousand and ten dollars ithe one hundretl and flfmen acres of la nd upon which the village is built and laving havk of the Ferry on the hill. Mr. Childs, the hardware roan, bid against the retiners for the property, and stopped on seventeen j improvements put up. capacity of WKFI-Jixfi interests. ! The refiners here now have a consolida - ted capacity of one thousand barrels per ,nf,ho's - ,,r - Pai ,,,,,. x. treatment been in the upper oil regions and went back to! Pussia but returned and spent most of his - time at this place. It is therefore supposed . KWr- r,n ti. m tv, nil ir, ti. vM..inrr,. r I gion." " jiitit-utlv. Uut it is upon hit military tnia-! Ititer & r.mn11y are prndmvrs here I ing that tb preat?-t pfcins have ben bt-;- H. Sheak-Wmfer Vnight iS: Co. anil Fife t Cii!!e-pi : st-owrti. Kven in the diiys of his rhiMhow! : It-r. are Pit'sbur-'h names here in the business. The railroad station hero ia tilled with freight surh as is seen in the urpr region. The refin-d oil is shipped away by river principally. Iiwon t"t Co. ff-nt one Linn-o"rrttl barrels to Fort Worth. Txas. to-d;iv. and it is ditribut1! through' the entire ; r-St at, ft NHltDWr-sf. They a tine wcvl oil a the Ferry, anil it his in someof the Kistern manufactories -nTirel v suneredr-d the jard oil h -re-toforn exclusively in use,. THE r.ATF. LITTLE BISK IV THE R T V F It nearly played hob with t he new bridge alvve here at. lioehester. Mdiraim's men had barely pot the iron work riveted tv qrh'-r wbr-n the watr came up and the towboat Jim P.rown came iliiwn. The tow" hna.'s t at was a little too heavy to b-handled, and it crashed through the fais work which )iai leen set in the river to upporr the bridge whilst it wa b-in rltted tog-rher. No harm was done, how-ever, to the bridge other than the destruction of the false work which was intended tor another spn. Several coke hors were randed and the men are busily engaged triii (r them up to-uay Whilst Mdfrann wat hurry ine to close-in the iron span before the hih water woul.! catch him, he was waited upon by a delegation of pious people who wanted to know if he could not stop his men from working on that bridge on Stindav. Mr-Gran n told them puliTiy that if they wonid go up stream a little and top the river from ri.-ing, he would willingly order his men to quit. They declined the offer and in a few hours he had saved tl bridge, which, had he neglected, would have probably went crashing down on the def-k of the Jim Brown, and miht have killed all on board. SKETCH Or THE'OE FAM- ILY. Across the river from Smith's Ferry in a .beautiful location commanding a view of the river in one of its finest bends, stands the house of Adam Poe, a grand-son of old j Adam Poe who bad the fight with Big Foot, a Wyandott Indian. The early histories of ! this country were never considered com- nlutii ii n !nua tlmp frtt tai ti ed Sk nt nf Allam P(m.-9 fight with tbe Big Foot lu- .,.., ..,.V.1 h,.u 4UI. , ....... " . nouse, surrourjtieo. ny an orcnara or oer rjmjrireti trees, ana oacKea ry a coupie. j. 1. -nr. chn.i i tuUttarbnAXi triiiatttt com plltnentary comment. .rr,H.T1ta.r ..iirrt j t, ....... ..a;.,. ..,t tVim nunorma. wll TaintArf hut from what they tell me. poor It described ' (m ltJ( ewhibition to the public and it did not pav. r. is tnougiit mat u it uati oeen st forth like Hamiet wanted the players to speak his speech, tripinglvon the Umgue int,tad of comini tardily oft", the result wotild have been more nickels and much applause. toe's fight with mo roxrr occureJ eleven miles below here at the' month of TomHnson's run, near Yello rsi, ii k. ki... aruiluu w " Auain '"s r ""t waltzed in their dance of death. The grand son of Adam, whom I visited j to-day, has been an active man in bis time. ! He followed the river as a steam boatman, 1 jn almnot. ererv ranairv. rnnninir niloti and rantain manv vears. Tie baa built rater noaut. ; He built one boat and run her around ; through the gulf for the river Apnalachi - cola river in Florida. In Utking the boat around they got clear out of sight ot land, and Poe to hurry un steam poured W'r' y'1 w-' 1'"- 1 made the boilers "whizzin hot," as said, and they reached the anchorage in the river just aa a fierce gulf storm swept the coast. INDUS RELICS. He brought out and laid on the porch a lot of old Indian relics, sncb as stone hatchets, and axes, corustones and one immense stone-last which he called Big Foot's l-st, over which the old chief wassupposed to have his moccasins uile. It was nearly eighteen inches in length and big round in proportion. If it was what, it purported to be, the Wyandotte chief was weil uamd. A TALK WITH AS OLD TIME 1EM(KKAT. ( On our way up to Poe's house (John II ! HlackuKire kiinlly piloted the way;, w stooped to see an old time Democrat, J. Calhoun, who keeps a store in the HttU village, of Georgetown, opposite Smitiri Ff-rry. That was a gooil p'nc- f r a stor fuaoy years go when th- droves of cattle 'j.ime KiHt via Smith's V- rry. Caliidi was saifl to le as tiu an t.ld gentleman a-ever walk.!, nd I thought after I tulkeo 'to him a little while the doscription verv trnthful Ketumine on the faraona ferry I met raan wllo haii brought Hp adrove of Indian,. i monies in Hell, he had crossed the ferry and taken them to l!uretttown in Waahing- n county, about tweniy eight miles Irani Pltubnrch on the Pan Handle railroad, Hfi he bad akrn , ,own two or three car loads of Washington county ;' sheen, nrincinall y rams, anil trauea inein i '"r ponies, aim am uui ueojr when Ilia kmfire told him that he suppose! he got three or four pouies fur one ram. Wash ington conntv sheen wortli more man horse, that must be a good place for shepherds. Two of the handsomest houses at Smith's Ferry belong to two hard working Irishmen named James anil limotny or-mile. One of them is watchman at the Cleveland and Pittsburgh railroad bridge, and the other is a track walker for the game company. On their small wages they have built themselves bamlfoue houses and fixed up the hillside around them with Mowers and vines; my attention was directed to their places by Hlackmore and Ir. Hamilton. The Doctor is another old time Democrat that I will tell you about some other time. Fonrjance miles below this place, and across the State line, is the very prosrus town of , Last Liverpool, htiy-one miles from Pitta-, hurghbythe railroad, but it -appears from the knowledge of or the communication with the place that we are a hundred miles from tt. J. C. M TIE t.X.."St Or' IRASit'E." The Reported Helrotnal of Yonng Kapnlrnn and FrltaeeMn Ttiyra. (Philadelphia Telegraph. 1 The ex-Prince Imperial, whose betrothal to the Princess Thyra of Denmark, hasi been announced, is in his twenty-third year, having lw.en bom on the lth of March, 1 Hot!. The birth of the Prince Im perial was an additional eleineutof strength to Napoleon's power. It occurred just as the The Crimean war was coming to an end. ! m . i- n i i i,, ' boywaa carefully ed iva e.!, lt' completely under the eye of his father, by j con-private tutors, having for his companion j and clansmate youig Omneiu, on of Dr. i Oocneau, NaiHltNin' physician, who aidfvi him no successfully in effectinj; his escape j fr,MU the fortress of Ham. In history, j mathematics and drawing he excels far be- j p! hl iiuU anl HtwakA live 1 ajigu aes i Ue Iiaa I! lt 1!a V till UK III I liitai ti r rin iv-i rj, , cannon ami torts, liis lurure oe.suny was always kept in view and never subordina-- ted to other ends. Under the eyes of the Kinperor his moral ami religions training; ere con! tel. The Prince's rirnt com-: 111,111 as r n ami contiruiation were ceVttrateJ : table epis-'des in hi hte. The war. h Prusiin l7i found the Prince I perial a fw mouths over tourten years old. The Kmper. rrr with him inu the press viel ted Conj1 ived to take his won riehl, anil the Km- insnt. In comp.ny Th bis fa? her the Prince I niteri;ii set out from Paris July for Metz, jo io?n the army. lu 1-ss than a we-k the war was opened. The first im portant movw Anaust 2, when the corps of i i-ncr! Frosnrd advanre.1 frm tit. Avolo atrainst Saarbruck. The Kui-peror and Prince Imperial arrived at a fixed point to open fire. The German gar-rif'n, after a cannonade of a few hours, withdrew, and tie- French occupied t he heights without entering the town. This was claimed a a creat advantage, and that it proved the superiority of the r rench weaw.n over the Prussian needie-gun. T'je. F.mperor telegraphed to KunnSe after' the n easement. "I.oais has reeeiv-1 the baptism oi nre. He displayed an admirable !ang froid, and was in no way excited. He has preserved a b.iii which dropied cloe to hiro. There were ;o!diers who shed tears when they aw him so calm." lie verses" f-uie ueavv arm i.isi- ntr me i neaien. an.i toe yr.u2 i-nu.-e was ourr.e,,- iysent to I'iti. where he arrive.r AucustT, lastyear. Kent flowed q-u. k sueoeMMon. The Empress, tmac com patiied by ber " sn,b d to seek satety Hiol.t ( tl. t;U utmntuT lti Iri imperial lande.1 at Diver, by the Belgian parket trom o-r-nd. and proceeded at once to Hastings. H was aecompanied by several crhViTs. Since that timi the ei-Prince Imperial has resided continuously in England. He j oined the Royal Military Ara-iemy at Woolwich as a calet, and subsequently joined the first class of students preparing for commissions in the I loyal Engineers and I loyal Artillery. At the tlnl examination in February, 1S7.", he stood seventh in a class of thirty-four, a position which, if he hail wiehed to enter ,!, I. ..,,!,1 Viavd untitlii.i l,i,n to elect service "iu the Artillery or Engl-; Ue-rH i come to nan gut on account oi uinerem-es m ligion. The Prince, however, met with a erdial reception in Ienraartc, anil au glish paper remarked, 'The Princesses of the royal bouse of Denmark, whose amiability and grace captivated so many rovai aui'ors, nave never auoweu '"K"11 U.nerences w "''"K " these cases. me of them was itne of them was betrothed to the late Czarowttc! and forth witb she commence! a course of studies undr Greek Church clergymen to finality her in becoming a member of ber hiwKn.Vi eniotniiniMn. The l"r. iro witch. i he u ro . ... i Tk- . t' : ,;,i .u.n.wi ",-,w"v"- , V 1 - . . i r.i i....,. ; "k.'i ..wk, k .i ! ir;ial ni5l,:M .! nne more the' Princess resumed her percei.tions of the orthodoxy of the Greek Catholic Church."! The Princess Thyra is the third daughter j aud the tilth child of the King of Den- mark, and was born in IS";, the wife oi the Prince of Wales being her sister. An- lot her sister, the Princess Dtgmar (now called Maria Feodorovna) is the wile. the hereditary irrar.a iim AirJnuarr oi ,fc,"e,1f- . ' " : ' as a charming woman, ana il is, ttiat he is something ot a co.,ue.tte. i marriage been published, once to the Dukei " - y .. k - --- - - . jiuarr age oeen puo.isneo, on of Ivlenburgh, second on ot Q leen Mc ; i t4ria, aud again to the Crown Prince of h ' , " , " . - t d again to the Crown Prince of ,r.lrin,H I.m.ria ' Holland ranee may get .he mitten. to A Warning lo Newa Thlevea. Th Snrinpfteld fill Gazette receives r.,..u an.1 naM thoan , . . ot :P"P. 1 . . IjOuU evening papers - , . . c ,rt-. , hrihinir a on f fr.h it with an wrlv coi ... ... f..-..biVi i vith on uir r C'lnP r B" , " r ' t,:,M tio- ff lt 3 15 A. M. a special j ppe containing a bogus account of a ; tPhLder storm at Winchester, whereby a .Lnivman waa killed onlv TA V- iug to utter the words, "Icb babe diee nachncht gestolen. An Dour atterwaros the Gazette was on the streets, announcing the death of the reverend gentleman and his last words, which are, being translated, ' 1 have stolen this despatch." A Travealy of Government. f Frnm the Springfield Kepuhlican.J There was seldom seen a worse travesty of government than the sending of a notorious thief, who ought to be breaking stone n the South Carolina penitentiary, as chi'nuan of a committee to consider the i reat problem of the best way to j govern the Indian Territory. But that is! hat we are to see this summer, the Senate! haviug authorized its Committee on Terri j Tories, of which the notorious I'.itierwon is! Chairman, to go out there durintr there-! :ess and Investigate things. The Indians! tre as hi tetly op;osel as ever to any in-e-ierence with tue jiresent regime, and -. veil thre-ateu to organize a force of 10,00 fit-n and tight before they wi!l submit to uy ctiange. which they consider would be a viyjutWii tff treaty obUgaiiona. a, f at i j T. the Senator fl)r : a to f ;ey. 411 t in i-emrcrtic W. lh The er. the and t-ok in the they via ler in to ten ,. - that ( til b- ' ninl r - .?. from f . full is this was tbe if will not - euHl - oi . , err I of ter

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  2. 17 Aug 1878, Sat,
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