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of au in in of is phlloso- i of Ba- is Mont- I OIL FIELDS OF CANADA. I American Investment at Petrolia and Oil Springs. THE INDICATIONS AND PRACTI CAL RESULTS. Canadian Enterprise at Oil Springs. Oil Operations The Advantaga of Trathfnl State ments uu opnagi noara oi -trace. -trace. Special Correcpoadenco of Trie Detroit Free Press. Ou. SrBINO., c. W-, W-, W-, Jii. 19. A few days' sojourn at this place,and careful enquiry, enable me to furnish your readers with some further interesting facts concerning tho oil developments in this interesting section, The township of Enniskillen, which includes Oil Springs and Petrolia, is becoming an im portant point of attraction with a large num ber of the citizens of this State who are inter ested in oil developments. It is not i mprobabli that within the past three months, at least $300,000 have been invested by citizens Michigan in the purchase of lands, and the necessary machinery for sinking and working wells at these two points. It is yet too soon to speak of the results of these investments; but judging from the past, some of them cannot but prove highly profitable. For if, with spring poles, and the more inefficient engines and pumps, such as have been employed by the Canadians ever since the wells were first worked, handsome fortunes have been made, what may we not expect from the employment of the powerful agencies that modern engineer ing and skill and experience have suggested, and which are now being brought into requi sition at all the new wells? But I repeat the caution given to your readers in a previous communication in respect to rumors of wonder ful (lowing wells, either here or at Petrolia. At Oil Springs the immense flowing wells ceased to flow some years since. At Petrolia, there are two wells flowing moderately, one " Cook's," producing about S) barrels per day, and the other, " Waddy V about 15 barrels. The pumping wells at Petrolia or Oil Spring- Spring- rarely yield mare than 30 barrels per diem, and a large majority of them produce considerably less. At Petrolia there are 12 pumping wells now in operation, and 20 new ones in various stuges of progress. Petrolia is comparatively a new oil district, not having been known ex tensively in oil annals, until within the last iix months. It possesses many of the charac teristics of the locality around Oil Springs, and large investments have been made there. It is a small but growing village, possessing two very fair hotels, which are generally crowded, a majority of tne visitors being enterprisin: Americans, a goodly number of whom are from Michigan. OIL SI-KINGS. SI-KINGS. SI-KINGS. THE INDICATIONS. . Oil Springs, however, may be justly regard ed as tne petroleum center of Enniskillen. In a former communication I gave some account of the remarkable deposits of natural petro leum, In a volatilized state, discovered by the Indiana many years since. Though these beds rest, as is supposed, upon the crown of the anticlinals, and the territory in their imme diate vicinity is regarded as abounding in oil, it has been demonstrated that very prolific wells may be obtained from one to two miles distant from them, east and west. It is the theory of many that excellent oil territory may be found all the way along a narrow belt from the Springs north to Petrolia I believe, however, that no tests have jet been made north of Oil Springs, excepting at Petrolia. Besides the deposits of bituminous petroleum in these beds, there are many other unmistakable unmistakable surface indications in and around Oil Springs, such as springs emitting oil and gas, or both combined. The earth itself seems to be impregnated with the material in various forms. It is impossible to dig a well for the purpose of obtaining fresh water, without encountering encountering petroleum in some form. The water is slightly brackish, and has a mineral taste which is not pleasant to strangers. My attention has just been called to an extraordi nary gas spring found on the property of the Toronto Kick Oil Company. The gas is emit ted from a seam or deep Assure in the clay. It is highly inflammable, and has been known to burn without intermission for the space of three months. It ii- ii- a curious circumstance that tbe pulsations of this spring are in close sympathy with the flawing wells of Petrolia. CANADIAN ENTERI'RISE AT OIL SPRINGS. It has sometimes been remarked in the pub lic press that the Canadians have manifested a groat lack of enterprise in developing tbis territory. territory. The assertion, to a considerable ex tent, is undoubtedly true. Hut there are some recent and honorable exceptions, which should not be overlooked. There are three or four responsible and enterprising companies from Toronto now here, who are engaged in good earnest in active oil operations. One of them, the Canada Rook Oil Company, have jott opened a well, the 'Scotia," near the east "gum bed," which gives promise of a prolific yield. Its productive capacity is estimated at forty barrels per day, some days more, and othera less. The company are also making four other wells in different localities in this vicinity, and have purchased four hundred acres of land which they are determined to develop. There are also two enterprising companies from Guelph, and one Irom Wind- Wind- Bor, opposite your city, the latter managed by by C. W. SfcDougall.Esq ,which company,it is reported, have a splendid show of oil. It is due to all these Canadian parties to say that they are employing the most efficient agencies In carrying on their enterprises, and some of them are beginning to reap the legitimate re wards in handsome dividends in gold. OIL OPERATORS. THE ADVANTAGES OF - TRUTHFUL STATEMENTS. I could name numerous parties from your State, and Ohio, Illinois and Wisconsin, that have recently embarked largely in oil enter prises here, and some of them have invested large sums of money, some in land speculations and others with the view of active develop ments. The latter class, as a general thing. nave adopted the most efficient mean3 to secure the end, and though their operations have continued continued but for a brief period, they are highly encouraged at tbe Indications and prospects before them. Some of these parties are from Detroit, others from Pontile, Flint, Saginaw, Jackson, Adrian, Niles, etc., and It is an every day occurrence to find the names of well known citizens from the places I have named and from other parts of your State, on tbe hotel registers, who have made their first visit to this center of petroleum. It is not. among the least favorable signs, that few of these express disappointment, when they com-. com-. com-. nans the results of their observations, with tbe anticipations they had been led to enter tain. Bv avoiding immoderate puffing anu exaggerations through tha press, the citizens of Oil Springs have shown a degree of modesty and rrood sense, which is not without a most favorable Influence so far as the future is con cemed. Very few eo away with an unfavora ble impression of the place, and it is rarely the ca3e that I find a sojourner unhappily disappointed or dissatisfied with the immediate immediate surroundings. OIL SPRINGS HOARD OF TRADE. Great inconvenience has been experienced by the oil operators from the want of some kind of an organization, by means of which those having interests could meet together, compare notes, collect statistics, and devise measures for the common benefit. This, for some time,has been regarded as a desideratum, and has led to the formition ol a Board of Trade, which is now in working order, and it may interest your readers to learn the names of the officers, some of whom are well known citizens of your State. They are as follows: President, C. 'G. Bruce; A' ice-President, ice-President, ice-President, A. Farewell; Secretary, A. Miller; Treasurer, W. Richardson; Directors, J. T. Williams, F. Cook,T. C. Chisholm, A Carpenter, H. B. Walker, G. S. "Wilkes, E. Smith. The advan tage of this organization has already been manifested manifested in various ways, and if It is efficiently followed up, it cannot but have a most salutary salutary effect on the future development of tbis section. The Board ara now making arrangements arrangements to open suitable rooms, where they propose propose to keep on file a goodly number ol newspapers newspapers and tuch records as may be useful in furnishing information in respect to the oil interest interest of this section generally. A VISIT FROM PROFESSOR WLNCHELL. Professor Winchell visited this place a short time since, and spent several days of patient investigation, with the view of giving his opinions to the public in respect to the Canada oil regions. I learn that the Professor was very reticent upon the geology of petroleum as developed here. He did, however, com mit himself fairly and squarely to one fact, to wit: that there is considerable oil at and around Oil Springs, and that there are some districts of Canada, where, he is positive, oil cannot be found. Your London readers, I suppose, have already made a note of this. The phenomena of oil formations, give geologists a great deal of concern just now. The facts which are educed educed by observing, practical oil operators come in conflict with favorite geological theories that had been formed long before petroleum was regarded as an element of any great import ance, and the masters of this grand and mystical science look with amazement upon every new fact tnat is elicited, and acknowledge themselves themselves to be but mere students. They come here, not to teach, but to be taught OLEtDI. Wealth of the Royal Families of Eng. A London correspondent writes: King Leopold has been a Drudent snrroim. and has left a snug little fortune of $16,000,000. He does not seem to have been mercenary he only saved and invested his money instead of spenumg iu vtnen oe Decame ivincnr kp - Ktuiu uc i csiueu an we appointments ne nau neia as tne nusoanu oi tne Princess Charlotte, amounting to 5175,009 a year, which was so much clear gain to the ucoDle of England. keeping only a life interest in the house of Claremont, wnicu nas neen tbe residence of ills father and mother-in-law, mother-in-law, mother-in-law, mother-in-law, mother-in-law, the ex King and Queen of France. On tbe death of Leopc-ld Leopc-ld Leopc-ld ots aged motntr-in-faw motntr-in-faw motntr-in-faw motntr-in-faw motntr-in-faw immediately sent a uo-tice uo-tice uo-tice to Queen Victoria, placing the house at her disposal. Whatever may happen to this little band-box band-box band-box kingdom of Belgium, Leopold has left his children well provided for. Queen icwuii is mi iiccci mau jjeoptiiu was, or tnan probahly any sovereign in Eurone. She re ceives a large sum, spends little, gives less, has atl her expenses paid, and her nronertv ia ac cumulating to an enormous amount. All ber children arc provided lor bv the Slate, and If she lives forty years longer,' as she well may, coming of a long-lived long-lived long-lived family, she will die nuiiM mute uiiiiiuua man auv one out a U3ins-child U3ins-child U3ins-child could realize. The Princess Anna Ml-rat Ml-rat Ml-rat a .Iebsp.v Woman. The Princess Anna Murat, daughter daughter of Prince Lucien Murat and Madame Murat, Murat, and who was born at Bordentown. was married in Pari on the ISth ult. to the Oucde Moucby, a high-born high-born high-born and wealthv French noble. The description of the brilliant mar- mar- age ceremony seems in strange contrast with whitwereniernberof the Murat family at Bordentown Bordentown twenty years ago. In those days the rnnce was in very reduced circumstances. in short, not to put too fine a point upon it," as seedy, and Madame Murat conducted a ihool, which was the suonort of the family. After the revolution of 1S4S gave a hope of better better fortunes, and the Prince dt-si dt-si dt-si red to return to France to take his chance, he was oblii-oil oblii-oil oblii-oil tn gentleman of this city for the means to pay his passage and give him a start on the road to fortune fortune and fame. We fancy that times were rather hard with him there until after the accession accession of Napoleon to the presidency. Since Luai. e L-ut L-ut L-ut times uave cnangeu lor tne Detter with the Prince, and he must look hacb- hacb- nnnn his old Bordentown life as a troubled dream. Hon. Charles H. Smith (Bill Arp.i Among seme pen and inklings of the public men ot Georgia, made by the pleasant correspondent correspondent of the Cinclnnatti Innuirer. the following of the everlasting "Bill Arp": cpeaiuug oi senators, one memner or the State Senate is so well known at lpst. ht- ht- hta nomme de plume North, as to render it, perhaps, perhaps, not altogetheruninteresting to give Eome account of him. This is U. 11. Smith, of Rome, the celebrated ' Bill Arp.' Tall, stoutly built, with black eyes, hair and beard, slightly bald, and of rather a grave expression of countenance, countenance, the remark is often made by visicors that he is about the last man in the house one would take for the author of that inimitable appeal to the great Artemus. Mr. Smith is a lawyer of fine abilities, and. in social intercourse, iwrv entertaining gentleman, when shaking off wnat seems a naoituat reserve. Often, however, however, when saying least, an arch curve of the lip will betray, beyond mistake, some fanatinns thought is flitting through the brain of the great unharmonized father of Chickahominv and Bull Run Arp." Tile Promotions in toe REnnr.Ais An. MY It is not a little curious to nntn tho pi centricities of promotion which have taken place during the war. The man now at the head of the army, resigned from it many years 6ince as a captain. Of our five major-generals, major-generals, major-generals, Halleck and Meade were captains of engineers; Sherman had resigned a captaincy, and was re-appointed re-appointed re-appointed a colonel; Thomas wa3 a cantain of artillery, and Sheridan was a lieutenant of lmantry at tne oreasring out or the war. AU of our ten brigadiers have been promoted from captaincies or majrities, while the great majority of our regular officers still remain to comparatively low positions. Heintzleman is a colonel of infantry, Barry a major of artillery, Carlin a major of infantry, and so on through the list or equally brave and meritorious Midlers. Midlers. It Is understood that John O'Mahony wilt leave for France this week, for the purpose of communicating with Stephens and Mitchell as to the possibility of an armed revolt In Ireland. is in a in an anie and and the the opened physical left bis dog the bad recent his not tbe and He convulsion, it He, morning, gree sitting U1C of suffered teamsters way and condition to the In of Sf self has good

Clipped from Detroit Free Press21 Jan 1866, SunPage 2

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan)21 Jan 1866, SunPage 2
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