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PART TWO ftiUfrtttinn VOL. XXVII. BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA, MONDAY, MARCH 111, 101 (i No. lo:i PRICE OF OIL AIDS DEVELOPMENT IN LOST HILLS DISTRICT Lost Hills Field lias Become Active; Standard to Drill in Field. LOST HILLS, March I?,.— Development work In the Lost Hills Odd has been given a new impetus by the recent increases of the price of oil at the wells, amounting in I he past ninety days to 15 cents a barrel. Additional IntereRt hns been stirred here by the purchase last week of the Vulcan Oil Company's 100 acres with twelve producing wells at the rate of $2500 per acre by the Standard. The Vulcan and General Petroleum have been the largest producers of light oil in the Held. The purchase price of ¥250,000 for the 100 acres is recognized as a high figure for producing property in tills locality and is the first sale of producing land in the field. Several deals for improved and unimproved land are now being negotiated. In addition the general shortage of production and high price of oil is again attracting speculators and more particularly to the reopening of properties that have formerly been considered of little or of no value on account of the small production possible. Notable in this respect Is the deal closed at Visalia this week after several months of quietly and carefully planned negotiations whereby S. O. Wnlker, Visalia farmer, secured the holdings of Thomas H. Jackson and Dudley Bros, in the Dudley-Jackson Oil Company. The price paid is around 30 cents a share. The company Is capitalized at $40,000 and owns forty acres of land with one well producing live barrels a day average. The the co the fact that experts and operators have aiDvuysr' claimed Joil cannot be produced in paying--:tioantlties"fn this section as it is slightly off the anticline and'the 'Oil in shale''formation. The Dudleys expended $28;00fl on the Nos. 1 well without success, although when the well first crime in it gushed over the-'derrtok, but after the release of gas immediately settled down to five to ten barrels a day. Immediately southeast the Standard Oil Company had similar experience on its No. 20 Oil Bill Report in Senate Soon WASHINGTON, March in. — The public lamis committee of the Senate has promised to report the Ferris oil leasing bill to the Senate this week with the proposed amendments of the Oil Industrial Association attached. However, it seems to be the impression among some of those on the ground in the interest of oil legislation that the amendments may be toned down shine. In the event that the amendments are included in the bill, the Senate will likely pass it without any changes. Then, it will be put up to a joint, committee of the lower House and the Senate for final settlement. Should this be the case Congressman Church said he hoped to get practically everything the oil men have been contending for in the hearings. OIL PRICE INCREASES. INDEPENDENCE, Kan., March VI. —The Prairie Oil Company today ml- vanced the price of Mid-continent crude oil 5 cents a barrel to $1.45, the highest price known in the field. OIL DIVIDENDS. Amalgamated Oil declares a dividend of one dollar ($1.00) per share. Payable March 24; books close March IS. West Coast Oil declares a dividend of one dollar and fifty cents (J61.50) per share, payable March 15; books close March 10. Associated Oil Company declares a dividend of one dollar ($1.00) per share payable April 15; books close March 24. Yellow Pine declares a dividend of ten cents (10c) per share, payable March 25; books close March 10. i iflmqriant feature that will, keep orftfa'iiy ln'thfc eye >oT "oil 'men is these wells and it is reasonable to suppose an average well of thirty barrels may be expected—unless there is a marked difference in formation in the intermediate distance of 300 to 500 feet. Develop Six Wells. hi tile extreme north end of the field on section 13, Dudley Bros, plan to develop six wells and now have two wells with a total daily production of thirty barrels. This oil is heavy and ranges from 14 to 18 degrees gravity and while at first sight the production figures look smalh—considerlng "* s * nw n |Mfe ^'nt. priced'- and fhafftfr territory ,is of an average depth of 800 feet and Veils can be developed for $5000 ;i piece, tlie property will puft good interest on.'the investment. Trie oil will be sold until enough wells have been furnished to produce 100 barrels a day as required by . the oil transportation companies. Considerable attention was attracted 1 to the Jjudley 30-acre base on section 5 when No. 4 well came in a few weeks ago as a 350-barrel gusher. It has cleared itself out now, the gas pressure has been relieved and the well has settled down to an average well and finally pulled the casing and| production of 150 barrels.' This is abandoned the hole. However, directly over the line on the east and north of the Dudley- Jackson property tlie Standard and General Petroleum have several wells producing twenty to forty barrels a day and this is the point that is attracting tlie Walker interests. They plan to drill on new borders opposite Monthly Meetings to Take Up Problems Will Be Held on West Side. TA FT, March 13.—That the plan of holding monthly meetings for tlie purpose of discussing oil subjects, as started by the Petroleum Club more than a year ago, may be continued, a meeting of ily men was held Friday nighL at tlie main camp of the General Petroleum Company. The meeting was entirely informal. Oil men from all parts of the lield had been invited by telephone to attend and express their views on the •subject of an informal organization for this purpose. Nearly a half hundred were present, nil expressing much interest in the plan. Payne Is Chairman. It was decided to have but one officer for tlie organization, this to be a chairman. To Supt, Paul M. Payne 3f the Honolulu OH Company, one of .he best posted officials in the California fields, fell this honor. Though the meeting was hurriedly called it was not without preparation, for those who had arranged the affair had taken into consideration the facts and figures gathered by Fred Tough of the Kern Trading and Oil Company relutive to the storm of January 27, and the lessons it taught the many operators of the West Side. To Avert Storm Damage. / In a lengthy talk he told of the needs of the operators to overcome a repetition of such disaster, and though he blamed' the high wind for much, he Was not. sparing in telling of how much of the wreckage of derricks might have been avoided. This brought about a general discussion, with many ideas being exchanged relative to losses and efforts mat!e to• overeoroe f utttre t rouble• a Iong- 9 *torm lines. , , SWIPED WITH DEBTS, AND EUROPEAN COUNTRIES AFTER WAR Germany, England and Italy Make Demands Through Washington Thai Claims of Their Subjects Be Paid at Once; Obligations of Central American Country Amounts to Four Times Its Income. MANAGUA, Nicaragua. March 13.-A Blue Uook, containing its diplomatic correspondence for 1914, just published by the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Nicaragua,' discloses the details of some interesting episodes that bear on the obligations ami duties of the United States under its Monroe Doctrine. They relate to demands made upon Nicaragua by the governments of Germany, Great Britain and Italy .for the payment of debts dun their subjects, resident in' Nicaragua, and the inability of this government to man protection, one llohenblust, and that because of the failure to be paid lie had had to borrow money whose interest was growing, "fur which I should he very sorry to have to hold your government responsible later." On February ti von Frnnt::.us wrote again demanding payment of $.'iO,S60 said to he owed to u German engineer. lOrnesl Mueller, for some rail road surveying at Monkey Point, and eonelud ing, "I do not wish to omit emphasizing once more, that tlie question of interest on the drafts mentioned re- Sergeant Obliged Distressed Damsel BUFFALO, N. V., March 13.— "Could you lick a postage stamp?" Sergeant George II. McGoe, recruiter for tin! United States Murine Corps, standing in the lobby of the postoltlce watching for "prospects," turned about angrily at this slur on his fighting ability, only to faco a heavily veiled woman carrying parcels under each arm. The woman went on to say that she would have to raise her newfangled veil to do it herself and would the sergeant, oblige? So the seargeant gallantly obliged, and licked not only one., but several stamps and placed them on the parcels she was carrying. "Tlie United Stales Marine Corps is prepared for anything," McC.eo later explained, "even to licking stamps for fair damsels in distress." AT DIEGO FORMALLY THE 18TH meet the strenuous requests. Thereon-'mains pending, reserving to myself eluding episodes have not yet been the right to treat hereafter respect- published, relating to the intervention ing the cost of the attorney of Mr of the United States in the affair, but Mueller." In other words Nicaragua! are no secret. | ,,-as to be hold not only for the face n„ y , m \viol,»i-* l,> The government of Nicaragua owes, of the claim, and interest, but for the "*"' Kn <»»UII»JI ;\it. Hi lltiji and acknowledges, considerable' claimant's attorney fees. 1 «-•«.-_.! mn.' i t\ir i, v amounts to these foreign residents, | Frantiius' Activities, part for money borrowed, part for N °t satisfied with writing notes merchandise bought, and a large part Charge von Prantzlus came personally claims for damages to person or f' 01 ' 1 his legation in Guatemala to Nicaragua to press the claims of the Ger REP PEPS PHILOSOPHY "Lots of us will be poor until we aw thirky-rben we will be used to it." Tlirit lawn wilt soon have a thirst' 1 that will need constant attention, and you can do belteii by buying now than if you wait—note our prices— Elm Brand, 5-p\y 3-4 «oeh hose, per foot—10c. Glide Brand, moulded, 34 inch hose, guaranteed two years, per foot—15c. Thor Brand, "Non-Kink- able," 3-4 inch hose, guaranteed two, years, per ft.—18c. HAYES & MURRAY Pho large'production, considering that the adjoining wells are making from' fifty to ninety barrels. Some difficulty is encountered to this locality by tlie infiltration of water—but the percentage does not run over 20 per cent and the water is readily separated. Termed a "Jinx." The phenomen of the Dudley No. 4 occurred when large quantities of rock, a verterbrae of prehistoric mammoths were expelled by the gas pressure. This fenture is generally a bad luck sign and termed a "jinx" by oil men, as it indicates a gas or oil pocket caused by the decomposition of the bodies of the herd of prehistoric mammoths—caught in the great upheaval and folding over of the earth's surface. In controversies of the "jinx" theory this well is producing steadily 150 barrels a day—and if it keeps going will upset the fossil bad hid theory. There are other wells on the Dudley lease and the four wells pro duced 2800 barrels in January. On section 34, adjoining Canero's pump station, considerable activity lias been aroused through the rinding of oil by several companies and particularly the operators of the Belridge Oil Company. Last week It. V. Ells sold eighty acres to S. A. Guiberson Jr., one of tlie best known oil men of the state. In the west side of the Lost Hills field in tlie section generally called tlie Antelope Plains, the Standard Oil Company has been drilling a wildcat lole and work has been temporarily suspended, on account of water trouble. The company plans to put down a new hole. The Standard has bored considerable adjoining land and purchased outright 320 acres for the Oil Exploration Company (tlie Canada company of the Mackenzie Interests) at $75 an a n re. Choose Young Woman to. Represent "Miss San Diego" Without riots,, bloodshed, or civil war, and accompanied only by a few secret heartaches,, "Miss San Diego- 1916" has been chosen. If clashes had resulted, the vict"rv might have been the same for Miss Marian Vogdes. The charming young woman chosen to represent the exposition at all formal functions during the year is tlie daughter of Charles I). Vogdes. major in the United States army retired, and granddaughter of General I. Vogdes, who won his promotion in the civil war. From the time of her birth, twenty-five years ago at Angel Island, she has been a 'daughter of the regiment." Miss Vogdes' choice was not accompanied by any contest features. She was chosen by a committee of artists and journalists appointed by Presideut G. A. Davidson of tlie exposition. No names of young women nominated were made public from the time the committee began its search until the final selection was announced. Miss San Diego-1916" is considered a typical San Diego girl. She is a bruuette, with brown hair, flashing, big brown eyes, olive complexion with high color, is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 135 pounds, and her favorite sports are swimming and horseback riding. "Miss San Diego-1916" first formal appearance will be the exposition's 1916 dedication day, March 18, when she will appear in the costume to be designed by members of tlie official woman's board at tlie exposition. The social life of the exposition will provide many opportunities for the charms of "Miss San Diego-1916." POULTRY SHORT COURSE TO BE GIVEN AT RIVERSIDE In response to the petition of a large number of poultrymen in Southern California, pledging attendance if the University of California would give a short course in poultry husbandry, somewhere south of Tehaehapi, the college of agriculture has agreed to give such a short course at Riverside from June 5 to 9, inclusive. There will be lectures every morn ing from 9:30 to 11:30, and demon stration periods from one to three each afternoon during the five days. Among the subjects to be dealt with will be incubation, brooding, housing, yarding, breeding and feeding. UNIVERSITY ALUMNI PLAN CHARTER DAY ALUMNI for property. Two-thirds of the floating and internal debts of and claims against Nicaragua go back to the regime of the late dictator, Zelaya, besides five-sixths of the bonded debt. Upon his downfall In 1910 and the assumption of the government by the present administration it asked tlie United States for advice and assistance, especially in relation to a settlement and i -ayment/Of the floating debts and claims, amounting oh their face to over $6,000,0001. The American minister, the late Thomas C. Dawson, sent by tlie state department to Nicaragua for the purpose, arranged, among other things, (hat the government should appoint |a .Claims commission, for the adjudication and .settlement- of -all • thovltaiaAnded, ricating end miscellaneous debts'; foreign and intertiah By a conventtaiij.the'seerctur.v of state selected one member, the president of the commission';'..(Hon. Otto Schoenrich, then a judge .ofrFjrst Instance" In \ Porto Rico,' wlto had'pre­ viously been conuouled with,,the commission to settle 'the 1 debts. of Santo Domingo. Nicaragua named .one of UK lending lawyers, Hon. tla'rlos Cuadra Fasos, a matr of judicial and equitable temperament.' The two governments were to agree on the third member, and selected A. It. Thompson, of Washington, who had had experience in tlie Cuban Intervention. This commission worked laboriously for three years, examining 790S claims and allowing $1,840,432 as just out of the 113.808,161 claimed. In other words it struck out and disallowed nearly six-sevenths as watered. When Mr. Bryan became -secretary ' of state and had informed himself of the situation he backed this Mixed Claims Commission as strongly as hud Secretary Knox. By the end of 1913 the commission had nearly completed its work, but the government of Nicaragua, due to its distressing financial circumstances, was paying none of the claims allowed. At the instance of Secretary Bryan, In October, 1913, Nicaragua', keeping faith with'the . United States, agreed that the* American-col­ lector-general'of customs should allocate twenty per cent of net' customs revenues to the Claims Commission for payment of Its judgments, besides $100,000 borrowed lor. the purpose. There was $58,548 so;paid out of customs receipts before It'was stopped in ebruary following. The commission paid tlie small claimants first—the poor people whose horses, or cows, or utensils, or huts, had been requisitioned and seized in tlie various revolutions. Nearly all the claims presented to the commission were by Nicaraguans or Americans. The other foreigners for the most part refused to recognize the commission, and some who filed claims withdrew them at the Instance of their consuls. Only four per cent of the claims were by foreigners other than Americans. When this international Claims Commission began pay- man residents, amounting altogether to $370,000. One of these claims was a peculiar case. Tlie government of Nicaragua owed a considerable amount over $30,000 to Francisco Brocknmnn & Co., German merchants and coffee growers, of Nicaragua.' In October, 1913 that firm refused to pay customs duties owed, repudiating accepted drafts, alleging that they sljoiild be. offset against the suni owe'd''by the government. The American Vollector- general of customs (appointed as a trustee or receiver and 'representing the government of Nicaragua, the American and ICnglisli bondholders), promptly refused to recognize such a claim, seined importations to Brock- mahn. & Co., and. after, due lime., in January, 1914, gave the firm ten days notice in which to pay the/lotloa anil accrued fines, or the seized .goods would be sold at atictldnl nJMh hecdrd Start IMG Fair Off to Success. aflce .with the Nicaragua!). customs laws. Aiiv vb'ri•1' , rn 'iit5 , : ihs i ' dbmarided- of t'jnt- ' Ine ( the NlearaKU/y}/anver.u|UPuJ, German claim's be pa hi, Hint (Ifilt-llii! custom;? fines be remitted, and no customs fines for delayed p'tiyxonls n • thereafter Imposed. The Nicaragua government refused, sustaining this Collector-General of Customs. Brock- niann paid, the case was then taken up with Secretary of Slate Bryan by the German ambassador at Washing- Ion, tlie United States being requested "to use its good offices" so that Nicaragua would pay the German claims, especially those customs fines. The matter was referred through diplomatic channels hack to Nicaragua who answered that it could not accede, because If it did there would be hundreds of other similar claims presented by foreigners and natives, and that such left-handed attempt to force payment through the customs would not only deprive It of its living income but, would give preference to floating debts over its bonded debt for which tlie customs revenues were hi part pledged Whether It had any connection with tills wise or not is not known, but it was a coincidence that von Frant.diia was shortly after recalled home by his government. The Bliio Hook gives the correspondence, relating to the demand Niniara- gua made on Germany, at tlie same period, beginning November 30, 1913, for the recall of tlie German Vive Consul in Managua, Korl l.'ebersc-iiig. The German minister demurred, claiming Nob- ersezig was persona non grata. Ger(Continued on page 10.) Never in the history of expositions has the opening day provided an aerial parade of holders of world's aviation records. The Panama-California International Imposition will provide this as one of the many features of dedication day, March 18. . Possibly a doi.en United States avl- utors from the North Island aviation station will start from the hangers/at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, March 18,. upon signal from the tower of tho California building on tlie exposition grounds'. After circling the grounds and exchanging salutes with the thousand marines, and the regiment of cavalry, stationed on the exposition grounds, and with the fleet In the bay below, four of the best aviators of the government service and four who hold world's aviation records will light on the exposition av-lutjon field.' > At this time, after Visitors hiive bad .opportunity to inspect the ma- (Miines in use by the United' States government, President (3.'A. Davidson of the exposition, will present to the four greatest record holders exposition medals, acknowledging the achievements of government tilers. Those who will receive recognition from the exposition are O. A. Brlndly, win, won the Curtis trophy last year for the greatest number of miles covercr: in a ten-hour flight; Lieu,. T. D. Mellitig, who holds tlie cross-country record and who lias had several months Hying abroad; Corp. A. I). Smith, who holds the American duration record forthydroplaue; and Floyd Smith, who holds the altitude record for pilot, and for otic, two and thr^e passengers. This aviation feature of tho opening of the. new international exposition will be one of the many Interesting events on the big program, which will include an address by President Woodrow Wilson, Secretary of the Navy Jose- pints Daniels, or Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane, tho formal Introduction of "Miss San Diego-1916"; the return of the famous Spanish dancers and singers; a military parade; formal opening of the "Court of Leap Year"; concerts by Tonimaslno's Royal Italian band, and other musical organisations; openalr dancing in ex position courts and special night lire works. Korly Thousand Soldiers Are Employed lo Prevent Smuggling. t T1IF HAGUE. March 13.—The Dutch minister of war, reporting in the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament says that 36,679 persons 'were prosecuted for smuggling goods into Germany last year. Forty thousand soldiers were employed to prevent smuggling, but because of the 600 miles of frontier they had to patrol, many of the smugglers were able to do a brisk business with the people across the border. The wiles of the smugglers are many and the Ingenuity which they bring to their trade, it Is said, would fit them for all the higher reaches of diplomacy. Leather was smuggled inside barrels of mussels, ball of rubber inside tile outer shells of onions and bags of meal got up to represent sleeping babies were sent over the border. Hundreds of thousands of the frontier population were after the beginning of the war, engaged In the lighter forms of the proscribed traffic. Bribery of ther frontier guard is said to have been the method tried-most frequently. Tlie strip of country along the var- ous frontiers is now declared In a state of siege and the military commanders order the whole life bf the community. They hnve resorted In some regions to banishing all-'undc slrable persons. The number thus deprived of their right of residence last year is 1,297. ': :> \ '• - ~ >.;•.',,•# ; . A bill passed recently limits •applies for the border towns to quantities that were. normal'before; thi war. The authorities Scarry out 'the*' anti- smuggling laws In a most drastic way; realising that the traffic was endangering the country's oversea" supply by tm'akenlng the distrust 6t the' allies. LOSE FIVE THOUSAND. BKRLIN, March 13.-The losses of the British forces in Mesopotamia in the recent battle near Felable are estimated by the Turkish war ollice as at least 5000. Train Wrecks Auttt; ~ at Salida; Two Hurt Boy Not Expected to Live and Woman Also Crippled. -. MODFaSTO, March 13.—Struckfby'S north bound passenger-train of the Southern Pacific, an automobile con- talning six persons Was wrecked at< Salida, seven miles north of here yesterday. A bov, nged 12, was probablv fatally injured and a woman crippled, The victims were; Willie McManlmon, t2 years of age, Soouel; internal Injuries. Little hope held out for recovery. Mrs. Clarence Angell of Salida, both legs broken. F. A. Angell of Soquel and his son Clarence Angell of Salida, with his little daughter, were but slightly bruised in the accident. The In hi red were taken to the Modesto hospital. The elderly cotipfth-overe visiting their son. a rancher of Saildafi and the parly had jnf left the ranch home'nfter dinner for a trip through the valley. Tlif Ihikcrslleld pussenger Is a through train and does not atop at Salida. Angell miscalculated;' the. speed of the' approach Inn train In attempting to cross the track. The fender of the locomotive crashed into the tonneau of the machine. PRESIDENT URGES SPEED ON ARMY AND NAVY DLLS WASHINGTON, March 13.—-President. Wilson urged Speaker Clark and Majority Leader Kltchln to speed up the army and navy bills, the tariff, Philippine and shipping bills and other measures In the administration legislative program. ; The twelve thousand alumni of the University of California are expected l];"-^,^^„ c i aims allowed, the gov- to send a host of representatives to 1^5 „"_,„, «„rmnn». fi™»i Rriiuin their charter day dinner and dance, fit the Hotel Oakland In Oakland on Thursday evening, March 23. I The guest of honor will be George Edgar Vincent, president of the University of Minnesota', \ylio on Thursday morning, March 23, , le to deliver tlie charter day/ address in. the open- air Greek theater bf tlie university, in commemoration of tlie-; forty-eighth birthday of the [university. Other speakers at the diriner will be President Benjamin Idej Wheeler and Oscar Eutro, '94, preMdent'- of the University of California Alumni Association. Announcement will be made, too, of how Harvey Roney, '15, secretary of the AJumni Association and editor of the 'California Alumni Fortnightly," is preparing for early publication by tlie university of a new printed catalogue containing' revised addresses tor all tlie twelve thousand alumni. Stop—LooK — Listen Don't miM the Arbuckle Coffee display in Weill's Department and Ardlzzi-Olcese atorea.—Mother's favorite coffee better than ever. A trial today will convince you of ita goodness and save you 10c a lb, on your coffee. Beautiful presents FREE for Arbjucktf^sjg- erriments of Germany* Great Britain and Italy, in tlie autumn of ].9in, at once demanded that the claims of their subjects be also paid and at 100 cents of their face amounts. Nicaragua was up against it. German and English Demands, On October 27, 191:!. the British minister to Central America, wrote, calling attention to the adjustment of all British claims into one sum of $100,000 (to be exact 19.S00 pounds) made in January 1912 and..February 1913, that this government had been patient during Nicaragua's financial distress, but now, "having notice of recent payment made by your government (Nicar- gua) of certain Germain* claims, . which should not be considered as better than the English, It is requested that tlie amounts promised this Legation he paid also, without further delay." Nicaragua answered that it had paid no claims of foreigners, that it did not even have sufficient revenues to pay the current salaries of its employes, and plead for further time. On February 2, 1914, the Charge d'Affaireg .of the German : Legation In (Jentral American, Heinrlch VOM Prttntslus,. wrote. to Nicaragua* calling/, SPRING Tonic Time 1 "i Our pure Californin Ports and Sherries make an ideal tonic. Also an indispensible aid to the housewife's art of cooking. The gallon at $1.10 and $1.60 The half gallon at 55c and 80c No Charge For Containers Call us at 147 ' f On Display in Our Window L. C. ROSS LIQUORIST *i$2&s&gQKil^^ a claim <iM8,000 against ' *^*^ w ^ WBW ^^Brfeovernnient hy a Swiss under Ger-1

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