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TIIE DAILY EVENING TELEGRAPH. PHILADELPHIA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1804.
TUTRSDAT. PECt.KTL S. t.,
MY COLLEAGUES IN T3E OmOE.
1 wbi for ton years a clerk In the depart
ment of the pn'bllc scrvi.e rlwl srrvire at wo
liked It to be called ami I I'M'k back to the timo
with fiiTor, at one tfiat Inrlmli d some of the most
quietly comfortable 1 1 Uve erer iprnt.
"There it no gicatcr jrriif tha n to be mlnilt'ul, in
tronl)le, of hniipini'i'S that is t-'onc forever," said
Francena to Dunto, when tho ..p"ke to him in
the tcrond cir le of the Inferno , and so I, placed,
iinco tho rcigtmtion of uiy clerkship, amidst
tares and exclt. menu, which, if nmre money
bringing than my old employment, arc incompa
rably more wealing, look back .roin the troubled
waters in which I struggle, to the placid calm la
which 1 once lay at ca.-e.
At the time I entered Somerset Hortse I w.ts a
mete bid, suinotbiuK under seventeen yearn; but
tho fact that 1 tin to receive I'll) fur the tlrsi
j ear's serTite ma'le me led ike ono of much
larger growth. 1 hare yet among! the few let.
ten winch 1 keep ai sacred, o ie from my kind
o d HDi'le, who had busied himself to get ine the
berth, m which he eoiiKratnlatod me on my heini;,
at mv tlitn ago "independent, and an es iuiro to
.. boot.'" This hecond ciuso for rejoicing was a
great matter. The thermometer of my vanity
went MiUdenlv up to the highest point on t:io
Index; and my kin-folk and a 'qoamtanee were,
no doubt, immensely amused an they saw inn
strat, walk still v, and go like A'ag, dolicutoly, iu
my new character.
1 nave since tiau reason io nnuw nim jiroeurins
the Kppoiiitment as my good u c!e did, had been
a work ot trouble, tboingli ke ever regarded it as
lalor of lore. There had b'.-n much be 'giiK
and iollciiing, much going itliu. t from this mem
ber to that minister, much that was not cnniieninl
to a piontl man, to bo done bef re the concession
was giantcd. Mv uncle hud served long ami
faithlully, and had earned the Irlendsbip of many
people woitu knowing; but he had at this timo
been twelve Tears on ihe retired tit ; and in order
to do me the service he dt sired, It behooved him
to address men who had taken ullce when ho was
thinking of leaving it, men who did not knot
Liin to ilng his own soivicm and merits int)
tie light lo him a truly ha.elul task and to so
licit a- a favor that which llio powers of a few
jmrs back wi-uld have conceded as a right.
Tie request was grunted, however, and I
"joined" u soon as the ollieial letter came an
nouncing my appointment. TTioso were days
belore the Civil berwee CoiiinilssBoi.ars were set
to woik, when a bit ol patronage was soruethini
really worth bestowing, not being clogged witu
the drawbacks of an Imiiii-llion into one s
"neiompllshmetiti." To be sure, there wasaBort
of inquiry Into what we could do, akin to that
wbicb fiightencd their senses out of candidates
for the naval ervicc, before tho foundation of
the Naval College. The tucking admirals wero
obliged to answer questions as to their age, tho
influence through which they had been nomi
nal' d, and their capability ot' spelling cro'-j'k
yard (cross-jack yard). I was questioned by the
lead ol the department, or ra'lier, as I remem
ber, by the chief clerk, upon the two first points ;
and in lieu of the third, which might be deemed
foreign to my dmy, l was asked if I could read
and write ; und, answering in fie afllriHative, was
admitted to benefit of clergy without being put
The examination was slight, certainly, but per
haps all that was warranted by tho nature ot llio
work lhad to perform. The t.tet that Sir Charlus
bad given me the app lintment was guar
antee suttlcient for my breeumg and social status;
anil Ihe educational test by wit.eli I was tried ( :)
was, as 1 now think, ample to insure un elUjient
person to do the work which was allotted to mo.
1 hove nothing to say against tue uign commis
sion which now selects the public servants from a
given number of nominees. Its creation limy bo
a necessary concession to the greater general
knowledge which boys now-a-days are said to
possess. It may be right to make sharpness, in
answering questions on several branches of
knowledge, the criterion to wh.ch all aapirunts to
public employment should tie brought. All I
' have to observe is, that an inferor order of men,
that is to say Inferior in point of manners and
social standing, is let into the public service than
used to be the ease ; and th it ruy experience con
vinces me th tt this great sharpness in the man
agement of examination pipers, isnothown to
advantage in tho copying ot letters or tho casting
up of to.als. ,
Perhaps the public service docs not suffer
directly in consequence of the first; but I fancy
it is a loser by the second, which Is said to be its
gain. Tho vanquisher of scerul competitors in
a struggle for a place, is apt, by virtue or vice of"
ins victory, to think himself qualified for higher
things than those he is set to work on ; to become
difsutisticd because his powors are not recognized
and rewarded with higher place and higher pay;
and to make the Interests of tao service subserve
his own whilst ho looks out for some other
.,,,!,. .mini w hero he fancies he will shiuo more
brilliantly. This at least is the suggestion of my
experience perhaps of my prejudice on which
latter ground I will say uoihmg luither on. the
1 he head of my department, Sir Thomas Dod,
was a man wliose styic and manner were ot tue
proper ollieial type. JJigiiiiied, but not superci
lious, firm and deliberate of speech, decided but
courteous in action, he was mucli respocted by the
member! of the Hoard, and had great mH lence
over them, which he used beneticently for the
good ot those under him. lie had invented a
machine for improving the means of cooking
ahoaidship; had suggested -ome alterations in
the constt action of life-buoys ; und.was introducer,
if not inventor, of a cerium kind of fuel by
which snull enal could be ut ll.cd, and stowage
could be saved in coal-bunk-. He was, besides,
an excellent aeiministia or altogether, a most tit
im n for bis place, and a very valuable public
servant. His government of the deoiirtment was
equal, and generally respected. Ho earned and
had ti e honor due to those who do thoroughly
Whatsoever their hands rind to do those who go
upon the time-approved principle of "sweating for
duty, not for hire." Wewer-all much pleaded,
as at an honor done tooura Ives, when tnu ribtiou
of the Hath was given to him on his retirement,
after fifty years of service ; wj were all lorry, as
men who love a friend, when we hcurd that he
1 well remember the day on which I first
s "jon.ed " After the exoiciutions under tho chief
cleik, of which 1 have alicady spoken, uni
which, including the two leiurs I had to wait
before the eniet clerk could utiend to me, brought
the i ay to the fag en I ot morning; the clerk to
whole Lrancli 1 was remitted gior duty, told mo
' there was no need to begin work that duy, and
bidning me atend at the cilice Oy ten next wjrn
li g, sent me nwuy for the res' of the afternoon.
A s.r uge sort of fortune Ins waited on ma
from my liirtU. Dividing the events of life into
three clu-ses, mn.iiT, minor, tutd minim, my for
tune bus ahvas favored an- in the to which
rank umoi g the first, and hit-, invariably cros.oJ.
Die in respect of the inunj in '.ha last two. I am
unlucky iu trifles the mi. all matters which, if
liiey go wiotig, are more ilitli uit to endure thin
great iroubhs. 1 happen to go ont just belore
time i no I am most anxious to see calls uoon
me. Teoplo upon whose arrangements I have
ina' e mine depend, deceive me. If there bo an
eiror in a time t .ble, 1 am he. who, relying upon
the tunic, ariives at tile stui u only to learn ttiat
ti e traiu 1 meant to uso bad been discontinued.
Now, wbeitas my getting ue appointment in
die depart meiit w is a, narenily one of the
great events wf my lite, foruitie favored me in
obtaining It; but having none that, she seems to
have ihoughi ber elii'y done, and to have allowed
Die to fall easily under the J ' e of "minor" and
"minim." Thus 1 fouod in "joining" that the
vacancy I was appointed to 'ill was Ine last of a
number which bad been ma le ov the superannu
ation of all the oldt.ers In tUu oilice. There was
nu, w win i) rpceirea in toe tmtca Buitut
as a jiroul of ihe Iricurlly iaiercsi tnksu by acon
giderahle jiortion ol the llritish peojile In tha pro-
a superahnndance of yonnc blood. In m''0"h
class therr' were many mm my senior ' "
t'rvlce who were my.iuniors In age. In , "
above there wai net a sini'le gray hair, and r
wa but one man In It on whom the badce
V.Iisha hsd been pla ed ; anil that not through
age, for the man had lost h hair when ill with a
f( vrr. Net one of the clerks of the first elas had
torn bed his fortieth ye ir. The ch el clern had
but reached his fiftieth ; and to add to the draw
back n ace J all this youthfulncst, there was
scarce a man among the whole set who was not
hale and ttrorg, and ai likely lo live to take pro
motion when it should come, as he was cert lin to
grow 1 and grumble until it actually came. It was
a bad look out tor the jntnoi t.
How ninny times have we calculated tho
rliHBrd of life in those honest fellows wuh whom
we wi re ai y thrown ! With what mired feelings
of regret we heard of the daneemus Illness of
M ! What a wicked scanning was there of
the eettif cates of illness sent in Iroin tune to lime
t,y M 'n physicians ! Was there not a t;,;: of ,
by I ocrby about the won' s ot welcome with wnich
M ihe was high up$n the second clan I was
received back alter his eight months' bout of
sickness? Was there not a falling olf from the
estimation in which we iH had hoUtcn h i in ? Did
we not In our heart of beans look upon him as a
deceiver one who hid done ut a very con
sult rahlo wrong f Had he not given rie to
thought! of which we ourseivet w. re perhaps
luiruiy eontclcis ? Wire not our intents ra'her
"un ked than eh iritable and had not his return
rcvea fd tlic-e thoughts to us in all their n ike 1
naughtiness shown us of what "cvar-e metal we
wee menUied '"
Was tin ic m t a fce'lng almost of s itifa-tion,
a soit ol cuinp acei.t meutal undercurrent par
taking of the unhnliowed, when we heird of
W 's death ? We had liked tho m in been
ever well with him, and wero truly grieved at hn
smiilen removal ; but oar griel was tor the loan,
not the clerk. AS'c mourned our friend ; we could
Dot regtet the vacancy.
f-urelyM.do Km hefoticauld must hmc had
such bs we in his minu s eye when he decided to
write down that libellous maxim of hl, that
"1 here Is something iu the mi-fortunes of our
greatest friends wliu h is not displeasing to us."
l'.ut my duty in the department. Alas! how
diih rent from what I had expected! Not mine
to move tho shghte-t wheel In tho huite m ichino
with which the dcpa tiuettt did it ba inrs-j
not mil e to tiiggest, or to receive c mtide'ice" ;
li t mit.e to thread the labyrinth of the olll i il
mind, or to a sbt in the preparation - thost
T h i mines these simple but awtul ueeracs
which carried dismay into the bo-onis of con
tractors, at the same time that they pcrsuad d
them of onr nnbu-iness-liko ways. It was not
for mo to write even the most unimportant
minutes nor to compose the letters which had to
be written unon them. During the whole ten
years of my service 1 attained not lo the dignity
of ollieial letter-writing.
Smile not, reader, at the nso of this word
"dignity." l et me tell yon it is no mean art
which enables a man to wag his ollieial pen w.th
grace ; to know exactly in what key to pi eh
tho departmental pipe; to Mints wituotit being
coar-0 ; to be honeyed without being servile; t
be insolent without being vulgar. No 'prentice
hand could, with tho contents of a letter, convey
a sense of tho relation existing between writer
and correspondent, so as to impress tho la'ter
withal, and yet not I) untly Inform hitiiofit.
W hat skill is not wanted to perceive the occasion
which warrants the assurance of "having the
honor to be" instead of simply "being" the ser
vant of a man! As far as inciv lity is removed
from obsequiousness, so far is the distmce be
tween "I have to acquaint yon," and "1 have tho
honor to request you will' he pleased to move."
Tliete arc signs of dudgeon auotit the former,
proofs of "I muirdo it, thouttti against my will,"
which are conspicuously ab-eut in tho latter.
The one is plaved on tho K chord of arrogance,
the other on Ihe very "bass string of humility."
A man to w hom the one greeting came, could
not, in bis wildest dreams, hope ever to be
allowed within aim's length; tho receiver of the
other might suppo-e in the sender a doslro to be
permuted to lien uis nnnd. me nrsi was useu
in writing to contractors, and the others whom
the department piestipposed to be sailers
round It. The second was employed in letters
to high public otliccrs, got at by no ans of their
deputies, or joint tucrelaries. lletween the two
lay an intermediate form, saying that our chief
"heeged to acquaint." This was used for letters
to those whose rank might be considered equal
to that of the head of our department. Last and
least, was a form as unceremonious as a writ, in
which "John Jonos was informed," without any
thing to soft, n the way tor information.
Thus much on the art of ollieial letter-writing.
More might be said on the score of broad mar
gins; primed directions to correspondents how to
write letters back again ; tho artii'rary uso of
capital letter! ;,the mysteries of the envelopes,
and me rraDKing oi ine aatne ; out space win m
admit of it.
Imagine to yourself, reader, an elegant hand
press, having on one side a printer'! ink quid, on
the other an india-rubber cushion. lictveenthe
two wan a moveable stamper, working from ono
to the other by being raised and then depressed
by the hand. In tho stamper was an engraved
seal, bearing the name and arms of our depart
ment Bv pressing this on the printing-pad the
lie became inked, and bringing the die over on lo
a paper lying on the cushion opposite, an impres
sion of the seal was obtained. This impression
wus recogni.ed by the post oilice, and allowed of
our letters passing without charge. For obvioui
reasons it was considered de-irable that the itamp
bbould not be exposed for comm n use.
A cleik was therefore appointed to take ohaige
of it, and his duty it was to pass and repass tho
stamp between the printing pad and tho letters
to be franked. That duty, reader, was mine. Kor
tho space of four years a twist of my hand bado
Ihe letters of the department go free. Afier
that time I was admitted into tho ranks of thes
copiers, and there 1 continued till the day I quit
ted the service. For tue promotion came not
from the ea-t, nor from the west, nor from any
other point ot the compass. I waited till tired of
waiting, and then committed my-clf, in tho hope
of better things, to tho waters of life iu which I
have since swum.
I) w as an expert in the art of letter-writing.
He had charge of the corrc-pondeuce divisiou,
which no one could manage better. His the t:i' t
anddi-criminationwhich I have spoken ol'as essen
tial ; his the disposition to give all the honor to
whom it wai tirlctly due, but not to Imssmiw it
superfluously upon any one. Who but he kne
tbe exact qualities of d tfcrent knighthoods, the
nice degrees of dignity, and the relative import
ant e of authorities ? H:i style was forcible ami
peisplcuous. He quickly grasped, and as soon
express! dan idea. Ho did well as a clerk, but
because it was his duty, not because he liked the
wotk. D '! aucettors had been of the Knglis'i
gentry ever tince su b a class existed. They h id
most of them served in tho army, and as be some
time! suid, in half apology for himself, he was the
first of the family fir live generations who b4
not curried a swoul.
His prtd.ltciions were thoroughly military
be bated the conlitiement and Irksomeness of nil
otlh c.aiid would I beliove.but for his amis b e wife
and bairn, have shown bis indentures a fa r p (ir
of brels He raised the tlrst company of volun
teers tbe oilue afforded, and delighted in Hu
drllliug of bis men of war far more than in t..o
movements of his pen. He wai to the backbone
a gentleman, Incanablo of a mean trick, and this
checked to proper bounds the tendency of his
disposition which led him to introduce the risct
fHnr miiitur into the duties of civil olllee.
I reii.ember he had a morbid hatred for Jews;
ho would have no dealings with them on his own
ai count, and could scarcely reconcile his con
sciincewlih his dutv. which required him not
nnfiequently to write letters to the children of
Israel. He was a strict conservative, and alwayi
spoke ill of Cromwell, giving you to understand,
at tbe lame time, that his family had I st much
?roH?rty in consequence of the civil troubles,
le was a good Otter, and a trustworthy friend,
iluny llkeit him, and some did not. I was glal
to hear, the other day, that he had bceii promoted
to tin. I'on'.ehihS Sec ion.
K was a merry little Irishman, with fair
hair and blue eves : a verv dragon for work when
he whi in th humor for it. but witn an unhappy
f acnltj of uoiuf the work all wrong. He had to
are tit Qci' ut ly this number. Kvery nthnr dis
trict In tho State is out of tbe dr.tfi. The record
keep letter! addressed to the dcprtmcnt after
thev had been done with. Vnd. r his care the
letters nuiaintd till wanted for reference, and
t. un times even after that, for often ihey were
rot forthcoming ftom Ihe carefully tled-np bun
diet in which he had stowed them away. They
e here, or thev were there, or they were
i i win c" was often at fault a'out ttlClu.
Net so' 1 V""". about ti e comparative qualities
of dog's or to"1 nprits of breech-loading guns.
On l oth these te."it'N w' perfectly at homo,
and could talk bv th" hour about the points of a
horse. His aceoaats "moving accidents by
llcod and th Id" botdered .'tiangely on the mar
vellous, hut thev w ere none the worse for th it.
In his drifs he s'tTected the tport-man. 1 remem
bvr ctf w inter he came back from "leave," briiu
ing with linn a pornait of hiinsolf in hunting
cestti.ne, denned, at W! used to tell him, for a
pi or ten i;i in the year. AH of us liked the
nan for l is good-humor and genuineness.
V ben lest 1 called upon him, he was still at his
recoid cilice, tying up fresh accretions of public
How p'eaant ft thing It Is to speak of a man
about whom one has not a single unplea-ant re
collection! i-uch a ph asure 1 experience when
1 iliink of 1' . He was In many wayta
strange felinw, with habits eccentric, totno per
ils grotesque, yet I'm so lar uni oi ine com
mon as to be iiiituiircd by a suspicion of Impurity
or vice. Nature had not favored him by giving
h mpirstnal beauty, and he did not trive to
make his body amends by the as-istmco of
tailors, cr cuniilt'C worknun. His limbs were
1 iKavy.nnd mined aw kwa-dly, a defect im reused
I by ii'mit tics, resnltiug from an illness which
neatly co t bun hi" Inc. lie was lar troin pos
h s-ing the htl air, and would have been gazed al
through many eye-glasses, h id ho ventured to
freoiieiit the lasiiionable walks of tho citizens.
He iuvRiifthly wore a black suit, made of second
quality e'oih, hard, rough boots, and a hat which
was ti e wonder ef tl e oilice. Had yen, who did
not know- hitn, met him in the street, you would
I ave failed altogether to guess his occupanon
fr ni Ills appearance. He had not the parlor
link of a man of business; was the la-t man
that could be taken tor a doctor or a lawyer;
and had not the air of iinliurricdncss and
insouciance which marks the government clerk.
You could not have taken hlin for a nifehunie,
if yen had sc. n his fat c, which wa u very notiee
iible one thoughtful even to anxiousness, ner-
l i tis. and Is aiing on a somewhat rough outside
nt ini-takaMe signs of tho g i.;lc spirit within,
lie was, without exception, tho molt g ntle
n Milled man I i ver met. With a large stock of
good since, he had a lofty Mm aiitn ness about
him very beautiful to si e. It never led him into
extravagance, while it urged liim to use his strong
practical faculties in the doing of much that oiien
cm s hurttullv undone. He had a cleir percep
tion of the small wants Incidental to bis felloAS.
Ho knew all the depths and shoa s of delicato j
positions, and loved to throw his timely help to
ni y swimmer in the troubled waters. He was I
sweiiallv unselfish, and. what is greater praise. -I
was never driven lo desist from good works by
the selfishness of those to whom he was un
stilish. There was scarce a man in the oilice who h id
not freely usi d 1' 's purse when money pres
sure sugge-ti d a loan. Kvcry ono was his debtor
for services rendered, and I, for ono, am glad of
an opportunity to acknowledge my obligation,
though he is never likely to call mo to account,
When 1 left the department, ho was thirty
eight years of age, but not married. Ho kept
house tor his four sisters, and, In lieu of children
i f his own, adopted those of all his many friends.
Many a small heart has ho re.ioiced by his wel
come presence and well-appreciated gifts. Many
a widow und distressed spinster has had cause to
bless his name. Not that he could adord them
large reluf, for his income was a very moderate
one, but he divined peculiar wants, which so
oltcn go unheeded, and, by the judiciousness of
his help, connived to make La go to the length
What though lie were given to stick by prccc
dint. und prone to bv precise ? My Lord t hief
Juftice eon d not more entirely have exhausted a
case in wbh h half a province might be at stake,
than l" would conscientiously sift a matter
which involved no more than tho value of a
huudnd-w eight of biscuit. The service had no
abler servant, and few lucinl circlos. arc favored
with 1' 's equal,
K , on the itrength of five article! in
serted in a magazine, which forbore to pay bun
for them, let linai the litetary char ictrr In the
illice. Questions arising on tho eompi)Stt on and
gran mar of the otlico letters were considered to
be of right referred to him. His was tho opinion
which decided tho point when the propriety of
us ng dcbatahlo expressions was in issue. I
never could understand w hat claim he bad to tliH
post of arbiter. He was not happy at composing ;
Lad an ungainly and labored stvle; and was sin
uuh.rlv silled with the power of" selecting iufolici-
tout expressions, lie priueu nimseir on nis
almost exclusive use of words of K.ixon origin,
and spoko lightly of Dr. John-on for being Ihe
ebnmpun- ot a ijittuireii vocanuiary. no was
constantly scribbling on bits of the olllee paper,
and using the olllee hours for his "literary work,'
which he cast upon tho waters of the maga.ino
si a, and, with the exception of the live articles
above mentioned, found it again after many d lys,
a little the worse at the edges for having been
pBS'Cd through many editorial hands, lleatlccted
the supposed conventional dress of a man ef let
lets, and was, as J said one day. In allusion
to his until) V hublts.fn both senses a Mmure (lit-
U-rer) a horrid pun lor which J was lined
two bottiri or pate ato.
He presumed a god deal on the strength of
his pobiilon, was "surly with servants," and cer
tainly distant with his kinsmen in tho oilice. We
were" tolerated by hitn, no more; and out of con
sideration for Ibis kindness, ho allowed us to do
the work which his dovotion to let'crs caused hi n
to It1 uve undone AVe none of us questioned his
customs in a serious way. AVe wero rather
pleased than otherwise that tho office should have
the reputation of being literary. We let him be
Sir Oraeie, and when be spoke no dog dared to
bark, but we did not liko him, and were very
glud when tho oilice of deputy assistant commis-siiry-gi
ncral at Tomato became vacant, and was
ollered to and accepted by him.
There were points, however, ahotit II , which
were yerv respectable, and which 1 havo since
learned lo appreciate. He lived a pure life, and
was kind to his fumily, who wero not well off.
H did much negative good by simply not doing
harm ; and his acts of positive merit wero not so
few as I at one time imagined. His temper hud
bei n damaged by hitler disappointment eonnectud
with bis first and only love. 1 believe bo took lo
wiinng in the hopes of lessening the distatico be
tween hi! love and him, for want of moans was
tbe I ar to their marriage. That he did not suc
ceed in this attempt was another lore trial. At
this distance of time 1 can certainly think of him,
when I regret, as ail have daily occasion to regret,
" All, all are none, the old familiar facet."
A runnway horse in Iioston lant week dasliml
into the side of a crowded borse cftr, brcukinf?
tbe side of tho car, and seriously Injuring seven I
The people of Ohio aro taking steps forth
preftenlatioa of a testimonial to Major-GenrT.il
W, T. Sherman. It is proposed to present him a
vnluable homestead farm. Tie movement has
Us origin at Lancaster, Ohio, his native city.
homah o. st a. it. iinoww.
Boots, Blioes, Trunks, and Carpet flags,
Nut. 1034 and 1040 MARKET STREET.
4uitMu.r work msa. to ord.r. 11 tttoths!
V Ii li' 8
KEW PATENT 8T0VE,
FOR COOKING AND HEATING
U V J A H .
Can k k4 ehaapw thaa auj othaf Uat Riot, al
n-to-im a. rikTU raKT.
Tue white-Ush trade is growing Into an im-
I'KOi'KRTY FOU SAI.K.
AHOt'T TWO MILKS VUOII ITt MOl Ttt,
Si mill! n thif rnf My, And Mly cottrtA with
wUte I'll f, und Llcr Uu.l rr, wMtti tlonr wruJd
iihldcud in l.-W.fl. AUo.conl in abundance, vnt Itrgn
vita now fciinf deW"itl. At tli pre efnt price of rol in
thti comity, ftlatye um ci'iilO bv dvmtd from thM brtuih
Vuiip, 2''0 crc.
KANE KAltM, mr, en f'lftrion rivr, 10 mtki
bore Clwt"0 tgn, ted 14 milt from llnuttivilio, ttt
rjinitMi f Jrtvrnin countr. Tils torTltorj bm one tnd
ball mile front ou Cation rhor, and frtrn lurfaca In-
dliatiom it ere Ib n Utter oil lamli In this Btata-wnllt
araiH'W di-wn on tbe adjoining pnpr(.M, witi
t'oi'd utmw of oil. TMt land can br bought at the lnwpr.ee
ff U('ier a r.
liir aarn on ('herrr Tree run, a mnit valuable pliee
of oil prcpi rtj-, iwrrounilftl by lari;e flowinn and prudedaw
e!ii. Tbli liye of land.onoe dcrplnp. d, will prore an
remunerative a rte entire U rrlturyof tbe most famrrd
oil conipanU'i, and an bo boiiKht low.
1W acrri rt-ar Franklin and near French ew k. Thrmifrk
a aoriloB of Uti laod tnre Is coal, varyln from two to
(We tVf t tMvk ; also. In one tnd limestone, whi h U now
mvcli wMD'eJ In thin rfrln, ran be bad tn aanJiK e.
About ;K) a t re I ol' tMi land ikowi the moat favored prm
ptH tH tur oil yit illifovtirrd on Vrvm h vrtelt. TbJi vnilre
piece of lard can now be bought for ib 000.
81 acre valuable coal land ncttr the Allegheny river,
beli t directly In the rear of the Hubert oil Company!
property. Three feel ceal veins now open and work if nf
Tlili fl cc of laud cuald bo made to proe molt profltaMe
11 in the hanli of an energetic company.
ltt acrta land m r Eait fiaa-lr, tn Crantx-rry towiifth'p,
hea ity Umbered, and underlaid with many Ure vt-im
of coal, which woald prove a treat savin to anj company
who poitesiod thta territory. About eighty aorei of VUia
land is adaptud to boring punsn, ibowlng the same iar
faic iml cation ai are to be found ou Oil oreok and C hurry
run. True l.'o.O".
In', uni i of land In JeflVrson connty, Ta , nar the sreat
oil region of the CLirion river. On tliU property there la
valiiiiblo tlmher, and nndurlald with heavy eoal vein, a
fow of whUh have alrntdy beeu openrd. The oil inJIra
ti na are very iliullar to thole tunt vUli on Cherry ran.
Ihla piece of Tupeity can n w be parchasr.l t a wry low
prke. Ab yvt, thtre bai be u but Utile attention pud to
this n itloB, but, from present Indications, the laad In this
rtfton will fihurtly uounuaud as fkhaloua es land on
Oil creek. Ti e coal alone on this torrKry, calculated at
two cents rex bushel, will more than pay for U.c whole
pro'xuiy In eighteen mouths.
acres lu Cranberry township, Venango cornty, belni
near Kast tfandy, and not far (Vuia the Allegheny river.
William run goes Uirough this entire property. Near by
tfeare are several nns, one of which Is nw producing
largely. Oal la found on adjlnlng tsrrltory. I'rutipccsa
of Lhla land proving Ur'ely productive, eitliar fur oil or
coal, arc not surpassed by any land iu this cvnuty. Tats
farm can be bud for K,00.
1 acxe and t2 parches, being a (mall piece of valuable
boring land lu Venango county, which can be hud either
on leuac, or au bo purchased In fee simple. There are
few opportunities lor purchasing such a small piece of
land iu this county. Con be bought cheap.
KEhl.P.K i AHM. SHaated on the northwest branch of
ratchell run, Venango county , one fourth of title land Is
good boring territory. Coal also on this Jaad, and joins
the ticott Farm, which has been sold and la now being
developed. 100 acres.
30 acres in L'raa berry township, Venango county ; they
are sinking wells on adjoining lands, with good show if
70 acrea In Ingar Crtek township, Venango county ; this
land li well located, and fully one-half Is adapted f ir
boring purposes, several walla now going town on adjoin
ltXfjacTeaof land In the Westorn oil region of Virginia,
lhla territory is heated near and la stirrt'Umkd by some
of the most valuable oil territory In this mate. Can be
oBt either in part or the whole tract.
OHIO OIL LANDS.
II ART FAUM-Macros In Marlon toMlilPi Msrgaa
(HAY FAKM-it acrtsinHoiKrtoWBihlp, MorKn
1 1 KM H T FAUM-M acrsia Burnt township, Atb.nt
)l'i:LFllIU PaIM acrts In Marlon lown
lli'p, Morgan oo"tri Ohio.
B ALI. FARM-40 acrM In Bonwr township, Morgau
rOSi:V ii'A IIM -80 acrsi la tlomertownihlp, Moran
ItOlI.EAU KARM-M aortt la Bsnst township,
Aiii.u eountj , Ohio.
IIOANLY rAKM-177 acrM la Hoai.r townthlp,
YOKK FAlin-SJ scrtt la Hosier towmhlp, Muran
dtoV ASD IIANY FARM-WacreslnUom.r
tuwuttilp, Morsan oua.J, Ohio.
FAIIMFVTEH FAUM-WO acrea In Marlon town-
hU.H;iao ! .J.Olllo.
KL! .IU TT 'A )l.u-7 acrts m uerne lomump,
Atr i iwuniy, t'ii o.
ELi IOIT I'ltM-l( acret In Be-ne tjwa-
hll , Un IV
to wrui la Marlon tcwnttiip, Morgan
KUC I'.Tf i.l t KM ac In Berut townl,lp,
Ml d )ll,t UltlO.
MOIL) I FA.'-M teres In Bernt lownahlp,
At Klii C" DlltJ. ''tilO.
I1AH7 'AM -trt acrti In Hotam and Marloa lowa
at pi, M irf ' oountT, Ohlt.
MM TC0N. JANSEY & 00.,
jM4.ii.HJt Room 17, Mo. 400 CHBsHUT atrtet-
tactrd wulli ot hninter. I am willing and ready
now, its 1 know my Government always list been,
II o s r K C T u s
EAKAWHA ASr HUGHES KIVEE3
ISO. UH VOUivrn Htroet,
M. EAHDAIX, J. B. RIIMiWAV,
V. MeUUATV, EUHIIA W. IMV!,
w. n. Kr.uoui.
J. . RIDQWAT.
VPBv HirTINi KBfTBI VF.O AT THE OrriCE Of
TUB (X'MVApT, o J . FOl'RTII tTKEBT,
Al.tH) AT Wo. Ke CHKtstlT RT.
IHviilid into Ore Mundrrd Thoiisni'. Pliarot of
Tin (?10) lollarl tai'h, of which Twenty
Thousand Pharos arr sot npai t to lie sold
at $2 .10 per thare, maklnR $'i0,0H0
In deirtloplng the lamli and
paying lh necessary e
)cbss of the
Tht rrortrtT of tall fompanr tntililt of ld tot simple
and prrvt tnal least ol betwnn 1USI aud 1 ISO aar.t of laud
ui Kooii airt Win .onntKi, W.sl rirsinia.
Kot. I and 1 are tn fie simple, and contain aSoat ITS
ecrrs, sltudtrit at Kanawha Station, on the Northwestern
Kallroml. ahoot 10 miles etxne farkersliuni, Va., where,
iti. Kanawha river, the rai-karsburg and Staunton turn
pike, and the Kurtliwastern Hailroad Company eomt to-gi-tbtr.
Vpnn this prorertr Is tltnatel the Kanawha mailon of
the Norlhwtstern Ballroad Ounpany, which Is tbe most
ail antasoons p"lnt of slilpuient for the oil produced in the
reslon of tht Kauawha and Its irlbuiarles.
a.i.S. Is a tract of land p.'rpctullr h alrd from James
l Mnien. and cimlaiis nut less lliau 6u0 ai res, and ad
oias Mos. 1 and 1.
; Vo. I. Is the cele hrated Robinson tract, tn.Ier a pe-pe-tnal
lease, and rculalns 3'.'1 acrri, situated In VTIrt cuuntr.
ahont 13 mll.s aliore the former tracts, on the south tide
of the Hut:h, t rifi-r and mar Its confluence with the Ka
nawha, and baa a borliui frat on Rocs run of aboat two
The royalty to be paid on these leases It one-tlfhth of
the net prneecd. aftw the Cmupaay lielnK reluihurscd fur
expenses and ootlajr In producing the oil.
Jbttt the trtet, oa U.e Kanawha.lt tht celcbrttcd Hum
Ins Rprlag, and user tliat on tht Uiujhee art many prj
Alrhejantttoa of theeo two streams will bt found tha
best otl-prottaclnf termor; la West Virginia.
Tho eligible situation ef this Und affonll a boring terrl
urj ot at leaat s.Ten Bailee aa ine two rlren au.t their
blbaurlea. II JO-tuliie-Ot
J I : N N S Y L V A N I A
IMPERIAL OIL COMPANY. '
OFFICE, No. 139 6. FIFTH BT., TalLADA.
CAriTAL, 2,000,000 DOIARS.
'JOO.OOO BI1AKKH, AT tl' tkCH.
81'llA-llirTIOM I'KK'E S KnJ' KI.'LL PAID STOCK.
IlcHCrvutl Cujii't's U'i.MiM0.
ALEXANDER K- McCLUHE.
A K. M.CH'R, JIllIM M. rOMEBOT,
TnuMAV a. Bcorr, ki.ihiia w. davih,
D. H.ACKMAN, Pf-rilt 1). IJMAJ.U
J. C. IiOMBCUUEB.
JAMES M. 6KLLEBS.
ELI8JXA. W. DAVIS.
This Company has three different tracts of land now
producing oil, and ample revenue, to guarantee regular
The tliree tracts with wells oa them art otpebla of tx
tcnslTc development, and the Company have five engine!
and the flAturei rtady to protecnte the work.
It hat l'JO acres In fee ea Allegheny rletr, Immediately
opposite Oil City, with 110 reds river front, and Vi rods
front on Lay's Run. Thlt land It bow worth 1100,000 tt
clutlve of the Oil right.
It Ut 100 teres In fee la tbt Cherry Rub district, imme
diately adjoining Cherry Rub rotioleam Compear, and
leatet tre about to bt taecoied with two strong parties to
link wellt ou least un this tract, tht Company to rctolrt
half the OIL
It hat two tracts of land oa OU Creek., cash oradnelng
over ton barrel! per day, and one tract on tbe Allegheny
rlror producing ten barrtls ef heavy Oil, worth tzl per
barrel. All of these Uaclt will bt promptly developed,
and they are well tested UU lands, i
It Is organised oa a t.rtaln basis lo pay dhtdtnilifnm
(As Hurt. Itt revenues from OU alont are mere than
(vclis per eenf. per smewm en the capital; and new
wells are about to be tuuk oa lease, without east to Uie
Company, tbd one-half thejiroooed will belongs to Ike
The Company has WJO.OM ef IU own capital In reserve
belonging to the Stockholders, and taking It alterelher Ut
rtsonrces for urlain dividtniU art noi epproaAs4 by
any other Oil Hock new st lAe nwrAet seen eiotitU lAe
The officers of this Company mean ta prosecute the de.
velopmeat of thete lands niett energet tally, and thty have
entire confidence that they wUl yield very large cllvldcndt
on the capital stock.
asjbecrlptloiii win b received at tlieeilh t of the Com
M. Mnvn.t Y, the lliln oay o, wann jrv iief , tt.r Ide co-i-stin.tlonot
thrseer fear K! V k M H 1 1 M i U 1 1 KKS
,ide-v.i,eel tor tne upper Lakes, and oue or more tor
rJ II E DRAKE
CAriTAJL, e e l,(00(Ot0
100,000 SnABSS, par $ia
$50,000 fah ITorWins fIUl.
bLUSCKiri lON TRIOK, !fi4 5X
T HAfeKINH DU PUY,
f rcrtdont ef tk. OaUwU.a BaUr.a4 Company.
THOMAS n. V'tTft()N,
Of the Herd ware Una of TrislU 4 OoM Ko.isjn, lUrkot It
Of Wert, UeCoaet 4 Ou, Baakera, No. M S. Third itaaak
r. nAums du ror,
THOMAS P. WATTSON,
WV. I. RtmURJtlU). Insurance Aewt.
ononoic P. WAT,
of late Dry uooda ana ef J. T. Way A Co.,
A. W. I BINrNRIsll).
faultier alaucb Clinnk Peak,
KTJWAKD Kltin'ktT. Reo,
The property of the Iirake Petroleum ejompaay eamt'ett
o two tracts at land, one of two handred and flrty-eevea
ear m and mi nf two hundrek tnd etsty- five acres, mahnit
tn all ave honored and twelve acret, la foe, em the C Je
st II Brtnek of on Creek.
The property has heea critically wam!ed by a Com
milfeo appointed r that prp and Us territory pso
atmoed, la their Jailsroent.to be fully il to that oa (M
Ore, along whlen the largest oil wells ever dleorot(4
have beea foand.
The lands resemble those on Oil track la every partJerj.
lar, and It It believed, from the large netnher of el
iprtogs ta close proalmliy, that valnable wells will a
opened on both these tracts.
The management Bave already seenrrd severe! evwraa
aodensageda tonipctont tuperlutendent, with a siew IB
Unssedlate tnd energetic development.
A large portion ot Uiese traela tt bottom, n admarakf
adapted fir boring.
evtral eompiaies are organised on lands fanfaedlatetj
adjoining this tarrltory, among which art the Brlggs end
Creeeeill Oil Companies of Philadelphia.
la presenting tho Drake r.irolenm Company to DM
pehlia, the lilrecton ask that their scheme sbooJd be est
amloed, and inbscrttitlons made to tbe Btoek ta full taltjl
at to He present and prospective vaite.
T. UASKINS BU PUT, Preeldewt.
TliOUAS D. WA'rrSOM, Vlee-Pleesds ni.
IIAMIKL WORK., Treaanres.
ttrbecrlptlont will be rtoetved at the Raptlng House of
WORK, MeCtUCrl A CO..
tf.f tl Mo. S3. TUiaO llreet.
I'llIUMl'H OIL COMPANY
Capital, . $300,000. - SWs $2'00 Each.
AVorRlniC Capital, 850,000.
p.-ven hnndred acres land, of which alwint ftve hnndr4
ae In fee simple, and the dally product is more than snrrt
jletit lo pay a monthly dividend of Two per cent. Twenly
eluht hiirrelt of till Ir dy lo this Company from Jit
Howie) Wrils.on lllood Kami Kulire working interest
In a well being hored on the O:aon Karin. Lease of is
aere, on lines Cieok, tihlo. lase of Til acre, on Mule
MuskiiiKimi. Onio, M0 aere, In lee on West iilckory Crete.,
Pa. l'Ai acrut in tee on Federal creek. Onto,
Agent for Philadelphia,
. A. MARSHALL, Jr.,
U-3? ot No. 213 WALNUT Ht.
W. A. HAMILL,
No. 17 ATtilnut Street.
r(' KALE All the leading dividend-paying Oil
WANTED Partlei with Ipim tl to tJOOOO, to fbrnl
orlslnators in a Company, whone net recelpti, at the pre.
ent time, pay Hlty per cent, on ilw purchase money.
ALSO ORlr.ISAL SUBSt'KIPTIONS received for tht
greater part of thelbeet Companlet now organlalnr, under
Iht direction of g.uileuien or experience ana nnoouusoei
Undlng. I all and get a circular. 1141-6
J1I15 LINCOLN OIL COM PA NT";
HAS 100,000 8UAEE3 AT tl EACH-PAH VAUOH, tl.
WOnKINO CAPITAI., tl6,000.
Their properties consist of ene half the oil of tht PlsJt
Well cn the Hoover larm, producing ten barrel, per day ef
1 unnci tlrg till, selling at the well, al IU. per oarrei 160
otupany have an ciifciue, Ac, complete, and room to oora
two more w tils n
Also halt interest Inelesto on Horse Crtek F'ldy.
whl. h I. one well, producing elslil tiarras perday.wll
ensine. tools Ao. . , M
one hundred and eleven aorei In fee on Plthole run.
One louith oi lease ou laud in cherry run, Central
'"one'iialf Interest of a'tslo on I.amb f.rm.on Cherry run.
One eil.lh iniereet lu a well now tie log eunk outleog,
f,: in, on Cherry run.
Hole agent lor Philadelphia,
K. A MA.ltfcsIIA.IVL,. sir.,
UtT.jt Jfo. 813 WAUiUT Slreet.
ijHE CLARI0H EIVEE OILOOitPAHIES.
OfriCB, Ho. Ml WALNUT STREET,
WILLIAM 1'. SOllKLl.,
J. HMPPON AFtUOA..
UnU aWeUry aad Treaiaw .