Considerable excitement was created at Moler’s Cross Roads, three miles below Shepherdstown, the first of this week by the supposed discovery of coal oil on the farm of Mr. R. D. Lamar. Mr. Lamar was at the REGISTER office on Wednesday and gave an account of the matter. For the past month he had noticed a greasy skim on the surface of a small pool of water in a ravine in his woodland, but had paid no attention to it. Last Sunday, however, while out walking, he again looked at it, and subsequently made a closer investigation. He skimmed some of the oil from the surface f the water, a bottle of which may be seen at this office. It certainly is coal oil. It smells like it and tastes like it, and burns when a match is applied. Mr. Lamar says it seems to ooze from the ground, and the leaves on the ground in the locality are saturated with it. He will have an examination made by experts, with the view of ascertaining whether or not the greasy fluid is likely to be found in paying quantities.
If Moler’s Cross Roads shall prove to be in a rich oil belt, we suppose they will get up the biggest sort of a boom down there.
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