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OIL Wells
THE BECK No. 3  A GUSHER

IS DOING 6,000 BARRELS WITH TOOLS STILL IN THE WELL

Chartiers Valley in a State of Intense Excitement-Other Developments

Chartiers valley is in a state of intense excitement over the extraordinary developments made by Beck No. 3 at Duffs Station, which started in a few days since at the rate of 1,200 barrels per day, reached 200 barrels per hour on Tuesday and yesterday was doing 250 barrels per hour, or 6,000 barrels per day. This is indeed an extraordinary run. A POST reporter called at the residence of Mr. Charles W. Robison in Allegheny last night and was told by a member of Mr. Robison's family, who visited the well on Tuesday, of the intense state of excitement existing in Chartiers valley.

"Never before in its history was there such a hustling and rushing back and forth," he said. "Derricks were springing up like mushrooms. When I was there the Beck No. 3 was running at the rate of 5,000 barrels a day, and the flow was so great that several hundred barrels were lost. Sufficient preparation had not be made to receive such a gush of oil. The tools are in the well and the drilling has not been completed. If No. 4 is not a gusher also, I shall be very disappointed. It is expected in today." Three other wells have been leased, which will make seven owned by S.D. Robison, C.W. Robison, Wynne Sewell and Arthur Kennedy. The wells were originally leased by the Robison brothers and are on the Beck farm. Mr. Beck is getting $700 daily for his quarter royalty.

The oil fever is at its height in the valley. Trimble & Co. have begun drilling at West Chartiers, and other wells will probably be started.

Pittsburgh Post, 31 July 1890