Science: Oil Miner

News of a sensational new method of getting oil spread through the Pennsylvania oilfields last week like the report of a great new gusher. On Thanksgiving Day a group of oilmen had gathered in Franklin, Pa. around an oil well whose like they had never seen beforeĀ—a sizable hole in the ground that looked more like a coalmine shaft. Someone threw a switch, setting off 12,000 Ib. of explosives deep underground. There was a rumble, a burst of steam and gas from the hole, and then an amazing flood of hundreds of gallons of oil and water from underground wells into...

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