Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Oil Finders]
Osburn, Lois - PW 3825 Words
Houston, Tex. - Dist. #6 5
Folk Customs - Oil Finders
NOV [?] 1936 OIL FINDERS
When Moses brought in a water gusher with his famed rod, he little dreamed how millions of his descendants down the ages would emulate him with endless gadgets and devices.
Upon Dr. L. [??], geophysicist for the [?] Oil and Refining Co. of Houston, Texas, “Oil Finders” descend like [manna?] from heaven. They boast fantastic claims for their devices, ascerting that they can predict the gravity, [?] of oil, thickness of the oil [?] or [????], as well as the presence and quantity of salt, sulphur and [?].
These inventors also boast of never having studied an exact science, according to Dr. [?]. They apparently [?] that all the great inventions are made by people who know nothing about the subject and that training in the exact sciences tends to build up [?] as well as beliefs that certain things cannot be done. Hence, it is the duty of these brilliant laymen [to perform?] these miracles which scientists refuse to tackle.
They claim to have spent many years in perfecting their inventions and are proud that great university scientists to whom they have submitted their devices are unable to understand them.