Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Oil Finders]
“As a scholar, you will hardly look to the [?] for the norms of the new and unknown. The generie cannot be definitive of the specific. I have worked on a wrong theory as Columbus; but I have found a new world. I prefer not to [?] facts but to prove them! If proof is what you want instead of a [?], ask for it and I'll give it. We are getting ready to put into commission in the interest of our business everything we know from the star-fretted dome of heaven to earth's central fires. I am sure my discovery is a God-send to the Gulf Coast!
“And further, I will go into wild-cat territory where wells are drilling, test them, write their prognosis, file with a Committee, await the arbitrament of time and the drill; if results are satisfactory, my claims are certified as truth. Second, if desired, I will go to productive fields whose area of saturation is defined by the drill. Out of sight of these fields I will permit myself to be blindfolded; while thus blinded and driven through the field I will define it with accuracy, a thing that has never before been done so far as I am aware. If I fail to do this correctly, I stand discredited both as a man of science and of truth. The appeal is to [men?] of reason, not men of fixed