Earlier History.

The Locality indicated.—Operations in search of petroleum have been carried on in a desultory manner for about 30 years in the vicinity of Gaspé basin, Gaspé county, Quebec, without as yet any economic result. The presence of oil at depth has, however, been proved through the efforts of “The Petroleum Trust,” an English company, which has been operating on the southwest side of Gaspé bay, in the neighborhood of and to the south of Gaspé basin.

The Oil-bearing Formation described.—In the eastern part of the Gaspé peninsula there is a great thickness of sandstones resting conformably upon almost as great a thickness of limestones, the whole being of lower Devonian and possibly partly Upper Silurian age. According to Dr R. W. Ells,* these sandstones have a thickness of about 3,000 feet, while the underlying limestone is estimated at about 2,000 feet. These rocks are largely developed . . .

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