The subject of this discourse is not my own. It was selected for my friend William E. Wrather as suitable for a paper which he contemplated writing for the present occasion. Unfortunately, Mr. Wrather’s health does not permit him to be here today; we trust he may soon be back at similar meetings. The present paper, written and presented in consequence of an invitation by the Secretary, is my personal elaboration of the petroleum problem and a few suggestions toward its solution.

The semicentennial celebration of the organization of the Geological Society of America furnishes an auspicious time at which to appraise the origin and progress of petroleum geology and briefly to discuss its problem; for the profession was born and matured during these scientifically momentous 50 years. Our Society has discussed petroleum problems in many of its meetings.

In the present attempt to search history and economics and . . .

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