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F.N. Henderson
The New York Times
December 31, 1922

To the Editor of The New York Times:
In The Times of Dec. 16 is a letter in reference to the roads in the oil fields of Arkansas. Minnie Maddern Fiske must have referred to some Eastern newspaper for the material for her communication. I have been in every county in Arkansas and have been publishing an oil paper since before the Bussy well came in and have been on practically 95 per cent. of the derrick floors in the sixty-six counties in Arkansas where drilling is under way and have been through the Smackover field every week since oil came in there and I have never seen anything that bordered on the statements as made in this article.

Most people are in favor of good roads in Arkansas, as in some sections of the State they are not the best, but neither in the oil fields nor out of them are the conditions as described in this article.

In reference to the capacity of the wells, out of 108 completions in the Smackover field I do not know of one well producing at this time as little as 500 barrels, but many of them run 10,000 barrels a day and some few as high as 15,000 to 18,000 barrels.
Editor Arkansas Oil and Mineral News.
Texarkana, Texas, Dec. 23, 1922.

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