In the middle stands a 6-foot stack of steel pipes and valves—a gas well.
He had a gas well almost at his door, for Pittsburg overlaid a great deposit.
A match was again applied to the gas well and the monoplane was whirled out into the spectacular illumination.
"Oh, no, it's only a gas well trying to find its way to the surface of the ground," was the dry comment.
While he was there he mentioned the gas well to several people, or they say he did, and thats how the story got round.
After the first hour of flight, both boys began looking for the flare of the gas well.