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OHLEK3UR6 HAS EVERY
. TOO EXCEPT -BOMS
County Rich In Coal to Vote on
. Proposal lor $500,003 Road ,,
BT RALPH COQHLAN)
Greenville, Ky., Oct. $7. -Godfrey
4e Bouillon hardly showed more en
thusiasm when ' he buckled on his!
rmor and marched against . the
Saracens than Muhlenberg county
is now displaying In Its campaign
for good roads. The enthusiasm
arises from a feeling of exasperation 1
with the present condition of the
roads and from " the . certainty that
Muhlenberg, with all its mineral
riches and all its good agricultural;
land, will never really come Into Us
own until travel is made easy.'
Therefore the movement is dally
gaining momentum from Clifty and;
Long Creek bottoms on the south to
Central Cltyand the mining camps
on the north, with Greenville and(
the fertile region of Pond creek cry
ing it on. If there Is any heavy and
dangerous opposition, it has as yet
not made Itself vocal. On the other
hand, the most Important elements
in the county are pledging their sup
The question will become acute
at the November election when Muh
lenberg will be called upon to ratify
' or defeat a proposal to issue bonds
In the sum of f 600,000 to build
roads and "tax itself rich." There
are several good reasons for believ
ing that the outcome will be "yea."
Six Reasons for OptiiuiMii
First The coat operators. Most
if not Ul of them, are already en
listed In the fight under the good
roads banner. Such men as W. G.
Duncan, whose Graham mine tract
alone covers 11,000 acres, are in the
Second The miners. There are
3,000 automobiles in Muhlenberg to
day, many of them owned by miners,
and there Is no place to go in them.
A Journey over the present roads
costs a car owner more in repair
bills and depreciation by far than t
bond Issue will cost.
Third The ex-soldiers. Men who
saw service In the World war es
pecially those who saw the fine roads
of Franco and England have come
back to Muhlenberg determined that
the old world shall not put them to
shame in this particular.
Fourth The farmers. This is the
class which will benefit most by good
roads. By them farmers will be en
abled to get their products to mar
ket much more advantageously than
they can now. Many of the present
roads are impassable In the winter
time, a condition which requires
farmers to lose money iu great Bums,
besides keeping them and their
wives and children in solution on,
the farm for weeks at a time. j
Fifth The 'women, Bosides the
'fact that good roads will- do more
than any other tinsle thing 'to bring
general prosperity to Mubleuberg,
there tire a hundred particular way
in which good roads will make life
more livable for th women. Proper
care of children, social life and wise
shopping nil depend on ease of con
tact with the- outside world.
Sixth Professional men and mer
chants. Almost to a. mw those
clases will vote to put the bond is
sue across. Many of them would
gladly contribute out of their own
pockets to bring about the' new era
of good roads. . :
liuuk'U On Fui im-r To IS Unlit ,
If the bond issue Is passed it la
worthy of notice that perhaps B0 per
cent of the taxes to defray it will
fall ino-.t lightly on the poor farmer. '
Thus the latter U given the. op-'
portunity of. sharing in the riches
that underlie Muhlenberg's otl.
Another factor which commends the'
bond Issue to the farmer Is that its
passage will mean -the addition of
State and fedoral funds to Muhlen
berg's road-buildiug fund. The'
.chance of getting a minion dollars' J
worth-of roads for $500,000 is not
to be despised by any wide-awake
ltUen.' ', .
No one can visit Muhlenberg with
out being Impressed by Its posslbil-
ltles of becoming ou of Kentucky's
foremost sections. It is said that In
1820, more than a hundred years
ago. the first commerclul coal min
ing ever undertaken ln the State J
was legun bere. Today,, after do
cades of successful mining, 'Muhlen
berg's , coal resources, 10 vast are
they . have scarcely been touched. A
solid shewt of coal, of great tlckness
and broad extent, was Nature's por
tlon to Muhlenberg. The digging
for it Is not likely to ?u& until that,
distant tlui when traveler from
New Z-uIund takes his stand upon a
broken arch of London bridge to
tho ruins ot St. Paul's. Or un
til a dally airplane service Is insti-'
tuted between Mars and earth.
The Muhlenberg of today pro
puces one-third of all Western Ken
tucky coal and ranks all other coun-J
ties In this field. Only two other
Kentucky counties mine more of the
black fuel. It has thirty-three mines
and employs 7,600 miners, the over
whelming majority of whom are(
native ' Americans. A foreigner
around a Muhlenberg mine is almost
a curiosity. These miners dig, pre
pare and load an average of 6,000,
000 tons a- year and draw wages
amounting to $460,000 a month, or
the great sum of $7,800,000 a year.
On mine equipment and supplies is
spent annually $760,000.
It can be seen that of the third '
largest coal State In the Union, Muh
lenberg county Is a most important
constituent: Its Importance was
considerably heightened from May
to August of this year, when most of
the union mines of the nation were
Idle as a result of the strike. Dur
ing this period Muhlenberg worked
at full capacity and did much to
stave oft the possibility of a coal
famine, as well as Increased Its own
Altogether few counties In Ken
tucky have come so rapidly to the
fore In the last few years. The war
gave Muhlenberg Its first great im
petus by making coal mining profit
able, where before mines hud had n
very difficult time to get alons
Some Inkling of this may be had
from the tax figures. In 1917 total
assessed valuation of Muhlenberg
land was $4,451,698; In 1921 it was
$13,40'3,885. Taxes paid In 1917
were $71,227; In 1921 almost dou
ble that amount, or $135,453 was
" A trip to the two key cities of
Muhlenberg is perhaps even more
eloquent that things are humming iu
this neighborhood. Central City and
Greenville both bear testimony to
progress. The one is young, vigor
ous, alert, a boom town with not
enough room to house the people
who want to live there. The other
is older and more sedate, the sent
of the county, who:ie qualntness
gains by the contrast that beautiful
new buildings afford and whose
quiet power is proved by the fact
that iu bank deposits total nearly
two millions of dollars.
In Muhlenberg is the largest sin
gle mining operation in the West
ern Kentucky field and 0110 of the
two or three largest iu the State.
This is the Crahain, mine of the W.
G. Duncan Coal Company. The Dun
cans are old Muhlenberg county peo
ple., having come here many decades
ago from Scotland, about the time
"Lord" Alexander, one of thoir coun
trymen, began tho operation of his
famous Alrilrie furnace near Para
dise on Green river. IV. G. Duncan,
now un"old man, has had a remarka
bly t-uccessful career, having work
ed at every angle of coal mining
from the pkk-uud-fchovel slae up
ward, nis two sous, A. W. Duncan
and W. G. Duncan, Jr., ore secretary
trcasurer and superintendent, re
spectively, of the coal company.
The Graham tipple has tho enor
mous capacity of 3,200 tons' of coal
for an eight hours' run. Its uverage
production is 2,600 tons scaled lown
to fit the car supply. At the Gra
ham mine Is what has been called the
best equipped power plant in the
Western Kentucky coal field. It has
practically tho name output us tho
great St. Lernard plant at Kurling
ton. These two feupply electricity to
11 part of Western Kentucky.
Wonting only njuety-rix days In
1921, the two mines of the Duncans
the Graham and the Luzerne
produced 376,902 tons of coal and
employed the services of 635 Inside
men and 1(5 outside men.
Other pplend:d coal-miuing opera
tlous in Muhlenbeig are conducted
by: Black Diamoud Coul & Miulnx
Company, Drukeaboro. II. Mills, su
perintendent; Dovler Coal Compnny,
Clcaton, J. P. Cox, superintendent;
Beech Creek Coal Company lleech
Creek, J. H. Chumley, superintend-j
ent; C. M. Miller Coal Company, i
Central City, D. A. Woodburn, super
intendent; Crescent Coal Company,
Hevlur, F, P. Wright," superintendent,
Greenville t'oal Company, Greenville
aud Powderly, C. M. Martin, super
intendent; Green River Collieries
Company, Mogg.-F. E. Roland, su
perintendent; Gibraltar Coal Corn-
pauy. Central City, J. A. Smith, su
perintendent; Hay den Coal Com
pany, Moroer; Kirk Coal Company,'
Qoech Creek, W. L. Russell, superiu-i
tendent; Kentucky Midland Coal
Company, Midland, J. W. Bluckwell.1
superintendent; liberty foal Mining
Company, Hillside, F. A. Hall, su-'
perlnteudeut; Lewis Beheuilts Coal
Company, Greenville, L. UeiiemUz,
superintendent; MadlaoaCoal Corpo
ration. Central City, W. P. Mix, su
perintendent; Mercer Coal Company,
Ceutral City, S. A. Green, superin
tendent; Middle West Coal Caiupany,
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Thomas Nelson Pa- Author and
Diploma, Is Dead in Virginia
Kk'lunoud, Va New 1. News oi
tile death today ut the houie of rela
tives iu Hanover county, Va., ot
Thomas Nelson Pae, former Culled
SUles ambassador to Italy, and
widely known author, was received
iu reports to the News-Leader here.
Mr. Page's death was sudden. The
first intimation IMehmoud relatives
had of his illness came today when
they were tailed to tho plantation,
where the former ambassador had
gone for a rest.
Although he served us American
ambassador at Rome for six years, '
Mr. Pago was best known for his'
literary productions. President Wil
son at the beginning of hi udminis
ratiou, asked him to enter the dl-i
plomattc service, lie was appoiuted
ambassador to Italy in June, 1913,'
and served In that capacity until
August, 1919. He wan born in 1S53,
In Hanover county. ' J
As a youth Mr. Page attended
Washington and Lee university. Iu1
1874 the degree of Bachelor of Lawn
was .conferred ou l im by Uu Ui.i
leixlly of Virginia. :.u'i;-e'n!ieiiil
tho honorary degree of lio.tor of
Laws was culncrreti on him by Wi.mi
iiigtou ami Lee, Tiuaue university
;iud William and Alary colli ge, anil
I lie degree of Doctor of Literature
iiy Vain, Harvard and Washington
a ud Lee.
Mr.- liKe was twice niirrieil In
'86 to Mivs Anne Seilclon Uruce,
v ho died in IsSS, and iu lMt l, to
Airs. Florence Lathrop Field, widow
ef Henry Field, of Chicago. Her
ileuth occurred last year.
Mr. Page was author of a cumber
of books ou Southern Life, among
liiem "Marse Chan, "Two Little Con
federate." and "Gordon Keith." ,
In 1920 he produced "Italy and
i ho World War," and two year pre
V'ously wrote in Italian "A Life of
I'ntil recently Mr. Page had been
making his homo iu Washington. Mr.
I'age's service a ambussador to Italy
covered a critical period in Amerl-c.m-fcuroueau
7 lVJ : ' .. .
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--. . : -:r,- ) -' i ;
Depoy, SI. Goodman, superintendent;
Nelson. Creek Coal Com pauy, Nelson,
J. W. Hostln, snporiu tendent; Oak
laud Coal Company, Greenville, Tom
Mitchell, superintendent; Phoenix
Coal Company, Tarma, J. F. Bridges,
superintendent; Pacific Coal & Miu
lug Company, Mercer, Irvlu Glass, su
perintendent Roger, llrog.' Coal
Company, Ilevlef, T. L. Rogers, su
perintendent; Rockport Coal Com
pany, Ceutral City, L. Tucker, super
intendent; Saleaburg Coal Company,
Hillside; Thompson Coal Company,
Drskesboro, J. J. Thompson, super
lutendeot; W.'A'vWlcklltt Coal Cnnir
pauy, Greenville, Robert Wlckllff, su
liai'intendeut. Louisville Post. .
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KWAI.I.OW Kl UV YOI TU
Murray, Ky., Nov. 1. Harry Leo
Wester finlil, ten year old ton of Mrs.
Lois Westorfleld, who swallowed an
electric light bulb yesterday while
repairing a flash light, has felt no
Inconvenience from It,' although It
has been. In bis stomach more than
twenty-four hour. '
The boy -placed the' bulb in bis
mouth for. safe keeping and swal
lowed It when his mind became cen
tered on the work of repairing the
The H.nifoid Heialil, f l.BO the Jear
Mhjir-JJj Perfect Brfe- nnr1 1
Absolute ruel Davmg
Don't waste your foJ
anJ fuel. Cola's San
itary Down Draft
anna Will $ave one-tKirJ to one-ltalf on your fuel
till and v?ill give you perfect baking nnJ cooKinjJ
resulta that you hata elvJap wanteJ. Let us cx .
plain to you the vJonJeiful features found on litis
up to tK minuU range. Sea us et once.
J F. CASEBIER & SON,
Beaver Dam, Kentucky
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