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P. 0. PRIMARY
Democralic County Committee Says
It Hasn't Authority, But Advises
Against An Election.
The Democratic County Com?
mittee met on Tuesday, and,
after due consideration, decided
it was not within their province
to call a primary for the selection
of postmasters at Tazewell and
North Tazewell. The meeting
wa3 well attended and was held '
in the courthouse. Several
gentlemen, representing the
primary adherents and those
opposed to the primary, made
speches. The following resolution
was adopted by the committee:
Whereas, petitions, signed by
various Democratic voters and
patrons of the postoffices at
Tazewell and North Tazewell,
Va., have been presented, asking
for the holding of primary elec?
tions, restricted to the Demo?
cratic voters, who are patrons of
said offices, for the purpose of
deciding between and selecting
from among the various candi?
dates for the postoffices the
candidate for the positon of the
postmastership; and whereas
the Democratic Committee of
Tazewell County, in meeting
duly assembled for the purpose,
is asked on behalf of and i a the
name of the persons signing (he
said petitions to take action in
reference to the said petitions
for postofhee primary elections;
therefore, it is resolved, by a
unanimous vote of the fifteen
members present, out of the
total membership of twenty-four
members, four of whom retired
from the meeting on account of
being candidates themselves,
that it is the desire and purpose
of this committee at all times to
conform to and fully carry out
all party laws and regulations
and to exercise all the authority
vested in the Committee that it
has no power or authority what?
ever under any existing law,
regulation or recommendation,
to order the holding of any such
primary election, and, therefore,
it must decline to do so; and
further that it would be pre?
mature, impracticable and inad?
visable for the Democratic voters
and patrons of any postoffice to
attempt to select a postoffiee
candidate by any such method,
unless or until the higher consti?
tuted appointing powers or
authorities shall have first en?
dorsed or recommended such a
method, or indicated in some
way that the result of such pri?
mary election would be respected
and have some force and binding
Pounding Mill Items
Pounding Mill, Va., Jan, 21.
C. H. Hurt, formerly of this
Elace but now of Kenova, has
een here the past week visiting
his nieces, Mrs. T. H. Ringstaff,
Mrs. Wm. Azbury, and nephew,
Chas. Griffith and old friends.
He is an occulist and has fitted
a number at this place with
Claude Thomas, who visited
parents, Rev. George Thomas
and wife, last week returned to
Williamson, where he has a
position. He is also interested
in the goods business at that
Rev. Isaac Wright, of Blue
field, filled his usual appointment
here Sunday at 11 o'clock. The
C. W. B. M. met in the after?
noon with an interesting meeting
and two new members.
Mrs. Mary O'keeffe, of Taze?
well, visited her daughter, Mrs.
R. K. Gillespie on her way from
conference at Cedar Bluff last J
week Mr. Gillespie was quite
sick with cold the latter part of
the week but is better.
Mrs. W. B. Steele spent last
night with her mother, Mrs. J.
Marion McGuire at Cedar Bluff.
Rev. W. T. Manuel, of Bristol,
who preached here before Xmas,
when on his way to the station
after the holidays to fill an ap?
pointment at Chatham Hill, was
thrown out of the buggy and
run over by same by his horse
running away. He has about
recovered and hopes to be able
to fill his appointments soon.
Bobby, the little twelve year
old son, of Akx Altizer and
wife, who ha3 been quite sick
for a couple of days is much
Lena Jiijz^taf,. ^g^>een so
I Miss Lettie Lovell, of Rich
I la nds, spent Saturday night and
1 Sunday with her sisters at this
Miss Mammie Dunsan enter*
j tained a number of her friends
I at her home last evening.
I Mr. John Gillespie and chil?
dren visited John Azbury and
wife a few days last week.
Mrs. M. J. Sturgill and Miss
Bessie Brown visited Mrs. John
Lambert at Raven last Sunday.
Miss Uva Steele, John Gilles?
pie, Jame3 Neele, Jesse William?
son, Curtis and Grover Sbamblin
were visitors to Richlands last
Mrs. Paris Altizer, of Gilles?
pie, visited her father, John
.ovell and family last Friday.
Mrs. Rebekah Williams, who
was right sick last week, is
about well again.
Mr. Smith, the night operator
at Gillepsie, boards with H. W.
Christian and wife at this place.
Dr. W. R. Williams lost a steer
last week from blackleg; W. B.
Steele lost five calves with same
disease before Christmas, but
none since they were vaccinated.
He vaccinated over 200 cattle
nearly all there year olds, older
cattle are said to be immune
from the disease.
Mrs. Jamos Osborne spent a
couple of dayj with her sister,
Mrs. Caudill at Tazewell, re?
turning home today.
Death of Steven E. Roscnbaum
Steven E. Rosenbaum, whose
illness has been frequently
mentioned in the News, died at
his home on Tazewell avenue
Monday night, age 55 yara. Hi?
death was due to heart trouble.
Funeral services were held at
the home Wednesday morning,
conducted by Rev. E. L. Ritchie,
assisted by Revs. C. R. Brown
and E. E. Wiley. Interment was
made in the new cemetery.
Deceased is survievd by a
wife and four .children, all of
whom were present when death
came. The children are Mrs.
Mallie Peery, Joe, Ed and George
Rosenbaum. A brother, T. E.
Rosenbaum, lives in Washington
City and another brother, the
Rev. Robert Rosenbaum, lives
in Pennsylvania. A half brother,
Zelia Rosenbaum, lives in
Steven Rosenbaum moved to
Tazewell with his family about
two years ago, and occupied the
home on Tazewell avenue, which
had been recently bought by his
daughter. Since moving to
Tazesvell his health has declined,
a few months ago he having
been forced to take to his bed.
The family of Rosenbaums were
originally from Smythe county,
but deceased was born in Iowa,
where his father moved, and
lived a few years. He came to
Tazewell when just a boy and
settled in Burke's Garden. He
was a good man, popular with a
large circle of fri ends. The floral
tribute, banked high upon the
new made grave, was profuse,
showing the respect and esteem
in which he was held by his
fellow citizens while living.
Cedar Bluff Items
Ed McGuire and wife have
returned from a short visit to
Mrs. H. S. Gay will return to
her home in Atlanta Friday
after spending the month of
January with her father at Blue
Marvin McGuire and wife
have returned from a ten days'
trip to Princeton and Bluefield.
Miss Sadie McGuire enter?
tained most delightfully Satur?
day evening in honor of several
out of town guests. Among
those present were Miss MeCall,
of Tazewell, Mrs. H. S. Gay, of
Atlanat, Miss Lottie Evans,
Richmond, Miss Lucy Williams,
Wytheville, George Hurt.
The play "Kentucky Bell"
will be given in the school
auditorium Saturday evening at
7:30. The indications are that
there will be a full house from
the sale of reserved seats.
The caste is as follows: Miss
Stanger, Maria Douglas; Miss
Williams, Isabel Douglas; Miss
Bessie Russell, Marie Van Har
lenger; Mrs. W. J. Hatcher,
Colonel McMillen; Grant Lowe,
John Carson Gordon; Lawrence
Lowe, Dr. Blake; Henry, Negro
boy John Scott; Cindy, Miss
Chorus girls?Misse3 Hind,
Repass, Neel, Ascue, Luttrell,'
Watkins, Madden, Lacy Luttrell,
Rumors are very persistent
that the trains will soon be in
operation on the new line. Quite
a number of officials have re
x,v been here and the signs
t iat way.
A STEEL TRAP
Two Men Fall Out and Resort to
Arms, But Without Fatalities.
Jerry Johnson, a brother of
Joe Johnson, the blind man, shot
and seriously wounded Robert
Reedy, a resident of this town,
near the former's home at Max?
well last Friday morning. Reedy
was taken to Richlahds, where
jhis wound was dressed, and is
rapidly recovering from the
wound. Johnson was arrested i I
Maxwell, where he awaited the
arrival of special county police?
man John S. Thompson. He was
brought to jail here, where he
was incarcerated Friday night,
j Saturday he was bailed in the
sum of $500, Henry Kincer and'
Johnson being his bonds-1
men. A preliminary hearing
will be given Johnson if he de?
mands it as soon as Reedy is able
The circumstances leading up
to the shooting are in favor of
Johnson, it having developed
that Reedy was waiting for him
at a point in the road where the
shooting occurred. Reedy had
also threatened the life of John?
son, as well as on previous
occasions remarked that he
would do him bodily harm if an
occasion offered. They met
Friday morning in the road,
Reedy beginning the fuss by
throwing several rocks at John?
son, and seeing that he could
not hit him with the rocks,
Johnson said made a motion to?
wards his pistol pocket as if to
draw a weapon, when Johnson
brought out his trusty 32,
emptied it at Reedy, reloaded
and shot at him several times
more; Only one bullet took effect
and Reedy owes his life to John?
son's bad markmanship.
The trouble between the men
occurred over a steel trap. John?
son, as is the custom of young
men living near the river, had a
number of traps set at different
points on Clinch river for musk
rats, and other varmints, whose |
hides find a ready market.
Reedy is alleged to have passed
that way and purloined one of
Johnson's favorite traps, which
had a cross mark some where
about it, by which he identified
it, having found it hanging in
Reedy's home, along side of
other traps. The two men cussed
and dicussed the trap con?
troversy, but could reach no
amicable agreement, hence the
resort to arms.
Too Many "Yallow" Breeches
Thompson Valley, Va., Jan. 21.
We noticed in last week's News
that Mr. T?te Harman, a man
who did all he could for the
bond issue, is of the opinion that
"too many high priced men are
employed and not enough road
being built". Mr. Harman is
not the only man who knows
this to be the fact. All of us are
aware that too many boys and
pets who know absolutely
nothing of road building have
been employed at a high price.
There has been enough survey?
ing done to build all the road in
the county and yet there is not
one-fifth of the road in the
county that has had one dollar
spent on it, except in surveying.
Some of the road in our valley
has been surveyed as many as
five times and not a foot of the
road built yet.
Many of our citizens are be?
coming very tired of this condi?
tion of affairs and are often
heard to express their thoughts
in very plain terms. Yes, Mr.
Harman is perfectly justifyable
in his opinion, which is shared
in by all who give the matter a
thought. . ROADS.
Was Well Known Here
Philip G. Wright, proprietor
of the Battletown Inn, Berry
ville, and fomerly connected
with the Norfolk and Western in
this city, died yesterday at his
home and news of his death was
received by friends in Roanoke
Mr. Wright had many friends
and relatives here, who will re
get his death. The body will be
Drought to the city on the 9:20
Norfolk and Western train
Wednesday morning. Friends
and relatives will go direct from
the station to Fairview cemetery
where brief funeral services will
?Mr. Wright is survived by his
widow, who was Mis3 Nancy L.
i War3,?R>: noke Times.
VIROINIA, FRIDAY, JAN
Upper Bluostone Items
The beautiful weather of the
past week has brightened our
hopes and we are really begin?
ning to think that after all we
can raise some corn this year.
Consequently, the fanning
population has put in extra time
leach day plowing the fields.
Then as of ten as Lwice a week
some "lovers of the chase" have
given the hounds some excellent
exercise and old brer fox 'just
had to git up and git."
Yes, Mr. Editor, we are alive
on Bluestone this time, and when
w e get a modern school building
Ion the pike with the proper ad?
vantages for us and our children
[to get some "laming" we are
going to be so well satisfied Iba!
no inducement will take us to
town or any other place on Cod's
green earth! Walch us work!
Miss Jennie Pearl Wagner and
little May Wilburn, Messrs. Fred
Nash and Willie French spent
the last days of the w?ek with
their parents on account of mid?
term examinations :U Cirnham,
where they are at school.
Mrs. Jas. Turner has returned
from a visit to her daughter,
Mrs. Luther Wagner, and to her
son, Mr. John Turner, who is in
the Bluefield Sanitarium re?
covering from the effects of a
broken leg. His friends wish for
him a rapid recovery.
Miss Annie Nash is visiting
her sister, Mrs. Will Shawvor,
on Clear Fork this week.
Among those of our people
who went to Bluefield to Bee The
Trail of the Lonesome Pine were
Misses Delia Brown and Lille
May Wagner and ,1. H?ge
('laude Wagner was a visitor
in our neighborhood Saturday
Miss Joe Warren spent Sunday
afternoon with Miss Ida Muir,
teacher at Springville, at Paris
Andrew Hardiraan made a
short visit to friends at Bailey
We always look forward to the
third Sunday for it is brother
Springs appointment at Bailey.
This time he preached belter
than ever before and we have
already begun to look forward
to next preaching day. How we
wish preaching days came more
The Virginia State 1 dairymen's
Asssociation will bold their
sixth annual convention in
Staunton, Va. on February 12th
and 13th. The officers of the
Association for this year are
President Jos. A. Turner, Boitins;
Vice President T. P. Shelton,
Burkeville; Secretary and
Treasurer Win. D. Saunders,
State Dairy and Food Commis?
sioner, Richmond. Hoard of
Directors: Jos. A. Turner, Iloll
ins; Jas. Bell wood, South Rich?
mond, Wut. D. Saunders, Rich?
mond; D. S. Jones, Newport
News, Westmoreland Davis,
Leesburg; T. 0. Sandy, Burke?
ville; O.A. Thomas; Boeleton;
A. F. Howard, Farmyille; W.
K. Brainerd, Blacksburg; A. R.
Scott, Richmond: Secretary
Saunders has arranged for an
elaborate program which i". now
being prepared, and which in?
cludes addresses by some of the
leading men in Dairy work in
the United States.
Special reduced rates have
been offered by the ('. & ().,
Southern, Norfolk & Western
and the B. & 0. Railroads.
Dairymen in all parts of the
State are looking forward with
much interest to this convention,
and will take advantage of this
unusual opportunity to see the
heautiful blue grass country and
the wonderful Shenandoah Val?
ley, and visit the birth place of
Wilson. Special arrangements
have been made by the officials
of Staunton for the entertain?
ment and accommodation of the
The Creamery men and Butter
makers Association, of Virginia,
will also meet in Staunton in
joint session with the State
Dairymen's Association, holding
their second annual convention.
Sold His Store
I have sold my stock of mer?
chandise at Horsepen to J. H.
Hunt and J. P. Bowman, who
will conduct the business at the
old stand, under the firm name
of Hunt & Bowman. All parties
indebted to me will please ar?
range to settle their accounts
with me an early as possible. I
wish to thank all my customers
for their liberal patronage.
Horsepen, Jan, 23.
UARY 24, 1913
A GRAHAM MAN
Sore on County Organization Be?
cause It Wouldn't Order Primary
to Settle Postofrke Differences.
Editor C, V. Newi: -By what
precedent of right or of authority
could the County Committee re?
fuse to allow the Democratic
voter; of the Towns of Tazewell
and North Tazewell, to select,
for the two communities, who
among them, should be endorsed
for the positions of postmaster
of the two towns, for the next
four years. The committee can
but admit that the recommenda?
tion must come through them,
yet they deny having any
authority to adopt a plan that
will give them the aid and co?
operation of the democratic
i patrons of the offices sought to
be filled. In making the selection
of the man the majority of the
democrats want, if they have no
right, nor the power, to submit
jthis question to the votes of the
democratic patrons of the offices,
then will they assume authority
to make a recommendation when
the time comes for the appoint?
ment? If they will, and we all
know they expect to do that
very thing, then the committee
in refusing to allow a perfcr
ential vote. tells the democrats
of those two towns, that they
expect to handle this matter just
OS Lhey want it, and not as you
Why try to hoodwink the peo?
ple by pretended ignorance of
authority. The county commit?
tee is a creature of the party,
and surely is amenable to the
wishes and desires of the party.
For the past sixteen years, we
democrats have been bowling a
doleful tune, and charging the
Republican party wilh being
used and controlled by the office
holders, and we have gone so far
in these charges as to assert
that the office holders of the
government of this Slate ami
district, were the tools ami
henchmen of the President and
Mr. Slemp, and in control of all
matters of the parly as against
the wishes of the masses, and
thitl policy of Mr. Taft and Mr.
Slemp, finally culminated in the
greatest victory for Democracy
the parly has ever known. Then
our party to be consist.'tit. and to
follow out the democrat ic policies
of Bryan and Wilson, should ad?
here to the slogan, "bet the
People Rule," and thus secure
harmony and co-operation in the
party for the good of the whole
party. Discord and just, such
tactics as is being used by the
county committee, were brought
into play in an attempt to dis?
rupt the Baltimore convention,
ami set at naught the will of the
masses of the party, in order
that private and individual in?
terest might continue to llourish,
but in the end the people won.
Who are the servants, the
committee or the masses of the
democratic party? If the party
be the servants and the commit?
tee the master, then the action
of the committee in refusing to
be advised by the servant would
be upheld, but if the party is
the master and the committee
the servant then the committee
has been guilty of mutiny and
should be disciplined, and if not
amenable to disciplne then
should be discharged and their
places filled with those who will
nave more consideration of their
masters' rights and wishes. The
action of the committee might
be construed two ways?one,
that, a goodly number of them
want tin; ofliccs themselves, and
are playjng with each other,
"you pat me and I'll pat you",
or they have concluded to let the
"public, be damned" that they,
in no wise owe allegiance to the
masses of the Democratic party,
but only to themselves and a
few self constituted local bosses,
who are simply playing demo?
cratic politics for what personal
profit or advancement it may
Oh, unselfish patriotism, that
created and prefected a party,
that at one time called forth the
tribute, as beautiful as it was
true, as being the party, "of the
people, by the people and for
the people." Why hast thou
deserted us, and when will your
return? Bryan has been the
stimulant that has sustained itj
through sixteen long years, and
we yet believe that this faith
and devotion to the right, and
thj interests of the masfxs, with
la sturdy and fearless leader.
The action of the committee
!in refusing the desire of the
democrats of Tazewell and North
Ta/.ewell, to Belect their own
postmasters, alleging a lack of
authority to act, was a mere
subterfuge, and no one knows
that better than the county
chairman, who announced the
ruling. Two years ago when the
ranks of the Republican party
were torn in shreds and the
Democrats had the first chance
in a score or more of years to
obtain and control some of the
important offices of the county,
tl is same committee, a few of
its members, be it said to their
credit, dissenting ignored the
expressed wish and desire of the
party, and would allow no op?
position to be made to republican
supremacy, with one lone
isolated exception. The commit?
tee did name a candidate for
Stale Senate, ignoring I he fact
that more than on* applicant
sought the nomination, and ig?
noring (be demand of the party
for a mass meeting lo decide
Which of the two should be (lie
standard bearer of the party,
named one and discarded the
other; and the result of that act
of die committee is now history
and well known to all. When
the county chairman's attention
was called to the fact that the
committee had no authority, un?
der the rules, to name a candi?
date, where more than one
aspired, he replied that the
Committee could do as it pleased
and no one bad any legal re?
dress, or a meaning in substance
of the same, that the rules were
merely directory and could he en?
tirely disregarded by the
committee if it so desired, hut
now a different view is held and
those rules must be obeyed. This
last is correct, but nothing ap?
pears in those rules to provunt
the committei adopting any
democratic plan that will pre?
serve harmony in (be party, and
at the same time obtain (lie will
of the Democracy. Mr. S. M.
Graham demanded the right of
the committee to make the race
for Clerk against two opposing
and bitter republican fact ions in
I he field, with every prospect to
win, but he was cast aside in
order to give the opposition a
clear field. Mr. Graham was
then endorsed by a large mass
meeting of Democrats in Clear
fork district and by a resolution
of that mass meeting, the county
committee was reluctantly forced
lo ratify thai endorsement, ami
came out in a circular to the
voters to thai effect, but hardly
had this been done, when a
member of i he commit tee ad\ is
irtg with others, without con?
sulting Mr. Graham's friends,
and Without their knowledge or
consent, prevailed upon him t<?
withdraw from the race, that
was already won, and 1 bus again
the will of the party was set at
naught. We all know why this
was done, but the plot Jailed
and the democratic party was
the loser, and all because the
will of and welfare of the party
w as disregarded, for the purpose
of individual interest. The will
of the people should ruin and the
action of the committee last
Monday should bu disregarded
itnd a preferential election held
where a majority of the Demo?
cratic voters desire it. The only
mass meetings of the Democrats
of Tazewell county that have
been called for sometime passed
were for the purpose of electing
a county committee. If that is
all the Democrats of the county
can do, they should get busy at
once and call another mass
meeting. They can at least elect
a new committee and perhaps on
that will have more regard for
the will of the people. This is
the year for it anyway.
Graham, January 23.
Owing to an accident which
occurred January 4th, 1913 at
McDowell, W. Va., where he
was engaged in mining, Carr
Bowling sustained injuries from
which he died.
We the following committee
If North Tazewell Lodge No.
o31 K. of P., of which order the
deceased was a member wish in
words, though meaningless on
such occasions, to express our
appreciation of Carr Bowling as
a true and loyal Knight, as a
friend, a fond husband and
Therefore be it resolved that
we as Pythians may strive to
emulate his sincerity, at no time
forgetting our duty to the widow
and little tots who mourn as well
as we be his untimely death,
and as a united lodge we trust
that Cod in his infinite mercy
will lead them from beneath his
dark cloud of despair into his
eternal sunshine of love where
perhaps they will see clearly and
J. Walter Witten, H.Wade
Peery, Frank H. Forbes. Com.
Phone No. 31
For Any Kind of Printing
$1 per Year.
M. F. Wynn Buys Two Nice Houses
and bis in Town?W. G. O'Brien
Buys Home for His Newspaper.
VV. L. Painter has Hold his
property on Tazewell avenue to
Morgan F. Wynn, Mr. Wynn
having bought it for his
daughter, Mrs Whitt, who will
mine here next month with her
hushand from Charleston It is
reported that Mr. Wynn is
negotiating for other property
I in this town.
I Mr. Wynn also purchased on
Wednesday the property of J.
Powell Royall on Tazewell
avenue, paying therefor $4800.
Mr. Royall will erect a hand?
some home on a lot he owns on
Conductor E. C. Mays pur?
chased it few days ago the farm
of John Bailey on Clinch River,
embracing about 130 acres, It is
not known whether Captain
Mays will quit the railroad and go
to raising farm products or not.
W. G. O'Brien, editor of the
Republican, hits bought the
Steirn property, adjoining the
property now occupied by the
paper, ami will move his print?
ing office to the newly acquired
house nexl week The property
was sold for $1400.
Captain A. 'I'. Howard, of
Floyd county, has been Taze?
well the past week looking for a
farm. I le has se\ eral nice places
in view, one of which he may
Lynchburg News on (he Primary
Tazewell, Va., Jan. 21, 1913.
Editor The News:
On yesterday, January 20, the
Democratic county committee of
Tazewell unit to consider the
question of calling a primary
election for the posloffices of the
county, where there is more than
one applicant for the office. By
agreement, the 'ies who favored
tlie primary . older to make
a test case of i , submitted a
petition sigi ? . ^Democratic
voters out of 08 possible Demo?
cratic voters ai that precinct.
The committee docid? iat they
could not find any authority for
calling such an election in op?
position to the wishes of State
Chairman Ellyson. Knowing
your sound views of whitt Demo?
cracy is, I would like to have
your opinion and reasons ex?
pressed in your columns.
The News thinks that Chair?
man Ellyson was right in his
decision, and that the TazewelL
Democratic committee had ti
other proper alternative than to
proceed as it did. The olfico of
postmaster is not elective, and
to invoke a primary election
with a view of naming its in?
cumbent would be to do aju?<
utterly vain thing. No^jmn
clusiveness would attach/to the
result, and no man would be
even morally precluded! from be?
ing si candidate for the post
mastership after the primary
was held, if declining to submit
his claims to that forum. In
short, the fiat of a party primary
upon a question of this sort
would clearly be ultra vires, and
in our judgment would tendfcf^
establish a precedent upon w)ucn
the administration would irfown.
For while the suggested plan
may be right and should be right
in contemplating that only a
Democrat will be appointed
I postmaster, yet it cannot be
defended in its ultra partisan
aspect of pre-supposing that Re?
publican patrons of postoffice
shall as a matter of course be
denied the right of indicating
preference between Democrats.
As a matter of fact, the ad?
ministration will likely give far
more weight to Democratic en?
dorsement of Democrats than
to Republican endorsement of
Democrats?but at the same
time it will scarcely assume the
attitude of denying to any man
the right of petition simply be?
cause he doesn't happen to be a
Democrat. Yet this primary
proposition is predicated upcn
the notion that the postoffice de
partment will be willing to
commit itself to partisan policy.
It wont do-?from whatever angle
regarded, the primary proposi?
tion is hopelessly vulnerable.?
While oar present supply of
wheat and flour lasts we will
sell our Star Patent flour at
i$5.75 per barrel; 25c less in
[sacks. ? You will pay more scion.
Star MiUing Co.^