IF you want the news of
Tazewell, read the
GREAT TRIP THRO'
The Editor G?is Back From South
Dakota?Some Facts About the
Resources of That Section.
I have had a trip through the
great northwest, and no doubt
the readers of this pane/ will be
interested in a little "gossip"
about the trip. However, I am
just notilied by the foreman that
"space is skase" this week, and '
that I must "eut it down".'
There are so many things to be 1
said about this great country and
its splendid people, that one
scarcely kn > v i what to say. To
"a tenderfoot", one who sees it
for the first time, it is a positive
revelation. Books, magazine.'?,
stories, novels etc., fail to give
anything like a correct impres?
sion of tlie country and people
But, to begin:?I was called
by telegram to Rapid City, South
Dakota, from my daughter, Mrs.
.1. E. Pearce, on account of the
critical illness of her husband,
Lieft Tazewell Tuesday night,
Jan. 7th, reached Rapid City
Friday morning at 11 o'clock
about 1 o'clock by our time. Re?
mained about 10 days, and
brought the family home, reach?
ing Norton, Va. at 10 a. in. last
Saturday morning. Mr. Pearce's
health has been precarious for
some time, but he is greatly im?
proved, and will soon be himself
The entire trip was without
special incident. I ran into the
great storm at Columbus, and at
Chicago it was at its worst. Chi?
cago is a chronic storm center.
Every blizzard which sweeps
the Northwest seems to center
in Chicago. Certainly this oc?
casion was no exception. It was
cold enough. The mercury drop?
ped to the bottom. But this ex?
perience was all I had of the
storm. Once aboard the ears of
the great Chicago Northwestern
thire was entire comfort. Next
morning the sun was shining
brightly on a world wrapped in
snow. Of course little impression
could be had as to farming condi?
tions under the circumstances.
On the return trip, however, the
snow had disappeared for the
most part, and the broad level
farms of Iowa, Nebraska,
Indiana, Illinois, could be seen
to some advantage. It goes with
out saying that this is a great
farming country. Five thousand
bushels of corn is considered a
small crop. Oats and wheat, al?
falfa, timothy and clover, all are
grown with profit. A man who
owns 100 acres of land in that
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Shawers Mill, Jan. 22.?We
are glad to note that those on |
the sick list are almost well
'Dr. J. R. Hicks was called to
the bedside of Will Jones, Jr.
Saturday night, he was thought
to have been dying, but he has
recovered and doing is nicely.
Miss Eliza Davis entertained
a number of her friends Satur?
day night those present were
her teachers, Misses Chapman
and S.tley, Dr. J. R. Hicks,
Jo -,c- h Pruett and John Leffel.
A ^irty was given in honor of
Miss Annie Nash and Erastus
Leffel at William Shawvers'
Monday evening, those present
were Misses Chapman, Staley,
Nannie Shufliebarger, Ethel
Pruett, Minnie Kinser; Claude,
Leffel, Joseph Pruett, John Neel,
Harris Kinser, Wm. Shufflebar
gre, Erastus Leffel, Chester Bel?
cher, Walter I effel and Mustard
Pruett. A nice time wa3 report
Mrs. J. R. Hicks and Miss
Annie Davis were shopping in
Miss Minnie Kinser entertain?
er! a number of her friends Sun?
Mrs. Carper and grandduaght
er, from Craig county, are now
visiting relatives at this place.
Mr. Pruett, wife and daugthcr,
Ethel, were the guests of Jim
Thompson and family Sunday.
Mr. Keesee and wife spent
Sunday with their daughter,
The Baptists people are mak?
ing considerable changes in the
interior of their church here.
The high ceiling has been lower?
ed, a vestibule cut off in front,
several Sunday school rooms
provieded etc. Other improve?
ments will be made. Mr. V. L.
Stephenson is doing the work.
Paid Him Well.
John P. Gose, Esq., of Burke's
Garden, was here a few days
ago, and incidently let the fact
be known that his business the
past year had been doubled. He
said that he attributed the in?
crease to the advertising he
does in this paper. He knows a
good thing when he sees it.
Association Organized in Bristol to
Further Plan of Roads, and Fill
Gaps in This County.
The Bristol-to-Bluefield High?
way Association, recenty organ?
ized at Bristol, was a move
which means more to Tazewell's
future growth than any step
taken since the coming of the
railroad down the Clinch Valley.
The plan proposed is to connect
up the McAdam roads from
Russell east to Bluefield, thence
on into Mercer County, W. a.,
and also down Clear Fork and
on, finally connecting with the
leading highways to Roanoke,
where fine McAdam roads are
already built and being built
east down the Valley of Vir?
ginia. Tazewell lacks only some
five or six miles of being con?
nected with the Russell line,
and that county wants only a
few miles of reaching the Taze?
well lines. Russell county has
the harder and larger task. She
has to bulid both ways - east and
west?but the progressive people
of that county are in hearty
sympathy with the scheme, and
will go ahead. With an unbroken
automobile highway from Bris?
tol to Bluefield and on, Tazewell
will be right in line, and feel
the uplift from the start.
A new and modern hotel for
Tazewell now seems assured
this spring and summer, and
blest, as this section is, with the
finest summer climate in the
world, there is no doubt but that
there will be visitors and a plenty
of them. Heretofore Tazewell
has been almost cut olf entirely
from the rest of the world on
account of her rough, almost
impassable mountain roads. In
this day of automobiles the
growth of a town or community
depends considerably upon the
character of the highways lead?
ing to and from, and the pros?
pect of the completion of this
great highway has had a stim?
ulating, hopeful effect in all this
The Highway Association
wisely elected H. S. Bowen
President. Mr. Bowen is a Good
Roads man all the way through.
He led the bond issue forces in
Tazewell last year, and to his
influence and work is due largely
the success of the movement for
VIRGINIA, FRIDAY, JAN
road improvement in Tazewell.
He will see to it that Tazewell
is coupled up to the other links,
of the chain.
Water in Large Quantities.
How many farmers have ever
thought of the quantity of water
that falls on their farms every
year, or what becomes of it
after it falls? For instance, the
annual rainfall in the Southe rn
Atlantic States is given as from
45 to 55 inches. Put this at a
fair average, 50 inches. That is,
a column of water, one inch
thick?(a cubic inch) 4 feet and
2 inches high, falls on every
inch of land, say, in this county
during the year. How much
water is this per acre of land?
The quanity is astonishing. It
is over 5650 tons! Think of it
more than five thousand six
hundred tons of water falls on
each acre of land in this section,
each year. How much time
would it take to haul this water
with a good team, a distance of
one half mile? The body of all
plants is composed largely of
water. Without water the plantI
cannot do well. It will die. This
immense quantity of water docs
not always come at the time it
is needed, but at different times
sometimes too much some?
times too little. What becomes
of it? Some of it is soaked into
the soil, some runs off into the
creeks and is wasted -some'
stands on the ground and evap- !
orates. Can it be stored up and
saved for the use of the crops?'
Of course it can. Saving and
storing water iscalled conserv ing
moisture. How? Deep plowing
in the winter makes ditches
cisterns under the ground to
catch and hold water. Prevent
loss by evaporation by proper
These things are briefly stated
in outline, presuming that the
reader is already familiar with
If this five thousand tons of
water falling on each acre of
your land should be suddenly
changed into molasses what
would you do? Get every bucket, \
barrel, hogshead, every and tiny
old thing, and catch all you could
and store it up until the next
buckwheat crop was made. This
water is worth a great deal more
than molasses. It is agricultures
capital. Conserve it invest it.
Cash From Now On.
We will close our books on and
after Feb. 1st. All purchases
from this date until our stock is
turned over to our successors
must be paid for at time of pur?
chase. We thank you for past
patronage J. P>. Boyer & Co. I
UARY 3i, 1913
MORE TALK Of
A NEW HOTEL'
W. P. Payne and A. Z. Litz May
Form Company and Build on the
Payne Lot This Spring.
Rumor has it that W. P. Pavne
and A. L. Litz will build a
modern hotel here this spring,
on the Payne lot. The former is
here under treatment, and the
latter is out of town, hence this
rumor cannot be verified at this
writing. However, there are
good reasons for believing that
the hotel will be built, and if by
the above na: led gentlemen it
will be built right They are
both progressive men and have
the means at their command. As
foresighted business men they
will see the benefit to be derived
from such an investment. Out?
side people wonder why a com?
modious hotel, specially adapted
for summer boarders, has not
been built here long ago.
The one hotel we have is able
to accommodate easily the tran?
sient travel, but a commodious
hotel, specially adapted and con?
ducted is necessary where sum?
mer boarders and visitors are
expected and desired. Talk up
the new hotel!
"BIG BEN BARGAINS"
Sale advertised by
M. .1. Hankins.
Sale opens Wednesday.
This issue carries elswebere
an announcement <>f a Public
Sale of the M. .1. Hankins stock
of clothing and Furnishings,
This is advertised as something
more than an ordinary Clearing
Sale. Mr. Hankins says the bar?
gains offered will eclipse all
previous efforts along Ibis line,
because they are compelled to
sell at least $1,000.01) worth of
the stock before February lf>, in
order for them to make some
important changes in their busi?
ness which cannot be carried
out until the stock is reduced a
An unusual offer of $1.00 to
each of the ten persons who are
first to enter the store when |
Sale opens at. 5) a. m. Wednesday,
Feb. 5th, has created consider?
able interest and there is sure to,
be a large crowd on hand.
Another feature of the Sale
will make it an object to the
people to attend the Sale every
day is what they term their
"Big Ben Bargains" which will
be offered every day for one
half hour only. Every day some?
thing different will be offered at
a price said to be below wholesale
price in every instance from LO
to 10:30 a. m. only. Mr. Hankins
explains that this will be done
simply to attract big crowds of
people every day whom he
frankly stales he expects will
buy many other goods loo, once
they are in the store and see the
unusual values on every hand.
Corn at I*ow Cast.
An Oklahoma boy of thirteen
has raised one hundred and two
bushels of corn on one acre at a
cost of $14.60 including $5 for
rent and has sold his crop for
$300. It is in demand for seed at
a special price, and it is to be
remarked that he paid $1 per
bushel for the seed he used him?
self. In West Virginia thousand.;
of boys and girls have entered
the corn raising contest and this
is a step that was needed to give
intensive fanning a start. An
acre set apart for an ambitious
earnest youth may seem a side
issue, but its demonstration of
possibilities is of great value.
Many farmers plod along with
much land but poor cultivation
on their hands. Eew have real?
ized how much one acre signifies.
In suburbs of Paris then1 are
single acres that rent for $1,000
a year. The soil is utilized all
the time and every square foot
kepi under the highest possible j
cultivation. Otherwise it could
not be a profitable waytoemploy
time and so much capital. On
the basis of the Oklahoma boy's
experiment the corn crop of this
country could he increased from
three to fifteen billions. It is
said with truth that more work?
ers are needed on I he farms. A
higher ratio of yield there is
also something to be diligently,
confidently, worked for. The
cost of living can certainly be
influenced this way, and to the
advantage of both consumers
and producers. Bluefiled Tele?
Lost His Nerve.
Robert Kinder, Thompson
Valley, living tin 1). W. Lynch's
farm, was taken to the hospital
in Richmond last Saturday for
an operation, said to be necos
sary by a kick from a young
calf some time ago. After get?
ting to the hospital and being
examined by the surgeons, he
lost his nerve, and left without
the operation. The sight, of
knives, axes, saws and the usual
paraphanalia of a Burgeons opor
ntinCT room settled 1lw> nnaotmn
Phone No. S
For Any Kind of Printing
$1 per Year.
SALES HEAVY IN
COUNTY IN 1912
Cattle, Sheep, Hogs, Produce, Etc.,
Bring Not Far From a Million
Dollars From Outside.
Below will bo found a few
figures showing the exports of
the county, exclusive of her
natural resources. The figures
and tacts were careful compiled
by W. L, McNeil, who spent
sometime in getting the data to?
gether. It will be seen that
Tazewell County should have
no fear of a little bond issue of
seven hundred thousand dollars.
?1.201) export cattle at
$90 per head, $378,000.
200 lough cattle ami old
cows af *.r)0 per head, $10,000
276 mules and horses
at $110 per head, $38,500.
85,000 lambs at 5$ per
1,000 old ewes ..; $3
per head. $3,000.
7 car of wool. Mo,000
lbs, at 27c per lb, s<37,800.
200 hogs at an average
of $12.50 each, $24,000,
14 cars turkeys, 17,000,
at $1.40 each. $23,800.
?10.000 chickens and
ducks, at 40c. each, $10,000.
10.000 doz. eggs at 2()c
per doz., $8,000.
3,000 bu. of apples at
50? per bu., $1,500.
The North T dl Lodge,
Knights of Pythi ive a ban?
quet in their hah \ in 'day night,
attended by a larg imber of
i he members and special invited
guests. Grand Lecti er dell, of
Stnunton, was present, and de?
livered an address, which was
listened to at entively Dr. E.
E. Wiley, of Tazewell; Prank H.
Forbes, Robert II. Ireson and
W. I. Vormillion, of North Taze?
well, made addresses. The com?
mittee of arrangmenta was
composed of Dr. Walter Witten,
II. P. Peery and Wade H, Peery.
NOTICE We are closing up
our accounts and taking invento?
ry this week, and hereby notify
all parties owing the old firm
thai they will be expected to
set t le t hei r account not later than
February 10. All accounts not set?
tled by that date either by cash
or note will be placed for collec
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