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Pl'NI.IMIKI? ?Y THK
BIG STONE POST PUBLISHING CO.
O. E. 6EAR8, President.
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Friday, August 15,1890.
Important Notice.
Copies of the present issue of the Post
will he sent to n Urge number of persons
who are not subscribers. Those who de?
sire the paper sent regularly for a year, or
six months, will please notify us, enclosing
the amount of subscription.
In order to interest agents, we offer them
the inducement of an allowance of fifty
cents for each cash subscriber for one
year, provided they send us ten names or
more, though we will not be responsible
unless the money is forwarded by postal
order, registered letter, or by express.
Clubs should be organized promptly
?ipoii this basis. Any [terson aendiuif as
ten names, or murr, irith the cash, is
authorized to withhold fifty cent* fnun cadi
annual fubscri/rfion he or she receirex,
Persous desiring extra copies of the
present issue can obtain them by apply?
ing to the office. V
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/ Our New Enterprise. X TL
' The first issue of Tin: Ht<; Stoke PostV,
is presented to the public to-day, and it is
proper that it contain some declaration of
its policy and purpose.
The paper is established primarily to
advertise the material resources of the
Appalachian district : to show to the
country that big Stone (Jap possesses par?
amount advantages over all other loca?
tions as a manufacturing and distributing
point, and that it must become the center
of the great industrial movement of the
South, which is now attracting so much
attention, abroad as well as at home.
Thk Post will not be a political pupcr
in the sense of being an organ of any
party. While its sympathies will be nat?
urally with the democracy, its discussion
of public questions will be marked with
conservatism and candor: and upon purely
economic issues it asserts the right to
adopt and advocate such views as in its j
judgment are best caleuly-Tcd to further
the principal object for which it is estab?
lished. The South has long been cursed
with too much politics, but a new era is
now dawning upon it, and to that era we
belong.
In pursuing this policy, however, if will
show the utmost deference to the opinions
of those who may differ from it. Claiming
sincerity itself, it will be always ready to
concede us much to others, and its col
umiis will-ever be open for the expression
of adverse views. Upon all questions of
purity in administration of the local, state
or national governments and respect for
law, there can hardly be any division of
sentiment among the honest and intelli?
gent: and, indeed, we do not anticipate
any serious or bitter differences among the
fair minded of any political faith. Our
patrons will lie found among the republi?
cans as well as democrats, as the sincere
patriotic elements of all parties can have
but one general desire?that of securing
u wise and economic administration of
public affairs.
The immediate work before us is the
founding of a great city and the develop?
ment of a material empire whose vast rc
rources are still comparatively untouched.
There should be no dissensions among
the pioneers of such an undertaking. ? Po?
litical passions must retard the movement
and cannot possibly further it. Realizing
this fact in its fullest import, the Post will
seek to avoid arousing such antagonisms
and do all in its power to allay them
should they unhappily spring up. The
victories we seek are those of peace, and
not of war, and we shall always appeal to
the intelligence and good judgment of
men, auu not to their prejudices and
hatreds.
As to the merits of the paper, its works j
must speak for it, reminding our patrons,
however, that the establishment of a news?
paper under the conditions that confront
us cannot be appreciated by those unfa?
miliar with the expense und worries of such
uu undertaking, und should command
the active support and charitable judg?
ment of men, not their ill advised criticism
or injurious opposition.
There is no community to which a well
conducted newspaper is so valuable as u
new city seeking the position of a great
commercial center. Such a paper gains
ready and unceremonious access to the
private offices of busy capitalists: it is
found on file In the reading room* of the
great hotels, where investors spend their
leisure hours; it defies the barriers with
which money kings hedge themselves and
speaks in their ears when those ears are
closed to personal appeals; it searches out
the mechanic, who is anxious to find some
new field in which he may rise in his trade
and improve his fortune, and its columns
are eagerly scanned by the unemployed in
all pursuits of life who honestly desire to
labor for their living. It is by odds the
most industrious and effective advertising
agent the genius of man has yet devised;
and. by supporting and strengthening it.
those who have interests to promote, sup?
port and strengthen themselves. Business
men of broad views see this, and, by acting
upon it, mass fortunes.
Thk Post hIso opens one of the best
equipped job offices to be found outside of
the larger cities of the country; and we
will execute orders given us as satisfac?
torily as they can be rilled in Richmond or
in Louisville. The entire equipment is
new and the machinery of the most ap?
proved patent. The outfit has been
brought to Big Stone Gap more in antici?
pation of future demands upon it than to
meet those that are likely to immediately
arise, believing as we do that our popula?
tion will increase rapidly, and that the
patronage of our own people and of the j
towns that are springing up throughout
this section will amply compensate us for
the outlay. We studied the entire field of
Southern iron and coal deposits, and de?
termined on Big Stone (Jap as a point su?
perior to all others for the building of a
great city and the establishment of a great
newspaper.
As soon as the Press dispatches can be
obtained we shall have them.
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Reasons for the Faith That Is In Us.
There is one physical fact which has
been thoroughly established in the minds
of those who have examined the matter,
and which can be made clear to those who
have not examined it. and that is that Big
Stone Gap possesses a combination of ad?
vantages which do not exist at any other
point in the United State*.
The only question is, are the coin
modifies which we propose to furnish the
world now in demand and likely to re?
main so?
Without speculating upon the unknown
mineral wealth yet to be discovered in the
almost unexplored mountains around Big
Stone Gap, it is suiiicicnt for our present
purpose to know that we have a vast area
of the finest coking coal in the world; that
to the west of us and adjoining us we have
the finest belt of timber north of the trop?
ics; that we have immediately around us
iron ores of excellent quality, and that we
arc within 10(1 miles of the famous mag?
netic ores of North Carolina.
Are these products in demand, and will
they likely remain so?
That they are now in demand seems
clear from the fact that coke, which sold
only two years ago in England at 17 or
1H shillings prr ton, now brings 28 shill?
ings ut the ovens, 35 at the furnaces, and
40 at the docks. Iron ores in the same
country have advanced from 12 to 25
shillings within the same period. Though
the output in this country has been enor?
mously increased, exceeding that of En?
gland, the multiplied uses to which iron
and steel are being applied render it diffi?
cult for our manufacturers to supply the
home demand. The Lake Superior ores
have advanced more than $1 per ton within
twelve months,and the product increased
from 7.000.0(H) tons in 1889 to 0,000,000 in
1890 (estimated). Yet it is said all this
supply will be absorbed by Western manu?
facturers, causing a scarcity in Eastern
cities, and rendering increased activity
necessary in the iron producing regions of
the South.
Were these conditions only temporary,
capitalists might hesitate to draw too
heavily from their accumulations for new
investment in such industries. But what
is to materially change them? The diffi?
culty of working both the English and
Spanish mines, which furnish the bulk of
the output of Europe, is daily increasing,
and must continue to increase.
According to a recent report of Mr.
Joseph Dickinson, Her Majesty's inspector
of mines for the Manchester and Ireland
district, it appears that of the 10,265,000
tons of coal wrought in ISS!), only a little
over one million came from a depth of less
than 100 yards; nearly eight million tons
were mined from a depth of 400 yards,
while over a million came from a depth of
nearly one thousand yards.
Here our strata arc above the depres?
sion of the valleys, and we have the pow er
of gravitation to aid us in mining them,
whereas both in England and in Connells
ville the miners have to contend against
j that force.
The only danger we can see of a re?
action lies in the too rapid development
and an overproduction in this country;
and even should such a result follow the '
present activity, which is very improbable, J
investors in Southern properties have an
advantage in the fuct that wc can mine
the coal and make the iron cheaper than
it can be done elsewhere, and the intensity
and sharpness of competition can only
serve to force the transfer of plants from
other sections of the country to this.
But when we consider the fact that iron
and steel arc being daily used in new and
thitherto undreamed of forms, the diminu
tion of the demand seems exceedingly re?
mote and improlnilde.
Add to all this the fact that Big Stone
Gap has an ahuudant supply of water; that
for manufacturing purposes its topography
is perfect; that its climate is the host the
country affords; that if is midway between
the great Western iron markets and flu
great Eastern iron markets, and that
we shall soon have ample railroad fa?
cilities for the transportation of our
product to both, anil it will he seen that
our claims and our prospects are under
rather than over stated. The easy grade
afforded along the line on which Big Stone
Gap is the most important point, will
guarantee us against any possible diffi?
culty with regard to transportation by
competing roads. It also insures the early
construction of the great double track
inter-State funnel, of which Big Stone
Gap will be the eastern terminus.
Now, have we stuted the facts cor?
rectly? If we have, no one will deny that
our strategic position is superior to that
possessed by any point north of us, south
of us. east of us. or west of us. If we
have not stated them correctly, we chal?
lenge the world to show it.
The Silver Bill.
In spite of the outcry of our politicians
the country may be congratulated upon
the passage of the Silver bill in its present
form. It authorizes the monthly purchase
by the Treasury department of four and a
half million ounces of silver at the market
[n ice, not to exceed $1 for 371.S5 grains of |
pure silver, and the secretary is directed
to issue in payment for such purchases of!
silver bullion treasury notes of the United
States, which shall be redeemable on de?
mand in gold or silver coin, at his discre
tion. "it being the established policy of I
the United Stales to maintain the two
metals on a parity with each other upon
the present legal ratio, or such ratio as
may be provided by law." The secretary
shall each month coin two million ounces
of the silver bullion purchased under the
provisions of this act into standard silver j
dollars, until the first day of July, 1S!U.
and after that time he shall coin of the
silver bullion purchased under the pro?
visions of this act as much as may be
necessary to provide for the redemption of
the treasury notes herein provided for.
The present law to authorize, the coinage
of $2,000,000 in silver dollars monthly is
repealed. It is estimated that the new
act will annually increase the money of]
the country about $?0,000,000.
This is vastly superior to the bill that
passed the Senate under the dictation of |
inflationists, and silver kings who own
large interests in Western mines and who
bought their seats in the Senate with the
product of those mines. The latter bill
would not have accomplished even the de?
sire of the inflationists. Had it passed, the
$47."?.000.000 of gold coin in circulation
would have rapidly disappeared, and there
would not have been a sufficient supply of
the baser coin and the cheaper dollar to
take its place. There was only $1?-?.?!K?.000
of silver (coinage value) produced in the
world during 1880, and not more than
two-thirds of this amount was produced in
this country. It would, therefore, have
taken a rapid and impossible development
of our mines to have supplied the defi?
ciency caused by the retirement of gold,
which would have disappeared, as if by
magic, to foreign countries, into vaults,
tin boxes, and old stockings. If there
is one settled fact in regard to the law
of finance it is that the superior cur?
rency disappears when an attempt is made
by legislation to force an inferior cur?
rency to an equality with it. So, instead
of inflation, we should really have had a
contraction of the currency, for a consid?
erable time a least. Add to this the
evil influence it would have had upon cap?
ital, which is always quickly intimidated
by such legislation, and it will be seen that
the entire country, and the South particu?
larly, has escaped a serious danger.
It is true we need a deal of money to
meet the demands of such a rapidly grow?
ing nation as this; but we take it that
the $60,000,000 which the present measura
will add to the circulating medium, and
by a method that will maintain its parity
with gold, together with the $;'>2,000.(I0()
that the English are annually bringing
here for investment, which has an influ?
ence upon our gold balance, we can worry
along for a time. ?
In this connection we may compare the
circulating medium of the four leading |
nations. According to a recent estimate
made by the Bankers' Magazine it is as
follows:
Cocxtriks. Population. Gold. Silver.
France.38.25o,ooo $900,000,000 |7lKi,ooo.uuo
Utdted Kingdom...38,165.000 550,000,000 luo.ooo.OOO
Germany.4M,000,000 000,000,0011 215,000,000
United Statte.64,000,000 375,607,112 116,298,802
Xoti-s Tutul uietalic
COVXTRIKB. outstanding, and paper.
Prance.$594,ooo,ono $2,1 ?4,000,000 I
United Kingdom. 190.000.(100 ?40,000.000
GermanV. S7T 'KI.OOO 990.000.000
United Stales.93* .8,545 1,430,6.14,439 |
i'KK Cxl-ITA.
OrxTKiKK. (odd. Silver. Paper. Total.
Krunce.$23.53 $18.30 $15.53 $57.301
United Kingdom.. 14.41 2.62 4.98 29.01
fiermanv. 10.42 4.4S 5.73 20.63
United State*. 5.S7 1.82 14.67 22.36
This estimate is slightly inaccurate, so
far as this country is concerned. From
the report of the director of the Mint, for
last year, the estimate of the stock of coin
in the United States, July 1, 1889, is as
follows:
cou>.
In United State? Treanury.$186,451,708
In national bunk,. 153,169,400
In other bankK reported. 46,911,6531
In private hanks und among the people... 394,530,744
Totnl.$680,063,505 1
wj.vr.n.
In United States Treasury.$57,458,901
In national hanks. 23,734,460
In other banka reported.,. 2,118,510
In private hanks and among the people.. 3f 7,237,043
Total.$430,648,829
This represents the total amount of coin
in the United States, all of which is, of
course, not in circulation, and cannot lie ?
included in tlie circulating medium. But
after deducting the amount locked up in ',
the treasury vaults and otherwise retired,
it is clear we have a larger amount in cir?
culation than appears from the estimate of !
the Bankers' M agazine. It will lie seen,
however, that though we have not as
I much money as France, we have more ;
; than either England or Germany. i
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The Lodge Bill Dead.
It seems quite certain that the in fa- '
mous Force Bill is done for. The republi- I
can leaders fortunately realize that there ?
is a limit to such partisan and vicious j
legislation, and that they undertook more
than the conservative elements of their
party would stand.
The debates in the Federal Convention ;
which framed the constitution show con?
clusively that the clause on which the
radical leaders rely as authority for the
bill was never intended to be invoked
except when a State refused to send dele?
gates to Congress, or when it was imprac?
ticable for a State to do so because of
invasion or insurrection.
The clause relied on provides that the
times, places and manner of holding elec
lions for Senators and representatives ;
shall be prescribed in each State by the j
legislature thereof, but the Congress may '
at any time by law, make or "alter such i
regulations except as to the places of
choosing Senators."
Pending the ratification of the Constitu- ;
tion by Virginia, Mr. Monroe asked Madi?
son why Congress had been given such j
power. Madison replied that if elections
were exclusively under control of the
Siatrs. the Federal Government might
easily be dissolved by the failure of the
States to elect representatives to Con?
gress. "The power," he added, "appears
to be satisfactory and as unlikely to be '?
abused as any part of the Constitution."
.lohn Jay, of New York, declared in the
convention of that State that "the obvious
meaning of the provision was. that if by j
accident or design the State should lieg- ?
lect to elect representatives. Congress i
should have the power to support the !
Government and prevent the dissolution j
of the Union."
But so apprehensive were the States j
that this power might be abused that'
eight of the original thirteen that ratified j
the Constitution, did so with a special I
proviso that the clause should be con- ]
strued as indicated. Even Hamilton never ;
contemplated that the power would be ex?
ercised by Congress except under the con?
ditions stated.
The Senate substitute is a more mod?
erate measure, but it also violates the
spirit of the constitution. Both show the
spirit which animates the extreme parti?
sans of the republican party and the j
desperate devices which they are ready to j
adopt to perpetuate their power.
A Chance for Young Men.
There are many young mechanics, who ;
have learned their trade, who are almost ;
as capable as their bosses, but who have |
only a poor chance to rise in the shops
where they work, and where they must
continue to work for years awaiting ,
chances for promotion. If they will come
to Big Stone Gap that promotion will be I
theirs much sooner. They can strike off on '
an independent career, and, if they be only j
honest, capalde. industrious and ecouom- j
ieal, they can accumulate a fortune.
It is n?t often in the history of any
country that such opportunities are offered
all classes of workmen as will be pre?
sented at Big Stone Gap.
Those who desire to come should come
us early as possible. When more of the
projected railroads are completed there
will be a rush of immigration, and the op?
portunities will not be so abundant or so
favorable. Come at once.
A Curious Case.
A case came up i;i a New York divorce
court, the other dav, the details of which
I
we hesitate to lay before our bachelor 1
readers, because we know them to be a j
timid, diffideut class, and because we ap- I
preeiate the difficulties which the fair sex
already experience in their efforts to in?
veigle them into matrimonial toils. But,
as a faithful and truth-telling chronicler
of important current events, we should be
remiss in our duty and fail in our mission i
were wc to withhold the facts?a derelic- ;
tion that would be inexcusable in the Post
so early in its career of news-gathering
and usefulness. ? man appeared
before the court with a part of
one ear gone, and several ugly
scars on his neck and shoulder. His
petition set forth the fact that, while his
wife was on ordinary occasions quite harm?
less and easily controlled, there were other
occasions when her impulses were violent
and absolutely beyond the control of her?
self or any one else, and that on these
special occasions she had a mania for
biting. The sufferer showed the court the
[ evidences of her violence, and exposed a
fresh wound on the lower part of his neck,
which, he said, had been inflicted the j
night before he filed his petition. He de- i
clared he had protested again and again
against the ardor which had produced
such painful results, but he believed the
mania, malady, or whatever it was, to be
absolutely incurable, and he therefore
prayed for a divorce from bed and hoard?
o mensa et thoro, us the lawyers call it? j
but particularly a thoro.
There was, of course, much merriment
provoked in court by this singular appeal.
Various suggestions were made by the
counsel, and the case was finally held up
for further consideration.
It is to be hoped the peculiar mania with
which the poor lady defendant seems
afflicted, will not spread. It makes bene?
dicts, at least, shudder to ^h ink of an cpi
demic of the kind. The disease being a i
new one. we take it our doctors will be at [
a ioss to determine how to treat it: rndj
we trust if the scientific physicians of
New York find it impossible to effect:
cures, they will take proper steps to con- ;
fine the malady to as narrow limits as nog- ?
sible, since it is dreadful to think of the!
havoc which might be wrought by a few
such cases. A single woman, with good
teeth, might break up an entire camp
meeting.
We urge our bachelor readers, however,
not to be deterred from contracting matri?
monial alliances by the apprehension of
such danger. The pleasures of matrimony
are certainly sufficiently alluring to justify
their braving the risk, for truly, as the
poet says:
There I? nut in thl? wide world n happier \\t
Tliau to *it by tlif Move aud tickle vour wile;
To kiw ber warm lip* in your moment* of gl?*,
And twiat the cat'* tall wbeUfhe jnitipauu your km*.
We promise, too, to faithfully chronicle
any new cases that may occur, and to
fairly and fully report the ravages thev ,
inflict.
Bin Sto.vk Gap has "natural advan?
tages," but that should not prevent those
interested in the improreinet.t of the town
from doing their duty. Natural advan?
tages alone never yet built up a city.
Were this otherwise. Vorktown anil not '
New York, would have been the metropo?
lis of the Nation. In this age of commer?
cial rivalry, when the keenest and most
enterprising minds a re directed toward sup?
plying the deficiencies of locations where
nature has not been so generous as she
has been here, something more is necessa?
ry for the founding of great cities than
mere "natural advantages." There must
be energy, enterprise, foresight, and judi?
cious use of capital. Without these ad
juncts our "natural advantages" are as
"a tinkling cymbal and sounding brass."
Hard, heroic work must be done: and the
sooner we realize the fact, the better. It
is a very proper thing to publish our "nat?
ural advantages" to the world: but. for
God's sake, don't let them kill the town.
This indifference and ignorance of the j
Richmond newspapers in regard to the j
development of Southwestern Virginia.!
show that they are run in the same old
narrow ruts. Full of political platitudes,'
they have no space for the most important '
industrial movement that has ever been '
inaugurated in the State and which affords
the only hope of rescuing the old Com- ,
monwealth from utter bankruptcy. The!
press of that city has long been chnrac- j
terized by parsimony and provincialism,
and it seems impossible for it to see a big i
thing though it grow up before their very j
eyes. Then there are the Norfolk news
papers?but nobody ever expected any
thing of them. The papers of both places
arc roachy in the extreme. Southwestern |
Virginia is growing rapidlv in suite oft
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them and not by their aid.
Somk systematic movement should be
made at once to improve our streets and |
drain the depressions of stagnant water.
Otherwise hauling, and even horseback j
riding, will be almost impossible during |
the Winter. There will bo mud to the I
right of us and mud to the left of us and
mud beneath us. There will be mud all
over us. Now is the time to do the work,
and it should be done. Let it be deter?
mined by the council immediately who is
to do it, whether the city or the property
holders; but, by all means, and at any
cost, it should be done speedily.
Aocokuimi to the Courier-Journal the
election of English, of Jefferson county,
Kentucky, a jacklegged lawyer, without
practice, or standing at the bar. to the
Constitutional convention,over Judge Hul
litt, the trained jurist and distinguished
constitutional lawyer, is "a rebuke to j
Reed," the speaker of the House of Repre- j
sentatives. It only remains for that im- '
maculate organ of the democratic party;
to make Aaron Kohn governor of the
State and the "rebuke to Reed" will bei
complete. Hut what will become of the
democratic party? It can't stand many
such "rebukes to Reed."
Clean the town, abate the nuisances,
enforce the law. and big Stone Gap will
become a health resort worthy of the
name. Hut with neglect, laxity and gen?
eral indifference on the part of the people
and officers, we shall have sickness. There
is no plainer proposition than this, and
yet it is one that everybody seems oblivi?
ous of or indifferent, to. The evil effects j
of this indifference have already become
manifest, but they do not seem to suggest
to the officials the rigid enforcement of
the city ordinances and the faithful dis?
charge of their duties.
Asy information our readers at a dis?
tance may desire about Big Stone Gap
will be promptly furnished by the Post,
through its columns or by private letters.
Do not hesitate to make any reasonable
inquiry, whether you conclude to come 0/
not. The Post has been established to let
j the world know what a splendid spot is
here, and what opportunities for wealth
and happiness are afforded to all comers;
aud it will fulfill its mission.
Tu i proximity of an inexhaustible quan?
tity of the hard woods renders Big Stone
Gap an excellent place for the establish
j meut of large furniture factories, for
'wagon factories, spoke and hub factories,
j and for all kinds of factories in whkh
i timber is worked. Those who desire to
i engage in such enterprises cannot do bet
j tor than examine this section for them
j selves. While we shall always be careful
j not to exaggerate a single advautage pos
I sessed by the town, we ask no one to act
j alone on our judgment. All we ask is that
! capitalists come and sec for themselves.
It ha? been demonstrated by a nutol^.
of tests that within a mile of Big St,,,,,,
(lap there are inexhaustible rein? (,f
coking coal, that can be mined with the
greatest ease, and which are superior t(?
the Pocahontas coal, and in many respect*
better than the Conncllsvillc coal. Large
fortunes will be made here within * t,,7
years out of this product alone, to ?:iv
nothing of the iron and timber.
Tlmitr whit dexirr to harr job work tiimJx
will find it to thrir hitrrrst to xrnd thrir
Order? to thr Post's nrw job office. Tiw
work will I* executed ax writ a* it rat, >??
done in Hirhmond or LoninvilU.
Airy Tongue*.
Mr. W. K. Shelby ban been visiting bi* oh) home,
In (he HEm- (tram region tit Kentucky.
Mr. II. K. Fox has gone to Louisville on bunlnes?
? ?
Mr. James For, who has been 'n Europe dnring Ihe
Summer, on business connected with his mtcrprK >.
here, is ex{M-rted to return August Kith.
? ?
Tlie climate of Big 'Stone Cap could hardly I? h,,.
prnveil. Though have read of the suffering from
heat in other parts of ihr country, no one has experi?
enced it here. There has not been n day when : .?
could not feel comfortable by resting In the shade, n?r
a night when cover was not necessary. Ju>t now the
atmosphere I* simply "delicious," as the Indie* would
say.
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The Appalachian Club, n social organization, i- now
well organized, and the reading room supplied with
un admirable selection of magazines unit newspapers.
X? card playing for money is allowed under the
rules of ihe club, and altogether it i? a highly credlt
uble insiitutlou.
Mr. John Payne has been visiting bis old home In
Kentucky.
Hiiring n gissi p;irt .>f tin- Summer a number "f
young Indies from Lexington, Curia and other places
III Kentucky, visited their friend* here, and had .1
delightful time. Two gcraians were given, which re
minded one of the White Sulphur in Ihe gay uson.
Ilig Stone <inp possesses many of ihe advantages of
tii.it famous watering plan*, without the restraint*
ami exactions of so much fashion and formality.
Kotiert Hums Wilson, the poet and painter, i* \i.jt
iug hi) frieml, Mr. John F?x.
Mr. William McDowell, the hanker, who bus been
quite rick with typhoid fever.nl Mlddleburg, Va.. is
reported couvalesceui.
Messrs. W. K. Addlcon, W. S. Matthews and w. s.
Calmer were the delegates to the Culaski Congres?
sional Convention from Mig Stone flap.
JudgeC. A. Ilardiu.of Hnrrodsburg,and Mrs. C. K.
Hnrdiu, are in the city, visiting their sons.
It I- reported that Mr. John Nichols has leased the
<V|ltr;l! Hotel.
Visitors to the (Sap should bring their overcoats
with them.
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When Cell, liuskell mounted the parapet in the?
S. A. A 0. offices, the other day. pistol in hand, lie
acted a- if he had been there before. He mounted a
few parapets during tin- war, ami understood the
business.
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In an interview. Col. J. T. Jameson, of Chattanooga,
who has recently made an extensive trip through ihn
Northwest, say- wherever lie went "the people were
preparing for Southern Investment, and the South
will have Midi a boom tIiiWinter as w.<> never
know n in any country before in the world."
The decision of Assistant I'ostiiiaatcr-t'elieral Tym r
that Tolstoi** "Kreutzer Sonata*" is too obscene for
circulation through Ihe mails, and is therefore cx
cludcd, ha* had the effect of largely increasing lite
demand for it. The Itoslon tirm that hud it trans
luteil has found it necessary t" inane a new edition.
Naughty literature is having a great run in this
country. The new translations of Balzac's novel* .ire
eagerly rend in the first circles of New York and
lloston society, ami Zola Is a still greater favorite
among less pretentious and culilvnted classes. It
would lie difficult to write n novel loo obscene lo lie
popular III there days of ours.
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When a delegation of tender-feet from Louisville
were here, a short time ugo. a citi/.en, who was "to the
manner bora," was dwelling upon the advantages of
Big Stone (lap. "And,"' said he, "we have walnut
trees just across the muuutalu that measure twenty
seven feet In circumference."
"Ha! ha!" They laughed a lough of scorn. "You
don't exjsset ill lo lielieve (hat, do you!"
"I do expect you to believe it," said the citizen.
"I'll bet you ten dollars each that I will produce a
w itness to-morrow who will prove It, and whose te?
limony all of you will accept as conclusive."
"What'* his name!" they laughed out.
"Kversole!"'
"Kversole, Kversole,?wasn't It Kversole who had
that feud with i:.e Kreuch faction!" ihey asked.
"Yes; he's Ihe man."
"Has he killed anybody 1"
"Only thirteen notches In his stick," replied the
citizen enoly.
"(i well, we don't care about the walnut-trees;
doubtless Mr. Kversole I? correct," they said in
chorus.
It happened that a y<>uug gentleman named Kver?
sole, who had been a ch-rk In one of the departments
at Wa 'lingtoii, but who I* very remotely connected
wi;h the Kversoles of Pertrj county, If at aII,-was lo
town. He is a small man, with no appearance what?
ever of a desperado, of amiable manner ami disposi?
tion, and I presume never did any one an Injury in
hi- lite.
Thenexl day, however. Col. At friend and his Louht
vlllc companions wer.' at the hotel, uud young Kvcr
Bole happened lo be in the crowd.
"Now, gentlemen," said the citizen, "I'm going to
Introduce you lo my witness, an 1 I'll see if you ?ill
accept what he says about the trees."
"Ob, no: d?ll the trees," they said; "what do we
care ulMiut the trees?they are no doubt thirty
thirty-live?feet in circumference."
"But I'll introduce you anyway."
"No you won't," they said. "Do you think he's
urmeil."
"Ye*; he carries two derringer* always, and some?
times two revolvers with them. But when he'* not
expecting much trouble he only lakes the derringers;
he prefers derringers, for cloaequarters?those that
carry ounce balls."
The party commenced moving in another direction.
"Come, gentlemeu," raid the citizen, "if vou
won't go to him, I'll bring him to you."
"Jio! don't do any such d?d thing," said they;
"he might think we arc prompted by Idle curiosity,
and he offended; don't go to uny todlishuesa ?Ith ihe
man?there's no sense It."
The citizen finally deflated; but the party walked
around the crowd, scrutinizing Eveiwole out of the
corner of their eyes. After awhile Col. Alfrlend came
up to the citizen, and, wbUperlug in hi* ear, said, in
a very ?ubdued tone, "My ('od, be'* got *u eye like a
hawk."
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The hook and ladder outfit and fire ex
were received Tue?day by the Morru?-l
! ware Co., and the tire department
j organized. It 1? hoped that our young a"
promptly, ficorge Washington uff' w
tire company. t
Itie City Council should n?,t delay ?''/*j"j>
plan for ihe Improvement of the *'f>*#-Ttqy
be Impassable hi the Winter unl- -> " *
put on them during the S
should certainly be Ud with pU ? ' -;
of Importance. The Winter I
Mr.McOofflu nardln's nor..- 1
the Harrodsburg track. He ? 9* *" ?1 ;"
lues to bo one of ihe famous trotl

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