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W. C. ROBlflSON & CO
BIG STONE GAP, VA., FRIDAY. MAY 6,1892.
^BCrSd-0n? of Um? Ap
|l?th^T and iron Company's
^ oticus delays of weather
fc??(lVor he -rout furnace of
il*^*teel& Iron Company
^dUtni.M its first product
P08'* Adherewill be produced
?jf?5 iron and steel ,n
P^rfthe i*?rnacc began last
Pir?Dgfti after barrow of coke,
^ ore climbed slowly up
^iZrl dumped into the ur
Mit tho light was applied
After partial ignition
l\ n to revolve and
b% ed on, wben iron mak
l^U: Everything had
tei!?a ,? the tanks, pipes and
Lj ?icr into tne ^ r.^ Bfftftm
?^X; the engines found
^??p: the incline a s?c
and limestone piled up;
^^ rUcd after with a wise
trtrytnin0 chances were re
^ ft* Uight the whole
fo'^Tsotcial Valley Street
',eBlUr.? eleven o'clock General
order to make the
F. 1 the molton -stream came
!*? , with many colored
& uninto the sand moulds
P ; nJrr iron of commerce.
HU:t C given with hearty
|S crowd?or General Muna
0er General Avers, who con
, :uiv, Committee The
1 could combine "effect*.
^ ingredients and tamed out a
f is\eraed so easily born, was a
p skill for Mr. Bird that he well
lofthe m"\VUo Control This
st man in this region to-day
jwl Manager B, J. Bird- From the
. had no up-hill fight and many
sheen at the point of despair.
..,;carried bis work to success in
ifipnumernble obstacles and in
jftiodistrcssing.depressiou of the j
jiajeurs. If there is anything in j
Irj.birth, training, and experience
? should have few equals as an
Utter anywhere. His two grand |
imde the first pig Iron ever made
Nkeunder Lord Dudley?since the
i Dudley. He is an Englishman,
uW, &ud was born in Staflurdsire.
Hhe has built one furnace in South
lone at Oldberry, England, four in
Ihdie?; two in Portugal and one in
Uo r.nne to this country twenty
lit ago?and since here he has con
\d furnace* everywhere?at Frost
ghjland, Newport, Ky., Johnstown,
Itha North Chicago Rolling Mills,
Skee, Harquet, Michigan, near Salt
litt, the first that Andrew Oarne;
^everinterested in, Wheeling, W.
jttftn, lJa., und other places, He |
pnaa found no place in all his vast I
see that can compete with Big!
Pkp in advantages for the making I
? He says without any flouiish I
.'though the claim were an incon
Pfact,ihat he can make here the
cheapest iron in the world and
' liii reasons and his figures, the
whk-h are, the low sulphur and
8? carbon of the eoke, low phos
pubeiron orc? the absence of it
^iu the limestone, ;uid these phe
lil jriccs (or the raw material?
|ttou for the eoke, $1.00 per ton
I^Mnd, thirtyrtive ucuts per ton
fif-l Ridenour,thc Secretary and
P*ti lias had the experience of a
?Ith furnaces. He was connect?
ive, Lawrence, Heclaw and oth
f_^s and he bears from them tes
? - .... ijuis uuin uieiii ICS
I of unusual capacity in his busi
mlm been in his present posi
, Tlie principal
, Jr., who hag assisted
p*itkan iron and steel furnace
^ &>ribe last seven years; He is
? 5>x new furnaces now at Coving
gJflS? of the furnace is John
^l?wof the General Manager.
Mai laua cosmopolitan experience
.business and has assisted E.
'?' Re construction of most of the
gjtet taachauic is L. W. Harraan;
L?, ^"M'ight and dav, in ruu
f f ouster engines.
^Uoil vuud Luke Wade have sim
?? .ion* enginoeni, and Edwin
P Jiu run the iron locomotive.
^ in^eajuc from lronton with Mr!
; j ^ Jmu with him for seven
Su - o ? Juiti Co-wiU be the
khl? Cia?n?a?- They have
i ^^sot the iron sold in ad
|S [f h the death of Mr.
1 "u J*utt*yy last, ig not yet
^are u follows
K? M,'rVir'' E. J. Bird, R.
\ p h n , rrejiilent,
lt6 iJ^^. A. Aye,,, ? J,
""^ft?J!,?>ii tyto* late
^'?ter?, after his wife und
her sister, both daughters of the General
Manager The Jennie is the one in blast
-the Po y is not completed. The capac?
ity of both when finished will be 100,000
tons of pig irou per woek.
They were removed here from East St
Louis (Carondelet) Ills., just opposite St.'
Louis, where they were known as the
Meier Iron works, built by a syndicate of
German capitalists with German money
and mainly German and English material
SlSn ^ ?f between $MO,000 and $1.000,-'
000 1 hey proved nnreoiunative because
ot their unfortunate location across the
river from St. Louis so that the ferriage
and freight tolls ate up the profits. More?
over they were too far from the coke, and
the failure of the ore in Iron mountain
Mo., their chief gsource of supply, com?
pelled them to close up. The excellence
ot their construction and the quality of
the material is shown bv the approval of
such men as Mr. E. B. Leisenring the coke
king of Pennsylvania, and one of the lar?*e
furnace owners at Birmingham, Mr. Rob?
ert H. Sayre of the Betelehem (Pa.) Iron
works and other competent iron men,
who visited them at the instance of Gen.
Ayeis, President of the Improvement Com
pany. They said further that there is
one-third or one-fourth mote metal in
weight in them than would bo ordered to?
day; in other words they were built with
German thoroughness, and regard for
wear and tear. The* furnaces have been
remodelled and the height increased to
"We brought the works over here "Said
Manager Bird" because at this point we
can get our material for one half of what
it cost us in Ohio. Ihave never found
place like this."
The Furnace is working even better to?
day than it did yesterday, the run then
being, owing to the dampness in the brick,
white iron, while today it is No. 3, and the
furnace is becoming so much better that
No. 1 and 2 will be run tomorrow. The
run fyestcrday was loaded in L. & N. car
3642, and shipped today to Bacon & Floto,
Cincinnati, Mr. Bacon being on the ground
and taking great interest, in the opening.
Large signs are bearing the words, "Fitst
Car Load of Iron from Big Stone Gap."
Quantities have already been sold in Ohio,
Michigan and elsewhere.
GEO. TV. CHILDS,
His Hearty Reception by the Chicago
Printers?Tonight's l?g Danquot.
Chicaco, May. 4.?The printers of Chi?
cago, to ]tbe number of nearly 2,000, and
representing about every newspaper, job
and book printing office in the city, united
yesterday in the reception to George W.
Childs. The affair took place in the large
composing room of the ue\y Chicago Her?
ald building, and was one of the most re?
markable manifestations of the love and
esteem in which the veteran publisher of)
Philadelphia is held that has ever been
For over two hours the stream of mem?
bers of the craft passed through the large
rooms, each one stopping to grasp him by
the hand, and then lingering in nooks and
corners where they could gaze upon his
genial features at leisure. At 1 o'clock
today Mr. Childs was tendered a reception
at the Union League Club which gave a
large number of newspaper and business
men an opportunity of meeting him. The
.club rooms were beautifully decorated,
and ex-Congressman George E. Adams,
President of the organization, extended
Thi s*eveiling the distinguished guest
will be banqueted at Kinsley's by H. H.
Hohlsaat, publisher of the Inter-Ooean.
The guests will include Mayor Wafhburne,
a number of prominent newspaper men
and the Presidents of the Typographical
Union, of the Press Club, of the Old-time
Printers' Association and of the Typo
DDEIKING IN IKONS.
It Was Feared the Australian Murderer
Might Do Violence to Himself
Melbourne, May 3.?The behavior of |
Deeming since he was sentenced yesterday
has become more inexplicable than ever.
There is a strange mixture of sense and
insanity in all he says and does, the latter
evidently assumed assumed. No doubt he
is laboring under intense excitement, fiud
ing himself baffled at every point. He ox
pectid to procure at first a postponement
of his trial, and next a division of the jury
on the plea of mental aberration put for?
ward tor him, and in delay he had even
hone of making his escape. Now he is
bent on an appeal, but there is no chance
for him in this since no court in Christen?
dom would grant it. His atrocious lying
and muligning the memory of his victims
h# lost for him what little sympathy he
might have inspired by his indomitable
courage. The jailers fear that under the
breaking down of all his hopes Deeming
njav become actually mad or attempt sui?
cide, for although in high spirits, assumed
or otherwise, he sometimes drops into a
nioodiness which looks ugly and danger?
ous, and when to approach or speak to him
provokes threatening looks and language.
All these things being considered by the
I jail authorities, it was decided to put the
prisoner in irons, and this resolution was
carried into effect today. *
VICTIMS OF VELLOTV FEVER?
British Steamer Loses Officers and Men
at San toe, Krazil.
New York, May 3.?The British steamer
Gengoll, from Brazil, which arrived here
this morning, reports having lost three
of her crew while at Santos from yellow
fever, as follows: A. Bath, second officer,
died March 14; Perry Long, third engi?
neer, died March 18, and Wm. Hathaway,
fireman; died March 20. While the vessel
was at Rio dauerio, March 20, Michael
Cassifv, a fireman, died, and on March 4
Arthur Peltoitj chief engideer, died, both
front yellow fever. On the same date B.
Hajos, seaman, wrs sent to the hospitul.
There has been no sickness on board the
vessel since leaving Rio Jannrio. The
vessel will be thoroughly fumigated before
ehe fallowed to proceed.
PRESENTED TO SECRETARY B LAI NE
A Virginian Accost* Aim on the Steps of
the White House und Gaee Him a Cane.
Washington, May 2.?At about 2:30 this
afternoon as Secretary Blaine was going
into the White House, where he had some
business with the President, he was ac?
costed by Mr. A. B. Crowell, a Virginian,
"Is this Secretary Blaine?"
"Yes," said the Secretary, looking some?
"."i ou do not remember me, do you?'
continued the ftaanger.
"No, I can't say that I do," replied the
"Well," continued the Virginian, "I
met you here in Washington six years ago
and I came here to find where you were
living so that I could give you a cane that
I made myself, which is somewhat histor?
ical in its character."
"You ar every kind," replied the Secre?
tary, looking more comfortable and evi?
dently well pleased at the unique work?
manship on the stick.
The Virginian said that the 'cane was
made of Georgia pine fromjonc of the joists
in Libby prison. The head is formed
of knots ot roots from the battlefield of
Seven Pines There are three Unllets em
beded in the head, which were picked up
on the battlefield of Fair Oaks. In mak?
ing this explanation the donor iff the cane
became quite enthusiastic and tapped the
Secretary familiarly on the chest several
times, either byway of emphasis or to test
When the cane was handed to him Mr.
Blaine flourished it around several times,
said it was very handsome, and that he
greatly appreciated the gift. As he was
about to go up stairs, where the President
was awaiting him, the Virginian drew
from his pocket two handsomely carved
napkin rings made from an oak recently
felled at Fair Oaks.
"Here, Mr. Secretary," said the Vir?
ginian, "1 did not forget the ladies of youi
family. I trust you you will be so kind
as to present these rings to Mrs. Blaine
and your single daughter, and say I made
them especially for their use."
The Secretary was profuse ih his thanks,
and assured his friend that the ladies
would prize the rings as highly as he did
his walking stick. Mr. Crowell thereupon
closed his talk by saying that he had al?
ways been a great admirer of Mr. Blaine,
and he hoped that he might eventually
City Council Meets.
The city fathers transacted a larj
amount of business at the regular month?
ly meeting on last Monday evening. All
the Councilmen were present except J.
F. Bullitt, Jr. and W. P. Lipscoinb. -
The Fire Department has found out in
in the practice drills that no one hous<
in town can be reached' by tho two hose
companies, operating from two different
hydrants on account of the length of the
hose. They therefore asked the council
to purchase an additional 500 feet of hose.
This will give each hose company 500 feet
of hose, aud enable them to work togeth?
er on a burning building. This question
was referred to the Chairman of the Fire
and Water Committee and the Assistant
Chief of Fire Department.
The question as to the legality of reduc?
ing the liquor license tax after the be?
ginning of the fiscal year, was referred
to the City Attorney for his written opin?
Applications for liquor license were
made byS. A. Collier and W. C. Thomp?
son. W. N. G. Slemp and Jutncs P. Bar
ron were offei.cd and accepted as bonds?
men for Collier. John Willis and John
M. Willis are Thompson's bondsmen.
This is only two out of the five saloons
that are to be carried on hero this year.
The applications were made too late in
two eases and the county Judge forced
them to wait until next month, while the
other one was not ready to renew the li?
cense. The law allowing the saloonists
to sell only by the gallon has been re?
pealed much to the relief of the aforesaid
saloonists and their customers,
The fire and \Vftter Committee reported
the engine house and tower for bell built
and presented the following list.
Gleason ?t Bailey for bell and hose cart
$23.56; Tracy Bros, for work on engine
house $9.90;*Wolfe Clay a; Co., lumber for
same $5,60; J. P. Wolfe ?Go. lock, keys
and nails for same $1.70; Goodloe Co. lum?
ber, <tc for same $3.55. Total $244.30.
This amount was allowed by the Coun?
Quite a number of claims were presen?
ted and allowed:
Post Publishing Company delinquent
tax sales $40.00 H. L. Slemp, repairing
the approach to the East Fifth St. bridge
$13.25; W. B. Bounds same $2.00: G. E.
Gilley salary and guarding prisoners for
the month of April $57.50; City Engineer
Smith, locating side walk in front of I
Intermont Hotel $10.00; W. H. Horton
for expenses to SneedviNe after a crimin?
al $13.80 W. P. Lipscomb for lumber
$14.16; W. T. Kenedy for teaching a City
School for past month 70.00; Miss Mol
lie Dickinson, same $30.00.
Southern Alliance Men Evidently Favor it
Birmingham, Ala., May 3.?The South?
ern Alliance presidents and Executive
Boards have been in conference here all
day and are again in session tonight, bnt
beyond the fact that all the Southern
States and Oklahoma are represented no?
thing is known of tnc|r proceedings. The
members of the conference smile and talk
pleasantly, but tell nothing beyoud their
intention that nothiug positive shall be
It is given out that Colonel Polk roado
a speech in opeiiingthe proceedings, and
tbon geueral reports from all the States
were made. It is gathered that practical?
ly everybody in attendance is for the Peo?
ple's party in the national elections al?
though there is opposition to making the
issue locally, and it is probable that this
policy will prevail. There were some pro?
minent members last night who were op?
posing any support of the People's party
in any form, but it is openly announced
today that these have been brought over
and that the body is practically unanimous
now on this proposition that all Alliance
men should support the ticket of the Oma?
ha convention. Whether any formal ac?
tion has been or will be taken on this
subject is what cannot be asoertained.
ALL THAT IS KNOWN.
The Alliance conference adjourned to?
night to meet again tomorrow. It is re?
ported that an address will be issned
which is now being prepared, but this is
not authorative.. It is, however, definitely
known that the People's party has not
beau the subject of discussion so far as
looking to any action in that direction is
concerned. The conference-has discussed
the effect which politics is having on the
All iancc order in the way of weakening
the memborship and the interest taking
and looking about for the best means to
counteract the disinterigating force of '
politics. Beyond that nothing is asccr
THE SUBSIDED RAILOADS.
Object to a Lower Kate for Carrying the
Washington, May 3.?The propositon
made by the house postoffice committee in
the postal appropriation bill to reduce the
compensation of land grant and subsidi?
zed railroads for carrying mails from SO
per cent of the rate allowed on aided rail?
roads, as the law at present provides, to
50 per cent, has awaken vigorous opposi?
tion from land grant railroads, and they
are protesting against the proposed legis?
lation as unjust and unreasonable. To?
day represntatives of a number of there
railroads appear before the committee and
stated the reasons for their opposition.
E. P>. Stahlman of the Louisville and
Nashville railroad spoke for roads in the
south, including the line of which he is an
officer. The present compensation for
carrying mails, he said, was not equal to
the amount the company would receive if
it collected fare from a single mail messen?
ger at the rate of 3 cents per mile. The
Louisville and nashvillc lose at present
by means of reduction of 20 per cent made
under the existing laws between $12,000
and $15,000 per year, which was equal to
4 per cent on the amount the road had re?
ceived by reason of the government land
Rcprescnative Clark of the Mobile, Ala.,
district, read a letter from J. C. Clark^
now president of the Mobile and Ohio rail?
road and former vice president of the Ili
nois Central railroad protesting in the
name of the Mobile and Ohio against the
reduction by the committee. The letter
said it was not the intention of congress
when it made the grants to railroadj that
the roads should subseuqently pay the
government for the lands. It would have
been cheaper for the railroads to pay the
government$1,25 per acre for the lands
they receivee than to be bond by the ob?
ligations congress was seeking to impose
upon them with reference to the carrying
of mails and government property.
Representative Clark, speaking from his
knowledge of the condition prevailing in
the south, said that the Louisville and
Nashville had been the greatest factor in
the development of Alabama. He had al?
ways regarded the Louisville and Nash?
ville as a prosperous road of the south,
and when its olficers said that the road
could not afford to carry the mails for the
price prososcd and compete with non-aid?
ed railroads which recived full rates, he
(Clark) knew other railroads oould not do
The pre?cnt compensation was inade?
quate, and a lower rate would bring poor?
er service, or that deficiency would be
made up by the higher rate of transpor?
tation. The people of the south were nev?
er before in a worse condition than now
to stand this. Members of congress talk?
ed about $1 per day being the lowest any
man should be asked to take for his labor,
but he knows that in the south there were,
any number of men, white and black,
working in fields for 40 cents per day.
Representatives of several western lines
of railroad also opposed the contemplated
action of congress.
HOPELESS WITH CLEVELAND.
21 r. Waterson Repeats His Declaration
That the I'rophet has no Show.
Louisville, May 2.?Henry Watterson,
in a letter from Washington, reviewing
the political situation, concludes as fol?
*?I believe and I hope that with the dis?
appearance ofGov. Hill from the field
even of conjecture, and the'apprehension
of his alleged methods, the clear good
sense of the party will reassert itself, and
thai two months hence, all Democrats
will see as plainly as it is now seen by
Democrats who are advised of the^ true
situation, that the nomination of Mr.
Cleveland would be an act of suicide, and
because of two simple, conclusive rea
80,16 1 ? - ?T
He would loose the State of New
York as surely and as disastrously as it
wus lost by Judge Folger when 100,000
Republicans 6taved away from the polls
and gave the State to Mr. Cleveland by
nearly 200,000 majority.
"2. With bis proclaimed and extreme
views upon silver coinage we could not
hope to gain votes in a single one of the
Republican States of the Northwest, and
would surely risk the loss of such states
as West Virginia, Virginia and North
To the Editor of the Post, Sir: I wish
to say nfew words pertinent to the pres?
ent contest for the office of Mayor, and in.
favor of the candidacy of Mr. TV. K. Shel?
by for that office.
I take it that the qualifications sought
for in a candidate for this office arc, first a
thoroughjknowledgc of .the principles of
law; second, a judicial temperament and
spirit of fairness and impariality in the
administration of the legal duties of the
office, both criminal and civil; and third,
firmess of character, honestv of purpose,
attention to the excutive duties of the
office, and that intelligence and address
of manners so often needed in the chief
municipal office to give to the strangers
and men of affairs a proper conception
of the real strength of the town, both in
its citizenry and material wealth.
I have no fear of .'successful contradic?
tion when I claim for Mr. Shelby the pos?
session of all these elements in a marked
degree. His knowledge of the principles
of law is second to that of no one of our
bar. fie has been thoroughly educated
in the theories of the law, and is a lawyer
of several years standing and active prac?
tice, and his abilities are recognized by
all of his fellow attorneys. It should need
no argument to convince the voters of
this town that it would be a serious mis?
take to place any one in the ofiicc of
Mayor, nine-tenths of the duties of
which office are strictly legal, not thor?
oughly informed on the statute law of the
state, and rules and laws of evidence and
pleading. The Mayor has final jurisdic?
tion in all criminal matters not felonious,
and sits as an examining justice on all fel?
ony charges, and in addition has jurisdic?
tion of all civil matters up to one hundred
dollars. Identically the same questsons
in pleading and evidence as well as ques?
tions of fact must be passed npon by him
as by the judges'of our counties and circuit
courts. Many nice questions of law per?
taining to contracts of the town, f ranch
ie?, revenue, etc., are constantly brought
before the Mayor, either as presiding offi?
cer of the council, or otherwise, which no
man can properly advise upon without an
extensive knowledge of law. The town is
now in its infancy, precedents arc few,
and mistakes made might produce incal
All who know Mr. Shelby are impress?
ed with the impartial and judicial tem?
perament of lus mind, the capacity to'
weigh evidence and appeals and decide
points with discrimination and equity and
those who know him best know that he
possesses in an eminent degree the cour?
age of his convictions, firmness of purpose,
and an honesty absolutely impeachablo.
T understand that the chief arguments
being used against him, are that he is the
candidate of the Improvement Company
and the "Kentucky clique," whatever that
may mean. If it means that he is one of,
and is supported by the young men who
have come to this point from Kentucky,
cast their lot and their fortunes, large or
small, with the town, have stood by it in
adversity, have worked untireingly in sea?
son and out of season for its interests, and
intend to stay by it until triumph crowns
their efforts, then on his behalf I enter
I the plea of this latter charge. If it is an
innuendo that none but the Virginia?
ns need apply for office or honor here,
then repel it as unworthy of the attention
of even the most reckless and time-serv?
ing of his opponents, much less the great
body of inteligeut and'fair-minded Vir?
ginians that make up a majority of the
voters of this town.
Neither is the other objection mention
ed worthy of notice to those who know
Mr. Shelby at all. The writer of this.ar
ticle is not in any way connected with
the Improvement Company, or any of its
dependent companies, and he wears no
man's collar, but he is not one of those
who join in the hue and cry against the
Improvement Company and other corpor?
ations, and who thinks it is the unpardon?
able political sin to be connectad in any
way with them. It is not my purpose,
however, here to,turn aside from the real
issue, which is "who is the fittest candi?
date for this office now offering," but I
will simply say that this suggestion
concerning Mr. Shelby is totally false.
He is not in any sense of the word the Im?
provement Company's candidate, nor the
candidate of any other corporation or in?
dividual, nor will he be influenced in
I the slightest by any corporation, or
I the officials of any corporation, even should
I they attempt it, to swerve from what he
thinks the public interests will demand.
He does not own one dollar's worth of
stock in the Improvement Company, or
in any of the dependent companies, has
no official connection with them whatever,
nor is he their attorney. No man in the
town could be found more untrammelcd
than he in this regard. On the other
hand he is, I believe, the largest single
investor of real estate in the town., and
consequently has larger interests at stake
in seeing that the city government is
wisely and economically administered.
All this is but a feeble attempt to appeal
to the predjudices of voters and turn away
the issue ftom the real point, which, as I
before stated is "who is the best qualified
to fill this office of those now offering."
Without speaking a word in disparage?
ment of the claims of any one, 1 confiden?
tially assert that the entire town, would
be picked over in vain to find a better
man for this office than Mr. Shelby, and
very few who could equal him.
Intermont Building Coniany.
The annual meeting of the stockholcrs
of the Intermont Building Company was
held at the Appalachian Club rooms Tues?
day afternoon at 4 o'clock, a majority of
the stock of the company was represented
and the following officers were elected for
the ensuing year: .
President, Jas. W. Fox; Sec'y and
Treasucer, H. H. Bullitt; Directors, R. A.
Ayers, H. H, Bullitt, J. F. Builiitt, Jr.
?H? C, McDowell, Jr.j. and John W, Sox*
THE BIG STONE 'GAP IMPROVEMENT
Gen. Ayers Is Still President??Cd the
Electric Light Company Passe* Into the
Hand? of the Big Stone Gap & Powell's
Valley Railroad Company,?The Bond
Arrangement to be Extended.
The annual meeting ?f the Big Stone
Gap Improvement Company ivas held iV
the Appalachian Club rooms Wednesday
afternoon at 3 o'clock. The meeting was
called to order by the President, H. A.
Ayers, and upon motion Maj, H. 0. Mc.
Dowell, of Lexington, Kv., was chosen *
Chairman of) the meeting.
The Chairman appointed R. A. Ayers,
R. B. Whitridge and Josiah Rylan4 to ex*
amine proxies and ascertain if & quorum
was present. The committee reported
that there were 20,42} starts of stock
outstanding and of this number 15,255
were represented at the meeting.
' The gentlemen present were H. C, Mc?
Dowell, Lexington, Ky.,R. D. Blackraore,
Bristol, Josiah Ryland, Richmond, Dr. R.
B. Whitridge, Boston, and the following
from Big Stone Gap: J. H. Taggart, Jas.
W. Fox, Jno. W. Fox, Jr., &. A. Ayers, D.
C. Anderson and H. C. McDowell, Jr.
It having been ascertained that a ma
jorify of the stock was represented the
Secretary proceeded to read the minutes
of the last annual meeting, which were
The next thing was the annual report
of the President, Gen. R. A. Ayers. Gen.
Avers' report was ratUer .brief, but he
made a good showing considering the
hard times that have prevailed since the
last annual meeting. He dwelt on the
fact that despite the severe stringency of
the money market, the work on the fur?
naces here had steadily piogressed, us til
now one of them had already kindled its
fires preparatory to milking pig iron; the
handsome East Fifth street bridge, had
been completed, a splendid system of wa?
ter works had been pnt in; and work of
development had been going on in quiet
but firm way in every direction.
The report of the President wa* submit?
ted to a commitnee, consisting of Messrs.
Taggart, *Blackmore and Fox. snd upon
their recommendation the report was re?
ceived and adopted
The compensation of R. C. Ballard
Thruston, trustee, was fixed at H% per
cent, of all money coming into his hands.
Upon motion of Gen. Ayers, its by-laws
were so amended as to make the board of
directors consist of nine members instead
ol thirteen. R. B. Whitridge moved
that the following be elected as the
board of directors for the ensuing
year; R. A. Ayers, J. F. Bullitt, Jr., Jas.
W. Fox, J. K. Taggart, H. C. McDowell,
W. C. McGeorge, R. B. Whitridge and J.
C. Haskell. The motion was carried.
The chairman appointed Messrs Ayers,
Fox, and Blackmore a committee to con?
sider a proposed plan to allow the bond?
holders arrangmement to be extended so
so as to Include payments due on lots in
Plat 1 and on future sales of lots.
After the appointment of the committee
the meeting adjourned until 8 o'clock p.
m. to give the committee time to report.
At 8 o'clock the meeting was aflpin call?
ed to order and the committe appointed in
the afternoon to consider the advisibility
of extending the privilege of paying defer?
red payments on lots in bonds of the com?
pany to Plat one reported. After consid?
erable discussion the following resolution
Resolved that the stockholders of the
company recognize the advantages which
accrued to the company from the execu?
tion of the agreement to receive $200,000
in bonds of the company in payment for
lots heretofore sold on plats other than
Plat one and#reccommend that the bond?
holders consider the propriety of extend?
ing the same priviledge to all debtors of
the company and all future purchasers of
the company's lands to such an extent as
may be practicable.
Prominent Citizens of Big Stone Gap
About to Enter Into the Bonds of Uat
Announcements have been made this
week of the marriage ot two of the promi?
nent young of this city.
Mr. W. E. Harris, well known ai one
of the pioneers of Big Stone Gap and as
one of its best citizens, will be married on
the 17th of May to Miss Carrie Hardin at
the home of the bride's father in Frank?
fort, Kv. Miss Hardin is the daughter
of Gen. P. W. Hardin, of Keatucky.
H. A. W. Skeen, Judge of the County
Court of Wise and a prominent citizen of
this county will be married on the 12th
inst. to Miss Edlie A. Pennington, of
Albany, Tenn,. formerly of Lee county.
Valley Street Rail way Company.
The Valley Stect*"?ailway Company's
annual meeting was held at the office of
the Big Stone Gap Inprovcmeut Company
this morning at 10 o'clock. The irocera
elected were: R. A. Ayers, president, and
Gus. W. Lovell. H. H. Bullitt, R. T. Ir?
vine and H. C. McDowell, Directors.
BLAINE WILL ACCKPT
Capt. Gavett, of Dotroi*, Claims to Have
Private Amu ranees to % Ma EOeet.
Chicago, May 3.?A Tribune special
from Detroit says: Capt. Gevett, a per?
sonal friend of Blaine, says the Secretary
will certainly accept the nomination if it
is offered him. He says he has private