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-^f=-- B,G STOnTgA_P,WJSE COUNTY, VA., WEDNESDAY. SEPTE^ETn7l9I2.= No
IVill Cut Rate |
In Coal Freight!
uch Interest Is Caused
Among Con! Men By Re?
port in a Coal Jour?
The statement made in a ro?
ut jssnr <>l i In* Black Diamond
I'liic igo, an organ of the coal
that "the Carolina,
linclilinhl & Ohio rail road
we?tnhlitdied a rate of $1.26
om Southwestern Virginia
,jm.s i,, Charloriton, an inci
Vnt murk in? probably an
iiorlt in eeal interests in \'ir
iDia,Kentucky and Tennessee,
?lieatuig an it does the ability
[(he i ial interests of the re
ion to reach out for hunkorngo
pd ex] >rl business,has caiis
jaitir among coal operators
ere upon whose business the
(ttblishmenl <>f Hitch a freight
ile to tidewater would have a
The general impression in,
owever, that the statement in
otcorrect and if a freight rate
I ji ' per 11>11 to i iharleston
a Im .11 made by the road that
lie i- based upon a short ton
f?A) i pounds and not upon a
ong ton >if 3,240 pounds. A
Iteol ;1 j.'i per Hhorl ton is ex
it-il) equivalent to one of $1.40
per Iouk ton.
Thoexport and hunker freight
rate to Norfolk and Newport
S'ewa is fl 10 per long ton and
all coal for hunker purposes
niul fur export, which in Bold
through the Hampton Roads
porU ia Bold by the ton of 2,
Thu Black Diamond said also
"that the 0. ?. ei O. being tho
ihorlest lino is ablo to sot the
minimum rate." That state
mint also it; challenged here,
the mileage from Dante, Va.,
is the Stouega Holds from which
the Clinchfield procures its sup
pi) of coal is approximately
ibetante distance from tide
prater at Charleston iis tho
West Virginia Holds are from
Hampton Roads. Coal opera?
tor*, here in discussing thiH mat?
ter explaiued that the O. C. <fc
U, at present extends south
mily tu Spurtanburg, S. C, and
must sand its coal thoncu to
Charleston over thoC. & W. 0.
?nil Southern Railways, divid?
ing the freight between three
t"ails, and receiving for its
bill only perhaps about
centa a ton, a rate which would
not pay interest on its bonds.
It is the declared purpose of
tin-road to build its own lino
to Charleston and it in reported
to be creeling a coal pier ut
thai port, but coal Operator?
beresaid that thin extension
hardly could be built in less
than tsvo years and therefore
active competition nood not be
ft-ar.-d by the Hampton Roads
l'iiris for Borne time.
The management of the Stoue?
ga Coal interests haB stated that
it expected to supply coal to the
raat coast of Florida through
[urging fue| Houth from Char
hstoti and it is admitted that
tln'ir coal probably would suit
Cuban consumers. Tho bulk of
'he coal sold in Cuba now ap
(>eara to be going from Newport
News in steamers owned by the
Berwiod White Coal Mining
Umpany which company large?
ly dominates tho trude in that
Charleston as n port is held
hy coul men genorally to be far
inferior to the Hampton Roads
Porta and too far sonth to be an
wvuntageouB port for steamers
wund over the sea to tako
bunkers coal, but thoy acknow
'Wgfl that wore tho Clinchfield
'ocut the freight rate 16 oonts
a ton large inroads upon the
business here would bo made.
'he belief was expressed,
however, that wore tho cut to
ye math), tho roads leading to
Hampton Roads would meet it
*"lh the result that rates both
lo tidewater and inland points
*ouid ho broken to bits.
I he Virginian Railway, it
"?* said, is a tower of strength
'"r this port, the grade of this
'owl making it possible for it!
1,1 haul freight for less than any
?umpeting road and making it
0?hkoly that anv other road
v"i will caro to "forco a iighti
uPoo it through such action as 1
theC-.C. & O. i? reported by
the Black Diamond to have
taken, action which, as previ?
ously stated, it is believo-f hero
the road has not taken.?Nor
Avers" Inspiring Battle-Call.
If might were needed to vin
diente the wisdom of the Ninth
district Democrats in nominat?
ing Uenerul Ayers for Congress
tho address delivered by their
candidate at Marion .Monday
would handsomely unswor the
purpose. It was really a great
speech. In embodied an able,
olesrcut, fearless discussion of
national political issues as
viewed from the standpoint of
patriotlcism and Democratic
doctrine, and with admirable
precision defined the convic?
tion^, principles und standards
of the Democratic notniuee.
Entirely plain is it, from his
Marion speech that Kufus A.
Ayers has not only a masterly
Intellectural ?rip upon nation,
al Democratic position, and the
ills witb which the American
people are beset as result of Re?
publican rule, ami the present
need for remedial policies, but
that if elected to Congress he
may be relied upon as one of
the strong, constructive forces
there, in the work of writing
the redemption of Democratic
pledges upon the hook of duly
The most impressive feature
of General Avers' speech, how?
ever, has to tin with the illegal
use of money in elections. It
presents the evil as indicating
A highly important issue in the
campaign. It relates the prac?
tice directly to tho congression?
al light in the Ninth, and iu
bold, frank, fearless fashion
places the Democratic candi?
date upon record us un uncom?
promising foe to any and all
methods having tendency to
debauch the ballot and degrade
in a n h o o d. General Ayers
makes it distinctly understood
that ho will use no money in
the campaign for unlawful pur?
poses. He will not consent to
its use by others. He infinitely
prefers defeat with honor to
success with dishonor. Ai.d
he prays that his friends will
respect his views?that they
will so proceed that at the con?
clusion of the campaign naught
of discredit can he laid at tho
door of his management. That's
a Strong, virile, manly, coura?
geous position?und twould bo
discouraging indeed to think
that it will not bo earnostly en?
dorsed by the electorate of the
Ninth Virginia district. In this
respect, General AyorB asserts
no new view. He states con?
victions which he has always
held, and purposes which ho
has til ways sought to promote.
A word of personal remini
sceuse just here will perhaps be
In 1894. the late lamented
Henry S. K. Morison, a broth
iu in-law of Gen. Ayers, was
nominated by the Domocrots as
their Congressional Btandnrd
bearer. The writer of this edi?
torial, then a resident of the
Ninth District and actively in?
terested in its politics, had oc?
casion in tho early days of that
campaign to make a speech iu
Judge Morison's behalf before
a meeting at which Gen. Ayers
happened to be present. After
the crowtl had dispersed lion.
Ayers sought us out, did us the
honor of commending our re?
marks, expressed the hope and
wish that we would repeat tho
same deliverance in every coun?
ty of the Ninth, and insisted
upon defraying the expenses
that would thus be rendered
necessary. Very forcibly do
we recall what ho added on
that occasion. Although deeply
interested in Judge Morison's
campaign; although then a mun
of largo means, yet speaking to
us iu the utmost confidence and
privuey, he said he wished to
expend money to insure Demo?
cratic success only in a manner
that was absolutely free from
even suspicion of illegality or
irregularity?and that only
with the purpose of getting the
Democratic view before the
electorato of the Ninth through
the circulation of literature,
(and defraying oxpenses such as
might be incurred by stumping
I tours of the district, would he
consent to contribute a dollar
for Morison's campaign, or
[would Judge Morison wish a
i dollar expended for his cause.
I As profound a? was his affec
|tion for Morison, Qen. Ayers
stated he would rather see him
defeated thau the beneficiary
of corrupt methods, and that
Judgo Morison earnestly shared
his viosv. We do not know
that General Ayors recalls this
incident, busy man of largo af
fairs as bo was and is?but wo
do?itoame into the audience
room of our memory vory clear
and fresh and distinct, as wo
read lieu. Ayers' appeal to the
voters of the Ninth to banish
irregular methods of spending
money in Ninth District politics
and bravely offering to sacri?
fice his chances for election, if
need be, as leader of tho so
splendid erueado. Tho matter
is moiuioucd hero, simply bo
cause wo believe it ought to bo
mentioned. It shows that way
back there in tho days of negro
suffrage,when voto buying had
not been outlawed by public
opinion, the man who is now
holding aloft tho haulier of pure
elections in the Ninth was prac?
ticing as privato citizen what
he is now prenching as Demo?
cracy's candidate?that then as
now ho was alert to the perils
of commerce in sntTrage, ami
expressing holtility to tho prac?
tice. It's merely a Binglo cir?
cumstance to bo sure; merely
an incident of trilling impor?
tance if taken by itself. Hut
when considered in connection
witli Ayers' Marion speech and
tho sort o f clean campaign
standards that lie there defined
and warmly advocated, and
the inspiring call that ho there
Bounded in behalf of honest
election methods, the statement
of the occurrence seems decided?
ly revelantand quite well worth
While.?Lynch burg News.
Home Mission Meeting.
The regular monthly meeting
of the Woman's Homo Mission
Society was held last Thursday
afternoon at the home of Mrs.
J. W. Hader, the president in
Tho meeting was opened by
singing, "stand up, stand up
for Jesus," after which the
president read the lesson, which
was found in Mathow 7th chap?
ter, I to 12 verses. After sing?
ing "Hlest ho the tie that binds"
each member present told what
good tho meetings being held
had done for them, and offer?
ed up prayers for themsolvos
and tho salvations of others.
Then followed the business
part of tho meeting, which was
oh follows: Holl call; 15 mem?
bers answering, minutes of last
mooting wero read and approv?
ed; collection of dues amount?
ing to $5.;10; one visitor was
present and one new member
added to our Hoeioty; treusur
or'b reportwas read and approv?
ed; fourth president reported 52
visits made; It delicacies given
six flowers, six shut-in cheered;
two Borrowing comforted; nix
invited to church and 75 cents!
Mrs. Mouser asked tho ludies
to meet with her in October.
The meeting closed by repeat?
ing tho Lord's Pray. Tho hos?
tess then served delicious ice
cream, cake and lemonado.
Supt. Press Work.
Meeting of the Republican
Campaign Committee of
Congresatusn U. B. Slemp ^ame to
Bristol Saturday and held a eonrurciico
with tbo Itcpublicau executive commit-;
tee of the Ninth District of Virginia.
There were about twenty-five present,
practically every county being represent
ed Congressman Slemp arrived at noon
from Cincinnati and left at H:t0 p. m. for
AshevUle, wbero M rs. Slemp la spending
Tlie committee met at Hotel RrUtol
auil .11 discussion of preliminary plana
ftir the campaign, adjourned to meet at
[tig Stone Uap September IH. It was
decided to forthwith open headquarters
at Coebum ami a brauch office in Bristol.
Speakers are already In the field ami it
was decided to make ? vigorous cam?
There were a number of Kooseveit
men presout and it Is said that Dr. J. M.
M. '>ough?rly, of Gate City, one of the
Hoosevelt leaileni, will take the stump for
Congressman Slemp said that while be
thought another should have beer, nomi?
nated, in view of his health and other
considerations, that ho had accepted the
nomination and expected to make a win?
ning ught.?Briatol Herald Courier.
UNITED DAUGHTERS OF
Will Hold a Re-Union for the |
Veterans September 17th
and Crosses of Honor
The. Trilled Daughters of the Confed?
eracy Chapter will hold a re-uuion for the
old veterans in the Kedonil Court Ball,
on next Tuesday tho 17th. The Vctcrana
are requested to meet at Kelly'a Drng
Store at 10 30 o'clock. A committeo will
meet them aud escort them tu the hall.
Wo cordially Invite all Veterans, both
tho hlue and gray, to mcot with us.
Our exercises wilt consist of:
A Short Spcach of Welcomo by Oener
al It. A. Aycra.
The Address to the Veterans by Judge
C. T Duncan, of Joncavllle, Virginia.
"Furl the Banner Fathers,'' Kyan's
beautiful poem, recited by lion. J. A.
A Short Speech by Hon. K. T. Irvine.
John W. Fox, Jr., our celebrated and
much beloved author, will read some of
his beautiful stories.
We bopo to have music between the
We will serve a nice lunch to all Vet?
erans and our speakers. \\ e cordially
invite all the cltUeu* of thu Cap aud sur?
rounding towns to our exercises. We
want you to conic and help us give these
Veterans a happy day No charge for
anything, cicrythiug free.
The following are the Veterans who
have applied for Crosses and w ill receive
them, 'these gentlemen arc requested
to he on hand Tuesday morning, the 17th
ut 10:80 o'clock;
A. F. Wampler, j.. m. I.eo, lt. F.
Richmond, I.. M. Itoblnette, John B.
Wells, Sr., 1'. Q. Wallace. DuttOH Hood.
John W. Belcher. J. I. Ijwaon, II, It
Collier, Steve Collier, K. K Hyatt, D. O,
Williams. Isaac Wanton, John B Willis,
W. II. Wampler, It. A. Ayors, H. S.
Stuutkltn, I'. J. Barn"!
C. Bascoin Slcmp At Forty
0. Hnscom Slomp, who for
Homo yours bus hud tho dis?
tinction of being tho only Re?
publican among tho Virginia
members of tho nutionui house
of representatives, was born in
Loo county, Virginia, Septem?
ber 4, lfwO. He grndunted from
the Virginia Military Institute
in l8'Jl,und ufterward studied
law at tho University of Virgin?
ia. After serving one year us
a professor at tho Virginia Mil?
itary Institute he began the
practice of law iu his homo
town of Big Stono Uap. In 1905
he became chairman of the Re?
publican State committee of
Virginia, und two years lutor
he was elected to congress from
the Ninth Virginia district to
till the unexHpired term of his
father. Mr. Slomp wus twice
re-elected, but this your he de?
clined to uccept a rennmination
because of his desire to dovote
his entire attention to his busi?
In spite ot this decisiou, Mr.
Slemp was again nominated as
the Republican standard bearer
in tho Ninth at the recont dis?
trict convention held in Bristol.
Light And Power.
A siding is being graded mid?
way between Appalacbia and
Big Stone Gup, and in the Gap
proper, preliminary to tho build?
ing there of an electric light
and power plant which will
supply both towus, and others.
This is u movement most au?
spicious for Appulachia which
has felt tho need of such a plant
for years. The light service
hns been poor and inadequate,
and arrangement will result,
doubtleue in a condemnation of
the franchise to the present
One thing we hope the com
party wilt boar in mind, the ne?
cessity of building and equip
| ping a plant for both day and
night service commensurate to
the needs of a large community.
In twenty years the towns will
be much more populous and
very much closer together. The
beautiful pike has already made
it easy for men to do business
in one town and live in the
other, and then lmboden and
-Inman will be suburbs of both
and in close touch with both.?
Just one candidate to run
against Gen. Ayers in the
theless? however. ? Penning
ton Gap Nows.
Mrs. Carrol Low is Xa?h and
Mrs. Robert Lee Parks tender
ed a beautiful entertainment on
Friday afternoon ut the lovely
home of Mrs. Nash ou Wood
Tho honorces of the dolight
ful event were tho house guests
of Mrs. Parks: Mrs. Jeffreys,
Mrs. Patterson, Mrs, Birchileld,
and Mrs. Reeso, of Pinoville,Ky.
and Mrs. Blue, of St. Louis, and
Mrs. illne, Jr., of Detroit, tho
guests of Mrs. Nash.
Five Hundred and Auction
Bridgo wore played. Miss Ruck
or being the wiuuer at Five
Hundred was presented with a
pair of silk hose. Mrs. Reeder,
winning at Bridge, was given a
band painted jardoniere.
Mrs. Karl Stoehr won the
cut for consolation, a beautiful
brass tlower basket.
After cards a delicious salad
course wus served, followed by
ice cream and cake.
Those invited to meet the
guests were: Mrs. M^ K. Kelly,
Mrs. Otis Mouser, Mrs. Karl
Stoehr, Mrs. R. B. Alsover, Mrs.
F.. K. Ooodloo, Mrs. J. B. Nea
bit, Mrs. O. 0. Coohran,
Mrs. J. W. Ohalklev, Mrs. J.
B. Ayors, Mrs. A. 11. Reeder,
Mrs. L. i). Pettit, Mrs. (.'. F.
Blanton, Mrs. \V. It. Peek, Mrs.
A. D. Owens Mrs. 0. L, Rowe,
Mtb. B. B, Hhouds, Mrs. D. B.
3ayers, Misses Mary Ramsey,
Mnrguoritto Qoodloe, Sarah
Cochran, Uertrudo F.lliot, Kmily
Bullitt, of Louisville, .Madge
Dingoss, Ruth H?cker, of Wash
iugtou, und Miss Uibbs.
On last Wednesday afternoon
Mrs. L. O. Pettit entertained
very informally with t wo tables
of Auction Bridge.
Miss Kmily Bullitt, of Louis?
ville, was presented with the
tlrst prize, a beautiful dresden
vase, and Mrs. W. R. Peck drew
the consolation, a hand painted
After tho games delicious re?
freshments were served.
Those present were: Mrs. J.
B. Ayors, Mrs. M. K. Kelly,
Mrs. W. R. Peck, Mrs. J. W.
Ohalklev, Mrs. A. if. Reeder;
Misses Sarah Cochrun, Mary
Ramsey and Kmily Bullitt.
Florence and Henry Mot'or
mick entertained about thirty
guest on Friday night with a
Heart dice was played at
small tables ou the porch, which
was gay with Japanese lan?
Miss Louise (loodloe won the
tlrst prize, a fan and chain, Mr.
Curtis Campbell, the tlrst of the
boys, u pair of silk hoso. Miss
Ruth Prescott and Mr. Byron
Rhoads were awarded the boo?
bies, a doll and a hurp. After
the refreshments dancing was
enjoyed on the porch.
Lust Thursday u f t o r the
morning services at ttio church
Dr. and Mrs. J. J. Lloyd enter?
tained Rov. Hitch, of Tazewell,
and Dr. Rollins, of Sweet Briar,
wbo have assisted Dr. Lloyd
with his series of services the
past week, Deasonoss Adams,
of Kookeo. Deaconess Williams
of Dante, Miss Bergren, of Ap
palachia, and hor fourtoeu able
workers, with a delightful
luncheon ut the Roctory.
The following invitation has
boon .received the past week by
friends of tho contracting par?
ties in Big Stone Gap:
Mr. arid Mrs. ('barles Andrew Johnson
rriiuest tho honor of your prtsimt
st thu marriage of their daughter
I loci* Im>
Mr Charles W. Hiokley
on Wednesday afternoon the twenly-nfth
at four o'clock
Thu bride-to-be in the eldest
of Mr. and Mis. Johnson's ftmr
talented und charming dnugh
ters, and formerly instructor in
music in Gladeville College.
Mr. Bickley is a prominent
young attorney of Fnrmersville
Texas, and is rotated to the
Bickleys of Scott county and
Big Stone Gap. Mr. and. Mrs.
Biokley will make thoirhomo in
the Lone Star State.
I Gld newspapers for ml.> at
this offico at 20 cents pur loo.
I Attorneys and Operators
Back from Atlantic City,
R. T. Irvino, J. F. Bullitt, A.
II. Heeder, C. L. Nosh, Otis
Mouser and Dr. J. W. Kelly
returned last week from Atlan?
tic City whero they spent last
week before tho Interstate Com?
merce Commission i n opposi?
tion to a new schedule of rates
on coal and coke (lied by the
Louisville and Nashville rail?
Tho proposed rates seek to
advance tho present rates about
80 cents per ton on coal and
coke from the Black Mountain
and Appalachia fields to points
north of tho Ohio rlvor. Com?
petition in this region with
ottier coal and coko producing
districts is very keen, and tho
Virginia mines have difficulty
holding their own under tho
proBont rates. If the advauco
is allowed by tho commission,
those interested believo it will
exclude Virginia coal and coke
from tho Western and North?
western murkntA anil will sori
ously cripple their operations.
Mr. Bullitt, ouo of tho attor?
ney h for operators, said that
tho evidence is about concluded
and that the case would be ar?
gued in November and proba?
bly decided before the llrst of
the year. The operators and
their attorneys are feeling good
over tho results thus far, and
believe that the Louisville and
Nashville railroad has not made
out its case.
State Auditor Moore After
Richmond, Va., Sept. 6.?
Auditor C. Lee Moore is after
the merchants of-the State for
the taxes which they should
have paid in the way of pur?
chases they make. The mini?
mum foe is $5, and it is surpris?
ing to see just how many of
these there are in the Stnto.
That much of the monoy due
the State because of alleged in?
correct reports can be recover?
ed is the belief of Mr. Moore.
In order that the Common?
wealth's attorneys in the State
may have a chance to force the
collection of these taxes, Mr.
Moore is having a list of the
merchants compiled and will
furnish the same to the courts
that proceedings may be hud
against these men. It is possi?
ble that some of the commis?
sioners of the revenue muy bo
"jacked up" on account of tho
lax way in which they have
been making the assessments.
Found Pot of Gold.
On laAt Wednesday, an old
farmer whoso name wo were
unable to learn, found a pot of
gold, containing ? -, .? ?>. under
the hearth in a house near Hill
Top, iu the extreme outer odge
of this county.
The treasure is aupposed to
have been hidden by Willi.mi
Wilson over a hundred years
ago, who purchased tho place
from Indians iu lBOt'i, and tho
land has been in the possession
of tho WilsoD heira ever since.
Thore are five heirs who will
sue for the money.?Frinceto a
(W. Va.,) Messenger.
Tho Mattering allusion by our
neighbor of the Post to the pos?
sible citizenship of the editor in
that purt of the future city has
been a little bit misconstrued.
It was based possibly on some
remark looking to the inovitablo
annexation of Big Stone Gap to
tho coming city of Appalachia.
J. 0. Day, a prominent Pres?
byterian minister of New York
City, at a salary of six thous?
and dollars per year, passed
through town Tuesday, enroute
home from a visit to his
parents at Mandrake, Letcher
, CZf\ MINERS wanted by
vv/ Ktonegap Colliery Com?
pany, Olamorgun, Va. Steady
I work. Highest price per ton
paid in the district. Healthy
i camp. Excellent water. School
and church facilities.
I Stonegap Colliery Co,
30. J. S. CMEYNEV, ?ca'l Sap!.