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BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA? WEDNESDAY. APRIL 5, 1922
\ Falling Fast As Thrt^gh Fair
Big Stone's Streets There
THE HOST WHO SAID?
"Behold We Go To See Strutter
Minstrel Show!" And They
The rnin had ceased when that
host went slopping home again;
but 1<>! llicir faces glowed with
glee, and "Ha! Hal Hal oh He!
lie!" the dark night echoes gaily
woke, as gentle jibe or juicy juke
called up in memory that least 6( j
fun and minstrclay.
My! How it must have made'
the old-tuners sit there and think
of old times when tin- curtain
went up on AI G. Fields! "Pre?
mier Minstrels!" It must have
brought hack visions of Honey
Boy livans, Doc Brown anil Lew
Evans, Doe Brown and Lew
Dockstader. Why. that circles
of the Strutter's Kevin- looked
ed just as much the ren! thine as
any minstrel ever did.
Voices Gave Them Away
It wasn't until they sat down
and began to sing that you real?
ized their true identities. Then,of
course, their voices gave them
away. They might black up
their lares and stick their heads
into wigs and dress up all they
pleased, hut. just lite minute they
opened their mouths and made
sounds, you Could tell which was
George Goodloe, or Carl Hanks,
or Rudolph Yotiell, or Pat Yotiell
?the four ends?*-just as easily as
you could identity Kay Littrell
who sat in the middle and had no
black on his face at all, The
chorus nien were not so easily
identified, unless you knew them
and their voices blended so well
it was haul to know who to
blame tor it.
From lite moment Kudtdph
Yotiell tell from the stage to the
orchestra pit to the closing scene
in which C arl Banks was the bar?
ber there was no end of whole?
some fun. The jokes and raps
on the different members ami
their friends were very much to
the point and brought down the
house again and again in what
appeared to be an endless laugh,
or more correctly , termed one
Some of the Stars
The songs were the kind that
make you want to join in also
give your feet considerable trou?
ble. To make any selection or
try to decide who rendered the
best song would lie impossible as
it was one good song after an
another and they were encored
again and again. George Good:
loc had the house with himwhen
he snug "Peggy O'Neil." George
is a real black face artist and con?
tributed much to the success of
the show. Little John Hill
Goodloe gilt downright George
M. Cohenish with his song,"Ain't
Nature Grand?" This little fel?
low was one of the stars. An?
other high light among the bunch
of stars was Rudolph Ybuell.
He acctdently fell from the stage
am) niadc the fall look nutttral.
He was back on the stage in a jif?
fy, and working like a turk lor
the success of the show.
High Lights of Show
Particular points in every pro?
duction by reason of uncommon
merit are outstanding from the
general run, no mailer what may
be the excellent quality of the
performance. Among the nota?
ble features was the decidedly
gum! arrangement of the ensem?
bles, the tasie in costuming anil
the specialties introduced by
Miss Mary Davenport ami Gco.
Goodl?c . Miss Davenport *cor
cd heavily wilh her catchy mel?
ody "Making eyes at me." She
sang as one long used to the
glare til the fool lights, arid sang
with a sweet, nielow voice, espe?
cially adapted to the "blues" va?
riety of ballad. The audience
clammorcd for an enchorc after
each uf her snugs, but she re?
fused to return.
The Strutter Revue" is almaat
complete entertainment anil a
first-class example of what Dig
Stone Gap talent and Hig Stone
energy can accomplish when di?
rected even In takeling the dif?
ficulties ni the "green room."
Zigficid, the Sintberts, Dilling
ham. Curt. llammcrstein and
others ate still in the business,
but llig Stone can lay just claim
to having placed on the minstrel
stage a production well worthy of
the city's unquestioned standing
in other lines of endeavor.
Credit to Garrctt
The actors did their share.
The orchestra, under the direc?
tion ol" Jolinuy Kay, lent the me?
tropolitan, air to the occasion
and made the Gapites proud of
their musical talent. To them
a great part of the success of the
Hut when all of this is said we
must turn to the fellow whom no
one saw, but who, during the
long weeks of fehersal, tax?
ed his brains in pulling the show
together, to making it what it
was, This was Director
iGarretl. He pieced the show to?
gether, knocked off the rough
pails, and moulded it into a
pleasing whole. The faculty of
the High School, ami the people
of the Gap, have been more than
generous with praise for his
The show was a knock out?a
WISE COUNTY HAS ONLY POSTMISTRESS
Stonega Postmistress Is Dem?
onstrating That a Woman Can
bo a Mother and a Public Ser?
Mrs. Mi II. Duffy, wife of as?
sistant superintendent "Mat"
I hiffy, of Stonega, is the first
lady in Wise county to receive
official recognition from Presi?
dent Harding. She is the only
postmistress officially appointed
in the county.
< >ll January 31 of this year
she succeeded C. N'. Davidson in
the pnstoflice at Stonega, and is
tile first lady, so far as is known,
to he appointed by the President
to a postoflice in Wise county.
Mrs Duffy is an ardent repub
publican. Her husband is one
of the live wires in the almost
perfect republican organization
in the Ninth. He is a brother of
C. (i. Duffy, <jow of Cincinnati,
but who was for many years
one of the "bosses" in Mr.
Mrs. Duffy is demonstrat?
ing that a woman can be both a
mother and a public servnt. She
had never been loud in her de
mauds for equal suffrage, but
worked consistently until the
women of the United States were
given the right to a voice in the
Her appointment has been the
source of much satisfaction to
the women of the county. They
look upon it as a step forward
when they will be holding pub?
lic offices ui all kinds. Council
Winnen have been suggested in
Norton. Some of stronger sex
frowned on the idea, but the
wiser heads realize that it is only
a matter of lime until women
will play a major part in the man?
agement of the people's business
in the Ninth District.
I Before her marriage Mrs. Duf?
fy was Miss Maude, Richmond
of Coeburn, but was living in
Stonega when she met and mar?
ried Mr. Duffy. They have one
son. uine.and have lived in Stone?
ga tor the past eleven years.
In spite of her official duties
her home is one of the loveliest in
William J. Neely Dies Near
L. & N.
Wiliam J. Neely. 48, died at
his home near the L. & N. on
Tuesday, March 21. He was
buried at East Stone (Jap, the
Rev. F. N. Wolfe officiating.
Mr. Neely is survived by his
wile two sons anil six daughters,
? He was a member of the
Christian church, and was high?
ly esteemed by all who knew
CliRI ST "CH?RCW
'Services Sunday, April 9th.
Sunday School at 10 a. in.
Preaching at 7:30 p.m. by the
Rev. Paul Huntington. Lenten
services Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Our New Model 14 Linotype
With a gmkI deai of salisfac-j
lion the editor of The Pbsl an
anriouhcea the installation of a
Model H Linotype; This mech?
anical marvel is specially equip?
ped with a complement of type
laces which enables us to serve l
efficiently the large number o(
persons who look to our publi?
cation tor enlightenment and
entertainment, and who patron?
ize our job printing department.
The rapidly increasing circu?
lation of The Post, together with
our desire to place at the com?
mand of our advertisers ami oth?
ers .the highest grade of typo?
graphy, induced us to add tu out
mechanical equipment a multi?
ple magazine Linotype for the
quick and accurate and pleasing
presentation of the hews of the
day, and the production of supe?
rior job work.
Some of the "Faces"
Our new Linotype enables us
to sc t by machine virtually all
forms of composition that pre?
viously necessitated tedious
work by hand. Our plant is
now capable of turning out com?
position consisting' of correct
type faces in many different sizes
and the change from one size
to another is made by a "twist
of the wrist." In the flicker of
an eyelash the versatile opera?
tor?whose hand is made fam?
ous by the Mergenthaler Lino?
type Company as "the hand that
keep^ the world informed"?on
the versatile machine that sets
faces and sizes at will.
This installation is a testimo?
nial to the prosperity of Big
Ston? fiap and vicinity. And
that liie good people of the com?
munity are duly appreciative of
our efforts to serve them in the
departments of the printing bus?
iness is manifested by the many
compliments received from indi?
vidual patrons since the arrival
of our machine.
The accompanying illustra?
te D. C. MEETS WITH
MRS. J. B. WAMPLER
Mtsdames Long and Malcom
Smith Elected as Delegates to
Pearisburg Meeting ? Other
Mrs. J. It. Wainpler was the
delightful hostess of tin- March
meeting of the local chapter of
the U. D. C.
The President, Mrs. C. C.
C?chran, opened . the meeting
The members answered roll call
with an interesting current event.
A number of the business mat?
ters pertaining to (tic Chapter
were taken up and discussed.
Mrs. Malcolm Smith and
Mrs. C. C. Long were elected
delegates to the District Meet?
ing to be held the latter part of
April in Pearisburg, Virginia.
Mrs. E. E. Goodloe, who has
recently returned from a
visit to Lexington, Virginia.gave
an interesting account of the
many historic places in Lexing
[ti?ii will give our readers sonic
idea of the marvelous mechanic
ism Of the Linotype, a compos?
ing machine on winch arc assem?
bled matrices (or little brass
molds) and lines of type cast?
lines such as you are now read?
ing. The particular model of ma?
chine which we have just in?
stalled carries at one time four
sets of matrices?controlled from
a standard keyboard of ninety
keys and an auxiliary keyboard
Of twenty-eight ? and gives
the operator instant command
of StvS different characters.
One Can Do Work of Six
Besides enabling the opera?
tor to set various faces and sizes
of type, our new Linotype make-;
it possible for hint to produce
the rules and dashes and bor?
ders which ate used in various
advertisements in each issue ot
our publication. When employ?
ed in the composing of advertise?
ments, news, proper headings,
booklets, catalogues, and various
other kinds of printed matter,
our new Model l-l enables one
operator to set in the same lime
more type than ordinarily could
he produced by live or six men
or women doing the work by
hand ? and the composition
is incomparably better.
While for a long lime we have
received the patronage of a host
of .subscribers, advertisers and
printing buyers in general, we
look forward to the handling of
an even greater volume Of husis
llCSS now that we are so well
qualified to render the sort of
service most to he desired.
It has been our aim to present
the news of the day without fear
or favor, and to reflect faithful?
ly the ideals ami ambitions of our
constituents; and we shall con?
tinue to devote our talents and
resourses to tilt; fulfilling of this
aim. And of great help to us in
the carrying out of our purpose
will be our Model 14 Linotype.
,1011 and of General Robert E.
Lee's tomb which is in a little
chapel on the grounds of Wash?
ington and Lee University.
i The usual program was very
interesting. Mrs. D. C. Wolfe
read a paper on The Koyhood of
Lee. Mrs. Long gave a reading
dealing with the ?. D. C. Chap?
ter in France. Mrs. George L.
Taylor also read a paper, The
Sunny South. This was follow?
ed by a poem, the land of the
south, by Mrs. W. A. Baker.
During the social hour Mrs.
Wampler served a delicius salad
course to the following: Mes
|dames C.C. Cochran, W.T. Good
loe, G. C, Long, Malcomc Smith,
J. A. Crocker, George L. Taylor,
H. A. W. Skeen, J. L. McCor
mick, K. E. Goodloe, J. W. Rush,
J. B. Daughtery, E; Ii. T?te, I. T.
Gilly, D. C. Wolf e and Misses
Olga Horton and Bruce Skeen.
The April meeting will be held
With Mrs. Fred Troy at her home
in Josephine the second Wednes?
day afternoon in April.
WISE WINS IN
Carl Hamilton and Beatrice Hyl
ton Will Represent County
In State Meet In Char
GAP TEAMS LOSK
Kniglit, Foster, Wilson and Miss
Guntner Make Splendid
Showing In Norton Pre?
Sweeping the field before them
at Norton last Saturday.the Wi-c
High School won the right to de?
fend the county in the annual
state contest at Charlottesv illc
Miss Beatrice Hyltonaud Can
Hamilton, the Wise debating
team, first won in the preliminary
f i o tu X o r t o ii Satur?
day morning. That gave them
the right of contending with the
Cocburn team in the evening.
Cocburn had won over Carl
Kmghi and Arthur Foster during
the morning session. Cocbltrh
went gallantt> down before the
high powered oratory of Hamil?
ton, giving the WiscitCS the priv
ilege of going to Charlottcsvillc.
Mi--s Lena Sleihp, of Wise.won
in the reading contest over Miss
Nancy Horn, of Norton, and will
also represent the county at
Charlottcsvillc. In the prelimi?
nary try-out seven young ladies
competed for the honor of speak?
ing in the evening.
One of the most interesting
contests in the whole program
was the oratorical battle between
Grover Franklin, Cocburn. Earl
Wilson, of this place. Trigg Mil?
ler, of Norton, and Paul Fulton,
of Wisci I luring the prelimi?
nary battle the contest narrowed
to a struggle between Fulton ami
Millet, both excellent speakers]
In the preliminary Fulton had
the edge on Miller, but lost to
him during the evening, giving
Miller the pleasute of going to I
The local boys and girls went
down in every contest. They
went down gamely, contesting j
every inch of the ground, light?
ing gamely against longer expe?
rience. Hut they were great losers
and probably congratulated the
victors! Knight and Foster put
tip the debate of their lives
against the Coebtiril team . Both
boys are excellent speakers, but
they were going against seasoned
veterans, one of which had com?
peted in the Charlottesvilie
meeting last year.
Wilson made a splendid show- j
Tidings of the Birth of a Daugh?
ter to.Mr. and Mrs. H. A.
Alexander Reach Knoxville by
On Thursday of last week a
fine baby girl arrived at the home
of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Alexander
Mrs. Alexander' old home is in
Knoxville where her 'maternal
aunt still resides. The method of
conveying the glad tidings to the
home town was rather original,
and quite in keening with the
times. s. J. Gundry the
Wireless wizard of Wise county,
sent the news of the little lady's
arrival from his broadcasting sta?
tion in Stonega. And the aero?
gram reached home. The Knox?
ville Sentinel has the following
"Flashing through space, via
sciences latest improvement on
communication, the wireless, a
message has been received by
Mr. \V. E. Bicklcy. Laurel av?
enue, anuoucing the birth of a
little (laughter to Mr. and Mrs.
11. A. Alexander, who reside in a
Virginia town. The little one
w ill bear the name of her mater?
nal aunt, Mrs. Bickley. Before
her marriage Mrs. Alexander
wa-. Miss Mary Jordan and made
her home in Knoxville."
itlg in the oratorical contest.
Here, again, the Gap boy was up
against speakers of experience,
and only lost after a great battle
Possibly the greatest disapoint
mcnt came when Miss Ruth
Guntner lost in the reading try
out. She was the dap's one
hope alter the debating team and
Sh e is a splendid reader and
the judges' decision, although
fair, was a keen disappointment
to the Gap supporters.
Mr. Sullridge was pleased with
the showing made by his teams.
"I'm sorry they lost." he said,
"but I am pleased with the splen?
did spirit and courage displayed
by all. Next year we'll put out
a team that will go to Charlottes
\ ille, and it is likely to he the
very ones who lost Saturday."
Many a man who is brave
enough to light a buzz saw will
duck a rolling pin.
""There is one great satisfaction
in paying an income tax. You
can always brag about it.
Failure doesn't bother a man
who doesn't recognize its exis?
GAP WALL WILL COST STATE THOUSANDS
Scene of Construction Was Once
Slide Will Eventually
The must difficcult portion of
building the concrete wall in the
Gap above Big Stone Gap has
hech completed. The construc?
tion company is now building
the wall which will support the
bank of the I.. ?V N. railroad
The work of putting in the
lower wall has been one of the
biggest undertakings of its kind
ever promoted in Wise county.
Several months, working day and
night, has been necessary. As
the original plans of the road
engineers called only for a three
or tour foot foundation it was
thought that the work would be
completed rapidly. When the
work began on the foundation
the trouble started. Instead of
putting in a three or four foot
base they put in almost twenty
feet?all below the water line.
The months when the layman
thought no progress was bring
made the contractors were busy
trying to "find bottom."
.. Worked Night and Day ..
It was here that Contractor
Lane displayed some of the finest
engineering ability ever seen in
the southwest. 'The water from
the river required pumps to work
day and night. As fast a s the
water was reinovedthe work was
carried a bit further. Then a
stop was made to pump the wa?
ter front the hole. As the wallrose
from the water line to the road
eighteen feet above, the heavy
traffic between the (iap and Ap
palachia bad to be contended
with. To eliminate tIiih annoy?
ing feature a night shift was put
on. Had it not been for this
method it is probable that the
wall would still be tinder con?
The cost of the walls, upper
and lower, will be in the neigh?
borhood of $-10,000. Road experts
who are familiar with the nature
6f the undertaking say that the
state is fortunate to get off so
The spot where the wall is be?
ing constructed has been a trou?
ble maker for several years.
Across the river the Southern
railroad continually has trouble
with the mountain sliding to?
ward \iie river. Since Contrac?
tor Lane began the work in the
Gap this mountain has slid ap?
proximately seven feet in the riv?
er. This gradual slide, experts
say will eventually close' the riv?
er at this point unless immediate
steps arc taken to remedy the
Once, in Corporation
Where this work is.being done
was at one time in the incorpora?
ted limits of the Gap. Citizens
who are familiar with, the cost of
the work, which the state and
county have to pay, cannot help
but feel that the mayor and coun?
cil displayed rare business abili?
ty when they manuvered the
transfer of the property to the
state. The cost of the wall will
'pay approximately half pi the
I sum needed to build a concrete
[road from depot to depot.