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BIG STONE GAP>1SE COUNTY, VA., WEDNESDAY; AUGUST 23, 1922
EXPERT TO GAP1
ise County and Kentucky
| Road Boosters Have Great
Meeting Here Last Thurs?
The Kyva (Kentucky-Virginia)
?I was suggested by W. G. Coutts,
Dig Stone Clap, Va., and Col. Jim
nret, the lioone Way Man, back in
I i mil between them the proposi
n was agitated for a time, but it
ptared that the time was not ripe
r making progress over the pro?
Early last February a number of
[|jfl>f of the eastern counties
rough which the road will puss,
He attending a meeting held by
? government and others, at Xlni
||. o( Gentucky, in Lexington,
iganized the North Kork and Vir?
gil.:, Highway Commission, with
?radquartcrs at Jackson. After
Kmc months the president of the
?ganixation, who is a mighty busy
(bun, seeing he could not spare the
ti . from his business to give the
li, , ,. attention to the road prop.
OFitiuM which it deserved, readily nc- I
Cjtptid the suggestion of roftd boos- i
ti-r- foi .. reorganization along Hue
ihtieby added life and activity I
woul.l be given the movement. This j
frsultfd in the holding of a conven
Huii in Jackson, which is located 4P, j
n iith of Lexington, on duly
3th, lit22, which was attended by u
g,.ud number of the lending business
lud professional men and county of
?. ml from the seven counties touch- |
hi b| the Kyva routing from l.ex
i:. to Pound Gap, on the Ken
Dick) t irginia border. A strong or
hniiation was effected, with the
tied ol M. II. llolliday, Jackson, I
i- president! Dr. A. M. Cross, of |
Hiiard, vice-president; Eula Hum
Jiuiidi, secretary-treasurer, Jack-1
t :. und h hourd of directors, c
j?i each of the seven counties, all |
?ood leaders in tlieir respective lo
lalitits, Col. Jim Mnrct, the old I
i t of the Cumberland*, was]
?kosen press agent, with headqui
leri >l Lafayette Hotel, Lexington,
'tl.i. I, position he accepted with the
Itroni a lurances of the hearty co
3i|irr.ili,.n of ollicer.s, directors und
,g"u,l roads people generally. Col.
'Alm, i lias entered upon the work
Iking .inilar lines which were suc
?essfully followed in putting Booite
W'h> through the Cumberland:! of
Suuth eastern Kentucky. " A highway
mow routed from Louisville to Roone
S'auin, N. ('., the site of the old home
\i Daniel Uoonc, in 1750, on the
gi mil.in River, Davidson county, in
a''"" '"' "Ce' stuU'> mll*S west of
B^xington and G miles east of Salis
3<iiiy. Tin- routing follows the gen?
eral line of I!.,one's Trail from I
Bcouesboro, Kentucky, to the old |
?ahin liuuie , u distance of 440 miles:
Fne looting includes Frankfort
ILexington, Boonesboro, Mt. Vornbn,
prhin, Middlesboro, Cumberland I
flip, Jonesvilie, Va., Appalachui, |
pneer'i Kerry, Gate City, Bristol,
Ii..- Kyva Road is n hard surfaced !
?Mghway from Lexington to Stanton,
Powell county, -10 miles. That por
iiun o( the road between Lexington]
Juial Winchester consists of 12 mile!
koncrete unit 7 miles of Kentucky I
'"'1- asphalt. A regular speedway |
m which a speed of 7G miles per
tour could be made if it were al?
1 lark county, next eust of Lexing?
ton, has a hard surfuced road ainto
Powell county, and the latter coun?
ty has the same class of road on into
its county seat, Stunton. This coun
?V and its next neighbor east, Wolfe
county, under State Highway Com
have lately let contracts for
the construction of sections of the
l.ighwuy within their territory and
rropost to let other contracts in
J*23 IJieathitt county, in which
Jackson is located, has completed 10
stilea uf it3 heaviest grading and
wsinage at a cost of more than $3D,
OOO i?.r mile.
Perry county has recently adver
j??d, through the State Highway
Commission, for bids on construction
? two mile section of the Kyva
leading out of Hazard, with the ex?
pectation of the coat being $60,000
j1*1 mile, as it will be necessary to
?ntrally cut the way through stone
lot the greater part of the two^miles.
" is propored to put on a campaign
'4r k bond issue, in this county, for
?OU.?Oo, to be used in the building
of the Kyvj and j'.her good ro ids in
LeicUcr county, of which V.'hites
buij is the county se.it, has voted
and carried a bond issue of $350,000
for road purposes. State and Fed?
eral aiil to be added to this amount
gives that county a $70.1,0 u road
Attogetber.tbe prospects are natter?
ing lor currying out the motto
adopted by organization at i! I con?
vention at Jacttson: "A good road
from Lexington to found (lap, .in
1025 or bust." It is believed that
conditions wilt be such that no
"bustin'" will occur in that good
year, especially in the Kyva Hoad
The Kyva Road Association is ac?
tively campaigning in the cause of
the highway and is meeting with
great encouragement in all the coun?
ties along the routing, in addition
from that of adjoining counties
which are looking to the building of
roads from their county suats to
make a connection with this, to be,
The Lexington Hoard of Com?
merce on the invitation of Mr.YV. (!.
Courts, of Rig Stone Gap, and other
good roads boosters of Southwest
Virginia, sent Col. Maret over here
on August 10th, to meet and consult
with the "highwaymen" of that por?
tion of the (lid Dominion, anil learn
their plans and arrangement being
made for meeting the Kyva, with a"
good highway at the Kentucky-Vir?
ginia border and of any other plans
they may have for making other
connecting roads to the border of
our state, mid at what point or
In all of Col. Morel's campaigns
ami experiences in promotion und
const!uetiou of highways he bus nev?
er made a speech or addressed nil
audience,saying never more than two
dozen words, on any occasion. "I
am glad to be with you mid promise
to use my best efforts to render nil
possible aid to push the proposition
along. I never attempt tu make a
speech or address an audience; my
endeavors to aid in any movement
are made through, pen, pencil and
a little old typewriter which has done
service for'more than a.quarter of a
century. I thank you." This is
about the extent of the old road
scout's "speechifying." Th" Colonel
has the greatest faith in the power of
the press, ami says bis elforts in
highway work would certainly have
come to naught, bad the newspapers
not stood faithfully by him and free?
ly used the ammunition which he has
been grinding out on that same
"Little old typewriter," tiring broad?
cast Into the ranks of the enemies of
good roads. "The newspaper hoys
are the real men behind the guns,"
says the old road scout.
Fire Originating in Express
Room Destroys Building
and Two Freight Cars?
Operator Has Narrow
The Union depot at Appalachia Was
destroyed by lire about 2:30 o'clock
last Wednesday morning, it is be?
lieved that the blaze started in tin
room occupied by the American Ex?
press Company and spread through
the whole building before the Are
department could urrive on the
The operator on duty did not know
that the building was on fire until it
reached bis office. He did not have
time to save his typewriter, violin or
When the blaze was discovered
between 2:110 and 3 o'clock the
;lames were rising nvove the roof.
The alarm was immediately turned
in. Before it could be brought under
control the freight shed, two cars in
which were stored about a truck load
of flour, the express rooms, ticket
office and waiting rooms were de?
Due to the strike only a small
amount of freight was on band. The
express department sustained the
Thursday morning temporary
quarters we're established in the part
which did not burn completely down.
No plans have been announced for a
It is plain to be seen that the gov
ernor of New York la not a politic
ian. Be used $8,000 of his own sal
ary to pay state bills.
BILL WREN AIN'T 1
I THE CAR SHORTAGE
He Drives His Flivvers From
the Factory?15 of Them,
Model of 1923
Cnr shortage rncruiris nothing in
Henry Ford Wren's life'. People in
Wise and Lee counties nre clammor
ing for tin Lizzies, more and more
of them. Henry Ford Wren hns ded?
icated his life t? the making of their
dreams come true. So the problem
of getting cars from the factory was
a serious one?-for a while. Orders
were piling up, railroad cars were
fast becoming curiosities, and
things in general looked blue. Hut
not for long. Mr. Wien chartered
a Pullman, hired fourteen drivers,
wrole down a few rules of etiquette,
herded them into a Pullman and de
palled for Columbus, Ohio, on Mon?
day night, Augtlst I I.
With his fourteen flivver punchers
?Mister Wren arrived at the fac?
tory withuut losing a man. They
followed the rules and regulations
to a T. Only one or two eat peas
with their knives, and only one ask?
ed numerous mirth-pr?vokillg ques?
tions. On the whole, Mister Wren
said, they Conducted themselves like
On Wednesday morning each driv?
er was given a Henry and the in?
struction not to drive more than 20
miles an hour. Down at the real
Messrs. Wren and Gllly piloted car'
fourteen. The first day the party
made 66 miles. The next day better
lime was made anil they allied home
in 2 days and .'I hours driving time.
379 gallons of gasoline were consum?
ed by the cars, or an average of
17 0-10 mils pel gallon.
They brought nothing but 1923
model Kords. The new Henry is a
step ne arer what every one has wish?
ed a ford might he. One man top.
a la Pierce Arrow, electric born that
will croak like a frog when the en?
gine is dead, wind shield that opens
in the middle like those found on au?
tomobiles, and a wider and deeper
seat, lower and better. That's the
new Henry plus nil usual rattles.
Mister Wren, always a good sales?
man, waxed enthusiastic over the
new car. 'Front the drivers came
marvelous lab's of I he Itiwer's
deeds, for example one of the cars
ran 11 distance of 70 miles?yes,
seventy - -on one gallon of gas.
Doctor Show-alter, head mechanic of
the Mineral Motor Company, is a
modest man and begged the boys to
tell a better one, but Henry Ford
Wren brought out |hc hook to prove
it by figures and a positive, "I'll
swear it is the truth!"
So the new flivvers are here and
gone. The night they arrived in the
Cap Mister Wren was weary and
went lo bed and had a dream. Now
the dream was (Iiis: "As the cars
rolled by the Tannery Chief Marshall
Belcher stopped the procession.
"Mr. Wren," he said, "I have rea?
son to believe that you gentlemen
have liquor concealed in these cars."
"Sorry, chief," Mr. Wren replied.
"I'll give a thousand dollars for ev?
ery drop you find. There ain't none,
for I looked my self."
The Sahlis parly left the Cap last
night lo bring fifteen more cars from
the factory. They will return Satur?
BOOKS OF TOWN
Expert Accountant Visits
Norton at Instance of City
Council to Furnish Official
Report to Public
Norton, Va.. Aug. 1?.?J. B.
Phelps, of Roanoke, representing
E. IS. Jacobs & Company, certified
public accountants, has arrived in
Norton for the purpose of auditing
the city's books. The work will re?
quire a week or two, after which the
report will be mads public.
The audit is made at the instance
of the finance committee of the town
council, with a view to securing an
accurate and official report, in order
j that the public may be informed of
' the town's financial condition and
, the manner in which the city affairs
have been conducted under the pres?
Still, if we are unable to get cual
this winter it will save us the trou?
ble of kicking over the price.
COUNTY EPWORTH i
Large Gathering at Meeting
Here Friday Night?Coe
btirri Wins Attendance
A very enthusiastic meeting: of the
Wise County Epworth League Union
wiii held in the Southern Methodist
church at this place Friday evening
August isih. The following chap?
ter.! were represented: ('oehurn,
Norton, Glamorgan, Appalachia,
Andover, Stonega, Cadet ami l?g
Stone Rap. There were about one
hundred ami fifty in attendance.
Supper was served on the ground:
near the church after which an in
foresting program was rendered by
the leaguers. The Sunday School
orchestra very ably assisted with
the music, (oehurn for the seco.id
time in succession secured the at
tendance banner, having this time
90 per cent, of the chapter member
ship pre. cut.
The following Officers Wile elect?
ed for the coming year. I'rseident,
Herman Kirschner, of Norton; Vice
President, Fred Fisher, of Stonega;
Secretary, Miss LucUe Ashworth, of
('oehurn; Treasurer, Miss F.li/.a Shu
gart, of Uig Stone tiap. The next
meeting is to he held in Cocburn,
PEABODY HAS PLAN
TO SOLVE MATTER
Free Competition, Says F. S.
Feabody, o I Clticarro,
Among Nation's 10,000
Coal Mines Will Solve
New Volk, Aug. It!.?"Free com?
petition involving a gigantic strug?
gle for existence" among the na?
tion's 10,11ml coal mines in which the
littest will survive, will solve the
problein of over development and
save tin- country $100,000,0110 a
year which now is wasted, F. S. Pea
body, of Chicago, meinbor of the
American institute of mining and
metallurgical engineers, declared
today in a report Ho tin- Federated
American Engineering Societies,
y "Too much coal" has become a
national menace to the industry and
to the pbeketbooks of the consuming
public, he said, and is costing Amer?
icans eighty cents for every ton
dropped into their bins.
Diagnosing the ills of the industry,
"I'rior to the war there Wen- 0,000
shipping mines in operation. At the
close of the war there were 10,000,
'which, if operated full time, would
produce 100 per cent, more coal than
is needed for consumption and ex?
Allowing for interruptions due to
I accidents, failures of car supplies
and "other uncontrollable factors,
which seem inherent in the coal in?
dustry." Mr. Peabody asserted, "it
is safe to say the present develop
incut capacity of tin- bituminous coal
mines in the United States is fullj
one-third greater than any possible
Computing the cost he estimates
the total investment in mines at i-,
0000,00tl,t)llll. One third uf this
amount, he contends,represent9 over
development, which, at six per cent.
] interest annually, costs the nation
Waste of man power is the second
I item mentioned. Of the 700,000 bi?
tuminous miners, there are 2(10,000
too many, Mr. Peabody maintained.
Their wages, at $1,!?00 each per
annum, represent the annual waste
Undci present conditions, (he 10,
000 mines each averages lut) idle
days a year. Ilased on this expe?
rience as the operator of 30 mines
in eleven distrust, Mr. Peabody esti?
mated the annual upkeep of the na?
tion's mines during; period of idle?
ness at more than $r>0,OUO,000.
CRT ACQUAINTED PARTY
There will be a "Gel Acquainted"
party at the home of Mrs. CS. N.
Knight, on Friday evening, at 8
o'clock. The primary object of this
gathering is to promote good-fellow?
ship between all our members. We
cordially invite those of other
churches to come and enjoy a pleas?
ant evening with us.
Committee of M. E. Church, South.
Never tell a stale joke. Forcing a
langh is too annoying to your frinds.
SLIGHT INCREASE IN
OVER LAST WEEK:
Total of 150.49S Tons of Coal
and 4,502 Tons of Coke
Shipped From This Field
During Week Ended Au
. gust 12
For the week ended August 12 u
total bt 150,'IDS tons of coal und I,
.inj tons of eoke were shipped from
this bold according to the weekly re?
port of the Virginia Coal Operators
Association. This was an Illcreusc
over last week of 9,71!I tons.
The N. .v \V. hauled IS,U7.1 tons
from mines along its lines; the Nor?
ton ,t Northern delivered "2,711 tons
to the triirtk lines at Norton; the In?
terstate dropped to 27.C2-I tons; the
Soul hern handled only ?S per cent,
of its normal Capacity, or 32,091
tons; while the ('., ('. ? O. reported
30,997 Ions for the week.
Car shortage Is the principal cause
of tin- low production in this field.
WELCOME IN GAP
Are Given Key to City and
Pledge Support in Local
Effort to Obtain Wild Cat
Route to Bristol
Fifteen automobiles carrying about
eighty boosters from Bristol arrived
In the Cap oil schedule time Friday
illuming. The blare of ll band an
iiouneed their arrival and a commit?
tee of local hushiess men extended
the visitors a royal welcome.
From the Cap the party went to
Appalachin ami returned here foi
lunch. Immediately after lunch a
meeting was held in the Amiizu
Theatre. The address of welcome
[was made by Mayor llorsley. Mr.
( h u b s T. Alexander, of Bristol, re?
sponded, lie explained the purpose
of the booster trip. "We an- not
here to get trade?we are here to
get nquuinted. We want you to
trade nt home, but when you buy out
of town come to Bristol."
Tin- A in a.-.11 meeting was turned
into ii good roads meeting und the
visitors pledged their support to?
wards obtaining tile Wild ('at Valley
route to Bristol. Mayor llorsley ex?
plained the advantages of the direct
route, via Natural Tunnel. He
was followed by .lohn W. Ch?lkley
who gave a lucid explanation of the
situation ns it stood. The Key. Jim?
my Smith also spoke and tobt of his
dreams of a great orphanage on Un?
ion!.- of the proposed road.
Immediately after the meeting the
visitors left for Wise, from which
place they returned to Bristol Friday
SURVEY IS NEARLY
COMPLETED FOR NEW
Appalachia-Lynch Road Sur?
vey Will be Completed
This Week?Will be Oper?
ated as Toll Road
Civil engineers sent out by the
state highway Commission to survey
the Appalachia-I.yncb road from
Laura to the Virginia-Kentucky line,
will complete the survey this week.
It is estimated that it will take about
two weeks In compile the figures and
map out a blue print.
The sale of the remainder of the
capital slock of the Virginia-Ken?
tucky Turnpike Association will then
be made. This association was or?
ganized for the purpose of building
and conducting a toll gate road until
such lime as the stute may see lit to
take il over, as a part of its highway
The plans of the association are to
grade the road this fall and bard sur?
face it next year. At the top of
Black Mountain the road will join a
similar road being built on the Ken?
tucky, connecting it with Lynch and
Benimm and a highway down I'oor
Fork via Harlan to Pinevllle apd
From Appalachia east, n road will
run via Jasper to Dulf.eld, Clinch
port and BrtMol, where it will con?
nect with a national highway into
Aaheville, N. C, and east.
The tentative offer of the L. &
N, to build a r.pur track to the
Hast 5th Street bridge hat met
with enthusiastic approval in the
Ii has been said that the people
living here are not alive to the
numerous opportunities tin
town's natural advantages affords.
This is not true of practical im?
provement;!; where tangible re?
sults are evident they do hot hold
bach. They not only support
these measures hut they subscribe
gncrQUsly to further any cause
which will benefit the community.
The proposition of the I.. ,t N.
to deliver freight to the town pro
vided the town built the track is
worth consideration. Dr. .1. A.
Gilmer has announced that lie
would gladly contribute tie- tlrst
hundred dollars, others have ex',
pressed a desire to subscribe;
The saving in drnyagc in a year
would amount almost to the sum
required to build the r.pur. Busi?
ness men here should gel behind
Mayor Hoi -ley and form an as?
sociation to build the track. It is
an opportunity many have Wished
for a gooil many years. Don't
.lose it now.
POWER HEADS VISIT
TO POCKET PLANT
Marry Reid, President ot
Kentucky Utilities Compa?
ny, 1.,. r>. Merrington,
President <>l The Electric
1 ransmission Company ni
Virginia ami District Man?
ager Walt Make Final
Trip of Inspection
The new $S7!".,IM;u addition to the
po\Ver plant of the Electric Trnns
mission Company of Virginia, at
Piicket, Virginia, has Juht been com?
pleted. Harry lleld, ?i Indianapo?
lis, president of the Kentucky Util?
ities Company, accompanied by 1.. II.
Ilerringinn, Louisville, presideM of
the Electric Ttaitiunls'sion Company
of Virginia, and. District Manager
It. M. Watt made a special tour of
inspection of the Pocket plant la t
week. The parly spent put of one
day in the Cap before going to Slo
nega and other points in the Held.
The new addition to the Pocket
plants makes this station the largest
of any in Southwest Virginia. Two
750 horse power hollers, on.- West
ingliouse horizontal 0,250 K. V. A.
(kilo volt amperes) turbine with
auxiliary apparatus constitute a part
of tin- new equipment. A i on. rctu
smoke stack 220 feel high and cost?
ing $55,000 was necessary t>> lake
?are of the increased facilities.
Mr. Heed expressed himself as be?
ing highly pleuscd with tin- plant and
was generous in his praise of South?
west Virginia. Many people in this
place ami other towns of Wise coun?
ty are stock hohler:! in the Kentucky
Will Be Held at Wise on
Monday, September 11th
? Congressman Slemp
Will be Among Speakers
On Monday, September I lib, 1922,
there will be a mass-meeting held at
Wise Court .House at 11:00
o'clock a. m. in the interest of tin1
lion, .lohn II. Ilassinger, Kp?blicnii
candidate for Congress. Hon. c. II.
Slemp, Hon. I.. P. Summers will he
tjmong the speakers and a large at?
tendance is requested lo hear the Is?
sues of the campaign discussed in
an intelligent manner.
Rev. J. William Dowell Accepts
Baptist Call at Appatachia?
Church Without Pastor Since
The Itev. .1. William Powell, of
Knoxville, who recently closed a
very successful series of rovivnl
meetings at the First Baptist church
of Appalachian has accepted a call
tendered him by that church.
The church lias hi'eii without a
pastory since lute spring of thjs year
when the Rev. Harry Garileld Mohl
resigned to accept a large church at
Princeton. N. J.