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BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA., WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 13, 1922
IS LOVELY AFFAIR
lr. and Mrs. W. B. Fulton
Celebrate Twenty - Fif.th
Anniversnry o f Their
Wedding at Wise?More
Than 60 Guests Present
Mr. nnd Mrs. W. 11. Pulton colo
rated ll-.u-ir twehiy-Afth anniversary
. f their wedding Fridny, December
liit. nt their home on BirchAchl
Little Miss Verna Mae Barr drcss
, i in a pretty white erepe de chine
, bearing n silver card tray,
I .1 the front door, and upon oti
g Mrs. lt. R. Roberts invited
guests into the living room where
. Fulton gowned in n handsome
; riiwh laee dress, wearing a corsage
? Vnicrican beauty roses, Mr. Ful?
ton with a most gracious manner,
ilrs. I'urtis Richmond, their daugh?
ter, dressed in beautiful black
broi nded silk, little two year old
Ahne Fulton Richmond; their only
. hild, behuifully dressed in
I , . rope de chine with touch.'s of
. conducting herself in mich a
ladylike manner, won the admiration
those present, Mrs. N. F. Mix,
attired in a black lace dress
with trimmings of blue, ami Mrs.
X Ii Dotson, an aunt, was dressed
il nek lace over white satin. Mood
i:i the receiving line.
1 he house was decorated through
? with potted ferns and pink enrhn
Mrsi \V. It. Addington and Mrs.
i It. McKlroy conducted the :-ti> sis
tii the dining room, whore many pink
and white wax tapirs east a soft
light, from the chandelier hung a
.'it ill pink wedding bell, and the
color scheme of pink and white was
rallied out in decorations ami re?
freshments. A delicious salad course
served followed by ice cream,
ii oulded in :i pink wedding bell, mac
eiiroons, pink and white, heart simp?
el mints und salted almond. Mrs.
II. A. Lucy and Mrs. K. Ii. Barr sat
at the table ami poured coffee from
Silver Cbffco Urns. Mesdamcs. .1. II.
Vicars, \V. II. Lipps, c. F. Bruce,
Misses Lila Vicars, Sarah lleaty ami
Jacipielin Mix assisted with lite
During the afternoon music was
rendered by the following: Mrs.
.'.ones Dale, accompanied by Mr.-.
Charles Blckloy, sang, ??Call Me
Thine Own." Mrs. Carrie Aldcrsnii
mg, "When you ami 1 were young
Maggie/' N. F. His rendered sever?
al instrumental selections; Mrs. W.
'I. Moruil und Mrs. .lames Dale sang
Mr. nnd Mrs. Fulton were the re
i ipicnts of many beautiful silver
There were about sixty guests in
attendance nt this most hospitable
atfair. Among the out of town guest
were: Dr. und Mrs. .1. A. Mcliuirc,
Mis. T. M. Cherry, Mrs. 11. M. Mil.s
and Mrs. It. A. Richmond, of Norton,
Miss Kitty Grnves and mother of
Hiistol, and Miss Idella Myers, of
EVENTS FILL BUSY
WEEK AT WISE
Fortnightly Club and Mrs.
C. R. McCorkle Entertain
?Other Items of Much
l'he Fortnightly Club met at the
ue of Mrs. Doc tii Bicklcy Wed
loy, November -'.lib. Those pres
' in addition to the members were:
Mrs. E. 11. Broadwatcr, Miss Kate
'< ay, Mrs. Olli,- Stallard, Mrs. W. 1!.
Hamilton, Mrs. \V. G. Moroni Mrs.
It. McCorkle, Mrs. O. II. Gijjy and
Mrs. James Dale.
Members and guests enjoyed a de
ightful course consisting of chicken
.'..id, oyster patties, celery, cran?
berries, hot rolls, cake and coffee.
The favors were dainty mints in at?
Among the numerous social events
which occurred in Wise during
Thanksgiving week, one of the most
charming was the afternoon social
with which Mrs. C. It. McCorkle en?
tertained the Fortnightly Club.
The guests took a lively interest in
a progressive "Geographien! Con?
test" played nt four tables. Mrs.
Carrie Aldcraon won the highest
BIG STONE'S SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND CAMPUS
The New $50,000 Big Stone Gap High School BuHdirig (Left) and the Old
Budding Which is Now Used for the Primary and Grammar Grades
THOROUGHNESS OF SCHOLARSHIP AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
IS FOUND AMONG GREATEST NEEDS FOR BETTER SCHOOLS
Iii?; Stone Gap has the rcjiju*
tntioh nf being a good school
town. Wo appreciate the value
of such a reputation, an.I it is
our aim not only to maintain
this reputation hut to extend
It and make it greater. So, we
ashed Mr. il. I.. Sulfridge, head
of the h.ral schools, to toll how
our schools may he improved.
What he has to say is of leal
interest to every patron in the
By II I.. SULFRIDGE
IN'CK I have beCli reejiicsted td
t. il how our schools may he
^""^ improved it will he my pur?
pose in this brief article to suggest
a few things we may do to accom?
plish tili;1 purpose.
Quality ?f \ybrk
Olid of the coiniudnost criticisms of
the public schools today is that we
fail to ihi our work thoroughly. To
a certain extent this criticism is just
and we public school people feel the
force of it keenly. This criticism
applies to every public school of my
acquaintance. Admitting this, the
only sensible tliini; to du is to face
the problem honestly and endeavor
to solve it. hut the .solution will
take much time and patience.
Our critics usually point to the
old academies and private schools
and remind us of the thorough man?
ner in which they tiitight. Triie
enough, but they seem to for?
get that those old academies and pri?
vate .schools usually had limited
numbers and a select group of stu?
dents, while the public school is try?
ing to educate all classes. That
makes our problem decidedly tin,re
In working for thoroughness in
our public schools, two or three
things are essential to our success.
Ill the fust place, we must have the
intelligent support of our patrons.
Some time ago 1 had a business man
say to me: "1 don't want my boy
promoted. lie doesn't know his
Arithmetic well enough." Assum?
ing thai this man knew what he was
score in this novel contests
At the conclusion of the game, this
hostess, assisted by Mrs. Creed
Bruce, served an elaborate salad and
ice course followed by mints and
nuts. The ices, candies and favors
were beautifully appointed in the
Fortnightly Club colors of violet and
Reports reaching this place from
Coeburn indicate that a weekly news?
paper will be started there in the
near future. Coeburn is the largest
town in the county without a paper
of any kind. It is believed that the
location is ideal and that the paper
will be a success. It will be owned
by local stockholders, according to
I the report.
talking about, bo is just the typo <>f|
patron wo must have if wo are to
so?nil- thoroughness in our school
work. There is too much clamoring
..ii the part of liotli parents and pu?
pils fin promotion CcrtilUiilos, units,
?mil lite credit?. Not that these tiih
gibtc evidences of advancement nr.'
had in themselves, hut thai in out
anxiety to obtain theiii we would
lower the standard- of seholiirslnn oil
which th. y should he based. A high
school diploma awarded on evidence
of ie.il scholarship and a high tt .
(lard of personal merit i :. hcmiU
ful and worthy attainment, but
Kraut? I "ii any other bli'si < it i .,
thing "if tpie.stioniible value and may
he positively Injurious.
Teachers Are Willina
I Pupils in their progress through
school miist he led to place a higu
value en thorbugtmcss. This can
usually be done provide.I parents nil I
teachers alike emphasize the inlpor
lance of high standards. My ac |
ipiuintai.ee with teachers lend, hie
to believe that they are fur tin- m >?| I
part willing and desirous of ??:
for thoroughness, but they n't-n
IIml it mi up hill pull, especially if
the pupils and parents are indiffer?
ent to the importance of what the
teachers are trying to do.
Finally, I think it i.- posMIite that
I we are trying to cover too much sub
j ject Iiiatter in our public school
courses-. If this is true, the Idaine
must he placed on these who humil?
iate the State Course of Study. Hut,
even admitting that the courses are
too comprehensive, wo might avoid
tills dillicnlty in the way of linn.High?
ness by carefully defining our aims
and placing emphasis mi tin- Illing;
the pupils should know especially
weih Here in U'i-e County we are
now making an otfort to define spe?
cific alms in the various subjects in
the high school! Once we haw (lies,,
aims clearly defined we hope to place
e'eiphasis in such manner tiiat certain
definite results ein be obtained,
Itut the probtont of securing thor?
oughness; and maintaining a high
standard of scholarship for those who
revelation physical education and
physical training have been intro?
duced into nil the best school sys?
tems of the country. Here in Itig
STILL ON INCREASE
Coal Production Drops 12,
112 Tons for Week Ending
December 2, 1922
T!il' weekly coal production report
for the week-ending December 2,
1"22, shows that coke produced ii:
this field reached the highest mark
so far this year. A total of i:t,2SI
tons were produced for the week.
Coal went down and a total of 161,
CHI toiis reported, a decrease over
the previous week of 12,112 tons.
The N. & W. handled 21,271 tons
for the week; the Norton ami North?
ern 2,388 tons; the Interstate 2-1,050
tons; Southern :>1,1 10 tuns, ami the
C, C. & O. 012 tons; a total of
Storio Gap we arc handicapped iu mir
efforts ti> give an effective course in
physical education for two reasons:
first, our schedule is already so
. rowded '.hat we have little time for
it in connection with the regular
school wdi'Kjand, iu the second place,
we have no suitable place to give
such training during the winter son
??<?!:. Ikjwever, realizing the great
graduate from our schools ii hy no
menu ; an easy one, and iu order to
achieve a satisfactory solution we
must have the cooperation und snp
pot t of all concerned.
iHiring the late w.ir the selective
draft revealed to us the serious heed
for physical education. About one
man mil of every four examined for
military service was found to he phy?
sically unlit. As a result of this .-ad
importance of looking after the
proper physical development of the
pupils) we do give physical drills
hbth in the classroom ami on the
playground v.l.en the weather per?
mits. In addition, the children are
taught nuiuertius games suitable to
their age ami grade. In the high
school, the ii-ual hall teams are or?
ganized and trilek athletics are em?
phasized: Hut we are not doing what
we should do along Hie line of physi?
cal education for the reasons men
Wo need a gymnasium, and 1 think
we should plan to secure a building
for his purpose within the next two
or three years. A building to meet
oar commniiity requirements should
contain a loom Inrgc enough for u
gymnasium ami auditorium com
billed. This room could be used for
basketball and other indoor games
a.- wa ll as for physical drills. There
should he ' in.wer liaths and dressing
rooms for both girls and hoys. In
addition, there should be a communi?
ty library and rending room. Such
a building could be made a sort of
community center; and thereby
-eive the needs of tile entire town
as well as the school. In fact one of
the greatest needs of I'.ig Stone Rap
is a place where young people can
ipehd their leisure time iu whole?
WISE HI DEFEATS
NORTON AND COEBURN
Saturday night, December the
basketball team of Wise High School
played the team of Norton High
School. The game was played in
the community building nt Norton.
At the end of the first quarter the
score was six and seven in favor of
Wise. At the end of the first half
the score which ha.I gone continually
in favor of Wise, was now seven to
fourteen. At the end of the game the
score was twenty to twenty-three in
favor of Wise. Great interest was
shown by boosters from both Nor?
ton and Wise.
Oil Wednesday night, December
it, the Norton community building
was again the scene of victory for
the Wise basket ball team which
played against the Cocburn team.
The score was twenty to sixteen in
favor of Wise.
COUNTY CHAMP IS
OUT TALKED BY GIRLS
The- auditorium of the Wise High
School was the scene of exultation
Thursday morning when two girls of
the Nightingale Literary Society de?
feated two hoys of the Phoenix Lit?
erary Society in a debate. Kotiert
Uclchcr was presiding President and
Nannie Kilon Lipps, presiding Secre?
tary of the meeting. Burns Fulton
and ?'all Hamilton, the hoys' team,
accepted their defeat with good
grace, Ilentrice llylton, who, with
Carl Hamilton, was county represen?
tative at Chnrldttesville last year,
and Nannie Dougherty, a new speak?
er, were representing the girls. The
question for debate was, Resolved,
that the United States should build
and maintain a larger navy. From
the reports and statistics given, it
could he discerned that the debaters
had worked very hard for their sides.
Miss Hilton and Miss Dougherty,
especially are t.i he congratulat.il,
as they begun working rather late.
The speeches of Fulton atul Hamilton
also weic very tine and showed a
g.I knowledge of the subject. Ful?
ton especially showed wide research,
a good knowledge of the country
and its statistics; and a large vocab?
COUNl II. I IAS SAVED
BIG STONE MONEY
The town council for the last few
years have done some big things for
the town's future welfare and inter?
When the mountain slid down over
the Southern Railroad and threaten?
ed our pitss way through the (lap,the
Council gut busy and contracted their
town limits so as to leave this part
of the load outside of town to tile
county. The county supervisors and
CoinmonweaWi'.'i Attorney did not
appreciate this generous gift of the
town, as it was estimated to cost the
county over one hundred thousand
dull.ii s tu litlild cement walls and
protect this road but arrangements
were made to turn this over to the
slate highway and they have made a
nice job (if ii and the road is secure
through trie Cap. if this had been
dune by the town wo would have had
to issue bonds and would have had
im money to build mir streets in
The council looking forward to the
needs of a grollt city which llig Stone
Cap will lie some day, have purchas?
ed at a cost of twenty-four thousand
dollars three thousand acres of land
on High Knob at head of water sup?
ply and have built a cement dam so
as to have a lake tu hohl over one
hundred million gallons of water.
The lauds and thuil are more than
half paid fur and the water rents
will pay for both in a few years.
The concrete foundation fur the
two and a half miles of road through
town to the depots ha- been finished
and the asphalt, tup will he laid as
soon as weather will permit.
The next move contemplated by
the memlierii of the council is to ob?
tain a union depot and inure manu?
COUNTY E. L UNION
MEETS AT COEBURN
Musical Tea and Many Oth?
er Activities Crowd Week
in Border City
The Wi.-e County Epworth League
Union meets Friday evening, Decem?
ber 15th at the Methodist church,
flood music, good program. F.very
body is invited to attend.
A delightful musical tea was giv?
en by the ladies of the Methodist
Church at the home of Mrs. 1?. ('.
Perry on Thursday from 3:30 till
9:00 o'clock. Music was furnished
in the evening by the Coeburn Or?
chestra. Delicious refreshments
were served. A silver offering was
Myr? Cawood spent the week-end
with relative? in llig Stone Gup.
Hesse Kilgoro was confined to her
home last week on account of tonsil
Miss Halt spent Thanksgiving in
Miss Martin, Etta Hillm.in, Edna
McConnell, Mary McCarty, Leslie
Ilillmnn, L. J. Wolfe und Roy Home
attended the football game at Km
(Continued un pagu 8.)
WAS GREAT SUCCESS
Many Hear Good Speaking,
Good Music and Have
Plenty to Eat at Sunday
The few who fail,.! to attend the
Sunday School Class Social given at
the Mchodist church on last Wednes?
day night missed many good things
ami it is not likely they will he ab?
sent next time if there should hap?
pen to he another one, after they
have learned the "inside fact.)."
Aside from the splendid social en?
joyment the attendants were given
a rare tieat of good speaking, instru?
mental and vocal music, and a course
of refreshments that was equal to a
hotel menu. Short talks were made
by Prof. Graham, of Kast Stone Gap,
I'rof. Su I fridge, Supt. Kelly, Mr.
MouSer, Mrs. Skcen and Miss Scwcll.
Mr. Graham spoke on the very inter?
esting subject of "II,iw to Conduct a
Sunday School." Mr. Sulfrtdgc was
culled on for a short speech ami he
tried to decline by saying that he
thought the audience had heard
enough from the school teachers ami
that he did not want to delay the
program farther as he "smelted
something" that was appetizing. A
few minutes later the ladies served
refreshments while the crowd was
told to make themselves at home, ns
all formalities would cease.
The music furnished by a four
piece orchestra ami a vocal solo by
Mis* Davenport was highly pleasing
to the audience. Every one express?
ed themselves as having enjoye.l the
evening to the fullest extent and hop?
ed tin' lime would not be long off
when another social of a like na?
ture would In1 held. It is understood
the younger folks of the Sunday
school are thinking of having a "so?
cial" and will do their best to ar?
range a program that will surpass
that of the older heads.
AM ICON FRUIT CO.
TO HAVE BRANCH IN
NOR TON. JANUARY 1
RhuTield Concern Has Se?
cured Lease from N. & W.
Representatives of the Amlcon
Fruit Company, of HluCftcld, have
been iu Norton for the past week
perfecting their arrangements to lo?
cate a branch house at this place.
They have secured a lease from the
N. .v W. Railway Company adjoining
the lot occupied by the Wise Hard?
ware Company ami expect to begin
building soon after the first of the
Mrs. .1. II. Skaggst was called to
Johnson City on account of the se?
rious illness of her brother who was
injured by a shot by a passenger
whom be was hauling iu bis car. The
passenger was under the influence
of whiskey and although he left the
car as soon as the shooting occurred
j he was s?,,ii captured and placed
in jail for safe keeping.
P. Ik Kline, who was operated on
for appendicitis last Sunday at the
Norton Hospital is getting on nicely
and will soon be out again.
Ralph Mcl.emore spent the week?
end with relatives at Wise.
Miss Pauline Fletcher, of Cattle
wood, Va., spent Sunday with her
aunt, Mrs. C. A. Uroadwater on
(i. E. Ilucscr, who was formerly
located at Abingdon, Va., has accept?
ed a position with the Norton Gro?
cery Company and has come to take
up his duties. His family will come
as soon as he is able to get a suitable
.1. li. ('lay, of Coeburn, was iu
Norton Friday of bis week.
Mr. Glan Gibson went to Roanoke
last week on business.
Geo. Naff, with thu llristol Ice
Cream Company, was in Norton Fri?
i H. W. Renfro, of Dorchester, was
in Norton on business Saturday.
J. 1'. Lay, of Coeburn, was calling
on friends in Norton Thursday.
Miss Ethel White spent last week
with relatives in Scott county.
Mrs. Mary Glenn Jessee is visiting
relatives in Louisville.
Mr. Harvey Meade and son, Sam,
attended the foot ball gumo nt Roa?
noke last week.
The Cemetery Club had a doll sale
Ion Saturday which netted then) quite
a nice little sum.