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v??<hiiig Shall be Indifferent to us which Advance* the Cause of Truth anil Morality, or which Concern* the Welfare of Hie Community in which we Live.
A Government tribunal ft r regu
lation of Hie coal industry under :i
statutory co tie. or industrial law en
f orbed only by powt r of public
opinion was recom mended in a
? report prevented to the Senate last
y by Chairman Ki nyon of the
L?bor Gommittc, which recently in
vestigated disorders in Jlic West Vir
, gioift-Ken tucky coal Jiclds.
<re])Ort lield that both coal
open&xrs and miners were respon
sible' lor the recent fatal eonllicis
and property ^Instruction in West
Virginia and said mutual conces
sions by "the coal operators and
United Mi ne Workers would have to |
*Wmade to end tiic contlict.
4<The issue is perfectly plain,"
said Senator Kenyan's report. "The
operators in this pastieular section
of west Virginia openly' announce
y will not employ men be
longing to the unions. And further,
have the right, and will
exercfsc it if they desire, to dis
charge a man if he belongs to the
untori. On the other hand, the
titatyed Aline Workers are detenu in
ed^O unionize these fields," which
aire'* practically the only large and
"important coal lields an 'the United
States not unionized."
t|te proposal for a Federal coal
trUmal and code of laws, applying
t>o*b to operators and miners, was
IiiSU.personal suggestion. Senator
'von said . Other members of tlie
uting eonyivittec did ' not
report and are at liberty to
individual reports.
proj>osed Government coal
board would be organized, under
Senator Kenyon's suggestion, like.
Che Railway Labor Board with three
representatives each of the employ
< ees, the employers and the public,
appointed by the President. Tlic
tuvougtnial code would be enacted
by -ijCongress and its pninciples in
terpreted by the boaird.
I jgoMressional leaders, preparing
out ithe Administration's
.plati to put through a soldiers' bonus
. billi are analyzing the statement of
t(4he Treasury's .reason for comtinu
i?d "Opposition to the bonus. Secre
' tary,: Mellon declared that any at
tempt 'to provide fc.r the bonus thru
{?se cf the principal and interest of
j the {fort ?ign debt to this country
wmtjkjt be "futil as well as unwise,
anti j&at an attempt to do so
through new government borrowing
jS$m(ube "dangerous in the ex
i trame." If ithere is to be a bonus
j we secretary said, it "must be pro
jvitted tor through taxation, and
ifthrciiUgh taxation in addition to the
iaxes.imposetl by existing law."
i; t JSsti^iiatcs of Government receipts
jand Expenses for the fiscal years,
1922 and 1923, show there will
:"j?are probably*' be a deficit than a
surpus, he said, and there had been
I no allowance for such additional ex
'^jBttDBture as would be involved in a
.bonus .for the first two years. On the
]nflort*on servative estimates, he says
dfliis would probablv be not less than
itvc me.n walked into I lie First
icMial Bunk of Grafton, a suburb, 1
irgli, last Friday morning and J
..killing Harold Moss, assistant ;
forced five clerks and a wo
ttfostomcr into a vault. Tliey J
the bank of 'approximately
iin easJli and seeurities and
in an automobile toward the
NjEfattie.sburg, Miss., on the same (
po ar,med ,men Tie lei up the ;
slurk of the (iirault Motor
ly and obtained 8180.01)0 in
Kfiiiid commercial paper.
? Ciatto, a settle, inent about II miles j
from Bine field was practically total- 1
ly id^$biycd by fire on the 27th. i
Hie loss being estimated at approxi
mately ?40,000, with insurance of
profoa/bly one-sixth that amount.
Just how the fire started no-body j
seams 4o know, but originated in a !
house next to the postoflice about j
f> o'clock, it swept the entire busi-j
neAs^ditstricts and from * 20 to 30
||fS|itoJe count v voters will face
?ft?ther county seat removal election
?toon, as a result of the deeis
'Of the State Supreme Court of1
? on Tuesday, in which a
I t of mandamus was awarded in I
le Cflpe of ( i . II. Marcum and others'
tiie Wayne County Court. I
The only explanation of Tanlac's
tttxil fcuccc s is Tanlac's true wort'h.
Phe^Lewiiburg Drug Store.
in Washington (iity the roof of j
Knickerbocker Theater crashed in !
! under the weight of more than two j
J feet of snow and 112 lives tossed an j
many more injured. This occurred i
on Saturday night. The second i
j ".movie** sh.ow was on :?t the time j
and there were only from 1100 U> j
I -KM) hundred people present. Iludi
there heen more present at the time |
the death list would no doubt have j
been larger.
There is only one survivor ?W.
11. Morris, of Buckhaunon, W. Va.. ?
thus far who has told of having ]
;heard that warning and seen the
lirst powdery handful of snow sift
down over the head of the orchestra
ilettder in time to make his escape. I
i l*rom his seat well forward on the J
?main lloor, he raced for tin* doors 1
(at the bock. A great blast of air !
'?expelled as the roof came down, I
?hurled him out through the door
way to safety.
\ John III Smithwick, of Pene.icola,
Florida a member of the House from j
ithat State, gives the following de
scription of the disaster.
\ "The noise \v<as awful. It was a
great, tremendous roar. It was sim
Iplv lindescribuble. I never can for
get it: **
I "In the midst of the roaring were
(shrieks .ami cries of *wonie>n and
'.children and a few shouts of ,men.
ITherc -were cries for help, groans
lanid, *wor.s1 of all, the moan of those
?in terrible pain. It was awful. I
'can't describe it. I see it all the
(ti,me, those poor children and men
and women crying and groaning
| "There were only a few of us in
lithe balcony. Luckily there weren't
(more. The balcony gave way and
[crashed, soon after tlie ceiling be
gan to fall, on those on the lower
tloor. They were caught the worst.
We in -the balcony were more fortu
| "I guess there was lapse of jnay
?be twenty seconds, hardly more, be
fore the balcony fell. Funny, but it
spun around, kind of twisted, as its
istrppoittts gave way and it ' swung
klown on those below. It didn't go
straight down, just slid sideways
[and slrnling, I suppose from the
weight of the derbis that had fallen
jon us up stairs..
\ "I don't know how I got out from
, where I was crouched under that
chunk of plaster that had fallen on [
me. I really believe it weighed .">1)0 '
pounds. Ariel I think I moved that [
?with my shoulders. Anyway, Ij
?oriawled out between ithe seats to ;
where I saw a small hole in the '
plaster above. I forced myself up!
through that hole, wiggling and |
'shoving. Then 1 crawled out over!
i'the snow and plastc, over the tang- 1
,led debris, to the doors on the'
['eighteenth street side." i
A nrntrriiage license was issued at
/the Mingo county clerk's" ollice :i !
Williamson, to Mrs. Sid Hatfield and
?Sylvester II. Peltry, until recently a
member of (Company H. West Vir
ginia State Police, stationed at Mate
?wan. Mrs. Hatfield's first husoand
jwas C .('. Testerman, was shot to
'death while Mayor of Matewan in
{the street battle there May 1!), 1920.
|when ten men were killed. Later,
(she was married in Huntington to
(Sid Hatfield, chief of police at Male
jwan (Inning the time of the street
[battle. Hatfield was shot to death
(with lid. Chambers on the Court
jllouv.c steps, at Welch, August, 1.
? 1921, while with their wives, they
?were entering the Court House to
face trial on charges of shooting up
the town of Mohawk, McDowell
; county.
One of the heaviest snow storms
in many years began falling on
Thursday night, of last week in the
Atlantic States ? extending from the
Carolina's through Virginia and as
far Nor tit jis Mas sell use Its, where it
seems to have left the land and con
tinued on the Atlantic. Traffic of
all kinds was tied up, both in the
cities and on the railroads. The
depth varied from one to two and
one-half feet. Great damage was
done at many places.
At the regular incut ing of the City
Council held last week at Hichwood
the contract was let for the construe
Hon of a 'two-spun, arch, reinforced
.concrete bridge over Cherry Hiver
at the South end of Oakford Avenue
in 'the city of Hichwood, to the
I alien Bridge Company, of York, Pa.
' West Virginia is about to offer
herself on the altar of science to
answer the query: "How much la\
ation can the people ?tand?"
A preliminary audit of the affairs
of Baieigh county. conducted by an
export from the ollice of State Tax
Commissioner llallalian, reveals, ae
(?(.nUnj; to -the auditor, a condition
from which Mr. Ilallahan slides it
.will lake the county at least three i
years to recover, and that with the i
most rigid kind of economy.
Mr. llallalian lias recommended |
to tin- county court the qiuployment j
in the county clerk's ollice of an ex- i
pcrienccd bookkeeper to keep ac- j
curate records of the financial af- ;
fairs of the county, and such a step ;
will prohahly be taken as soon as ;
! lie written report of the auditor is i
received from the tax commission- j
er's ollice.
mDeceiuber bills cannot be paid by !
the county court, and they will have ;
to go by default until another lax I
levy can be laid and collected.
The audit revealing the above
state of alVairs was made at the in
stance of the members of the court, i
who recently went to Charleston in j
a body for a conference with Tax
Commissioner Ilallahan. A .more
thorough audit of affairs of the
county will probably follow, and
that 't.he county will have to re-cs
taiblLsh its financial pois^ by the ex
orcise of rigid economy in every de
partment. The measures of ' re
trenchment recently adopted by the
(knrrt will have to be extended in
every direction.
County Clerk Jackson Smith, in
disclosing the matter, stated that to
him it was little wonder that i
the County was "broke," and that
the State was threatened* with the
same condition by the first of March I
He called attention to the fact ,
that expenses have been increased !
all along the line. The cc> t of main
taining the jail, he said, bad doubled
by reason of the doubling of its pop
ulation by the prohibition law. The
pay of jurors, lie stated has been in
creased one dollar per day.
The facts are simply that the
county court has run out of money,
and imr.il &'top spending it." was Mr.
Smith's concluding remark.
Bobbery and "the silence of
death" were motives inspiring the
gruesome murder Monday night of
last week at Salt Hock. Cabell coun
ty, on "Uncle" (IHey Bias, til, belov
ed old resident of Tyler Creek, ac
cording to an alleged confession of
Arthur Vernatter, a neighbor boy,
arrested by Detective Sam Davis in
connection with the murder.
The body of Bias was found Tues
day lying in a hollow near the Vcr
natlcr home, tiie head crushed. 1
clothes robbed of money and v.:i!ua- 1
blcs and the gold teelh dug ouj of
his moulh. All efforts toward solv
ing Ihe murder failed until recent j
investigation led lo Vernatter's
arrest. Young Vernatter was 1
brought to the county jail, where lie i
was confined pending further inves-l
ligation into what is declared by I
authorities to have been one of the i
most horrible crimes in the history i
of Cabell county.
Denying his own responsibility ;
for the crime, Vernatter in his con-!
fession named .1. K. Vass. another ;
neighbor and telegraph operator j
employed on the (iuyan V:vlley di
vision of the Chesapeake & Ohio,
railroad, as the arch conspirator
and acttual murdered, lie described
the lurid details of a mid-night ex
cursion lo the secluded mountain
home of the kindly patriarch, his ;
abductioin ami subsequent murder
in the Yass home more than a mile
away. i
j The recent conference of farm
ers at Washington made the follow
ing recommendations :
More elastic farm credits by Fed
eral Reserve and farm loan amend
ments. Acceptance of Henry Ford's
? Muscle Shoals oiler. Approval of
the Sa>int Lawrence waterway. Low
\ er wages and lower rates on rn.il
!, roads. No tax-free securities cx
Icept farm bank loans. Protection
j; of fanners in tariff legislation. Op
position to repeal of Panama ('.anal
tolls. Hydro-electric development,
j .National irregation, reclamation
| grazng and colonization policy. Re
duction of retail prices. Preferen
tial rales on agriculture. Industrial
habituation of Kurope.
j Von will want a bottle ,of the
| wonderful Tanlac remedy. You can
>Ket it frqtn The l.cwiburg Prug
I Store.
| The thing that got the biu money
I in the "movies" fir Will llaycs
'seems lo be his platform: "Hut.
boys, ge'. the money."
i Miners need education and I urge
i you lo l;iV ?* advantage <vi mining
'schools ;; i i ? I mining insliti.Mcs and
j ;> 1 1 for(ins (;f edu'-atlon. No j ?? ? " i i ! ?. ? 1
out ( !i :< t a *. < . i ! 1 1 f ? man s.ionhl have
j more ambition than lo In* : ?. ' isfied
? with ;i coal rultcr. a Irarkm; n or .i
j drivor all of his I ift*t ijut*. hut he
[should endeavor to prepare iiimself
j for higher positions. Accumulate
education because <il !?eeonie. indeli
I !>ly placed and you cannot spend or
, lose it. Me urged the miners t<>
(spend money in acquiring a educa
tion in stead of spending their
money in poo! rooms and i;ou-e;>sen
tial foolishness as is so generally
done in *the mining towns, (let an
education. "You have no time to
spend in school but you have Ihe
opportunity to go lu night school. I
?um close to (ill years, hut man is
?never too old to learn. Join the in
stitute, learn to converse with min
ing men, with the manager. Talk
the subject lo the pit boss, talk about
developing your intellect and grasp
the opportunities for education. J
Learn arithmetic, spelling and liow j
to write your expressions intelli
gently. If you go to the institute
you will talk the subjects that of-!
iic.ials of 111-.' urine do and .instead of |
disagecmeut, ih.-ro will be a unity
of opinion."
The above is clipped from an ad
dress by one H. Batley, delivered
at u mitim# institute at Clarksburg.
It iks common sense. Without an in
telligenee there ran be no under -
?stauding; without understanding'
there can be no co-operalh n. Hearty
ami whole-souled co-opera 'ion i.> {tie
demand. It is needed not only be- 1
it ween the miners and mine owners j
but it is needed in every avenue of]
human endeavor.
Changes in the revenue law are of j
material benefit to the average fa.ni- 1
ily man. Under the revenue act of!
11)21 a married person, living with j
wife or husband, whose net income |
for HWJ was 95,000 or less, is allow
ed a personal exemption of >'2, 500.
Under the revenue act of 1918 the
exemption allowed a married per
son was $2,000, regardless of the
{-.mount of net income.
The normal tax rate is the same,
?1 per cent on the first $-1,000 of net
income above the exemptions, and
8 per cent on the remaining net in
come. (liven his personal exemp
tion of $2,500, plus $400 for each de
pendent, a married .man with three
children ? ti\e average Amei ican
family ? will pay this year on a net !
income of $1,000 a tax of $12. On j
the ?:?me income for 1921 he would:
have paid a 'tax of *50.
Kvery citizen and resident of the i
United Stales must doW-niiine for j
himself whether his income for)
1921 was sufficient ito require that a
return he filed. Full instructions
for making out a -return are con- j
taincd c.n the forms a copy cf which j
will he sent to taxpayers who filed j
a return last year. Failure to re- 1
ceive a return, however, does not '
relieve a taxpayer of his obligation i
to file a return on time, on or before '
March. 15, 1922. Forms ma\ he ob- /
lained from collectors of internal '
revenue and branch offices.
The Mouse Inst week declared il- '
self in favor of I Ii c* Federal Govern
men! exenting its authority in ;ui ef- j
fort to Stamp out lynching, pushing. I
by a vote of 230 to ll!?, t in* Dyer
anti-lynching bill. Seventeen ilc
pirl.lieans joined I Oli Democrats in ?
Ac/ling in the oj>position. while eight
Democrats and one Socialist (Lon
don, New York) voted with 221 Mr- 1
publicans in favor of the measure.
I'lie hill provides life imprison- j
incut or lesser penalties for persons i
who participate in lynchings and
for State, County and Municipal Of-j
liciiils who fail through negligence
to prevent them. The measure also]
.stipulates that the county in which t
inobs form or kill anyone shall for- 1
J'eit $10,000 to the family of the
^ We don't like to mention it he- 1
?cause il is the Truth that hurts and j
though crushed to the caritli will j
rise again. Over at M.ihie in this
?county where they had a thriving j
coal town before the lb-publican
Hood (I rowed it all out and the place
went Republican, for the lirst lime
in its history It is also calling f<?r
help now for the first time in Lis
history and the Hed Cross and other
charitable organizations are con
tributing money and food and cl< 'li
nn? to feed tiie starving and freez
ing miners of Hi;.! once , ; < % pe:
pli-.ce. liimdol i>/i litilcrin'isc. '
1 . .
Ilciirv Ford authorized the l>e
I r <?i t Times to transmit to members
< '< i n i* 1 Iiis i ? >?i licit they
their immediate attention to
-the vital question of |lu? future sup
jpl> of fiuds for list- in comhu -lion
, engines. principalh automobile
' mo ton's. In an interview with Mr.
.Ford lir saiil thai at Mich a time as
i now, when farmers 'throughout the
country have millions of bushels of
it-orn on liaml an<l with no prospect
lot' a market for the product*. Con
gress rhould turn its attemtion to the
| manufacture of commercial alcohol.
"With these millions of bushels of
corn tin the hands of the farmers,
and with 'the country stocked with
food enough to last for the next live
'years. I suggest to Congress that
.manufacturing plant be established
about the country for the making of
commercial alcohol to take the place
of the fa.?t diminishing supply of
gasoline," he said.
"Congress is in a position to pass
the necessary legislation to permit
of th<* establishment of these manu
facturing points , and I 'take this
lueans of citing to our Senators and
Representatives ? grave situation.
"Such a manufacture of commer
cial alcohol wouhl have at least itwo
^results which would make it worth
"while. " said Mr. Ford. "First, it
would create a substitute for shale
oil products, which, when they are
exhausted, will not be created again
imt.il the earth experiences another
?upheaval, if ever; and, second, it
will creat;* a market for the farmer,
whose corn i; now a drug on the
The fact that there is a daily wid
ening gulf between the IirLtish and
(French governments cannot be
/glassed over. From every quarter
evidences of the deepening differ- 1
ences are given, and there is a feel- I
iug that the (icnoa Conference is i
likely Ho witness the climax of the
rsituation that has been developing |
for months, and which has ' been
greatly accelerated since Poincure
took the reins. Thoughtful men in j
.Paris <and London deplore the lack
of easiness which characterizes the
discussions. Pc.incare slaps hard at
Lloyd George's methods of diplo
macy 'and declines to conduct ne
gotiations with him except (through
formal ambassadorial channels; re
jects the protFcred pact and starts
(he French press singing in this !
same key. In return Lloyd George
scatehingly remarks that it is only
those who are afraid to face real- '
?Hies who are afraid to face confer- 1
ences, and this linds an echo in the'
British newspapers.
This is the old and the new. Time j
wiil bring about the right way.
lit is "slated by Adjutant General i
John II. Charnock that the West
Virginia National Guard will be I
(fully organized by the time the I
guard is scheduled to go to one of I
-the national army camps for a per
iod of fifteen days to receive a train- ?
:ing course. This course has been i
provided for by an act of Congress |
and while the exact date has not as!
yet been set, it is expeclcd that the |
inon'.'h of August will be selected av
the most suitable, and some camp in
oilher Kentucky or North Carolina :
will be provided for the event.
Announcement has been made |
that 1 1 f. employes of Chesapeake i
Ohio Hail road would .l>e . recalled for I
duty at Huntington. It is estimated
that three-fourths of the number I
.will be used in the ear repair de- 1
part.nuMit of the local .'hops, Oper
ations were completely suspended
from December 17th to January 3rd
when 1,000 of the 2, .">00 employes j
laid oil' were recalled. The men to
be recalled ' adds $50,000 to the
.monthly payroll of that city.
I The people of Charleston are
making great preparations for the
visit of Billy Sunday who conies I
there the last of tihis mount h to hold J
a meeting. /The meeting, as we are J
informed, will last for the period of i
six weeks and is to begin the 20th. I
All that remains of a happy fsvivily
of live that attended the Knicker
bocker Theatre la>t Saturday wight
is little 8-year-old Grant Kamston.
His father, Oscar (i. Kanston; his
mother and two sisters are among
the identified dead.
Seventy out of every 100 in the
city of Jerusalem do not know how
to read and write.
Al Weber. of Weston, salesman
; for tin* (iregg (iroce.ry Company,
was held up :i 11 (I robbed hist week
j near .Itiehwoud. When about a half
1 mile ;:l;ove Fenwiek. which is the
f three-miles distance from Rich wood
in pasring through a cut on the rail
' road track, he met two men who,
! on passing him threw two ugly guns
i in !iis face and demanded his chlsIu
? Weber at once complied l>y handing
I them what money he had in his vest
j pocket, which amounted to about
j three dollars. The robbers were not
' content with this small sum, how
ever and demanded his 1) i 1 1 book,
which Weber reluctantly handed
over. After eooly examining the
i, bill hook, the robbers took >there
t'rqui the roll of bills contained
i therein which amounted to about
| $30 and handed the bill book back
| to Weber, the men declaring that
the checks and papers in the l>ook
would be worthless to them but
that Weber might Hnd use for ?them,
then directed him to proceed up the
?track without delay, which he lost
no 'time in doing, leaving the free
booters to proceed leisurely on their
i way 'down toward Fenwiek. Weber
at iirst declined to reveal the hold
;up, choosing to brood over his loss
alone but later decided -that the pub
lication might be of benefit to his
fellow crafts, and so the story was
Although the National Agricultur
al Conference failed to .include in its
recommendations a scheme for a
(rovernient guarantee of prices on
agricultural prr.diir-ts, tiie Ad m in is
Jhralion faced the probability of
having to kill such a radical plan in
The Ladd Hill would revive the
I'nited States drain Corporation
and commit the (lover njnent for a
period of live years to the under
writing of certain crops of ' the
farmers of the country. For the
present year it would name speci
fic price guairanles's on wheat, corn,
wool and cotton and in the boarder
aspects the bill assures the farmer
that similar protection will be af
forded during itJie live-year period.
Prices proposed on this year's crop
by the Government would be $1.50
for wheal; 85 cents for corn; 48
cents per pound for cotton and 55
cents per pound for wool.
All laws of the above nature are
ivtit of the best policy but the framer
has just as good right to it as the
.merchant marine or any other in
Hxporls to Europe during the past
year fell oil' by more than $2,000,
1)00,000 as compared with 1020
while exports to South America de
clined by .more than $300,000,000.
according to foreign trade reports
issued by ithe commerce department
During the year 1021 exports to
Europe aggregated $2,38-1, 000, 000
compared with $1,100, 04)0, 000 in
1020 while imports for the year ag
gregated $705,000,000 as against $1,
228,000,000 in 1020.
Exports to South America for the
year aggregated -<273,000,000 as com
pared with $021.0110.000 in 1020,
while imports from South A,mcrica
totalled $200,000, 000 against $701,
000,000 in December. 1020.
Announcement has been made in
Danville. Va., of the marriage of
Lieutenant Bobert (iibson Tobin, of
thai city, to Miss Carolyn O'Hourkc,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John O'
Hourkc, of Washington ,1). C. The
interesting event took place on Sat
urday, Jauary 7, 1 11122, in- Los Ang
eles, California. Lieut. Tobin is the
.only son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert K.
Tobin, foiyncr residents of Honce
veHc. The young naval oflicer won
signal distinction in the World Wtir
as a Commander of a submarine de
stroyer in Atlantic waters, being tin
youngest officer to have command
of a vessel in the American Navy.
v Miss Helen Vickery, 21, of Sche
nectady, scivior nurse in the Hos
pital of the C.ood Shepherd, has lain
since 8 o'clock Sun (lay night on a
cot in the hospital, motionless and
threatened with death if she moves,
as a result of a "broken neck" suf
fered while she was combing her
hair. Iler condition is aljuost a par
allel for that of Harry HerlK-rl
(luartcrback on the Syracuse Univer
I sity 'team, who was hurt in a fool
ball ga;ne in November and whose
case has attracted nation-wide at
tention. and who is still a patierrt
in the same hospital.

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