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: A Quality New?p*?.er for the
Cpmmittee Was Appointed
at Meeting Held Here
||p|' Last Week.
-- ' Other Members are Lee San^,:-V
derson, Philippi, and E.
. 'Drennen, Elkins.
The' committee named by the CenWest
Virginia Coal Operators' Assipf
relation at its meeting held here last;
Bte tFrlday to carry out certain recommen- j
kdatlons of Jere H. Wheelwright, presi-j
PS ydent, and Gcorgo T. Watson, vice prosident
of the Consolidation Coal com-;
k pany, which cainc in reply to a tele-:
graphic request of the association.
Y . framed while the body was in session, I
Its work well In hand. The com-'
iy mittee, which consists of A. Brooks j
j?" 'Fleming, Jr., Lee Sandridge. of Philip-1
'pi, and E. Drennen,. of Elkins, met im-j
BaSfeffifc&iately after the adjournment of the j
I; main {tody, has met since and thiu j
I.: morning telephone conversations com- j
I Dieted preliminaries: and permitted Ij
- fee work to start in earnest. (
The . suggestion of Messrs. Wheel-1
Wright and Watson was that the asso^^.(^atlon
take up the matter of car shortfey'iagja
-with United States Senators and
t .'congressmen representing West VlrJL.
-gfnla and with the governor of the
-'-state. Mr. Wheelwright not only
F*:v' niade such a suggestion to the associa
/ ' -tlen butblpoself wrote a letter which
2?"?;fllgs been sent to the United States
seipnton^gthe congressmjm. represent-,
Cornwall and the fuel administrators
-s-Vt the: Ahtes ,hi which the ..Consolidation
has operations, which Is preF.'aUmed
to cover the territory of the ae>
; sfiVlUeg of coal'operators belonging to
;the 'Central West Virginia Coal Oper;
?tors Association.
; During the meeting of the organize
tioh last Friday it was suggested that
I'"f. a'telegram be sent to George T. Wati
son, who was then in Baltimore, askI
-Jng him if he could give the association
'Bhy: information regarding the trans
( portation situation. Till reply came
I; and was to the effect that Mr. \Vheeliwrigbtand
others were working on the
- matter with Dr Garfield and the anhjS.
'ISoritiea at Washington Ip hopes of He."ft"
Touring relief but that without results
/ : to date; that the railroad situation
-V looked very unfavorable from an operaEf],
tors' standpoint. Mr. Watson urged
L' i that the association take up the mat?V,
vlor with United States senators, cons';
sjressmen and the governor, make
|< ; '5cnown the facts to these men and urge
W. Jthem to direct their efforts toward securing
relief . The association viewed
the matter favorably and on motion
,v: /,?C. H. Jenkins, the president, appointed
-the .'committee.
" From the Information available to
tKe'publlc there seems to bo no ques;
tion bat what the unfortunate and de
pioraoie conditions existing at pres?lt
in the coal trade are dut to the
K*" , lick of transportation facllltleP and It
admitted by all that the coal operI'
ators have done all in their power to
\ produce coal; that tbelr hands are tied
F' by the car sbortage.
' '"tnxjucer and consumer must de
pend upon the railroads to carry the
J pdal from the mines to the points ot
R*; i consumption," observed A. Brooks
t ' Fleming, Jr.. chairman'of this special
| committee ot the Central West Vlr! -.
gfnia Coal Operators' Association,
tfo "lite coal operator can bring coal to
'the-month ot the mines but that does
r^i no good unless there are emnrv mil.
E^Trte^arastandlng near the tipple Into
ft Which the coal can be dumped."
IV ? The instruction of storage, bins
l/iitiesbeen considered but the concensus
Petit'tip Inlpn ot Fairmont-Clarksburg reI
glon coal operators la that there Is no
i?'; special advantage In such a course,
}>' ;' arguing that the place to store coal .is
;T ""it the points vrhere it will be con J
?*The primary cause of the Inability
I "i bt mine operators to produce the
}' amount of coal that the country reiMp^Qrijres."
-. continued Mr. Fleming, "la
l/fe'ffifetack of railroad cars. There la any
[ end there are facilities for mining a
W T great bnantity It there were railroad
Kr, ears.aTnllnble. Coal mines, upon .which
fponltion factories, powder plants, ship
i.v ti^ndlng plants and the like are dependK;
"Wit/have failed to operate day after
gaaiyhecause of the lack of cars. These
Kwitt'are cited," Mr. Fleming emphaJsJ.
Used, "not In condemnation of the railI&tcwSs
hut simply in explanation of the
B-Y??."MSses for the shortage of fuel."
.Instead of taking such an attituddl
K. jtt. Fleming pointed out that the coal
IMiflpttators haev earnestly sought to asK'ettt.
the railroads by taking practical
Msf steps to assist them in the transpor(Continued
on Page (4)
' VmsJV,V:
Today There Was a Rush at
I the Office of the Advisory
There was a grand rush for legal 1
advice at the office of the Legal Advls
ory board' la the court bouse this afternoon.'
All of the lawyers who were
scheduled to aid In the work today
were TirE3ent with tlio nf .
E. F. Hartley wlio was out ot town and |
was unable to be present. Besides the I
men scheduled for today's work there
were four volunteers: Charles Powell,
E. C. Frame, A. S. Fleming;, and P.
M. Hogue. Others who assisted were
Harry Shaw, Michael Powell 11. L.
Sturm, Ross A. Watts. Frank C. Haymond.
Tusca Morris,' Frank Amos, G.
M. Alexander. S. H. Butcher, H. S.
Lively. Rollo J. Conley. W. M. Kennedy,
J. P. Klrby. Curt" E. Amos. W. M.
Hess, Herbert Morris Charles E.
Miller, Earl Morgan.
Ot the six lawyers who did not appear
for duly before press time yesterday,
three catpe In late In the afternoon
and evening and assisted In the
work. They are: E. C. Frame, Charles
Powell and rFench McCray. L. S.
Schwenk. W S. Meredith and Albert
J. Kern were In charge of the work
at Mannington.
Thirty five registrants appeared for
legal advice on the first day at the
court house and fifteen at Mannington.
Of these forty registrants, all
claimed exemption with the exception
of two; an unnaturalized citizen and
an imbecile
Today the draft board is mailing out
Its third consignment of questlonnalr?
es. Those mailed today include 225
to 305 Inclusive. Yesterday's questionnaires
124' to 224 inclusive were
mailed. Tomorrow the board will
mail out questionnaires 305 to 387 in
elusive. 1
Of the first lot of questionnaires
mailed, out on Saturday, the local' has
received, in return, but five of the
questionnaires. The flip received inthe
postage on the reuro of the questionnaire.
Registrants should see that
thqir envelopes are pronerly sealed,
dropned In the mall and the respective
boards will get them.
Many registrants living in Monongah.
Worthlngton. Watson, Grant Town
and other out qf town points all of
whom are registered under the Local
(Continued on Page (4)
Christmas Rush Is
On at Postoffice
Already the postofTlce force Is beginning
to realize that it Is only a few
days until Christmas. The first in-,
crease in the mail was noticed yesterday.
Today the malls are Just as large
if not larger.
Tho force Is expecting the mall to
Increase from day to day until Christmas
ond will prepare for the grand
Christmas rush. Thus far there has
been slight increase In the amount of
carccl noti handled.
Ivan Hawkins
Loses His Eye *
Ivnn Hawkins of Field street under- t
went an operation tbis morning at bis t
home for the removal of an eye bail. I
The operation was performed by Drs. a
H. It. Johnson and C. L. Holland and 1
so far as can be ascertained at this t
time was successful. Hawkins was
injured on Thanksgiving day when in I
unviug a r*ai1 ine ncaa new on ana c
struck him In the eye. seriously In- c
JurinK that member. Since that time n
he has suffered terribly from the InJury.
Every effort was made to save o
the eye. However It was found. Im- (
possible and this morning the eye ball B
was removed. Hawkins Is a driver d
In the employ of the J. L. Hall hardware
New Head For Cook t
Hospital Nurses *
Miss Margaret Lea thorn of White
Plains. N. Y., has been appointed superintendent
of nurses and of the
\Tilreeo ' Teelnlnfv * ?*??? /"S? ?
4<uaow uo^aiuuom Ui VjOOS
hospital and has arrived here and assumed
her duties. Miss Leatham who
Is a graduate of a western school
comes here highly recommended, her
services having heen secured through
Dr. Peter Noe the. Infantile paralysis
specialist who was sent hers from the
Rockefeller Institute at New York to
care'forthe patients at the Emergency
hospital at Monongah
Miss Edna Luclle Richardson, of this
city, and Panl Davidson Cochran, of
Aladdin, Pa., were united In marriage
In Elkins on December 15th at the
home of the bride's aunt. Miss Russell
Sayre, at whose home she had been a
guest for some time. Mr. and Mrs.
Cochran yleft ElMns this morning .for
New Orleans where they wOl reside..
2 West Virginian Goe
ill 10 GAUGE
m IU umiHiTv
So Witnesses For Defense
. Testify in Connutte
Murder Trial.
Accused Boy's Father One
of Those Placed on the
To establish the fact that a ten;uage
shot gun and shell Is nothing
inuBual In the community was the prln:ipal
endeavor of the defense In the
.rial of Walter Connutte, charged w\th
ilnylng Fernando Thorn and Harvey
rlayhurst, In Circuit court this morning
jcfore Judge.Haymond. There was a
arge -number of witnesses on hand to
mpart (his information.
A brace of witnesses were on band
.0 testify to Connutte's good character
irior to the bringing of tho charge.
School teachers, a minister and men
:f the community came forth and tealifted
that the boy had been well beiaved
and stood well in his commuilty.
The State endeavored to refute
he good reputation of the accused by
isking all of the witnesses whether
hey had heard whether Connutte had
vhipped or threatened to shoot a school
eachcr by the name of Wilson.
Tracing the genealogy of the-Conlutte
family to show that it was purely
imeiican and not foreign as the name
night suggest was another feature of
his morning's evidence. The fad's
irantlfather came ffoia Old Virginia
atner..brought.hlVrbflre from Ohio,
rhe lad's mother fs dead, he bits two
irothers In Uncle Sam's service and
in Thursday he wlll: be seventeen
'ears old was developed from his fathir's
testimony. i
The first witness this afternoon was
dajor M. M. Keely. He gave conaldrable
testimony as to 10-guage shells,
vhich were purchased In this city.
At some length Major Keely exilained
the method employed in loadng
shells. He said that he had load
id thousands of them when a lad. Maor
Neely explained the difference beween
a machine and a hand loaded
hell. After a machine loaded shell is
ilscharged it Is necessary to crimp It
ip further when It is refilled. Major
s'eely then produced a handful of
hells, some of which he ,had l'.irchas:d
at the Hall hardware store at noon
The State had offered a 10-guage
;un and 10-guage shells In evidence
ind the purpose of the .testimony was
o show that any 10-guage gun could
:ave fired, the shell and that It did not
lave to be the same gun that the State
lad Introduced In the case.
The defense rested Its case at 1:65
I'clock this afternoon. The case is
ixpected to go to the Jury this aftertoon.
The first witness this mornftg for
he defenso was Roy DeVault, of Monona,
who testified that he had known
be defendant for a number of years,
dr. DeVault testified that-there were
t number of 12-guage guns and one
0-guage gun around that neighbortood.
Rev.'H. K. Ash. pastor of thfe United
Irethren church, Montana, an uncle
it Connutte through marriage, was
:alled and testified that the defendint's
reputation was of the best.
Miss Mae Swisher, a former teacher
if Paw Paw district, now located at
;atawba, and Miss Ethel Harris, foraer
teacher at Montana, both gave the
iefendant a good' reputation.
James Carpenter," of Parker Rnn
(Continued on Page (2)
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Mrs. J. W.-Peppers, who bad been
he gnest for a week other sister, Mrs.
!amuel Leeper. left this afternoon for
or home In Parkersburg.
5 more days
^ to buy a
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Senate This Morning Accepted
Resolution Adopted
by the House. .
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(By Associated Press)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18? A prohl;
bltlon amendment'to the national con'
stltutlon was finally submitted by Congress
to tbe states today for ratification
or rejection within seven years.
The Senate completed the congres
clonal action this morning by accepting
the resolution which was passed
by the House yesterday by a vote ol
282 to 128. There was no roll call ID
the Senate today.
More Lawyers
Are Signed Up
This morning Circuit Clerk William
S. Black swore In the following additional
members of the Marion Count;
Bar Association . in Circuit court tg
assist In the questionnaire work: At;
torneys Harry Shaw, Charles Powell,
A. J. Colborn. Hon. Scott C. Lowe, C.
L. Shaver, i. G Prictt?rd, W. Kenneth
Barnes, Brock t Deveny. W. Scott
Meredith, Samuel H. Butcher, C. A.
Snodgrass. L. S. Schwenck, G. M. Alexander,
A. L. Lehman, M. E, Morgan!
Frank R. Amos, Wm. Kennedy, Curtis
E. Amos, Michael Powell.
Yesterday, afternoon the following
were sworn in: Hon. George A. Vincent.
O..C.' Powell. Hon. Frank C. Haymond
and Ira L. Smith. ,
Charles F. Knight
Here on-Furlouffh
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Corporal Charles F. Knight; son or
Mr. anil Mrs. M. V. Knight, ot Rivesrllle.
Is TlsltlDg his home on a leave
if absence from Chicsmangna Park,
3a., where be Is enlisted in Company
[>, 61st Infantry, United States, army.
Mr. Knight Is favorably known4n]Fairi
nont, being a member," of " the local
odge of Klks. Corporal
Knight spent Monday m
Fairmont visiting his sister, Mrs. JL' J.
Price be 'Qtatftcy'stretftf and shaking
lands wlthhls numerous friends add
icqualntsnces. He has been In' the
lervioe since last'June.- He'reports'
bat he Is happy in.the servloe sad that
hey have between forty and fifty
bousand In camp. All are anxlons
.0 go to France and fight for the dtaleracy
of thp world. Hisleave was tor
(Mays aild It may be extended, to-16
lays by permission from his colarpsk .
mmont Ho
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KING, DECEMBER 18,1917."
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Chamber of Commerce Com:
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mittee Named to Make
Plans to Wage Fight.
Fairmont's Chamber or. Commerce
- was placed on record as favoring im
mediate steps to protect West Vir.
glnla people and Interests against
! the discrimination practiced by gas
i exporting companies at a meeting of
the Board of Directors, held yesterday
afternoon In the Chamber's
rooms, at which resolutions were ad
| opted caning upon tho Governor to
protect the Interests o( the citizens
of the State and a committee was ap.
pointed to secure the copoperatlon
of > cities In this end of the -State -in
any- fight which It may be decided to ;
make to secure an. adequate gas sup-'
' ply for the domestic consumers.
i The committee named by President
> Jacobs of the Chamber of Commerce
' consists of 0., S. McKlnney, R...T.
Cunningham, J. Walter Barnoe,,Q!.- Jj.
, Shaver and Fred.HmIolck. It Is.em,
powered to retalnicounsel and go into
, the matter thoroughly In all its. "aspects.
It Is especially'empowered to
, take steps' to bring preesnre" upon the
Legislature should1 It be fonud that a
special session of that body be nec- '
essary.- - - - j
j ai> uoiowyou uiuuib uig utatuoowu
which proceeded the action of thedlrectors
that area.alter the Monongs- |
hi la Valley Traction company had
successfully negotiated for the par- '
chase a< some gas wells belonging to
the South Peon Oil company which
were seated np the Hope Gas Company
stepped ln_apd* with an old operating
agreement between the two
concerns claimed the' gas and If It
did-not actually" send It-out of the
State prevented-It-from being-used
by domestic consumers.
R. T.Cunningham, of tbe-Monon- ;
gah Glass company, who opened the
dlecneslon gave some rather Inter*
estlng statistics of the local gas situEHe
stated that the PhiladelOas
Company Is.piping,.7Q.OOO.cnble
fost of gas out of the coun-try
every, day While' the -Hope company
la also exporting a large amount
Hon. O., 8. McKlnney spoke at eome
length In favor otlile contention that,
the gas companies can be regulated
ao that the Interests of the Ww
Virginia consumers will be pfetasfiEf
through a licensing system flat -f
muvid, fivuoiai uiuua&er ^ w w i
odgahela Valler Traction JompotTj. 5
,told, of Ho efforts male ly tfea gss I
department .of bis corporation & in- }
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in m CRASH
Cars Collide on Country
Club Road During Dense
Dense fogs early this morning resalted
In an automobile collision In
front of the Stocklcy residence on
the Country Club road, in which
Frank Kerns was severely injured.
Kerns sustained three fractured ribs
and several other bruises about the
head and body. He was taken to his
homo where this afternoon he Is resting
In the automobile In which Kerns
was riding, there was J. L. Shrlver,
and W. A. Wiedebusch, the latter
driving the car. They were on their
way to Westchester and were driving
slowly, but when they passed the
Stockley residence, another car came
out of the siding at that point, the
two automobiles colliding. Both automobiles
were considerably damaged.
Kerns was brought to the office of
Dr. W. H. Sands, in this city where
he was given' treatment and later
taken to his home.
Government Wins
Canadian Elections
t (By Associated Press)
OTTAWA, Ont., Dec. 18.?Election
results received ap to noon today Indicate
that the government will have
i dean majority of 48 seats with three
In doubt, two of which have been previously
credited to the government
an|l one to opposition and four seats
In which election Is deferred.
Laborers Wanted
in onapping uepanmenu Mppiy
Kwnnnrr r ~ii?i~?~ rn'i 1 1~
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One second hanASevent
with stack and attachmen
insured by the Maryland
mium paid for two years
selling, larger boiler to b
407 Jfypobs Building, Telep
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?j/ Are in Our Colut
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Police Are Unable to Dfa* . I
er Motive of the PerNO
Gov. and Mrs. Stevens Wer&'.k
Sleeping Near the Site
(By Associated Press)
SACRAMENTO, Cal., Dec. It?What\Jr|
la believed to have bees an attempt to. >' !
kill Gov. William P. Stephens by
means ot a powerful explosive bomb
at midnight last night, resulted/
wrecking the executive mansion, the*
entire rear of the building being blown'
cut The governor and Mrs. 8tephen*,3ji,,^
.as well as the household servants wisrei
asleep at the time and all escaped lnTwo
men were seen fleeing from thW -^
house immediately after the explosion;
The detonation ot the explosion was
heard all over the city and window*, ifc*30
were broken by the force of it two ; ^
three blocks away. It ,was believed''
that from 20 to 30 sticks of dynawtj^X
uuvEiiiui uuu mis. ouepueus.w,p*
asleep in a wing ot the house adjoin- i
lng the spot where the explosion'occurred
but beyond the nervosa
were unharmed. ^
sen, one ot the watchmen was the Ant
one on the scene having; passed the 4P9
spot a tew minutes before the expiosion
occurred. Claussen said he was
certain these was nothingwnnU-bfe't
the ground. He expressed
that the explosive was UuftH$pNP&
the alley which runs along the nafit ' '
the house at a distance of abbut 40
f/anf fivrni smeels
police bad found neither motive for
the explosion or definite clew to Its :
perpetrators today. They vwereT^iw!
dined, however, to reject the theory
that the explosive was thrown against
the bulldog from an alley because of jg
a high fence, but nothing has been :
shown to Indicate the bomb
The lost person admitted.to. the ex-^l
ecutlve mansion was a Chinese
vant who came In abont eleven-thirty ./
The police say the explosion
enrred between that hoar and vnld~^
Members of the Brotherbo^'^f*
Ing Tuesday night, December;Afcji
to elect officers for the cbmfiKSI
year. All members requlrtd-iy^^
on Saturday nights Mb 7 to 9 f a
during the month of Deceinhefe1^
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ihone 161.
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