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jTfae Intell igencer It' ' V . Published by the Intelligencer Publishing Company. TISM8 PER YEA R. BY MAJL IN ADVANCE Daily (S Days Per Week). X year.. 56. 50 j Dntly. Two Pays Por AVeck 2.50 ^ Daily, six Months 3.25 Daily. One Month 55 k|s- Daily. Three Months 1-65 j Weekly, <">ne Yrar. In Advnnce l.o.? 5&S Daily. Three Days Per Week 3 50 I Wenkly. Six months 60 ? ? . ? ? TELEPHONES. j?|| Editorial Rooms ? Bell .* 823 I Cuimtlng Rooms ? Sell 822 Editorial Rooms ? National 823 ! Counting Rooms ? National 822 The Intelligencer receives both the day and nl*ht service of the Associated Press. , (THE INCKI..LIGENCER. embracing its several editions. Is entered In the '?V- poatoffics at Wheeling, W. Va.. as second-class matter.) 0 .MONDAY, JULY 9, 1917. ENGLISH AS IT MAY BE TAUGHT IX W. VA. At its recent session ".the School. Book Board of West Virginia contracted with the American Book Company, generally known as the "school book trust." for Kimball's Elementary English. The Intelligencer has been fa vored with a copy of that book. From. a somewhat hurried examination it ven tures the assertion that there are not?ten pages in the 272 pages of the book In which loose English or inaccurate statements caanot be found. For in stance, on page eighteen of the book we are informed that the signature to a letter should always be the writer's full narae. If this is true, then our great est literary men, and our most distinguished professional men. are constantly Via error. We venture the assertion that the signature J. T. Smith is just as accurate and just as seemly, -when appended to the ordinary letter, as John Thomas Smith or Jeremiah Tecumseh Smith. The only sensible rule on this ?object is that the writer should sign his name in the form by which he usually prefers to be known. On page twenty we observe that "Miss"' is the title for a "single woman." The use of the word "single" to describe an unmarried person is. to say the ? least, not good English. Among loose talkers and writers such use of the word is common, but it is not common among writers who are precise and careful in the use of words. A book on English should be precise and care ful. On page twenty-two we find the question. "What sort of a night was it?" "Sort." primarily, does not mean kind or quality. Etymologically it refers to a part of a whole, a number or quantity obtained by the classification of indi vidual units. It cannot be properly applied to a single individual in any case; nor can it be properly applied to objects that are not capable of being select ed or classified from among a number. Providence has not given to any man the power to "sort" either day or night. We may say a sort of apples, be cause a number of apples may be sorted; but sort in that use does not neces sarily imply quantity or kind. A single thing cannot be sorted. It is hard to believe that the distinguished college professors who sat upon the School Book Board and recommended Kimball's Elementary English are the kind of men who use that kind of English. On page twenty-eight of this remarkable work- we find this sentence: "We see one sheep and a hundred sheep." The learned college professors who imposed tliis book upon the school children of West*- Virginia may use that sentence occasionally, but we believe that when they wish to express this thought they say. "We see one sheep and one hundred sheep." On page thirty we find the sentence. "Twice, thrice, the villagers were startled, hurried out. and came back only tx> be laughed at." This kind of English is written by young reporters on newspapers, and it passes where men throw their thoughts tocether hurriedly. It is not. however, good Eng , lish as English understood by men who know something of the framework of the English language. The presence of active verbs and passive verbs in w_ the same construction is confusing. Kimball's Elementary English, however, seems to revel in the word "sort." On page thirty.four we find the question. "What sort of a person was the boy?" and on page thirty-five we find the assertion "They form a sort of, list." Now. The Intelligencer has nothing in the world against the word "sort." j Tt Is a rood old word. It is solid and substantial, but we do object to draft ing this word into extraordinary uses and imposing upon it extraordinary and entirely uncalled for burdens. j On page thirty-seven we find the remarkable assertion. "There are large green grapes that it make? my mouth water to see." The Intelligencer does net believe that the distinguished college professors who imposed this book upon the people of We.u Virginia can parse, diagram or analyze that sen tence. Try it as they may. they are bound to find words in it, to which they cannot give a place. in any intelligent analysis. The author meant, "there are large green grapes to see which makes my mouth water," or to be less precise, "ih^rp are large greerj grapes, which make my mouth water to see." Pace ninety-four of this rather remarkable work on English, however, is entitled to some .-pedal consideration. We find under the rules for the use of the comma, rule ten. "Words in a series are separated from one an other by a comma." "A comma" might be kept very busy to separate many words in a series. Probably the author meant that "words In a scries are separated one from another by commas." Rule eleven, immedi ately following, says: "Yes and No at the beginning of a sentence are set off by a comma." "Yes and No." at the beginning of this very sentence were not set ofT by "a comma." or even by commas. The author doubtless meant that "yes and no" used as answers to questions at the beginning of a sen tence, are se' oft' by commas. Under capital letters we find a rule. "All proper names should begin with a capital letter." As above remarked, relative to "a comma." "a capital let ter" might be seriously burdened if required to begin many proper names. The -author doubtless intended to say. "All proper names should begin with capital letters." In rules sixteen and seventeen, on the same page, we find exactly th? same mistake. The Intelligencer has not had time to make a thorough study of this book. It has glanced through the work hurriedly. It has observed, however, with great interest, frequent references to Webster's New International Die* tionary. We find such references on page 50, page 113, page 201, and on other pages a reference to a pronouncing gazeteer, supposed, to be a part of this dictionary. Noah Webster was undoubtedly an authority on the use and pronunciation of English words, but many good dictionaries have been pro duced in this country during the past half century. We were puzzled by the constant references to Webster's Dictionary until we discovered that the Fales acent of Webster's Dictionary was the American Book Company, .the publishfr of Kimball's Elementary English. We have known for many years _ that it was the practice of the makers of certain lines of proprietary remedies to include in the packages of wrappers containing one particular patent medi cine, advertisements of other preparations made by the same firjn; but we didn't know until we took up Kimball's Elementary English that this thrifty custom had been adopted by the makers of school books for the children of West Virginia. In all seriousness. The Intelligencer suggests that any school teacher who has had the training in English which a first-class high school should give should be able to compile a better, a more accurate and a more grammat ical series of lessons in Elementary English than the book which has been adopted by the learned School Book Board of West Virginia; and any job printer, with only reasonable facilities, could produce such a book and sell it to the school children of West Virginia at a profit for less than the price that is charged by the American Book Company. The Intelligencer has never thought a great deal about the advisability of a Slate-owned and State operated school book printing plant, but the recent impositions upon the peo ple of this State by the School Book Board justify some serious thought along that line. SENATE'S REVISED TAX BILL,! There can be, especially under the | present emergent conditions, no such thing as a perfectly acceptable rev* nue tax bill. That felicitous harmony is reserved for Eutopia. The Senate re-draft of the House war tax bill, however, has produced a more rational and equitable measure. The head of the House Ways and -Means Commit tee, himself, confessed to the crudity of its efforts and stated he would have to shut hi3 eyes when he voted for it. Much of the Senate's good work will hare to underjro some revision to pro vide for additional taxation owing to the withdrawal of taxes on distilled spirits, which the recent action of the Senate on the food control bill -has brought about. In providing for this now deficit it may necessitate jarring some of the nice balances that now obtain in the tax bill. As the Senate redraft stands it is much less vexatious and free of ridicu lous Inequity. The objects of taxation are not only better graded, but the to tal amount to be raised has been cut nearly $ 1 f>n.000.0O0. which leaves room for gradual increases to meet the needs of the future instead of slap ping on an excessive burden at the start. The ridiculous horizontal tariff proposition and the iniquitous retro active tax on incomes have been eliminated. The income surtaxes in the House measure have been read justed to the realm of reason, and the flat rate of tax on war profits in ex I i NATIONAL EDITORIAL SERVICE OF THE WHEELING INTELLIGENCER YOUR UNCLE SAM'S REAL FRIENDS Which Among- His Nephews Has Been Evidencing the Abnegation Demanded of Them in His Hour of Need? . By JOHN L. W. BIRKINBINE X Author of "Tin- Story of Iron": Minim; and Metalliyjjirnl Export. I That the measure in which the ' labor group involved in our iron and ; .si eel plants, wiih their allied in j tlustrics, shares in- the price of the [ finished product a measure amount i ing to more than SO per cent of the ) final costs? must be considered in ?connection with the price paid by the, federal government, was ma-de evi dent in a previous article. And the fact was noted that threats of strikes! for further increase in the various j wage scales are continually being ! made. I i The propaganda of the Food Con-j servation Commission will have a| (tendency to reduce living expenses] I universally, affecting not only the pur-j chasing power of the dollar of the rich I man but of the laboring man. aa well.] Should any such amelioration of 1 i v- , ing costs be accomplished as is antici-i pated, it is no more than reasonable to ask that labor, as well as capital, shall sacrifice to the common weal! at least a part of its profits. , This fact of major importance, is to be noted in connection with the matter in hand: I>abor, especially skilled labor such as is indispensably required for shipbuilding, for the | manufacture of steel plates, for ore land coal mining and for transporta-j j tion ? is practically assured of imnvu-t I nity from the risks of the battlefield . tinder the announced plan of exemp- 1 ? tion in the selective conscription act' ! This is a boon of enormous value "to j | its resipients. a boon denied to the I sons of the men who employ that j labor, even as it is denied to every ! other citizen between the ager of 21 1 and 31 years to whom no special ex | emption shall apply: Capital as represented by practically all the in dividuals who posses it. has thus Tar shown a supreme devotion to the ! safety of the nation, not only in vol ! unteering its mohey and its material regources but also in giving its eli gible members to the fighting serv | ices of the United States. Labor,. . through the assurance at least of Mr. : Gompers as its best qualified rppre i senfative, has promised equal loyalty land like abnegation. In view of the | discrepancy between ' the services that arc implied by the selective con scription act, sirelyl it is only reason able to expect that" labor shall yield 1 I a larcer measure pf abnegation on; its side, rather than display a ten- j dency to levy upotf the national re sources for all that the traffic will bear. As between capital a<nd labor, thus far on our road to the goal of victory over the malign forces which have, so pitilessly oppressed us, the people j of this country have beheld an amaz ing reversal of the attitude towards the common weal traditionally attrib-! tit ed to the two classes concerned in effecting our preparations for the na- j tional defense. Capital previously was the object, of ceaseless and merciless attacks as beins without the smallest realization of its duty to anyone but itself. Vet. with some few exceptions, capital has voluntarily yielded every advantage of, its assured strength and power for the sake of the country at large in the achievement of the sublime aims to which our democracy is dedicated in! the tremendous struggle on which we have been driven to embark. Nor' since 'the beginning of the trend of events that have forced us into the arena has there been any sign that; the men of wealth and influence were' likely, on tbe whole, to assume an i attitude which could in any manner i handicap the nation in the full exer- ' cisei of its vast resources. The most j hopeful phase of our delayed prepa rations for real effectiveness is that American capital, genius for organi zation and business initiative have responded to the daunting tasks as- 1 signed them not only with whole hearted enthusiasm but with a no- j table disregard for their own private interests such as has been surpassed by no other body of our citizenry. On the evidence, as it appears from j recent developments in the industries on which the safety of this American people primarily depends, if the Unit ed States is going to be strangled financially in the conduct of its war. the fingers that grip our Uncle Sam's i throat will be. not those of his old college chum, capital, but those of his, favorite nephew, labor.' coss of 8 per cent has been changed by the Senate in imposing graduated taxes on excess war profits up to 40 per cent. The House provision -would have allowed the greater part of these profits to hare escaped, profits creat ed by war which should logically help pay for the expense of war. Other simpler and less onerous fnrms of taxation have been provided by the Senate in place of the hit or miss jumble* in the House measure, v.hich have tended to give more bal ance to the taxes levied. It is pos sible that this may be upset to some extent through the restrictive liquor legislation Just agreed upon in the food control bill, but the necessities that arise out of this cannot have much effect on the equitable features already established. Joan of Arc onco saved France, and may not the Amazon regiments of Russia play a crcat part in saving: that country to freedom. SCHOOL BOOK COMMISSION In response fo the request of Gover nor Cornwell. the chairman of the State School Rook Commission has announced that that body will recon vene In Charleston tomorrow. There is no intimation in the notice that the Commission will reconsider its former action in making radical changes in the text books of the schools of the State, but it is hoped that the mem ? bers have become convinced of the unwisdom of the iweep'ng displace i nient of the old books they have made and the unnecessary hu:den thev are imposing upon the people at a time when they are leist able to bear any expenditures than the actual necessi uts demand. "When the selective draft bcsins to op crate keep your eyo on your serial num ber. KEEP THE RECORD STRAIGHT If our foggy Sixteenth street even ing contemporary had consulted the instructive comments of The Intelli gencer on the address of the Hon. Fred 0. Blue before the West Vir ginia Bar Association, in which he discussed the power of the State to compel public service corporations supplying commodities arising within the State to furnish adequate supplies to consumers within the State, It would not erroneously have Btated that "his opinion (Mr. Blue's), how ever on this subject, and as outlined i:i his address, seems to be in con flict with a recent ruling of the United Saturday and Monday Special 96 PAIRS Women's White Canvas 8-Inch Lace Boots, English Last, Low Heel ? $1.95 Sizes 2Vo to 7 ? C, D, E Widths. Regular $3.00 values, good style and good shoes. On -display in OUR OUTSIDE CASE. ^Women's White Sport Oxfords. $ 2 . 5 0 Saturday and Monday Only. The outdoor rail is strong and every young woman should 1m> well equipped with thp popular Font wear to enjoy fully' "II the aetivi | tics of an outdoor Summer. ! Store Closes Saturdays 10 P. M. Week Days 5 P. M. M. H. & M. SATISFACTORY SHOES 1047 Main St. Wheeling. States Supreme Court in dealing with the exportation of natural gas out of! the State of Oklahoma." That Is wholly misleading, for the reason that Mr. Blue In his address' ! expressly stated that the Slate had. jno authority to forbid the exportation of natural pas to other States. But ' pir. Blue did contend that through fhe > .exercise of the police powers reserved to the State the legislature could con-! jfer power on tho Public Service Com mission to enforce such regulations jthat would give West Virginia con-; jsumers of natural gas an adequate! supply, within the limits of produc tion. before it can be supplied to cus itomers outside of the State. Any other (conception of Mr. Blue's contention is in error. I The Florida ."peculator who hold his' potatoes for a higher price until they' rotted nnd wcTe condemned when he tried to sell them, shows that ? skin ' games often peel the eklnner. SENATE'S BAN ON WHISKY ! t After one of the most prolonged and sensational debates ever witnessed in' .the United States Senate, that body has agreed to wipe out the manufac ture and sale of all distilled liquor; during the war. Beer and wine are exempted from the Inhibition imposed on whisky. While this is most dras tice legislation, and will cost the env i ^rnment over one billion dollars in tax I losses and outlay in payment for con ifiscated stocks in bond, it is argued .that ihe compensations to the gen eral public will be worth the sacrifice ' in money. There can he no doubt but what the moral feature of the question was as largely considered in the Senate 'vote as the material question of con serving the food supplies of the eoun Jtry. And there can be no question but [that the operation of temporary pro hibition with respect to whisky will strengthen the' anti-liquor forces when constitutional prohibition comes to be considered after the war, as it surely will come. Another "murder of innocents" whb effected liy Saturrlny night's iJcrman air raid on London, killing nine women and children and wounding sixty-seven. And they call that war. j A MORTIFYING BREAK It was, to say the least, extreme jbad taste to intrude a discussion of one of our national humiliations upon | a meeting designed to pay honor u. the Russian mission, such as occurred at New York. last. week. The spec tacle of a former President of the; United States wrangling in public with the leader of a labor organiza-j l tion was anything but edifying, nor I jwas it calculated to impress the rep- j rcscntatives of a country just emrg ing from the rule of autocratic des potism and taking on the responsibili ties of a democracy. One can 'readily appreciate Mr., Compers" anxiety to relieve organ-! ized labor of the odium of any com-1 plicity in the disgraceful outhreak at East St. Louis, but the occasion was .'exceedingly ill-chosen. But one would i , lhave expected more poise in a man of Col. Roosevelt's large experience. (in public affairs than to have aggra- i jvated a situation which violated all' j i he proprieties. |i was the same as| if a host and hostess, in private life,' had aired their domestic differences before their assembled guests, and this public verbal scrimmage beiween j Mr. Compers and Col. Roosevelt was j as vulgar as ;> domestic eruption he jfore company would be unseemly and j embarrassing. j Canada has also been compelled to' resort t? conscription, the Dominion j having been drained of the willing ones, i llyilwcg is again Mlled to address the msmu: , An All-Star Bargain Event Featuring Headliners in Every Department Come ? Show Your Patriotism by Keeping Money in Circulation? Spending a Little and Saving a Lot. Wednesday ? The Big Summer Remnant Sale? Wednesday ALL-STAR VALUES IN LOVELIEST OF SUMMER DRESSES PURE FLAX LINENS REPPS VOILES LINONS Plain White, Pink, Blue, Green, Tan, Combination Stripes and Sport Effects. Four Special Price Points give values unexpected in these Lovely Summer Dresses. $4.95 $6.95 $9.95 $13.75 All-Star Values in HANDSOMEST SILKS Five linos of Plain and Fancy Taffetas, Messalines, Satins, Poplins ? Up to $1.25 values, now 69d Up to $1.50 values, now 98? Up to $1.75 values, now $1.19 Up to $2.25 values, now ?>1.49 Up to $2.50 values, now $1.69 All-Star Values in WOOL DRESS GOODS Three great assortments in Plain Shades and Fancies ? Up to 65^ Dross Goods, QQ/? Clearance Price, yard. . Ot/ V Pp in $1.00 Dress Goods ?'lr>Ai-jmco Price, vard.. vJi/v> Clearance Price, yard, l*p to SI. 75 Dress Goods, QQ/? Clearance Price, yard.. t/Ov All -Star Values in WASH DRESS GOODS DRKSS IJXKXS ? Pure Flaix Colored Dress Linens, 46-inch, SOc and Hoc 70 values I U V' ?'COrXTRV CLUB" SUITING ? Cotton fabric closely resembling Silk Khaki-Kools, Green, Old Rose. Mustard and Ivory ? A 9Sc value Ovv SILK Tl.'SSAHS ? Pongee grounds ivith rich color Sport Stripinps, 36-inch 59c width, 75c value Fine Ones? OT. q. White, Colors t 16 CC For these scarce Stickerei Embroidered Waah Trimmings. ? There is no acceptable substitute. All- White, White Edf?ed, with Blue, Pink, Bed,. Black or Lavender, piece. mOL Broken assortments of Stickerei Edges and Inserts, worth Two to Five Times Q ^ Sale Price, yard Ov Children's Stamped 1 Op Chambray Dresses . . The Art Department offers choice of Pink, Blue and Natural Linen color Made-Up Wash Dresses, stamped for Embroidering, 1 Q/? up to 39c values . . li/v Boys' Khaki QOp Play Suits.. Base Ball, Boy Scout and Indian Khaki Suits, Mainly $1.25 values 98? Boys 'Khaki Overalls 29^ Small One-Piece Indian Suits. .25 ? July Clearance of Enamel Ware 4, 6, 8-qt. Covered Berlin Kettles 6, 8, 10-qt. Preserving Kettles, Coffee Pots Regular 89c and 98c values, choice Oi/C Im. Hardwood Rug Border . A 36-inch width, a 50c the yard qual- rtQ ity, July Clearance price 7v STORE HOURS 8 to 5 Daily 8 to 6 Saturday Geo. M. Snook Co.] Reichstag and he Is expected to draw some now peace proposals from an Inexhaustible store tip his voluminous sleeve. Maximlllian Harden, the outspoken Merlin Journalist, has aagin heen sup pressed. Mr. Harden has evidently been telling some unwelcome truths. ?>rman.v and the Vatican are at odds i'vor the brave Cardinal ' Mercier of Rel giuni. hut the Pope refuses to recall the gallant prelate. It will cost the government Jl.n31. n-if) in revenue anil outlay in buying' tip the handed liquor stock of the coun try in carrying out the whisky prohibi tion clause in 1 lie fond control bill. Rut more than thai will be saved to the people by not drinking it. 1. W. W. also stands for "1 Won't Work." * OB LIGATION. 1 mav not have the strength to set Mv" will against the tyrant's arm. Or cause him sullenly to let Mis prcv escape the threatened harm; But If the" bully does not choose To suffer mo to shield the weak, I tenderly can bathe the bruise I That blacken on the martyr's cheek. 1 cannot hope to gladden all To whom each day brings only dread; I cannot answer every call From .those whose dearest hopes are dend; But 1. within the little sphere In which my daily (asks are laid, Can speuk the faith and lend the cheer I That make the doubter unafraid. ! 1 am not numbered with the few Whose fame extends through every | zone; My place is with the millions who Pursue a daily course, unknown; But. even so, l have no right To shun the wrongs I should assail; T, ton, must help with nil my might, Anil 1 am guilty if ] fail. ? y. E. Klser in Leslie's. MOUC; AN TOWN?- William E. Glass cock, Jr.. son of W. IS. I'Hasscock, for mer governor of West Virginia; Steele Troiter. son of F. II. Trotter, president of West Virginia university, and Rob ert I.. Brock, son oi a prominent Mor .ganiown co?| operator, have enlisted In, tl\?* Wcsi Virginia National Guard. All three were students in West Virginia university and would have been gradu ated next June. FAIRMONT -The German language | as a course of study will not be taught! hereafter in the public schools of Fair inoni. according to an announcement by th* board of education of the Fairmont I independent school district. Italian or. Spanish is to substituted, but tho selection will not in- made until the I nex I meeting of the board. < CHARLESTON- T>r. . H. 1.. Jepson, slate health commissioner and secretary ex-nfficio of the state health council, has .innounced :he first meeting of ihe new council will be held in Charleston' I July 10 and 11. The examination of applicants will, be conducted in the. chamber of the- house of delegates, be ginning July 1 ft li is expected there will be nearly 3T. apnlicants. PH 1 l.l .1 PI.? The eighth annual ses sion of the Baptist assembly of West Virginia will be held at Philllpi August T to 13. Ajnong the speakers already I obtained are Tir. \V. J. McGlothln. of i Louisville Theolocica 1 seminary: Rev. M PI\on. of Columbus. ?>.; Dr. EI kanali Hulley. of Pblllipi; Rev. F. E. Brinlstool. of Clarksburg: Miss Janet McKay, of Philadelphia, and L?r. Lin coln Hulley. president of John B. Sete "on university, Florida CHARLESTON ? This city is planning 10 give a hearty welcome lo the Belgian war mission when it visits Charleston 011 its return from a lonp trip through I 'lie west and middle west. The date of the visit here has n"t vet been an nounce,! i,y the state department at Washington. Charleston is the Belgian center of West Virginia, most of the former citizens of the little nation, rep resented by the mission being employed In glass factories near here. Charleston will be the only stop on the itinerary of the mission between Cincinnati and Washington. CHARLESTON* ? The month of July will be such a busy time for the "West Virginia public service commission that all of its employes have been informed that none of them will be granted va cations until August. Hearings already have been set for practically every we\k day in the month, counting those which will require three or four days each for completion. It is expected, In fact, to be the busiest month the commis sion ever has had. CHARI-ESTON ? Attorney General E. T. England has held that the provision of Chapter 5 of the acts of 131", which J specifics that "every appropriation which, is payable out of general reve nue. or so much thereof as may remain undrawn at the end of the year for which it is made, shall be deemed to 1 have expired, and no wajrant shall thereafter be drawn upon it." does not apply to the forest, srame and fish war den's fund. "This fund," the attorney general holds. "Is not derived out of the general revenue, but comes . from hunters' license and the like especially provided for in the game and fish laws. Moreover, the appropriation of this spe j clal money is ma<fe ' automatically and will continue until the law is repealed | or modified by the legislature." i PHILLIPI ? The county court of Bar | bour county at a loss to know what to I do with funds secured from the sale of road bonds, voted in Barker district for I the construction of 18 miles of road of j a specific kind more than a year ago, now that the prices of that kind of ma terlnl has greatfy advanced in price, ' making it impossible to build as much ' road as specified, has written state of ficials for information. The court has t been Informed that where I he. bonds have been put on the market and sold and the money placed in the county i treasury. It !s a question of discretion <>f the county court as to what portion of the road should bp constructed for the best interests of the largest num ber of taxpayers. CHARLESTON? Though 1.500 of the West Virginia National Guard members have been on guard duty at various places throughout the state since war with Germany was declared, the de denlop of these men in practically every instance, has been exemplary, in the opinion of Adjutant (leneral. John C. Bond, who declared a few days ago that he regarded the showing as remarkable. He pointed out that the soldiers are Just younjr m?n and, being placed, for the most part, on or near the border in guarding bridges, had a good many temptations to get into mischief. CHARLESTON ? If a county desires to have surveys made by' the state road commission or an engineer appointed by It the actual cost of such survey will be charged 'o die county, tjie com mission has announced. It will not be necessary to mak* a survey in one year covering more roads than the funds available will construct. CHARLESTON ? There are still too many schools in West -Virginia, accord ing to .1. L. Hanlfan. supervisor of rural schools. The stale is Retting good rouds now in many counties, he declared, and these should be accom panied by consolidations with trans portation of pupils wherever other con ditions make it possible. "There are a great many places." Mr. Hanlfan said, "where two or more schools may be combined into a treaded school of from two to four roonis within walk ing distance of all the homes. In other i places a school may be closed, the chil dren coin* to nearby schools, making It unnecessary to build a new school house." CHARLESTON ? One question which will be taken into consideration by the state health council in confirming the appointment of county health officers. It Is said, will be the recordu of those who jB.ro seekin* reappointments In re K?rd to making prompt and regular re ports on contageous diseases. Weekly reports are required on smallpox, in fantile paralysis and meningitis. Mfyiy officers. however, failed even to send In a report during the entire month of May. less than half of the 55 making such reports. CHARLES TOWN'? Several Jefferson county firms have united with similar interests in Winchester to protect them selves in the purchase of coal. The price of stcain coal for a year past has been such a heavy tax on them that something had :o be done, they main lain. to reduce it or some of them would have to suspend business. The solution of the trouble has been the purchase of a coal mine, the output of \ I which is shipped to them regularly. They succeeded in purchasing a mine near Confluence, Pa., 20 miles south of Connellsville. CHARLESTON" ? Kanawha county high schools, six in number, had a com bined enrollment last year of 875. Charleston led with 606; St. Albans second with 1(W; East Bann third with SO. Garnet high (colored) in Charles ton had an enrollment of 76. Big Sandy, district high at Clendenin had 74, while Union district high, at Dunbar, estab lished last winter, had eight pupils to start. [ WASHINGTON', D. C., July 8.? Sen ator Howard Sutherland wa? & visit w at the British legation on Saturday, a business matter taking him thert. It was to make arrangements for the safe conduct, or as nearly safe as British passports can make it, of Miss Fhoebc M. Rexroad. of Buckhannon. who plans to go as a missionary to Southern Rho desia, in Southern Central Africa, which is British territory, as soon as travel arrangements can be made. Miss Rex road has, during the lost four years, fitted herself at Wesleyan college to engage in missionary work. She la to be sent to Africa by the Woman'# For eign Missionary society of the Methor dlst Episcopal church. The attaches of the British legation treated Senator Sutherland moat cordially and readily enough agreed to do their part promptly in getting the necessary paper* Issued for Jilss Rexroad" s Journey. It Is sel dom that a United States senator calls at the British legation In business hours on business (senators attend there socially of course), so the vim of West Virginia's junior senator was quite an Important event at that estab lishment and. it may be said, little less important and more than ever interest ing for Senator Sutherland. If some self-sacrificing patriot at or near Joseph's Mills in Tyler county doesn't soon agree to take the postoffice there and run it, that metropolis is cer tain to lose such an establishment. The postoffice department had already or dered the office abolished, because it couldn't loeate a volunteer, but Con gressman Woodyard has perstyuled tho officials to not finally and Irrevocably close the general delivery window and shut off the stove's damper. He Is hopeful of lnvelghling somebody to as sume charge. The patrons of the of fice do not want It done away wjth, but no one of them has yet agreed to put himself out to take tho job of post master. The department has promised Congressman Woodyard to send a spe cial Inspector there to see If he can wish the Job on to someone of the less shrewder Inhabitants. Andrew J. Edmistcn. Jr., of Weston, is a visitor In the city. He came here to get Senator Sutherland %nd Con gressman Reed to use their Influence to have him sent to the *vond officers' training camp. His request was cheer fully complied with by those two offi cials. Congressman Neely has recoramand ed for the officers' reserve corps ? the August training camp? the foliowlnr: Thomas J. Jones, or Chester; O. D. Fear, of Fairmont, and Charles J. 8tn zel. Jr., 'of Grafton; for position as iiblp wright, John M. Toothman. of Fairmont. A pension application of Mrs. Catherine J. Paker. of Fairmont, was filed at the pension bureau. Among the recent visitors In Wash ington: George E. White, of Weston; M. M. Gamble, of Moorefleld; Birk Smith Stathers, of Weston; Ben S. Tope, of Parkershurg, and A. J. Edmls ton. .Jr., of Weston. The government ha."< Issued soil sur vey maps of Lewis and Gilmer coun tlfs. which Congressman Reed la send ing out to constituents In those or any other counties who may apply for them. The value of these maps to farmers and others Is. of courp?*. well known. COX.OXES KAH James Johnson. 31. colored, employed in the home of E. J. Stone of the Island, dlrd in the Ohio Valley General hospital Saturday morning of typhoid fever. Funeral arrangemepts will be made upon the arrival of his brother fr6m Williamson. Mingo county, who la ex pected today.