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The Big Stone Post.
Entered At the r^*t offloo (it Ms; Stoac Gap, v?>?
?? Moend*cI?*!? matter, No?. Uth,
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Om Taar,.
S!s Months.
Parment slrictlv In aa>anc*.
ADVRansjjio R\t?a:
Mtplay RdrcrtUcnner.t4 per Inch, for etch Iniartlon,
50 e*nt?.
l+ga\ notlcci, obit'jnr|o?,ctc.. 10 cnnl* per Iin<? N?ch
fH?cot;nt allows f?r onr rolemn ar mor?>.
Friday, February 6, 1891.
About tho Post.
The Tost has now been in existence six
months and ai the end of each month its
business has shown a handsome cash
profit. The paper hap reached a circula?
tion considerably beyond the anticipation
of its projectors. It is not only rend by
a large class in this immediate section,
but it has even a larger circle of readers
among the bankers, capitalists, manufac?
turers and investors of the North. There
is hardly a paper published in the South
that has so large a constituency in the
North and East.
What wo now propose to do, however, is
to increase its circulation throughout the
industrial section of the South. Wo wish
to make it accessible to all classes of our
people, that the poor as well as the rich
may derive benefit from it?-- moral, politi?
cal and intellectual iaflttOnce. With this
end in view the price i> reduced to $1.25
;-er annum, seventy-five cents for six
months; and to clubs of dvc or non e an
nual subscribers, thr* paper ^:\\ he fur?
nished at one dollar, all payments strictly
in advance.
Xo one need apprehend danger of losing
by its suspension. It has prospered from
the start, and there i? no reason to fear
a reversal of fortune. It has come to
etay; and though its managers may die
and pass away, the Post will rcrmin a
fixed and indestructible institution.
This concession in the price of the
paper is made to meet the needs of a new
and hitherto isolated community, unac?
customed to much reading, and we trust
it will find an appreciative response. We
wish to place the Post in the humblest
cabin of the mountain fastnesses and to
number among its constituency the uned?
ucated as well as the learned.
The benefits which Big Stone (3ap will
derive from thus broadening tiie field of
the paper's influence are too manifest for
comment; and our merchants, professional
and business men should avail themselves
nf the superior advantages its columns
afibrd for advertising what thoy wish
made known. They should in other ways
give the paper all the patronage they can
confer,.both in its advertising department
and its job offico
The Post does more free advertising
for the city, both for the people collec?
tively and individually, than most other
papers are willing to do. It sends out
every week hundreds of specimen copies,
for which it gets no compensation what?
ever. It leaves no effort untried- which
will attract the attention of capital, and
it spares no expense in getting informa?
tion which will likely prove valuable to
the grow th of the city. It has tried to do
?fTs whole duty, often under embarrass?
ments and drawbacks which the public
know nothing uf. Ii is difficult to keep
a sufficient number pf compositors, and
good ones can not always be retained
even by the payment of high wages.
Railroad freights have been cxhorbitanl '
and express charges havo not fallen far
short of downright robbery. Material has.
therefore, been costly, and in order to i
make the enterprise successful we have]
had to charge enough to cover these out- j
lavs, und more than wo shall charge when !
? i
our transportation facilities are im-j
It in conceded that the grade of work
done in the Post's job office is equal in
quality to that turned out in Louisville or
Richmond. This fact being beyond
question, we should have the entire pat?
ronage of the community in that line
over any other city, if the rates of charges
arc within reasonable limitations. In
patronizing us our citizens not only keep
the money at home, but thoy strengthen
an institution which is doing all in its
power to build up l>ig Stone Gap. With
the increase of patronage the power of the
Post increases, i?t? sphere of usefulness
is enlarged; and when all that power is
devoted to the prosperity of the city, it
is indeed a short-sightou and pitiful pol?
icy that would deny it tho patronage to
which it is entitled.
Advertise Your Resources.
Now that the Force Rill is out of the
way, the States?particularly the South?
ern States?should make liberal appro?
priations for creditable exhibits at the
World's Fair. Thu buildings will bo dedi?
cated in lt?J:i and the Fair Mill be opened
May, lSJKi. There is no time to be wasted
if the Southern States propose to mako a
worthy exhibition of their resources.
Rut whether the State Legislatures do
their duty or not tho towns throughout
the mineral district* of tho South should
commence in time, raise money and per?
fect tfieir plans for advertising their ad?
vantages to the milliotts of visitors, rep?
resenting all countries, all trudes and all
pursuits, who will vj?it the great exhibi?
tion. Monoy can not bo bettor *:pcnt. An?
other such opportunity for reaching the',
eves and ear* of the world .will nattily oc?
cur in a life time.
A resolution was passed at lite las!
meeting of our Commercial Club to tak"
immediate, action in the matter, and, if
possible, secure the eo-operation of neigh?
boring towns, Tacotna, Norton, Joncsvillc
and Gate City, and any others who may
trish to join us in the movement, Con
Fiderable money will be required of course;
but it is hoped that those who are inter?
ested in these growing towns will appre?
ciate tile importance of an elaborate dis?
play and contribute liberally to its suc?
At all events, Pig Stone Gap must have
an exhibit and a creditable one.
The Commercial Club.
During the stringency in the money
market it was difficult for the Commer?
cial Club to secure proper effort among its
members and to organize for effective
work. But that stringency has passed,
and the time for the most energetic and!
resolute action lias come.
The club should at once be organized.
The chairmen <d" committees should call
them together and undertake the
immediate discharge of the duties assigned
them. Many of these committees have
become negligent and indifferent. They
must acquire new zeal. Every possible
j effort should be made to secure a thor
; ough and harmonious organization of the
' club, and to place it in position for effec
I tive work.
It is admitted that great good can !>??
accomplished by the body ii its members
j will attend the meetings and properly dis?
charge their duty. Yet many whose en?
tire fortunes are bo::nd up in the destin)
of Big .Stone Gap rarely attend these
meetings, and almost entirely tail to ren?
der the service required of them. Suc?
cess can rot possibly be secured by such
j blind and stupid indifference.'to their iu
I tercsts. Negligence begets negligence,
i One man's indifference causes indifi'cr< nee
J in another; and it the club i- to l>e a suc?
cess, and if Big Stone Gap is to emerge
; from its present lethargy and start on a
I career of prosperity, a different spirit
' must animate its members.
; The meeting Monday night will bea \ > ry
' important one. and no citizen with a spark
i of public spirit should fail to attend it.
The Modern Newspapor.
Tn the Editor of the Pout:
SlK: I read vonr paper with much interest, j
l>ut, if you will permit the criticism ir?i}* 1 i*-?1 in
the question, I woul<l a?k it* \<>u -i.. not devote
too much space to scandal and gossip? In
your lust issue you bad an account of lie
ilhett affair in New York and the fall of a
young Countess, both of which it seems to me
you might have omitted. Ilesp'y,
('lost: Rr.ADr.fi.
I r.u; sto.vk Ca!*, r..'>. :tj.
The first answer to our correspondent
, is, that the Post is a metropolitan netrst
\papcr, not a cross-road's hund-bill. Its
j mission is to print news, and it' we didn't
I print it wc should have no "close reader"
to critcisc it.
! There has been a great revolution in
journalism .and we must keep up with Jh.
j procession or l?c left by it. This may be
; a lamentable condition, but it is the real
J condition and wc can't help it.
I Tiie newspaper has usurped the table as
! a means of propttgatinggossip. In the one
instance a select coterie oi friends [fe
j male by tradition} could enjoy the fail
; ings ot their neighbors with pome degree
of satisfaction, in connection with a pri
I \ ate cup of tea; but as the world runs now,
1 the newspapers spread a banquet of gos?
sip for the multitudes. Time was when
I information about allairs, a little slate
jsecret here and there, or a paint or two
about (lie Grand Sultan, could be relied
j on as exclusive properly for a little while
at least. The science of button-holing
has about disappeared, excepl as it lags
behind in the service of duns and borrow?
ers. The delightful air of n:\sti r\ which
j used to hang over ;;11 things has vanished
j before the newspapers like tiie misl before
the sun; and friendship i- not near wMial
jit used to be when conversation was su
I delicious, in the days before flic roporler
robbed us ol* that better pari of us. our
gossip. Put in that old-lime talk there
[.was some wisdom, a balancing of vir?
tues, human.itv. compassion, admiration,
j ?
' all varying with ihe subject and with I he
I talker; but :'\ present it is a cynical,
j merciless newspaper. \\*o are naturall}
gossips. Plautus, in the " Hcaulontimcr
: OUineilOS," in the celebrated exclamation,
"all things pertaining to unfit interest
ine," had direct reference tu man's curi
! oaity in regard to the affairs of his neigh
| burs. This answer was the justification
I of tdd Chrom'? for displaying such im
j pertinent eagerness to know something ol
Ithebusiness of the old '4lieautontimer
| oumenos." In fact, throughout all tin
old comedies, the flow of gossip prevails.
The monks gloated over it. They grew
obese with much merriment, and with the
secret jokes thai were whispered in the
cloistered walls. All legend is the rever?
ential gossip of nations, but it i- purer
than the gabble of the million-tongucd
press. Chloe and Phyllis, while tending
their flocks, had many choice accounts to
tell each other of their friends and their
ways, and did not devote the winde, drowsy
day t<> the discussion of sheep and bees,
as Virgil would have us believe, any more
than the ruralist of to-day spends a
greater part of Iiis time over the agricul?
tural reports of the government. It was
the gossip of the market-place which over
| whelmed the philosophic pagan, Soera
f tes. but it was .an all-comprehending gos?
sip. All "fond trivial records" were
written in the heart only; and the pocfn
that was not bound in calf, put in gilt
edges, and copyrighted, went from tongue
to tongue, and heart to heart. Humor
and merriment and jokes, such as were
not too precious for common utterance,
went into the common fund, and then was
the golden era of the communists of tho
mind und soul.
In those early days of all-pervading
gossip**inch's thoughts had a power. Be?
lief belonged to their natures, and cyni?
cism did not rulo the dav?. The reporter,
didactic and moralising, the prying un?
believer, was unborn. The priest was a.
living representative of his gods, the
poet was erowned, the orator was revered,
tho conqueror was deified, But the ages
roll on, and tho priest is scoffed at, the
poet is stung to death bv critics, tho
orator is hustled off the rostrum or his
glowing words cooled in print, and the con?
queror conquered by the press. We are
not allowed to believo in any thitxg. We
can't worship mir herbe* in peace. 'Hie
A mcrican press, in particular, bus gi> n
new methods of thought to the huti in it
rules over. The tendency in tho press is
to reduce everything to the paragraph.
There is no human greatness, according
t<? this system, which can not be con?
densed into a few lines. The paragraph
is the ready coin of printed gossip. The
characteristic of the reporter, when h<'
expands into columns, is cynicism and a
hind of moralizing which is intended to
enforce hi- fables; and the world has ac?
cepted the reporter as its teacher and its
preacher. The reporter is more influential
nith his flock than the pastor. He writes
columns of details as to crimes and im
I morality, and in conclusion chirps in his
moral reflections with a seeming assur?
ance that he ha- thereby counteracted tho
vicious effects of his baleful revelations.
.Men are, as before said and as we have
' attempted t<> illustrate, naturally gos
I sips, always have been and always will
Hut lately we have been educated up to
an incredible degree of voracity in read?
ing. Wc ?eck nut scandal in our papers,
a- surely its the educated pig points to
his letters, i* it not fact that men read
of murders with a certain satisfaction?
We want to know where the bullet pene
trated;and '?'the bright red spol in the
i temple which alone told of the deadly cf
i feet of tire," docs not affect us with anv
sensation of horror. Wc have become
indifferent about murder. Wc enjoy it. We
! kill pcotde and box them up. cut off their
noses, cnop theni up, throw tneni in lite
j lakes nur] rivers and seas. Wc, the Ameri?
can people, do it. The reporter enjovs
the search alter the murucrcr?. and we
enjoy his (rial, and we must enjoy his
"swinging off into eternity,*' or "drop?
ping into the sweel bye and bye " when
I tlse rope breaks. IIow the reporter mor
i alizes on scenes of debauch and lest, and
above all gloats over the details, lint as
the intelligent pig in France hunts out
the delicious truflle, so do we find the
dainty done up in rcportorial sane.-.
?- -c> ?
Civo Him a Rest
.Vow tii.it the Force Bill is done for it
! is hoped the hypocrite and place-seekers
j of the North will give the negro a rest.
(He is far better oil' without Ihoir im
i pertinent interference in Iiis behalf than I
j In- is wit Ii it. The complain! thai In; hits I
not his duo weighi in polities.,overlooks
I . . . !
tue fundamental principle on which uni
j versa! suffrage musl rest. I lie theory ol
universal suffrage contemplates Ihe para?
mount influence of intelligence. It ac?
cords to the ignorant man a vote of equal
power with that of the intelligent man.
j but it assumes force iti intellectual su?
periority thai will hring ignorance under
j the healthful influence oi* intelligence,
j In tlie large Northern cities i* is a com
j m<in complain) that elections are there
carried by the votes of the lowest and
I most ignorant ??:ti-t of ih>- community.
That i- true, but that part of the voting
(population does not vot??it is voted,
j Such vote- are always controlled by men
of superior intelligence, and th;- worse
j that can be said nl such practice is that
they are so influenced as often for cor?
rupt and selfish purposes as for what is
! esteemed the public good.
There can !>.? no question that the ne?
groes i;: this country have, for the past
ten years, made considerable progress in
intelligence. Not a feu of mature years
have acquired some rudimentary educa?
tion, and many of the young, of bolh
I sexes, are acquiring a very respectable ed
j ucation. All have made progress in eon
! ception of the nature of civil government
and the duties and responsibilities of citi?
zens, if the parental idea of government
i- rod entirely removed from their minds
they have at least advanced beyond tin
I expectation of il forty acres and a mule,"
! and a bank account provided and guaran?
teed by government. Kit I still, as a class,
! they are. on an average, tin leasl informed
and leasl intelligent of all the cla ? s of
population, ft i< still true thai wherevci
the shade of illiteracy is darkest on ous
statistical maps there the negro popula
tion is the densest. !
l ii is ;i happy circumstance, rather than ;
one to be regretted, that the colored voter
I of the South is under the influence, or if
i one chooses SO to put it, the restraint of
the intelligence of thai section. Physi?
cal obstruction of the right of voting is
discreditable, as it i> unlawful. Hut there
is a wide range to moral influence, and it
i- a good thing for any country where its
highest intelligence exerts such influence
in giving direction to the exercise of uni?
versal suffrage.
?-? -o- .
Remove the Nuisances.
During the warm days of last week the
presence of nuisances in several parts of
town became disagreeably apparent. There
are several hog pens that filled the air
near them with their poisonous odors, and
it became evident thai a number of back
yards had been neglected.
An ordinance was passed last summer
against such nuisances ami the authori?
ties should sec that it is now vigorously
enforced. The- spring and summer arc
near at hand, and the entire city shuuld he
cleaned at once and kept clean.
In such matters no mercy should be
shown those who fail to comply with tin
law. Any laxity in its execution will
. result in serious injury to the health and
reputation of Big Stone Gap a< well as to
the value of "property. Favoritism to a
tew will operate as an injustice and out?
rage tu the many. Once lei it he under?
stood that the ordinance will lie enforced
with vigor and without fear or favor, and
lit will not only he much easier for the
citizens to comply with it afterward, but
they will rOalixe the wisdom of its enact?
ment and commend the authorities for its
; enforcement.
To accomplish this the penalties must j
l*e inflicted against all offenders promptly
and unflinchingly. A few examples would
have a beneficial influence and the sooner
they are made conspicuous the better.
As soon as the public realize that the law
means what it says ami that the authori?
ties mean to do their duly, it will )>e
obeyed, but not until then.
Ik the Democrats wish to wiu the next
Presidential election they should nomi?
nate Senator Artitur P. Gorman for Presi?
dent and readopt tiie platform of 1$B4.
31 r. Cleveland is not in sympathy with that
platform, though ho was elected on it,
mid f ? Ii ?inii? ?('? liirn w u'd iovolvp the ?
re id j(tii?n of i:he platform ol lbPr*. crliiclt!
would insure mother defeat. Mr. Cleve?
land can't earn his own Stale and Gor?
man can. The only question seem? to i?o
whether the party will learn wisdom from
ifp past follies ur foolishly repeal them.
Upon that question hangs the success or
defeat of tiie Democracy in the next elec?
Tub Roanoke Herald says "the Post nukes
a contemptible return for the investments
made by the citizens of Roanoke in its town
when it pronounces their home city a grave?
yard." Yes, and you make a contemptible re?
turn for the consideration which the citizens of
Bi? Stone Gap have nbnwu Roanoke by
naming all, even of the petty towns in the
State, as prosperous and omitting Rig Stone
Gap,which will soon distance all rivalry in the
struggle for prominence among the industrial
cities of the State. But the Herald wastes
time in discussing such questions, and in at?
tacking the Tost it gnaws against a file, it
should ?lernte more space to the advocacy of
; proper sanitary laws and less to criticism of its
contemporaries. It is probable that more doc?
tors have [rotten .rich in Roanoke than in nil
the other town- of Southwestern Virginia
combined. There is danger that disease will
become it? principal industry.
Tut: Trenton Iron Company;, nt Trenton, N. arc
liuil<Un? ? vom! Iron elevators for ?t<..- In raising r.irs
r.y.'i iornmotive* on ele'vutnl tracks. #??nw oT.wbich
are t-? ti'l Orden? from I'cru und Chili.?'irmi \ir-\
This i- Mr. Hewitt's plant. He doubtless ex?
pects the Democrats in the next Congress "ill
succeed ia removing the duty from fert igt)
iron ore, ami that it will nol 1?' necessary f<>
move his plant South. Other iron firms in the j
East nr.? waiting for the issue to be decided.)
Will our Southern r. preseotatives continue to
slab Southern industries by advocating free
TitK dams should have been blown out be
fore this cold spell, hut ii i- not ton late if the
council will act at once.
Tun council should order the dams blown
out at once. To Sparc the darns is <<> damn
tie- town.
Airy Tongues.
The brilliant Spanish hall given in honor of
Carmencita, the other night in New York, was
;i sight to see. The following description of
one dance convey ssome idea of the charm of the
scene and explains why so many of the Hi;
Stone Gap boys go wild over the fascinating
I danxcu.se:
j There was a pause .-oi l f!i<-n tin audience
i npplaudeil at tin- souml of familiar " Sanjago,"
which i< 'he foremost of waltzes in tie- popular
heart, but. it was not a simple waltz when
('armencita danced -t.
First she drew herself haughtily, drawing
the mantilla about her shoulder?. Then she
tiling it from her and began to dance to the
I .slow, sensuous measure,
j Again the music vanished from lie' instru?
ments into her body, ami again the spectators,
I tier on tier, leaned forward and became drunk
i with tin- sensuo'.isness of the motion.
Sometimes she writhed with all the sinuous
! ness of a serpent. Sometimes her head hung
: low and her arms slowlv moved about in time
to tin- music. Sometimes her body swayed
! slowly round am! round. Then the music went
; fitster, and Carmencita teemed to be carried
j away by it.
lief bosom rose and fell quickly*, her arms
floated swiftly about her with her bauds wide
j and her fingers enn ing, her body moved grace
1 fully from side to side, and her little slippered
feet skimmed over the floor, scarcely seeming
to touch it.
T!d< was the triumph of the evening, and
the applause was mingled with shouts <>f
"bravo!" and wild waving of handkerchiefs.
After this came tin " lVtenera," which was
less sensuous. Sie- bowed several tine - and
ki-se.l her hands.
A critic speaking of Lafcadio Heara's trans?
lation '?!' Gaufier's "tin-' of Cleopatra's
Nights," say s it is ?? everything in the tropi?
cal extreme of efllorescencc," ami that the im?
agination grows sick with heavy perfumes,
.sumptuous forms and opulent colors." It is
expected that the book will be dramatised and
j " staged " by the time l he bondholders and di?
rectors and attorneys of the Uig Stone Gap
Improvement Company meet again in New
\ ork. (.'armencita will then have a rival.
" T?te," said Will, ??'here's another letter
about these deferred payments; what had I
better say
?? Say times is hard,"
"That won't do* I'vi -ai<! that live hundred
times already."
- Weil, say it beats Ii-"
j ??"Mind," interrupted Will,you're a dear
" I was aboul to that it heat- heaven,
! but I v.i>11*; -.iit. Nothing can beat heaven.
Tell him about the coking coal and the steel
plan! and the Louisville .v. Nashville and Tag
gart's nail works and the wood manufactory
and the furnace and the dummy limr-"
" Oh, h-eavens!" I've gone over all that
hundred.* of times; give me something fresh."
?'* Nothing fresh about this town that I know
"Then i'll give 'em the re-re."
They say that Mr. Charley Harding made a
'splendid speech in the Mac Kobbin's
murder trial at ?ladcrilju the other day, and
j that Judge Mam v presented some very .strong
! points in his argument,
Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Taggurt gave a delight?
ful dinner to a few of their gentlemen friends
at their cottage. Saturday evening. Tho
dishes were admirably prepared, and the
guests might well have fancied themselves in
some metropolitan city which afforded a met?
ropolitan market. They lingered for several
hours and came away charmed with the ele?
gance of tho hospitality and tin-grace of the
The second concert of the old folk.-, and tin
young folks?-for there were really no old folks
either on the stage or in the audience -was a
hrilliaut success. The music was. charming
and the minstrels outdid themselves. A hand?
some sum was realized, which will he devoted
to charity, aud the pour who will receive the
benefits have reason to feel grateful t" Mrs.
Bullitt and her associates who organized and
contributed to the performance. There were
many happy hits in a song prepared for the oc?
casion, and the audience heartily enjoyed the
allusions to Judge Matiry, Henry McDowell
and .lush Bullitt. All three gentlemen were
fine targets and legitimate prey, Hit 'em
again, ladies.
* ? *
ft is to he regretted that the Misses Goodloc
contemplate returning homo before the Ides of
March. They have proved very attractiv
visitor-, as well as destructive ones. There
will he heartaches when they go.
Mrs. E. M. Hardiii has decided talent for
painting in water colors, and she in now en?
gaged on a very amusing picture. She has
some gems among her artistic productions.
?12,500 for a Dog.
Tu-mbrruw, -provided the steamship fmbria make*
a good passage, :1s will land in tbbt city 'i'JO |?oduib
(if dog l!>-h. which e.?st tlMr owner nearly ?.'7 a pound.
Tlic canine, which commanded > ? ? n * bigger premium
sban the fainoipi MJk?: K- Uy,ttn- base liall player, U the
champion St, I'.-rnar,*, Sir ifc-diwre, recently pur?
chased of Mr. ilrv. n. <>t WaiU-cy, Jn Cheshire,
land. by E. 1>. Sears, uf Mclnve, the proprietor cf tin;
renowned Wyoming Kennel*. Tin- prt>.- pnjd waj
.<12,.'no. Sir Bedlvere has no rival as tin Kin;; wf St.
Bernard*, and he will find bi-t quwHi already quartered
in Jtelrcfe, fnr 1'levnn, al?o owned by Mr. Sears, lus
on njfial among tint lemaJo breed.
That irt IVltA! iiitit. i hnniufy Is*. Illniek
.Say* oT Arthur Pi Gorinitn After-ho
Defeated the Force Hill.
(New Ynrk Worlt!^
Among those entitled to the unbounded
gratitude of the American jHioplc tor the
preservation of their institutions from t his
deadtv assault stand easily first Arthur P.
Gorman. With him and around him,
through tili the vicissitudes of an ardu?
ous contest, almost unexampled in parlia?
mentary history, were the entire Demo?
cratic minority whose moral and intellect?
ual average, it is little to say. is equal to
that of any other period in the history of
the Senate. Among them it is difficult to
distinguish degrees of merit where all
served with so much devotion and ability.
Put to affirm that Senator Gorman was
pre-eminently the leader is to cast no re?
flection upon his associates or to detract
in the least from the honor which belongs
to each of them. He was their leader
because they made him so, and it i* to
their peculiar credit that they did. In ;t!i
their long and heroic struggle they did
nothing'wiser than this. As chairman of
the caucus Senator (rorman was the official
manager on the Democratic side, and the
record he has made as such will .-fand not
only to his own" immortal honor, but f"
that of those who. having first placed him
where his talents and discretion were given
their proper scope, followed him with vol?
untary steadiness and enlightened disci?
pline. From first to last there was not a
! tingle break or misstep. From the begin?
ning to fhe unexpected and brilliant tri?
umph of Monday Mr. Gorman committed
no single error and incurred not a word ot
adv. iri- criticism front any quarter.
There is absolutely ii" parallel t>? this
case in the history of England or Amer?
ica?a man leading in a struggle vital to
the liberties and interests of the "lode
people, involving possibly the very exist?
ence nt a political party, the struggle ex?
tending through man} weeks with varying
fortunes and chances,and this man trusted
and commended with absolute unanimity
j at every turn, and accorded the full meas?
ure of credit for his conduct at the end
without a solitary dissenting voice! Sol
Gladstone nor Parnell in Great Britain;
j not even Randall in the great conflict of
I the Forty-third Congress, and certainly
I not any one of the Democratic leaders
! since in the House of Representatives,
I has contributed a page so fair and undis
j putcd as this t" the annals "t English
I speaking freemen, it need ii"t be said
that none but Mr. Gorman could have ac?
complished this. It rcquires-only to In
repeated that Mr. Gorman did accom
j plish it. and that as a nu r'- personal
achievement it i.- without example in the
i parliamentary history of oar rac< .
It i- possible that in time, at some de?
generate period not now anticipated, the
I Democratic party, to which has been com?
mitted the keeping of free institutions in
j this county, may forget the matchless
I service performed in this install''.? by
j Arthur P. Gorman and hi* knightly asso?
ciates in the Senate, who. though equal,
| chivnlrous.lv accepted and obeyed his
! leader-.!.ip tor tho common g.I. But it
! i- not likely. If is a service which will
I grow i:t the public estimation as the
I vears roll on, and as the blessings ??!
self-government, thus saved.shall become
; more and more apparent.
I Nur is rids tb>- first Jinn- M'r.,,Gormaii
h.-^s saved the Democratic parts from dis?
aster. When his share in the election '?:
j President Cleveland and the defeat of the
I monopoly plot l" count hint nut and de?
fraud the peop!.- of tlictr choice, as in
i IH17, conies to be fully written it will be
{ n chapter ofextraordinay rcvelalions. Bui
' for his order, issued on his own responsi
i bility, to the Democrats to ceh brate thai
victory and keep on celebrating it, day
'and night, until it should be acknowl?
edged, the country would not have been
I aroused to the machinations ol the mo
| nopolists until too late, and would have
I been placi d a*here Tilden was. Bui the
j real bade;- of ">J was this Self-same
leader oi' **.io, who now, upon the higher
stage, and in full view of an anxious
countrv, has- shown, in admirable devel?
opment, knowledge, sagacity, courtesy and
resolution, so commingled as to make the
j alui">t perfect political chieftain.
t "iiai x< i v V. Bl. VI k.
Mr. Corncin in the Ncniito.
(Washington Kwning Slitr.
i When th>* Senat.- opens in the morning, ^ hilc
; the page hoys are drawn up in a semi-circle,
1 one .it fach desk in front of the Vice-Presi
i dent's tabh', nml the chaplain i- pouring forth
i in'-? appeal for a Divine blessing, to which fn
[ galls listens .vith folded are.- and devouth
; bended head, and to which Mr. Hoar r< spends
: with an earnest '"Amen," Gorman sometimes
! stand?, with bis shoulder against the arch of
! the cloak-room door, one fool crossed over the
j other, thai habitual frozen, cynical smile on
his mouth, nml looks over the Senate Chatiir
I ber as if he could read the thoughts of each
man and the plans f..r the da;, each might be
; thinking of during his devotions. During the
: session he is sometimes in his seat, listening
; and watching intently, <>r i-. nioviug among
, his colleagues, qiiickh from one to another,
but with coolness and an air of deliberation.
' Anxiety is never indicated on bis fa.-.-, and he
; preserves an even manner throughout th<- da\
i and from day to day.
: II ii perpetually sought by newspaper men
j who want " inside information,*' and he talks
with th.-m all pleasantly and confidentially
I without giving th.-m any information. Snine
j times one who is radically wrong in his iuter
I pretalioii of a move will receive a hint to that
effect; but h^ is left to his own wits to work
out the truth. Gorman takes few people into
his confidence, and main who t;ike commands
j from him d>> soon faith, noj knowing just the
I reason for them.
Sueliu reader as the (Mil Itoin: n Won.
(Chicago >?*??? > )
Senator Gorman has shown himself to be
J the niotl able and shrewd leader the Democrats
hare had in the Senate since the days w hen
! .Mien a. Thurman was in his prim.-.
-?? - ?.
Daniel Manning on Frei? Silver Coinage.
[From Iii? la.-t report a-S. .rr?iarv .>f llieTranniryd
A cheaper dollar for Workiligmen of the
? L'nitcd States means a poorer dollar. The
i daily wages of our workingmcn and
working women are by far the largest, b\ fat
the most important aggregate of wealth to be
affected by tho degradation <>f the -dollar, or of
any legal tender equivalent of the dollar. All
! othi r aggregates of wealth, the accumulations
of capitalists, can only obtain profitable use bv
being turned over daily in the wages of work?
men and the employment of the captains of
their industries, all other aggregates of wealth
which n-rnaiu unemployed in the payment of
WjlgeS of the day, tin? month, the year, are n<-t
to he compared in their sum to this gigantic
fund. It is this gigantic sum, the wage- of
labor, which is assailed bv evi-ry policy that
would make the dollar of thp fathers worth
Ic?.-. than its worth in gold,
Tho Fact About It.
The Atlanta Constitution inquired "if Prance can
protect tbe gold in her territory why can we uotdo
><>': It certainly luu worked well there," Whv
hadn't you the fraiikne** to nay that Prance ?i'i't
roiidng >i!vt<r seven yean ago, hu.-n't coined it five
franc piece ?iure 1SS3. Franc? would I"-.- b.-r gold
in t.-n y.-ars if she adopted the policy the free-coinage
f.dfc* .are trying t?> inaugurate here, and ber ablest 11
n.-vii'-i.-rs haw often pointed nut this. Therefore
France uiaintaiiiA the two metal* iu circulation by:
Mr?t, nuiklng sliver scunl.try and neeoud, prohibiting
it > coinage beyoud about half the total supply of gold
iu h..r circulation; France i.? a poor illustration fur
free r-.iua-^.-1Ii?-.iri-?i-?to cite.
Good for Itoaiioke.
' ll.rusn proceedings.)
S.-r..?t.- bill v.a? pOinMul on modo? of IMijuiiid*. of.
Vfrgiqla, for the erection r.r ? public building at
I^vttioik.>t Va., with uu amendment lliuitiit^ it to coed
WH.Vi IM? iT? ^
??If Coke ?/?>rv f.lxeu V* IVe ConM*^-??^
Compote IlTItli tho routh." w j
(PfUgbnrfth Special ro?w York Sud.)
It appears i J * * t Hie competition of
Southern iron had more t<? do with the
shut-down of the iron furnaces in the
Mahoning valley than the price of coke
and railway discrimination. Only two
furnaces in the valley arc in Mast. 1'igiron
i has falli n in price %\ per ton in the last
i four month-, and iron is brought from the
Southern furnaces and sohl here at fifty I
cents cheaper than it can he made in this I
city or in the valley. The furnace men I
declare that if coke were given tlo-in thev
' . .- -*;!
j could hot compete with the South? rn iron.
? The. have shut down to ascertain
I whether the Southern no r: are selling
rchcap merely to get a foothold in the
j market or whether they have a profit at
present prices.
An Association Which OfVcrsa Solution of
the Servant ('Irl Problem.
fThc I'liUadelpbia Tide^apb.)
! V.r.- Fidelity Reform Servant Associa
i ri.on.thc object of which the name implies, j
! i> the -atisfactory adj^istmcnt of the most
vexed question with which the house -
( keeper has to deal, announces that an eh- i
deavor will be made to purchase the old |
Lutheran Theological Seminary property,
j on Franklin street above Race, in which ;
' it is proposed to found a Training behooi
lor servants. To obtain the nucleus ot
? the nccessarv fund-- a grand entertain- j
meil, followed bv a dance, was given
Tuesdav, January s>7,.at the Academy of
Music' .? , j
The pioposed school and home will ocrj
patterned after similar institutions in j
? Europe. The aim is to afford protection
I alike to mistress and servant: Graduates
Of the school will he given certificates ot j
i character. Should a series of complaints j
on the part of mistresses he mad.' against
anv of the institution's protegees, this
[certificate will be revoked, and under no
j circumsfauccs will it be reissued. <>n the
other hand, when complaints, from a
: ,??i,ber of girls against a mistress are
' found on investigation to be well founded,
; the association will percmtorially refuse
to send any help to the individual indi
I rated,.
It i- the intention to secure girls from
I the eonntrv, a- far as possible, for train
; ing. It is lielieved that the knowledge
! under the .-heiter of a home they will not
: '.I exposed to the dangers and temptations
! of a irreat city, will have the effect of in?
ducing a better class of women to seek
employmenl and training in the institu
I tion.
...-? ?
IMr I ."? o ( onsumptloli.
! 'iron Vp-.j
I The iron trade hits long been prepared
; t" learn tli.it the output of pig iron in the
United States would celipse all previous
j records of our own or any other country.
The figures, however, prove and events
have shown that the plicnominal makes
I of tho past year were in excess of our re?
quirements. The boast of having reached
the first place is n.?t one which will give
? unalloyed pleasure to the iron trade. There
is much more satisfaction, we believe, in
contemplating the fact that consumption
. has developed in a very satisfactory man
. n?-:\ Since ISSO it has grown in the man?
ner shown in the following table.
i oxsi mction oi no inox, onoss toss.
K-e. . ?j.oonui." t issti.i.tyi,a.>i
i>st i,as2.5i*5 I is-s".B,sos.:tst;
IKsrj -;.'.-,;::.-J7s |sSS . ii.i'vs.tis
: 1?:: t.-:;t.7;o issn.t.t:?",:::.7
;iss3 w I
Consumption has, therefore, doubled in
ten rears, in -pit.- of-the fact that in I.SUO
I the demand tor permanent way of railroads
was not large. It is interesting to note!
that in spite of that fact the greatest in
j crease in the production was in Hessemor
: pig. which is responsible for MttJti?) gross
ion-. This proves that the output of steel
I Im- miscellaneous purposes must have
grown tremendously. We know that,
speaking generally, the puddling plants,
too, were \< ry active in I"'.'", so that the
increase in the consumption of foundry
irons eannol be credited with more than
a pari of t in balance.
FriBill fill I'overty in l-Yee-Trade KiiBhmd.
(Manufacturer*;! Itceord.) j
A dispatch from London to the daily:
; papers says:
Appalling nctWtnt* i?f ?K'Mitiuhm coiiiiiiue In tl?- j
' Iva t di.-trirl "f VVoIverliaiiipton' Tin- charity office
i report- that hi roni.: instaijo-s ii i- daiip-roiis i" j
I minister f"">i ??-> In;* ;?? I hi: ; ?;ril attendant upon rayen
? >:: - himjp r '.vheli fon<! i- tii-t ??Herrd. \ el-tv) ?iiui I
i -ay- i; :- impossible. I? .!?-<?; r-<- the misery that pre
; rr.iln. {tomes lire without tire, tin* rooms without
i furniture, ih" women have only m -hi;*|e garment eov
i erhu; them, an.! iln- children an: a lnh..-t a.- luol.
hi |ji|idoii The verdict ofdeath from -tar-, alien is j
? returned hi ?umeroti? r.-.-.-. S<>iii?: lahorcr.*. who ap
: plied to a inatusti Ue for r> lief, said tlay had even sold
I their I.i-for bread. h> many years there lias i*<>t
: heen a more terrible winter for ihe i?-"r. ami yel Lm
' .!..:. I? tail charlt.ilih -i;.-.
What a horrible picture of suffering
and despair. It is in tree-trade England,
which, according to the free-traders of
this country, i- blessed with great pros-j
perify. This country i> urged to adopt
in-" trade that it may become as prosper?
ous a- England', but ever-, day adds to
' the poverty ot' the English working peo?
ple, and vit our free-trade friends will
not sei it. or ii they see it they will not
admit it. In England starvation is -tar?
ing thousands in the face, the cosl of Ii\ -
ing i.- steadily increasinir. the importation
ot' foreign food-stutls is yearly growing,
and tin- whole outlook i- dismal. In this
country, and especially in I lie South,
manufacturers generativ an- crowded with
work, there arc comparatively lea people
out ot' employment, business i- active,
j and tin- outlook indicates a rear of great
prosperity*. Why should we seek to change
and imitate England's policy*/
- -o- -
Southern Exports.
'N< v. V??rk Journal of Commerce.)
, In our issue of a few days since allusion
i was made to the growth of the Southern
, cities. While this increase is well illus
I t rated by the returns of the clearing houses
, which show tin exchanges of general com
i mcrce, by the contributions to prosperity
I bestowed by railroad extensions are better
exhibited by the growth of (he export
! trade.
I While tin- exports through the c?s
btoms districts ot Nev, Vork and Boston
show no variation in the years of l?!i
j and IS?O, tin- trade in Southern cities in
almost every instance shows a marked in?
crease, Baltimore, which exported $.">l,
ObO.tMMj in l?SD, in ItsilO exported put,.
UtK),OI)b, New Orleans increased iis exports
from $&T,0tHM)0U to ^7,UU?,0?f). ?alves
j ton increased it.- exports from $111,00(1,000
j to ^;>:;,600,000 Norfolk and Portsmouth
j increased from $10^i3tt,G00 to ^13,000,000
T 1'hiladelphia shows an increase which is
j rpniflrkaide.ti om ^,000,000.^*:i 1,1)00,000.
j Savannah. Wilmington and Charleston
exhibited like increase-.
It is evident from these figures that
the Southern industry js finding its way
to foreign conutrie* through Southern
ports. New York and Huston will relv
mainly on the West for the increaso iii
their foreign trade. Baltimore, whose ex?
portation* show an increase of nearh
|l?,000,(KH), and Philadelphia are receiving
the benefits of the first impetus given to
Southern development.
A Boena Vista Hnterprlso.
Thv> bUwt furoace i- still jx?ii)}. ?? ?(.? x,aj roj,,^-.,
and is shin-eoiiiinin-d MtMaettoit; lurnlms out lw
loiw ol >pJ.-mlid pi;: iron every day. Slued ii wem
in Moil abouta ?aonth tl^r.-h^ tx-eu yhipp^ ?n
aiS^y^at? "f ?Uiut 1^500 luuS ot pi;. iron t<> djMVrent
parts of thi- country?ibis Stau- nn,\ the North and
Wert, ihu iiu Vi.-tA hen now tK'iug worked up Into
luaauoivcturis? fa at It-wt tt>U States,
Bl# Stone Gap, v ,
Co;:*?"-! fr? Ancient .<r. I H <i rn
M tibi run?' ?t *nd S< nee*.
A ful? preparation -r;\? r? for ??
under ?* ?MIM am*\ttm?'tfwrt tl
the element" of an Koglf-di educ . ?? ?
wndindividual attention-a ?pvcial f
Wm. H. Bockford. ?
Miss S. E. Hughc
In charge of tfusical and l*rhi ?
?>r Hin sr</v
'flu- S?Ti'0<l Trrvi >?f F ir-? - .
I u?ry 5tii, 1S91. 'Ii;'- f-.l!"-Air.^ ;
| English Branches,
Vocal and Instriu,
Typ, .,. - t -
y. r full particular*; addn .
Mr*- !."?i-' M Mobbii i. I
Mrs* i.ii uk B. ?;?.<.in ii?
|*rnfW?ioii ii l'iirtt?.
Physicians anci Surgeons
llariug formed a co-partn*>r!
niooml ?>cr? ice* v> the pvopii
i ii
J. f. HCl UTT, JK.
Attorneys at Lav ,
lattrmout Hotel Building, i:
H. A. V/. SKEEN.
Attorney at Lav,.
Shortt Building, BIG STONE CAP.Va
Attorney at L i.
Aye:. Building BIG STONE CAP.VA
it m . ? entxs, ?* ?
Lebanon, Va (
I Attorney's * t\t ??? i.-iw,
t _ i
! Cm bts :?Unsaid?. Wi?r :? ? '
| and Court ?t Appeal* al Wytl ?
i ?r ti Tt? t. am: :?.' s .
Attorneys at L.
OfT.ct uTcr l'a:,k of Bi? Stoiif ?;
AttornoyN cii ! riw,
stone ?. \ i . \ ?.
Offlr? in Bank of Big St ?
Attorney at L .
OnW, ?.w?1?? i lau f.* k Bu] .
i Box 200. Ith! ST?
Wit! lrf. at Bit* Ston* flap the
month and remain ?I'iriii^ t!;. *v< ? '
Bristol ' Voce. Corner Main and i .
Architect and En
P. <? Boj IT. BRISTO!
ie HO IS
Clean anci Well Fun.
Victuals well Cook. ci. ar
Furnished with the i
the market aff<
j Only pure Spring ,*.
j Special lUti-'s ti? Drninini i
tiu- wei k c?j ti
f. W, 1 I i*, Miff
Only First-clasr, Hot< I
Gap. Electric Bells, I
Light. Steam 11
fSKlSTOI,, \ v.. v >?' ' I
(Nrar lv pi .
It at ks. 94.00 VEll l>
Watch - Makers- and -Je?
Dealers in Fine Watch**, Chi k -
wark doue in a workinuiilr?.' .
East Fifth St. BIG STOV'i ? *'
II IG stum: gai*. ? v
Stone Mason and Stone Cuiief
Contractor and Buifci
All kin.it ..f cut rttotw work fciwii
Estimatr* on bulldinx ?radini; ,
Call on K. P. \\ ampler.
Subscription* to Port ti.
athance* In no com u-ili/;
tinted from*

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