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B,C STONE OA*VA. WATCHES, CLOCKS, SILVERWARE, SPECTACLES, ETC. W. C. ROBINSON & CO. BIG STONE GAP, VA., FRIDAY, JUNE 5,1891. NO. 42. i?NSON'S ARTICLE. Of IMS l"V.Ht? r ihe South*? Rwourc??. ULABLE WEALTH, usurer's Record of thi^vcek ^.orHt. rcvicwof .hc South .cefl i,v lion. Edward At km ' ],',.,! on Ids recent trip It is the ?,est arti ;',!? upon the South by Mr. e sars that it may almost f * h]m to deal at .such purees of the South, aMiftc*??oU is f???d i? the W,. the very heart of tbc of ,bc United Slates .s an , Urge as France, endowed iricu resources and with a !lhan alm0Rt any other s.m in the limits ol our common ; , vc,. 8pareelvset,.M, ? ?,? .s, sc.rcclj too*. ,?apeop.o. The Mme 1?. savs for men to comprehend ;s ? our doora^very large I unoccupied territory capn Dade the homes oi null.ons a?d industrious tam.l.es. ri,orv capable of supplying and vegetables in almost bundance, where yet a large liu meal are imported .: Mr. Atkinson confines ?ly to the great Appalachian South fron, the Potomac to ia,a?d from the Piedmont Blue Grass district of Ken is section he says : " One months instead of days in rations. Even then, unless jxtended beyond a twclve alf the story migbt he told. ?rk of exploration has been t U) rears, the half has not I 0f this imperial series of al and probably of iron, to ? the other resources of this loulhland. Almost any at a<t the future of this part n country becomes a mere hole area is so much e!e e level of the sea as to be c a white man's country, i nu<\ plateau section pos nte in which any kind of crforined by white or black portions of the area de -hul.lv to he found the best ?limate, of soil, of humidity nd of all the other elements ake stalwart men and wo OOAL AN D IRON. Referring to the coal and iron resources of this area, which covers about 250,000 square miles, Mr. Atkinson says that it is about equal to the rombined area s of Eng? land, Wales. Scotland and Belgium, a half oi Prance and a half of Germany, which are the main sources of the iron produc? tion of Europe. It any one would fully comprehend the future industrial dcvclop Iment of the area which I have hounded and described in this country, let him draw mup* of each 2.">0,000 square miles as I have described each section, on the lame scale (of course eliminating the British channel and North sea), then set oil'London and Liverpool against our own great seaboard cities; lay one map on the Other and stick a pin through the points over the European area where the great centers of industry are now established; remove the map of Europe, and rind the perforation in the map of our own terri? tory; then imagine, if possible, what the i conditions will be at or near those points a liable generation hence. Are not the mountain? of iron ore and the mines of cial, the tru?- loadstone to which all forms I of industrial energy are attracted? At a Itew points the crystallization has begun, hut as vet it is onh a beginning, and one may not vet venture to predict where the processes will go on most rapidly More? over in European irou countries large Quantities of ore have to be drawn from Sweden and Spain. European railroads hare largely been built to serve war pur? pose*. Southern railroads wholly in the i Interests of peace and for the distribu \ iiouo! the abundance which makes for I human welfare. In Europe, passing from I "re*?t Britain into France, from Prance I through Belgium and Luxembourg to Ger I many, and taking into view the condition I of Spain, would not one tind every possi? ble obstruction that could be placed in the way by difference of race, creed and condition, lay national animosity, accom? panied by a burden cd* debt five times as great a* that which now rests upon us? 1'oeyit not require the product of the ?ork of one man occupied in the pursuits of peace tu support every idle soldier in Camp or barrack*, waiting for the spark hv which war and resolution maybe en? gendered at any moment? Is*not the border of each country an armed camp'.' Are not all the railways laid out more for coutingencicg of' war than for the ?ervice of peace"; In passing over the iron and coal areas of Europe, should we "ot litid diminishing supplies of coal and iron ore? THE ONLY 0.1 KSTION. fcu much tor the vision which every one roay mdulge who chooses to lav down lines upon the map, and who mav at Wt to forecast the future of the "sec J'Ott of this country of which 1 have given ?eboundaries. With respect to the re? cces ol the South, it needs oulv a trip ?i t?o weeks, or even less, to prove the existence of almost unlimited supplies of ,c ? h, kaolin arid glass sand, irou ore, co?J, manganese aud salt, to sav nothing ? "^co* the metals of less importance, ^al.orca aud timber exist iu such abun a*?ce a? t0 mgfc? th? qllegtlon ouii cf tnc WVWj and of the relative quality of l?e ?appbes rather than of tbelr abun touck and of their existence. The com potuioii is no longer to bud coal in ex ""iveabuBdance. it now consists in a nentjly rivalry among those who possess 21 C<T *8*? will make the stroug e?t m riebest coke. It 1b no longer a Muejtion of the existence oi iron ore in JMo masses as to make the number of i * matter of no present consequence, *?? pending question is which ore is thc wntjt or the pure,t or the best in its *UUttbou for immediate use. In respect abUf gb'gratJe yre8' w,lich mav be su5t* ,.y ror conversion into BeBsenier steel, eJ!?? nger a question whether they 81 itt Pakets only or in great veins; in cither event there is enough in Bight and rn close proximity to cool to assure the immediate establishment of the manufac? ture oi steel at manv points. It is no longer a question whether or not basic steel can tic made in ihe Southern pan of the iron section; it is onlv a question w hether the right men have'taken hold of j the matter or not, and whether the right method is being adopted, and of that there J can be little doubt. The surface onlv has ! been snatched. The supply of hardw-ood Mimber ?V endless, and in the limestone country as soon as the trees are cut awav the I?lue-grgs8 comes in. In Virginia \v*e saw the largest herd of registered short honied cattle that there is in the world, whose progeny are being scattered I throughout the blue-grass country. The potential in wool on these plains and mountains rests not upon protectiou against the wool of South America or Australia, but merely upon the protection of the sheep against the dogs. W HKAT PUODUCTIOX. It may be deemed extravagant to sug |jgest, but one cannot help believing that when a sufficient population, endowed with thrift and intelligence, shall occupy the valleys and plateau of this section, the potential in w heat production of this section may be equal to the supplv of nil the wheat that the people of this country now consume. One needs onlv to view Ihe valleys of the Shenandoah, the Roan oke valley, the 1(1,000 square miles of the Boealled ,lblue-grass" in Keutuckv, ihe Powell river valley, and the manv' lime? stone valleys and plateaus which are traversed in other parts of this section, to accept even this forecast as only perhaps a little too sanguine or roseate in its term's. Mr. Atkinson says that the natural re? sources of the plateaus and mountains ate so great as to' actually constitute a disability which may for a time stand in way of Ihe arts on which success depends upon the saving of a fraction of a cent on each pound or each yard, and in which a very large capital must not only be ex? pended, but constantly maintained in order to sei one man or woman at work. In closing his paper, he says: When eacii Southern boom town begins with the foundation of a public library and an art museum alongside the iron furnace or the workshop; when each prin? cipal city provides centers for technical, manual and university training coinci (dently with the upbuilding of the factory and the steel works, then we of New Eng? land may begin lo feel some distrust of our ability to set up two new establish? ments tor the conduct of the finer indus jtiial work for everyone of the cruder branches that is transferred from us, cr that is set up elsewhere, from which we may procure our necessary material. We are now engaged in a friendly eonlest, in which each community, each section and each State may attain the greatest" meas? ure of prosperity by the exchange of ser? vice in that commerce in which both par? ties make a profit. Mr. Atkinson believes that the purely speculative town lot operations of irre? sponsible companies has passed uway, and that the future development of this sec? tion is to be on a solid, conservative foundation. PAPAL ECONOMY. Pope Leo's Generosity ? The Demands t pon ills llolinesfl?Pupal Resources? The Peter's-Peuce Fund. Komi:, June 3.?The Pope is taking steps to secure greater economy of ex? penditure at the Vatican. He has ap? pointed a commission consisting of three cardinals charged to do their utmost to effect a reduction in expenses. It is be? lieved to be the first time since Scxtus V*. that a Pope has interfered in the consti? tution of the congregations of Rome. From a financial point of view the propos? ed reductions in expenses are probably due to the increased demands upon the Holy See. The misery in Italy and the effects of the national bankruptcy on the funds of the Vatican have considerably augmented extraordinary expenses. Everybody asks money of the Pope. Then, again, the work of the Holy See is con? tinually increasing. Leo XIII. has creat? ed at Pome, and especially in the mission fields, special undertakings, which require much money. The crusade against slave ry has absorbed considerable sums. The Pope is lavish in his endowments of schools, the sciences, and benevolent agencies. Leo XIII. is not so liberal to persons as was Pius IX., but to causes of general interest his generosily borders on prodigality. Tilt: rdl'E's KKSOL'RCES. It is impossible to estimate now how much the Pope gives privately. His re? sources are difficult to enumerate. Even the administrators of St. Peter's Pence itself do not know the exact receipts and expenditures of the Pope, because Leo XIII. receives directly the greatest sums from the Bishops and the laity. Part of this money is devoted to extraordinary work and expenses and part goes towards increasing the secret fund reserved for future needs. Imitating Sixtus V., Leo XIII. wishes to leave to his successor a tresoro ponti?co lor exceptional circum? stances, as war, exile, or penury. It is asserted that this fund has absorbed thirty million francs of the sums received bv him on the occasion of his Sacerdotal Jubilee in 1887. The average amount received annually by the Pope in St. Peter's Pence is be? tween eight and nine million francs. There has been some falling off in the amount received from France, due, as it is thought ut the Vatican, to the education? al laws, which weigh heavily on the French people. But this has been more than counterbalanced by the increase of contributions from many other countries. The United States now contributes more than France to this fund, sending annual? ly $200,000. Belgium comes next after France, then Holland, Spain, Germany, and last of all, Italy. It seems highly improbable that the Pope will ever accept the Bum assured him bv the Italian Government in the "uarantee law, as it would be an admis? sion of dependence. The system of St. Peter's Pence has become a permanent insiifcution and promises to be sufficient for all Papal needs. IMPORTANT KUMOK. jay Gould Reported to be Hauimerlns L. & N. Stock to buy It up. Nkw Youk, June 4.?It is believed in Stock circles here that the decline in L. & N. is due to a movemeut on the part of j Jay Gould to beat the stock down, then get control of it with a view to a partial consolidation at least with the E. T. Va. Si Ga. It is understood that he has been nursing this scheme since his visit South last winter. AN EXPERT'S OPINION. What one of the liest Mineral Experts In the World has to any aliout Our Orr*. ?HUdtaborongli fitter.) Mr. A. A. Arthur is in receipt of the following very complimentary letter from MrtJtio. H. Darby, of Wrcxham, Wales, one of the greatest mining experts in the world, nnd recognized by his associates as being one of the most experienced iron and steel men who visited thi* countrp in October last: "BttYMEO, nea? Wrexiiam. A. A. Aiithi'is, Esq., Blomfield House, New Broad St.. E. C. My Dear Sir?In reply to your letter of the 23d inst., I was very pleased indeed with the fossil ore mines which I visited with Professor Proctor and Mr. Monks when in Middlesborough last October. W hat specially struck me about them was the system with which every!hing was carried out; the arrangements' that were in course of completion were, I thought, better than any I had seen in the States for the ultimate cheap working of a large quantity of iron ore. I do not see what there is to hinder Messrs. Watts & Co. making steel by the basic process with the ore they have at their disposal. I should be very glad to have ore of this quality so near to me in England, and capable of being as cheaply mined as the fossil ore I saw near Cumberland Gap. Allow me again to thank you for the kindness that you showed me when I vis? ited Middlesborough. Yours very truly, John Ii. Dakdy." There is no doubt of the fact that the ores nearer Big Stone trap are superior to those here described. En. Tost. THE LASH HUT NO PISTOLS. Sensational A flair in Louisville Among Society Bloods that Did Not Result in a Duel. (Louisville Special m Cincinnati Enquirer.;. A sensational story has been quietly suppressed which involves the Ward Mc? Allister, of Louisville, and a prominent society gentleman of Chicago in a horse? whipping affray, and may result in a duel between the blue-blooded antagonists. The principals in the affair are Mr. James Ileth, son of a prominent Chicago grain operator, and Mr. Douglass Sherley, author and society leader of this city. For several years past Mr. Ileth has been devoted in his attentions to a prom? inent society young lady, whose beauty and wealth have made her a belle in all the Western and Southern cities, and it is reported that he has pressed his suit so successfully that the wedding dav has been set. About a week ago Mr. Hcth came to Louisville and went direct to Pewee Valley, where the young lady is visiting relatives. While there a malic? ious gossip attributed to Mr. Sherley a re? mark that ascribed to a temporary illness of the young lady a most insulting cause. Mr. Ileth at once announced his inten? tion of avenging the insult, and although the family used every effort to dissuade him he declared that he intended to carry his threat into execution the following day. Accordingly on Monday evening last he came to the city. Accompanied by Messrs. W. P. Johnson and Sidney Muir, said to be relatives by marriage of the young lady, and with them repaired to Mr. Sherley's residence. Mr. Heth's card was handed to Mi'. Sherley, and that gentleman in response walked boldly into the parlor. As he faced Mr. 'Hcth the latter raised a cowhide, which he carried in his hand, and struck Sherley a sting? ing blow across the face, leaving a livid brand from temple to chin. Before the blow could be repeated Mr. Sherley blind? ly grappled with the assailant, and the two fell together, with Heth's hand clutching the Eentuckian's throat and Ihe cowhide plying like a liail upon the hitler's back. At this point the two friends in? terfered and stopped hostilities, assuring Mr. Heth that his object had been ac? complished and i hat Mr. Sherley should be left to take any further steps, either for retraction or action for satisfaction. Mr. Sherley has placed flic matter in the hands of Hon. Henry Watersoi md Dr. David W. Vandell, with the req st that a public apolog or a hostile meeting be demanded, while Mr. Heth has refused to make an apology, and designated Wil? liam P. Johnston, a prominent tobacco dealer, and Ex-Consul-General Warren Green, son of President Norvin Green, to act for him. KISSKn and mapk up. At 1 o'clock this morning the following correspondence, waich had been prepared for ihe belligerents, was formally signed: Louisville, May 2!), 18!H. Mv Dear Sin: On Monday, acting under excitement and a misconception of some of the facts of the case, I made an as? sault upon you. 1 am now satisfied that I acted hastily. Meanwhile, you have done all that one gentleman could ask or expect of another. 1 . therefore wfsh to say that I regret my precipitancy and hope you will blot the circumstance out of your memory. Very respectfully your obedient servant. j? B. IIktii. To Mr. George Douglass Sherley. LorisviLu;, May :2!*, 1691. My Dkak Sin: Your favor of the 2Dth is before me. It affords me pleasure to answer it in the spirit in whiah you write. Having proffered my readiness to make all amends. 1 felt your letter was duo me. Your explanations are satisfactory, and constrain me to say that 1, too, acted hastily and under excitement, but for which, on both sides, the unfortunate oc? currence might have been avoided. I will, sir, forget the circumstance. Very respectfully, your obedient servant. Geouce Douglass Sue ulk v. To Mr. J. B. Heth. Another Account. (Louisville Truth.) Although the unpleasant affair be? tween Mr. Dougla's Sherley and Mr. Heth, of Chicago, has been amicably settled, it is still the talk of society. Various ac? counts of the trouble have appeared in the | papers, aud Mr. Heth's friends think that he has been greatly misrepresented in these accounts. His version of the case, related to Truth by a friend of his yesterday, is this: "Mr. Heth, when he first heard of the remark alleged to have been made by Mr. Sherley, was in Pewee Valley spending the dav with some friends. As soon as he reached the city on last Monday morning he immediately wrote Mr. Sherley, saying he desired to see bim on some very import? ant business, and asked bim to appoint an hour and place for their meeting. This Mr. Sherley did by note, naming 4 o'clock as the hour and his residence, at Third and Chestnut, as the place. Mr. Heth called at Mr. Sherley's house at that hour, in company with Mr. William P. Johnson and Mr. Sidney Muir, and there found Mr. Sheriey and Mr. John Jacob, whom he in? vited to lie present at the interview. Mr. Heth immediately demanded an apology for the remark he had made, and also de? manded to know his authority for it. Mr. Sheriey replied that his authority was a lady relative, whereupon Mr. Heth insist? ed (hat Mr. Sheriey should find out from this lady her authority as he, of course, could not hold a lady responsible for the remark. After some more heated words Mr. Heth said that if Mr. Sheriey did not find at once the authority for the remark and tell him he would hold him personally responsible. Whereupon the latter said: "You can hold me responsible.' As soon as he uttered these words Mr. Heth drew a cowhide and struck Mr. Sheriey four or five times with it. They were then separated by the gen? tlemen present. Mr. Heth retired to one of the back parlors in company with Mr. Muir. while Mr. Johnson demanded that Mr. Sheriey go ut once to the young lady with him and apologize, which he did. The gentlemen all left the house together, and the statement that Mr. Sheriey threw Mr. Heth out of the front door is utterly false and untrue." BARON I)JitSCII INTERVIEWED. The Moses of To-Day on Russia's Perse? cution of the Hebrews. Paris* France, June H.?Barou Hirsch in an interview to-day with an Associated Press correspondent in regard lo his plans for the amelioration of the Hebrews in Russia said: "The measures now enforced against the Hebrews in Rossia are equivalent to a wholesale expulsion of the race from the Russian Empire. Thc fact docs not ap? pear to me to be altogether a misfortune for the Rassian Hebrews. The worst thing that could happen to them would be to continue for an indefinite period the wretched existence which they have hith? erto led in crowded, narrow streets. The only hope of improving their condition is to transport them to other countries where they may enjoy the same rights as Ihe people among whom they live. They will then cease to be pariahs and will become citizens. "What is going on in Russia to-day may be the prelude to this beneficial transfor? mation. Therefore, while we are filled with horror at?the atrocities committed, let us hope to derive from them some ad vnntage for the unfortunate victims of oppression and facilitate their expatria? tion, which is their only means of salva? tion. "It is true that Hebrews have lived and labored for ages in the Russian Empire, and that they have consequently acquired an incontestable right to ttie soil on which they live: but this is a matter of pure theory anil does not prevail in thc slight? est degree against Ihe indomitable will of a government like that of Russia, which is persuaded that thc Hebrews ought not to be tolerated within the limits of the empire, and that their presence there is literally a desecration of the soil of that country. This is the deep-seated convic? tion which exists among Russian states: men. "This conviction does not arise merely from race antipathies, but is based upon religious belief. In proof off his it may be mentioned that dissenters from the orthodox faith arc liable to measures an? alogous to those now enforced with such rigor against the Hebrews, though of a less violent nature. "In the presence of this principle of exclusiveness, transformed into a dogma, in my opinion all endeavors to moderate the resolution of the Russian Govern? ment in regard to the Hebrews will ine? vitably fall." BLACKBURN 'S B R EAK. The Press of Kentucky Severely Con ricinus His Attack on McKenzie. (Hopkhisville Kcntuckian.) There is no doubt that Senator Black? burn, smarting under McKonzie's scath? ing but ill-timed criticism, meant to be offensive. This is clearly proven by the unwritten history of the affair that occur? red after the convention adjourned that night. Senator Blackburn, it is said, while drinking in a bar-room, publicly expressed his intention to slap Mr. Mc Kenzie's jaws on sight. Nobody believed that such a feat would be attempted, but his bloviations served at least to show that the enemy of Grover Cleveland had been hit in a tender place and hit hard. A Great Mistake. (Richmond Register.) Joe Blackburn made a great mistake when he jumped on Jim McKenzie in the State convention and accused him of be? ing drunk. People who live in glass houses should throw no stone?; and sena? tors who fall out of their buggies and dislocate their shoulders should make no eh a rges. I'rutal und Uncalled For. (Stanford Journnl.) This brutal and uncalled-for intimation that McKenzie was drunk aroused that gentleman to fever heat, and he was say? ing that no man could deliberately insult him, w hen the chair rapped him down and refused to hear him further. An un? pleasant scene was perhaps averted by the action of the chair, but many thought it exceedingly unfair to McKenzie. It is said had he been given a chance he would have said, among other things, that the charge of drunkenness came with very bad grace from a man who notoriously had not drawn a sober breath for twenty years. Senator Blackburn is clever and impulsive, but he made no friends by his unkind thrust at a man in every way his peer. Will Yet Make a Mistake. (Bnrdstown Iteeoru.) Spoiled Joe Blackburn didn't have present at the convention a small, deli? cate, weak man whose ear he could pull, so he, without provocation, assailed Jim McKenzie while his hands were tied by Chairman Long. Blackburn has been spoiling for a fight for a long time now. He will yet be accommodated if he per- | sists. The Act of a Ruffian. (Princetou Banuer.) It was characteristic rather of the bravado and ruffian than that of a digni? fied United States Senator. It shows bad policy in any man who has, in a manner, been'druuk for twenty-five years, to cast stones at a neighbor who is under the in? fluence of liquor. Whether Mr. Black? burn's charges were true or not, his inti? mation would have been contemptible in a constable's race, much less before a Democratic convention. Financial. Naw Yoas, June 4.?The stock market has been very dull to-day and money eaay at iSGjH per cent. Louisville and Nashville has been hammered down to 73& It was the only feature ol interest to-day. THE NASHVILLE & CHATTANOOGA. Explanation of tho Sudden Advance in the Stock. Xktv- Yokk, June 3.?For the past two days the stock of the Nashville, Chattanooga k St. Louis Railroad has been attracting a great deal of at? tention on the Stock Exchange. Up to that time it had been little quoted and the price ruled between 95 and 10:2. Thursday I?0 shares sold at 103, then when farther bids were mode it was- found that there was no stock in the market. The quota tations then became wide apart. There was a bid of 109, but no stock was offered under 124. The same wide range prevail? ed yesterday. There was a sale at NO. The official announcement is not ready yet, and the plan as finally announced mar differ from these facts somewhat. The plan, as it is understood to stand at pres? ent, is as follows: The company will is? sue $3,500,000 of new stock and oiler it to the present holders at $00 per share. The present stock outstanding amounts to $0,00.8,005. Therefore the holders would have the option of subscribing for an amount equal to about .~>0 percent of their present holding at fifty cents. As the stock pays 50 per cent, the offer seems to be a tempting one, and. it is claimed, showed the stock to be worth $1:25 per share at least. These details were settled at a meeting held on Thursday, which was attended by representatives of the inter? ests of the stockholders. It was decided then to call a stockholders' meeting to ratify the plan formally. A controlling interest in the road, that is $3,385,000 of stock, is owned by the Louisville & Nash? ville Company. The road has shared in the general prosperity of the roads in that section of the country. It notified the Treasury Department this week that it would be ready on June 1 to take up $500. 000 of its bonds held by the Government. 'During the war the Government took po session of the road and put it in good con? dition. At the conclusion of the war the Government turned the road back to the stockholders, receiving $1,000,000 for its interest. Half of the bonds have previ? ously been redeemed. TOUGH ON THE JEWS. They are not Only Persecuted hut Robbed. Bekli.v, June 4.?The scenes of sad? ness among the Jewish refugees from Russia have made the deepest impres? sion in Germany and done much to in? flame public opinion against I he met hods of Russian despotism. For the time all prejudice, against the Hebrews seems to be forgotten in sympathy with their suffering, the condition of many of Ihe ex? iles calling for prompt attention to save their lives. It appears that when the first miserable mob of refugees reached the frontier of Posen, on the Russian side, they were suddenly surrounded and halted by a troop of Cossacks, who proceeded to strip them of every tiling of value, to mal? treat the men and insult the women. They were compelled to camp for the night, it is said, that the transport might be examin? ed. To placate their persecutors the Jews hastily gathered all the money that re? mained and presented it to the Cossack commander. Being convinced that it was all they had, he told them tkey could go over to Germany in the morning. Having neither food nor money to buy any the poor wretches lay on the ground all night waiting for the dawn. In the morning three women were found dead. One of them was a mother, and on her breast an infant crawled, vainly searching for nourishment. The survivors tottered away, carrying with them as best they could the sick and dead. The German au? thorities and peasantry had been prepared to repulse them, but all was changed on seeing their pitiful condition. They were hospitably received, and every .-uccor rendered, people even giving up their dwellings for the use of the infirm. It is not the. intention that the refugees shall remain in Germany any longer than a hu? mane consideration for their necessities demand. On the other hand, there is a strong and growing aversion to their set? tlement in England. It is believed that the problem of what to do with them will be solved in a manner that will promote their interests without injuring others. LATEST FROM THE THREE C S. Organization Effected?A Hopeful Condi tion of Things. (Johnson City Comet.] Gen. J. T. Wilder has just returned from New York, where he had the pleas? ure of confering with men who are inter? ested in the completion of the Three C's Railroad. He was interviewed yesterday evening by a Comet reporter. What the General said was pointed and significant. The committee representing the bond holders had just been in conference. The result of which was an agreement upon a plan of reorganization satisfactory to the cred? itors. The committee had an appointment to meet again in Philadelphia Wednesday to sign an agreement and further consult about matters regarding the road. This is in substance the report of General Wilder. It is not a lack of capital that is delaying the work, but the complicated litigation in which it is involvod, and which must necessarily have time to adjust itself. That the road will be finished, there can be no doubt; and while the General is unable to say just when operations will be resumed, he expresses himself most san? guine of an early beginning. "The road is bound to be completed," said he, and went on to express himself that though the complications may not be cleared up immediately, the time could not be dis? tant when they would pay off the indebt? edness and proceed with the construction of the road. After the conference of the committee referred to in the above article, the attor? neys of Receiver T?te telegraphed for him to come to New York forthwith. THE COUNTY ELECTION. Party Lines are not Drawn and the Re. publicans Get in Their Work. The following is the result of the County election: Wilson Holbrook (Republican)elected sheriff by 29 majority; R. P. Bruce (Democrat), Com? monwealth's attorney, re-elected without op? position; E. D. Blaxwcll (Democrat), treasurer, by 90 majority; D. C. Dean (Republican), com? missioner of the revenue, Western district, 110 majority; J. W. Beverly (Republican), commissioner of the revenue, Eastern district, 11 majority. Mahone and Ills Mines. (Tuzcwell Index.) Gen. Mahone, Senator Plumb and other capitalists were in the countj this week and have gone to31c Dowel county, West Virginia, looking after their land and mineral interests, which are noon to be developed by a railroad starting out from Cedar 151 u ft", thence up Indian and through Seacb Fork gap to Dry Fork, thence, to the Tug. ! OUR INDUSTRIAL MATTERS. Various Items of Interest Arranged in Small Dishes for People Interested in Big Stone Gap. SOME DAINTY MORSELS. The water was turned from the water works Saturday, as far as to the Berrytnan houses on Poplar Hill, where it spouts out of the fire-plug in a bold, clear stream. Superintendent Jen? nings, who has put in waterworks from Alaska to Mexico, savs he has never seen a purer and better supply in his life. The large main is completed, the laterals are mostly laid through? out the city, and all will be completed and water rates go into effect on July 1st. The first building tobe supplied will be the Inter? ment Hotel, which had its pipes placed as it was constructed, so it is only awaiting the ar? rival of other pipes and fittings to be connect? ed with the main. Ouly,ohe inch has been turned on at the dam, and as twelve inches can be, it is believed the pressure of 390 feet will enable a stream to be thrown 200 feet high. This will be a great protection against lire and will lower insurance rates. A gentleman in Ohio writes to the Big Stone Gap Improvment Company in regard to locating two glass plants: one shoe factory: three shoo shops.: one foundry and machine shop: a planing mill, sash, door and blind factory; and a new rolling mill. He also speaks of a shoe factory 40x175, four stories and basement, employing 200 to 300 people daily, with a weekly pay roll of $2,500, and a yearly output of $000,000; required a $25,000 bonus. Also an electric works, 40x120 or 150, four stories, and .none story laboratory 30x80, working 200 to 300 peo? ple; borsearn ?fi to $7 a week, girls $8 to -r If*: skilled mechanics$18 to$25; do a $500,000 year? ly business. Required live acres of land; bonus of $25,000, and loan of $15,000 tn$20,000 for five to seven years at live per cent. Also a specialty Iron Plant, manufacturing cranes, crabs, derricks, hoisting engines, anchors, Ac; building.45x110x200 or 250 feet, with wings and other buildings, would bring in 500 to 1,0?u> families, working possibly, 2,000 men, and output between $1,000,000 and $2,000,1)0!? an? nually. Requiring ten acres of land, $50,000 bonus, and loan of $15,000 or $25,000 for five to seven years at five per cent. * * The construction of the foundations of the bridge piers at Bast Fifth Street, eight in num? ber, ami the tilling of the tubulated iron piers with concrete goes, is let to A. Cordingley, the construction of the superstructure to Mr. A. Virgie, formerly the brigdc builder of the South Atlantic & Ohio railroad, and the grad? ing beyond to McXulty A Son. The expense is halved by the Rig Stone Gap Improvement Co., and the Valley Street Railway. There are two wagon ways, two ways for footmen, and the middle for railroad tracks. * * A great many of the wealthy farmers of Lee county, and their families come to Rig Stone Gap to do their shopping. By a little pushing our merchants can extend their trade nearly to Middlesborough, as trains run most conven? iently, allowing visitors four hours here. And here are the best stocks of goods within a radius of fifty or a hundred miles. * # The horseback trade with Kentucky is grow? ing very rapidly. Last week were seen three cavalcades of three, live and nine horsemen, with long three bushel sacks and deer-skin saddle-bags laden with one form and another of merchandise. * a The building of the (irate k .Mantel Company, convening 18,000 square feet is completed, and the engine is being put in place. Supt. Dowden is receiving his coke, pig iron, &c, and in a few days will be ready for business, His molding and other sand he gets from the river not 500 feet away, and directly every thing w ill be com? paratively as cheap. Mr. Dowden has orders ahead for several months, and in fact, has de? clined a number of other orders, fearing he could not till them in time. He has a number of workmen from New York and will turn out a finished ami satisfactory product. * * The Louisville k Nashville railroad has agreed to allow the use of its main line or to lay a side track along its main line from its freight-yards to Railroad Avenue, where con? nection will be made with the Valley Street Railway, which does the grading from there lo the East Fifth street bridge. The line should be in operation by July 1st or a little later, and will bring Plat 3 to thc front. The excellence of Contractor Knox's drain? age work is the more evident the longer it is in operation. The bottoms have never been known to be so dry even in midsummer. * if The foundation of Mr. J. K. Taggart's house on Poplar Hill is now going up and the house is expected to be completed in September. The plans promise an architectural ornament to that part of town. * * According to Messrs. C. IS. and ('. II. Shalding, who have figured it up, the buildings that have been on the way since January 1st, represent an expenditure of $75,000. The Building & Loan Associations deserve a great deal of credit for this, as many of these bouses could not have otherwise have been begun. * * Two of the mantels in Mr. Spencer Berry man's house are beautiful samples of the work of home mechanics, being made by Tracy & Sons. * * Thc soda counter of curly puplar in White head's drug store is another creditable piece of j home manufacture from W. F. Baker. There is no need of going elsewhere for many of these things, because they can be made as well and cheaply right here, and just that much money kept in circulation. * * The Hon. W. J. Coombs, of Brooklyn, who was here last week, was very much struck, as is every man of observation and reflection, by the broad and liberal foundations upou which our people are building this town. Although we have not 1,000 population, yet we furnished comforts and conveniences that were not found in many towns of the old East w hich had 5,000 to 15,000 people?street car service, electric lights, water works, Ac. In fact we are build? ing because we havo undoubted and unlimited confidence in our future. Our coals, ores, timbers, building stone and other natural pro? ducts could not be surpassed; two rivers ample for all industrial needs; our lands varied for business, manufacturing and dwelling pur? poses, our situations are of the loveliest in America, where elevation, mountain cbaius, shifting shadows, clouds, waving greens, a wealth, of rhododendron, laurel and other flowers give variety evory hour and make life pleasant even to tn idler. All we need is work and patience?patience, a lesson which it so hard to be learned by young men who want to get rich over night. * * Mr. Coombs is right, and if be bad known us better he might have said that we after having done so very much, might still hare don* a great deal more, baring relied too much on our natural advantages, and the incoming of spec* ulators to heap up our futures without effort on our part. Too many people interested here, - tiring elsewhere, do not know the needs of the place or, knowing them, do nothing?build no houses,aid no public enterprises, are drones? \\ hen a colony of workers would give us a fat greater prosperity. * * The Big Stone (Jap Improvement Co. ha* inquiries from Johnson City, Knoxville, St* Louis, Trenton, X. J., two from Baltimore*, Boston, and London, about lots, land, upper (unities for business, and general information^ nnd from Minnesota for a lumber site. * * Mr, E. F. Wickham, of Hesser & Wickham? St. Louis, who sell coke by the thousands of carloads, was recently here in search of coke and smithing coal, and" while finding our coke all he could desire, would have beeu much heller pleased, had our mining and coking operations been much further advanced. Vir? ginia coke and coal have beeu given an enlarged notice and a great boost in favor by the recent labor troubles in Pennsylvania. * * The Valley Street Railway has been very courteous in granting the use of its engine, cars and train crews, and the South Atlantic A Ohio railroad, the right of way over its track, to convey the constantly coming crowd of visitors who wish to see the wonderful coal veinSof thi< section. Because it is on a line of railway the Looney Creek mines of the Virginia, Ten? nessee & Carolina Steel k Iron Company are most seen,but much interest is manifested in the work of the Virginia Coal k Iron Company. Mr. J. K. Taggart of the Virginia Coal k Iron Company, has agreed, us a matter of per? sonal favor, to burn auothcr oven of colic,, that the Exposition Hall may have larger and Better samples to show visitors. * * Almost every body is making the mistake of building on too little ground, even those gen? tlemen who are on Imboden Hill, where are the finest sites ami the cheapest laud. The Rev. Mr. Simmons is pushing the erec? tion of a dwelling house on Poplar Hill. * * The foundation of Mr. J. F. Bullitt's house on Poplar Hill is completed, and the lumber for the remainder is being delivered. * # Officers' car 351 of the Louisville k Xaab ville U. R. came in last Saturday, bringing Gcn'l M'g'r Metcalfe, Chief Engineer Montfort and Superintendent Robinson,of the division from Corbin to Norton, accompanying Maj. O'Brien, Chief Constructing Engineer, who, it is understood, was turning the road over to them, as his connection with the L. k N. ceased last Sunday. They ran up to Norton, and took a look at the situation. The L. k N. has no side tracks, turn-table, station or other works at Norton, merely .using those of the N. k W., so it is boped Big Stone Gap will get all the improvements the L. k N. will put at this end of the road. ft * The Exposition Hall is little by little doing the work expected of it. As an example: General Samuel Thomas, of Catasaqua, Pa., of iron fame, and largely interested ;in the Virginia Coal k Iron Co., who is spending $40,000 in building a stone wall around his old homestead, renovating the old house, and furbishing up things generally, was so much pleased with the curly poplar on exhibition that he requestcdJGeneral Manager Taggart tosend , quite a quantity of it to him for finishing one particular room. Aa another: Prof. Morse, of Saloni, Mass., who was recently here with Edward Atkinson, and is very much interested in the plastic arts and their products, was so very much taken with the exhibit of pottery made by Mr. William Wolfe in 1878, that he requested Mr. Fox to semi him a sample, which (a half gallon pitcher) being found at Jackson Stewart's in the b'cetn Hollow, was sent him last Saturday. This will be labeled and placed in Prof, Morse's collection, and credit given in the pub? lications of his society, a double way of mak? ing Big Stone <!ap clay known. ft * !5ig Stone Cap is, by the L. k N. and N. k W.,480 miles from Norfolk and 275 from Louisville, a total of 756 miles of trunk line. Mr. George C. Potts, manager of the town of South Watauga, Tenn., and the iron properties of the company of which Julius Hoffman, of Philadelphia is President, and who has bad an experience of twelve years in the coal business in various parts of the United States, says he lias never seen finer coal anywhere than the samples shown in the Exposition Hall, from the property of the Virginia Coal k Iron Com? pany. Mr. Potts has found a splendid quality of Bessemer ore at South Watauga, to which his company has built six miles of railroad. Big Stone Gap will use' this ore, as Middies borough, and South Watauga will use our coke. The average of the temperature here for the month of March was 43.2 degrees; for April, 54.1; for May, 59.3; the grand average for these three spring months being 52.2. The rain fall for March was phenomenally large,8.68 inches, for April, 2.33 and for May 4.08; total for spring 15.0'J The Methodist church on the coruor of East First and Wyaudottc streets is now receiving its coat of sheating for the roof, the sides being already weathcrboarded. The floor has a gentle slope toward the recessed pulpit, so that every sitting will command a good view. The two square towers add to the architectural effect. It is understood that Mrs. Duff will give a memorial window in honor of her hus? band. The Rev. Mr. Straley both works snd pravs. 31 r. JIagotiiu Hardin will soon begin the building of bis residence on Poplar Hill, ft ? Goodlvc Brothers are erecting two cottages in Block 57, Plat 1, for rent. ? ? The Rev. Mr. Straley is erecting a dwelling in the first gap on Imboden Hill, on the Kehn k Longini land. ft * Messrs. Sproles, Brown and Cantes ore erecting three residences on Plat 6, near the old Tent Hotel. * ? Mr. E. T. Shortt is putting up a beautiful residence of tasteful architectural design on Imboden Hill. The Rev. Dr. McManavaj aid Mr. C. T. Estes are building near him sad his father-in-law, Dr. Hoback, will soon begin a dwelling adjoining Mr. Shortt lighted up with electricity.