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Bi ??(in ds of miles around and ?taiii
I intrhuildini: sites for nwhufao; and
I reduce quarters. As I state ious
S h ur are goinj! to build up th im
? mediately and a big city, too.''
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: i ,,'.,??? ,,t Smith, of the t. road,
durin-tl.c morning, and it is : than
? probable thai the L ^ V 11
I brauch road to Carlisle. .
M, Weight also dialled cnbingly
: of'thc English linancial situat Said
' "The cllects produced by tiring
panic is practicallv over, and t-.xists
j ., reeling of quietness over thttcr.
A litth distrust is f< It. howereo the
g withdrawal of gold from Lond pay
I ,; Amerieaii wheat. The wcrops
; til, d in India and llttssih tlason,
??j the English market will to. be
suppli? d from 11 * - - United St This
f.u?i i- likely to cause a moit in
railroad stocks in Wall strcd the
leading financiers of the Loiotock
Exi liangc are preparing for m in
Am, :wan ^l.M?l^^ during the hs of
Septembci and October."
'I ho partv left at 3 o'eloclerday
afternoon for ili>' spot wherco short
time v, ill be built a thriving c
Won liy Ii. M. Uardia's llotonnie
Wilioorc, ul N'n hoiusvill. he
i I Hi Instant.
Korn.: ky Siuijk Furin.
The feature of tin* dayVamme
was the ?- I'J class for trc which
brought together again Bop|linpr6,
Walter Herr and Nellie \\ three
^u'.ii trollers thai coctested ~ class
.?it Danville la.sl week in one greut
esl races ever seen on ti hallcouree.
Bonnie Wilmorc was a fain the
1.Is ai SjtfO, Walter Herr .illie Vt.
.iii-t before the first heniesold
at \! to I over the field. ';ot (hp
word "ii the fourth attenid went
awa\ on cy.cn terms. W'altr broke
on the first turn ami Xelb!e t to thp
front and led at the quay three
leugthd iu IM seconds, Bououd and
Walter Herr six lengths in t-. Bon
nil and M allei Herr holh as they
turned into the hackstrctc Bonnie
was within Iwnlengihs of toon the
far turn, and Nellie led by? length
;it the three-iiuarler pole i U was
a fitihtiug linisii down the , Bonnie
being at th< mare's \<heei ,in sev
enty-6ve yards of the wire, he was
carried oil hi* Una. NeY,,.on wen
in hand in ?\ P., t|u. f:lSiaj
trotted in a race this year,v track.
B< fore Hi-' second heat Iwilmore
wag Mill a favorite, Rellin* Nellie
?alter Herr ^ ord was
given on the second scoi Bonnie
Wilmorc hall a length bfeme w
went to the front ^n th, ^
led at the purler pole Uy",. tcl,
Bonnie second and K^Sj
lengths back. After pnssL.,;.rtpr
Nellie W. made a break^ ?
lengths. Wihnore was fiv??5
lead at the half, but Xelliev^i^
around the torn and at the
was only a length behind, "f/^
the stretch she drew up atu^. "?
nie's wheel all the wav to*\ZVX
in a driving finish, until ;ireic"
feet of the ?ire, where tto-SSf1?
her -and finished at Wiln H
latch. It was an intensel^l?
struggle and almost n dead m.8
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In the third heat thev c( a 1
un even start. W. prd..t0
tirst turn and was laid up n?
was sent alter Wllmore,
quarter by a length. Round1 tx
back stretch Bonnie left !* ?
Walter took the lead, but ft, aaa
; even terms with him at the half, and car?
ried the hod of Sir Walter to a losing
break. Bonnie wan six lengths in the
front at the three-quarters. This lend
was increased to twenty lengths :it the
distance stund, from which point Bonnie
jogged in, winning the heat by seven
lengths in 2:1!)}?. He could have I rot led
the mile in this heat in 2:15. Time, :.'{4'..,
1:07%, 1:42, 2:1???.
They got away perfectly in line in Hie
fourth heat, mid Nellie W. went out In
Like Hie pole. She led l?v a nose a t the
j 4}iiai-tcr and carried Wilmore to a break
I ?.n the baek stretch. Sin- (hen got the
pole and led to the third quarter by half
[a 1 ? ? 11111- Thcv straightened <>*:t into the
stretch on even terms and lionuic oij?
footed the good gray mare at the one hun
; dred yards and won the heat by a length
land a half from Nellie W, Walter Herr
was never tt factor in the race. Time, :."5.">.
j 1:08%, 1:43, 2:1 7 V
J Orders from Europe Cause an Upward
.Movement of Five Cents,
New York, August, 1%?With the tap
j of the gong this morning at the Produce
j Exchange, the brokers rushed into the pit
j and begun a strong buying movement in
j wheat, bouncing the prices from I077i;
(close of September wheat last night; to
I aim od at once 10!?'.,, and then to IJOtfi
IlO^g, at which it remained steady for a
few moments. Here was a clear advance
of 2%.
The news that Germany was making a
move to have its duty on wheat taken off
and that the Cabinet there was convened
to-day to take the matter into considera?
tion, had as much as anything else to do
with the rushing upward of prices and
bringing about the incidental excitement.
All the foreign cables came stronger and
brought as well a liberal number ol buy?
ing orders. The foreign situation was
essentially the cause of this sudden
The outward movements continue huge
and export trading full. In fact the for?
eigners arc. taking up grain in an almost
reckless way, so far as considering I lie
price in its upward movement. The
Western markets were relatively better,
and had also a large general trading.
The shorts here and at the Wheat Ex
change are thoroughly frightened, and
are covering extensively, while a good
deal of stulf is dropped by the more cau?
tious ones, as they see substantial profits
on the rapidly rising market.
By noon prices had reached $1.13 for
September, and the general advance over
last night is fully ?'j, (?/ .">'? 4.
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lie Loses Ills Stuff at I'oker and Then
Takes Sunt? Judgment on the Hank.
Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 20.?During the
j past three or four days, stranger who
J claimed Chattanooga, Tenu., as his home
has been playing faro at tue gambling
1 rooms attached to Wagner's Palatial
Saloon, No. 10 So. Main street and losl a
large sum of money. About noon yester?
day he entered the rooms. Steve and
Kill Lceomptc, well-known gamblers,
and S. Wagner, Sr., were the only occu?
pants of the room. Pulling oul his revol?
ver he ordered Wagner to hand over the
bank roll. '1 will kill two of you and
then shoot myself," grimly said the rob?
ber. The roll amounting to $100 was
handed out and he coolly made Iiis escape,
presenting his revolver at several persons
who attempted to detain him. No traces
of him has yet been found. He called on
Wagner earlier in the day asking for
twenty dollars to help him to get out of
town. This money was given to him and
he signed E. E. Paling to the receipt and
said j}c was from Chattanooga, Tenu.,
where his business had burned out, and
money he lost playing faro yesterday was
part of insurance money that he had re?
ceived. The sensation has temporarily
caused the closing of the gambling houses
in this city. There will probably be no
great effort made to arrest him.
Ho was Quietly Removed to Idaho for
Nkw Vokk, August HI.?.lav Go?ld is
sick and has gone to Idaho for treatment.
The first noticed of his serious ailment
was at the general managers' meeting at
the Windsor Hotel. It was noticed that
Mr. Gould, who gave close attention to
the proceedings, leaned rather heavily
upon the table before which he was sit?
ting. Later on his eyes slowly closed and
his head dropped upon his breast.
There was alarm on the part of all
present, as it was seen that lie was seri?
ously ill. . With the greatest precaution
he was removed to a chamber in the ho- j
tel, and medical aid summoned. It was I
not until night that the physicians in
charge would consent to have him taken
to his own home.
So many and various arc the interests
supposed to be more or less dependent
upon the health and life of this man that
every effort was made to keep all knowl?
edge of what occurred from the public.
Soon as the doctors thought him able to
travel he started for Soda Springs, Idaho,
where he is now supposed to be.
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The Well-Known Alonou Conductor Suc?
cumbs to His Terrible Injuries.
(I?ouisville Post.)
BLOOMrxoTo.v, Jxd., Aug. 19. ? Walter
Ferguson, the conductor injured on the
Monou Monday nighi, died at 2:40 this
morning. His remains will be taken to
New Albany for burial. Judge and Mrs.
Ferguson, his parents, were with him at
his death.
The deceased was a brother of Mr.
Harry T. Ferguson, a clerk iu the Bank of
Big Stone Gap and of Otto Ferguson, who
Uyca here some twelve months ago.
Heifer Feeling in Financial Circles?Saved
l>y the Farmer?Great Advance in the
Price ??r Cereal*.
i Locisvu.i.e, Kv., Angiist 20.?There is
im news cither <?n the inside or outside,
i !i<- town is seething, hissing hot. like; a
hors< - hoc. Hut a better reeling prevails
in the matter of finance. Some of the
weaker vessels may yet be shattered in
the current of disaster, l>u? there is more
hope, liiere is more confidence. The far?
mer lias saved us. Amid panic abroad,
amid the crash of venerable houses, fa?
mous for their age and solidity, amid
pinching times at home when even a
loaded revolver will not make the bank
cashier give forth his treasure, old hay?
seed has nobly rescued us.
It is estimated thai the profits <>n our
enormous cereal crops will amount to one
billion of dollars. Wheat advanced on
.Monday in New York to $1.10 per bushel.
Corn, rye and oals moved in sympathy.
There was a wild time in all the grain
markets in the country. Ten cents in one
j day is a rapid advance in grain. It means
? a fortune for thousands; it means bank
: ruptcy for many .more. It happens, how?
ever, that we have in abundance what
; Europe hasn't got, and what Europe must
; have at any price. There is no adequate
[ substitute for bread. The laboring mil
! lions in the lie'.d and factory, as well as
the pampered few in the palace, must
: have it. The ukase of the Russian gov?
ernment, prohibiting the exportation of
rye is an official declaration of great
scarcity in thai country, and has spread
dismay throughout Germany, who hoped
to draw a part of what she must have
from Russia. In France the shortage
is even more appalling. The English
papers are appealing to America to be
merciful This is the only country with
a surplus, and our surplus more than
doubles any ever before known ill the
history of the nation. So the farmer has
' saved us, and 1 am so glad I am a far?
mer. C. E. S.
? ?-^?? . . .
How an Ex-Convict Got Into the Graces
of Colonel Mosby's Daughter.
Washington*, D.O., August If).?The de?
tails have just leaked out of an affair
here which is connected with the names
of several prominent people, and which
nearly resulted in a tragedy. Count Mit
kicwifz, who became very widely known
through his connection with the Wharton
Barker Chinese International bank
scheme, resides in this city with his
wife. Six months ago a man named
Miller came to Washington, bringing
letters of introduction to fount Mitkic?
witz from Pittsburg capitalists, and the
two became fast friends. At the Count's
house Miller met Miss Virginia Stuart
Mosby, a daughter of Colonel Mosby, the
i Confederate cavalry leader, who has been
! a life-long friend of Countess Mit kiewitz.
Miller and Miss Mosby became engaged
j and the day was set for the wedding.
I But Beverly C. Mosby, of Wnrrenton, Va.,
'her brother, succeeded in having the
i date postponed until he could investigate
: Miller's antecedents. He went to Pitts
: burg for this purpose, and there he soon
i learned that Miller had served six years
in the Riverside, Pa., penitentiary for be
| iug implicated in a robbery at Brady's
j Rend, Pa. It was also reported that he
! had three wives living.
MIl.LKK A scoundrel.
! Paving no attention to the statements
' that Miller had reformed and occupied a
, good position in business, young Mosby
telegraphed his sister as follows:
" Miller is a noted crook, bigamist and
Mosby then returned to Washington,
where he met Miller and his sister walk?
ing together, and struck him in the face.
Miller then tied, and Mosby, after taking
counsel with his friends, went to Miller's
room to chastise him. Bui Miller had
left the city. Coming from Miller's place
' of residence they met Count and Countess
j Mitkicwitz entering their house.
He went in with them and furiously up?
braided the Count for encouraging the in?
timacy between his sister and Miller. Hot
words passed, and Mosby, stepping back,
fired a revolver point blank at the Count's
breast. His aim was poor and the bullet
lodged in the wall. The Count's brother
in-law prevented Mosby from firing again,
The matter has been settled by an apology
from young Mosby. Count and Countess
Mitkicwitz have left the city for the sum?
mer, Miss Mosby is still true to Miller.
A Combination Against Trusts and for
the Sub-Treasury.
Richmond, Va., August 19.?The Vir?
ginia State Alliance was called to order
to-day at noon. There was a large at?
tendance. President Mann Page, in his
annual address, said the Alliance was a
combination against trusts, and that
those who opposed and ridiculed its
efforts for financial relief offered no rem?
edy. He urged the repeal of the national
banking laws and advocated the sub
treasury plan. The Government always
rushed to the aid of Wall street and yet
it denied aid to farmers. Mr. Page urged
a strong tight on railroads, and made a
strong plea for the speedv settlement of
the State debt.
To the question now asked with seem?
ing anxiety by the politicians and the
press as to what party the Farmers' Alli?
ance belonged to he would irnswer: "We
are not a political party. We have u
platform of principles to which we invite
the aid and co-operation of all. The time
ba3 arrived when our interests dernanu!
! that we should do our best to induce tho
political parties of which we are menihers
to assist us. Vet we ought not to suhor
i dinntc the obligations we have assumed
to the dictates of those who prefer party
to principle.'' In conclusion he urged
standing by the Ocala platform. After
the appointment of committees a recess
was taken.
Life There Made Very Unpleasant for the
Father-in-law of the President.
WXsHtSOTO.v, August lit.? The Rev. Dr.
Scott, father-in-law of President Harri?
son, has left the city. It has !>een given
out in the society columns of the Wash?
ington newspapers that he has gone for a
visit to his son, Judge John Scott, who is
a lawyer in Portland, Oregon. That fact,
however, does not convey the whole truth.
Dr. Scott has gone to Portland, but not
on a mere visit. He has gone there to
stay. The old gentleman, who is over
ninety years of age, has had by no means
a pleasant time of it in the White House.
When the Harrisons entered the Execu?
tive Mansion it was announced that the
President said that Dr. Scott must resign
the place at $1011 per month which he
held in the Pension office and come to
the White House and live with his daugh?
ter. This was commented on as highly
commendable on the part of the Presi?
dent. Dr. Scott did go to the White
House, but he did not find life there as
pleasant as he had expected. When
there was company it was the custom of
the President to send the old gentleman
to a boarding house and let him remain
there until the guests had departed. As
the President has company quite fre?
quently, Dr. Scott was, so to speak, kept
on the jump. This was by no means
pleasant to a man of his years.
The President and Mrs. Harrison have
other relatives living in this city. One
of them is a daughter-in-law and the
other a grand-daughter of Dr. Scott.
The Doctor is very fond- of them, and
they were on the very best, of terms with
tin.1 President and his wife. At about
the time the Harrisons entered the White
House there was a falling out for some
trivial reason, and the Harrison's ceased
all communication with them. They did
not even speak to them when chance
brought them face to face on the street.
Dr. Scott was ordered to cease visiting
his daughter-in-law and grand-daughter
and to act toward them just as the Har?
risons did. Instead of obeying these
orders he would take advantage of a pub?
lic reception at the White House and
visit his relatives. He was watched and
! nw i th n er>ce upbraided for Iii? diso?
bedience. His correspondence was in?
spected, and when he wanted to commu?
nicate with his daughter-in-law and his
grand-daughter he found it necessary to
indict his epistle and mail it surrepti?
tiously. These arc the known instances
of how his life was made unpleasant for
him. His son, Judge Scott, heard of
these things and he came to Washington
a few weeks ago. Finding that the situa?
tion of affairs had been correctly report?
ed to him, he insisted on his father leav?
ing the White House and going to live
with him. These are the reasons that
the President's father-in-law and Mrs.
I Harrison's father is now in Portland.
The Largest Blaze That City Has Had
For Many Years.
Norfolk, Va., August 1!).?During a
terrible thunder and rain storm this
evening a fire broke out in the Norfolk
Storage Company building, and quickly
spread to the warehouse occupied by the
American Fertilizer Company. The next
building to catch fire was the warehouse
occupied by the Merchants' and Farmers'
Peanut Company, then Lyra an Fold k
Co's. warehouse, and the .Etna Corn
Works quickly followed.
The Marshall & Grenner barrel factory
on Water street was also burned. The
fire then left Water street and caught in
Tyler & Co.s ice, coal and wood ware?
house on Division street. The local
freight shed of the Old Dominion Steam?
ship Company next caught fire, but it was
confined to the outer wall and no severe
damage was done to the company's build?
ing. A warehouse on Division street
occupied by Rnwlins,. Whitehurst k Co.,
ice and coal dealers, was also burned.
Hardy k Sons' warehouse on Division
street, occupied by Win. Y. Johnson's
steamboat line, stands alone undamaged
in the burned district.
The origin of the fire, the largest that
Norfolk has had for years, is unknown,
but it is supposed to have caught in the
engine room of the Norfolk Storage Com?
pany, or from spontaneous combustion.
The loss on peanuts is estimated at about
$50,000, and on buildings at $173,000.
The insurance is heavy, but as nearly all
the owners of the property are out of
town, an accurate estimate cannot at the
present time be made.
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Enough Votes Already Secured to Elect
Them Roth.
Jacksox, Miss., August 19.?George and
Waithall now have ninety-three legisla?
tive votes, which is three more than they
need to secure their election.
Barksdale, the sub-treasury candidate,
only has thirty votes. This leaves fifty
five votes unaccounted for. It is hardly
possible now for Barksdale to have more
than fifty-five votes on joint ballot, while
it looks like George and Walthall will get
over one hundred and twenty.
The sub-treasury plan has unquestion?
ably received its death blow in Mississip?
pi. Barksdale,. on any sound platform,
would have made a much stronger race.
He had much personal popularity and
heretofore has never run for any office
without making a respectable shewing.
Counties that have always voted for him
before repudiated him tnia time.
The 27fli of November the l>;?y. The
Prisoner Iteceivcs the Sentence With
i G rent Comnomnrc.
Abin?:i>on, Va., Angus! 18.?The county
court sat this afternoon at two o'clock.
The affidavits in the Baker case wore
already in the hands of the Judge. The
commonwealth's attorney objected lo the
filing of Iwo of the affidavits of the de?
fense. The Judge said that he had care?
fully considered them. The law had been
well settled in the Phillips case, that case
was well considered and held as high au?
thority in the United States. There the
separation of the jury was held as pritna
facie evidence only. In the Thomas case,
where there was no possibility of influen?
cing the jury, it was held not sufficient.
If there had been any probability of such
influence he would have set aside the
verdict, but cause had not been shown.
Then the prisoner arose, stood with
manly composure, and in reply to the
usual question :
"Have you anything to say why sen?
tence should not be pronounced upon you
according to law ?"
After a short pause, in a firm and dis?
tinct voice, he answered :
" Nothing."
The Judge then passed sentence as fol?
lows : "You have been tried and con?
victed of a horrible crime after a pro?
tracted trial of weeks, after a defense by
attorneys of acknowledged ability, a jury
of your county have said you arc guilty
of murdering your wife by poison, there?
fore it is considered by the court that
you be hanged by the neck until you are
dead, and that execution of this judg?
ment be made and done upon you, as pre?
scribed by law, by the Sheriff' of Wash?
ington county, Virginia, on Friday, the
:27th day of November next, between the
hours of ten o'clock in the forenoon and
two o'clock in the afternoon of the same
day, at the usual place of execution, and
may God have mercy on your soul."
An appeal will of course be taken.
He Has a Tussle With a Hank President
and Wins all the Laurels.
Atciiison, Kansas, August I!).?Ells?
worth Ingalls, a young lawyer of this
city, the oldest son of ex-Senator Ingalls,
yesterday had a persona) encounter with
Dr. Wood, the millionaire President of
the National B..uk of Commerce, of Kau
' saa City. Ingalls went into "Wood's bank
to serve some papers pertaining to the
Howell Lumber Company's failure.
Wood read the papers over carefully
and then informed Ingalls that lie not
only refused to accept such service, but
that Ingalls should not leave them in the
ollicc or anywhere in the building. He
also became abusive, and said that In?
galls must take the objectionable papers
away with him. The Atchison man was
not to be bluffed that way, so he deposit?
ed the papers on "Wood's desk and started
to leave the room.
Wood seized the papers and crowded
them into his visitor's pocket, and at the
same time attempted to push him out of
the door. This act of violence aroused
Ingall's ire. He turned upon Wood and
seizing him by the coat collar shook him
around the room as a terrier dog would a
rat. Having done this, Ingalls jammed
the papers into Wood's pocket and left
the building.
The Narrow Escape from Death of Three
Lyxchbcrg, Ya., August 10.?A very
narrow escape from death by poison was
made here to-day by three little children
of Mrs. Shider, a resident of Washington
city, but who is visiting here. One of the
children was ill and the mother procured
a bottle labelled "paregoric" and gave
the child a dose. Her two other children
wanted to taste the medicine, and she
gave them a dose to please them. In a
tew minutes the children were all taken
violently ill. A physician was summoned
and he pronounced them poisoned, and
had great difficulty in saving their lives.
How the poison came in the bottle, which
had been used before, is a mystery.
A Mlddlcsborough Fire.
MmoLESBOROUGii, Ky., August lli.?A
fire on Saturday evening destroyed nine
dwelling houses in the eastern part of the
city, opposite the Watt's iron furnaces.
It appeared at one time as if that whole
section of the town was doomed, but the
destructive fiend was subdued through
the efforts of willing citizens, who work?
ed like heroes. The buildings, costing
about $9,000, were completely destroyed
with their contents. They were owned by
Curtis and Booth and were insured for
their full value.
Gambiers Who Rejoiced too Greatly at a
Judge's Resignation.
Nashville, Ten'n*., August 19.?A few
days ago Judge Granvillc S. Ridley, of
the Davidson county criminal court pre?
sented his resignation to Gov. Buchanan
to take effect September 1st. The an?
nouncement of the fact was hailed with
joy by the sporting men and saloon keep?
ers who had been made to pay the full
penalty for violating the law when Judge
Ridley was .on the bench. A bomb was
cast into the camp of those rejoicing,
however, to-day when Judge Ridley call?
ed upon the Governor and withdrew his
resignation, it not having been accepted.
The numerous ? aspirants for the office
were also somewhat knocked out. Judge
Ridley had resigned to take the position
of general counsel for the Tennessee Coal
Company? a Kentucky eorporation? but it
seems tlie gamblers were too loud in lheir
boasts about having influenced the resig?
nation, a* .Judge Ridley explains his ac?
tion liy saying: "I have heard it rumor?
ed that the gamblers claimed that they
had procured mv resignation through I he
instrumentality of the Tennessee Coal
Company, and while I do not believe one
solitary word of it I do not propose lo
subject myself to even the suspicion of
wrong doing."
Charles Bcrryman is finishing his cottage
on Bast Fifth street.
Mr. W. P. Lipscomb will commence on
Monday to run u hack from Norton to Wise
Court House.
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Some of the new cottages recently built for
rent are models of convenience in having
plenty of rooms and closets, cellars and water
at the very door.
* *
James F. Peters, of the Appalachian Fur?
nace, is getting out some of the red ore on the
Preston tract, (four car loads,) to be tested in
the Graham Furnace.
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The Exhibition Hall gives so much pleasure
and satisfaction to visitors that the custodian
has been asked to have it removed to Chicago
and made the exhibit of Big Stone Gap at the
World's Fair.
* *
Charles Tracey A Sons have up the frame
work of the Stoncga Academy building, and
as the shingles and stairs have arrived, every?
thing will probably be ready by the beginning
of the term. September L5.
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Three wagons were loaded here last week
for points in the Kentucky mountains, coming
through Norton, as the Kentucky side of the
road over Black Mountain is not yet finished.
This is an indication of what we may expect
in large quantities a little later.
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The Park Commissioners this week are
cleaning up some of the Boulevard running
from the Fast Fifth street bridge toward the
Park, cutting out some underbrush, removing
timber and dead material, etc., which im?
proves the appearance of things so far as gone.
?"? &
The Louisville and Nashville Railroad has.
been carrying about one hundred and fifty
cars daily through Big Stone Gap to the Nor?
folk and Western, loaded mostly with grain
that originates in the West, and with walnut
and poplar logs from along the line of the road*
Much of this freight goes to London, Glasgow
and other foreign points on through bills of
lading. Business is increasing so rapidly that
now the number of trains is ten and fifteen
every day.
I a
I Tha City Free School will commence on
August 31st and will continue for six months.
The tuition is absolutely free for all wdiite
persons between the ages of five and twenty
one years who live in Big Stone Gap, or west
of here to the Lee county line. To those chil?
dren whose parents are unable to buy books
the State will furnish what hooks jre neces?
sary free of charge. This school has a very
efficient corps of teachers. Prof. W. T. Ken?
nedy, a well known educator, is thu principal,,
assisted by Miss Dickinson, who comes highly
recommended from Central College, Texas.
* *
One firm in this place has adopted the com?
mendable plan of having their drummer visit
the small towns round about, and even the
householders at their homes, showing goods,
comparing prices, etc., which has resulted in
securing a large amount of trade which they
would not otherwise have received. It would
be a good thing if all the firms in town would
unite and send out two, three or four drum?
mers who should make a house to house can?
vass, especially in Lee, Scott, Wise and Dick
erson counties, Virginia, and Harlan, Leslie,
Letcher and Perry counties, Kentucky, and
show the people how much it is to their ad?
vantage to do their buying here. No snch
stock of goods as is found here is kept at any
poiuts nearer than Middlesborough, Bristol or
Pocahontas, from sixty to one hundred miles
distant. Merchants, think it over and act
upon it!
* *
Dr. Curry, of Richmond, agent of the Pea
body Fund, and also of the Slater Fond, and
Dr. Gwin, pastor of the Baptist church at
Norfolk, were here on Sunday, Monday and
Tuesday. Dr. Curry delivered a sermon on
Sunday night in behalf of education, and be?
ing a man of force, strikes sledge hammer
.blows in the cause. The income of the Pea
body Fund, whose treasurer is J. Pierrepont
Morgan, of Brexel, Morgan & Co., New York,
is now about $100,000, and is used to assist
struggling schools of high grade from the
Potomac to the Bio Grande. The income of
the $1,000,000 left by Mr. Slater, of Norwich,
Connecticut, is about $50,000, and is appropri?
ated exclusively to aid the negro schools of
the South. Dr. Curry is preparing to make
some changes, and will increase the usefulness
and effectiveness of each. Dr. Curry is a
Harvard graduate, minister to Spain under
Mr. Cleveland, and is a most entertaining
conversationalist and genial, cultured man.
* *
Horace E. Fox, assisted by Samuel W.
Thacker, is compiling a map which, when
completed, will be of very general public
interest, including as it docs the plats of the
West End Land Company, the Ifardin Addi?
tion, the Sulphur Spring Addition, the South?
west Virginia Mineral Land Co., the Fayette
Land Co., the lmboden Addition, Plats 1, 2,3,
4, 5 and 0 of the Big Stone Gap Improvement
Co. the East Big Stone Gap Land Co., aud in
general all the land from the Lee county Hoe
to and beyond Little Stone Gap, showing the
alignment of the Louisville and Nashville R.
R., and the South Atlantic and Ohio R. R.,
and consequently much of the coal and timber
lands on the Black Mountain, and the iron and
timber lands in the Wild Cat Valley, the large
basin of flat land toward Little Stone Gap,
bounded by the Stone and Powell's Mountain,
and some of the possessions of such land own?
ers as the Virginia Coal and Iron Co., the Vir?
gini?, Tennessee and Carolina Steel 4?id Iron
Co.> Whitndge & Fox and Wr McGeorge> Jt?

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