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_____ ?^"stq'^e"g?pTwiSE COUNfYrV?rTH?R^^ NO. 1.
Ffofr??tonat Card?.
a. l. pridemore,
Jonesvllle, Virginia.
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Big Stone Gap, Virginia,
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Of Affairs at Big
Stone Gap.
Everything Encouraging.
After two years or more of great filiati?
on! depression the countryiovcr, andJii this
new community particularly, the down
grade has finally been reached, and the
ttscent up the hill cf prosperity begun. In
ho other place of its sixe perhaps has
I there been such a splendid set of young
j men,-vigorous, brainy, industrious?as in
Big Stone (lap, and nowhere else have
they stuck so together as a band of broth?
ers as here. To their inteligence, untir?
ing zeal and unwavering confidence in this
place and its destinies, has been due so
[much of the credit of preventing wreck
and disaster, and establishing Instead
jOufidence ?U?d victory.
' It is a matter of congratulation that
every enterprise of any magnitude started
here is still growing stronger. It is a
matter of congratulation that,though I he
hands of our best friends and, those, most
?Ule fP. Wftko large developments and do
groat benefits to this section, especially
the Virginia Coal & Iron Company and
the Virginia, Tennessee & Carolina Steel
A: Iron Company, have been tied, and they,
by perhaps no fault of their own, have had
to remain quiet, vet one co-\\ ooko
P.lftUtj R'tiUft tfttai'ttlltewd output of .'?00 tons
dailyhas been started?by a man who has
built 5110 ovens elsewhere?work on which
is going on actively, and two other large
leases have been made with work to be
begun in the early fqtllfg. \\ |j ;t matter
of pflijgtiatuliitjaii Mint (lie Appalachian
Steel iV Iron Company has made such a
success of Ms Furnace here, and turned
out such nn excellent quality of iron as A
1 or "American Scotch", that it will,with
the manufacturing ofjeoke at this point,
complete its other furutlCC \vh{c|| \-j now
nine.-ten Hi? done, and ill addition to its
lease on tlwt acres of land, which it is
now working, is securing additional lands
of the same kind, so as to insure the con?
tinued production of t|\a ty?iUiP&jj tjppr.pxi
inatjou^o charcoal pig yet turned out in
the South. It is a matter of congratula?
tion that the large shipments of pepi^r,
walnut and tit he *. h??'b^V? (Pi j^W^-V.1"?'
Bremer, ftlftSguw and lavcrpoool and an
application of a lumber king to put in
twenty-four saw-mills on one large tract
of land here shows the estimation in which
practical people hold our unrivalled fp,j|i-{
ests. |l |s ,j Miu||e.i;o| cO||gi;a(u.l;|(ion that
the working man here is busy as is evi?
denced by {he. ppsfiijg of notices calling
for mure |a|tme.rs,j that ?mVi.V dwelling
house in tne place Is occupied with a cry?
ing demand for more; that travel and (he
patronage of the hotels have doubled or
threblcd the last few weeks, and that al?
most every citizen finds {Hgcjrcu.m^sjftticca
getting casiei< and easier and that the
whole community should be in a hopeful,
almost bouyant frame of mind. The com?
ing of railway magnates and the building
of additional railroads here are nromjsejj
as i)evc|o|m.?put HimiK**; <i'!0 ?UP gentle?
man, w||q Ipis re.<:cu>t)y rnjjed. $5,000,000
in Europe ([lor an industrial enterprise,
stands ready to build MM) miles of railroad
here from the North upon a reasonable
guarantee of freight traffic assured.
The past, tlien, is behind us with its
memories and bjjt?r pjp.p^jij.ftftpg; {he
present i5j 9!l?Mfvjetor.v; and the future is
brimful of reasonable promise of material
development and prosperity. Patience
and press onward!
The Mines (il vlntc Out and the Price tioijlg
|Tp Steadily.
A somewhat startling statement of the
corjditjqp t>|" |h? |jil??*U <?oai uhu?s and
supply is made by Mr. Edward Atkinson,
who has recently visited Great Britian
and made observations of the industrial
condition. Jiy reason of the growing
scarcity of coal. Mr. Atkhjsojj s-iy^ anf|
(he jnc'itifseu qqsf pf Rli'M?oi ft WHS t?
the greater depths reaphed and the small,
er seams worked, the increase in the
cost of of coal has amounted to $(?.."?00,000
for that used by the British railways in a
single year. In many mines, Mr. Atkin?
son goes on to say, the larger veins have
been driven so deep that '.hey can be
worked no longer, and the companies are
pumpeljed tq [?}]{ Jiuc'jj o\\ jjifHSM Vv.'us
hriyiously passed. *1 lie prj<ie p{' coal in
London and all {he. fac.{orjes has grea{
(y iuurviuseii. ]\\ ihp mntior of coking
poajs, tued for the production of steel,
the situation is described as serious, as
the supply is approaching exhaustion.
The Durham mines, where the coal is
produced, are ri.OOO feet deep, and the
temperature at that depth is 104 degrees,
ftven {hen {he ycittjj MC. pu^v two |c'c{ I
|njck, aim jlicj prjee of coke for' steel-;
making is, in consequence, a ton,
against |'l 40 in the Vocahont^s region of
Vjrgii|i? and a{ pq'mjcUsvjllp, fa."
A,! tjcsp thins'8 liftvp mm\ PfiM*?
manufacturers to looking into appliances
for economizing fuel by non-conducting
furnace setting and complete combustion
of fuel which arc not even considered in
this country. If this is a true picture of
the condition of affairs in Great Brit ian,
it may well causo alarm and eye|j p.on
stPnwM^il iiiiiftiih' W'wswp- V0'1, it i8
UfeJ! k||Qwp, that lh\ island can. produce
only u amall portion of the necessary food
supply for the people, and the only way
the people can be fed is by exchanging
the products of the factories for the bread
and meat of other countries.
Supern! itlon About Friday.
Many years ago, when sailing ships were
the only means of communication between
the different countries, superstition was
HjCjrc rjte among solijjers \\^\\ ?\ {hp n.yfiQ;
?nt tii|;q. ;fsitj;jc absurd fefjcjcj were iiut
fcouftued to Jock ?Inno, hut they were
shared In to a groater or less extent by
ship-masters and owners. Friday was
considered a day of evil, and the most um
itguaut results were supposed to attend a
voyage commenced on this day of the
week In those times he would indeed
have been a reckless skipper who would
Kare attempted to start on this ill-omened
day, for the crew would have broken out
in an open rebellion rather thnn lift the
anchor from the bottom or cast offshore
Since the advent of steam many of
these prejudices have become derelict as
the ships on which they were once enter?
. A true story told of a skeptical Massa?
chusetts captain who, way back in the
early yearn of the republic, determined to
exhibit the fallacy of this particular su?
perstition. He contracted on a certain
Friday for the building of a ship, and it
was arranged that the keel of this vessel
was laid on Friday, that she was launch- |
cd on a Friday, named Friday, commenced
loading on a Friday, and hauled into the
stream on the same day of the week. To
add to (he possibilities of disaster a ne?
gro cook named Friday was engaged; and
thus fully freighted with the sinister
name, the Friday sailed on a Friday,
bound to a port in the West Indies. From
that day to this no tidings of the ill-con?
ditioned craft have been received. But
those of us who like Friday for various
reasons, but chiefly because it leads up to
the Saturday, upon which day schools are
closed,will be pleased to hear that it is not
half so unlucky a day as Monday, the
day the school opens again. A German
statististican, feeling that Frida\ had been
a mnch-maligned day,determined to make
;i scientific investigation of the matter
and has found that it is not Friday, but
Monday, that is the most unfortunate of
the week-days. According to his investi?
gation, 10.74 per cent, of all accidents oc?
cur on Monday, 15.51 per cent, on Tues?
day. Hi.Ill per cent, on Wednesday. I.">.47
per cent, oh Thursday, 16.38 per cent, on
Friday, I6.*18 per cent, on, Saturday, and
only :2.d!l per ppnt, on Sunday.
&u, you see, Friday isn't so bad a day
after all.
The Sheriff Serves the Document lu a
Young Lawyer's Suit for 8ervle??t
K\}-;iUt;, \;h? Slov. HO.?The chief inci?
dent of the davon Brotfd water Island was
the arrival of the Sheriff', Samuel Jam's,
of Northampton county with a summons
which he sowght to serve upon Mr. Cleve
land. He came over from the mainland
at o'clock this afternoon, but \\ |\* fuyced
to wait until the pnuhtci party returned
from. |nu|r rti\y*?s spurt before presenting
the document,
The Sheriff* was unable to furnish any
information about the summons, except
that it was to appear before Ihcrha.neery
Court at Richmond,. H^t ?a,td that when
I he s^snr^u,? rcayued him for service at
Cape Charles City he regarded it as a
practical joke. Upon telegraphing the
Clerk of the Court at Kinln?v\U.d,i he re?
ceived an ?js-.sn.juincp. \\\i\t document was
ge/^iOjC. ia\i\ ci\u\c U? ?xmore at noon to
cary ou{ {us instruction, He had done so.
The summons was for next Monday on
a bill of complaint filed bv Willis lb
Smith, a young lawyer of Richmond.
Smith claims $.">,000 damages for alleged
breach of contract for \\\% p^fv^iuual
scryjepa jn, ?u* m^itay. uOV.V settlement of
the public debt of \ irgiiiia. Mr. Cleve?
land \\i\S Cliaiiinau of the Adrisorv Com?
mittee, au.d among hi? (\St?ttOil\iP? were cx
Secre|s\n' m.Ya'd, e*-,Vii?isU?r E. J.
I'ljelps, and othors, All of these are made
defendants in the suit, as are also all the
members of the Olcott committee. The
suit had almost been lost sight of by the
public, but Mr. Smith had not forgotten
it. He had been watching for ?som.? nfthc
defendants \i\ f,Qlfl,p iuiu ?du slate so as to
?U?? ilium with summonses. What the
President-elect will do about the matter
is not known.
The ducking party returned soon after
4 o'clock and reported excellent sport.
Mr. Cleveland occupied the floating hHnd
wil1! ft?ft; ItettgMyi who loaded his gun,
He bagged, uraoUi si\ redheads, and
five butteiballs, Mr. Davis occupied a
stationary blind and killed fourteen birds.
Hingis picked up the game for both.
The programme for to-morrow will be
the same as to-day. It is understood to?
night that Mr.Cleveland has declined the
invitation received from theO^fl UWUIP
ion and kecom^p PlUUjjf fo shuut upon
thpjr."'iVfp?*prve: f?'1 larasoiui bo learned
no timo has been fixed for Mr. Cleveland's
return. It is probable that he may spend
another Sunday upon Broadwatcr Island.
Tiie Exportation of <iold.
We do not kuc^j J^. a'4*a( extent the ap?
prehension with which gold shipments are
regarded is artificial. Sufficient of it is
real, however, to make the loss of gold at
this season of the year a (t\0|p.y \\\
gengra] nu-vla.U. we near the end of
a year, which, without any unnatural bu?
siness excitement, may be fairly regard?
ed as the most prosperous in the history
of our county, there are people who feel
that the loss of a few millions of gold
threatens the financial s|^*J){|jty?t* the \\ti
M? li?
lt is worth while lo consider lor a mo
inpnMhc true relation which our gold
shipments up to date and any probable
future shipments have or may have to the
gold resources of the United States.
When we resumed specie payments in
l87!Hhc entire stock of gold in the country
was $:245,00O,tK)0. I? the past month
of November \\\c s|o,pj( t)| P^fiofa"?
get a I ^H?,Vrtl|(,fl^l.' flprp 1$9 gain '?
thirteen ypursju our holding (hi* MPt?l of
sojpe *4.10,0(10,000, or cun^ideralily more
toHutllP ugUI'OgMto K"l<1 product of the
whole United States for same period.
With all our extravagance and our
expenditure of millions of gold abroad
annually b y our absent and travelling
citizens, we have managed in the 500, pp
of thirteen year- *H ?du, f}?U,Gu0,0(iO in
gold to o\\\- Moek. T)'t 'would" seem as if
:i few millions more or less, sold to Eu?
rope because it can be sold at 0, profit,
should not long prove potept in determi?
ning Vjiiues.?>>w Yuvfc Suib.
Report of the Second Auditor of Vir?
The report of the Second Auditor on
the condition of the public, ijpht QfYfr*
prc^ente tilP following interesting
Up to October I"), I8lfc2,thc bondholders'
committee had presented for verification
^54,G5U,035.5o of the outstanding obliga?
tions, of which a small portion ($551 ;S42)
will be issued in West Virginia certifi?
cates. The classes and amount of
rities presented ffljj ,.v,r,?ucation were as
follows":' l-nd'er act of March I8!H,
l<i,4SS,08.">; underact of March M, 1871,as
amended bv act of March 7,187*2 (peelers)
!f:>!)(?,8:>l, under act of March :28, 187!?,
$t;,'2-2,Oi:t; under acts passed, nrjm* jo,
April |7, Iftft ap.ji V?U?|tiV act of March r?,
jspo, and sterling certificates under act
of March M, !H7i, $ I ,<i5:U 1 total. $-24,
t;:?S,0;|5. Deducting West Virginia's por?
tion of the debt leaves to be redeemed by
Virginia in the proportion of HI to r28,
$-24,HM?,H?:2: amount of new bonds
to be issued, therefor, $H>,357,?74. Of
the outstanding obligations presented
$I8,I(>3,7.T.J was principal and rrb',4!l4f'J03
was interest,
His Friends Warm in
His Support for
Enthusiastic Meeting.
On the night of November the nine?
teenth, in.Big Stone Gap,'was inaugurated
a movement the result of which will more
than likely place Hon. It. A. Ayers in the
Gubanntorial chair of Virginia.
For more than a year past this distin?
guished citizen of Big Stone Gap has
been prominently mentioned throughout
the State of Virginia as an available can?
didate for the Governorship, but nothing
definite from himself or any one close to
him had ever been published signifying
that Gen. Ayers would become a candi?
So great, however, is Iiis popularity at
home and so high docs he stand in es?
teem of his fellow citizens in his own
town and county, that a large popular
meeting was held in the city hall, on the
night of the nineteenth of November last,
for the purpose of pressing his name be?
fore the people of Virginia as the proper
man to receive the Democratic nomina?
tion for Governor at the convention to be
held in 1893. This meeting was called
without consulting (Jen. Ayers, and was
held while he was absent from the coun?
ty and state, It was the result of a spon?
taneous impulse on the part of his neigh?
bors and firiends who felt that their fel?
low citizen was worthy of the highest of?
fice within the gift of the people of the
Old Dominion, and that his services to
his state, at a critical period in her histo?
ry, were worthy of that recognition and
the greutful reward that could be render?
ed by bestowing upon him the Chief Ma?
gistracy of the State.
The meeting had been called by the
Avers Democratic Club?an organization
that done most effective. work in the
Presidential campaign?-and was called to
order by A, W, Irvine, President of the
oluU. Atter calling the meeting to order
Mr. Irvine asked Dr. C. D. Kunkel to take
the chair, and in a few well chosen
remarks, resigned his position, stating
that the purpose for which the club had
been organized, in the beginning having
been accQHlP-H&ed he wished to retire from
the active duties \\y^{ would now devolve
upon the President. A unanimous vote
of thanks was tendered Mr. Irvine for the
able and efficient manner in which he had
discharged the duties of President and
the resignation was accepted.
A motion was made, and carried with
a rush, that the Club be reorganised with
the avowed pu.rn.osc ai promoting the
nomination and election of ex-Attorney
General Rufiis A. Avers as Govenor of
Virginia, ft. T. Irvine was elected Presi?
dent of the reorganized club and \V, T,
Kennedy Secretary,
A CQniwUtee on resolutions was appoint?
ed which wommfttee reported-a series of
resolutions endorsing the candidacy of
Gen. Ayers and reccommending him to
the people of Virginia.
An executive committee, consisting of
R. T. Irvine, J. F. Nullify Jr., Jviu. L Kel?
ly, E. M,, FhUoU i*ud h. ?. Pet tit, was ap
pointed for the purpose of pressing the
claims of Gen. Ayers before the people
and wore given charge of the active cam?
paign to be made on behalf of (Jen. Ayers
by the Ayers Democratic Club.
An advisory QltfRKUH?6, composed prin?
cipally of leading Democrats from other
counties, was appointed for the purpose of
counseling with and advising the execu?
tive as to the campaign,. The gentlemen
composing this oommiteewcre Edwin Har?
bour, Walter E. Addison, W. T. Miller
and T. G. Wells, of Wise county; ,1. II.
Richmond and H. S. Kane of Scott coun?
ty; C. T. Duncan of Lee couutv; Win, K,
Hums and V. ]\. G?nter of Russell couuty.
This eommliteu to be Increased by ad?
ding the names of a prominent Democrat
from every county and city in Virginia.
The meeting was enthusiastic from be?
ginning to end. After the routine busi?
ness was over the crowd called on several
gentlemen present and fine speeches were
made Uv JLJF. fyuUttt, Jr., Walter R. Addi?
son and ]\. Ti Irvine,
Kille?! a Fine Deer.
On Friday last a hunting party made
up of Messrs. Jeff Dillion, Charles Rich?
mond, Sam W. Wax, Hiram Horton, Ike
Wolfe and several oth^r- went to High
{vn.ftU, iu high spirits and had a high old
time in the way of a successful deer chase.
Mr. Charles Richmond was the Daniel
Roone of the hunting party, and made
himself famous by bring down a fine deer.
He made some of his Big Stone Gap
friends happy by sending them some nice
W. D. Kexxeb, mayor of Rorersville,
Tennessee, has been here for several days
looking after his business in this county,
and left for home to-day.
The Furnace and Its Progress,
The furnace of the South Appalachian
Steel and Iron Company at this place
made its first iron at nine o'clock on the
night of May titb., of t\\\$ year. By the
courtesy of Gen. Ayers, Pres't of the 3ig
Stone Gap and Powell's Valley Railway,
a special train was tendered to the citi?
zens of Big Stone Gap, that they might go
up and witness th,e inaugural run, which
w-itd successfully made, the product being
known commercially as No. 3 iron. Three
cheers were proposed and heartily given
by the crowd in honor of Mr. E. J. Bird,
Sr., Vice President and General Manager,
upon the favorable outcome of so many
months of work on his part. This iron
was shipped to Bacon & Floto, of Cincin?
nati, who then began to introduce it to
the trade. The second, casting, as things
I began to work better and the furnace be?
came hotter was No. 2, and the third cast?
ing, No. I, which has been turned out to
the extent of perhaps !t0 per cent ever
Mr. Davis of Middesborough, Kr., who
was for a long time a manufacturer of
charcoal pig in Maine, says this product
is the nearest approximation to be made
by coke to that kind of iron that he has
ever seen. This iron has been shipped
to a number of states, and one o^der al?
most invariably results in a repetition or
a number of others.
This pig is used for making mowing
machines, locomotives, cars, boilers, en?
gines, car wheels, saddlery hardware, pul?
ley castings, stoves, machinery castings,
muck bar iron, steam forges, scales, sew- '
ing machines, railroad supplies, iron pipe,
steam forges, foundry and all kinds of
machinery besides being put to other uses.
The pig-iron made is sent to a large
number of places, including the following :
Vermont.?Hutland, Burlington.
New Hampshire.?South Newmarket,
Massachusettcs.?Worcester, Orange,
Pittsficld, Lowell.
New Vork.?Utica, Buffalo.
Indiana.?Elwood, Richmond, Fort
Wayne, Muneic, Indianapolis, Aurora,
Terre Haute.
Ohio.?Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleve?
land, Dayton, Gallion, Hamilton, Lima,
Mount Vernon, Miamisburg. Marion,
Mansfield, Piqua, Toledo, Tillin, Sandusky,
Springfield, Portsmouth. Iron ton, Van
Wert, Bridgeport, Wellington.
Michigan.?Adrian, Ann Harbor, Hay
City. Benton Harl.or, Battle Creek, Cad?
illac, Dowagiac, Detroit, Grand Rapids,
Grand Haven, Ivalama/.oo, Ludiugtoii,
Lansing, Manistcc. Muskegon, Marshall,
Montague, Jackson, Port Huron, Sagi
naw, South Haven, Three Rivers, Vpsil
a n t i.
The ore-beds of the Preston tract are
being largely developed both by stripping
and by tunneling. Several hundred men
are at work; new I ram ways have been
built, and new inclines anil drums put in,
so as to insure a full supply to the furnace
even in the worst of w.eathcr. The com-'
panyjias discontinued the shipment of ore
to other points, finding it better to use it
here. Mr.K. .1. Bird, Jr., President, has
recent]v added very largely to his hold?
ings of ore lands nea r hero.
The limestone for fluxing is taken from
a large ledge in Stone Mountain, on the
S. A. & O. R. R., about a mile from the
furnace, and is found well suited to the
The coke at present comes from Poca
hontas and Middlesbovough, at a cost
largely in excess of what it should be de?
livered here for, but arrangements are in
progress to obtain a supply from the coal
fields just north of Big Stone Gap, at an
early date. The furnace has just been
painted, and, covering as much gro ind as
it docs, presents a very imposing appear?
ance to all visitors.
Mr. M. T. Ridcnour fills the responsible
place of Secretary and Treasurer of the
Furnace Company, and is constantly on
the ground to look after its interests,
while General Manager Bird is ably sec?
onded by his brothers in attending to Hie
details of the work.
Jlritliant Young Men, Possessed of Tallent
und Ability.
\\\ this issue of the Post will be found
the law cards of the following gentlemen:
Bullittft McDowell, William K. Shelby,
H. A. W. Skcen, R. T. Irvine, L. Turner
Mauray, Duncan, Mathews ?V Maynor, W.
K. Addison, and W. J. Horslcy. To un?
dertake to properly discuss and point out
the many superior points and fitting qual?
ifications possessed by each of the above
named gentlemen so well suiting them to
their profession would require more time
and space, by far, than the Post finds at its
disposal in this issue. However, if may
truthfully be said of them at no one place
in Virginia is there to be found an equal
number of lawyers possessed of more taU
lent and ability than that to be found
among the attorney's of Big Stone Gap.
AR of them are men abo work and tlmhj,
and devote their whole time to the law;
possessed of honor and intcgiity, and
enjoy the full confidence of the public.
Also in this issue will be found the law
cards of Gen. A. L. Pridcmorc, Jouesville,
Va., Aldcrson & Miller, Norton Va., or
Wise C, H. Va., Burns & Fulton, Wise 0.
H. Va., or Lebanon, Va., and Mr. Geo. W.
Blankenship, Jouesville, Va. These gen?
tlemen have reputations in their profes?
sion that require no comment. They are
known to the public as lawyers of ability
and promptness who look after the in?
terests of their clients and patrons..
?160,831,3.10 Required for Next Year's
Pension Roll. A ?10,000,000 UeUcIt:.
The Secretary of the interior has trans?
mitted to the Secretary of the Treasury
the estimates required to pay pensions for
the next fiscal year. It shows that $1(>G,
S3I,3.">0 will be necessary to pay pensions
on account of the war and navy, including
the maintenance of pension agcncics,elerk
hire aud otuer incidental expenses. Of
this amount jt i-; estimated $ I ti.">.000,OUU
wRl he paid directly to pensioners. In
addition to the estimate of $14(1,737,350
the fiscal year ending June30, IS!)->, a de?
ficiency of $10,.">0!Wi:21 is asked. During
the first fiscal year of the present admin?
istration an estimate of $HU,.100,f)00 in
round numbers was sufficient, to pay pen?
sions and other incidental expenses.
A Million Friends.
A friend in need is a friend indeed, and not
less than one million people hare found just
such a friend in Dr. King's New Discovery for
Consumption, Coughs and Colds?if von have
never used this Great Cough Medicine, one
trial will convince you that it has wonderful
curative powers in all diseases of Throat,
Chest, and and Lungs. Each bottle is guaran?
teed to do all that is claimed or money will be
refunded. Trial bottles free at S, Lt White?
head * Co's,, drug *tore. Large bottles aJ?c,
of Dynamite and
But Where is He ?
New York, Dec, *>.?Jay Gould diod at
!):J5 o'clock this morning. The direct
cause of Mr. Gould's death, as stated at
the houso this morning, was pulmonary
consumption. The scene at the house at
midnight was not extraordinary. It was
stated that at that time the strong master
mind had ceased to battle for life. His
children were at his bedside and they
recognized that the hopes of the past few
days were vanishing and that the end
w as not far off. They tearfully admitted
this to a few close personal friends, and
then began the vigil which only ceased
when the last breath left the body.
Early last evening it became known
that his death was only a matter of a few
hours. He had never rallied attcrhe had
a hemorrage of the lungs on the day before j
Thanksgiving. He had another hemor?
rage two days later, and still another last
Wednesday. This announcement was ii
grrat surprise to all but the most intimate
acquaintances of Mr. Gould. It had all
along been supposed that he was suffering
from nervous dyspepsia.
From an early hour last night Mr Gould
began sinking rapidly. Dr. Munn and Iiis
physician had Dr.Janeway in counsulta
tioit, but they said nothing could be done
but to make Mr. Gould's last hours as
comfortable as possible. Dr. John H.
Pax ton, pastor of Mr. Gould's church was
at the house last night. When the end came
the members of the family present were i
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Gould, Sir. and Mrs. i
George Gould, Miss Helen Gould, Mr. (
Howard Gould, Mr. Harald Gould and
Miss Annie Gould.
J)r. Paxton said Mr. Gould's end was 1
very peaceful. Up to a few minutes be- (
fore his death he was perfectly conscious.
The funeral will take place Monday.
The funeral services will be held at the
house and the interment will probably be <
in the same cemetery where the body of
his wife lies.
The death ot Mr. Gould was announced
at the office of the Western Union Tele?
graph Company about !i:.K> o'clock this
morning. Most of the officials had not at
that hour got to their offices..
Some action will be taken during the
day at the offices of the company out of
respect to the memory of the dead.
sketch ok his 1.1 fk.
Jay Gould was the sou of a farmer and
was born at Koxburv, X. Y., May
?mh, ism.
Ilcfore reaching his majority he made
a survey of a great part of his Staie in
? he lumbering business, and in this ac?
quired considerable moans.so that in 1 S.">7 ,
he was able to become thr principal share
holder in the bank at Straudshurg, Fa.
He manipulated this for two years and
then went to New York City, where he
established himself a broker in IS.r>!l, so
rapidly had he accumulated means.
He was soon made president of the Erie
Uailroad Company? which he held until
87*2. In the mennwhile, ho was rapidly
accumulating stocks and bonds of rail?
road companies and telegraph unions.
In ISS'i a question of commercial sta- !
bility was raised. Then it was that Mr.
Gould took the affective and unique step
of pulling up securieties to the amount of
$~>3,<M)0,00<) face value and offered to put
up f->ll,U0O,(MM) additional, if desired. The i
quest ion has not been raised since.
In 1887 it was estimated that he con
trolled l.'UHH) miles of railroad in the
United States, or about one-tenth of the
total amount.
Tlie Mission of ? Newspaper.
Til? point wherein many so-called news?
papers fall far short of being truly wir*
paper* is the great lack of home w#*ws in
their urn;* columns. A paper, to be in?
teresting to the people of the town in which
it is published and throughout the sec?
tion in which it circulates, should devote
more space to home news, home enter?
prises and home people than to any other
department. This is its true mission to
assist in building up the town, in benefit?
ing the people who support it and in fos?
tering and advancing, so far as is in its
power, all home enterprises and indus?
Shortsightedness is a serious failing
with many publishers. They place too high
an estimate on their influence and hold it
in reserve, to a great extent, fearing they
will benefit some one in some way without
getting pay for it; In other words, they
hold it back with a view of dealing it out in s
"broken doses" at tho advertised rate of
ten cents per line.
The Post is not mado of this kind of
stuff'. It is here for the purpose of bene?
fiting the people of Dig Stone Gap and
the people of the country surrounding us
whose interests are identified with ours.
It is not expected, or even hoped for,
that the paper will reach that high stand?
ard of perfection wherein it will be an
ideal paper?the pet of everybody?for
the men who could run a better paper
than the Post will whittle up many a dry
goods box in the next twelve month*, but
it will be a paper that will not be afraid
to say what it thinks, will benefit you
whenever it can, will devote its time and
best energies to home development, and
will try to make you feel that the one
dollar subscription price paid for it is the
best spent money of the year.
A Series of Tests to Establish Their Rela?
tive Merit* and Usefulness.
A scries of interesting and valuable
tests to decide the much controverted
question as to the comparative merits of
wire nails and cut nails are being made
at the United States Arsenal in Water
town. The relative value of these two
kinds of nails has always been a subject
for many conflicting and confusing claims
on the purt of competing manufacturers,
and it is a matter on which builders and
others interested arc from being satisfied.
An aggrement was recently reached
among some prominent manufacturers to
submit the matter to a decisive test which
ahu\\ld demonstrate the real facts beyond
possibility of argument. The use of* the
Government's, testing machine at the
Watcrtown arsenal was secured, and the
tests are being made by a committee
representing manufacturers in all parts
of the country iitrter the direct super?
vision of Major J. Wi Heitly, commandant
of the arsenal.
At the first test the size of the cut nails
tested ranged from 1 tg-inch, three-penny,
7?4^tp 6-inch spike nail, furty-penny ami
sixty-penny.six to seventeen to the poundT
Wire nails to correspond .as .nearly as
possible were used. The nails were driv?
en into a wcll-fensoncd spruce plank to a
depth of precisely four inches. The
weight of the nails differed' only two
grammes, the wire nails 214 and tiic cut
nails ril:* grammes.
In the first test a force of T-V.i pounds
was required to draw the wire nail and, of
KU) pounds to draw the cut nail of simi?
lar size. The second wire nail was pulled
with 673 and the cut nail with 742. The
third wire nail requited (i7."> pounds of
pressure, the third cut nail S04, the
fourth wire nail 594, the fourth cut Ii64.
These were the character of the variations
of the fifth and sixth nai's. The seventh
wire nail was pulled with *79 pounds
pressure, but 1,'itM) pounds of force was
required to draw: out the cut nail of like
Every caic was taken to have the tests
strictly fair and accurate. The results
from the initial test are highly satisfac?
tory to the manufacturers and advocates
of the cut nails. The tests arc to Inst
over several days, and the merits of every
kind of wire and* cut nail are to be
thoroughly tried.
Sport for Sportemen.
Five thousand young trout have been
assigned by the Government Fish Com?
mission to the various mountain streams
in and near Rig Stone Gap. They will bo
shipped to Mr. James W. Fox, who is in
idiargo of their general distribution. On
the evening of November 16th, at a meet?
ing held for the purpose, the following
Assignments were made by Mr. Fox to
the different streams mentioned and a
committee appointed for each stream, to
take charge of and properly distribute the
wm.aiian. mci?, lick, i'ukaciikr .1x0 tkiiiu
ta im ks.
J..K. Taggart in charge?ft. T. Irvine,
J. E. VanDevender, S. W. Thacker, C.
E. Bibbs, W. K. Ivilbourne, Fred Hoback,
J. P. Wolf and C. II. Smith. 1,00?.
soi l II KOttK.
?lames A.Youell in charge-John W.Fox,
Sr., Capt. Matheuy, A. W. Irvine, \V. S.
Beverly, A. W.Tracy, Bob Brow n, John P.
Sickles, G. \V. Kilbourne, W.H. Blanton,
W. S. Palmer, L. Parr, J. K. Jennings, J.
M. Willis,Gordon Gilly. 500.
I'M ikon l'KKKK.
James M. Hodge in charge?D, II.
Shelby. Henry Bush, C. M. Harris.
i.oo.n'ky CttKKK.
Horace E. Fox, in charge?E. M. Har
ilin, John Goodloc, L. O. Petti}. 500.
W. F. Wollaston in charge?J. H.Allen,
W. S. Harbour, George 1! uttel. 500.
men kxou.
Judge Maury in charge?O. K. Fox, Dr.
Board. .1011.
1). C. Anderson in charge?J. J. Kclley,
Sam Wax, Ben Kilborne, Malcolm Smith.
Sl'Kl Ia I. WOKK.
Dr.C I). Kunkel in charge -IT.C. McDow?
ell, J. L.Kelly. H. II. Bullitt.John W.Fox,
Jr., Harry Ayers, J. F. Biillitt, Jr., W. K.
Shelby, E .1. Bird, .lohn B. Payne, Jr., W.
L\ Hurrington, Gus W. Lovcll, Spencer C.
Berryman, W. C. Robinson, W. J. Horse
ly, J. S. Wright.
In general charge of distribution, Jas.
W. Fox.
It is believed that trout will do well in
the pure, dear mountain streams of this
section; and, if such proves to bcthecase,
their introduction will add much to the
pleasure of those who delight in capturing
the speckled beauties.
The Kentucky-Carolina Timber Company.
The above heading is the name of a
joint stock company, recently organized
by three of our young business men, lor
the purpose of buying, selling anil con?
ducting a general timber business. It
was incorporated under the laws of the
State of Kentucky, with the principal
office in the city ot Louisville, and a
branch office at Big Stone Gap.
The following officers were elected at
the meeting help in Louisville last Satur?
day: Th?s. H. Mason, president and gen?
eral manager; L. O. Pettit, vice-president;
H. H. Bullit, secretary and treasurer.
This company has purchased the finest
body of black walnut timber iu the South,
situated in several counties in the States
of North Carolina,Tennessec and Georgia,
and will begin operation ut once.
Deserving ]'raise.
We desire to say to our citizens, that far,
years we have been selling Dr. King's New
Discovery for Consumption, Dr. King's New
Life Pills, Bucklcn's A mica Salve and Elec?
tric Bitters, and have never handled remedies
that sell as well, or that have given ?ach
universal satisfaction. We do not hesitate to
guarantee them every time, and we stand
ready-to refund the purchase price, if satis?
factory results do not follow their use. These
remedies have won their great popularity on
their merits. S. L. Whitehead .fc Co., Drug?
A Happy Yonng Couple.
Mr. Harry T. Lyle and wife?net Miss
Maggie Miller, of Johnson City, Tenn.,
came over on the S. A. & ?. train la.st
J Friday, and stopped over here during the
day. They were married iu the Baptist
church, at Johnson City on the evening of
the 1st inst, and are now spending their
honeymoon in visiting Cincinnati, Chica?
go and other western cities. Mr. Lyle is
a young man of high character and gives
promise of a bright future, while kit
handsome and charming young wife is
one of Tennessee's best and most iuteli
gent ladies. May kiud fortune and the
sunshine of life ever smlie upon them.
Duckten'? Arnica Halve.
The Heat Salve in the world for Cuts>Bruis#>,
Sores, fleers, Salt TU?cum, Fever Sores,
Tetter, Chapped Hands, Chitdblaius, Corns,
and all Skin hruptiona, and positively cures
Piles, or no pay required. It is guaranteed
to irive perfect satisfaction, or mouev refund?
ed. Price 25 cents per box, >V sale by-S.L.
Whitehead & Co., Druggist.

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