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VOL. i.
Jonesville, Virginia.
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Cate City. Vn. Jonesville, V?.
lT i orneys at law,
Jonesville, Virginia.
oinpl attention civ?-ii (?> business at ail \huo*.
,:; in of claim* io?o?tbisv?t Virginia, a ?pcttialty.
?v offices in ayers building,
Big: Stone Gap. Va,
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3ullitt & mcdowell,
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Big Stone Gap. Virginia.
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3ig Stor,e Gap, Virginia.
11. t. irvine,
cc in Snnintcrlivtii I'.ullding, \v.--iri Avenue,
Big Stone Cap, Virginia.
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Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
walter e. addison,
Office i:: Nickel? HnlMlngs,
Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
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burns & fulton,
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(Wie, in N'ickvls Ittiihlitig, Wood Avenue,
Big Stone Cap, Virginia.
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Big Stone Gap, Virginia,
Whitesburg, Ky.
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B\,; Stone, Gap, Virginia,
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{But Will It Be as Badly
Needed Then as Now?
A Tost man overheard an interesting
conversation a lew evenings ago, in the
ollice of the Intermont, between OI..J.H.
Allen, of the Uig Stone Gap Colliery Co.,
and .Judge S. S. Savage, of Ashland, Ky.,
on the probability of our coal fields run?
ning short at some future time. This,
they ?nid, would, at the present rate of
consumption, certainly lie the ease, but
before such a time rolls around the great
and wonderful inventive powers of man
will have proven itself able to cope with
such an emergency.
The immense coal deposits of the coun?
try, and its cheapness and convenience
natu rally brings about a reckless con?
sumption and only in the last few years
have elforts been put on foot to curtail its
extravagant use. The great coal rields of
England have gradually been consumed,
so far as profitable mining is concerned,
and some day in the future those of the
United States w ill be worked out. Already
in many of the mining districts year after
year operators arc forced further and
furl h erquick from the main lines of rail?
road and conveniences. Of course such
an event in this immediate field is in the
far distant future; still, it will come, and,
year after year, as operators are forced
further back arid the present convenient,
coal properties are worked out,the isolated
coal lands that can now be bought at a
very low price, will gradually increase ill
To the common-sense reasoning man
nothing can present a better opportunity
for a profitable investment than the cheap
coal lands of southwest Virginia a Ad east?
ern Kentucky.
Hundreds of thousands of acres of this
line property, lying along natural railroad
routes, and where railways will naturally
be built, can be bough) up to-day at from
:*?'! to $8 per acre that in the course of a
very lew years will increase in value to
$50 or $100 per acre. This is no wild or
speculative statement, for, to reach this
conclusion we have only to review the
history of other coal fields and the result
i - idea rly shown.
In fact, as a convincing fact of the
truth of this assertion, it is only necessary
to call back five to six years and think of
the coal property in Wise county that, at
t|i|]j time was selling at $2 to $8 per acre
that to-day cot|id not be bought for $100
to $800 per acre.
In this unequaled coal field, the door
stands wide ajar to men of capital, and
invites them in, and those who come are
sure to be crowned with success.
Tobacco in ISrlstol.
The tobacco industry in Bristol dates
from the year 1873. In that year Major
A. I). Reynolds, of Tat rick county, Vir?
ginia, came to Bristol and commenced
the manufacture of tobacco oh a small
scale. At that time the culture of tobacco
was almost unknown as a money crop.
Major Reynolds (otinu only two or three
small crypt? 7n all the country tributary
to Bristol. He had to obtain his supplies
of tobacco during thai year and for several
succeeding years from the distant markets
of Lynchburg and Danville. Gradually,
however, the production of the weed in?
creased, and :n the course of a few years
it became apparent thiil a regular market
for the sale of leaf tobacco was needed.
Accordingly, eflbits were made to es?
tablish such a market on the joint stock
plan, Hut for I he want of faith in its
success, these efforts resulted in absolute
failure. The writer thereupon |Vetermi'ned
to erect ? warehouse op his own responsi?
bility. I'his proved, a wonderful stimulus
to the general planting of tobaeco. The
jarryers adjacent to Bristol seemed pos?
sessed with the idea that tobacco culture
would, prove to bp i\ regnjar bonanza to
them; tobacco would pay all their debts;
lobaeco would make all rich and inde?
pendent! Alas! for the hopes and ex?
pectations of man! The first sab* day was
set and was duly advertised. It was in
February, 187fi. D was amusing to see
the people come in. No circus ever ex?
cited a deeper interest. The wagons,
loaded with tobaeco and accompanied in
many instances by the whole family, men.
women and children, dressed in their
Sunday suits of blue jeans and plaided
linseys, rolled for two days into the ware?
house iot. On sale's day the house was
tilled lo overflowing. Every pari of the
buj'diug was packed ant) jammed with
people and tobacco. Of course so mem?
orable nn event had to be opened with
imposing eeremonies. Mr. J. H. Wood,
who has since, won golden laurels at the
ha?% had been selected as the orator for
the occasion. And most eloquently did
he discourse on the virtues of the weed
and the blissful prosperity that waj to
come lo those who made a success of its
cultivation. The Rev. Dr. Sellins, now
president of Centenary college. Cleveland,
Tennessee, who is always ready for any
call made upon him, and always equal to
the occasion, w?< auctioneer. Just think
of a doctor of divinity in a tobacco ware?
house, standing over a tobacco pile, and
calling with all his might forbids! Well,
the doctor, who never (\\\U ftt anything,'
did not fail here.' Ho was as much at
lfo'mC'ovef rt tobacco pile as in tiicpulpif.
We ? had sent to Lynch biirg' fur buyers.
Major Stephen Haisey, Mr.' N;-. tto'w
mau any one : or Wffl oihcrsfyotrorcd..\\?
will; their j^esvinin^* They und Major
Keynolds wove the bidders, ' AH day long
for two days the salo continued. Seventy
thousand pounds <?f tobacco sold! Toll it
not in Gath* Proclaim it not in the streets
of Aaeulont Did .5 say sold? Yes, Bold at
an average of about three cents per pound!
Alas, >;lns for my countrymen!, Alas for
tut blasted hopes, the disappointed ex?
pectations! Visions of gold and wealth
and independence all gone! So euded the
first public sale of tobacco over made in
So?t Invest Virginia or E-Vst Tennesseo.
The disappointed farmers went home sul?
len and vulky. _ Some decbi red they would
never ?dunt another plant of tobacco.
Others more plucky und ambitious, re?
solved to try ngyiti. Jfthey were ashamed
of the priced, they were no Tess ashamed
of the tobacco. It was certainly the most
unsightly display of tobacco it was ever
t he tort urn-' of the writer to behold. . It
was cured in all sorts of colors except the
right color, It was tied up in all sorts of
ways, some tied with shucks, some with
calico strings, some with willow bark and
willow twigs, and some with the devil's
shoe strings! in bundles nil the way from
I he size of one's thumb to an ordinary
bundle of fodder, and just as green as the
siiid fodder. This was the beginning of
the tobacco industry in Southwest Vir?
ginia iiml East Tennessee.
Gradually the production increased year
by year, until it became a staple crop in
many sections of the country tributary to
Bristol. A complete revolution has been
made in the character of the tobacco as
compared with the First crop already de?
scribed. Go to the warehouses in Bristol
now, and what do you see? None of the
old red and black leaf of 18?(>?but long
rows of beautiful bright tobacco, soft and
silky, and some of it almost as white ns
the paper I am writing upon. The Eastern
markets have ridiculed our tobacco under
the contemptuous name of Tennessee
sprouts. Hut at the great tobacco fair
held in Richmond, Va., in I he year 1888,
these despised Tennessee-sprouts took all
the first premiums, amounting to $1,150
out of a total of $1.500, ottered by the
association. This tobacco was bought
and put up in Bristol by my son, Frank
Winston, at that time a partner with A.
I). Reynolds in the leaf trade. First pre?
miums were also awarded to these same
Tennessee sprouts exhibited by Reynolds
k Winston at the New Orleans Exhibition.
And at the World's Fair at Paris honor?
able mention was made of tjic samples ex?
hibited, though tho samples were not
offered for any premiums, being ruled out
as not being in large enough packages,
j Now we challenge North Carolina, East
! Virginia, aye, the whole world to show
j such a record!
The vision of wealth spoken of in the
beginning of this arricle have not been
altogether unrealized. Many of our plan?
ters who had the pluck and ambition to
persevere, have made a s.iccess of tobacco,
and have achieved independence from its
cultivation. SI any do I know who arc
readv and willing to testify to the bless?
ings it has brought, to them as a money
crop. When the writer first started his
warehouse,he made a drumming expedition
through the tobacco region of S. W. Vir?
ginia, Elast Tennessee, and Western North
tCaroIiikii. What did he see in the knobs
ami hollows of those mountainous regions?
Most generally dilapidated log cabins wit h
ouejroom in which the whole family cooked,
ate and slept, dressed in shabby clothes.
No fence around the yard. No stable for
the horse or ox except a pen of rails cov?
ered with leaves or straw. All the sur?
roundings betokened the utmost discom?
fort and poverty; About five or six years
ago, tlie writer made a tour of this same
region. What did he. see? No old dilapi-.
dafed log house now! but in their.stead
beautiful frame col tape painted white
\\ ith green blinds with a neat pailiiig
fence around it. And how about the fam?
ily? Why, no more blue jeans and tatter?
ed linsey but all neatly dressed in store
clothes. And what beautiful country
houses, and country churches! The
whole country jpis been changed. And
what did it? Tobacco. And what of
their lauds! Why t|icy have gone
up in value from 50 cents per noie
to $10 and $-20! Yes, tobacco has changed
the whole face of the earfcuv?for these peo?
ple and made them happy..and content.
Until the art of making this bright tobac?
co was acquired, all this mountain coun?
try that I have mentioned was in a hope?
less state of poverty. They were living as
their fathers lived before them, in abject
poverty with nb ray of hope to point them
to the dawn af a better day. Geese feath?
ers, dried berries, eggs and chickens,
and a few calves constituted their chief
means of support, while all the enterpris?
ing young men were going west. That is
all stopped now. Don't tell me, that in
the economy of nature, tobacco is not a
great civilizing agent.
Bristol now stands'in Uie center of the
linest undeveloped (except to a Ihmted
extent) '{obHc.co/ regjoh hi lue United
81 at es 'for the production of bright to?
bacco, as well as the finest chewing leal'.
This region includes a boundary extend?
ing 100 miles east, south and west?and
i)0 miles north. In this extended bounda?
ry there are vast tracts of virgin lands
suited to the production of the highest
type of bright and manufacturing tobacco.
1 ii view of the railroads recently built
from Bristol through this line tobacco re?
gion, a new impulse will be given to this
industry. As a market for this bright
tobacco, Bristol stands in the front rank.
Her line cutters and wrappers are eagerly
sought after by the trade, and at very re?
munerative prices. ....
There is a tine opening here for more .
plug factories..
When Maj. A. D. jieynedds opened his
factory |\ere, h,C was laughed at by his to?
bacco hiepds in th,c east, From a very
small beginning, his factory now rankt
among the largest ill the south, doing a
business of over a half million dollars a
year. It is a mammoth establishment
employing SOOhajtds annually. His trade
is very large and grows larger even year.
Owing to its natural sweetness, the tobac?
co put up in Bristol lakes prcedence
wherever it is introduced and becomes
Messrs. Critz and Reynolds are also
running their factory to its utmost capac?
ity. They find a ready sale-for a'.l they
can ma ii tit act ure.
There are two large warehouses, one
conducted by *.{es.svs. Graves and Owen?
and the other by tho writer of this article,
'fliege warehouses present a lively scene
during the hours of sale, being crowded
with buyers and sellers. While this is a
low year in prices, yet the latter are. not
near so low as I hear they are represent?
ed. Fine crops are bringiug 15, 18 and
'20 cents average. We have planters who
never get let less than these price.-., no
matter how low tobacco is. When tobac?
co is low, planters are disposed to fall out
with the market and think they can do
better by shipping to other markets, on
the principle that "distance lends en?
chantment to the view." This is a great
mistake. When it is low iu Bristol, it is
just as low, and oftentimes jowur, in the
distant markets
?i'tiere Is nothing to be made by ship?
ping to markets where the planter can
have no control over his tobacco but is
obliged to taketfnyvpri.ee offered for it. \\\
my lionest [iu/dgment, %$ftftV tk.tf"bekr
market iv>v iubacca" gv-owii in thU'nioun*
(yin, o?uuiry,
J. K. Wixstox, be.
New l/?w Firm.
In this issue of the Post will be seen
the law card of Jackson & Blankersship,
composed of Mr. Goo. W. Blankcnship, of
Jonesville, Va., and Judge T. It. Jackson,
of Gate City. These gentlemen are well
and favorably kuotvu ns live, pushing and
energetic attorneys and the Post bespeaks
fop the new firm a large and lucrative
Come and Improve
Your Property.
Handsome Returiife to All
Who Put Money into
Substantial Im?
I have been wanting to have a talk
with yon people on the outside for some
time and I am glad my enterprising young
friend, Mike Harris, has revived our town
paper and given me an opportunity.
A little over three years ago the won?
derful natural resources of Big Stone Gap
was talked of all over the country, and
some of you became so much interested
in the tc ports that you did not wait for
the completion of railroads, but rode
twenty and thirty miles over a rough road
to place your money. A great many did
not go and examine for themselves the
natural resources surrounding our place,
but took tie first real estate man's word
and bought unimproved property and de
parted, expecting in a short time large
returns for your money. Some few did
get large returns, but the majority of
you are now paying taxes or allowing
your property to be sold for deferred pay
mcnts. You are the people I want to
talk with especially. You all know well
the financial depression which was felt all
over the country handicapped all new
southern towns, and Big Stone Gap was
especially unfortunate in having heavy
litigations covering almost everyjlarge
interest here and stopping developments
of all our timber and coal lands. Very
few of you have any conception of the
struggles of our brave citizens for two
years to keep our town from being dc
sorted and our heads above water. We
were thorougkly acquainted with the
great advantages here, of our magnificent
coal and timber lands and iron properties!
But we could not forsee the litigation
and the slow development of the properties
that was to make us some day a thriving
manufacturing and commercial center.
So that we all bought too much real estate
and as a natural consequence, we have
all been depressed both financially and
ftientally; but, with it all, we have gone
ahead, worked together like brave men,
and during the whole of the two years of
depression we had only one assignment
and only one Jiouse to burn. We have
steadily increased our population and
through t}ie aid of building and loan
associations and other sources have built
new houses, until now we think we can
safely claim a population of 2,000. (I
make this estimate not or, actual count of
heads, but within the limits of Big Stone
Gap we have 400 houses. I estimate five
to the house). Wo have put our electric
plant on a paying basis; our dummy line
is paying and the water company is de?
lighted with the outlook.
Last May, after a hard struggle, our
first furnace was completed. The first of
our large plants to tes.| the character of
our iron ore. When you people, or your
agents, were out here three years ago.
buying town, \ve kflcw comparatively
nothing qf- our iron resources, outrride of
the Cranberry regions, seventy miles
away. We were sure we had iron here,
but as to its character and extent, we
were ignorant, and we depended in a great
measure on our great coal fields and the
Cranberry iron to make us a town; but
since the completion of our furnace the
development of our iron ores commenced
in earnest, and we have found ore enough
in and around Big Stone Gap to run a
dozen furnaces for the next fifty years,
and we are not through finding it yet.
This ore has turned out to be richer and
of a higher quality than, the most sanguine
of us. ever ^reamed. We are now deliver?
ing ibis ore at "the furnace at 85 cents per
ton, and by actual weights we are turning
out a fraction over one ton of pig iron to
two tons of the raw material, and of such
superior quality that it is being placed in
fotrndaries that used exclusively charcoal
iroiicand in every" instance it has given
entire satisfaction. As a consequence,
we are getting from $1.50 to $2.00 per ton
more than Alabama pig is bringing.
Limestone is costing 50 cents per ton,
and coke, which wc are now getting from
Pocahontas, is costing $2.^0. When cuke
plants are completed, I claim that iron
can bo made dheaper and at a greater
profit here than any other point on the
American continent. For example, we
will compare the cost of the raw material
delivered at a furnace here with that de?
livered to a furnace hi the Birmingham
district: The cost of the ore delivered at
a furnace here 85 cents per ton, running
a fraction over 50 per cent; limestone 50
cents; coke, when our ovens are com?
pleted, $2.15, The cost of the ore deliver?
ed at furnace in Birmingham, $1.00, ruu
ninj: from 35 to 42 per cent; limestone, 50
cents; coke, native and Pocahontas com?
bined, $2.40. Now give Big Stone Gap
the advantage of from $1 .(,0 to $2.00 in
price over Birmingham, and of 00 cents
freight rates to the marlcetg autl put the
price Qf laUor ^bc aume at both plaoes and
draw your own conclusions. This plant
is being managed and operated by E. J.
Bird, Sr., nnd E. J. Bird, Jr., who take
great pleasure in showing the plant and
its operation to strangers.
To them is due the credit of completing
and successfully operating the plaut during |
the most depressed iron market this coun
try has ever experienced. It was to their
skill in get-ting the beat.results from our
ore that has started Big Stone Gap ou the
upward grade. This plant now gives em?
ployment to about 300 men and has in?
creased the general business of the town
Mr. Bird expects to complete the other
1 furnace by early spring, and is also figur
ing on an addition of 200 coke ovens.
These additions would increase the labor
from 300 to 800 men.
Our coal fields are low being rappidly
developed. The litigation of the Virginia
Coal and Iron Co., has been settled by
the highest courts, snd they have practi?
cally started to work to establish a large
coking plant. The Big Stone Gap Col?
liery Co., organized and managed by Col.
J. H. Allen, of Louisville, Ky., has com?
menced operations between here and
Norton, and over a hundred men are now
at work on the plant. The Colonel is a
man with a big, brainy head, plenty of
push and energy, and when he takes hold
of a thing he makes it go. Other leases
have been made in this district,and there
is no longer a doubt about the immediate
development of our eoke.
A few words about our timber and I
will tell you how you can help us and
help yourselves out of what you may have
thought, was a bad investment. The Vir?
ginia Coal and Iron Co., own 125,000
acres or the finest timbered land in
Southwest Virginia, and I am informed
that it will be their policy to sell their
timber ouly to parties who will manufac?
ture it here,and that negotiations are now
pending to that result. This being the
case we may expect some large timber
industries here soon. Now, with two fur?
naces and one thousand coke ovens in
operation, with the smaller industries
that will of necessity follow, do you not
think that we can reasonably expect a
large increase in our population during
the coming year; and don't you
think you would be exercising better
judgment in investing your money here
than a year ago? We do not expect a
boom next year, but we do expect a legiti?
mate demand for good property. There
are no vacant houses here,and I find quite
a demand for improved property, and
those who will build will be the first to
sell their lots. We appeal to you to send
some of your cash out and improve your
lots. Lumber and building material aro
cheap, wages are reasonable and houses
in great demand. A house not quite
completed being built on a lot costing
$500. was sold for a profit of $500 a few
days since, and the party building it had
a number of applications to rent it at 15
per cent, on his investment. Taxes are
not. high, water and electric light cheap,
and plans and specifications will bo fur?
nished free to nou-resident.s who have the
grit to invest a little more of their money
here. By building here you will add to
the (\pncarance of Big Stune Gap, bring
in fresh capital and more laborers and
realize handsome returns. Think about
this; come out and investigate for your?
selves, and do not sit back and wait for us
to do everything. We will do our part.
E. 31. Hardly.
This is a I'ocm !
Seldom is it that sudden attacks that
bring about productions like the following
strike the editor of the I'osr, but when
they do they come with tho mighty force
of a Western cyclone and are as irresist
able as a tempting mint julip to, an old
toper. Frames to tit this poem can be ae
cured_ of Tracy Brost the cabinet makers.
(hin l write * poem ?
Well, I iloii't know;
Indeed I've never tried
ily "nuck" in *.l<iii-.<^ .?><>,
But if you really insist
And nothing else will go,
I'll crank you offn strip or two
Oil the awfully '?beautiful snow."
She came a ilitling down
Like leathern through the sky,
And the ljttie brau about the town
In ineny glue did cry,
"Oil, won't we have a jolly time
A bliilin' on the sleds,
A thowiu' of the snow-balls
And a walUiii' on our bead*?"
J. Levitt and I. Morgan ho\\\
Were glad to soo It wane,
They said it would increase thuir trade
On clothing made of gum;
John WilLs sit hit be thought 'twould bring
Some sickness to the town,
And bring about a better trade
On "boxes for the ground."
Charlie Evans said, for him, *
lie did not cure u snap,
Rain or shine, his trade was good,
He sat in fortune's lap,
While Alex Collier and Jessee Wells
Both were in a glee;
They said the boys would all come in
And get on a jamboree.
Dave Shelby, he w as happy,
And wunk a w ink or soj
He warmly welcomed the coming
Of the awfully ^beautiful snow;
He knew his coal would bring the cash,
His "cognac" be did Sip,
Ah lie ncftled in his em-y chair,
With the people on his hip.
Dock Whitehead and Dock Sbeltou
Presented jolly "mugs,"
The coming of the snow
Would cause the .-ale of drugs;
John Goodloe said he didn't euro
A whizzcr, whacker whim,
Whether the snow came'or went,
?Twas all the same to him.
1- .:a
Clack Ivobiuso/i; tH$ ^wek>r- uatd,
".^O.W^nw-'-iiow. jlK* let *er snow,
Anil watch those souvenir spoons of mine
For Christmas presents go;"
While Willie Wekley boldly said
He did not care at all.
While he kept a bundling up the goods
At the "hole within the wall . ",
J^oe .tyiv nvr smiled a jolly smote,
\u\\ could hear it for u mile.
He said the snow reminded him
Of days when' but a child,
He pulled the rabbits from the holes,
He then lived with his "iua,"
He bad no idea at that time
A btudyht' of the law.
Xow, If you want ?otne more of this.
Just order up by 'phone;
I'm here to do my duty
UutU my duty's done.
1 write this just to let yon see,
1 truly am a poet,
And U I didn't ti?H you mo,
I'm 'Ira hi you'd never know it.
A first-class shop man, who understands
cabinet work. Will pay p.^^^^^fBiniififi
In the Big Stone Cteg,
Colliery Co.'stZ
Eight and-a-Half Feet of
the Solid "Black
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Comparatively few people are aware of
the extensive developments that are go?
ing on in the immediate section known as
the Big Stone Gap coal field.
The Big Stone Gap Colliery Co., has
been doing its work so quietly, and in
such an unassuming manner, that even
the citizens of Big Stone Gap fail to realjp
ize the great, benefit this large coal and
coke works will be to this, the metropo?
lis of the surrounding coal field.
This company has a long and favorable
lease on 2,200 acres of the finest coal laud
? * * ' ' it
in the Virginia coal field. It is located
near the junction of the L. & N. and the
N. & W. railroads, and can be easily
reached by both roads. The coal in which
they arc now operating shows a solid vein
of .7)4 to 8V* feet. The analysis shows
the coal for coaking purposes, to be simi?
lar and equal to the celebrated Connells
ville and Pocahontas coal, the coke being
very high in carbon and low iu ash
and sulphur, the ash being entirely free
from phosphorous.
Since commencing operations on the 1st
of last November, the company has driv?
en 1G5 feet of the main entry, 15 feet wide
and the full hcighth of the coal; thirteen
miners' dwellings have been built and the
company now has a large force of men at
work {[carrying stone, to be used in con?
structing coke ovens. Roads have been
built and the ground cleared up to acom
modate the first 250 ovens to be put in.
The company has commenced opening the
same vein .'1.200 feet north of.their pres?
ent opening and will also open up the
same vein on the west side of Powell's
river, which will be driven through the
Hagau Property to Guest's river.^..ma?
chinery has been ordered t(j be used, in
crushing the coal that will go into the
manufacture of coke. "Work on these first
2511 ovens will be pushed forward as fast
as men and money can do it, and it will
not be long till ConnellsviKe and Poca?
hontas coke will have a rival to compete
with that is their only admitted and rec
osnized equal in the United States.
The Company already has a market of?
fered for its eutireoutput of coal and coke.
In conversation with Col. J. H. Alleu, who
is president of the company, he said:,
?'The Big Stone Gap coal field is cer?
tainly a very attractive one to operators,
and iu the good time which all coal men
are now looking forward to, it ought to
become, and I think will, a very promi?
nent factor in supplying the coal and coke
trade of the United States."
The entire operations of the company
will give employment to 400 men. thus
giving Dorcester?the name of the new
mining town?a population of 2.000 to
2,500 people. This increase of popplation
so near to Big Stone Gap, will give to this
place a large and profitable volume' of
Col, Allen said, ''There is no reason
why the same development should not ac?
crue to the Big Stone Gap coal field as did
to the Pocahontas territory, the growth of
which has been truly phenominal."
Col. Allen is a coal and coke operator
of long practical experience, and is highly
elated over the superior coal in this field
as compared with that of the section iu
which he has heretofore operated.
When 250 ovens are completed tho com?
pany will bo able to ship about 1,500 tons
of lump coal per day and will have an out?
put of 250 tons of coke.
Mr. Horace K. Fox is superintendent ot
the company, and has his headquarters at
the mines.
?10,000 for a New Fifty-cent Coin.
Instead of $5,000,000, the amount of
loan asked for by the World's Fair Com?
mission, Congress cut the amount, down
to $2,500,000, and provided that the loan
should be made in silver half dollars, of a
special design, intended to commemorate
the 400th anniversary of the discovery of
America. The obverse has a head of Co?
lumbus; the reverse a World's Fair de?
sign; the lettering states why they were
issued, and they are made a limited legal
tender, the same as the ordiuary half
No aQoaiex was the law passed, than let?
ters began to pour iu upon the World's
jair commission from people anxious to
obtain them. Special bids were made for
the first coin minted of this issue, which
continued until un offer of $10,000 wa?
made for it, and accepted. kargi* offers
were also made for \\k& 400th, 14?2d and
1892d C0i\u8 atruek, which were also sold.
1vhe World's Fair commissioners, seeing
that t'lere would be an enormous demand
for the coins, concluded that they would
sell rhem at a dollar each, and so an?
nounced. Orders at'ouce began to pour
in. Not a coin has yet left the miut
(though they will begin shipment to'Chi
oago In a few days), yet over half the total
issue is already ordered at a dollar each,
and every day a shoal of orders pours in
upon the commissioners.
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Now Try Thi*.
It will cost you nothing and will surely do
you good, if you have a Cough, Cold, or any
trouble with* Throat, Chest or Lungs. Dr.
King's New Discovery for Consumption,
Coughs and Colds is guaranteed to give r^\Uti)
or money will be paid back* ^tv^tem front
La Grippe found it \mt t^ ^w? amjj endes
its vise had a t^edy and perfect, icecnvery
Try a aam?U>. bottje jit our, expanse and learn
for 'y'?"r^f J"8^ iii?^^
The first number of the Big Stone Gap
Post is ou our exchange table, a bright,
newsy and. promising looking sheet. Sire*'
cess to von Brother.?Glade Spring, CM",
? 1.?
1 zen.
,. The Big Stone Gap Post has been rese
rectcd again. C. M.Harris, a newspaper
man of experience, is editor and manager.
The paper looks well, and we hope it ^Hffl
"come to stay."?Lee County Republican^
We nre under obligations to our friend
and patron S. R. Jcssce, Ks((.,of Big Stone -
Gap, for a copy of the Byr Stone Gap Post.
C. M. Harris is editor. It is neatly print?
ed and reflects credit bn the proprietor."
?Lebanon New*. \
We are in receipt of the "BigStWd Ga^>
Post." Probably no. now*i*tio?ri? In* (TO*
State has a more enterprising lot <vf citi*<j
zens, and we arc uot surprise,^to qe,e.?tfirst
class paper come from there.?RicLlaud
We have received and placed on our ex?
change list No. 1 of Volume 1st of {hY'
Big Stone Gap Post. C. M. Earris is
^editor and manager. It is a neatly print?
ed seven column paper, and independent
in politics.?Marion, (Va.) Southwestern
We have received the initial number of
the Big Stone Gap Tost, a bright news?
paper published in the interest of Big
Stone Gap, first, last and all the time.
Mr. C. M. Harris is editor and manager,
and, if the future is to be judged by tho
first edifift'h, his town'\vfll be proud of Iiis
undertaking.?West Point Virginian.
Among our exchanges this week was
the first edition of the Big Stone Gap
Post, which is ouc of the most creditable
Deductions for a new country paper we
have seen for some time. We wish the
Fost and Mr. Harris, its editor and mana?
ger, much success, which it is evident
they both deserve.?The Gordonsville,
(Va.,) Gazette.
Volume 1, No. 1, of the Big Stone Gap
Post, has reached our table, with our odd
friend, Mike Harris, as editor and man?
ager. We congratulate you, Brother
Harris, on the neat, newsy appearance of
your paper, and the pcople.vof ? Big Stone
Gap on securing so able a man and such
a bright paper. Success to you, Mike,
much success. Get on top of vour coke
oven and we'll get on top of our furnace >
and shake hands with you.?(Johnson'''
City,) Tennessee Twinklings.
We have received No. I, Vol. 1, of tlto :?
Big Stone Gap Post, published at Big
Stone Gap, Va., by our townsman Charles
M. Harris. The Post presents a very neat
appearance both in the mechanical and
editorial get up. "Mike" is an old news?
paper man and will make a good paper
whether the people support it or not. But
we do not predict such results ns a failure;. (
he will make a success of the business.
Here's our big /pSF" shake 'im.?Rogcrs
ville, (Tenn.) Review.
We are in receipt of Volume 1, No. 1,of
the Big Stone Gap (Va.) Post which car?
ries at its mast head the name of C. M.
Harris, of this place, as editor and mana?
ger. Mike is a hustler, and a good news?
paper man, and taking the first issue as a
fair sample, the Post, will be one of the
best papers in Southwest, Va. That Big
Stone Gap is not dead is evidenced by tlie
fine display of advertisements found in the
Post, which shows that the town was
rightly named when some oue called it
the "Plucky City of the Mountains," a
town which even the late financial depres?
sion could not retard the progress of.-?
Rogcrsvillc, (Tenn.) Herald.
The Post.
The Review was pleased to fiud a new
exchange among the list of papers it re?
ceived the present week. The new pnper
is the Big Stone Gap Post, published at
Big Stone Gap, Wise county, Virginia,
and bearing the dale of the 8th iust. The
editor and manager of the new paper is
C. M. Harris, a gentleman of previous ex?
perience in the newspaper business; and,
if the first number of his new journal may
be counted as a fair sample of his editorial
skill and abi'ity, the Review has no hesi?
tation in raying that Mr. Mike Harris,
who was formerly a "dealer iit the earth
in broken doses," will "make his mark"
in journalism. The intention of the editor
is to make his paper distinctively a local
journal, devoted to the 1 interests of the
I young town iu which it is located and the
i section of couutry directly tributary to it.
This is in the line of judicious journalism.
Seven thousand copies of the first number
of the paper were printed; so that is ovi~
dent that Mr. Harris means to have a
large circle ot readers. "Politically tho
paper will pursue strictly an independent
ooursc." As the paper contains eleven
columns of advertising matter, mostly of
a local description, all of which is con- '
tructed for by the year, it is evident that
the business men of Big Stone Gap mean
that the paper shall be a success from the
start, if they can aid in making St so.
Buch an example is most worthy of emula?
tion elsewhere, and the Renew commends
the exercise of like enterprise and push to
the merchants of our own city. The Post
gives an interesting account of an enthu?
siastic meeting held at Big Stone Gup on
the 19th ult., under the auspices of the
Ayers Democratic Clul>> with the view to
bring about the nomination of General
Rufus A. Ayers? ex-attorney general of
the state, for governor of Virginia, The
indications are that Big Stone Gap, by
reason of its great natural resources, will
"become a very important Virgiuia city*
and the Review will in eous?*tueuce bue
pleased to see the B,i? Slone Gap Posr
every week,?CllUV* Renew. .
m tVk friends of General- tt. A. &r?fsve?
I l?g Stone Gup, are booming for tie*-?
' ernor w.tth a *etU a^ie^^
i 'calculated, to moke thesus?k^| feU is

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