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BIG STONE GAP, WISE COUNTY, VA? THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 1893. NO. 9.
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"vol. i.
J'rofVsplon*! Card?.
A. L. PRIDEMORE,
attorney-at-law,
Jonesville, Virginia.
ICHOR T. n. JACKSON,
Gute City, Vn.
JoiieavHle, Va.
IACKSON & BLANKENSHIP,
attorneys-at-law,
Jonesville, Virginia.
Prompt uttrtitloti given in business ot nil Hirn??,
rtloii ..f .-Linus in ?..'ith? esi Vir?inln. * specialty.
A, AVERS. - - JOS. L.KELLY.
,AW OFFICES IN AYERS BUILDING,
Big Stone Cap. Va.
j. r. m i.i-iTT. .mi.
ii. C. ?TnoAKI.I., jr.
bullitt & McDowell,
ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW,
{y?r*' Building,
BIG STONE CAP, VA
WILLIAM K. SHELBY,
attorney-at-law,
oft!.-, in (tank ?f Hig St..in- Gap,
Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
H. A. W. SKEEN,
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW,
Office in Sliorit Building,
Bier Stone Gap, Virginia.
R. T. IRVINE,
attorney-at-law.
Ifllcv in SiiiiiiiierfiVId Building, WimmI Avenue,
Big Stone Gap. Virginia.
L. TURNER MAURY,
1attorney-at-law.
gj& Olllce in V.v. rs' Building, Wimm! Avenue,
m Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
WALTER E. ADDISON,
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW.
Oflh v in Nickels Building?,
I Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
pt-'iss. Ij'Iihiiiui, Vn. i:. m. kvi.to.v, Wise C.H. Va.
BURNS & FULTON,
TTORNEYS-AT-LAW,
>i HTs:? Kii -s. II, Wise - im! IIii !.??:!??,.ii Counties, and
??Mlri "f \|i|ii .ils ;it \\'\tlieville, Va.
?IsSSS T- 1n. s. jiatiikws, JOS. C .m \ yn ok,
. jfoJies'. , V.i !'.:;: St.hi.- Cup. Bit: Stone Gup.
-^BlNCAN, MATH EWS & MAYNOR,
^TTORNEYS-AT-LAW,
Olllce in Sickels Building, Wood Avenue,
Hpig Stone Gap, Virginia.
Close \tt> u!i"'i t.. ( ?!!.-, :j,hi- :11i<t Prompt Beniitance
W. J. HORSLEY,
Bvttorney-atlaw,
PBig Stone Gap, Virginia,
Whitesburg, Ky.
ifflj&i'l attention -i.., :, t.. c..lleeti..ns and l-aiidTitles.
^.K.Ai.or. ...v. u r. ii. w.t.MIU.KU,Norton.
ALDERSON & MILLER,
ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW.
PKlWpl att.-l.ti.e, i ? i :,!' |.?.j..?|.l::|..ie,lto ?S. Ad
<>" - ? ii!-' W i-'f. II.. V;,....: Norton, Va.
C. D. KUNKEL,
PHYSICIAN v.m.SURGEON,
Biff Stone Gap, Virginia,
Oftr* I <-.?-?'. s.; ??,:.,,?.,,,, ??.,.of the city
and ^ ii [liltv.
N. H. REEVE, M. D.
E3TS DISEASES OF WOMEN
EXCLUSIVELY.
Office: Main St. Bristol, Tenn.
S. W, THACKER,
CIVIL ENGINEER AND
^ERYEVOR,
?g Stone Gap, Virginia.
it.v ami Land Work a Specialty.
m MALCOLM SMITH,
CIVIL ENGINEER AND
SURVEYOR.
^!i,CC..Next to Post Office.
W "'% WG STOXK GAP, VA.
S. D. HURD,
RCHITECT,
Big Stone Gap, Va.
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PECIFICATIONS
iv n,? AND ESTIMATES
U ^MimtD IN A THOROUGH AND
AUTISTIC AJ ANNKIC.
?HAMILTON.
VA., AND TJBNnT
(Near Depot.,
^"'I-JON & SON, Prop.
?ATO. ?11.00 MCKOA?. I
WASHINGTON LKITKR.
MWt'n Regular Corre*pono>nt.>
Washimtox, Jan. 30,1893.
The funeral of James G. Blainc, which
took place here today, will he remembered
1 as long as any of those who witnessed the
scenes attending it ?hall live. It was in?
tended to be private; that is, so far as
the general public is concerned, invita?
tion* having been extended only to the
President, Cabinet, Senators and Repre?
sentatives, high civil officials, officers of
the Army and Navy, the diplomatic corps
and a few of the closest personal friends
of the Blaiue family, und the scaling ca?
pacity of the Church of the Covenant be?
ing less than 800, it was necessary for
many of those invited to stand during the
short services; but the people were there
all the snme?thousands of them; they
could not get into the church, but they
crowded the streets from the Blainc resi
i
deuce to the church, and followed the
j
procession to Oak Hill cemetery, where
thv remains of the most popular Ameri?
can of his time were buried beside the
grave of two of his children, Walker
Blaine atid Mrs. Coppinger.
At first there was a disposition to
grumble because the funeral was not held
in the Capitol, where a much larger crowd
could have been accommodated. No build?
ing in the world could have held all who
wished to attend, but when it was learned
that the funeral was arranged according
to the wishes of Mr. Blaiue the murmur?
ing ceased. The services were as simple
as they could possibly be made, a prayer
at the house and the reading of the Pres?
byterian burial service and a prayer at
the church. The church was profusely
deeorated with growing palms and ever?
greens, and cut flowers from the goven
ment conservatories, but they were ar?
ranged with such perfect taste (hat there
was withal no appearance of ostentation;
ou the contrary it impressed the beholder
as a picture of rustic simplicity, but it
was the simplicity of educated artistic
taste, and not of nature. I have seen the
funerals of many prominent people, but I
never saw so much feeling disdlayed
among the masses as today on the streets
of Washington.
According to the figuring of a Navy
Department official the cost of the powder
used in the firing of thirteen guns at sun?
rise, forty-four at sunset, and one at half
hour intervals between sunrise and sun?
set, at each military post and flag-ship or
naval station within reach of the War and
Navy Departments, on the day of the
funeral of ex-President Hayes, was greater
than the cost, of all the powder burned at
the great battle of Gettysburg.
The clause in the Legislative and Ex?
ecutive Appropriation bill, reported to the
House last week, requiring the clerks in
Government Departments to work eight
hours a day, instead of seven as at pres?
ent, has raised a hubbub among the clerks,
and "influence" is already at work to de?
feat it. The Revised Statutes of the
United Slates requires that these clerks
shall work eight hours iu winter and ten
hours in summer, but the law has always
been a dead letter. Representative Dock
ery, of Missouri, is the author of the
clause requiring eight hours'work. Among
Representatives who are outspoken iu
favor of it arc Bankhead, of Alabama;
Carruth, of Kentucky; Outhwait, of Ohio;
Chipmau, of Michigan; Simpson, of Kan?
sas, who says: "The farmers work sixteen
hours a day. Surely the well paid clerks
in the Government offices ought to work
at least eight;" O'Bonnel, of Michigan,
who says: "I would be very glad to get a
job where I had only eight hours of work
a day;" 07Ne.il, of Massachusetts; Green
leaf, of New York: Henderson, of North
Carolina, and Enloc, of Tennessee. The
department clerks have, through their
wives and female relatives, a social "pull"
that few people outside of Washington
can appreciate, nnd this "pull" will be
used to kill this eight hour business,
which would interfere with the attend?
ance at more than one ''five o'clock tea,"
if it was enforced.
Time makes more headway breaking up
monopolists than Congress does, although
it does not make near so much fuss about
it. Time will knock out a monopoly that
has squeezed the public for ail that it is
worth for a good many years in a few
weeks, when the patent on the most im?
portant parts of the Bell telephone will
expire.
The House has authorized an investiga?
tion of the whiskey trust, and of the ex?
penditure of money by the Panama Canal
Company in this country, together with
the relations between the Panama Rail?
road Company and the Pacific Mail Steam?
ship Company, the Southern Pacific Rail?
road and other corporations. There have
been many scandalous stories fold and
printed about these corporations and the
hope is general that the investigation
will be thorough enough to either prove
or disprove them.
The application of the Government of
Hawaii for the annexation of that country
to the United States has sprung an inter?
esting and very impportant question upon
Congress nod the administration when
neither of them have the time to consider
it as it should lie considered.
February 9 and 10 have been set apart
for the consideration by the House of the
bill to repeal the Silver law, but it is
doubtful whether a vote will be reached.
8KKGKNT i.KTTElt.
Se&oknt, Letchcr Co., Ky Jan. 27, '92.
Editor Pout.?Perhaps a few items from
this place would find space iu your inter?
esting columns.
John pixon, of Norton, Vs., was here
the past week with friends.
Mr. W. S. Wright, an influential citir.cn
of Craft ville, is very low with fever and
is pas? all hopes of recovery.
lsum Adams, of Carr's Fork, Knott
county, was here yesterday visiting rela
tivag.*
James E. Sarver and family, of Whites
burg, passed through here last week, en
route for Osoc&la, Florida, their future
home. Jim was one of Whitesbur^'s best
citizens, and we regret to loose him; but
we wish for hiui a happy nud prosperous
life down in the "Laud of Flowers/'
i A postal card dated at Maggnrd, this
i county, November 2l7reached this
place a few days ago. It should have
reached bete iu two or three days.
E. A. Holbrook and WbiWj W. Craft
are in Norton, Va., on business.
James J. Wehl?, trite is attending school
at Cumberland Valley Institute, was here
Saturday nnd Sunday, visiting home
folks.
Frank Adams left Wednesday for his
borne at Lick burg, Mngoftin county.
Randall Collins, of Camp Branch, has
sold his farm to Will Lucas and will soon
locate in Misspuri.
John S. Webb went to Lime Fork, Wed?
nesday.
George Frnzicr, representing Trimble
Bros., wnolesale grocers, Alt. Sterling,
Ky., was here la?t week calling on the
merchants.
Arch Webb i*? on the sick list.
F. B. Kiticer returned from Found, Va.,
Wednesday.
W. B. Webb made a flying trip to Man?
drake Sunday.
Married, on the 19th, tilt., Mr. .lames S.
Pcndleton, to MissChrissic Adington.bpth
of Colly. May they find life's pathway
thickly strewn with sweet flowers.
At present it seems as if -'old mother
earth" will seon shed her white color, and
be wrapped in green foliage.
Judge S. E. Baker returned from Nor?
ton, Va., Sunday.
J. Allen Loo will leave in a few day?
for Johnson City. Tcnii.
John S. Franklin is teaching a two
mouths term subscription school at
Colly.
May success attend the Post. W.
Kind Words.
It sometimes tickets the unhappy editor,
as well us any other animal, to have pleas?
ant things said of him ; so, without any
swell-head or bigoted ideas on the part
of your humble servant, Capt. John, with
pleasure space is granted to your reply as
to whether you desired the Post continued
to your address or not. However, stick
to your Bible, and don't allow the Post to
attract you front it.?Mike.
Maness, Scott Co., Va., Jan. 21, '93.
Yes, Mike, I want your paper; can't
well do without it. When I want to heat
all things, see all things and find all
things, I look up the Post, If a few more
of our local papers were to change editors,
as the Post has, and obtain such a change,
what, a magnificent looking lot of locals
we rural reading mountaineers could have.
If the Post continues with Mike at the
mast-head, Big Stone Gap may well be
proud of the late change, the best of
which is the Post favors our cart-driver,
the Hon. R. A. Avers, for governor of
Virginia. None, east, west, north or
south, is more deserving of that high
office than R. A. Avers.
Mike, may success crown till your
efforts. Von may also send me World
Almanac and Farm Journal, club rates.
I am at Jonesville every court; will see
you or your agent and settle bill. Your
friend, J. M. T?te.
Coeburn Letter.
Cqeburx, Va.. Jan. 31, 1893.
Julitor Pout:?Dr. Kornau, of Lebanon,
Va., is in town this week visiting his
brother, "Pat," who has been quite sick
for the last few weeks.
J. S. Green spent. Sunday in Roanoke
and returned Monday.
Miss Bessie Fields, of Russell county,
was in town last week, the guest of Miss
Lelia Dickeiisou.
Charlie Jones, of Abingdon, Vn.,loaded
several cars of lumber on the Tom's creek
branch road last week for the eastern
markets.
John Perry has returned from Tazewell,
where he had- been attending school. He
could not stay away from Coeburn
1. Morgan is up from Corbiu, Ky., look?
ing after bis business here.
C. 0. Lemon has taken Mr. Lawson's
place in the telegraph ollice.
Y.
THE NATION At. TREASURY.
Secretary Foster's Report.
Chairman Springer, of the ways and
means committee, has received from
Secretary Foster of the treasury depart?
ment the statement he has been expect?
ing for some time, showing the condition
of the treasury audits estimated condi?
tion at the end of the present and at the
end of the next fiscal year. The state?
ment shows that during the first six
mouths of the present fiscal year the re?
ceipts from all sources were $234,419,215
and the expenditures ^r2;i(i,r2T 1,0(10, leav?
ing an excess of revenue over 1 he ordina?
ry expenditures of $3,848,209. The cash
in the treasury, including the gold reserve
July, ], 1892, was $132,143,426, and Dec
3J, 1892, $129,092,588. The total estimat?
ed revenues for the fiscal year ending
June 30, 18!K>, are 4GG.G71,:?.">(), and the to?
tal estimated expenditures $4(14,071,350,
leaving an estimated surplus of receipts
over expenditures for the current fiscal
year of exactly $2,000,000. The estimated
cash balance ayailabe June 30, 181)3, is
placed at $120,992,377, which includes
$100,000,000 for the gold reserve fund.
For the next fiscal year, ending June
30, 1894, the secretary estimates that the
revenues from all sources will amount to
$490,121,365 and the estimated expendi?
tures, which, howevcr.do not appear to in?
clude micellaneous and extraordinary ex?
penditures, at $457^261,335-0r an estimat?
ed surplus of $32,000,000. To this the
secretary adds the $20,992,377 cash bal?
ance al'ove the gold reserve estimated to
be available June 30, 1893, making an es?
timated available balance on June 30,
1894, of $53,8.12,407 from which must be
deducted $5,000,000 for redemption of past
due bonds, fractional currency and nation?
al bank notes and $1,000,000 for the prob?
able payment on mail subsidy contracts
leaving the balance $47,852,407. There
are contract liabilities of about the
amount of this balance and it is estimat?
ed that $40,000,000 in contracts will be
payable in 1894, which would bring
the real working balance down to $7,852,
407. The expendiature on account of pen?
sions estimated in this statement for the
uext fiscal year amount to-$l0(i,S31,350,or
an increase over the amount which it is
estimated will be spent for pensions this
fiscal year of only $3,490,350.
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trouble with* Throat, Chest or Lungs. Dr.
King's New Discovery for Consumption,
Coughs aud Colds is guaranteed tojtfve relief,
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La Grippe found it just the thing and uuder
its use had a speedy and perfect recovery.
Try a sample bottle at our expense aud learn
for vouraelf jusi how good u thing it is. Trial
bottles free at Si U Whitehesd k Co.'s drug
?tore. - Large size 50c and $1.00.
Mr. Ayers on governorship
and Southwest.
A Section That Is Emerging
From an Era of Specula?
tion?Mineral Pro?
ducts, Etc.
[Dichmoml Dhxpatcb, Jin, 29.)
Ex?Attorney-Generat Rufug A."Avers,
of Big Stone Gap, is a gnest at the Ex?
change Hotel. He was approached by a
Dispatch reporter last night in reference
to politics hud other matters of interest
to Virginians just now. The conversa?
tion very naturally turned to the ap?
proaching gubernatorial contest, and Mr.
Avers, whose name has been frequently
mentioned in connection'with the Demo?
cratic nomination, being asked if he would
be a candidate, replied:
"Some of my enthusiastic friends in
the Southwest taking advantage of my
absence in New York and refusing to
take ;no* for an answer have placed my
name before the people of Virginia as a
candidate for Governor, and I am sup?
posed to have acquiesced in their action.
"I personally have no desire to enter
into a contest for the nomination, as I
know there are a great many true and
tried Democrats in the State who have
rendered invaluable party scrvico and,who
are equally as deserving as I am, any of
whom would be an honor to the State were
they nominated.
NOT AN EAST ROAU.
"My experience in office," the speaker
went on to say, "has bccn;that there is no
easy road for a conscientious and faithful
servant of the people to tread. I regard
public office as a public trust in the
strictest sense, and know that the man
who attempts to correct the many evils
which have crept into the enactment and
administration of our laws will have un?
dertaken a task bristling with difficulties
which can only be overcome by the united
support of the people and their repre?
sentative.
"1 have been for years aiding in the de?
velopment of Southwest Virginia, and
now that we believe, the fruition of all
our hopes and expectations is near at
hand I would fain remain a private citizen,
the most independent and tranquil con?
dition of any man. I am, however, fully
sensible of the honor my friends confer
by even mentioning my name in connec?
tion with the nomination for the exalted
and dignified office of Governor, and I am
deeply grateful for the words of encour
agemeut I have voluntarily received from
them throughout the State.
WILL NOT DECLINE.
"1 have not sought the nomination,"
Mr. Ayers assured the scribe, "and do not
propose to enter into any contest for it,
hut should the people decide to confer it
upon me I will accept it and endeavor to
win success for the party in the interest
of the true and lasting reforms which the
people have so vainly sought in the past
and which is to be hoped they will pro?
vide for in the coming contest by the in?
telligent exercise of their rights at the
ballot-box."
AFKAIUS IN THE SOUTHWEST.
Mr. Avers, speaking of the condition of
affairs in Southwest Virginia, said that it
was slowly but surely recovering from ill
effects of the era of speculation which
swept over that section three years ago,
and is laying firm foundations for future
growth.
"A great many towns," continued the
speaker, "which were established without
reference to conditions conductive to
growth and prosperity are practically
dead, but those contiguous to the great
coal and iron "deposits are growing and
prospering. Radford, Bristol, Graham,
Pocahontas, Bluefieid, and Big Stone Gap
have been steadily growing in wealth and
population.
"Southwest Virginia is destined within
the near future to be the greatest pro?
ducer of iron and coke in the United
States.
DEVELOPMENT IN IRON.
"I note with pleasure and approval,"
remarked Mr. Ayers, enthusiastically,
"the figures published by the Dispatch this
morning showing Virginia to be next to
Alabama in her iro'n product, but the next
decade will place Virginia far ahead of
any other southern State. Whilst the
development has been great it is yet in its
infancy. For instance, take the two fur?
naces at Big Stone Gap, one of which is
in.blast. The ore is mined within two
miles and the coal for coke is mined four
miles away. The product, which is who?
ly from fossil hematite ore, is sought all
over the West and Northwest, having
largely taken the place of charcoal iron
in thte manufacture of a great many arti?
cles.
WHEItK IKON IS SHIPPED.
"Large quantities of this iron," Mr.
Ayers asserted, "go to Detroit, and a
shipment has been made to Canada. So
far as I know there never has been any
iron made in the South wholly-from the
red fossil ores without mixture, yet this
remarkbale iron is made from; this ore
alone, and the daily reportflVfo?r three
months ending December 31st, showed
the ore to have averaged 50 per cent, in
the furnace during fJctober, November,
December. These ores exist in inexhaus-.
tible quantities, parallel with the coal for
seventv-five miles, and will enevitable re
suit in the location of immense plants to
work them under conditions so favorable!
"Mark my prediction," concluded Mr.
Ayers, "the next census will record Vir?
ginia far in advance of any other south?
ern State in the production of iron, coal,
and coke,"
-? -a>- .
Se.no for a copy of the Post's illustrated
catalogue nud premium Hat Inclose tiro
2-ceiit stamps.
Trade 2*ro*p*ct? vi? Nicaragua.
j The Agpof St?I.J
The importance of the proponed Nica?
ragua Canal, both in a political and com?
mercial sense, is making its imprecision
on public opinion aud interest. It is,
perhaps, impossible to definitely outline
its potential influence, or to form more
than an approximate estimate of its effect
on the foreign trade and prestige of the
United States. The situation, however,
is self-assertive and furnishes its own
prophecies. In ibis sense it needs but
the engineer to complete the design of
nature and link geography with com?
mercial destiny. The Road Muster of the
planet has driven his stakes, and it is left
for man to utilize the highway. In the
shortening distance between the hives of
industry and the marts of trade, the great
and vital factor of rapid transportation is
increasingly essential, not only to the
prosperity of one nation, but the progress
of others.
The economics in distance are thus
figured. The routes from Now York to
San Francisco, via Cape Horn, is 15,660
miles; via Nicaragua, 4,907 miles, the
distance saved being 10,753 miles. New
York to Pugct Sound, via Magellan, 13,935
miles; via Nicaragua, 5,605 miles; distance
saved 8,270 miles. New York to Hong
Kong, via Cape Good Hope, 13,750 miles;
via Nicaragua, 10,095 miles, distance
saved, 3,055 miles. New Orleans to Sau
Francisco, via Cape Horn, 16,000 miles;
via Nicaragua, 4,147 miles, a saving of
11,853 miles.
Southern sea ports will make a gain of
about 12,000 miles in trade with the
Pacific coast, being about 3,500 miles
nearer than competing ports of Great
Britain. The distance from Liverpool to
San Francisco, via Cape Horn, is 15,620
miles, being forty miles less than the
present distance of New York to San J
Francisco, the Nicaragua waterway re?
versing the difference by bringing New
York nearly 3,000 miles nearer to the
Pacific coast than the chief seaport of
Great Britain. This advantage in a com?
petitive sense, needs no comment. As a
stimulus to commerce, an all water route
between the Atlantic and Paeific cannot
fail to be an impulse that will radiate
directly and indirectly on all States tribu?
tary to its fluvial feeders or connections,!
not only embracing the Mississippi Val?
ley, but every Southern State in easy
access of navigable rivers'and opeu'sea
lines. This deployment will be in simple
response to the economic opportunities of
the situation. In the interchange of com- j
modifies, the law of supply and demand
will, as usual, be sovereign and at the
points where the two conditions are in j
vital relationship, the commercial impress
will be the niQst distinctly legible. In |
this distinction the South must neces?
sarily largely share. Its coal andiron!
industries, that as yet are but in a forma- J
five or embryonic condition, will find
permanent markets on the Pacific const,
where from Pugct Sound to Callao, iron
and coal are so far missing in the economy J
of natural resources. England at present J
has the monopoly of this trade, but with I
the Southern sea ports 3,500 miles nearer
than England, the advantage in compe?
tition is conclusive as to the future com-j
maud of the Pacific markets. The samel
may be said of the cotton product. The
South has suffered from a surplus or glut- I
ted market reducing prices below those of I
cost values. In this, the Nicaragua Canal, j
will place China, Japan and other coun?
tries in the lower latitudes in easy access.
As it is, the importance of American cot- J
ton in this direction is doing missionary
work for the future. In Japan, for in?
stance, the slate shows that its imports of
cotton from 1888 to 1891 have grown from
84,257 pounds to a total in the latter year J
of 7,072,502 pounds. The route of trans?
portation at present is mostly from New}
Orleans to New York, then by rail to the
Pacific coast, the closing chapter of tran?
sit being by steamer. With New Orleans
12,000 miles nearer the Orient, via the
Inter-oceanic Canal, the facilities of sup?
ply will not fail to induce a response in
demand and reinstate King Cotton once
again on his vacated throne. It is almost
needless to add that among the indus?
tries receiving a stimulus from this de?
velopment, that ship building and its!
cognate trades will have a prominent
place, while the unification of natural in?
terests by the closer relationship of its
commercial points will be a necessary re?
sult. With all reasonably margin allowed
for delays, complications and the inter?
vention of obstructions not previously in
sight, there can be no question as to the I
logical outcome of a completed inter- j
oceanic waterway.
Our Exports for 101 Years.
The total value of our exports from 1881 j
to 1891 was $,501,463,102; during the de?
cade from 1871 to 1880, $5,748,885,881;
from 1861 to 1870, $2,389,469,808; from
1851 to 1860, $2,322,830,181; from 1841 to
1850,$1,131,132,001 ,f rom 1831 to 1840 $892,
889,909; from 1821, to 1830, $536,104,918;
from 1811 to 1820, $462,801,289; from 1801
to 1810, $381,779,647; from 1790 to 1800,
$325,483,701; a grand total for 101 years
of $21,692,739,844.
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Wealth of Nations.
The wealthiest nation on the globe is
the United States, which has au assessed
i value of $47,475,000,000,;:cx t coming Great
Britain with $43,3oo,coo,oo. France
ranks third with $4o,3oo,ooo,000; then
Germany with $31,600,000,000. Russia
comes next with $21,715,000,000; Austria
follows $18,o65,ooo,o9o, and Italy succeeds
with $11,755,000,000. Spain is worth $7,~
965 000,000; the Netherlands, $4,935,00,*
000; Belgium, $4,o3o,ooo,ooo. The assess?
ed valuation of Sweden is $3,465,ooo,ooo,
of Canada, $3,250,000; of Mexico, $3,15o,
000,000; of Australia, $2,95o,ooo,ooo; of
Portugal, $l,855,ooo,ooo; of Denmark, $1?
83o,ooo,ooo; of the Argentine Con fedora -
tion, $1,660,000,000; of Switserland, $lr
62o,ooo,ooo; of Norway, $1,410,000,000, of
Greece, $1 ,o55,ooo,ooo.
$30,00 6?ITAR FOR TB
In the Counties of Lee, Scott
and Wise, ?a., and
Eetclwr, Ky,
EITHER HARRIED OR 81N6LE.
Appreciation of j
by YotiDg for
Often.
Yoang Ian, Sitow
Yon? Sweetheart
Husband, Show Your Wife Tnat She is Still
Yoor Sweetheart; aird Wat Yog Think
None the Less of Her Becaase
She Was Induced to
Marry Yon
Vote for Her ami See That She Gets This
Fine Instrument.
On exhibition, in the show-window of j
S. L. Whiteboad k Go's diug store, can
be seen the handsome $3(MM) Guitar that
is now offered, and will be given to the
most popular lady in Lee, Seott, Wise or
Lctcher county, Ky.t by the Bio Stone
Gav Post.
The plan is this: In this (No. 11) nnd
the eleven successive issues of the Post
will appoar a ticket in the followiug form:
BALLOT.
As the Most Popular Lady
in the Counties of Lee,
Scott and Wiser Va., and
Letcher, Kentucky.
Name
P. 0.
Cut this ticket out, fill in with the name
of the lady you wish to vote for, sign your
name and send it to the Bio Stonk Gap
PoiiT. These tickets will be filed away,
and preserved till Tuesday.,.. April .23th,
1893j when they will be carefully counted
by the following committee: II. H. Bul<
lift, Cashier Bauk of Big Stone Gap; W.
A. McDowell, President Appalachian
Bank; J. K. Taggart, Gen'l Sup't Virginia
Coal & Iron Co.; who will, oh that
date award the instrument to the lady re?
ceiving the largest number of votes. A
list will be published each week, giving a
correct showing of the vote as it stands.
Copies of the Tost containing these
tickets will be sold at five cents per copy.
Parties wishing to buy tickets in quantity
can secure them of the Post at the follow
rate:
at
4 < each.
3 " "
ot ;*! **?
In lots of 25
m ?? 50
H U M {(HI
? ? 350
In purchasing tickets in lots of 25 or
more it will only be necessary to fill out
one of them, paste it on an envelope, en?
close the balance in the envelope, seal
and send to the Post.
??What I know of Farming;."
From the Green mountains of Vermont,
to the magnolia of Louisiana, no such di?
versity of land, scenery or climate, is met
with as is to be found in and near Big
Stone Gap, Va. Crystal water, as cold as
the coral floors of the ocean, escapes from
the bowels of lofty mountains which rear
their suow capped peaks high in the air
and quietly glide away in silvery, serpen?
tine rivers through fertile valleys.
"Where the mistle and the Ivy are in
bloom" with forests festooned with wild
grape-vines we are assured that the soil
and exposure is eminently adapted to the
Dcleware, Concord, Iowa, Hartford's Pro?
lific, JoTerson, and sveral other varieties
of wine aud table grapes. I have not re?
ferred to the natural drainage peculiar to
those exposures, which insures certain
crops, and quality vintage. All fruits pe?
culiar to a genial climate succeed well in
this section without care or ciltivation,
aud if cultivated would prove nuperior to
all others, and I agree to eat mountain
trout aud maple syrup if I'll take.it back
?unless I am made to do it.
Strawberry cultivation would prove
profitable on ant of our stiff clay subsoil
limestone lands. They are of easy culti?
vation, wonderfully productive, and. im?
part a pleasant frnity flavor to cream and
sugar when combined in a large porcelain
bowl, into which a liberal, well plated
spoon has been previously introduced.
Of all the varieties I am partial to the
"Wilson Albany" which combines all the
virtues in one, and is the great market
berry, whieh does well every where: "Goose?
berries are more prolific here t han in any
section of country, and when shipped in
sacks bring large returns. Note?Avoid
gooseberry tarts in the presence of your
lover.]'
GISflEXO. fj{ i
This plant, known to botanists as pttrutx \
quinqut'foliurn, is found in .America and
E in the north of Asia, and is highly valued
j in China as a panacea, to which country
it is now imported in large quantities
from the United States. %
There exists several varieties, such as
blue, yellow, horso, white, etc., but the
variety, known as panax quingue?lium is
j alone indigenous to this central mountain
belt of the United States; whilst the
exotics, if once introduced, might succeed
equally as well?perhaps better. The
successful culture of ginseng is no longer
a doubtful experiment, and is attracting
intelligent attention in this mountain
section, with every prospect of its ultimate
triumph over ail cultivated vegetation,
yielding an enormous remuneration to
agricultural industry never before dream*
ed of by the "sons of toil.'.' Note?I do
not advise boiling this vegetable with
bacon, or bringing it to market with rusty
nails introduced into each root to increase
its specific gravity.
I intended white speaking of fruits to
reter to apples aud peaches, but have not
space. If, however, our farmers would
anchor their peach orchards on the sur?
rounding mountain tops instead of the
low lands, they would not only "hit" every
year, but would be,large, firm, juicy and
of superior flavor. They require intelli?
gent cultivation to make them a success;
the best fertilizer to be employed is brains.
Transplant them in the same position
they occupied in the nursery; always place
a small bit of cast iro.n beneath the tap
root to each tree to impart vitality to the
tree, and color to the fruit. Mulch with
half rotten straw or litter, remove the
earth an inch below surface; place a postal
card or iron card board around the ankle
of the scion, to protect it from borers,
prune back all vigorous side limbs calcu?
lated to over balance aud ultimately warp
mid disfigure the tree. Establish a good
fence around your orchard and keep all
stock strictlv on the outside.
Induce the birds to visit your orchards;
you may have to divide cherries with
them, but you would have no cherries were
it not for their "free labor," and vote for
do man for your state legislature who will
not assist in moulding efficiant laws for
the protection of the lives, liberty and
property of feathered songsters. I do not
deny that there is a bird in the country
deserving shot-gun practice; but if a
hawk who preys on another feathered
fowl of inferior physical ability, we natur?
ally feel like it is proper aud right to fire
him. It is the helpless and deserving
which commands aud is entitled to the
respect of men aud law. Hawks, vampire
bats, hoot owls and blue bottle flics,
affords an ample varitcy of game for
sportsmen who own shot-guns and bird
dogs. A stock farm is needed here. Pure
thoroughbred stock cat no more than
scrubs, and. in the selection I would ad?
vise the purchase of Merino, Southdown
aud Cotswoid sheep. The Highlands of
Italy were never better adapted to sheep
raising than the mountains of southwest
Virginia, provided we can first secure a
tax on worthless curs, sutlioieijt Jto liqui?
date th"e~puT?Ttc debt. Sheep-raising is
about all profit and brings money into the
country from abroad.
An apiary would do well here; we have
plenty of bee pasturage, aud the moun?
tains abound with poplar, linn, etc. An
exchange of agricultural experience, print?
ed before spring opens, would help. Who
will rejpond through the Big Stone Gap
Post first? All invited.
Fuaxk LlXDSKV.
The Coke Situation.
The coke trade, which started in the
New Year with gratifying activity that
promised rich returns to the region, has
like the average young man who makes
good resolutions, already come to grief,
says the Connellsvillc Courier in its week?
ly trade review. The in ten I ions of the
coke trade were good, and still are good.
Like everything else, they are only frozen
up by the cold suap. When Jack Frost
loosens his grasp upon the country
the region will, the railroads will?
ing, make up for lost time. There is a
great demand for Connellsvillc coke, and .
nothing but the inadequate transporta?
tion facilities prevent the shipments from
piling up to to the prosperous figures of a
year ago.
The record of lust week shows the pro?
duction kept-up to the normal standard,
but shipments fell off over 1,100 cars,
principally to eastern points. The cold
suap was responsible for this. It came
on so suddenly that the movement during
the last two days of the week was litierally
frozen up. Two locomotives were requir?
ed to handle a train where one sufficed be?
fore. Many of these engines were disa?
bled. The tracks became blockaded with
loaded cars, and a congested condition
ensued that for a time defied the most
energetic railroad management. The main
line of the Pennsylvania railroad was
snowbound for a time aud all eastern ship?
ments stopped. Hence the great falling,
off in eastern shipments. Conditions are
righting themselves this week, aud none
too soon. Many of the furnaces are com?
plaining loudly of an alarming scarcity of
coke.
A detailed report of the operation and
output of the region for the weekending
Saturday, shows 12,993 ovens in blast and
4,264 idle, with a totoal estimated produc?
tion of 123,610 tons. Compared with the
production of the previous week this was
an-increase of 2,269 tons. No changes
worthy of mention were made in the ac?
tive or idle lists of ovens.
Furnace coke is still quoted at $1.90
; per ton, but there is very little being sold
at that figure any longer. It is Freely
offered at 1.75, though the operators ar?
shy about making long contracts ahead
at that figure. Foundry and crushed coke
continues to sell np to quotations. Wages
continue to be paid on the basis of $1.90
coke.
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Specimen Cases.
S. H. Clifford,' New Cassel, Wie., was trem?
bled with Neuralgia and Rheumatism, hit
Stomach waa disordered, his Liver was affect?
ed to an alarming degree, appetite fell away/,
and he was terribly reduced in flesh ana
strength. Three bottles of electric bitters
cured him.
Edward Shepherd, Harrisburg, 111., b*d a
running sore on his leg of eight yearn* stand?
ing. Used three bottles of Electric Bitters
and seven boxe? of Bucklen's Arnica Salve,
and his leg ia sound and well. John Sneaker,
Catawba, 0.,had five large Fever aoreft on
bis lefr doctors *aid he wag incurable. One
bottle Electric Bitters and one bos Bueklen'a
Arnica Halve cured him entirely . Sold by S,
L. Whitefaead 4 Co., drug store.

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