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i. M. Harris. Editor and Manager. THURSDAY. MARCH 16,1S92. Tkrms or St-r*r?ttmox: tatYenr, .... |1<ft0 tlx Months. ... 60 Pnvmont NtrfctlV hi a.K Ht,r?>. WHAT ARE THE PROSPECTS? In reply to the above qucrry the Post takes pleasure in saying they arc good, .hist at this time every class <jrf business is extremely dull, and those who are not in easy finan? cial circumstances are naturally feel? ing a little "blue," but, according to the opinions of the better posted men and those closely connected in a business way with the ?rreat com panies interested at Big Stone Cap, the present condition of afl'airs will not last long. As evidence of tlie genuineness of the opinions expressed by these gentlemen, in the first place they are men who under no circum? stances would try to create a wrong impression, and in the second place they arc men who could not afford to, and would not, lose their valuable time by remaining here did they not fully believe that work will be com? menced at an early day. To those who have allowed them? selves to become somewhat disheart? ened, the Post would remind them of the advantages possessed by Big Stone Gap in the way of natural re? sources and conveniences in the manufacture of iron and coke over Birmingham, Alabama. Here we produce a better grade* of iron than can be made at Birmingham, and at a cost of at least #1.00 less on the ton; the coke produced from the coal of this field is far superior to that of the Birmingham field; in fact, it is only equaled by the cele? brated Gonnellaville coke. Compare our situation of to-day with that of Birmingham only a few years ago. At that time Birmingham had just past through one of the wildest "booms" ever witnessed in the south. Poor men had become rich, men of wealth had become paupers ; on an? ticipation the price of real estate had by far outstripped the progress and advancement of the town and its in? dustries. Men who had formerly commanded thousands awoke to the fact that they were penilcss and hopelessly in debt ; the result of it was a general stampede,everybody left that, could get away, and the future of the place looked anything else but hopeful*. The stock of the town company dropped to almost nothing, and the town and the people who in? vested there were ridiculed on all sides. But nature never intended that such vast stores of wealth as sur? round Birmingham and Big Stone Gap should forever lie undeveloped. Look at the magnificent manufactur? ing city of the Birmingham of to? day and compare it with the Birm? ingham of only a few years ago. The same stock that at one time could be bought at ten cents on the dollar a short time ago brought to its fortunate holders a return of forty-four hundred dollars on every single dollar of its face value. Big Stone Gap is but repeating the history of Birmingham, and other similar manufacturing cities that have been almost forced iuto existence by reason of their superior natural advantages. It has always been the case that when speculators see men of capital investing hundreds of thousands of dollars at a place with the view of putting in large industries they flock in, like a swarm of flies around a mo? lasses barrel in duly, and in the great gambling movement that is then carried on, in its mad rush, the price of real estate is carried far beyond the point justified by the advance? ment of the town, and the usual re Hult is, vvhen the ravenous speculator takes time to draw a fresh breath, and look around him, like the poor hungry fly, after trying to crowd out all of his neighbors in his greed to eat all the molasses himself, finds he is firmly stuck to the barrel, while his companions, who did not get so much molasses, serenely and smiling? ly buzz 'round him ami at length j sail away, leaving their unfortunate companion to do his little kicking all alone. It has always beeu tue misfortune every new town that possessed the "necessary advantages to make a great city to suffer from the effects of in? flated real estate prices, brought afrout by this class of speculators, who do not come to help build the town, but merely to make all the | money they can while excitement is high, with the hope1 of skipping out before the inevitable collapse comes. Again we say, only wait a while, and you will see Birmingham's his-j tory fully repeated at Big Stone ?apj THE APPALACHIAN FURNACE. Among all the different enterprises talked of and put into operation at l>ig Stone Gap, the Appalachian furnace stands head of the list. Al? though the gentlemen who arc at the head of this great enterprise have met with impediments and disheart? ening obstacles, still, they are men of unquestionable ability and have so far managed to overcome and sur? mount all the difficulties with which they have had to contend. Few men would have had the nerve to have taken hold of and pushed the work on to completion during the general depression of the past three years as have Messrs. E. J. Bird, sr., and E. J. Bird, jr These gentlemen came here with encouraging prospects hold out to them. They were led to be? lieve that by the time their furnace was ready to go into blast they could get their coke laid down at their fur? nace at a cost of $2 per ton. Instead i of this, their coke has been costing them over $3, and to-day, apparently, they are no nearer the $2 coke than they were the day they kindle: their first fire. The furnace is truly the only great industry or enterprise of the town that has absolutely gone on and done everything that, was expected of it by the public. It has been the means of patting thousands of dollars into circulation in and around the town. Its managers certainly deserve great credit, for the hard fight they have made in placing their furnace in successful operation, and President Bird speaks encouragingly of the prospects of the future. On his return from Cincinnati last week he said, while away he had found that some ignoramus had placed in circulation a rumor that was calculated to injure the Big Stone Gap coal district for a time unless corrected. He said the statement had been made by some one too igno? rant to be classed as anything else than a long-eared ass, that a serious break or fault extended through the Big Stone Gap coal field, and that this fault or break ran right through tho town of Big Stone Gap. Such smart Alex as these only unwittingly display their gross igno? rance in regard to the true facts, but in doing this they also temporarily injure this district in circulating such reports among people who have never been here and know nothing person? ally in regard to the facts in the case. The "greeny" who originated such a statement has not sense enough to know that the town proper of Big Stone Gap has never claimed any coal in its limits, or even within a distance of three miles of the place. But at that distance from the town, and at many other points on the dif? ferent branches of Powell's river the great "Imboden" scam, running in thickness from six to seven feet, and several other veins, of equal thick? ness, have been opened up and driven in for hundreds of feet, showing regu? lar and persistent veins. Of coke made in oven test, at Big Stone Gap, Ya., from a sample of coal from the "Imboden" seam, Air. Andrew S. MeCreath, of Pennsylva? nia, furnishes the following analysis: Moisture.OOS Volatile Matter.5G4 Fixed Carbon.9-1.0-10 Sulphur.5S8 Ash. 4.740 In a certain sense the statement of this ''wise geologist," in attempting to air his knowledge, is correct, in so far that the town of Big Stone Gap has no coal, but in putting the report into circulation he has attempted to create the impression that the coal field tributary to the place is affected by a serious fault. This district and its great natural resources have long enough been slandered by those who would gladly give it a black eye, were it in their power, and the people who live here and have come hero to make this their future home, are more than anxious to see the wealthy companies who own the bulk of the valuable j mineral and timber property in this immediate portion of the district, go to work and show to the world, be? yond a question of doubt, that the richness of this field is hardly equaled in the bounds of the United States. So far as such reports are concern? ed, they amount to comparatively nothing, as to the matter of affecting the mineral and timber lands of this section but it does have a bad effect on those who would likely come here and locate factories and industries of different kinds. Here at Big Stone Gap is certainly a great opening for factories of almost any and all kiuds. Among them the Post has heretofore mentioned such industries as plow and wagon facto? ries, steam tanueries, boundaries, spoke and hub factorios, and num? bers of other industries. But can we hope to secure thoso tilings till the large and wealthy companies like the Virginia Coal ami Iron Co,, the Virginia, Tennessee and Carolina Steel and Iron Co., and others quit their squabbling among themselves and go to work and fully demonstrate to the world that uv actually have ail the advantages avc have ever claimed. At present it is merely a mstter.of conjeetur as to when this period will be readied. Two months ago every? body felt greatly eric< uraged in tlie belief that immediately after the an? nual meeting of the Virginia Coal and Iron .Co.", and the Powell's River Coal and Iron Co., in Philadelphia, last month, thai developments would be commenced on their property, but up to the present time nothing has been done in this direction. Jt is understood that the com? mencement of work by this company only awaits the satisfactory adjust? ment of a slight difference that exists between it and the Virginia,Tennes? see and Carolina Steel and Iron Co., The South Atlantic and Ohio rail aoadCo., and the Virginia, Tennes? see and Carolina Steal and Iron Co., arc practically one and the same, and it is understood that up to this time they have refused to build a branch from their main line to the mouth of Calahan creek, ai which i <? i111 they would l?e met by the branch road of the Virginia Coal anil Iron Co. While these two companies, no doubt, know just In * they wish to conduct their operations, and are pretty sure to net exactly as they please, still, it docs seem that the interest on the large amount money they have invested would, of itself, more than bridge over the diflicnltv involved and would place In th corpo? rations in a ]x-siiii)ii ti, realize nice dividends from their investments il the work of development on their im? mense holdings vva only pushed forward. The GnHuv Contest As will lie seen below, ilie contest foi the elegant $30.00 guitar, offered l?y tin Post to the most popular lady, eithei married or single, in the countics of Wise Lee and Scott, Va., and Lctchcr. Ivy., has opened up. Someone will gel this tint instrument, and now is Ihe lime to show your lady friends whether you appreciate their friendship or not. See first p.igi for full cxplanal ion. The following votes have heun sent in up to date of I his is *ne : Miss LilUe 1!. Goodloe, Hi.: Stono Gap. 53. Miss Clarn Spaultling. " '* " 50. Mrs. J. L. Jennings, *? " " 2>>. ionrin::::i!aiL:iair'ai;:;.r,, .1: : JAN IDEAL FAMILY MEDICINE! jJFor Indigestion. 2iilloii#nc?<!L, = Headache, Constipation, Had I Complexion, Oift-n ? !% *? IJroaMi, I and all disorders of tlio Btonjoch, 1 Liver and Dowels, I RIPANS T A BOLES. 1 5 act gently yet promptly. Fcrf'."-t I i digestion foUows their use. Su:d 1 ? by druggists or writ by mail. Box jj (6 vials), 75c. Package 11 buses), $2. ! a For free Hampiee address 3 I KIPAMS CHEMICAL CO., >7ew York. | &aiiniBBii:::ca.i-be Ii'a ? xa* i& L? u_ EaiiUimilliaBlltllM WOT RIP. Bast Calf Shoo la the world for the price. W? L. Douglas shoes are sold everywhere, Everybody should wear them. It Is a duty you owe yourself to get the best value foi ypur money. Economize In your footwear by purohaeing; W. L. Douglas Sh?es,whici represent the best value at the prices ad? vertised above, as thousands can testify. ?5? Take No Substitute J*& Beware of fraud. None genuine without W. L. Douglas namo and price stamped oa bottom. Look Cor It when you buy. > W. L. Douglas, Brockton, Maes. Sold by For Sale by JOHN 31. WILLIS & CO., Dif; Stono Gap, Va., ami 12. Ii. OULDS, Norton, A'a. R1PANS TABULES, Ripans Tabules ore com? pounded from a prescription used for years by well-known physicians and endorsed by leading medical authorities everywhere. In the Tabules the standard ingredients are presented in a form that is becoming the fashion with modern physicians and modern patients everywhere. Ripans Tabules act gently but promptly upon the liver, stomach and intestines; cure habitual constipation, dispel colds, headaches and fevers! One Tabule taken at the first symp? toms of a return of indigestion, or depression of spirits, will remove the whole difficulty within an hour. Persons in need of the Ripans Tab 'ules will find the gross package most economical tor buy. It is also ia convenient form to divide up among friends. The above picture represents a quarter gross box, sold for 75 cents. A single bottle can be had for 15 cents. RIPANS CHEMICAL CO., JO SPRUCE ST., NEW YORK. THE GREAT SLAUGHTER S .?IS ISrOW GOIXG OIV AT THE IpYTYlTf ? ^T?\ ft YTT ALE $15,000 WORTH OF GOODS TO BE SOLD AT AND BELOW COST! DON'T MISS THE OPPORTUNITY I_A CHANCE OF A LIFETIME! BUYERS WAKE XJJ? I This Slaughter Sale Shall Be Remembered and Talked Of for Years to Come as Being a Great Revolution in Prices on cu, GOODS! We are Going to Do Business with You. Because We Have Exactly What You Want, and Our PrfrVj ,L are From 25 to 50 Per Cent. Less than You Have Ever Heard of Before! our fall and winter attractions will C??SeTgreat turnout! Such quantities of New Styles as we show in all departments leaves nothing to be asked for in Quality and Variety. Our Fresh, New Line ,\ Si First Class in every detail. We have the disposition, the ability and the Elegant Goods to please every buyer seekin? bargains in the Iii MEN'S, YOUTHS'/?OYS' and CHILDREN'S CLOTHING, BOOTS, SHOES, LADIES and GENT'S FURNISHINP rnr.no HATS, CAPS, TRUNKS, VALISES, DRY GOODS, NOTIONS, MILLINERY, WATCHES and JEWELRY ???DS, Our complete assortment insures perfect satisfaction in the selection of goods to plca.se individual tastes. You will find our lar^e stocfc <l entirely of New Goods, that are trustworthy, serviceable and the best of their class. EVERYTHING GOBS AJT AND BELOW COST! Come in and see how fair we will treat you, how well we wijl please you and how much wo will save von. Our goods and prices arc now w your inspection and will prove this. The early bird secures Ihe worm, (ho bnyer who is cute, The man who buys of us will find he's tloublv blessed Will be the man who gets in first and picks the slickest suit. He saves good money on each deal, and ??ets'the i-erv'hesl Remember we mean what we say, und the reason why we say what we do is because we have decided to get out of the retail business a there is nothing like a slim figure to put if in motion. We have bought cheap and we will sell the entire stock at and belo.v cost NOTICE?Aoyoiio desiring to purchase our entire stock and wishing to step right into an established and profitable business can iret a bargain ind our stock i< bound U\ ...... u..a,v..^ wr.? ,v |....v. .- a ~r ..... ,.,.,,,,, M?.-7iiiv.-n vim uci u oargain as to pric will make terms to suit the purchaser. For further information address or call on THE NEW VORK CLOTHING AND SHOE HOUSE, Big Stum. (Jap, V'n Thanking a liberal public for the patronage extended in the past, and cordinllv inviting all to come and gel the benefit of our plau"htcr-price.< we u r "EW TORK CLOTHING ?ND SHOE HOUSE BRANCH STORES: Coeburn, Va., and Corbin, Ky. I. MORGAN & CO.. Proprietors. ACTS ARMERS Oliver Invented and Gave to the World the Chilled Plow. ? the genuine OLIVER CHILLED PLOWS MADE ONLY BY THE Oliver Chilled Plow Works, South Bend, Indiana, ARE THE BEST GENERAL PURPOSE PLOWS in THE WORLD. A strong statement but a true one, for these plows are better known, have reached a larger sale, have had a longer run, have proved more popular and given better satisfaction than any other plows on the face of the globe. We mean the GENUINE OLIVER, and not the imitations claim? ing to be the Oliver, or equally as good. Such imitations are on the market, placed there by unscrupulous manufacturers who seek to trade on the good name of the Oliver. Look out for imitations, buy only the genuine Oliver plows and repairs, and be sure you are right before you take the plow home. ?STOnce more?Beware of "bogus" Oliver plows and repairs, and take none but the genuine, made by the Oliver Chilled Plow Works, South Bend, Indiana. W. W, WOODRUFF & CO., General Agents, ?76-178 Gay Street, - - KNOXVILLE, TENN. Appalachian Bank w. a. McDowell, president. authorized capital $ioo, ono. Incorporated under the Laws of State of Virginia. Does a General Banking Business. Draws Drafts Direct on all the Principal Cities of the World. PIRKCTOR8: E. j. Bird, jk. j. F. Bc"M.itt, jr. j. 31. Gooiii.uk. j. 1?. F. Mills. EL C. McDowKLi^ ju. E. M. Pl-ltok. C. \V. Kva.vs. R. T. Ikvi.nk. \V. A. McDowkm.. Depository of the County of Wise and the town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Temporary Quarters, Opposite Post Office. BIG STONE GAP, VA. - j BANK OF BIG STONE GAP, Capital, $(50,000.00 Incorporated under Virginia State Laws. Does a General Banking- Business. IXTEKKST ALLOWUD ON TIME DEPOSITS. W. FL SICKELS, President. iL IL BCLLIJT, Codiier. W.u. II. SIcEmvkk, Tidier. C. A. Tracy. A. V/. Tracy. 0 9 #TRHCY CONTRACTORS AND RU1LDERS, PLANS AND ESTIMATES IN EITHER WOOD OR STONE. STORE-FITTINGS AND FINE WORK A SPECIALTY. Office Corner Shawnee Ave. and E. 5th St. Agents for Fay's Manilla Building Paper. 8.1 GOLLIER'S POPULAR BAR AND WYAXDOTTE AN KNEE, BIG STONE GAP, VA. BRANDIER, WHISKIES, WINES AND BEER. The very best grades always kept in stock, which I sell in quantities ranging.from a bar glass up to within a gill of five gallons. Parties purchasing in quantity will get benefit of lowest possible price. HOT EGGNOG AND T0M-AND-JERRY. When you waut a &>od drink always give mc a call, ami you will never leave disappointed. 3Ie??rji. Sltfinp and Haglar?-the gentlemen to be found bcblud my bar?w ill always treat yon cunrteou*ly, and set tbut you have polite attention. I have recently purchased over 1.000 gallons of Fine North Carolina Whiskies and Brandies. Bar open from 5 a. m. to 1 a. m. WILLIAM eO/NWALj, Exporter of Walnut Logs & Lumber, Write for Prices, naming your Railroad rate of L7n from shipping points to Norfolk and Baltimore. W- D. OS BO"R/N E St CO., esboroTKjli : Planing ; Mill, Deal err. In Lumber, Sash, Doors. Blinds, Mouldings, Inside Finish, Cypress Shingles, Yellow Pine Flooring1, and Glass. SPECIALTIES. ) , Work AND QUEEN ANNE. * W. D. OSCORNE, Gen MB? GLAZED, ODD. PORCH. ^ v ?? ' ; " ' i On L. & N. R, R., Near D( ^W. F- BKKBR.K CONTRACTO ? -AND S3 TO 31 3L, JO E ES. Estimates Given. Contracts Taken General*Jobbing, Fine Work and Fittings a Specialty. ZZZZ Tin nhitr. Si*11 I! Sim i .. .'. c, I ????it t? i Shop on Wood A.venue, ueur the luti BIG STONE GAP. VIRGINI \. 7\ ??-:;") i Two beds of Coking Coal, each cue over six feet thick, making :i Coke us is produced in the United States, will lie mined and cok< three miles of the town. Two beds of (Jas and Steam Coal,euch feet thick, and a bed of Cannel Coal underlies the same territory. IRON. Two reliable beds of Red Fossil Iron, one carrying 48 per cent I a large deposit of Oriskany ore, carrying 52 per cent Iron, ui part the town site, and thousands of acres on lines of S. A. iv. I) and L. & N. R. R. The most valuable area of virgin forests, of Walnut, Hickory, * *:i Yellow Poplar (white wood), Birch, Hemlock and Chestnut Oak, United States, immediately tributary to the town. WATER Supplied by two rapid rivers (lowing around the town. \\ : piping from an elevation 395 feet above the town site, now tion. Concentration of railroads at this point inevitable. South At Ohio now completed from Bristol, Tenn., and Louisville tk^Nas I p[oted from Louisville, Kentucky. Several other roads now tin strnction. Cheap Fuel.-Cheap Raw Material.--Cheap Transportaii An $800,000 I: : a Plant nearly completed. i,*[ve hundred Coke Ovens to be built at once, ectric Light, Street Railway, Good Hotels, etc., etc. MORE ADVANTAGES COMBINED THAN CAN BE FOUND IN OTHER LOCALITY. Manufacturers wanted. Substantial inducements held our. Lots will be sold at schedule rates. Reductions to builders. Prices of lots in Plat No, 5, range Trom $50 to $1,<K)0 per lot Address BIG ST?NG GAP IMPROVEMENT CO., Big Stone Gaj AN* \ A. SOUTH ATLANTIC UND OHIO RAIL? ROAD COMPANY. Bk; StoneGap, Va? Card 20, Dkckm I J, Nu. '2 leaves !>:i!l a. in.; arrives at TuLs tol 12:35 p. in. Sfq. I loaves l?iSJO [>. m.; arrives at Bristol 1 p. m. Tri?In? Went. No. 1}., leaves S:45 a. in.; No. 3 leaves 5:45 p. in. No*. '2 ami I connect wit Ii the N.& \V., and E. T. V. ?: G.? at Bristol, No. 1 connects with the L. k N., at DouMo Tunnel. Eastern standard lime. i*. A, pRicuAito, Agent. STONE-JSUTTER AND BUtLDER. STONE. BRICK, and PLASTERING, GRANOLITHIC WALKS. &c. Biff Stone Gap, or Gate City, Va, Truins K:tst. Connection*. All kiiuls ut work tu D. H.SHELBYSC? PRICE, U CENTS PER BUS>ikL Terms Strictly Cash. Of flee and Yard on Wood A\> near Intermont Hotel. ***** Stone ?*ip? Vil'