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VOL. I.
lTofr?ftSon?l ?artl?.
JACKSON & BLANKENSH1P,
ATTOKNEYS-AT-LAW,
jonosvlile, Virginia.
I ?tttntlftH frlwn t-> ?ni?ln??? at ail Ilm??.
r"! , ?frUinniiMiM??tlh??? Virginia, a tpatUltV.
r a avers. - - JOS. L.KELLY.
UW OFFICES IN AYERS BUILDING,
Big Stone Cap. Va,
.? n. c. w'lMtAar.l, it.
j H' l I ITT, /??
BULLITT & MCDOWELL.
ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW,
KiilMI"*.
MG GAP, VA
H. A. W. SKEEN,
A T T 0 RN E Y: AT- LAW,
(>?!!(> In Slibrtl Ridldli-g,
Big Stone Cap, Virginia.
R. T. IRVINE,
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW.
df] ? in SniiimvrfWM Balldlog, W.h-d Av??a?,
Big Stone Gap. Virginia.
L. TURNER MAURY,
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW,
Ofllca in Avert* Building, Ifwal Avauuv,
Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
WALTER E. ADDISON.
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW.
i ?fll(, in Nickel* Building*-,
Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
-.a.hi i^??. liaii??u, Va. a. m. rui.TOH, WJw C.H. Va.
BURNS & FULTON,
ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW,
Cm nt?:?UuMfU, Win* and IMcktinM-n Cotiutita, and
C?uri f A|>|m*aU at Wytiuttlllt, Va.
i i in ?? ii, ft*. ?. HaTHKwa, Ht?. i'. Nafirna,
J,.ii. .vilU, Va. IHg Stone Gap. Pig Stun* Gap.
DUNCAN, MATHEWS & MAYNOR.
ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW,
OfhY? In N1 < ? k' I a Building, W.m,i1 Avant**,
Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
CUipv utftition l" Collrctlomi and Prompt E?-mltau?e.
W. J. HORSLEY,
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW,
Big Stone Gap, Virginia,
AUO
Whitesburg, Ky.
f?cM ntti'titiiui rIvmi t<> Collection** and LandTltlfn.
t ? u.nr.RKo.i, Wim?C. If. w.t. millek, Norton.
ALDERSON & MILLER,
ATTORNEYS-AT-LAW.
t it,[?i vioti'iii tn all Imaiiwaarntruated tu na. Ad
?!??.?? ? itliei \f\mf C. II., Va., or Norton, Va.
M. G. ELY,
ATTORNEY-AT-LAW,
Turkey Cove, Lee Co., Va,
J. W. KELLY,
PUYSICIANandSURGEON,
flftli ? in Drug Sture, Ay?ra Block,
Big Stone Gap, Virginia.
Win Reapond Promptly tu Calle, IlotJi
Dny and Mjrlit. IS-tf
C. D. KUNKEL,
PHYSICIAN asdSURGEON*
Big Stone Gap, Virginia,
O.'t.-r. I i? |irntt'.?s|?,nal Kervict'fl to the people of Iii? city
and viviidty.
0 r\
ULI
N. H. REEVE. M. D.
DISEASES OF WOMEN
EXCLUSIVELY.
Offlee: Main St. Bristol, Tenn.
DR. J. C. PRUNER,
DENTIST,
Office. Room No. 9, Centra! Hotel.
? '* Sum* Clap the 3d Monday in?**
?rtlo.t desiring bin ?*?rvic**? abould uiake
|U;V'* '???> tM ?ucceedlttg days iluriag
DR. F. A. SPROLES,
l(,:s- DENT DENTIST;
BIC STONE CAP. VA..
*kMi?- ?lly perform all operation* ?utru?t*?*J
um, V Ku*r*M??? utiafaotinn,
W.?, r,M".i?-??*lrm iu Frit* Art Gattaj.
? "* ^ k. in n>5:30 p. jij. 15-ly. '
S. W, THACKER,
F1V1L ENGINEER AND
SURVEYOR,
B'g Stone Cap, Virginia.
!'' *?H Land Work a Specialty.
MALCOLM SM8TH,
1V1L ENGINEER AND
SURVEYOR.
^^fiuCeNext t0 Post Office.
BJG HTUNK OA?, Va\.
s- D. HURD,
Architect,
Big Stone Gap, Va.
?Uns. ?
SpEClFlCATION8
Knv Fllariw. AND ESTIMATES j
"hutted IN A THOROUGH ASI>|
112g HU?n* Ump Cmaptmlaa ?ml Vorpo
ratlou?.
Rki 9m* a Gar lunar***** Co.
Capital stock , 11,300.000.
Bonded leeue, 17,000.000.
Ofilrtri.?R. A. Ayera, ifeaideoi, J. T. Ballitt, Jr.
VIce-PresM*?!, W C. llarrlugton, Secretary aw!
Treasurer, Mg Stone Gap; K. C. Hallard Tbraaton,
Truetee, LvuUellle, Ky.
IttfMtora.?B. A. Ayera, J. F. rtulUit,Jr.,i. X.
Tag (cart, Bl? KtotM Gap; C'bas. T. Rsdlard, LonU
Vitt?, Kj.; Jaa. W. Pox, Jno. C. HMkrll, New York;
II. C. McDowell, *r., UxIus;ton, Ky.; Win. McGeorge,
Jr., PbllasMpMa; R. It. Wbltrldgo, festen.
KxerutUe Committee.?K. A. Ayera, J. K. TaRgart,
Big stone (Jap; Hi. W. Fox, Jn... C. tlaekelt, New
York; H. C. McDowell,or.. Islington, Ky.
Bi? Srofta Gas tin fowau.'a Vai.tar Rau.w.av Co.
Capital atock, $soywo.
Offirtre.?R. A. .tyere, l*r??idetit, 4. K. Taggart.
Vlre*Pr*aideut. W. C. Harrington, Secretary ami
Treaeurer, Btg Stone Uap.
Directors.?R. A. Ayera, II. C. McDowell, jr., J. K.
TagfSrt, Big Stone Gap; W. p. Clyde, New York; H.
C. Wood, Ilriktol, Tetin.
flw S>obb Gar Ki.ktmic f-Konr asp PowrkCo.
(Capital mock, |A?.a?0.;
Pr?sident, H. A. Ayt^a;. Secretary, Joe. I?. Kelly;
Treasurer, II. II. Bollltt.
Direetrsrs.?K. A. Ayera. H. M. Bullltt. U.T. irvlue,
Gu?. W. Lptall, H. C. McDowell, jr.
Km Storr Hat Vf atkk Co.
(Capital Block 1300,000. Bonds lasued, *65,w0.)
OftVsra.?Preeiuant, J. F. Bullltt, jr.; Big Stoue
(Sap; Vlra-Pr*Bld*nt, Jantee.W. Fox, New York : Sec?
retary and Treasurer, W. a. McDowell; Superluuud
?tit, j. K Jeuulngs, Big Stone Gap.
Directors.?D. C. Anderson, U. a. Ayara, J. F. Bul?
lltt. jr., Rig Stone Cap; J. W, Garow, Glasgow; 1. P.
Kaue, Gate City, Va.
Bi? errors (lar Bcimuxo awi> !?v?btws*t Co.
CapUai stock?mlbltnam?150,000.
Capital Block?authorized? ih?,n?0.
(No bonded leaua.;
Officers.?Prakldent, K. T. Irvine; Secretary aud
Treasurer, W. A. McDowell, Big Stone Cap.
Directors.?R. A. Ayera, John W. Fox, Jr., John m.
Goodl?*e, r. M. Hardin, R. T. Irvine, W. A. McptVw
?11, Bir Stone Gap; John K.Greeu, Louisville, Ky.
Arrat.A(tUAN Bask.
Capital atock?authorised?$50,?00.
CapiUl stuck?paid In??3.%V00.
Offlcor?.?President, W. a. McDowell; Teller, Jno.
B. rayne.
Director,.?J. F. Bnltitt, jr., C. W. Beans, J. M.
<>? m)i|in?. R. T. Irvlu?', II. C. McDowell, jr., W. a.
McDowell, J. B. F. Mills, Big Stone (iap; ft. J. Bird,
Irontou, Ohio.
Daist Ikos am? Minis?? Co.
(MIumu located et H*k?ii, l<*Cu., V? ;
Capital, authorized, ?300,000.
Capital, paid in, $15,00?.
(MAcers.?I?.S. Pleaaauts, Presideut, W. A. Mc
j Ihtwell, Treasurer, BIk StoiteCap; Secretary,'Walter
? Graham, Graham, Va., Secretary; II. I.. Monteiro,
Manager, Hawaii, Va.
J ISrnctors.?Walter Graham, Graham, Va.; H. I..
Montflro, Hagau, Vs.; L. Turner Maury, W. A. Mc?
Dowell, D. S. Pleasant*, Big Stone Gap, Va.
ISTKttSTATK I.VVKKTMKST Co.
Capital stock, $100,000.
President, (/'has. T. Jlallard: Vice President,
A. T. Pojie; Secretary, T. G. Williams, Lou?
isville.
Directors.?Chas. T. Mallard, John Church?
ill, W. X.Culp, A. S. Hughes, A. V. Lafay?
ette, A. T. l*o|?e, S. Zorn, Louisville.
INTKKSTATK Tt'nnki. Co.
Capital >t(k-k, $10,000,-000.
President, II. C. McDowell, sr., Lexington:
Vice President. St. .lohn Boyle; Secretary, T.
W. Spindle, Louisville.
l)irect<?rs.~St. John lloyle, J. \V. Ganlhcrt,
John K. Green, K. T. Ilalsey, Louisville, Ky.;
Arthur Carey, Clay City, Ky.: F. 1). Car ley,
New York; ft.C McDowell, Lexinirton, Kyf.j
Jno. U. Proctor, Frankfort, Ky.
Faykttjc Land Co.
Capital stock, $2INI,000.
.President, .1. II. Sintrall; Secretary and
Treasurer, ti. II. Wliitnev, Lexington, Kv.
Directors.?Atila Cox, .1. M. Kelter, lt. F.
Smith, I^otisrillt*. Ky.; Thos. .Martin, J. II.
Sintrall, C II. Whitney, Lexington, Ky.;
Horace K. Fox, Big Stone Cap.
South Appalachian Lasi? Co.
Capital stock,$200,000.
President, IL C. McDowell, sr., Lexington,
Ky.; Secretary and Treasurer, T. W. Spindle,
Louisville, Ky.
Directors.?St..lohn Doyle, J. W. Canlbert,
John K. Green, Louisville, Kv.; Arthur Carev,
Clav City, Ky.; F. D. Car ley, New York; 11.
C. McDowell, sr., Lexington, Ky.
Wkst Eni? Land Co.
Capita! stock, $20tt,eoo.
President, Jas. T. Shields, Knoxville, Tenn.
Directort.?E. P. Bryau, St. Louis, Mo.; R.
W. iicCrarv, Frsnktort, Ky.: Jas. T. Shields,
Knoxvilie, Venn.
Virginia Coal and Iron Co.
Capital stock, $1,600,000.
President, E. B. Leisenring, Philadelphia,
1??.; Vice President, Dr. J. S. Wentz, Manch
Chunk, Pa.; Treusurer, M. S. Kent merer,
Manch .Chunk, Pa.: Secretary, W. C, Kent,
Philadelphia; General Manager, J. K. Tag*
gart, Dig Stone Gap.
Dir?ct?M!S,?It. A. Avers, Dijf Stone Gap;
John C.'Bnilitt, E. W.Clark, Ssin'l Dickson, j
PhiladeisAia, M. S, Kemmerer,^lauch Chunk,
Pa.; K. IL Leisenring, Philadelphia: Robert.
H. Sawyer, Bethlehem, Pa.; Sanft Thomas,
Catawtua, .Pa.} Dr. J. S. Wentz, .Manch
Chuuk, Pa,
PowKLi?'4j|eiVSB Coat an? Iron Co.
Capital stock, $120,000.
President, K, B. Leiseuring; Secretary and
Treasurer, W. C. Kent, Philadelphia. I
Appalachian St?hl anh Iron Co. |
Capital si??ck, $800,000.
President, 10. J. Bird, jr., Irouton, Ohio;
Secretary aud Treasurer, M. T. Ridenour; J
Geuaral Manager, E. J. Bird, sr., Big Stone ,
Gap, Va.
Director*.?R. A. Avers. E. J. Bird, sr.;!
M. T. Ridauour, Big Stone Gap: S. P. Bacon, J
Cincinnati; II. W. Bates, Green up, Ky.: E. J.
Bird, jr., Ifpnton, Ohio.; Jno. C. Ilaskeil,
New YorB.
Sonrnwjiii? Viboxnia Mineral Land Co.
Capita! Stock, $^,?00.
Pr?sida??, ilarton Mvers; Secretary and
Tnaawiwr,X. H. Shields, Norfolk, Va.; Gen?
eral Man?<r?r, Ja?. W. Gerow, Glasgow, V?. j
IMrt?etor??Jas. W. Gerow, Glasgow, ^ a.:
R. H. flnghets, David Lowcnberg, Barton
M?er?, L. if. Shields, W. F. B. Slaughter,
S?rfnlk. r -
Bank or Bio Stonr Ga#. j
CApUsi?authorized?^1W>, 000.
CapDal-rpaid in?$4V^?.
Prtwtdc?V W. K. Nickels, Duffield, Va.;
CasK lT/H.DulliU; Tellar, W. M. McEl
wear Pip-Kltw Gap.
KIts?i'cKt-Carolina TlMSKB Co.
FresMani an4 General Manager, T. H. Ma
ton; Vica Preaidene, L. O. Pattit; Secretary
aad Traasnrer, If. H. Bullitt, B?g *tone Gap.
Csntkal Laki? Company. x
Capital, $200,000.
Prtjsideut, James W. (eurow,.Glaagtiw, \a.;
SecrxtarT ?ot! Oonaral Ma*>ager/ K. T. Irvioo,
Treaiupcr, W. A. McDowell, Bi>f M?w Gap.
Directora.-J. K. Abraham, Louwv]??;, Ky.;
Jamaa W. Gerow, 9U*8Q*> J- Mggj
Colombia, Ky.; R. T. Ir?ine, W. A. McDow
B{? atona Gap; Bartoni My era, H;
Shields. ?orfo.k, Va*
SaTsr ?l* Siw? Oar JUsd &*P Impbovi
mvr Co.
Capital 8toes, $M8,?00.
l^aa^eat, j. B. F. Mitta: Viee Preaidant,
B. f. Irrlaan1?*cr?taPT,S. C. Ber?/ma?, Btg
SliKeUM.--4kN?. E. Dennis, Rtwky Miiunt,
?31 J 8 F. M 11?, 1% ^tone Gap; M, B.
Wciit ?rlitoL Tenn.; J^W. Yates, flint Hill,
Va
810 ?wjii?Ar G?atk an? Martlr Co.
Cawtal stork?preferred?$!0,M?.
CaaltaV atock?coromoB????,??*.
?Mid*ni, VT. B. Harris; Saeretary and
Treastrar, J. ?. Dowde?, Big Stone Gap.
fiSUart.~J. M. HowAmi, John OiHejr, 1? .
t.St^Se,W.E. Harris, R. T. Irvine, Big
Stow Cap.
Dailyjlrocal Happenings
FRIDAY.
. Who Can Beat It T
Mr. James Graham, who lives one
mile west of town, had on exhibition
in the front window of the Big Stone
(Jap Hardware Co.'s store today
several fine specimens of turnips
grown hy him this summer. One of
tliera weighed 2-J pounds.
-. ^r- .
Cyclone at Dorcheater.
CycloiioH have recently been mak?
ing themselves quite familliar in this
section where, heretofore, they have
been entirely unknown. Yesterday
one dipped down on Dorchester, the
; tjie new mining town near Norton,
and played havoc with the Big Stone
Gap Colliery Co.'s tipple. Receiver
Gray was in town today and says he
thinks about $300 will repair the
damage.
?*??>??
Come* Hack to Old Virgin!* tw Get IIU
Bride.
Mr. L. L. H?ge, a prominent young
attorney of Austin, Texas, was in
town today. Mr. H?ge is a native
of Lee county, having gone from
Turkey Cove to Austin about eight
years ago, where lie commenced the
study of law, and now enjoys a high
reputation and lucrative practice in
his profession. While he is highly
pleased with his adopted home, still
the "yellow rose of Texas'* don't beat J
the belle of the Old Dominion by a
large majority according to his idea,
so he is here for the purpose of tak?
ing back with him one of Virginia's j
fair daughters to rule over his future
happy home. The happy young lady
is a daughter of Mr. J. K. P. Barron.
The Post's best wishes follows them
to their home in the lone Star state.
MA UK OK APPALACHIAN IKON.
Front (lie Itough Hill-? to tliu Bltf Stone Gup
Furnace, then In Pig Iron to Canton,
Ohio, and Now Buck nt tho Gap in
the .Shape of Flu in hod Machinery
Untidy for Work.
Mr. Wendell Ittiof, who sold the
outfit of machinery now being placed
in position by the l?g Stone Gap
Lumber Co., was here yesterday and
rather surprised the gentlemen at the
head of that company by the an?
nouncement that their large boiler
and.engine was manufactured entire
from Big Stone Gap iron. The pig
iron was shipped by the Appalachian
furnace to the machine works at
Canton, Ohio, where it was used in
the manufacture of the engine and
boiler which now stand, complete ami
ready for work, within a short dis?
tance ol where, a short time ago, the
iron ore from which the pig was
made was dug from the rugged hills.
! With all the natural advantages
and wonderful resources of Big Stone
Gap the timo ought not?and will
not?be long before all such ma
machinery is manufactured here.
-
AlmoMt a Futility.
This morning as Dr. J. C. Primer
attempted to board the east-hound L.
& X. train he met with the misfor?
tune of getting his case of dental
I instruments almost entirely destroyed
and came near losing his life. The
Doctor is slightly crippled, and as
the conductor hallowed "all aboard,"
,he attempted to make his way to the
train through tin' idle crowd that
usually attend the arrival of every
train for no other purpose but to get
in the way. After reaching the car
he also found the platform occupied
by parties who ought to have been
inside or off the train. By this time
the train was in motion. The Doc?
tor attempted.to get on by grabbing
the hand-rail, but was unable to get
up with his case of snstruments,
which he was compelled to drop in
order to save himself. The train
stopped and the Doctor got off to find
his case of instruments almost en?
tirely demolished.
Ubk good sense in buying cigars
just the. same as you would in buying
a suit of clothes, The best is always
the cheapest,. That 15-eent straight
?La Madrid?at Kelly's drug store
makes yott feel as if the little white
wings wore just beginning to sprout
under your arms.
Tram? Wanted.
15 to 25'wagons and teams wanted
to haul lumber from mill to railroad
^-distance 6 to 12 miles; also 20yoke;
of oxen to deliver logs at mill. Will
pay cash at end of each week for
hauling lumber, and pay promptly
for yard logging when contract is
completed. Jas. Carmichaei.,
4w Peunington's Gap, Va.
?,
Gbn'iv R. A. Ayrrb left for his ele?
gant country place?Holston Springs
?today.
S4TI U?A V.
A BIG DAY FOR THE MASONS.
THE EXCURSIUN A SUCCESS
WHILE THE OCCASION WAS
ENJOYED BY ALL
Bier Stone Cap Extends a Hearty
Welcome to its Visitors.
According to arrangements made
by Mendota lodge F. and A. Masons
with the S. A. <fc 0. Railroad Com~
pany an excursion trs in left Bristol j
this morning bound for Big Stone
Gap, the object being for the purpose
of raising funds for the benefit of the
Masouic Orphans' Home, at Rich?
mond, Va., and also to give the mem?
bers of the different lodges along the
line of the 8. A. & O. a day of pleas?
ure and an opportunity to vitot Big
Stone Gap.
At different points along the line
the crowd was increased?by non
Masons as well as Masons?until on
reaching the Gap there were between
300 and 400 people on board the cars.
Although the Big Stoue (Jap Lodge
had but short notice of the intention
of their visiting brethren, still, the
members were not to be caught
napping. A hasty but entertaining
program was arranged, and when the
excursionists arrived they were met
at the depot by a committee from the
lodge at this place and accompanied
to the lutermont hotel. At the hotel
the members of the Big Stone Gap
Lodge, in bright regalia, awaited the
arrival of the visitors. Soon after
the arrival of the "dummy" in front
of the lutermont a double column
was formed which, to the step of a
lively piece of music by fiie Avers
Cornet Band, took up the line of
march to Poplar Hill. Arriving in
the beautiful grove on top of the hill,
after several pieces of music by the
band, the exercises of the day were
opened with prayer, by Rev. J. B.
Craft.
Next came the address of welcome,
by Mr. .1. C. Maynor. While Mr.
Maynor's time was limited in which
to prepare his address, still it was
to the point, well delivered and
thoroughly convinced the strangers
that a hearty welcome was offered
them.
Rev. J. B. Craft, in behalf of the
visitors, in bis easy and happy off?
hand manner, responded to the ad?
dress of Mr. Maynor, and said that
after receiving such a hearty welcome
he and his friends almost felt like
taking charge of the town while here.
After returning many and profuse
j thanks on the part of himself and
j friends Mr. Craft closed his pleasant
response, after which ?linner was an
! nounced by Dr. J. C. Pruner, ami
j the way that basket dinner was de?
stroyed was a "plenty to behold."
After dinner the visiting Masons
j were conducted to the lodge room of
Big Stone (Jap Lodge, No. 208, where
the following officers of said lodge
were installed :
Joshua Mullins, W. M.; 1. N. Kel?
ly, S. W.; C. E. Spaulding, J. W.;
I. H. Hudson, S. p.; G. F. Jones, J.
D.; 1. T. Taylor, Tyler; J. E. Bunn
and J. C. Maynor, Stewarts.
The Post was unable to secure a
list of the visiting Masons from
Mendota. The following is a partial
list of those present from the diffcr
cnt lodges named :
RyeCovk,No. 187.?J. H. Carter,
J. F. Horton, W. M. Tipton, Tlios.
Bishop, R. EL Bell, W. H. Childress,
?.I. B. Craft, Jos. Taylor, J. C. Hale,
W. B. Hale, S. H. Starnes, S. L.
Clark, I. X. Welch, J. M. Horton,
Reese Bo wen.
Shelby (Bristol) No. 1G2.?J. H.
(Jose.
Catlktt (Gate City) No. 35.?G.
A. Ewing, G. W. Colev, J. A. Maun,
ID. Shelton, H. T. Winegar, M. T.
Berry.
Stewart (Yellow Springs) No.
224.?C. T. Barker, Sam'l Taylor,
G. W. Lattery, X. C.* Fugate, E. S.
Fugate.
The large crowd present was well
behavod, and when the return train
departed in the evening the visitors
went away, carrying with them
a kindly feeling for Big Stone Gap
and its people, brought about by the
day's intermingling, never to be for?
gotten.
Messrs. Jno. M. Barker and L. M.
Wade, two leading and influential
citizens of Turkey Cove, were in town
today.
Kit ho r Tie or Mfussle Your flog.
Mayor Hndgens, in pursuance to
an ordinance recently passed by the
town council so empowering him, to?
day issued an order notifying all
owners of dogs inside the corporate:
limits of Big $tone Gap to either
muzzle or confine their dogs for the
next 80 days, the order to take effect
at 12 o'clock iu., June 25th. This
action is taken as a precautionary
measure against the dreaded diseas,
hydrophobia, with which quite a
number of dogs aro said to have re?
cently been afflicted in this section.
The town ?Sergeant is instructed to!
place all dogs found runningjat large,
in the city pound, aud in the event
no owner calls within five days and
pays expcnseof taking care of same,
then he is ordered to kill all dogs so
taken up.
BIG STONE GAP.
INTERESTING LETTER BY MRS.
S.W. THACK6R.
To a Friend at Richmond. Vs.. De?
scribing the Beautlas and Nat?
ural Advantages of the Cap.
With pleasure the Post publishes
the following letter, descriptive of
Big Stone Gap, recently written by
Mrs. S. W. Thacker to a friend at
Richmond, Va. Her Richmond friend
read the u J. N. Walker" that went
the?rounds of the newspapers a abort
time ago, ami iu refutation of the
slanderous statement, sends Mrs.
Thaeker's letter to the Post for pub
lication. The following is her letter:
I wonder if you really wanted me
"to write all about the </ap" and
still more I wonder if I can do- it, for
it is all wonderful, rich in resources,
and gloriously beautiful! I can tell
you of the weather, any way. L?ast
week there was snow on the outer
ridge of mountains which surround
us, and while looking up at its da/,
zling whiteness wo almost shivered,
down at our feet here in. the valley,
bathed iu the golden warmth of an
ideal spring sun, the violets, anemon?
es, forgetmenots and other wild How
ers were blooming with almost sum
liter's gladness. A few hours later
tho' the colil wave which put snow
upon the mountains struck us as a
hail storm, but even as tho stones
were falling, the clouds iu the west
were parting, and almost as soon as
the hail ceased healing the window
panes, all the air was bright and
clear; the storm was over, aud the
mists that rolled up from the moun?
tain sides were white as the wings of
an angel of peace, ami climbed up to
receive a goodnight kiss from the
sun before he hid behind the everlast
ing hills. Today is not clear enough
to let the youths ami maidens try
their fortunes with a looking-glass at
the well, but its just tho day for a
walk ; not too warm but just tempt
ing enough to make one lingor along
the roads and enjoy the peeps over
garden fences which show, even now,
the bright greenest) of the coming
vegetables, for almost everybody here
has a garden, tho' falte mountain
lanns are well cultivated, and every
thing almost can be raised on them,
that is found in any other part of
Virginia west of the Tide-water l?elt.
But I cannot describe faithfully all
the richness of this .section. In
stead, I'll tell you of my favorite
walk, and maybe you can form some
idea of the natural beauty ami ail
vantages by which I am surrounded,
.lust a few paces from-my boarding
house the dummy passes westward to
meet the L. <fe N. train; ami after
gettiug well into town, the dummy
road curves eastward the S. A. i 0.
station. The landscape viewed from
either east or west terminus of the
line is picturesque in the extreme,
but my favorite walk is towards the
North. Crossing the dummy track
iu this dirioction we presently reach
the L. it N. R. R., and follow it to
wardtuthe gap in Stone Mountain,
that huge notch in a great ridge
which gives the name to this place.
The road winds along so as to pass
Powell River at several points. And
such a pretty river with its falls and
big boulders! As w? watch it tumb?
ling over its rocky bed, and hear the
roar of the great power that's in it,
we almost see the mills that are
promises of the near future. Imag?
ination brinurs very close to our eves
the many manufactures that should
be here, and that will be soon if min?
ors can be trusted. A little furthor
up the road, we come to Callahan**
Nose, a rock which slants apparently
from the very top of the mountain
down to its hast?. It ia only a few
feet wide and the U. K. has cut its
way quite through it. In pun por?
tion of the roof of this cut there is as
fine a vein of coal as was ever min?
ed. The coal seam has been roofed
in, but everywhere else the walls are
the natural rock. A little way be?
yond is Bee Rock, so called because
bee* itsed to store their honey in it.
Through this also the It. St. cut its
way; and a little past Bee Rock, at a
-
point whore tho S. A. 6c O? meet* tlrt
L. it X. R. R. is about the center ot
i the gap itself?the narrow pass which
! brings ?>e bases of Stone Mountain's
two sections within five hundred feet
of each other, while their summits are
nearly two miles apart! Now if 1
could only put a view of the picture
which spreads out from this point
towards the city, before your eyes!
On either hand beeches, tall poplars,
birch and maples contrast the new
green of their foliage with a darker
hue of the hemlocks; while here ami
there a "cucumber" rise* tall,
straight and almost leafless t-odot the
green with it* white blooms. Such
blooms?t^bo only sign* of Ufr
about the tree, they make up in
beauty aivd richness for all else. The
outer row of leaves are green and
shaped very mnch like our magnolia.
(indeed the whole blossom is very
much like a magnolia) next cotnos a
row of very fragile leaves of yellow?
ish-pink hue, like a Hnme seen
through yellow silk tissue, ami then
the creamy cup of the blossom proper,
a single row of thick cream-tinted
petals. The odor when softened by
distance is very sweet. Awl all
arouud a^ ou-r fcitf; violets, blue* yel?
low, purple and white (and these are
fragrant) spread.a fairy carpet with
heart's ease, walking lorn and moun?
tain prim roses; while Jaek-in-the
pulpit, just budding out and yellow
daffodils nod as if in approval. Xb
whore else do the earnest spring flav?
ors linger so long or iu such profus?
ion; no where else does such a dear
blue sky dip to the horizon, for oirly
the presence of mountain tops eaji
lend the lovely tint to the sky that
glows over Big Stone Gap. The air
too is already gay with butterflies
daunting their gorgeous wings in the
sum I can well understand how.
ymu could be seeing these gauzy
creatures now, but how they manage
to endure the nights hjpro-is a prob?
lem to me,
I've already heard complaint of the
heat in Richmond, but here.the days
havn't been at all uncomfortably
warm as yet, and the nights are de?
lightfully cool, making one appre?
ciate to the fulUst the luxury of
blankets. So again 1 ask "how do
butterfies live here?" They have no
blanket*.. But yet they are hero, as
is nearly every other pretty or useful
or good thing; and as you look to?
ward the town from the gap, you ex?
claim iuvoluntarily, "Surely this i*
Nature's garden spot, the place*
whereon she's lavished all her gifts
most generously. Man has only to
come, take the gifts offered, use them
rightly and be happy/' Far over on
the South side is a "Mountain made :
of iron" as one of Bristol's mer?
chants says. On the other side is
Stone mountain in name and reality;
on still another mountain side where
limestone is now being quarried, and
below the limestone ledge is brown
stone of the finest building quality.
And the stone ledges extend far
more than a IUI) miles into ami be*
yond the present opening. At a
short distance almost inexhaustible
coal fields are awaiting man's posex
sion. Altho' the S# A. ?As <>. is min?
ing coal and has been some years,
there's no signs of failure in the vein
and other fields have not been open?
ed yet at all. All the mountains are
covered with valuable timber. The
town on both sides are skirted by
railroads which are connected by an
extensive dummy line. Powell River
borders the eastern side of the town,
runs through it, and furnishes--the
purest water, which is carried to
the homes of the people by as fine a
system of of water-works as any city
can boast of. Still further off in an
eastern direction rises a barely visi?
ble peakr "High Knob" on Powell
Mountain, more tjran 4000 feet above
sea level. This, the Park Associa?
tion propose turning into an ideal
summer resort. It is white with
tents during the summer, any way:
and if cholera makes its appearance
in Virginia, there'll be still more, for
the general cry here is, ^Why, if
cholera come, we'll go to* the 'High
Knob;* but we're not afraid of chole?
ra here." Big Stone Gap too, al?
ways has its full quota of visitors
during the summer, attracted here by
the healthfulnessV the sulphur and
chalybeate springs, and the coolness
I of breezes. For the mountains
which "encompass us round about"
keep their trees waving with de?
lightful breezes. So you see, sur?
rounded by mountains of wealth,
with cvory facility for transportation,
every advantage for manufacture, we
are calmly and confidently waiting
the greatness ins ours as it
??tv-ai- w^-ttet^nt-^da y:-- ?^iVrsh. I
conjd. tell >;oti,aJi.of 'it* beau tie*,' its
attractions, but I cannot . paint the
charms of th? fcijls^iho cmnds, the
vegetation.-1 cannot write the music ??f
its streams. | o&ic'and see for your?
self,, and I'm sure ytiur health would
improve. Come ami stay this sum?
mer. . I'll teH ysoa of myself in a lat?
er letter.
SlmultanfAOus Te[oohony and Tel
egra/phy.
Some time ago Mr. .Julius von
?ficmetzky, of Budapest,, constructed
an apparaltus by Vvlilcn a telegraph
conytovtar may* 14 u'sod tfuolltaueous
?ly for ftd^raphy^ahd Uu> Unu*Diis
'sion of stweech'. % Alter a groat tlenl of
oxpotimeiiiatfon 1 i*-rr von l)emetxky
at last snecovded "in peiievting llie
device, arid upon" TrSs request the
Hungarian mitiistoi;..gra.nted hint per?
mission to test the commercial prac?
ticability of tft$ apparattus on a liiwe
of 200 kiloiiietres^Wtwyen Budapest
andSzegcdin. It Ts sab! tflat these trial
-have been Very' .successful, indeed.
Thcapparattus is said to be of very
simple construction) so that it can be
easily attached to any telegraph line.
It is especially noteworthy that,
while, telephonic CAUiimunicatioit is
of a high dejrrejii of con-ioney, the
telegraphic impulses are clear and
distinct: in fact, there is an entire
ajiseencv of disturbing iutlos'tive ef?
fects,
ft is sttutivl hi the foreign press
thai ??n sl/rt't. lines t*Ue tviephonfc:
transmission is so bud that tho re
produced com unification can easily'
be heard by several persons standing
several feet awayfroui the teleplvoiui.
What Is a Standard of Value?
I he wonl .statu.bard unguis that
which is established as a rule or
, model bv authority pf law pr public
opinion 01 custom, and in coinage it
is the proportion of weight of Hue
metal und alloy twtabljsfood by au?
thority of law. The word value also
means rate or appraised worthy la
the law of .the Uuited . States it is
stated that the unit of value shall he
called a dolhir, and that 25 jj- grams
of gold 000 fine shall constitmj this
.standard of value tallied a dollar and
that a silver dollar; s&all contain
1121 grains <rf silver. There can,
therefore, he no Jieo standards, i*or
any dqnbh standard, since the dollar
is the only name, of the standard,
am) just as we say by, law that the
length *?r distance ti pendulttm
swings in vacuo ajl sea levid at a cer?
tain temperature shall constitute the
yard, and that .this* length shall be
marked off on a br?tuf rod and kept
in the treasury,-?aud become tho
standard of measure -of yards in
trade and commerce. Therefore, our
MttmUi.i'd of ralnt Is the dollar, and
412.V grains of silver or 2^>-}[ grams
of gold, of,MO line, can be passed
around to determine.a dollar's worth
of <rur jabot or of one products. By
the law of out* coast try a silver dollar
is as much a standard ?biliar as a
gold dollar is, or the amount of silver
in a silver dollar, is as much a stand
aid amount of metal for a dollar as
tin* amount of gold in a gold dollar
is. , - *4 ? *?*< ' ' : ? . :
A Floating Island.
In certain .jd;?ces floating islands
are not uuconuuuit, but one seen
three times las^yea^ in the North
Atlantic.t^ean? wa*s not only a rare
Occurrence, but wa*i, %besi?}es, 'of pe?
culiar . scicuriii.u:-interest. Jt was
first seen, du!y.^S,.in latitude 80 de
gress^lil iHAnutejii and bmgitmle !>.">
degress West,'^ *pie;l second oocas
uon. was on* August? 26-, in latitude
41 degrees, 49. minutes; and longi?
tude 50,jlegre{eslr'a39,ii|kinut^a,?aad' the
third time w*.as on September 19? in
latitude 45 ?fce^reen, ^miantes, and
longitude ^.ijergijer**,, ^minute*.
As it-?was neve^Jieen after* thai- date,
it was presumed that the island was
des troved in the ..antnmuaI storms.
On the three .occasion*' the island
was come upon it .,wai, moving to?
ward the Azores at the rate of about
a mile an hour. .. Its extent was
about 30^feetf"e^c^ 'way/and it con?
tained much forest growtji;, mauy of
the trees thereon..bjiiig fttlly 30 feet
high. The finding of such an island
in that section ef the 4Atlant"te is in
itself a curious IticTiTefltj but to scien?
tists generally 3 Ts more interesting
as showing th^^s'siblc juigration. irf
animais bylKis-iunauH, as nut forth
by Darwin. ? a??"*'??
Tiik Peunsylvania Legishttnre has
made Saturday .afternoon a Jwl??
holiday in that'Sta.te.

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