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" KEEPING EVERLASTINGLY AT IT BRINGS SUCCESS."
BIG STONE GAP~WISE COUNTY" V?7 THURSDAY, JULY 6, 1893. NO. 3L
?vol. i.
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W. ?lwU?IMU?IWir,
JoiicnvUle, V?.
KS0N A BLANKENSHIP,
p-j-OKNKYS-AT-LAW.
lone
^sv?le. Virginia.
veil ??? hmdnoii? nt ?11 Ilm?*.
i ?onthwext Virginia, n apeclalty.
KS. _ - JOS. L. KELLY.
OFFICES IN AVERS BUILDING,
Big Stone Cap. Va,
n c m'imiAbii, in.
LLITT & MCDOWELL,
XORNEYS-AT-LAW,
(HG ST05KGAP, VA
h a. vv. SKEEN,
rORNEY-AT-LAW,
(UTi<. in Short! FiniMIlUjC,
|g Stone Cap, Virginia.
r. T. IRVINE,
[ITOKNKY-AT-LAW.
ggg aiding, Wood AventM,
g Stone Gap. Virginia.
TURNER MAURY,
?"J-OKNEY-AT-LAW.
gi; ilinp, Wood Avenue,
iL Stono Gap, Virginia.
'alter e. ADDISON,
At'l?)KXKYAT-LAW.
i if . i! Nil kels Ittiittliiik*.,
Stono Gap, Virginia.
\ . ; m h i.ton, Wise C.H. Va.
URNS & FULTON,
X3RNEYS-AT-LAW,
I, Wi.v iiml Diekensitii Coli litten, and
m:., .>I- nl Wyllieville, Vh.
j!> ? ? ?? - ??<-?. .?<?? r. m atnoh,
!'? ? s ? ?;??;? i:ii' St.in.- <;?p.
SAN. MATHEWS & MAYNOR,
HB'ORNEYS-AT-LAW,
HB, ill Ni. !>? U lliiilililig, W,kkI A Willie,
g Stone Gap, Virginia.
tii>n> hii<1 l'roiupt Kcmltniico.
W. J. HORSLEY,
ORNEY-AT-LAW,
Stone Gap, Virginia,
^ 1*0
Whilusburg, Ky.
i to Collectioiisalid I-aiulTitle?,
jk?n,tVis?C II w t milijch, Norton.
'ERSON 6l MILLER,
[ORNEYS-AT-LAW.
sjjgjggjp ' ,;i -.-Sfiitrimtnl to UH. A li?
tt i-- C II . Vn . ?>! Norton. Vu.
M. G. ELY,
'ORNEY-AT-LAW,
key Cove. Lee Co., Va,
m J. W. KELLY,
VSii'IAX.Ni SURGEON,
?jgfl- ? I I'ruit Store, Ayers Block,
Stone Cap, Virginia.
.I Promptly to Gull?, Iloth
l? iv and Mght. l.T-ti
C. D. KUNKEL,
CIANandSURGEON,
tone Gap, Virginia,
??: i eMo the people of th? city
mi?l I'icinitv.
m H. REEVE, M. D.
ft DISEASES OF WOMEN
[ EXCLUSIVELY,
?bin St. Bristol, Tenn.
|R. J.C. PRUNER,
DENTIST,
om No. 9, Central Hotel.
. s ? '? if tin 3d Monday tnciwu
?Ii services should mak?
? HticceediiiK daya during
? F. A. SPROLES,
i,,:N"'' DENTIST,
STONE CAP, VA.,
J" l"'rf,,"?i ?II operations ciitroaled
\ ?>???? ileea Katiafnctioii
( 'n?;UP*?t?ir?,ii, Ft it* Art <
* "- 1:30 Ii. m: ?
iitllvry.
25-ly.
W, THACKER,
ENGINEER AND
WRVEYOR,
jtot>e Gap, Virginia.
"l L,l"i Work ? Specialty.
^COLM SMITH,
ENGINEER AND
PURVEYOR.
[N*xt to Post Office. |
MQ STONK GAr, VA.
D- HURD,
HlTECT
Stono Gap, Va. *
" "NATIONS
AND ESTIMATES
flTlSTIC AfA NN Kit.
Slijr Statte (?a|? Cont|??u!rit an?] <;o:-po
mtlotttt.
Button*: Cap Improvkmkxt Co.
Capital stock, "no ;hk?.
Bonded Lome, $J.000.000.
Officer*.?R. A. Avers, President, J. F. BuUilt, jr.,
Vlce-Prealdeiit, W C. Harrington. Secretary and
Treasurer, Big Stone Gap: K. C. Ballard Throston,
Trustee, Loolsvjjl??, Ky.
Directors.?R. A. Avers. .?. f". Buiiltr. jr.. J. K.
Taggart, Big Stone Gap; Cba-. 'i. Bftllara, Louis
vllte, Ky.; Ja*. w. Fox.Jno..C. Ha?kc i. New York:
H. C. McDowell, er., Lexlr.gi.Ky.: W in. McGcorge,
jr., Philadelphia; K. H. WhiMdges Bost-a.
Executive Committee.?it. .\. Ayer?, J. K. Taggatx,
Rig Stotic (Jap; Ja?. W. Fox. Jno. C. Ha.-kell, New
York; H. C. McDowell, si.. lajxlngtou, Ky.
Biu Stovr Gar axii Powkm.'s V.m.ikv Railway Co
Capital stock. $*X>.09Q.
Officers.?K. A. Avers, President, ,i K. Taggarl. j
Vlco-Prwddfut. W. C. Harrington, Secretary und [
Tr?apnrer, Big Stone (Jap.
Directors.?K. A. Ayor?. H. C McDowell, jr.. .1. K. I
Taggart, Big Stone Cap; W. 1'. Clyde, New York : II.
C. Wood, Bristol. Tem, J
Bio Stokr Oap Elkctric Limit and Powxu Ce. j
'Capital stock. $."0,000..
President, It. A. Aycr.-: Secretary, Jos. L. Kelly;
Treatuiror, H. II. Itldlitt. j
Director*.?K. A. Avers. II. II. Bullitt. K.T. Irvine, }
Gus. W. Lovell, H. C McDowell, ji .
Bin STo.vr G.w Wants Co.
(Capital stock $200.000 Bonds (.-Wied, $65,000.)
Cflle?ra.?I'resJucnt, J. F. Bullitt. jr.: Ijig'Stone
Gap; Vice-President, James.W. Fox, New York : Sec?
retary and Tr?asurer, W. A. McDowell; Superintend
?<nt, J. l. Jennings, Big Stone Gap. ?
Director*.?D. C. Andeison, I! A. Ay.--..!. F. Bui
lltt. jr.. Big Stone Gap; J-W. Gerow. Glasgow; i* p.
Kane. Gate City, Va.
Bio stoks Gap Bviluixa a.m. Investment Co.
Capital stock?minimum?$.~0,ueo.
Capital stock?auilioi Ized?$100.000.
(No bonded Issue, j _ j
tnHc#rs.?President, It. T. Irvine; Secretary and!
Treasurer, w. A. McDowell, Big Stone Gap.
Director*.?K. A. Ayers, John W. Fox, jr., John M. j
Goodioe, K. M. Hardin, K. T. Irvine, W. A. McDow- i
ell, Big Stone Gap; John E. Green, l/)tiisville, Ky.
Appalachian Bank.
Capltul stojck?authorized?$00,000.
Capital stock?paid in?$i:,.Mt.
Officers.?President, W. A. McDowell: Teller, Jno.
B. Payne.
Directors.?J. F. Bullitt, jr., ('. W. Evans, .1 M.
Goodloe,R. T. Irvine, II. C. McDowell, jr.. W. a.
McDowell, J. B. F. Mills, Big Stone Kap; F. .1 Bird,
Ironton, Ohio.
Daisy Ikon ami Minim, Co.
(Milieu located at Hagau, Lee. Co.. Va
Capital, authorized, $'I00,o?0.
Capital, paid in, $10,000.
Officer*.?D. S. Pleasant*, President, W a. Mc?
Dowell, Treasurer, Big Stone Cap; Secretary. Waller
Graham,Graham, Va., Secretary; H. I. Monteiro,
Manager, Lagan, Va.
Directors.?Walter Graham, Graham. Va.; 11. L.
Monteiro, Hagau, Vi.: L.Turner Maury, W. A. Mc?
Dowell, D. S. Pleasant *, Big Sinn - Cap, Va.
IRTKBKTATK 1n vf.s i m knt ('?>.
Capital stock, $100,000.
President, Chas. T. Ballard; Vice President,
A. T. Pope; Secretary. T. William*. Lou
Isvillu.
Directora.?Chas. T. Mallard, .lohn Chinch- j
ill, W. N.Culp, A. S. Hughes, A. V. Lafay
ette, A. T. Pope, S. Zorn, Louisville.
Interstate Tunnel Co.
Capital stock, $10,000,1)00. .
President, H. C. McDowell, sr.. Lexington;
Vice President, St. .John Boyle: Secretary, T. j
W. Spindle, Louisville.
Directors.?St? John Boyle, .1. W. Gaulbert,
Joltu E. Green, E. T. Halscy, Louisville, Ky.:
Arthur Carey, Clay City, Ky.; F. D. Cat lev, j
New York; II. C McDowell, Lexington, Ky~;
Jno. R. Procter, Frankfort, Ky.
Fayettk Land Co.
Capital stock, $200,000.
^President, J. 11. Siinrall: Secretary and
j Treasurer, G. II. Whitney, Lexington, Ky.
I Directors.?Alila Cox, J. M. Feller, 11. F.
Smith, Louisville, Ky.: Thos. Martin, J. B.
Simrall, Q. II. Whitney, Lexington, Ky.;
Horace E. Fox, Big Stone Gap.
South Appalachian Land Co.
Capital stock,$200,000.
President, II. C. McDowell, sr., Lexington, !
Ky.; Secretary and Treasurer, T. \V. Spindle, ;
Louisville, Ky.
Directors.?St. John Boyle, J. W. Gaulbert, I
John K. Green, Louisville, Kv.; ArthurCarev, !
Clay City, Ky.; F. J). Carley, New York: 11. '<
C. McDowell, sr.,'Lexington. Ky.
West Em? Land Co.
Capital stock, $200,000.
Presideut, Jas. T. Shields) Euoxville, Tenn.
Director*.?E, P. Brvan, St. Louis, Mo.: K.
W. McCrarv, Frankfort, Ky.: .las. T. Shields. ]
Kuoxville, Teun.
I
Vikuinia Coal and Ikon Co.
Capital stock, $1,500,000. j
President, E. B. Leisetiring, Philadelphia,
Pa.; Vice President, Dr. .1. S. Went/., Maucli 1
Chunk, Pa.; Treasurer, M. S. Kemmerer, J
Mauch Chunk, Pa.; Secretary, W. C. Kent,
Philadelphia; General Manager, .1. K. Tag- j
gart, Big Stone Gap.
Directors.?R. A. Avers, Hi<r Stone (Jap: !
John C. Bullitt, E. W." Clark, SanVl Dickson,
Philadelphia, M. S. Kemmerer,SI auch (/hunk,
Pa.; E. B, Leisen ring, Philadelphia: Robert
II. Saver, Bethlehem, Pa.: Sam'l Thomas,
Catasqua, Pa.; Dr. J. S. Weutz, Mauch
Chuuk, Pa.
Powell's Rivek Coai and Ikon Co.
Capital stock, $120,000.
President, E. B. Loisenriug; Secretary and
Treasurer, W. C. Keut, Philadelphia.
A it a 2. ac at an Steel and Ikon Co.
Capital stock, $S00,000.
President, E. J. Bird, jr., Irouton, Ohio;
Secretary and Treasurer, M. T. Ridendur;
General Manager, E. J. Bird, sr., Big Stone
Gap, Va.
Director*.?R. A. Ayers. E. J. Bird, sr.;
M. T. Rideunur, Big Stone Gap; S. P. Bacon,
Cincinnati; II. W. Bates, Green up, Ky.: E. J.
Bird, jr., Iroutou,- Ohio.; Jno. C. Haskell,
New York.
Southwest Vikuinia Mineral Land Co.
Capital Stock, $55,000.
Presideut, Barton Myers; Secretary and
Treasurer, L. H. Shields, Norfolk, Va.; Gen?
eral Manager, Jas. W. Gerow, Glasgow, Va.
Directors?Jas. W. Gerow, Glasgow, Va.:
R. M. Hughes, David Lowenberg, Dai ton |
Myers, L. H. Shields, W. F. B. blaughter,
Norfolk.
Bane of Big Stone Gap.
Capital?authorized-$t00,000.
Capital?puid in?$?,300.
President,.W. H. Nickel*, Duthelcl. Va
Cashier; H. 11. Bullitt; Teller, W. M. McEl- j
wee, Big Stone Gat).
Kentucey-Cakolina Timber Co.
President and General Manager, T. H. Ma?
son; Vice President, L. 0. Pettit: Secretary
and Treasurer, H. H. Bullitt, Big Stone Cap.
Central Land Company.
Capital, $200.000.
President, James W. Gerow, Glasgow, Va.:
Secretary and General Manager, Ii. T. Irvine,
Treasurer, W. A. McDowell. Big Stone Gap;
Directors.?J. E. Abraham, Louisville, Ky.:
James W. Gerow, Glasgow. Va.. J. Holliday,
Columbia, Ky.: U. T. Irvine, W. A. McDow?
ell, Big Stone Gap; Barton Myers, L. H.
Shields. Norfolk, Va.
East Bio Stone Gap Land and Improve?
ment Co.
Capital Stock, $500.000.
President, J. B. F. Mills; Vice President,
R.T. Irrine; Secretary, S. C. Berryman, Big
Stone Gap. ,
Directors.?Geo. E. Dennis, Rocky Mount,
V?.: R. T. Irvine, I. N. Jones, Gus W. Lov
ell,J.B. F. Mills, Big Stone Gap? M. B.
m_ . J W. * K1??* "
Yates, Flint Hill,
Wood, Bristol, Tenn
Va.
Bio Stone Gap Grate and Mantle Co.
Capital stock?preferred -?IU.tMM?.
Capital stock -common- $15,000.
President, K. Jfarris; Secretary ami
Treasurer, j. B; Dowden, Big Btone Gap.
Directors.?J. B. Dowdun, Johu tiillcyfW.
T.GeiodHH^W.K. Harris, R. ti In iue, Big
Stone Gap.
:VIRGINIA _AS A HOME.:
|COV. McKINNEY CONTRIBUTES]
TOTHESOUTHERN HAND
i BOOK'
-
j The State's Resources, Advantages j
and Needs Set Forth,?Our
Wealti?, Furnaces, etc.
[Lync(iburg X?wh.|
? At the conventiontion of Southern
governors held at Richmond in April
it was ngreed that each governor
present should prepare a paper on
tlie resources, advantages and needs
'if Iiis State, and that these papers
should be published in a book to be
distributed at the Columbian expo
sit ion.
I Colonel John Bell Bigger, secreta
! ry of tlie convention, was entrusted
with the work of getting out the
book. Already he lias received the
contributions of several of the South?
ern governors, and Governor McKin
nev's paper on Virginia, which is
nearly completed, will be placed in
! his hands in a few days.
Qpv. McKinney's paper wastes no
space in introductory remarks. Af?
ter giving ? general description of
the advantage! of Virginia in respect
of soil, climate, etc.,'it takes up tlie
subject of the States mineral wealth.
OUR MINERAL WEALTH
"For twenty years," it ways, "min?
eralogists have predicted that the
time would come when Virginia
would be ahead of all other States in
the quality and quantity of its min?
eral products. These predicments
jhave been verified, and immense de?
posits of minerals, richer than any
j other State can show, and great coal?
fields for making coke, higher in fix?
er! carbon and more valuable lor
smelting purposes than any others,
have been discovered. * * *
The number of prospectors and ex?
plorers for minerals is greater than
ever before in the State, and more
analysis and practical tests of min?
erals have been made, all with fine
x'SultS."
An enumeration of the minerals
follows, together with deseriptioii of
their location, and then the paper
takes up manufactures.
A LARGE NUMBER OF FURNACES
At this point the governor says:
"The number of furnaces for
smelting the various ores is phenom?
enal and as much as $50,000.000 has
been invested, mainly brought in
from outside the State; Railroads
have been projected and built into
sections where the richness and prox?
imity of the different ores and an
abundance of fuel promises the
cheapest product. * * * Works
for the manufacture of metals are
begining to follow the track of these
furnaces, and towns like Roanoke,
Buena Vista, Pulaski City, Radford,
and others demonstrate the advant?
ages of such manufactures by their
extraordinary life and growth."
The paper touches comprehensive?
ly upon the mineral spring of Virgin?
ia, gives a list of the woods used in
mechanic arts to be found in the
State, presents some figures regard?
ing the value of the lumber trade to
our people, and by quotations from
the last report of the commissioner
of agriculture makes a splendid ex?
hibit regarding the agricultural and
trucking interests of the Common?
wealth.
"There are," says the paper,
"manufactories, mills, shops, and
stores in every county, mainly in the
cities, towns, and villages, and they
are fast embracing the utilization of
every product of the State used from
canneries to dairies, furnaces and
cotton-mills."
OUR THASPOftTATION FACILITIES.
The governor sets forth Virginia's
transportation facilities by land and
water, touches ou our unsurpassed
advantages for the cultivation of the
oyster, relers to our educational pro?
gress and the continuous develop?
ment of our public school system,
and speaks forcibly of the reverence
of our people for religion.
In concluding the paper the -gov?
ernor fcays:
"Virginia, like most of the old
slave-holding States, languishes un?
der a burden growing out of the
ownership of large tracts of land by
persons wdio have neither labor nor
capital sufficient to cultivate them.
* * * To remedy this at least
10,000,000 acres of land?-not includ?
ing homesteads?ought to be sold
(18,000,000 would be better) to im?
migrants who are able to purchase
and who would stock and cultivate
tie land after having bought it.
Virginia wants men who want homes
for themselves and families; it needs
population;?it requites good men?
I steady, industrious, law-abiding
men, with their families. Thousands
of acres of broad, fertile, unoccupied
land await the coming of such a
class of settlers.
GOOD IMMIGRANTS WANTED
"A good class of immigrants would
introduce small industries into the
villages and thickly settled portions
of the State. These industries
should be suited to the families of
men of small means, who find it nec?
essary to have their children, if not
their wives, earn something away
from home. Virginia cannot afford
to exchange her population for that
of any other laud or country. With
capital there could not be found any?
where better farmers, planter, orch
ardists and truckers than the present
population, nor better miners and
manufacturers than she already has,
but without complaint or mourning
for the cause her agriculturists and
planters find themselves with large
tracts of valuable land which they
cannot, utilize."
Larry Whalon's Saloon.
Larry Whalon was a railroad la
boter, and lived along the line in a
clapboard shanty with his wife. Kit
ty. They were honest enough peo
pie. Both had a fondness to a glass
of whiskey, and an intense yearning
for some occupation that would en
able them to live without hard work,
Larry Whalon and his wife he
lieved, whether rightly or not I must
leave the reader to judge, that there
was no railing that paid as well for
the time that it took and the money
invested, as buying whiskey by the
barrel and selling it by the glass.
"It's a foine, aizy loife thim bar
keepers does be bavin'," said Mr.
Whalon one evening as he and hi.s
wife sat before the red-hot stove m
their shanty, smoking in concert and
listening to the sleet beating a tattoo
on the shingles overhead.
"Yis, Larry," responded Mrs
Whalon, "and 1 d<> be thinkin' that
if we iver do start in the business it's
toime we was at it. Sure, we've got
enough on hand now to begin, not in
a grand way to be sure?that'll come
later on?but quiet and sure loike."
An examination of their working
capital revealed the fact that they
had on hail enough money to buy a
barrel of whiskey and a box of cigars
and just ten cents over. As work
was slack with Larry, and there
were many of his companions out of
employment, they decided that the
time of beginning was opportune.
Larry bought the whiskey and ci?
gars, and then extemporized a bar by
laying a plank between the heads of
two barrels. And now, with Kitty
behind the bar, the establishment was
ready for business.
As the day was stormy and the
opening had not been extensively ad?
vertised, customers were not forth?
coming at one, so Larry recalled that
he had a working capital of ten cents
in his pocket, so by way of encour
ing trade, and quenching his thirst,
he decided to get his monev into cir
culation.
He and Kitty had ciphered out
that if every customer who bought a
ten-cent glass of whiskey were to fill
his glass, they would still have five
ceuts clear on every glass.
By way of doing everything up on
good form, Larry went outside, then
re-entered, wiping his lips with one
hand and grasping in the other his
working capital of 10 cents.
"The top of the mornin' to you'
Mrs. Whalon, and how's business in
the bar today?" asked Larry, as he
took an admiring glance at theestab
lishment.
"It might bu better and it might
be worse," was Mrs. Whalon's gaurd
ed reply.
"Well, 1 don't mind helpin' an
honest business along. Let me have
a drink of your best whisky, and if|
tin cints is the price of the same
there's your money," and Larry laid
the coin on the plank.
The liquor was drawn and drank,
and as Mrs. Whalon looked at the
mouey she said:
"Begorra, Larry, there's iive cints
made clane on that little dale. Now
avick, do you stand behind the bar
and let me play I'm a customer."
Larry stepped behind the plank
and his wife went out and re-entered
and delivered herself of the regula?
tion speech as to business and the
weather. She ended by laying down
the 10 cents and getting a glass of |
whiskey.
"Hoop!" shouted Larry as he re?
gained possession of tlie workingcap-j
ital. "Five cints more made with
I out lettin' the tlirade or the monej'1
jgit out av the family. Let us keep
it up, Kitty; let us encourage what
thim politicians does be callin' the
home market."
The day was cheerless without,
but there was joy that accompanies
remunerative work in tli?' cabin of
Larry Whalon.
That coin alternated between him
and his wife so long as they
were able to stand up and drink, and
we may be sure that, as they were
clearing five cents on every glass,
they kept their feet as long as they
were able.
The next day they continued the
business "at the same old stand, in
the same old way." Entirely satis
fied with the profit of the home
market, they became indifferent to
commerce of the outside world and
highly delighted with this phase of
nome consumption.
At length there came a day when
the barrel was empty, and only* the
ten cents remained, and with the ex?
haustion uf the liquid Larry and
his wife may be said to have gone
into liquidation.
The poor fellow died in an insane
asylum a year afterwards. His
neighbors say that he lost his mind!
in a desperate effort to fully under?
stand the mysteries of a home mark?
et, and how it came about that he
grew steadily poorer while he and
his wife were making five cents a
glass on the whiskey they consumed.
-. ? ?
He Pants For Fame.
A boy in the Wichita schools has
been suspended for reading the fol?
lowing essay on pants: "Pants are
made for men and not men for pants.
Women are made for men and nut for
pants. When a man pants tor ;t
woman and a woman pants for man,
they are a pair of paints. Such
pants don't last. Pants are like
1 j
molasses; they are thinner in hot
weather ami thicker in cold. The
man in the moon changes his pants
during the eclipse. Don't you go to
the pantry for your pants, you might
he mistaken. Men are often mistak?
en in pants. Such mistakes make!
breeches of promise. There has been
much discussion as to whether pants
is singular or plural. Seems to us
that when men wear pants they arc
plural, and when they don't w ear any j
panls it is .singular. Men go on a !
tear in their pants, and it is allright;j
but when the pants go on a tear it is i
all wrong."?Guthrie State Capitol.!
The following rule for determining
the market value of a silver dollar is
from Langlin's "Bimetallism:" Mul?
tiply 859? by price per ounce of sil?
ver and divide by 1,000." In 1,000
silver dollars there are ^09^ ounces
of silver 900 fine. The juice of sil
ver yesterday was 79 cents per ounce
1,000 fine; the value of an ounce 900
fine is 9-10 of 79, or 71.1 cents.
Then ,859| multiplied by 71.1 gives
the value of 1,000 silver dollars,
which is $611.01. One dollar there?
fore is worth 61.1. cents.
WON DISHFUL INDIANA.
A Hoosicr Tells of Ettltliv Uew&rkablc
Tilings in Ills Shite.
A citizen of Mn/.cppn, Gn., teils the fol- j
lowing story, says the Atlanta Constitu- j
tion: A man with a drove of mules, the
man claiming to be from Indiana, stopped
for the night with the citizen's father.
The family had an idea that Indiana was
near the North Pole, and asked a great
many questions about the country. In
answer to questions the Indiana man
said:
"'Yes, there the nights are shorter but
they have a d?d sight more of them and
they are darker." He had seen them so
dark there that you couldn't see the head?
light of a locomotive thirty feet away.
He also said it was a great tish couutry;
that you could not ride a horse across a
creek without knocking a two-horse wag?
on load of fish out ; but that he had gone a
fishing once, and then only caught one
fish, and when he pulled the fish out of
the Mississippi the river fell six inches
from its mouth to Cairo. He also said it
was a fine timber country. A few days
before he left home be cut down a tree
that measured exactly 100 yards long.
He drove a wedge in the big end, and it
burst entirely open and split a thicket of
300 yards that was so thick that you
couldn't run a fishing pole into it end?
ways. The place opened by splitting of
the log was then being used for a wagon
road. He also said it was very healthy
that only one man had died in twenty
years, and they had to pull his last breath
with a corkscrew.
A young clock peddler was also spend?
ing the night with his father, and he ask?
ed if it would be a good country to sell j
clocks. The Iudianian said no, they had j
no use for clocks; that they kept time by
.the growth of pumpkin vines, which grow
five feet each hour. He said it wag the
vegetable country of the world. Every
kind grew well, except beets, and they
grew so long they stuck through into
China, and the Chinamen pulled them
through. In answer to a question wheth?
er it was a cold country or not, he said
it was awful cold; he had seen a hbze of
fire freeze to the back of the chimney, and
they had to knock it loose with a poker.
WEST VIRGINIA COKE.
The Entire Product of Many Coui
| panles Taken by the Illinois
I Steel Company.
{Special to Courier Journal.,
Wheeling. W. V.\.. June 29.1
?The Illinois Steel Company, ?f
Chicago, has contracted with (';.??
Tidewater, Norfolk, Shamokin, Lick
Brand Powhattan coal companies of
the Flat Top, West Virginia, coal
field for their entire supply for the
coining six months, commencing
duly 1. This company is one of the
largest iron manufacturing concerns j
in the United States, and the largest
in its particular line. Owing to the]
scarcity of cars from which the Nor?
folk tfe Western railroad is suffering,
the steel company has put 700 of its
own cars at the service of the coke
makers, and forty car loads will he
shipped each day, putting the entire
700 cars into use on this line alone,
as it will take four train* of forty
cars each coming ami going daily,
allowing four days for tlie trip and
two trains at eacli end loading um!
unloading.
The price at which the contract is
made is not public property, but it
is understood to be considerably less
than the offer made by the H. C.
Frick Coke Company, which had
the contract for the past six months,
and which is reported to have
made a concession for the coming
six months. The Norfolk & West?
ern railroad is also reported to have
cut its regular rale in cousiderati m
of the regularity and size of . Ii"
shipping contract, and also through
aT^desire to bring itself and the coke
produced in the field in which it has
exclusive lines into prominence.
But the greatest interest in tjiis
contract docs not arise from its size,
although it is one of the biggest
which will be made this sunurter.
For years the coke producer.*! of the
Virginias, Kentucky am! Tennessee
have tried to induce fiirnacenren f
use their product, but without suc?
cess, except for trie manufacture of
low grade irons for mill a.id found
ery uses. It has been asserted ev?
erywhere, and especially in W heel?
ing ami Pittsburg districts nie e
most of the Bessemer iron is made,
that no coke except Counelsville
coke would produce satisfactory re-!
suits. Even eoks made from coal
taken from the Connellsville neani.
but actoss the West Virginia line,
was doomed and declared unfit foi
use. New lover, VV. Va., coke ivasl
also considered valueless, as were Po
cahontas and Flat Top products.
Ail these cokes were inferior t j
years ago, due chiefly to crude met!)- j
oils employed in their manufacture
but for three years coke has been
made at Fairmont, along the W< >;
Virginia Central railroad, along the
Chesapeake & Ohio in the New L\iv
er region, and in the region opened
bv the building of the Ni?rfolk cv :
. . .
Western's Ohio river oxtention, all
in West Virginia, which show a- |
good, and in some cast's bette;, chi m
ical analyses, it has hard line to
travel, however, and low prices, ami
especially favorable conditions o?'er
ed by small producers, have always
been met by the big fellows in lite
Connellsville region. A late objec?
tion to some of these cokes, and one
which was well taken, was that Chey
were weak in structure and had not
sufficient strength to support the
burden of a heavy furnace. This
trouble has been obviated by mixing
coals from different seams.
The recognition of the West Vir-j
ginia coke by the Illinois Steel Com?
pany will go far toward overcoming
what has grown from well taken ob?
jections to prejudice, especially
among smaller concerns. This is
not the first substantial victory for
West Virginia coke, for the Davis
Coal & Coke Co., operated by ex
Senator Henry G. Davis, and ex Sec-1
rotary of War El kins, i* shipping
coke to Mexico and South America,
j and has regular trade in California
and the State of Washington.
Another point of interest is the
fact that the Baltimore and Ohio and
Pennsylvania railroads are building
lines into West Virginia's upper coke
fields, the only inducement being an I
opportunity to carry this coke in op-!
position to Connellsville coke,
through which field both lines al?
ready ptiss. Twenty million- dollars
has been invested in West Virginia
coking coal lands in the past five
years.
' ? ^? ?> -
The attendance at the World's
Fair for the week ending June 17th
was 723,7%, and for week ending
June 24th was 70:>,OOrO,
The Convention Call,
Following is the number of dele?
gates to the gubernatorial convention
bv counties and cities:
Accomac
A!beni?rle
Alexaudi ia
Alleghaney .
Amelia
Am herd
Appomattox
Augusta
Bath
Bedford
Bland.
Botetourt.
Brunswick .
Buchanan
Buckingham
I 'amp be 11
Caroline
Carroll
Charles City
('harlotte
< Chesterfield
Clarke
Craig. . .
Culp'eper . .
Cumberland'
Dickenson
Dinwiddie
Elizabeth Git
Ivssex
Fairfax
Fanqnier
Floyd. .
Fluvanna
Franklin
Frederick
Giles . . .
i Moiicester
< ioochland
Grayson
Greene.
Greencville
Halifax
Hanover
Heurico
Henry
Highland
Is!" of Wight
?lames City
King George
King and Queen 7 V?n k
Tot;.!
.7
10
.10
.27
13
.. 8
11
. 9
13
. 3
.13
.18
.14
. 4
.20
12
COI'NTIES
35 Kiiig William
28 Eanca?er, . . .
o Lee
1'2 Loudoun.
5 Louisa .
. 17 Lute nburg . .
8 Madison ....
:iil ilathcws! . >
5 Mecklenburg
32 Middlesex
5 Montgomery
17 Xartsemond .
.10 Nelson . .,
?r> New Ivent....
13 X of folk.
is Xorthampton .
12 N'orthumberlandlO
14 Nottoway ... 9
3 Orange * . 13
14 Page
17 Patrick
L2 Pittsylvania
"> Powhatau
16 Prince Edward 8
6 Prince George . 8
4 Princess Anue 0
6 Prince VVillianiM
9 Puhl! ki .14
9 Raj !ahaanock 11
22 Kichmond . . 6
*2s Roanoke . . .15
9 Roekbridge.
9 fiockin diam
14
13
37
4
22
33
17
20 Scott ... 17
11 Shenandoah .23
9 Smyth . .14
ti Sonthampton.il
13 Spotisylvania 8
7
6
3
6 Stattord
4 SlUTV .
11 Sussex
15 Tasewpi!
24 Warren
13 War wrick .
6 Washington
l? Westmoreland 7
?1 Wise .11
i'? Wvthe . 18
5
16
13
10
28
1,306
i ities:
Alexandria 20 X nth Danville 5
Bristol '? Petersl Etrg . .26
Biieua Vista V itsmouth . . 17
l 'harlottsville 9 Richmond . . 101
Danville. 12 Ra I lop! .6
Fredrickfihnrg. 7 Botin oke. . .27
Lynchburg 24 Staun ton . 9
Manchester . 13 Williamsbiirg . 1
Norfolk 4n Winchester . G
Total of cities
236
1,642
Grand total
Necessary for a choice.-.
-- ?
His Prediction True,
John Fitch, who navigate i a steam
bout on the Deiewafe River seven?
teen years before Fulto'Vs boat made
its appearance on rii" Hudson, was
born in Windsor, G?nn,1-? in 1743. In
1785 he built his first model, a little
boat four feet long si Id >n ? otwlde,
with a crude little steam engine set
in. He tried it on a litt I" stream in
a meadow and was greatly rejoiced
its successful operation.
After two failures Fitch had a
complete success with a steamboat
in 1790, and this boat ma le between
2,000 and 3,000 miles that summer,
averaging seven and. one-half miles
an hour, and making regular trips
from Philadelphia to points along
the river.
But the inventor was t< o poor to
obtain the necessary machinery for
further improvements, and miserable
and discouraged he took an overdose
of morphine in 1798 and thus passed
away. "The day will come." lie
said bitterly, "when vorn?) powerful
man will get fame and riches from
my invention, but nobody will be?
lieve, that poor John Fiten can do
anything worthy of attention.'!
World's Fair PhtUuthrooUU,
Maaars. Sod the Bros., wealthy *."..i< ?gu genttffMflt
having tli-j interest o! thei; eitj tu hearty?i.d rfealriug
tu dUprove the falsity ut th? i?ta?ement (hat only In
hoarding hon m:-can be found n?.i.'..- nt?- priced ac
aimmodatkmft during the IVdjrM'S FaiD". remodeled
aud furuiahed at great axpetiM ort? of tiseir famous
?b-olutely lire-proof business hlroctur?*, located
corner of Franklin a:-d Jaekv>n ?tr^->. wltldu short
a Hiking distance of the U?lptt-dopot/?, TJwatrira, Post
Office, Board of Trade, St???ii el"V?is-.{. ftsMa iioads
ami Steamboat* t<> the IKorMVttrir. im ihdwd i*wlj
throughout 500 rooms, Supsth r^rlor* elwatojrti
trie lights, ?-xhauM fun* to kecp<<*ll eattr? oulldiag.
named tili? property The ?reut n esti ru llot?I
and invite tb? public u> take tUir rbofcc at rooms
for *t.00 per liay, ?ereudel i5 to 13 ?ft.? MM*. Sle
gant restaurant and dinning r..oui> ? U?tM tine unaila
lire wv?l aiSOceutf, oralaeartesi very !ooder?H>
uiieea.
Therw wwuld be l.?f? heard or teweai .' <\tyrtJ"U
aap Impoi?tUn connected ?hh Mi ^ <??*}? 8
were there more public j,plrlte<t. lui: roiuded men la
ChicaeoaH are the owner* ??rd "f , ,?
Oremt; Weatern Hate!., Oar rua?fcr? ******
ivrlte as ?arly as j>o#^ible io ... . n. ?? a -m*, Uvr H?ey
ar.> U'lng taken up rapidly.-St Paul tWJ s?W^
at-6t.
Mns. it S. Gn i.vr and .\Ls, JelVer
son Davis are staying at ?he samo
hotel at West Point and met each
uliicr for the first lime a lew day* ago.

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