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The Big Stone Gap Post.
VOL- X,X- BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA.rWEDNESD?Y. FEBRUARY I. 191l7 ~Tj0.1T GOAL COMPANIES Preparing for Heavier Output This Year. i BluefleJd Tolcgmpli) In view of the fnci tlial tin coal companies have hot yet held their annual meetings il is hard to lenm just what amount of work will be done during the year 1011; It is certain that considerable new work will he provided for in the appropria? tions and much of the work which was started last year will be carried to completion. Tho New River and Pocahon tn? Consolidated Coal Com] any expects to increase its output by a million and a half tons. This increased output will come from its mines at Minden, Gentry ami Berwind, while it is possible that the lands on Peters Creek may he developed. The company has placed orders for new gathering locomotives and mibingTnachihery and has stipulated immediate delivery. This means that the company is going to start the New N ear right and get down to hard work at once. The Clilichfleld Coal Corpora? tion has some mammoth plans for tho new year. This coin puny expects to develop consid arable new propel ty, anil is now at work preparing for the big output this concern should have in another yeur. T u n n e 1 8 through a mountain, a half million dollar electric plant, $10tlj000 water plant as well as other big plans are under way, and the company's 200,000 acres of land will be the scene of some aetivo work during (Oil: The PoCahOlltaS Consolidated Collieries Company has plans for two new mines, and the Norfolk & Western is building a branch line to reach this property now. This concert! has installed modern electric apparatus, which will enable il to operato at a minimum cost and its output wili he Increased to meet conditions. The Heil Jacket Consolidated Cofll ?Kr Coke Company is also at work on its Mitchell 'jrancb mine, which will he the largest in th?? Thacker field, >nd the concern will doubtless have other plans which will increase tho OUtpilt of the cone,'111, which is now getting a hold for its gas coals in the eastern market. Tho Consolidation Coal (Jo. is pushing development work in tho F.lkhorn region, and the year 1011 will lit* a busy era in that new region from which it is expectod there will he a great deal of coal taken in the next few years. Other companies are also at work in that section, anil the towns there will see their boom days. Paintsville and Piktiville will make thousands of dollars for the people who go there, and in this connection Paints? ville is even now a good town, with paved streets and some handsome homes. The Wisconsin Steel Co. ami other companies that are oper? ating in the Pluck Mountain region are pushing their work, and their output should lie inadn to count during the year 1911, which will certainly be a banner year for Kentucky. The Davis C?al & Coke Co. in the northern pan of this s! tte, will develop considerably to take care of the big contracts which that concern has, and as a great deal of coke is to be made, it will mean employment for a great army of men. Tho Four States Coal & Coke Co., a now concern, formed lust Kriday and which took over tlie Big Coal Co., of West Virginia, the Annabelle Coal ?Sc Coke Co. and tho Four States Coal and Coko Co., will also increase its Output, which will ho handled through the Pittsburg Buffalo Coal Co. for the next twenty years. The mines taken over include ihe Dorothy, the largest mine in the Cabin Creek dis? trict: the Sarita mine, S<,500 acres of land purchased by .(no. II. Jones, from the Rowland Coal Co., anil (1,600 acres of coal laud owned by the Annabelle Coal & Coke Co . ami originally purchased from Rembrandt I'???lie and the West Maryland Kail Road Co. in 1900, and a number of tracts of coal and surface lands owned by the Four States Coal and Coke Co.. making in all more than 23,000 acres of coal and surface lands, containing in excess of 400,000, 000 tons of coal, enough to last the company 100 years at the rate of 1,000,000 tons a year. The present output of the mines is about 1.000,000 tons a year. In addition to these large concerns mentioned a number of other concerns will doubtless develop. In fact, it will be necessary for them to do so. a., it was noticeable in 1910 that the small operator had orders for all tin- coal he could get out ami at that time was in such a position that he was better oil than the company with a larger out put. Oil Prospects In Lee County, Mr. Narsdetl, President of the Cedar Valley Co., Be? lieves He is Within Few Feet of Great Gusher. Jonesvillo, Va . .Ian. Js. M. VV Mursdon, president of the Cedar Valley < >il (!o., which was recently incorporated in Vir? ginia by Philadelphia capital ists to develop oil fields in Lee county, was in Jonesvillo last night, having come from the point, about four miles west of here, where the company has been sinking its tirst well. When approached oa the sub? ject, Mr. Mnrsden talked freely about this well. lie said em phatically that be had found oil in such quantities and under such conditions as to insure that the well when completed will produce abundantly, (in account of the breaking of the ropa to the bucket, work has been BUSpendod for a few days until the arrival of a new rope which has been ordered. Mr. Mnrsden talked interest? ingly of the prospects of Jones villa and vicinity. He said: "We have found oil, and in a very few days will have lots of it, and then you will see (he excitement. This place will not hold the people who will come trooping in by tin hundreds. In the course of a few months there will be a dozen oil wells in the tield, and this will be one of the busiest communities in the state. Jonesville will boom, and very soon will grow into a small city. I expect to make my homo among you and help you to grow. I think I can nsHiire you that within twelve to eighteen months the town can he lighted and heated with natural gas at 11 very small expense." Mr. Marsden has been hero on the ground nearly a yeargiving his personal attention to the work and affairs of his com? pany and has spent something like $20,000 in sinking the well which is now nearly completed. He Buys that he has purpose,; I been ia .no'hurry, that he had i perfect confidence in finding both oil and. gaa here in great quantities, and tliat lie lias gene about the matter in a careful manner, taking Iiis time to make proper development. He lias taken oil and gas leases on several thousand acres of land in the county, extending from a point about two miles east of Jonesvillo to a point about 20 miles west of here, and while here he deposited with the county clerk, for record, anoth er large batch of leases, which have recently I.n taken. It is rumored here that the experts of the company have warned them that all the evi? dences indicate that they will strike a "gusher" in the well now being sunk, ami that the work is being purl", ulv delayed at present in order to make proper provisions r.o take care of tin- oil. The positive announcement by Mr. Marsden that he hail certainly discovered oil has created no little excitement here. IIis words have all the more weight because of the fact that ho has been rather reticent to the progress made while sinking this well. The bole is now about 2,600 feet deep, and it is expected that only a few more will complete it. The Cedar Valley Oil Co, showed its faith in the oil Held here a few weeks agn by pay? ing up the tirst year's rental on a large number of leases which then became due. These rent? als, though small in each lease, amounted to.quito a large sum in the aggregale. Think This Over This Offer Should Gain the Confidence of the Most Skeptical. We pay for all the medicine used during the trial, if our remedy fails to completely re? lieve you of constipation. Wo take all t he risk. Von are not obligated to us in any w. j whatever, if you accept our offer, That's a mighty bton i Statement, but we mean every word of it Could anything be more fair for you? A most scientific, common Sense treatment is Rcxall Or derlieB, which are eaten like candy. Their active principle is a recent scientific discovery that is odorless, colorless and tasteless, very pronounced, gentle and pleasant in action, and particularly agreeable in every way. This ingredient does not cause dtarrluea, nausea, Hatulence, griping or any inconvenience whatever. Rexall Orderlies are particular ly good for children, aged and delicate persons. If y ou suffer from chronic or habitual Const ipaltou, or the associate or dependent chronic, ailments, we urge you to try Rexall Orderlies at our risk. Remember you can get them in Big Stone (lap only at our store. 12 tablets to cents; ;it! tablets 25 cents -The Rexall Store. The Kelly I>rug Company. CLAUSEN- STALLARD ('apt. C", ('lausen, well known in Odd.Fellows' circles in the Bay Ridge district, ami a yachtsman of many yours' experience, was married on January' Kith, to Mrs. Margaret E, Staifard, at No. 436 Sixtieth Btreet. Dr. J. M. South ington, I pastor of the baptist Temple, I performed the ceremony. The wedding was a quiet affair, only the immediate members of the family of each being present. Captain Clausen is Past Sir Knight Commander of the Knights of Malta, a Paal I Sachem of the Order1 of Rod Men, Past President of the National Provident Unior. I member of the Foresters of Am.-ric.i, member of American Association of Masters, Mates and Pilots of Steam Vessels, 'and of the Yacht Masters' and Engineers' Association, Pakt Regent of Hay Ridge Council, i R. A., and many other fraternal orders ?Brooklyn News. CO-OPERATION OF RAILROADS. An address delivered by W. I> Roberts, Assistant Industrial Agent, Carolina, Olinchtteld & Ohio Railway, at Convention of Railway industrial Agent? tit Altapass, N O.', Januar) 10: This conference would not have been possible did wo not recognise the value of co-opera? tion. And although the Clinch tiehl has taken the initial step in the "back home movement" we are to diflCUSS, it is without any assumption of leadership or claim of privilege that we ask to plan with you to make our work and yours effective. After mature rellection wo have come here without any j carefullyilaid out. plan of pro? cedure for this conference. I Rhatl. indeed, tell you how the I "hack home movement'* has| operated and what we believe to be the possibilities in it for yon. hut We have decided that j any precise modi- of joint action I among us would best he dolcrm- I inoii after we have well consid? ered the exact situation in these] States served by onr conipauies , and what they need. In doing j this, I am sure that we can h ave any prejudices of division j to lie cured hy rellection or lost altogether in deeds of joint action for the common good. In the matter of immigration the railroads in these Slates have not worked together nor with the public in general or really-offebtivo way. In their, relations the attitude of all, the railroads and the public, has been one of aloofm-ss and isola? tion. Knch of the railroads h is expended its money and efforts for immigration as though there were no other desirable section in the Southern Stales than thai reached I'V its own lines. The I public, having not been panic ularly referred to in the matter, has remained unconcerned, and, until recent time, their open enemy. The peopling and de velopmi in of the country .which should from the first have I.Ii the chief business of both, was lost sight of in an atl'ected superiority on the part of the railroads and a sei ies of hostile legislative and judicial acts on the part of the public. While this situation continued there was not to tie expected any other than tin' lamentable his? tory of late years and the result shown by the recent census. Happily, antipathy and preju dice have somewhat abated, and hy a real etl'ort toward Co operation it is now possible to effect a complete reconciliation between them. 1 say it is pos? sible, nay, it is certain if the railroads themselves will Ret about the business Under the str.-ss of modern economic, li'e the railroads and the public are mutually depend? ent! on one another industrially and socially. Although the hitter relation is not generally recognized, it is, in fact, just us binding, as indissoluble as tie other. Full understanding and belief in it will come when they begin to work together. When once they realize that they are together in a common sens.-, they will lind hy an enlarge? ment of vision they are also believing together, and when they are working and believing together there will he neither time nor disposition for recrim? ination or unjust notion t one against the other. 1 do not contend that we cm tit once create a Utopia in these South? ern States, but 1 do maintain that we can here and now set going an influence which will lead to co-operation among the railroads und the people, to the lasting benefit of all. We may as well concede that our people are a mighty, an indispensable factor in our work of immigration. And when 1 say the people, I mean those in all classes and degrees of intel ligence and education. When we were gathering our lists of persons who have gone from our territory?and yours?to Western and other States, our real help cutne from people in the humblo and middle walks of life?from small farmers and laborers. Yes, they had friends and kinsmen in other parts of the country, und some were prosperous. Thoy would bo glad if they came "back homo," bringing their wealth with them. Must likely they would have new ideas and tne'hods which would be useful in the old home country. Von will admit, I think, that it was not the rich, but the poorer people who gave the extrt me Western Stati > the great increase of over 71 percent, in population from 1000 to 1910, as against 10.0 per cent, increase in these Southern States in the same period. Nor need you question that railroad .iperatiou is mainly respon? sible for the situation, the co? operation of the Western rail? roads. That among ourselves has been directed towards emigration, that is, so far as the conduct of the passenger departments of our lines is concerned. While we have been exploit ing sect ions, the Western roads have been advertising a whole country. Wich or poor, educated or ignorant, and of whatever nationality. they have "gone after" and got people, Gentlemen, let us go out of the emigration business. We want people in this country rather than the passenger fares of Wosi hound people in our treasuries. Let us go into a general immigration campaign, ami ciirry our people those the Western railroads have left to us?along \\ it It us. H is indeed necessary that we have them in our plans, for we must depend on lie-,ii to lind homes for those we bring in; and, further, it is in their power to make or tin make all nut- woik, according to llOW tlie) receive and treat the newcomer. By then- co operation, by making them feel thai llioy nre measurably re? sponsible for the success of the wink, tin- tendency id "fleece" the hotnesoeker will be checked; and, moreover, their efforts will give the movement such pub? licity as no amount of work on our part could possibly obtain. The press of tin- entire country could not overlook I he activities | of a whole people, especially! when they are turned upon a! work s-. out of the ordinary. : N ot! have probably noted the! amount of space already given in this matter, and publicity is what we n. ed for these South? ern States. Now let us see some of the things showniby the 1910 cen? sus. We have here in these Stales east of the Mississippi tind south of the Ohio and Potomac, rivers an area of 411,726 square miles, or 263,510,? 000 acres of hind, on which the total population is 10,564,040,an average of 17.2 acres for each inhabitant Compared with (?hin, which has only 6.4 acres for each person, we would re quiro an increase of 08,411,290 population to make the density equal to that of Ohio. Look ing at the situation from another standpoint; If our present pop? ulation were concentrated in any part of our territory as densely as Ihat of Ohio, 117, !ti:;,.r.'i acres, or 231,110 square miles, would remain without a single inhabitant. You will understand -.but the public which will see these figures will not) that the fact that there is 17.2 acres for euch person in these Southern States does ant mean each parcel of that 8i/o is occupied. On the contrary, I am well within the facts when I sav that over I ,000,000 farms of 140 acres can be oblaim-d right now in thu States of Virginia, North Caro? lina, South Carolina, (leorgia, Florida, Alabama. Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky, which can he made to yield a comfort? able living for 10,000,000people. ! say , further, that these farms can he bought more cheaply and worth more on the average than any farm in the West or Can? ada. It is, therefore, very wide of the mark for tint head of the Northern Pacific, Mr. Hill, to claim that this country is in 1 donger of a bread famine or j any other kind, unless it be a famine of properly-applied energy and brains. I Now, I have said that we do not present any detailed plan of action to you ut thisconferenco, but i iio wish to offer a few suggestions. First, it is desira? ble, wo think, to establish an active and permanent system of publicity. There should be a central bureau or press agency o< information covering the entire section we operate in, which would be a recognised point of the contract betwe.-n the railroads and the people, both our own and those we seek. Hy this cooperation would be increased and uni formity of action secured. I suggest that n sum of not less than (260,.I be appropriated hy the railroads on a basis of line mileage for the purpose of advertising the territory I have mentioned. Leaving these for your consideration, I will, at the risk of over-emphasis, again revert to the need of Co opera? tion. We should tint all the country on notice that we are in the immigration business, hut to do that on a scale large enough to reach all the people and carry conviction would require an expenditure greater than any single railroad com? pany would, perhaps, care to undertake: If it is done, it is necessary that it he done by joint action. 1 should like to hold out the promise that the different States and municipali? ties would join in such an ex? penditure, lint we need not expect that until we show that we can co operate together and prove what can he accomplish? ed. When we have done this; When we have demonstrated our own ability to handle a big question in a broad way. we will find the people are working with as and will spend dollar for dollar with us The news p ipers are w ith us now, and, in fact, have already done more than we have. Now, gentle? men, it will not do to Bay of these newspapers and hoards of trade that it is easy enough for them to shout for us to "go ahead" when il is for us to put up tin' money; for, in the tirst place, as 1 can show you, they are putting up their money already, A newspaper's apace is its money, and of that wo have already got the value and the promise of a still greater expenditure by them. And as to tin- hoards of trade, I have in hand the evidence from one which is paying money for the addresses of persons who have gone from this section, and which addresses are to be given to us Is not that the right spirit of co operation}1 I think you will quite agree that we need the people's help in our work, 1 think also that you see clearly that the spirit of co-operation in ourselves begets a like spirit among the people. The question i.i, Are we going to use the opportunity us ?e are asking the people to use theirs? Both the ''back home move? ment" and tho $160,000 adver? tising campaign proposed to you have caught the public ear. They have been given space in the Now York, Philadelphia and Chicago newspapers, and in a majority of those in the South, It has been so because in their mittlre they are some whut removed from the dead level of the commonplace, und the public is responsive. In short, we olfor lo you today a full-Hedged, popular plan of campaign for drawing more people into these States, and much as you may inveigh against what is merely popular, we must admit that when wo are deal tig with great masses of people, popularity is of Ut? most value. This has been the secret of real power since the world began, and will continue to be for all time. The main thing is to turn tho popular thought to practical purpose. Now wo have the plans anil we have the public ear, and, above all, wo have the great necessity before us. Wo believe the millions of unused acres in these Southern Stutes should bo I occupied by a happy, prosperous people. We believe there are many millions who should be upon these acres. Let us, thoro fore, translate our belief into action und our wish into work. I The pleasant purgative effect experi? enced by all whu use CliamberUln's ! Stomach and t.iver Tablets, and the ; healthy condition cf the body and mind ?hieb they create, makes one fed Joyful. ' Sold by enterprise Drug C\>.