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VOL~ X,X- BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY. VA.. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1911. No. 7 Normal Department. Prof. Young Presents a Solu? tion of the Present Prob? lem of Lack of Funds and Students. Since having reigned long enough, 1 will endeavor, in n no wise critical spirit, l?ut sim ply because of tho interoBl I per? sonally have in the matter, to make :i few brief remarks on tho subject of the Normal Department in the Hig Stone Gap High School. Needless BU,y> 'l 'H n source of much regret to um all, mid especially to the writer, that we have not this department in our school this year. I will say that I have looked forward with a BeilfO of gratitude from the day that 1 at.ptod my present position, feeling that during the greater part of the current year I would have an opportunity of helping to train, at leas! in a measure, those who bail deli hitely decided to follow as a life work the noble profoBsion of teaching, hut as to this par? ticular phase of my work. I have boon sadly disappointed. Where the Trimble I ies. Now, just whore tho whole t rouble lies would be hard to Hay. ilur District Kxamiuer, Mr. Worrell, recommended that the Normal Department In tins school hero he discontinued', for several reasons, yet, I under' stand, that ho will give us his, earnest support in gelling it started on a hotter and tinner basis. This sounds something like, "I have killed the cut, now ! w hat are wo going to dp With it.'* However, knowing Mr Worrell as 1 do, 1 feel sure that his motives are good, and that he is sincere in all that be has done. 'The discouraging fea? tures of the whole situation seems to be the lack of funds, ami the dearth oT students, two very vital requirements. 1 be linvo we can offer a common sense solution of the ilrst part: of the trouble] explain tho cruise of the second part and offer a remedy. First, allow me to say that there seems to be u !:>ok of interest and genuine spirit on the part of all who should be vitally concerned about the, success ami continuance of this} Normal Department. We must get greatly concerned, alt hough armed with good reasoning, in In-half of a worthy cause, if we wish it to succeed. Wo must have thai 'ire and enthusiasm that compels men and authori? ties, to listen trind consider our plea. I.utk ui Funds, Well, you say, what about the funds: There is now, as 1 understand it, an annual appro? priation of $JO<l from the State to maintain a Nor,mil Depart? ment here in connection with our High School. ThiiB is on tirely inadequate for the pur pose'. We need at least $600 more annually in order to em? ploy a good competent tOttoherl for a let in of nine months each! year, ami thus abandon forever tin? half-year session, which lias proved a failure up to this time A gooti room and a fair amount of equipment we already have. We will till agree, thai as the pupils who are trained in our various Normal Departments labor in educational fields throughout the State, the State should make adequate appro? priation for the establishment ami maintenance of these departments, Well, how many of the school officials, directly or indirectly connected with this matter, have pushed this end of it? Is it impossible to got more help from that source? Who enn definitely answer? Taking it for granted that any immediate help from that source is llOpelpSS, let UH look at the situation from another view point. Shall We Allow This Department to be DiKoa ilaoed? Cannot Wise county, and Dig Stone Gap In particular, shoul-j der the responsibility for the, present? Would it not. amply ' pay them? Needless fur me to take tho timo to oxpluin the economy and advantages t<> the people and to their children, <>f having a training school for teachers in this county. Wiho county justly boasts of lining one of the most progressive counties in Virginia. Her recent stand on tin) good ro:id question Buttling it at once anil for nil time, thus displaying hor com mon sense in regard to ho vital a matter, has placed her in the vaguard of progress. As a wide awake progressive county then can woafford to let this matter of a Normal Depart? ment, which has been partially established in your best and most suit,able High School, that id" Big Stone Gap, he abolished altogether? We must answer, No' The live or six students who attended this department here last year, I understand, wore nearly,if not all, from the coun? ty. The money that this number a Ion.- would Ion vo in the county, rather than spend it in attend? ing other Normal Schools, to-l gather with the services two of these same students have ron derod in the Wise county schools during (he current year would more than justify the appropriation of the $51)0 wo ask from yon. And we know that the protits for out' suc? ceeding vortr will bo much greater. Further, allow meto say, the people of ltig Stono Cap who should rise up us one in support of iheir school's best interest, should either pay liberally for the tuition of their children in this department, or else the town make a special appropriation of ftoo to iji'juo annually for this purpose. 1 prefer tho latter. The town is aide to do it. ami under the existing Itnauciul conditions, should gladly [respond to such a just Idomnnu made upon her, and in t he end she w ill be repaid many fold. I will say that ltig Stone I lap should go a step further than the above suggestion. Aside from the fact that this town would in all probability be the greatest direct beneficiary of this Normal Department, such tltines .is we are advocating are great aids in placing ant town or eitj upon a higher and better plain-; they stand for progress, and for a higher mental and moral uplift to any people. Therefore, ltig Stone (lap, from d selfish view point, it seems, should come forward and help us solve the other difficulty, namely small attendance in the past. Ilixh Pate id Living in tht tiap. We will agree with our eflici ent County Superintendent and District Kxnminer when they say that the present high rate of living in the Gap keeps away students, although our attrnc live little town in many other ways is a decided inducement. It is a well known fact that students can go to any Normal School town in the Slate, such as nt Williamsburg, ITarmville, llarrisonburg, and other [daces I could mention, and easily get as good board for -til anil $16 per month, and in nice families, as they can get here for jlSand $20 per month, ami then almost beg to get in. This difference pet month, we well k.iow, is a big item to the man or woman wlio has to struggle to earn an education. < >f course, we real ize that those schools have their dormitories anil boarding do parttnents attached, and they can thus in numbers give the Hut rate. Hut in the towns mentioned, some of our best people muke it a business of taking a dozen or more boarders and some do not have to do it for a living either. They ure people with a big spirit, and rejoice in the opportunity to welcome homesick boys and girls, and thus add joy to their own as well us to the young folks' lives by taking them under their watchful care and protection. I do not mean to say they do all this gratis, for as I said, in numbers they muke additionally enough to justify them financially. Now, this is what Big Stone (lap must do. She must Offer these students some inducement in the way of bonrd. All of you claim there is ho money in it. I agree with you; then, without being antag? onistic;, let sonn- worthy citizen open up an attractive private homo for this purpose, give him tho crowd, ami lot him make this inducement, if possi ' ble. Wo should st ?- that the necessary arrangements are made in duo time, If necessary, until some such arrangement can ho brought about, tho Board of Trade, which, I am glad to say, has promised their co? operation, should arrange with the hotels for a limited time. The plans 1 have laid ?Iowa, namely, a g.1 competent teacher for a full year, instead of half as heretofore, induce men I in the way of board to pupils, I believe willbring about j the required results to convince all tb>- educational authorities concerned thai the Normal De? partment at Big Stone Oop is a real success How long must i Wise county and Big Stone ' lap i carry the burden! I unawpr. Ijust a short time, because it I will only ho at our present rate of progress and growth .just a year or two before tho Normal Department would have to vacate the pn-sent room set aside for it in our school, and thereby make room for the enlarged High School Depart? ment. The State then would .'one- to our aid lust.-a.1 of this Normal Department, with the proper push and interest muni tested, we can get in its stead at. up to date State Normal School for the whole Southwest Virginia located her.-. Tho boarding problem is solved, for now there is a dor mltory and boarding depart men) attached, and the pupils of tliis section with equal hoarding rates and educational advantages, will come to Big Stone Gap, the prettiest and healthiest little mountain town in Virginia, to get their Normal training. The Conclusion id the Whole Manor. The Normal Department is not dead. Let us one and ail rally to its support, and at the beginning of the next Bohool nstic year start work anew, under the most favorable con? ditions we have ever vet had. I believe it can be done. Tin many inquiries this year even from prospective students is encouraging. As a progressive town we must hold on to tin? good things we have, as well as attract others to us. Good roads and business enterprises are essen tial to growth and prosperity , and we are going to have them: but the very foundations upon which tht- whole citadel must re^t is wrapped lip in the churches and the schools. The Good Book says, "They who are wise will ponder these things in their hearts II. 11 VouNfi. RAILROAD TO BE EXTENDED. .'reeling, Vit., Fob. 10.?The Currier I.umher Company is considering the advisability of extending their narrow gunge railroad front Pound down the river to the mouth of Brush Creek, ami perhaps up the creek to Clintwood. It is thought tin road will he thus extended if the right of Way can he secured, i This road would give the merchants along the hue ami in the adjacent sections, an ad? vantage in transportation. Most of the people along t he propose.I route will gladly lend a helping hand to the project. LUMBER IN? TERESTS ACTIVE. Freeling, Va., February io.? Tho lumber interests in this immediate section are quite active. The Self Brothers art engaged in cutting a consldera ble quantity of oak and poplar I stuff for John F, Trivitt ami Nelson Ratliff. Most of this j output will be shipped. Bet?r I Whitaker's mill is running, on Bound River, turning out a quantity of oak and poplar stuff, Furnace Property Will Probably be Sold in a Short Time. In ih>> mutter of tin- t'nion Iron & Steel Co., a bankrupt,! notice lias been served on the creditors that a petition lias been'filed praying for authority i to soli the property of the com? pany it: Loe and Wise counties, Virginia, and a hearing on the saiil petition will be held at the ? 'Hi.>f the trustee in Wilming? ton,Dein., on the 20lh of this month If this petition is granted a sale of the property will doubtless he made so..ii The notice to the creditors is as follows: ?? Not ice is hereby given that i the Trustee in the above case has filed a petition, praying foi authority to sell at public auc? tion, the personal property < f the said Bankrupt at Kwing in the Western District of Vir , gillin; also the real estate of I said BaOkrupt situate in Wise County, in said Western Dis? trict of Virginia, part thereof in the Town of Big Stone Gap said sale to be made clear of all liens ami encumbrances created by or recovered against said Bankrupt or I. 0. l'.-ttit. Ma ceiver. The Trustee further prays in said petition, for au I order marshaling the liens upon i and interests in said property, to determine the validity.! amount ami priority thereof.! and that the sale of said prop erty bo made (with the excep? tion of the town lots in Big i Stone Gap, in the District I aforesaid) upon the following terms, namely; llfty percent 6f the purchase price, when the property is struck oil", ami the balance < secured in a manner: satisfactory to the Trustee! at the expiration of six months." There's No Risk This Medicine Does Not Benefit You Pay Nothing. A phj sician \s ha made a specialty of stomach troubles, particularly dyspepsia, after v ear.-- of study perfected the formula from which Rexull Dyspepsia Tablets are made Olir experience with Uexal! Dyspepsia Tablets leads us to Ib'hove Lhem to be the greatest remedy known for the relief of heute indigestion and chronic dyspepsia. Their ingredients are soothing and healing to the in Homed membranes ,.f the Stomach. They an- rich in pepsin, one of the Kr?ntest digestive aids known to medi? cine. The relief they afford is almost immediate. Their use with persistency and regularity for a short time brings about a cessation of the pains caused b\ stomach disorders Rexall Dyspep-da Tablets will I insure healthy appetite, aid 'digestion and promote nut r 1 tioii, As evidence of our sin cere faith in Rexull Dyspepsia Tablets, wo ask you totiy them at our risk. If they do not give yon entire satisfaction, we will return you the money you paid us for them, without question formality. 'They come in three si Ac.;;, pi ices 25 cents, 60 cents ami $1,00. Remember you can obtain them only tit?The Rexall Store. Kell Drug Co. Tortured For 15 Years by a cure defying stomach trouble that liatttnl dootora, .tint resitted .ill roinerllea he tried, John YY. Modders, of Modders \ili<>. Mich , soomed doomed. Ho had to ?oil his form and give up work, His neighbors said, "ho can't livo much longer." "Whatever I ate distiessed me,' he wrote "till I tried Klcetrle Hit? ters, which worked inch wonders for me that 1 can not* eat things I could not take for years Its surely a grand rente-1 dy for stomach trouble,' .lust us gis-d for the liver and kidneys, Every lailtlo guaranteed. OnlyftOoat .1 W. Kelly's Drag Co I ? LECTRIC H>Yi;i,s^ss?ft BITTERS AM'Hi'st-va Interested In the Exhibits of the South? ern States at Fairs and Expositions. Washington, 1>. (' . Fob. 10. AS tho result oi exhibits made by the Southern Hallway aud affiliated lines .it various fairs and expositions in tho North and West last fall, the Land arid Industrial Department of tho Southern has the names of several thousand people who uro interested in the South with the viow of looking for homes, j P.xluhits wore maintained by the Southern ami alliliuted lines at the I'iltsbtirg Laild Show,] the Illinois State Fair at Spring-I field; the Wisconsin State Fair at Milwaukee, und the New York Mate Fair at Syracuse. These exhibits were viewed in the aggregate by over half a million people, acconling to reports just complied by the I,an.I and Industrial Depart-! mont of the Southern. In ad? dition as large a number visited tl.xllibit of the South and its resources made jointly at the i'bio Valley Kxposiiioh in Cin? cinnati by tho railroads of the Sout heast. The agricultural possibilities ..I" the Southeast wore displayed I to m.agllltU'Otit advantage at| these fairs, the Southern Rail? way exhibits receiving most favorable notice of them all From 10,000 to I.'.,0011 persons! \ isitet] tie exhibit daily at the! Pittsbl rg Land Show, coining front a 1 the mid.lie Mates and from < inada. A huge number of ihri.' , n rin.in farmers were among those inosl interested at W isconsin Slate Fair. The ex hihit of the varied products of Southeast at the Illinois State Fair and the New York State Fair interested thousands who hud previously considered col ton practically th.ily product >.f the South. Thousands of pieces of literature were dis? tributed, showing the oppor? tunities for pro til in other lines of agriculture in the South. RU1 H WINS IN NOTED CASE Iii the circuit eon; 1 here Sat unlay was concluded one of the most remarkable civil suits that has doubtless ever been ins'.i luted 111 this or any other court. This suit lias been pending in the circuit court here for a period ..1 nearly two years. In il ? spring of l!lf)8 .1. M. Reterfi desiring to locale in the West sold to W. A. Ruth a track of laud containing about 200 acres for the consideration ..I ?2,825. Deters claims that in making this conveyance a vor hal collateral contract was agreed to between him and Ruth to the effect that if ho should become dissatisfied in the West that Ruth should r. - convey the laud to him at the price paid, together with a year's interest thereon. Ruth denied having made such an agreement, and when Peters returned front the West, nearly a year Inter and demanded a re-eonvoyance of 1 he land, Ruth refused the demand, and be cause such contract was not incorporated in the deed, it could not be enforced by law. Seeing thiit all at temps to re gain possession of the laud were futile, Deters again re turned to the West, but did not remain theft) hut a very short time until bo returned again and upon Ilia arrival here pro duced a receipt which purported to have been hy W, A Ruth on the 20th day of January, 1000, in which In- acknowledged the payment of the money for the re-conveyance of the land, which Peters claims was paid in currency on the court house steps al the time of his former visit here. This Ruth emphati? cally denied, and said bo never signed tlu> receipt nml had never seen it liefere. Peter? was thereupon indicted aud iri.-d for forgery at tho June term, 1909, i>f the circuit court, which resulted lit acquittal for want of sufficient evidence. Following his acquittal; Peters immediately instituted suit for a re conveyance of the laud in question, which was tried in June, 1910, resulting in a mis. trial, and was continued' until ihe present term. More than one hundred Wit 1108808 were summoned and an imposing array of counsel were employed on each si.|.-, the plamtill'heing represented by Colomnn and Carter arid K M, farter, of this place, and .1 P. Wilson, of Lebanon, while the defence was represented by Commonwealths Attorney J, P. Cornea and S H. Bond, of t late City, and .1. K. Bttliitt, of Big Stone (lap. Because the case was s i well known over this county and had been more or less diSCUBBOd and practically everyone had formed tin opin? ion about tin- case', a jury was summoned from Russell county to hear the case and ilotormil e whether or not W. A Ruth ox ecu ted the receipt In question. The case was bitterly coil' tested on each side, and the jury, after hearing tl.videilCO lasting one week, rendered n verdict for I be defendant. Thus ? ?mis oni> of the most remark a ble civil suits < vor hoard in this section of tho country, -Gate City Reporter. Boy Scouts. A boys' organization, with the above name, was started in Knghttid some years ago l>\ General Sir R S g, Boden Powell, nod in t wo and one half yours its members numbered four hundred thousand. Adopting t he same plan, the nature writer, Kniest Thompson Selon, us Chief Scout, has had even greater success in tho rapidity of its spread among tin- hoys of this country anil < lanada. Tho object of the organi/a lioil is character building for boys between the age-of twelve and eighteen by training them in work-- of self r< liance, man hood and good ci tixoiiship in such ways as are attractive to the boys themselves. A military aspect is liiven to it only as a moans of inculcating disci plitto, obedience, neatness and order and in so far as it appeals tp the boys. "Scout craft" in ! duties here any activity which liinj he made lo serve a useful : purpose, cither to the hoy him? self or through him lo others It is propose I to stoiI u brunch of the organi/.ntion Boy Scouts of America in Big Si one t i up, PRESEN LED PICTURE OF LONGFELLOW A beautiful picture of il>. past Longfellow was presented to t!r ole II Tuesday as a reward for soiling lb ? greatest number ol RedCross Seals previous to t Ihrisl mas Mesdames Irvine, Pettlt, K. Ii. Ooodloe and McGormiok represented the Leuguo. Mrs J. <i. Nesbit, the regular teach lir of Grado II was present for the first time since she was taken ill with appendicitis directly after Christmas. Miss Bailey, the substitute tQacher, was also present, aud Professor Young. Air. Voting received tho pic turn for the Grade in a neat little speech, and the children gave the visitors a rising vote of thanks. The ladies then inspected tho sanitary drinking fountain, which iias been installed on the second lloor. Life Saved Kt Death't Door, "I 1?-vir t'.-lt M> ne.it my 15r.1v,-.' writ.--. W It. Patterson, ..f Wellington, TuX . aa when t frightful cough ami lung trouble pulled inO downto H?> pounds, in iplto of doctor's treatment for two jesrs My father, mother ami two sisters died ol' consumption', and thai I am sllvo t...i.iy is due solely to Or King's Ko"* lilscov ery, Urbich completely .-nre.1 me. Now I Weigh Is? pounds ami have been ?eil andstrong for years." Quick, safe sura, , its the liest remody on earth fo> coughs colds, U tfilpii-, avKtlitua, croup and ill j thrust ana long troubles) 60c.and *i 1?. 1 Trial bollle free l?uranteeil'by f, W.