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The Big Stone Gap Post.
Normal Department.
Prof. Young Presents a Solu?
tion of the Present Prob?
lem of Lack of Funds and
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
.'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.
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
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
?? 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."
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LECTRIC H>Yi;i,s^ss?ft
In the Exhibits of the South?
ern States at Fairs and
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.
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,
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
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.
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consumption', and thai I am sllvo t...i.iy
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