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?VOL. XIX. BIG STONE GAP. WISE CPUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY. APRIL 5, ,911. No. 14 EDUCATIONAL RALLY. atrons' Day Biggest Success In History of Big Stone Gap High School. Hon. William Hodges Mann, Governor of Virginia, and Other Distinguished Visitors Present. Morning Session. March thirty first, nineteen hundred and eleven, will oer ; tainly be pleasantly remember? ed 08 u red letter day in tho history of Rite Stone Gap, and Prof. H. H. Voting has just cause to feel proud of tho sue C08S ef this "open meeting" of natrons and pupils, visitors and friends of the school, for the good of which he has worked so faithfully and untiringly BinCO he came to t he t lap. Though the weather was not all that could he desired, yet interested groups of patrons I and visitors were seen early on the well kept school., grounds and on the different Moors! moving from room to room examining the neat work of tho| pupils which was displayed in I tin- different grades, ami ex- | pressing their interest and j pleasure in complimentary terms. The teachers had mode an effort to display their pupils' papers attractively, anil the appearance of the rooms morei than repaid them for their trouble. The signal for assembling in the auditorium was given about ten thirty, and Principal II. II.! Voting made a short address, giving a review of what the teachers had been aide to ac complish and what they hoped to accomplish, lie thanked the patriotic, citizens who had come forward and generously sup I plied the necessary funds to run the school another mouth, when i otherwise it would have closed | at the end of t ight mouths; ami; and lie spoke of the faithful work of his assistants and the earnest need of heart felt co? operation between parent and toaehbr at all times. Professor Voting deserves no faint praise for lie has indeed accomplished wonders this year by his untiring energy, his devotion to the school and his persovoranco in the face of : discouragements. As we re I marked when Prof. Voting tirst came to the I lap, though lie is a small man physically, yet in every other way he is a worthy successor to that other little man who yet was the biggest, school proposition we over handled?Prof. H. II. Sheppe, of honored memory. In cloning his introductory remarks,Prof. Voting introduced another of our big school men? a man who, us ltev. J. B. Craft was iverheard to remark, made all natives of the good old county of Scott feel like the biggest people in the audience? I'r. .1. P. Metamucil, a native of Scott county, and for several years Professor of History ami Keonomies in Kmory ami Henry College. Ur. McOonnell has an agreeable delivery, ami as he always has something to say worth listening to, ho held the Undivided attention of the au? dience throughout his adtlress. Dr. McOonnell said among other good things, that the strength of a nation is in the heads of its people,and that the public school should not be re? garded as the privilege hut us the riyh'l of every American hoy and girl, He said the High Schoo! was not tho Poor Man's College. I but the People's College, ami | should he n garded as such He spoke of the Conservation of Raw- Material, ami said our Kfeatest waste of raw material was tho waste of our boys anil Kirls, and that we should devote more of our time ami thought und money to training them to be good citizens and good livers. After Dr. McOonnell brought his remarks to a close, two of Miss ltlake's music pupils? MiBses Margaret Pettit and Mary Skeen?played an instru i mental duet, Sonata 11, by! Diabellt, very charmingly on tho piano. Dr. W. S. Neighbors, the rever'ned President <>f Sullina College, thi'ii addressed the nit! dience in Iii? usual happy vein for nearly an hour; Dr. Neigh? bors is an earnest and forceful Bpeakor, and Iiis argument against the secularization of| our public schools, ruling out tho Word of Qod, met with aj hearty response among our Bible reading people. Dr. Neighbors said there wan abso? lutely no moral quality in intel? lectual culture und cited ancient Greoco as an example of great intellectual culture for which her name was synonymous, hut which did not save her from being caught in the whirlpool of her own immoral lifo when she sank to rise no more. Dr. Neighbors said that though training was necossaryl in every profession, yet tho old idea still held grind that any? body would make a good cit? izen, tie stated that the Science' <>f LiylngTogethor was the most difficult of all the Sciences. Dr. Neighbors closed his ad? dress with an impassioned plea! for the Bible as the foundation for all our intellectual building! since the Word of (Jod was the Beeret of a nation's pence and j prosperity. Following the close of Dr. Neigh.bore' address, Miss Klthal Kline sail"; "Sweot Little Wood- J laud Rose/' by Klbert L. San-1 for.l. Miss Kline lias a vory sWuet voice, and her solo was listened to with tho greatest enjoyment Afternoon Session. The afternoon session was opened by Suporintondent.1. N. ilillman, who made a few per linent remarks on educational subji cts in Iiis usual forceful j style, and it was a matter of j rogrut that he did not allow himself more time, sini e Super i intendenl Ilillman, like Dr. MijConnell, always has some tiling worth while to say, and! he says it unusually well, and he never foils to make a favor able impression on his audience. Mr. Ilillman is making an AI Superintendent, and wo are til ways Kind to tfivo him a chance to make it speech in Kin; Stone tiap. lie is a pleasant mannered Mittag man, full of enthusiasm for his work, and he is even more welcome when | lie brings Mrs. Ilillman along? as bo ditl Friday?than when lie drops in by himself. Superintendent Ilillman said in his ten minutes' talk on edu cationnl matters generally, that there were three distinct ten? dencies noticeable in education at tho present time?tho socio logical, scientific and psycho logical, and the latest tendency was towttrds harmonising these three phases, llo spoke with approval of tho present tenden? cies towards expansion of the curriculum ami the nationaliz? ing of method. He spoke of the need of professionally trained, better paid teuchera, and stated that there must be an insistent and persistent demand for pro? fessionally trained men ami women in this Held before the Universities would recognize tho necessity of placing the training of teachers on a level with their other requirements. Superintendent Hill man de? plored the movement on foot to eliminate the reading of the Word of God from our public schools, anil declared that wir could not afford to secularize our public schools. llo wont on to say that the expansion of school work was an expansion of necessity, since social needs hud arisen which the school must meet, and that, there were more demands upon the public school today than ever before. In further discussion of this question of social efficiency^! Superintendent ilillman asked the pertinent question, "Are we socially efficient when our code of morals is one-sided? When we requiro a ditTeront standard for each of tho soxes?" Superintendent Ilillman con? cluded by introducingour Chief Executive in a few well chosen, huppily expressed sentences as a typical representative of Southern chivalry and houored manhood. Governor Manu talked to a packed auditorium for over an \ hour without a dull minute. His remarks gained added weight naturally from the fact! that he has his linger constant ly on the pulse of the gronti State of Virginia, and he knows whereof he speaks when he] talks intimately <>f what he has been able to accomplish and j what he hopes yet to accotn plish during his governorship for the advancement <>f his Commonwealth. Governor Mann is a very en? tertaining speaker, having tit fund of amusing anecdote at his disposal, and a very pleas? ing delivery. It is to him that we owe the Mill (Irut introduci t in P.I04 and finally passed in 1000, known its the "High School Hill," providing for a High SChool in every school district in the State of Virginia. Referring to this Rill, Governor Mann saitl that since 100(1, three hundred ami thirty-one High Schools hail been built at an j expenditure of nearly four mil? lions of dollars, and he conti dently prophesies that in less than live years, there will he a High School within the reach of every child in Virginia. It is Governor Mann's hope that Virginia's place as seventeenth on the school list will he changed to lirst. where Mas? sachusetts now stands. Governor Mann expressed in no uncertain terms his pride and satisfaction in the nerve Utid grit of Wise county, in hor courage, enterprise and intel ligonce as evidence.! by her ability to lloat her live por cent. bOnd issue for good roads ut 102 per cent. Ho saitl Virginia's hope lay in her hoys ami yirls, and went pin to explain about the Hoys' Corn Clubs and what Wonderful results they hail ac? complished in the improvement of agricultural conditions. Judge Mann said it was his intention to double the agricul? tural output of the State during the three remaining years of his term of offico. He said he was willing to serve his people in any capacity except Judge! of a Baby Show. Tiie Chief Executive certain ly made a splendid, inspiring and enthusiastic address, and his andiene.- were better Vir? ginians for having listened lot him. "Ami by Virginians," said the Governor, "1 not only mean the people u ho were horn here, hut the people who had sense enough to come here after they were horn." The climax to a day of good things was the reading of a letter by the Hon. lt. T. Irvine at the close of the Governor's! adtlress, in which Andrew Carnegie agrees to give $10,0001 to Rig Stone Gap for a Public! Library, the culmination of a movement which has been on foot for over a year. ATTACKING SEWERAGE PROBLEMS Health Department Regards Them as Especially Im? portant in Spreading Fever. Richmond, Va., April I.? Arguing that small towns are frequently the centers of serious epidemics of typhoid fever, owing to inadequate sewerage disposal, the State Department of Health is now engaged in a campaign to arouse public, sentiment in these towns to secure the installation of adequate sewerage disposal systems. It is pointed out by tint health authorities that some of tint most dangerous typhoid epi dumics of recent years have occurred in small towns und cities, and it is suggested that much of the fever was spread by faulty disposal of sewerage. I Conditions which have been unearthed by the Sanitary En? gineer of the Department, in recent inspections, have led the Department to believe that the typhojd problem can never be adequately Bottled until sani? tary systems of sewerage dis posal aro installed. It is expected that the services of the State Sanitary Engineer, as an expert adviser to the towns and cities of the Stata will he great? ly in demand during the coining typhoid fovor season. H. H. Barnes First Proprietor of Monte Vista Motel, May Become a Millionaire. Mr. 11. II. Barnea, well known in the Clap as the V'irM manager of tho Monte Vista Hotel at thin place, may become a million dire. Mr. Barnes is now pro? prietor of tho Mat/. Hotel, at Bluofield, and of his good luck, the Telegraph, of that city, nays: ?'Henry Barnes, manager of the Mut/. Hotel, has been told by friends ami attorneys that lands in a neighboring Kelt tucky county which were owned by his fatln-r and mother are underlined with coal and cover? ed with the littest of virgin timber. As tho tract amounts to nearly !5;000 acres it can be read ily estimated that the coal lands nlone, with Bevoral seams of Coal, are worth in tho neigh? borhood of a million ami a' quarter of dollars, while the timber should at least bring throe quarters of a million. Estimated at this rate, Mr. Barnes, who has a brother and a sister to share Iii? good for? tune, will be worth in the neighborhood of a million did . lars, if the courts dually decide that they are the rightful own? ers. Recently tho federal court, in bunding down a decision at Lynchburg involving the title to lands in Buchanan and Tike counties, gave as its opinion that the squatter titles have precedence over grants made several hundred years a go by kino;- and governors. Acting Oil this decision attorneys as sun- Mt. Btiruos thai lib and his family are rightful owners to large tracts of coal ami timber. A number of sears ago Mr. I Barnes' parents decided that Kentucky was the place fot them to live and round oul 0 happy life. They bought land at lifty cents an acre and settled on it. although little hope for a fortune came to them. They livod a pleasant life and reared a family, and later on added to their acreage by purchasing additional land at from twenty 11 v?! to lifty cents an a^re. Mr. Barnes' mother often told him I as a boy about the value of a : six-foot seam of coal which was mi the land, and also mentioned tli? value of the timber if it I could be gotten to a market,! but. as no railroad was near, and ' tho roads were too poor, and the land too far from the Blue (Iruss region, where the wealth I of tho world was supposed to I be, the family built no air I Castles lall permitted nature to I grow still larger trees, ami when llrewood vvas needed Mr. j Barnes ami his brother, accom? panied by their father, went into tho woods and felled] enough trees to keep the fires going. As the years roped on the railroads began to move inward into the mountains of Kentucky and the Messaha family saw the: great wealth of the mountains. Later on the Consolidation Coal I Co., the Mason Coal Co., the Big Sandy Coal Co., and many j other millionaire coal concernsI saw the coal values and year by year the railroads pushed their lines of steel into the mountains and hauled out the coal ami the timber until all the world knew of the value of Kentucky mountain lands. 3,000 COKE OVENS TO RESUME WORK ROanoke, Va., March -J!?.?It is learned from the Norfolk and Western railway that the United States Coal & Coke Co. will immediately resume opera? tions, when three thousand coke I o vens will be worked ami 600 men employed. The ovens are located at Gary, W. Va., and '. he coke will he shipped to Gary, End., to the Illinois Steel Co., a subsidiary of the United States Steel Corporation. DR.KING'S NiW DISCOVERY Will Surely Slop That tiouajt. ANDREW CARNEGIE On Big Slonc Gap's Magnifi? cent Federal Building. Mr. Rush ?, Plowman, Presi? dent of tin- Plowman Constr.tc tion Company of Philadelphia, to whom was awarded tho con? tract to build the new govern? ment building at this place, ar? rived in town last Thursday morning from Rowling Qreon, Kv.nud Mr. W. 11. Torbert, who will superintend their work ut this place, came in from Philadelphia that even? ing. They spent Friday to? gether getting a line on the Situation preparatory to begin? ning work. 'litis Arm is erecting a post-1 oflico building at Rowling Green, Ky., and already has it under way. The superintend l eul for the government, some-i times known as inspector, came to Howling Green last Saturday and Mr. Plowman left here Fri dav night to confer with him. The work of surveying out the site preparatory to com? mencing tin- excavation for the foundation was commenced Monday. The building will he about K5xU0 feoi and three stories above the basement. The walls up to tin- first floor line will he built of granite, and above the first floor line the main walls to the second Moor will he of marble, with inside partitions of brick, Above the second I Moor the walls will he stucco OVer brick. All the Moors and roof will rest on steel and re enforced concrete supports. The inside wood work will be of dark oak, with rubbed oil finish. The base and threads I of tho stairways will bo of marble, resting mi metal I supports. When completed the first I floor will ho i.ts"d for the uo I commpdntion of tho Rig Stone Gap postoflice and the Deputy-! Collector's OlllcO. The second I Moor will contain the main I court room ami the ofilco rooms of the court officials. The thin) Moor will contain the jury rooms and storage rooms. L. & E. Extension The L. & E. Will Enter Vir ginia and Connect With L. & N. and N. & W. It is now stated that a further extension of the Lexington andj Eastern Railroad Irom Potters Fork, in the coal fields, will bo] let for construction within the next few days, hut instead of I passing down F.lkhorn to the breaks, w ith a connect ion with the Chesapeake and Ohio's Rig Rig Sandy brunch, as previous? ly announced, the line will pass through the headwaters of F.lk? horn and Boono's Fork, through the Cumberland Mountain at Pound Gap by tunnel,and enter Virginia via Pound and soon through Wise county to a con? nection at Norton with both tho Louisville & Nashville and the Norfolk iSc Western. The an nouncement was made by an, official of the road.?Pikevillo Ad voealo. MRS. SWANSON'S SISTER DIES Richmond, Vit., March 2'J.? Mrs. Henry B?hmer, sister of Mrs. Claude A. Swanaon. died at her home near Philadelphia, Tuesday, after an illness of some days. Mrs. Swansea and Senator Swanaon wore with her when tho end came. Mrs. B?hmer was Miss Lyons, of this city. Gives Ten Thousand Dollars for Public Library in Big Stone Gap. In tho spring of 1010 n Libra? ry Association was formed af? ter a meeting of a num? ber of those interested in the subject in Big Stono (lap, and tiie plan was formed for trying to get a Carnegie Libra? ry. Tho matter was brought before the Town Council and a resolution was passed petition? ing Mr. Carnegie to donate $10,000 toward a free public library building, and a com? mittee was appointed to repre? sent the Council and pre at the matter to Mi. Carnegie. T h 0 committee consisted 0 f Mayor Morton, Mrs. L.O. Pottit, Messrs. R. A. Avers, James \V. Fox and lt. T. Irvine. This Committee some time later through Mr. Fox. who resides in New York and who is a great friend and helper of Big Stone Cap, presented the petition and all the facts uud data necessary to Mr Carnegie, and after some correspondence between Mr. Carnegie's Secretary and the members of the Committee, tho petition was granted and the following letter was received, which speaks for itself: New York. March 29, 101 I. B. T. Irvine, Ks>|.. Pros'tof Library Association, Big Stone (lap, Va. Dear Sir,? Responding to your cotnmnu icutioilS on behalf of Big Stone (lap. If the city agree by reso? lution of Council to maintain a Free Public Library at a cost of not less than 1 hid Thousand Dollars a year, and provides a suitable site for the building, Mr. Carnegie will be glad to give Ten Thousand Dollars to erect a Free Public Library Building for Big Stone Cap. It should be noted that the amount indicated is t? cover the cost of Library Building complete, ready for occupancy and for the purpose intended. Before any expenditure on building or plans is incurred, Mr. Carnegie's approval of pro? posed plans should bo secured, to obtain which please send sketch plans for inspection. Respectfully yotirt., ,l.vs Bbrtkam, P. Secretary. All matters of detail will shortly be taken up and settled by the Council and there seems to he no doubt that Big Stone (lap will soon have a Carnegie Library. C. & 0. CONNFXT WITH C. C. & 0, Gives Road Lowest Grade From Chicago to the Southeast. P.ounoke, Va., March 31.? Through the award of a 33-mile construction contract to Lang borne iV Langborno, of Lynch burg, it became known that there is to he a connecting link between tho Chesapeake it Ohio and the Carolina, Clinchfiold <Xe Ohio, It was reported recent? ly that work bad boon started on tho connection from Dante, Va., to Elkhorn City, Ky., the terminus of tho Big Sandy division of tho C. & 0. The building of this connec? tion will give the Chesapeake & Ohio the shortest and lowest gr.i.b- line from Chicago through Cincinnati to the southeast and Florida. Tho Clinchftold route is building big docks at Charleston, S. C, in anticipation of handling a big tonnage of coal through the Panama canal when tho big svaterwuy is completed.