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The Big Stone Gap Post.
VOL. XX. BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 3,1912. No. I Judge T. M Alderaon, Wise, Va. Judge U. W. Kllgore, WUe, Va Alderson &, Kilgorp. Attorneys-at-Law, Wise. Virginia. (illiecs. Himiiiik 7 and s. second ll-sir. in the JOHNSON-M11,KS- BRUOK BUILD? ING, opposite the Court House. 164 Indicted. Grand Jury In Lcc County Hot After the Vote Seller. 'I'hc Jonesvillo Star, in its last issue, published the following account of the investigation in? to the violations of election laws in that county at the last election, lieht in November, which, as we understand, is a correct report of the conditions in that county: " The tirst chapter of tin- in? vestigation began by Judge Bkeeil the lirsl .Monday of court ended today when the grand jury handed in I'M indictments for violations of the election laws. The judge had given all parties fair warning that he WoUld prosecute all offenses and had also written letters to each judge of election in tho county calling their attention to the law and requested them to report all violations to bun. Judge Skeen's tirst plan was to give immunity to the workers and to proceed against the didates and the sellers. Afler several days' work it became evident to him that it was im? possible to accomplish the re suits be hoped for unless be al? so gave immunity to the can? didates, as their friends were refusing to talk and were threatening to go to jail before they would "toll" in fear of losing tho offices. Judge Skoen, after fully considering the mat tor, decided, while it went against "the grain" to allow the candidates to testify. Last week In- announced that all the candidates might come in and testify and be immune and thai he would permit those who wore elected to hold the offices from that lime things have been going rather smoothly. "There are many more who will have to go before the grand jury at the February term. It has developed that both parties entered into tIn- fight "Fight? ing the devil with lire" and that much money has been spent by both sides, and that the Republicans hail the longest pole. Quite an amount of in? teresting testimony has also been given that it is amusing to "folks" on the outside. Rather early in the game \V. I'',. Orr and inter C. K. Flanary went before the grand jury and told of the amount of money they had and to whom the) gave it. In following ibis up it developed to the jury that large amounts of this money had remained very close to the jeans of lots of the "workers;" many of whom had already been before the grand jury ami had sworn that they knew of no violations of the law, that they knew of no money being spent and had not received any money and had not spent any money themselves. A number of said gentlemen have since come before the jury and ac knowledged to the "corn" and say they are waiting to make settlements with proper par? lies (?) Quite amusing. All this goes to show that things politically are in a bad row in Lee county. Hut this is no news to the people of the county. It has been known for years that the evil existed. The aggravating part of it is what is being sent out to the press. Of the hundreds of spec? ials that have been printed so far there has not been a sylable of truth except that there is an investigation going on here and that Mr. Skeen is Judge. Some guy has been sending out under a Bristol date line lies that would cause old Ananias to blush. The things are so rank that any ten-year-old boy would know them to bo fulso. One statement has it that Common wealth's Attorney M. U. Ely has been with the jury assist ing them in the investigation and aiding them in tho "gril linif," when anyone, ''though a fool," should have known that tin- Commonwealth's Attorney is not permitted in the grand jury room. The fact in, Mr. Kly has hot bean in the room except an a witness on a summon to give an account of himself. Again lite learned gentleman slated that Lee joins Dickenson county, where the investigation will be continued. A Bright fellow thin. Then again the rot ho has sent has it that 1000 hau already been indicted ami that awful conditions exist, and many other lies that are too glaring to notice. It is a notor? ious fact that there is someone in Bristol who makes it a busi? ness to manufacture "specials" on happenings in Lee and ad I joining counties, and of giving them to the press -things that he knows to be absolutely false. Hut liuf sed on this BUbjecL We know that it is .lodge Skecn's intention to, in an im? partial way, ftee Lee county from bribery in elections and for this time to give his atten? tions to the Heller and in the fu? ture, if things go wrong again, to look after the buyer also. The court will make the an? nouncement to those indicted that if they will come forward and acknowledge their Min?, he will give them the lowest pen? alty, either f loo or thirty days, and let it stand against them s?bject to their actions in the future. The ahovc would si in ply disfranchise the voter and leave the punishment hanging over his head not to he punish j ed if he is good, , Judge Skceh has wrought a good work, and when tin- thing is all over ami his actions view, ed from any impartial stand? point it will bo plain that he lias only done his duty and has acted for the best interest of the county. We feel that the best citizens of the county ap? prove what be has done, and while it hurts "a little" ure really proud of vvhat has oc-1 curred. i And in conclusion, as the preachers say, we venture the j assertion that Lee is no worse I than the other counties of tlie state where there Is anything like a close contest. The only difference is, we have a judge I who is going "after them." Mr. Slemp Married Virginia Congressman Goes to New Orleans and Claims His Bride. Now Orleans, La., December I 2(5.?Congressman Campbell I Bascom Slemp, of Big Stone tlap, representing the Ninth Virginia District in Congres, and Mit-s Bo bor to T. Barton, of St. Kmma Plantation, were married here at .r> o'clock this evening. The ceremony was performed at Christ Church Cathedral, Rev. William \. Barr, officiating. It was the ending Of a romance between the Virginia Congressman and the fair daughter of Louisiana, which had its conception at Virginia Hot Springs two years ago. Miss Barton is a charming Louisiana girl, and comes from a family long associated with the development of Ascension Pariah. She is the daughter of Mrs. E. H. Barton, a family long holding some of the larg? est sugar estates on the bayou. Shortly before 5 o'clock the party entered a large automo? bile at the St. Charles Hotel and went to Christ Church Ca? thedral, where all was in wait? ing. .Mrs. Sims, sister of the bride, gave her away in mar? riage while Miss K.tta Kmmett was maid of honor and Miss Louise A. Varr was bridesmaid. P. D. Armstrong was beat man. anil Raymond Martinez was groomsman. After the ceremony of thb Episcopal church a wedding supper was served. Congress? man and Mrs. Slemp will arrive in Washington in time for the re-opening of Congress. Will .lessee came up from Middlesboro, Ky., Xmas day to visit hoinefolks. The Contest. Who Will Get the Fine Piano Given Away On Feb ary 10th. The popularity contest for the possession of tho fine piano, now drawing to n close undor Itho;joint auspices of tho Kelly Drug Company ami tho Itig Stone Gap I'osl is creating no end of interest among the la? dies. The hustling for new sub scriptions for the Post, in order to secure 1,000 votes at one crack, ami the selling of gener? al merchandise due bills on tho Kelly Drug Company's store is taking the young women out into the small towns and every? where it might be possible to secure votes for the piano. Who will be the winner is a question no one can, at present, answer, for as it often occurs in these contests, the candidates Who lag behind for weeks sud? denly forges to the front and finally carried otl" the prizo when some other is supposed to have a lead that can not bo overcome. It is all a question of get up-and-get-there. The lady who gets out and sells due bills or goi-s out after subscrip? tions, putting in her spare mo? ments in getting her friends to vote for her by subscribing for the paper, is the one who comes in victorious at the end of the race. This contest is strictly on fair basis, and it must be understood that neither the Kelly Drug Company or the Post has a fa? vorite candidate, nor will they ask anyone to vote for a certain candidate. (let busy, ami go to the sur? rounding towns. You may be agreeably surprised over the votes that are waiting for you. The contest closes February 10th. Allowance To Short Lines Will be Investigated. Washington, Dec. 110.?Tho United Stales Interstate Com' mercfl Commission will com? mence in .January tho investi? gation into the matter of allow? ance to short |ia ;J ilfOSd setving industries. The inves tigation will include tho rates, divisions of rates and allow? ances on inbound and out? bound traffic moving over short lines of railroads serving iron and steel industries in official classification territory, more particularly that portion lying east of Cincinnati and Cleve? land. The investigation will bo conducted with a view to ascer taiuing the rotation of short lines of railroad to and their af? filiations with the iron and steel industries which they serve, and for the purpose of deter? mining whether the division of rates received by or allowances made to them are lawful. The entire question of allow ances w ill be gone into by the commission with a view of naming reasonable rates and eliminating discriminations. Hearings will probably be held at Pittsblirg, Cleveland and other cities in tho affected territory. The advances made by the Louisville it Nashville Railroad in coal and coke rates from Virginia to pointa in Ohio, In? diana and other states will be the object of a complaint to the United States Interstate Com? merce Commission by the Sto nega Coke it Coid Co. of Hig Stone Gap, Va. The company will ask that tint rates com? plained of be suspended by the commission To Cincinnati the increase amounts to about 33 l-:i per cent. The commission is now investigating the cane, and, in view of the many widely dis? tributed points directed, may ? direct a suspension of an inves ' tigation of the cnee. Bad Wreck. Bristol, Vu., December 24.? lo one of tlif most disastrous freight wrecks in Uit> history of tlit* Virginia and Southwestern Railway, three men were killed and two injured at '_' o'clock this morning. The wreck oc? curred in Natural Tunnel, near Clinchtield, forty-four miles northwest of this city. Kail Way officials are not positive as to the cause of the disaster, but they attribute it to the falling of a stone from the arch of the tunnel onto the tracks. A double-header freight train was speeding down the grade in the direction of Hrin. tol, when the engines, soon af? ter entering the spacious natur? al opening under the mountain, jumped from the track and turned over, catching Kugineer W. S. Adams and two tirontun, .1. K. 0. Sproles and 1.eland Glover, under the mass of steel wreckage. Nineteen loaded coal cars piled up in a confused heap behind the wrecked en? gines, and the northwest en? trance to the tunnel was block? ed. The body of Sproles was re? covered soon, but it was late in the <lay before the workmen were able to reach the bodies of Adams and Glover. Kugineer Adams, who mar? ried a sister of former General Manager, .I. H. McCuc, of the Virginia and Southwestern Kailway, is survived by his wife anil eight children. Fireman Sproles, who was a son of Francis Sproles, of Hen hams, is survived by a wife and five small children. The bodies were brought to Bristol today, ami were prepared for burial at the mortuary of Mo N iel & Sons. Engineer Charles Bradley, who occupied the forward on gihe, miraculous escape. -He was only slightly injured. He says that Fireman Sproles was drowned in Stock ('reek, being held under the water by the debris. Reception at Coalwood. Coal wood, \V. Vu,, l?ec. 20 One of the most enjoyable re? ceptions ever given in any ooal Mold town was the one given by Mrs M. M. Ramsey on VVedneR day evening, 1 >t.tuber 20th'; in honor of her daughter. Bosse Arleue, who is to te ni&rriod to Mr. Ronald Val^,A> a'nliou Del cumber 27tl?>- ' A_n_eJ?jfJint dinner was served at ''. o'clock, which consisted of ttirkby, cranberry sauce, salads, pickles, olives, fruits, cake and ices. After the dinner the guests were entertained at cards and dancing, ami the dance closed at a late hour with the popular ??< Mil Virginia Iteol." Those present were: l?r. and Mrs W. .1 ??rr, Mr. and Mrs ' Iharlea Connor* Mr and Mrs S C! Miu nlcb Mr and Mr?. W. M Maretiant, Mr tttid Mis K i' Songinyer, Mi and Mra K. K. Perkins, Mi?? Lids Tumhull with Mr ilordi.it C'oxj Mtas 1 ilxalc Vance ? iiii .Mr. Iterrill Seav: .Mis, Louise Hankies, with Mr. Oil Ivor, Tlcei Mies Virginia AI in pli y with Mr. W. Cl. Slmonton; Mlaa It.-.sse Ramsey with Mr. Ronald Walrlron Sia^s: Messes Jones t ..\. l.ane, K.l llott, Holden, Crawford. Alti/er aud I>r Kdd Carr. New Paper for Wise. Wise, Va., Dee. 30.?A news paper to be known as the Wise Virginian will make its appear ance here about January 10th. I The plant will be moved in next week and will occupy three rooms on the third floor of the Bruce-.Iohnson buildi 4 opposite the court house. The paper tvill be edited by llowi^^ (!, M iller, for a number of t-ditor of the Norton Free I'ress. The enterprise will have the substantial backing of the busi? ness and professional nte:i of Wise. The town has been with? out a paper since SV. 11. Kails suspended publication of the Wise News about one year ago. Mra. J. It. l.egg and Mrs. Kv erett l.egg were visiting Mrs. .1. B. Dillon, tit Big Stono Gap over Sunday.?1'e n n i 11 g to n Gap Ne wb. The "Back Home" Call Has Reached The West. The "Hack lloim>" move? ment has evidently penetrated | the west, and is very frequent ? ly the topic of animated dis? cussion in that region of the country. More so perhaps than wo hoio at the home of iho movement appreciate. We draw this conclusion from tho fact that Mr George 1?. Peters, formerly a coal and ice mer? chant in Bristol, Ya., hut now a traveling representative of i the Northern Pacific Irrigation Company. of Kennewick, Wash;, who has been in the ?Mist for several weeks in the i interest of his company's fruit farms near Kennewick, admits i that the idea is a good one, and that it is about the only slogan i or call ever started in the south i that has ever been hoard of out < on the Pacific slope. i This proves what we have al- I ways claimed for the "Hack i Home" movement, that it is , valuable because it catches the I ear ami sticks in tint memory. It is a ureat slogan, and if wo | hero in the south would organ- i i/.e along business lines to pro m?te this call and take care of i these who answer it seriously, i as hundreds are really anxious i to do, we WOttld get results. And again to quote Mr. i Peters, who is a Southerner nt ! heart, but now a successful ami enthusiastic westerner, t Ii e fault to be found in the south's efforts at bringing people into the region, is that most of the energies an- expended in dreaming dreams and evolving ' schemes, which are good in the main, hut never applied along practical lines. Mr. Peters be? lieves in personal solicitation as the most effective means of peopling any region, lie has been successful in taking a number of people from the south to the west, and he has sold many others, who remain in the south, fruit farms, all by personally laying the proposi? tion before them. He takes the position that advertising is ab? solutely necessary, but it must be followed lip, if big results are to be had. Spatlansblirg ,S. C I Herald. Wise County, at any rate, is not "dreaming dreams," but through the tlrsl number of the ''Southern Community Adver? tiser The "Hack Home Maga? zine," it is following up the groat campaign ami slogan of t>> "Hack Home" movement. The ii..;'4;i/oie w UUj^ -io;-~r*i-~rr shot t time, 'ami copies of it will b(J sent till over the west. It takes something like the Wise County spirit to get practical results out of great national movements. 1?I2 ART CALENDAR FREE, tin next Sunday, January.7? the.New York Sunday World will distribute a beautiful t'ic torial Review Art Calendar-, also au eight page Fashion Booklet, The Calendar is print? ed in elaborate colors on heavy coated paper, and is a tilting souvenir for the whole year, 'tho picture is a reproduction of a fine oil painting entitled "Contemplation," It shows a young woman in the glow of a winter evening firelight, as she sits before the coals. At her feet is a splendid collie, which, with his friendly face and shag? gy coat, completes the picture and makes it full of the spirit of home. With the calendar is given the .Mid-Winter Fashion Booklet of the Pictorial Review Pattern Company, which is fa? mous for its up-to-date styles. Kvery woman will want this Fashion Supplement and Calen _i?kx Bear in mind that all "ff* lealers order very ulo.se on ] the Now York Sunday World,; and if you would obtain one of these Pictorial Review Fashion Booklets and a beautiful Art Calendar you must see your I paper man and order in ad? vance. Regular World readers who wish extra copies should also take note of this. Mr. and Mrs. Spears Webster went to Big Stone Gab, Thurs? day to visit Mrs. Webster's mother, Mrs. H. S. K. Morison. --Bristol Mows. You Risk No Money Our Reputation and Money Arc BacK of This Offer... We pay for all the mediCi lined during the trial, if o| remedy fails to completely lieve you of constipation, take all the risk. V, obligated to i whatever, if you acc< for. Could anything^ fair for you' [a then| son why you should 1^ put our claims to teat? A most aeientiffio, 301)80 treatment is lorlies, which nro< Bandy. They are v, i>d, gentle and pic tion. and particuli in every way. pause diarrhoea, lence, griping, or venionce. Koxall particularly good igod and delicate pel We urge you to (\ i Irderlies at our si/.es, Inc., 'J'ic., and member, you can go! Remedies in this lirily at our store -The) Store- The Kelly Drug ?ave Reading in John Fox, Jr., the noted' author, gave a reading at Sul iiiiH college Wednesday even? ing. Mr. Fox came here on his way to Big Stone < lap from Now York He missed the regular afternoon train over the V. & S. W. a.ul was com? pelled to remain over, so took advantage of the occasion to give a long promised reading at Sullins. There woro present, in addition to the school girls who are remaining at the col? lege through the holidays, a number of Bristol people, and all thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Fox's reading. It was from one of his latest pieces, a charming mountain story with the scenes laid in the Kentucky Virginia mountains This was the first reading Mr. Fox has given in Bristol in years, his last reading having been given some toil years ago. Since that time ho has practi? cally ipiit public reading.? Bristol Herald Courier. ('apt. .1. I''. Boliannn signed as manager of the -Nor ton ('oil Company,and Colonel John A. Ksser has been chosen as his successor. We are not informed as to what Captain Bohanan's plans for the future. .Norton News. Promotions Along the Nor? folk & Western. Kffective December 28, lull, Mr. It, M. Wilson has been ap? pointed lioadinnster in charge of the Clinch Valley District, vice Mr. It F. Dye.' Mr. Wil? son's headquarters will be at Bluelield. Mr. Dye will act as i leheral Foreman in charge of new work between Kckinan, and Welch, W. Vn. Trains Will Be Discontinued. Effective January 15th, 1012, trains NOB, I and J will tu-dis? continued between Appalachia and St. Charles. Va. No change will be made in arriving and departing time of these trains at Bristol and Ap? palachia. Capt. (ieorge 11. F.-isor left Tuesday for Kaymoor, West Virginia, where he has accept ed a position as Superintendent and Manager of a large coal and coke operation. (Ieorge is n capable unit capital young business man and wo regret to see him leave Norton, lie has been hore so long that he seem* ed a permanent fixture in tlio royal galaxy of local bachelor um. May happiness and fortuno attend him in his new tield of labor.?Norton News.