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VOL XX - ? ? ? _t_ _ , _ big stone gap. wise county. va.. WeTjnTsd7vY7^ """n?^T Exercises Of Big Stone Gap High School Interesting Events. Miss Ella Blake's largo and i nihu-instic class in instrumeti lal nnisic gavo a piano recital riday night ia tho School au? ditorium which waft the 'bc .Miming of Ilm end" of tho final , \orrises f'>r the present ses? sion. At tho last moment, measles : inn no rospeoler of persons, . i t a number of the class from ? king part in the program, hut . nil about twenty pupils took ?i ut. which speaks v?ltimns for tho popularity of Miss Blake ok an instructor. Tho first part of the program ns usual. was given to the ef? forts of the small beginners in tho class, who acquitted them elves tpuite creditably, and i ? rv conscientiously. The playing of the Older members of the class showed licit admirable tcchrtiquo in ihu rendering of somo very difficult selections that the nu I iohce was delighted. The vocal solos hy Misses Margaret Pettit, Mary Skeen ami Mahel Willis were a pleas? ing feature of the evening, par ticularly that of .Miss .Mahel Willis, whose really lovely voice was never heard to better advantage, in spite of the fail? le of her llrst attempt to chase ilown an elusive high note in] "If:J Had the World to Give \ otr'as much to her own amuse? ment as that of the audience. Peter Wolfe's playing is nl aj s delightful, it n d "Old lihick ,loe*' with variations, his number mi the program, met with enthusiast Ic applause from lir audience, which like all au? diences, has a warm regard for the popular old favorites in whatever guise they are pre? sented. Declamation and Recitation Contest. Saturday evening, every seat in the auditorium was tilled to !i>ten .to the declamation and recitution contest for the "Bus? iness Men's Medal,' an annual event. Miss .(Hessin ('illy, of the Senior glass, presided very grucefully at the contest, and announced the names of the different contestants, with the (dies of the various recitations, as well as the other numbers of what proved to he a very inter ? sling program. The opening number was a really beautiful drill hy sixteen young ladies representing eight different flowers with costumes lo match. Borne new and very pretty figures were introduced in what, is always a pretty spectacle. The following pupils with the titles of their recitation or decla? mation is given below: Eula Tackelt?The brown ing Singer. Louella Johnson--The Kido of Jennie McN'eal. Mary Skeen -W idow Bcdott's Poetry. Gladys Idle -old Mistia. Tinman Kennedy--- The Spel? ling Lesson. Bruce Skeen?Prior to Miss Bed's Appearance. Nina Johnson ? Tommy's Prayer. Margaret Pettit?-To the Lions. Annie Hazel Fleeuor?The Utile Orphan. Virgie Bounds?He Had to do His Duly. Elsie Taylor?Changing Col? ors. Edith Hullnrd? Counting Eggs. All the recitations ami decla-l ? nations showed a decided Im? provement over last year, and it was a bard matter for the committee, Min. J. j. Lloyd, Mrs. L, B. Winston and J. M. Hodge to decide cm the most deserving, but they finally reached the conclusion that taking everything into consid ' ration, Miss Margaret Peltit's superb rendering of that difli cult selection "To The Lions" deserved the medal, and Mr. Hodge in as few words as pos (Coiiilmied on page 8.) Swears Veng ence. Judge Skeen Receives Threat? ening Letters Ancnt Lee County Bribery. Joneavillo, Va., May 10.? Faced w i t b an tinonymoUH threat, received through the United States mails, that some? thing like a repetition of tho Hillsville tragedy may be re peated, in the event the elec? tion law violators in thocounty are sent to jail. .Judge Skeen", of the Circuit Court, has never? theless determined not to he swerved from his duty, and lias just announced that he will carry the election bribery cases to a conclusion. The cases are scheduled t-> bo called in the courtroom hero on next Monday. Realizing that Judge Skeen was determined in his course, somebody interested in prevent? ing any trials has mailed tho judge an unsigned letter of warning. The author of this letter says in part: "There aro about thirty-eight in my crowd, and if any of us are sent to jail, the town will be destroyed. \Vp will die ami go to h?I before wo will sub? mit to being punished." Notwithstanding this threat, and the fresh reminded in the Hillsville tragedy of a disposi? tion to override courts by force and brutality, .1 edge Skeen do clares that at the proper time he will proceed with the trials of those indicted, and will car? ry out the trials if the task re? quires the entire summer, A speeial grand jury was om punuoled this week to invest) gat.- felony cases, and six more election bribery indictments wore returned, running the number up to nearly two hun? dred, since the Brat sitting of the court on these cases last fall. Judge Skeen and members of tho Lee county bar, following a long consultation with refer? ence to tho probable best course to pursue in dealing with the election eases, in view of tip parent defectiveness of the I election laws,.decided to make a test case with reference to whether or not a witness could bo compelled to testify that be bought votes, and thus have the Supreme Court of Appeals pass upon the question of whether a vote-buyer can be compelled '.o testify under the bribery statute of Virginia. All other election cases, ex? cept this one, will, it is now stated, be continued until the legal point involved is settled. Miss Grace Adams Will Teach in Connellcsvillc. The many friends of Miss Oroide Adams will regret to know that she will not return to Stonega to teach this year. .She will teach in Connellsville, l'n , and regarding her election the 1 !ohnellsyille Courier says: Miss (Iruce Adams was the only applicant for the position of substitute to the Ward prin cipnls. This is one of the most diMieult positions in tin-schools here. Miss Lulu Oglevee, of her ow n choice, will be assign? ed to a grade school this year. She filled ihe position credit? ably, but like Miss Lucretia McUrtiy before her, she prefer? red an assignment to one part? icular room after three strenu? ous years as Principals' sub? stitute. Miss Adams is a graduate of the Connellsville High School und of a Virginia normal school. She comes highly recommended as t. teacher. $135,000 To The N. Sc. W Shopmen. lioanoke, Va., May Hi. ? Vesterday was pay day for the Norfolk & Western shops, tho pay roll for the month amount? ing to $135,00(1, and is $10,000 less than it was last month. The pity roll for tho West End shopB is $54,000, which is fall? ing off of $2,000 as compared with that of last month. Sutherland Found Guilty And Sentenced to Six Years In Federal Prison at At? lanta Abingdon, Va., May L6.?The jury in tile cast) of Walter 1). Sutherland, former cashier of the t'iti/.ciiH' National Bank of Clintwood, Va., who has been on trial in tho Federal court bore for more than a week, re? turned a verdict of guilty late Tuesday evening and Judge Henry O. McDowell sentenced the prisoner to six years in the Atlanta Penitentiary, In pass? ing sentence Judge McDowell staled that he could not give the prisoner less than live years and that he added on one year for the falsehoods which he had sworn in the cuse. Sutherland embezzled nearly 1 i t,f the hank's money and skipped from Clintwood July 1,1910. He had arranged with the other bank for both to bo closed the following day, which was Saturday. Monday was Fourth of July and the hank was not to re-open until Tuesday. He skipped to t'unu da and when the vault was opened a note was found read? ing: "(lone to the Tall Timber." Sutherland was captured a year and a half later working as a common laborer in West Virginia. His tirst trial result? ed in a hung jury. He claimed that he was innocent, that olhers higher up got the money and that he skipped to shield them, The Strongest witness against him was Mrs. Maggie Charles, a married woman to whom he wrote letters that convinced the jury of his plan to roh the hank and skip. Suth? erland will accept the sentence. Tho jury deliberated about throe hours. The final argu? ment of counsel consumed the most of tin; day. There was much interest locally in the out? come of the case and tho pris onor's conviction occasioned no surprise. At- the conclusion of the trial Judge McDowell imposed tines of two hundred dollars each on United States District Attorney Harnes Cillespie and Attorney Holladay Sutherland, the latter counsel for und a relative of tin." prisoner, for a tist light which they had in open court Monday. Will Virginia Be True To Taft? Washington, May Is.- Ru? mors are still current here, and a little more persistent than before, that some of the Virgin? ia delegates to the Chicago con? vention pledged to Taft aro ready to swing over to Roose? velt, because the latter looks like will sweep the lield, and the break may come iu once. One of the Taft delegates said today when asked about the matter that he was not iu the least worried about the Bit - nation, und that Roosevelt's gains was not causing him any loss of sleep. Ho will stand firm for Taft, but there is no telling how others will go. A swing to Roosevelt now might mean a severe blow to the future political hopes of Congressman Slemp, who has thus far kept the Taft line straight, and free from disrup? tion. Honor Roll of Big Stone Gap High School Six Grade, Section A?Oscar Sutherland. Seveuth Grade, SecMon A.? Gladys Lyle. Section B.?Hat tie Johnson. Third Year High School? Bj ron Rhoads. Fourth Year High School.? Glessie Gilly and Ruby Kem A lifer in the Minnesota petii tentiury refuses to accept free? dom. Wonder how he manag? ed to inform himself so wel1 as to conditions on the outside? ? Nashville Runner. Panama Canal Will Soon be opened to the \ Commerce of the World. ! Washington, D. O., May 18.? The consideration of the bill to provide for the administration iof tho Panama Canal, which was begun in the House of ltop Iresentativoa o n Thursday, j opens a now chapter in the his? tory of an undertaking in which the United States has succeed? ed where all others have failed. For many generations it has been the dream of far-seeing men to upon u new pathway between tho two oceans by cut? ting the strip of laud which connects the continents of North and Smith America and shortening, by weeks, the time ships must consume to go from the Atlantic to the Papille. Tragic failure resulted from the elTorts of the French govern? ment to build the Panama Ca? nal. Few lessons could b e learned hy our engineers and statesmen from studying French methods. Unknown difficulties had to he met and new plans devised for meeting them. It was done successful? ly and the fact that the open ing of the canal is assured is a tribute to the genius of A more ca. The legislation now being considered must b o enacted practically without precedent. Great problems must be solved, with little hut reason and in? stinct to guide. Intricate and delicate matters of diplomacy as well as grave methods of ad? ministration must be decided, Congress has entered a new Hold in determining what it shall decide for the regulation of the Panama Canal. The an' swer it will make is to mark a now epoch in United States his tory and the history of tho world. Men of all nations as well as citizens of this country arc listening to hear what de? termination is reached. The regulation of the Panama Ca? nal is one of the most important pieces of legislation ever pre seuted to the American Con? gress. Studying Typhoid Health Department Will Con? tinue Investigation Be? gun Last Year in State Richmond, Va., May 18. Plans are being perfected by the health authorities of the State to continue tho investign lion of typhoid fever begun last year. As heretofore, ever y known outbreak id typhoid will be investigated, and, in addition, Dr. A. W. Freeman, Assistant Health Commission? er, will renew the study of ty? phoid fever in those localities where the disease is epidemic and reappears year after year. In this work, Dr. Freeman will be assisted by Dr, L. L. l.llins deii of the United Stales Public Health and Marine Hospital Service, who collaborated with him last year. It is expected that the inquiry during the summer will supplement the results already presented by Drs. Freeman and Lurasden before the American Public Health Association in Havana and reprinted in the current i.ssuo of the Association's Jour? nal. The Health Department has renewed its request that every outbreak of typhoid fever be reported promptly in order that the necessary investigation may be made without delay. Democrats and Republicans know that General Ayers has doqe a great work for the Southwest Virginia. No man did more than he to bring in tho railroads, open the mines and set on foot tho industrial development that is making this section famous. These (facts will not be forgotten. ? :Gate Cily Herald. I Work Booming With the Coal Operations in Harlan County, Ky. With the arrival of whether favorable for construction work, which was greatly rotor, ded during the winter and early spring, t h e development of Harlan county is proceeding at a rapid pace. Three large mining plants, iu addition to the three wbiuh are already shipping coal, will bo in operation by next fall or ear? lier. These newest mines aro being opened up along the line of the (Jlover Fork extension of the Wasioto branch, 'This ox tension is rapidly being com? pleted to its terminus at Ages Creek and from present indica tlons will be ready for opera? tion about July 1st. The camp buildings of the mining compa? nies are already dotting tho country along this roud and hundreds of hands are being employed on the railroad and coal development. The Harlan Coal MiningCom puny, which controls in,0<K) acres of land along both sides of the Clover Fork exlentiou, has just let contracts for equip; ment o f character differing from the type customary in this section. This company is op? ening the Harlan seam 8U0 foot above drainage levid, but is not planning to lower tho coal down the mountainside on a rail incline, but to dump it in large bins when brought from tin' mine mouth. From these bins it will he delivered by a retarding conveyor to the tip plo below in tho valley. The operation of this conveyor will be almost automatic, and the coal .'ill t|i. . from the mines to the railroad cars with a min? imum of breakage, and its movement will he controlled by one num. Nearly all the mines in the Harlan Hold will he electrically operated. The Wisconsin Steel Company, which is coking its product for shipment to the furnaces of the International Harvester Company at South Chicago has recently added to its mines machines and motors, as has the Terry's Fork Coal Company, at Wallin?. T h o Wilhoit Coal Company, which has beuu operating s o v o r a 1 months ami pick mining its coal, is now installing a power plant and will undercut its coal with chain machines. Both tho Harlan Coal Mining Company and the Harlan Town Coal Company are putting in electrical plants. The Clover Fork Coal Company is opening up one of the largest of the Harlan operations, iu charge of Messrs. B. W. and A. F. Whit Held, which will be shipping coal before the end of the sum nier. Harlan F.nterpiise. Lee County Championship. Jonesvillo, Vn., May '20.? The Cumberland High School won the school championship at this place Saturday by de? feating the Dryden High School by the close score of fi to 4. It was a pitcher's battle between (J. Richmond for Cumberland ami F.. Cold iron for Dryden, as was the game of 1911'; when the Dryden High School defeat? ed the Cumberland "'g'1 School 5 to 2. Following are. tbo player who took part in the game: Cumberland.??: Combs, lb; Fngale, 'Jb; Blessing, :ib; Car mony, ss; Yeary, rf Morgan, cf D. Richmond, If; G. Richmond, p; R. Combs, c. D'yden?Tritt, lb; ?. Cold iron, 2bj L, Johnson, 8b; Kelly, ss; R. Johnson rf; Flanary, cf; Ward, If; E. Coldiron, p; Gil? bert, p. At tho homo of Mrs. Riggs, the brid'- r mother, last Sunday Rev. Johnson performed the ceremony binding together as man and wifo Miss Ida Rowers to Mr. M. M. Kiauary, tho shoe man of Appalnohia. Compli? ments to the parties, neither of whom evur took a more lasting stitch.?Appaluchia Progrea Married. sive. Electric Signal System Ort Southern Railway Be twcen Washington and Atlanta. Washington, D. p., May 16.? One of tho most complete and up-to-date electric automatic signal systems in operation on any railway in tho world Is to bo installed by the Southern Railway o n t h o important stretch of its Washington.At? lanta main lino lying between Denim, N. C, tho first station north of Oreeusboro, and a point just south of Charlotte ami embracing practically 90 miles, nearly all of which is double track. Contract has been let and the work will ho completed in the next fow months. Not only will tho signuls be operated by electric? ity but the same power will bo used to light all stations, switch and signal lights between Greensboro and Charlotte. One hundred and sixteen throe-position upper-quadrant automatic signals, representing tho very latest product of en? gineering Hcieuce, will bo erect? ed ami so located that blooks will be approximately two miles in length. The system will he operated by alternating electric current furnished from a mam plant at Spencer, N. 0., anil auxiliary stations at Charlotte ami tlreensboro, which will bo bo constructed that should tho Spencer plant become inopera? tive from any cause, the power of the Southern Power Compa? ny can be immediately cut in without any interruption to the Operation of trains or the light? ing system. The current to operate t h o system will bo transmitted by a line carrying 4,400 volts constructed on the right-of-way of the Southern Kailwa) and at each signal and station transformers to step down the current to 110 volts will be located. The installation of this sys? tem of signals will not only provide protection against the possibility of collisions but will nlso detect the presence of a broken rail, an open switch, a washed out bridge, or n cur standing on a side track, dan? gerously near the main truck, thus atTordijg a greatly in? creased measure of protection. Kngiuemeii approaching u sig? nal and observing the signal arm in a horizontal position or a red light at night will know that a train is in the first block ahead ami must stop. Should they find (ho signal arm raised 15 degrees above horizontal or a green light at night they will know that u train is in the sec? ond block ahead and they must proceed with caution. When they find the signal arm verti? cal or a white light at night they will know that they may proceed at full speed as tho track is clear of all obstructions and no train nearer than two blocks ahead. The Southern Railway is just completing the construction of a similar system on the twelve mile double track stretch from Monroe, Va., through Lynclt burg, to Montview, and al? though a very efficient msnunl block systsrn is operated on all linos on which trntlc is nt all heavy, President Finley has announced that it has been de? termined to install automatic i electric signal system on all double track lines and on all lines which may hereafter be double tracked. Kd. Oallahan, former sheriff of Breathitt county, and who was a member of the iiargis clan, who was shot from am? bush at his homo in that county on Friday, May It. died from his wounds last Saturday. His remains wore interred at Crocketsvills, near his homo Monday afternoon the funeral cortege being oscorted by one hundred of his friends heavily armed. It is freely predicted that tho killing of the ox-sheriff will result in the immediate re i opening of tho Callahan-Deaton I feud. ? Pineville (Ky)?un.