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The Big Stone Gap Post.
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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.

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