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-^f=-- B,G STOnTgA_P,WJSE COUNTY, VA., WEDNESDAY. SEPTE^ETn7l9I2.= No IVill Cut Rate | In Coal Freight! uch Interest Is Caused Among Con! Men By Re? port in a Coal Jour? nal. The statement made in a ro? ut jssnr <>l i In* Black Diamond I'liic igo, an organ of the coal that "the Carolina, linclilinhl & Ohio rail road we?tnhlitdied a rate of $1.26 om Southwestern Virginia ,jm.s i,, Charloriton, an inci Vnt murk in? probably an iiorlt in eeal interests in \'ir iDia,Kentucky and Tennessee, ?lieatuig an it does the ability [(he i ial interests of the re ion to reach out for hunkorngo pd ex] >rl business,has caiis jaitir among coal operators ere upon whose business the (ttblishmenl <>f Hitch a freight ile to tidewater would have a evolutionary effect. The general impression in, owever, that the statement in otcorrect and if a freight rate I ji ' per 11>11 to i iharleston a Im .11 made by the road that lie i- based upon a short ton f?A) i pounds and not upon a ong ton >if 3,240 pounds. A Iteol ;1 j.'i per Hhorl ton is ex it-il) equivalent to one of $1.40 per Iouk ton. Thoexport and hunker freight rate to Norfolk and Newport S'ewa is fl 10 per long ton and all coal for hunker purposes niul fur export, which in Bold through the Hampton Roads porU ia Bold by the ton of 2, iti) pounds. Thu Black Diamond said also "that the 0. ?. ei O. being tho ihorlest lino is ablo to sot the minimum rate." That state mint also it; challenged here, the mileage from Dante, Va., is the Stouega Holds from which the Clinchfield procures its sup pi) of coal is approximately ibetante distance from tide prater at Charleston iis tho West Virginia Holds are from Hampton Roads. Coal opera? tor*, here in discussing thiH mat? ter explaiued that the O. C. <fc U, at present extends south mily tu Spurtanburg, S. C, and must sand its coal thoncu to Charleston over thoC. & W. 0. ?nil Southern Railways, divid? ing the freight between three t"ails, and receiving for its bill only perhaps about centa a ton, a rate which would not pay interest on its bonds. It is the declared purpose of tin-road to build its own lino to Charleston and it in reported to be creeling a coal pier ut thai port, but coal Operator? beresaid that thin extension hardly could be built in less than tsvo years and therefore active competition nood not be ft-ar.-d by the Hampton Roads l'iiris for Borne time. The management of the Stoue? ga Coal interests haB stated that it expected to supply coal to the raat coast of Florida through [urging fue| Houth from Char hstoti and it is admitted that tln'ir coal probably would suit Cuban consumers. Tho bulk of 'he coal sold in Cuba now ap (>eara to be going from Newport News in steamers owned by the Berwiod White Coal Mining Umpany which company large? ly dominates tho trude in that island. Charleston as n port is held hy coul men genorally to be far inferior to the Hampton Roads Porta and too far sonth to be an wvuntageouB port for steamers wund over the sea to tako bunkers coal, but thoy acknow 'Wgfl that wore tho Clinchfield 'ocut the freight rate 16 oonts a ton large inroads upon the business here would bo made. 'he belief was expressed, however, that wore tho cut to ye math), tho roads leading to Hampton Roads would meet it *"lh the result that rates both lo tidewater and inland points *ouid ho broken to bits. I he Virginian Railway, it "?* said, is a tower of strength '"r this port, the grade of this 'owl making it possible for it! 1,1 haul freight for less than any ?umpeting road and making it 0?hkoly that anv other road v"i will caro to "forco a iighti uPoo it through such action as 1 theC-.C. & O. i? reported by the Black Diamond to have taken, action which, as previ? ously stated, it is believo-f hero the road has not taken.?Nor forlk Ledger-Dispatch. Avers" Inspiring Battle-Call. If might were needed to vin diente the wisdom of the Ninth district Democrats in nominat? ing Uenerul Ayers for Congress tho address delivered by their candidate at Marion .Monday would handsomely unswor the purpose. It was really a great speech. In embodied an able, olesrcut, fearless discussion of national political issues as viewed from the standpoint of patriotlcism and Democratic doctrine, and with admirable precision defined the convic? tion^, principles und standards of the Democratic notniuee. Entirely plain is it, from his Marion speech that Kufus A. Ayers has not only a masterly Intellectural ?rip upon nation, al Democratic position, and the ills witb which the American people are beset as result of Re? publican rule, ami the present need for remedial policies, but that if elected to Congress he may be relied upon as one of the strong, constructive forces there, in the work of writing the redemption of Democratic pledges upon the hook of duly enacted legislation. The most impressive feature of General Avers' speech, how? ever, has to tin with the illegal use of money in elections. It presents the evil as indicating A highly important issue in the campaign. It relates the prac? tice directly to tho congression? al light in the Ninth, and iu bold, frank, fearless fashion places the Democratic candi? date upon record us un uncom? promising foe to any and all methods having tendency to debauch the ballot and degrade in a n h o o d. General Ayers makes it distinctly understood that ho will use no money in the campaign for unlawful pur? poses. He will not consent to its use by others. He infinitely prefers defeat with honor to success with dishonor. Ai.d he prays that his friends will respect his views?that they will so proceed that at the con? clusion of the campaign naught of discredit can he laid at tho door of his management. That's a Strong, virile, manly, coura? geous position?und twould bo discouraging indeed to think that it will not bo earnostly en? dorsed by the electorate of the Ninth Virginia district. In this respect, General AyorB asserts no new view. He states con? victions which he has always held, and purposes which ho has til ways sought to promote. A word of personal remini sceuse just here will perhaps be pardoned. In 1894. the late lamented Henry S. K. Morison, a broth iu in-law of Gen. Ayers, was nominated by the Domocrots as their Congressional Btandnrd bearer. The writer of this edi? torial, then a resident of the Ninth District and actively in? terested in its politics, had oc? casion in tho early days of that campaign to make a speech iu Judge Morison's behalf before a meeting at which Gen. Ayers happened to be present. After the crowtl had dispersed lion. Ayers sought us out, did us the honor of commending our re? marks, expressed the hope and wish that we would repeat tho same deliverance in every coun? ty of the Ninth, and insisted upon defraying the expenses that would thus be rendered necessary. Very forcibly do we recall what ho added on that occasion. Although deeply interested in Judge Morison's campaign; although then a mun of largo means, yet speaking to us iu the utmost confidence and privuey, he said he wished to expend money to insure Demo? cratic success only in a manner that was absolutely free from even suspicion of illegality or irregularity?and that only with the purpose of getting the Democratic view before the electorato of the Ninth through the circulation of literature, (and defraying oxpenses such as might be incurred by stumping I tours of the district, would he consent to contribute a dollar for Morison's campaign, or [would Judge Morison wish a i dollar expended for his cause. I As profound a? was his affec |tion for Morison, Qen. Ayers stated he would rather see him defeated thau the beneficiary of corrupt methods, and that Judgo Morison earnestly shared his viosv. We do not know that General Ayors recalls this incident, busy man of largo af fairs as bo was and is?but wo do?itoame into the audience room of our memory vory clear and fresh and distinct, as wo read lieu. Ayers' appeal to the voters of the Ninth to banish irregular methods of spending money in Ninth District politics and bravely offering to sacri? fice his chances for election, if need be, as leader of tho so splendid erueado. Tho matter is moiuioucd hero, simply bo cause wo believe it ought to bo mentioned. It shows that way back there in tho days of negro suffrage,when voto buying had not been outlawed by public opinion, the man who is now holding aloft tho haulier of pure elections in the Ninth was prac? ticing as privato citizen what he is now prenching as Demo? cracy's candidate?that then as now ho was alert to the perils of commerce in sntTrage, ami expressing holtility to tho prac? tice. It's merely a Binglo cir? cumstance to bo sure; merely an incident of trilling impor? tance if taken by itself. Hut when considered in connection witli Ayers' Marion speech and tho sort o f clean campaign standards that lie there defined and warmly advocated, and the inspiring call that ho there Bounded in behalf of honest election methods, the statement of the occurrence seems decided? ly revelantand quite well worth While.?Lynch burg News. Home Mission Meeting. The regular monthly meeting of the Woman's Homo Mission Society was held last Thursday afternoon at the home of Mrs. J. W. Hader, the president in the chair. Tho meeting was opened by singing, "stand up, stand up for Jesus," after which the president read the lesson, which was found in Mathow 7th chap? ter, I to 12 verses. After sing? ing "Hlest ho the tie that binds" each member present told what good tho meetings being held had done for them, and offer? ed up prayers for themsolvos and tho salvations of others. Then followed the business part of tho meeting, which was oh follows: Holl call; 15 mem? bers answering, minutes of last mooting wero read and approv? ed; collection of dues amount? ing to $5.;10; one visitor was present and one new member added to our Hoeioty; treusur or'b reportwas read and approv? ed; fourth president reported 52 visits made; It delicacies given six flowers, six shut-in cheered; two Borrowing comforted; nix invited to church and 75 cents! given poor. Mrs. Mouser asked tho ludies to meet with her in October. The meeting closed by repeat? ing tho Lord's Pray. Tho hos? tess then served delicious ice cream, cake and lemonado. Supt. Press Work. Meeting of the Republican Campaign Committee of Ninth District. Congresatusn U. B. Slemp ^ame to Bristol Saturday and held a eonrurciico with tbo Itcpublicau executive commit-; tee of the Ninth District of Virginia. There were about twenty-five present, practically every county being represent ed Congressman Slemp arrived at noon from Cincinnati and left at H:t0 p. m. for AshevUle, wbero M rs. Slemp la spending tlie summer. Tlie committee met at Hotel RrUtol auil .11 discussion of preliminary plana ftir the campaign, adjourned to meet at [tig Stone Uap September IH. It was decided to forthwith open headquarters at Coebum ami a brauch office in Bristol. Speakers are already In the field ami it was decided to make ? vigorous cam? paign. There were a number of Kooseveit men presout and it Is said that Dr. J. M. M. '>ough?rly, of Gate City, one of the Hoosevelt leaileni, will take the stump for Slcinp. Congressman Slemp said that while be thought another should have beer, nomi? nated, in view of his health and other considerations, that ho had accepted the nomination and expected to make a win? ning ught.?Briatol Herald Courier. UNITED DAUGHTERS OF CONFEDERACY Will Hold a Re-Union for the | Veterans September 17th and Crosses of Honor Bestowed. The. Trilled Daughters of the Confed? eracy Chapter will hold a re-uuion for the old veterans in the Kedonil Court Ball, on next Tuesday tho 17th. The Vctcrana are requested to meet at Kelly'a Drng Store at 10 30 o'clock. A committeo will meet them aud escort them tu the hall. Wo cordially Invite all Veterans, both tho hlue and gray, to mcot with us. Our exercises wilt consist of: A Short Spcach of Welcomo by Oener al It. A. Aycra. The Address to the Veterans by Judge C. T Duncan, of Joncavllle, Virginia. "Furl the Banner Fathers,'' Kyan's beautiful poem, recited by lion. J. A. Bullltt. A Short Speech by Hon. K. T. Irvine. John W. Fox, Jr., our celebrated and much beloved author, will read some of his beautiful stories. We bopo to have music between the speeches We will serve a nice lunch to all Vet? erans and our speakers. \\ e cordially invite all the cltUeu* of thu Cap aud sur? rounding towns to our exercises. We want you to conic and help us give these Veterans a happy day No charge for anything, cicrythiug free. The following are the Veterans who have applied for Crosses and w ill receive them, 'these gentlemen arc requested to he on hand Tuesday morning, the 17th ut 10:80 o'clock; A. F. Wampler, j.. m. I.eo, lt. F. Richmond, I.. M. Itoblnette, John B. Wells, Sr., 1'. Q. Wallace. DuttOH Hood. John W. Belcher. J. I. Ijwaon, II, It Collier, Steve Collier, K. K Hyatt, D. O, Williams. Isaac Wanton, John B Willis, W. II. Wampler, It. A. Ayors, H. S. Stuutkltn, I'. J. Barn"! C. Bascoin Slcmp At Forty two Mark 0. Hnscom Slomp, who for Homo yours bus hud tho dis? tinction of being tho only Re? publican among tho Virginia members of tho nutionui house of representatives, was born in Loo county, Virginia, Septem? ber 4, lfwO. He grndunted from the Virginia Military Institute in l8'Jl,und ufterward studied law at tho University of Virgin? ia. After serving one year us a professor at tho Virginia Mil? itary Institute he began the practice of law iu his homo town of Big Stono Uap. In 1905 he became chairman of the Re? publican State committee of Virginia, und two years lutor he was elected to congress from the Ninth Virginia district to till the unexHpired term of his father. Mr. Slomp wus twice re-elected, but this your he de? clined to uccept a rennmination because of his desire to dovote his entire attention to his busi? ness interests. In spite ot this decisiou, Mr. Slemp was again nominated as the Republican standard bearer in tho Ninth at the recont dis? trict convention held in Bristol. Light And Power. A siding is being graded mid? way between Appalacbia and Big Stone Gup, and in the Gap proper, preliminary to tho build? ing there of an electric light and power plant which will supply both towus, and others. This is u movement most au? spicious for Appulachia which has felt tho need of such a plant for years. The light service hns been poor and inadequate, and arrangement will result, doubtleue in a condemnation of the franchise to the present company. One thing we hope the com party wilt boar in mind, the ne? cessity of building and equip | ping a plant for both day and night service commensurate to the needs of a large community. In twenty years the towns will be much more populous and very much closer together. The beautiful pike has already made it easy for men to do business in one town and live in the other, and then lmboden and -Inman will be suburbs of both and in close touch with both.? Appalachia Progressive. Just one candidate to run against Gen. Ayers in the Ninth,not withstanding?never, theless? however. ? Penning ton Gap Nows. Social Doings, Mrs. Carrol Low is Xa?h and Mrs. Robert Lee Parks tender ed a beautiful entertainment on Friday afternoon ut the lovely home of Mrs. Nash ou Wood Avenue. Tho honorces of the dolight ful event were tho house guests of Mrs. Parks: Mrs. Jeffreys, Mrs. Patterson, Mrs, Birchileld, and Mrs. Reeso, of Pinoville,Ky. and Mrs. Blue, of St. Louis, and Mrs. illne, Jr., of Detroit, tho guests of Mrs. Nash. Five Hundred and Auction Bridgo wore played. Miss Ruck or being the wiuuer at Five Hundred was presented with a pair of silk hose. Mrs. Reeder, winning at Bridge, was given a band painted jardoniere. Mrs. Karl Stoehr won the cut for consolation, a beautiful brass tlower basket. After cards a delicious salad course wus served, followed by ice cream and cake. Those invited to meet the guests were: Mrs. M^ K. Kelly, Mrs. Otis Mouser, Mrs. Karl Stoehr, Mrs. R. B. Alsover, Mrs. F.. K. Ooodloo, Mrs. J. B. Nea bit, Mrs. O. 0. Coohran, Mrs. J. W. Ohalklev, Mrs. J. B. Ayors, Mrs. A. 11. Reeder, Mrs. L. i). Pettit, Mrs. (.'. F. Blanton, Mrs. \V. It. Peek, Mrs. A. D. Owens Mrs. 0. L, Rowe, Mtb. B. B, Hhouds, Mrs. D. B. 3ayers, Misses Mary Ramsey, Mnrguoritto Qoodloe, Sarah Cochran, Uertrudo F.lliot, Kmily Bullitt, of Louisville, .Madge Dingoss, Ruth H?cker, of Wash iugtou, und Miss Uibbs. On last Wednesday afternoon Mrs. L. O. Pettit entertained very informally with t wo tables of Auction Bridge. Miss Kmily Bullitt, of Louis? ville, was presented with the tlrst prize, a beautiful dresden vase, and Mrs. W. R. Peck drew the consolation, a hand painted satin pillow. After tho games delicious re? freshments were served. Those present were: Mrs. J. B. Ayors, Mrs. M. K. Kelly, Mrs. W. R. Peck, Mrs. J. W. Ohalklev, Mrs. A. if. Reeder; Misses Sarah Cochrun, Mary Ramsey and Kmily Bullitt. Florence and Henry Mot'or mick entertained about thirty guest on Friday night with a porch party. Heart dice was played at small tables ou the porch, which was gay with Japanese lan? terns. Miss Louise (loodloe won the tlrst prize, a fan and chain, Mr. Curtis Campbell, the tlrst of the boys, u pair of silk hoso. Miss Ruth Prescott and Mr. Byron Rhoads were awarded the boo? bies, a doll and a hurp. After the refreshments dancing was enjoyed on the porch. Lust Thursday u f t o r the morning services at ttio church Dr. and Mrs. J. J. Lloyd enter? tained Rov. Hitch, of Tazewell, and Dr. Rollins, of Sweet Briar, wbo have assisted Dr. Lloyd with his series of services the past week, Deasonoss Adams, of Kookeo. Deaconess Williams of Dante, Miss Bergren, of Ap palachia, and hor fourtoeu able workers, with a delightful luncheon ut the Roctory. Johnson-Bickiey. The following invitation has boon .received the past week by friends of tho contracting par? ties in Big Stone Gap: Mr. arid Mrs. ('barles Andrew Johnson rriiuest tho honor of your prtsimt st thu marriage of their daughter I loci* Im> to Mr Charles W. Hiokley on Wednesday afternoon the twenly-nfth of September at four o'clock At Ilcjie Wise Virginia Thu bride-to-be in the eldest of Mr. and Mis. Johnson's ftmr talented und charming dnugh ters, and formerly instructor in music in Gladeville College. Mr. Bickley is a prominent young attorney of Fnrmersville Texas, and is rotated to the Bickleys of Scott county and Big Stone Gap. Mr. and. Mrs. Biokley will make thoirhomo in the Lone Star State. I Gld newspapers for ml.> at this offico at 20 cents pur loo. I Attorneys and Operators Back from Atlantic City, R. T. Irvino, J. F. Bullitt, A. II. Heeder, C. L. Nosh, Otis Mouser and Dr. J. W. Kelly returned last week from Atlan? tic City whero they spent last week before tho Interstate Com? merce Commission i n opposi? tion to a new schedule of rates on coal and coke (lied by the Louisville and Nashville rail? road. Tho proposed rates seek to advance tho present rates about 80 cents per ton on coal and coke from the Black Mountain and Appalachia fields to points north of tho Ohio rlvor. Com? petition in this region with ottier coal and coko producing districts is very keen, and tho Virginia mines have difficulty holding their own under tho proBont rates. If the advauco is allowed by tho commission, those interested believo it will exclude Virginia coal and coke from tho Western and North? western murkntA anil will sori ously cripple their operations. Mr. Bullitt, ouo of tho attor? ney h for operators, said that tho evidence is about concluded and that the case would be ar? gued in November and proba? bly decided before the llrst of the year. The operators and their attorneys are feeling good over tho results thus far, and believe that the Louisville and Nashville railroad has not made out its case. State Auditor Moore After Merchants. Richmond, Va., Sept. 6.? Auditor C. Lee Moore is after the merchants of-the State for the taxes which they should have paid in the way of pur? chases they make. The mini? mum foe is $5, and it is surpris? ing to see just how many of these there are in the Stnto. That much of the monoy due the State because of alleged in? correct reports can be recover? ed is the belief of Mr. Moore. In order that the Common? wealth's attorneys in the State may have a chance to force the collection of these taxes, Mr. Moore is having a list of the merchants compiled and will furnish the same to the courts that proceedings may be hud against these men. It is possi? ble that some of the commis? sioners of the revenue muy bo "jacked up" on account of tho lax way in which they have been making the assessments. Found Pot of Gold. On laAt Wednesday, an old farmer whoso name wo were unable to learn, found a pot of gold, containing ? -, .? ?>. under the hearth in a house near Hill Top, iu the extreme outer odge of this county. The treasure is aupposed to have been hidden by Willi.mi Wilson over a hundred years ago, who purchased tho place from Indians iu lBOt'i, and tho land has been in the possession of tho WilsoD heira ever since. Thore are five heirs who will sue for the money.?Frinceto a (W. Va.,) Messenger. Tho Mattering allusion by our neighbor of the Post to the pos? sible citizenship of the editor in that purt of the future city has been a little bit misconstrued. It was based possibly on some remark looking to the inovitablo annexation of Big Stone Gap to tho coming city of Appalachia. ?Appalachia Progressive, J. 0. Day, a prominent Pres? byterian minister of New York City, at a salary of six thous? and dollars per year, passed through town Tuesday, enroute home from a visit to his parents at Mandrake, Letcher County, Ky. mi mm. , CZf\ MINERS wanted by vv/ Ktonegap Colliery Com? pany, Olamorgun, Va. Steady I work. Highest price per ton paid in the district. Healthy i camp. Excellent water. School and church facilities. I Stonegap Colliery Co, 30. J. S. CMEYNEV, ?ca'l Sap!.