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V ' ' F= BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY. VA.. WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 2. 1912. No 4.0 Slemp To Take! Stump Congressman Writes Letter Accepting Republican j Nomination. Representative G B. Slemp, ??nunat.'il by tin- Republicans of the Ninth Virginia district (?r tin' fourth time in succes? sion, has formally signified his acceptance, in a letter, in which da declares thai if re elected he will cut private, business out altogether and devote all of his time and energies to serving the district. The letter, which is addressed t o W. B. Spruit, chairman of the notification committee, follows: "Dear Sir: 1 have unofficially been apprised of the action of the Republicans of the Ninth district in nominating me for Congress for the fourth conse? cutive time. The tlav after the convention 1 wired tho news? papers of the State that I would accept the nomination and make the best tight possible. Tins 1 am glad to do. The an- I tion of the convention is tho highest compliment ever paid me as an individual, if indeed, it is nut unprecedented in the history of Virginia politics, and 1 -halt respond to its wishes with whatever ability I possess. I have been so moved by this expression of good will on the part of the Republicans of the district that 1 immediately made up my mind that if I were DKuin elected to Congress under conditions so gratifying that 1 would remove myself from par? ticipation in any and all busi? ness enterprises nnd dovoto my-, eclf wholly a n d entirely to making for the district the best congressman it is possible for me to make. 1 do not believe a man can be successful in i lilier private or public business by devoting part of his time to each, If elected 1 will simply cut out private business, how? ever interesting it might be to do otherwise. Heretofore I have been trying to do both. Finding this impossible, I will adhere strictly if elected, to the trust imposed upon me by the people of our district, devoting myself exclusively to their in? terests. As a candidato 1 ask from our party friends in the district only this indulgence? not to make any engagement for me until after the first of October, as I need the romain ing few days in which to rest. It has been sixteen years since 1 took a vacation of any sort, even a trip of a day's length during winter or summer, pure? ly for recreation or pleasure. After thin time 1 shall be ready to respond to whatever demands are made on me, und will ex? pect to visit every county in the district. "Assuring you of my pro? found and sincere appreciation for the honor of again being called upon t,, lead our party to victory 1 remain, with kindest regards to all. "Yours most respectfully, tSiRUcdj ?'C. B. Slbup." Mrs. Caldwell in Wytheville. Mrs. M. M, Caldwell, of Uoa noke, made a most inspiring address to more than one hun? dred women ut the court house on Saturday afternoon, her subject being, "The Federation of Womeu's Clubs." -Mrs. Stephen Putney with her cus? tomary grace and charm wel? comed and introduced her. Mrs. Caldwell's enthusiasm, jjuency, gentle manner, high 'deals, and attractive person? alty but increased the admira? tion of hex many warm friends >o Wytheville, and addod to the. now laurels which Mrs. Uldwell is gaining by her pub ?lc spirited and enthusiastic * o r k.? Southwest Virginia Enterprise) A meeting of all the demo? unts in the Big Stone Gap Pro? duct, and nil others interested in the organization of a Wilson ?"arehall Ayors Club is called 'or Thursday, October ?-d, at \>- m. in the now Theatre Building, for tho purpose of or Bfft'tjng such club. A large "tteinlunco is expected, as thore id be prominent spoakors to address the club after its or B&uiziUton.?-adv. NOTED VIRGINIAN A TWIN-CITY VISITOR Gen. Rufu? a. Ayers, of BiJ Men.. Qap, Vu., arr'iv?.,l in tlt?.| city yesterday, accompanied by i his granddaughter, Miss Mur garet V. Pettit, who will unter Salem College, Mrs. Avers, grandmother of M iss Pettit, graduated from Salem College hi tlm class <if I8(jg ,,?,( \in. Pettit, daughter of Gen. und Mrs Ayers and mother of Miss Pettit, graduated from ibis grand obi school. Twenty-live yearn uro at the Salem College commencement |n 1887, Gen. Ayers, then At? torney General of tho State of \ irginia, delivered the annual address. He acquired national fame also in that year, by pur? posely disobeyiug an injunc? tion handed down by Judgo Hugh L. Pond of the Circuit Court, forbiding him as Attor? ney General from instituting suits against the tax-payers who linil tendered coupons on the $12,000,000 indebtedness of Virginia to Etaglish capitalists. He was lined . for contempt of court and was committed to jail until the line was paid. The case went to the Supreme Court, where Gen, Ayers wus represented by Hon. John Ran? dolph Tucker of Virginia and Hon. Roscoe U. Conkling, of New York. The trial before the Supreme Court, resulted in the discharge of (Jen. Ayers and the payment of the tine, and made possible the tinal set? tlements of the Virginia debt upon terms satisfactory to the bond-holders and to the State. (Jen. Ayers' bravery in daring to disobey the court, so as to bring about a satisfactory ar? rangement of the bonds which if Bottled at that time would have embarressed the State,wus watched with interest by the entire nation. Gen. Ayers was nominated this year by the Democrats of the Ninth Congressional dis? trict of Virginia to represent them in Congress for the com nig term, lie is opposed by the present incumbent, Hon. 0. It. Slemp, nominated by the regular Republicans, and Mr. Walter Graham, nominated by the Progressives. With the Progressive strength Strong, possibly in the majority in the district while a large part of them are slowly falling back to the Regular line,it is believed by (Jen. Ayer'S friends that ho is sure of election, and that ho will he the next representative from tin! Ninth Virginia. (Jeu. Avers, is a Confederate veteran, having joined the army of Northern Virginia in the winter of 18C4 at the age of fifteen years, serving with gal? lantry ami distinction until the surrender in the spring of IHiio. He is one of the old line Demo? crats ami, having been through many a hard fought campaign, winning by his straightforward policies the confidence of not only the people of his district, but of the whole State of Vir? ginia as well -Winston Salem (N. 0.,) Journal. GOLF TOURNAMENT. The annual golf tournament is again on with promise of a .'lose BnUh, Six members qualified, viz.: John, W. Fox, ' II. K. Vox, J. V. Iluliltt, Karl Stoehr, .Marvin K.-lly and Hell Savers, who should play whom waa determined, then determined by lot, and resulted as fol? lows: .lohn W. Fo\ vs. H. K. Vox; 8toehr vs. flayers, and liullltt vs. Kelly. II. E. Fox beat John W. Fox I up, 8 to play ; Iluliltt heat Kelly 8 up, 7 to play ; Sayera heat Stoehr 1 up at the last hole. This last was a very even und exciting game, Stoehr losing at the last hole on n two fcot put. This left only three In the gamu. Say era drew out, Uaviug Fox ami Rnllltt to play, and the winner to play the Una! match with Sayers. Bullltt got a tine toad. S up, on the llrst 18, but Fox braced up the next day and evened the score on the aCth hole. Fox missed his put on the ilTth ??'1 B?llitt thus won. Itullitt and Sayers have played one of the tlnal games, scoro even. Thoy will play their last game on Saturday or Sun? day. In the lailies tournament, only three qualified: Mrs. J. B. Ayers, Mrs. II. E. Fox ami Mrs It R. Alsover. The lattor drew out. Mrs. Ayers beat Mrs. Fox, leaving her, Mrs. Ayers ami Mrs Als over to play the finals for the ladies' cup. They arc very evenly matched and tho game will doubtless be clone ami Interest? ing. It will be played this week. JOHNSON-BICKLEY. A beautiful mnrriago was sol emixed at tln< homo of Mr. and Mrs. 0. A. Johnson, in Wiso, Wednesday afternoon at four o'oloolc, when their eldest daughter, Miss Doeta, became the bride of Mr. Chaa: W. Hick ley, a prominent young lawyer of KarmerHville, Texas. The entire lowor floor of Hie Johnson home was thrown to gelber ami decorated in a do lightful color scheme of yellow and white, a profusion of gold? en rod .yellow ehrysanthemumB, Mareohal Neil roses being util? ised in carrying out the decora? tive scheme in the entrance hall, parlor, dining room and library. A few minutes before the en? trance of the bridal parly. Miss Mahle Johnson, a sister of the bride, and Miss Kuble Bruce, entered the parier, and in the expectant hush. Miss Johnson sang "Because" in her fresh young soprano, accompanied on the piano by Miss Bruce. Both young ladies were gowned in pale blue,MIssBrUce wearing pale blue crepe tie chine over pale blue satin, and Miss John? son chiffon over satin. As the last notes of the song died away, the music changed into Lohengrin's bridal chorus and the bridal party entered from the hall. Kour small rib bon girls. Misses Maud Meaty, Qivendolen Kelly, Virginia Johnson and Virginia MoLe more, entered first in white organdies and yellow ribbons. Following them came the ring bearer, Paul Hill, in spotless white linen, bearing the ring in a calla lily. Next came the maid of honor, Miss Virginia (Sillium, a cousin of the bride, handsomely gown ed in shaded lace ovor yellow satin, trimmed in pearls, and carrying a shower boquet of Mareohal Nell roses, and, fid lowing the maid of honor, the groom entered with his bent man, (Hen Bruce, of Wise. The bride,who is a very small and petite blonde,entered on the arm of her father, who gave her away. Her wedding gown was a very lovely white crepe meteor over white satin trim? med in hand-made PrinceBse lace and pearls; She wore a long voll of tuele caught with orange blossoms and carried a shower boquet of bride's roses. A magnificent diamond neck? lace, the gift of the groom, com? pleted her costume. Tin? impressive ring service was used in the marriage ser? vice, and after the congratula? tions of the large number of relatives mid friends present refreshments consisting of a delicious salad course, yellow and white ice cream, cake and mints, and colf>o were served while Miss Nora Hale dispens ed punch on the porch. Mr. and Mrs. Biokley left on the six o'clock train for Texas, accompanied to Norton by a merry party of rice throwers. The bride's going away gown was of golden brown whipcord with hat, shoes und gloves to match. The bride was the recipient of many handsome and expen? sive gifts of cut glass, silver and china and numerous beau? tiful pieces of linen. Among the out of town guests present at the marriage were Sir. and Mrs. Chas. Hay 1 law ley, of Franklin, Tenn.j Mr. McOlure, of Chicago; Misses Maxie Rogers and Sallie Carter, of Norton, and Miss Bertha Hart, of Coeburn. Delia Clarke in "Introduce Me" A4v*rtiwMM?t One of the important events of the local theatrical season is the engagement of Delia Clarke and her cast of Metropolitan comedians in her churming new pluy "Introduce Me." This will bo the offering at the great opening of the Amuzu Theatre on Saturday October 5th, and from the reports of the play from places where it has been presented, it will be as welcome an attraction as will visit this city this year. _ The Norton Brick Plant was destroyed by fire at 10 o'clock Tuesday night. The plant was owned by E. O. Buck and 0. J. Swank.?Norton News. MINES OF EMPIRE CORPO? RATION WILL RE? OPEN Receivers Have Closed Con? tracts For Large Ship? ments of Coal and Coke. Riohmoud, Vo., Sept. 27.? The question uf whether or nut the mines of the Kmpire Coal Lund Corporation will bo re opened hits been delinutely de? cided. The receivers! of this compa? ny, A. K. Morison and H. Har daway, have issued orders to open the Seaboard, and Coul dan operations as soon aa pos? sible and all available help is being pressed into service iu order to get ovory thing in read? iness for the opening of these mines as soon as possible. Tho receivers havo received orders for large shiptnenta of coal und coke and has closed contructs which will warrant them in re? opening the mines of tho com? pany. The company is badly m need of three hundred miners and at least lifty coko oveu men, as it is necessary to pro? cure a sufficient number o f mining men to till the orders under thuir new contructs. The correspondent visited the operation of tho company today anil was informed by Mr. /.iglor general superinleililent that every man now on tho job was busy and that everything was being done to get the mines in working ordor. The mines of this company havo been closed down fourteen months and dur? ing that time the roll has been limited to a few men whom it was necessary to keep in order to protect the property of the company. Mr. Ziglor und the other men who have been at these works during the shut-down period are rejoicing that the mines and coke ovens are soon to be running at full blast. This is good news for Rich lands and when the compuny gets its mines in operation it will mean a great deal to the morchants of Riohlands, Burglar Caught. Henry Isom, a young negro well known in police circles, i was caught red-handed in the Mutual Drug Company's store j about 11:30 Saturday night as j the result of a clover trap set, after the store had boon enter? ed some tivo or six times dur? ing the past ten days, when, it is said, small amounts of money and goods were purloined by someone evidently fumilliur with the store, and suspiciou fell on lsom who had been do? ing odd jobs there. .. An officer aud u deputy were stationed in the store Saturday night at closing time, in the hope of catching the thief and young lsom foil into tho trap in los? than an hour after tho store had closed, ho having gained entrance through a rear window which hud been previ? ously partly broken out. Tho arrest was inado by R. II. Bry? ant and Dr. Axley tlilmer, who made careful seurch for confed? erates, but found none. lsom w a s implicated with Sandy Cloud, another young negro, in burglarising the Kelly Drug Compuny and Ouodloe Brother's store more than a yeur ugo, but managed to es rap*' punishment, while young Cloud was sent to the reform school. Mrs. R. D. Morrison, at pres? ent a teacher in the Appalachia High School, desires us to state through tho widely read col? umns of the Post that she will bo i n Big Stono Gap often enough to personally look after the renewals of magazines and newspapers ordered b y Big Stone Uapians during the past year through her Magazine and Newspaper Subscription Agen? cy, aria to please not renew until she. *tet you, as 6be will be glad to duplicate the best club offers of any reliable publishing house, or other Agency, which you may bo considering.?adv. Hon. R. T. Irvine and Dr. J. W. Kelly, of Big Stono Gap, were here Monday attending a meeting of the Board of Direc? tors o f tho Norton Grocery Company.?Norton News. NORFOLK AND WESTERN CONTINUES TO PROS? PER. Net Earnings for Year 1912 Million and a Half More Than in the Preced? ing Year. The report of the Norfolk and WoBteru Railway Company for the year ended June 30, 1913, shown net earnings of $14,005, 307, against $12,.'>&<,-<>", in 1911". The expenditures for road und equipment aggregated $0,800, From the commecement of its opeialien Oetobei I, 1890, 11> Juno 80: 1912, the present Nor? folk and Western company has expended for acquiring or con struenng railroad lines, branch? es and extensions, secoud track, sidings, yards and equipment, for grade revision and cuauges of line and other additions and improvements, and for advan? ces to subsidiary companies', for construction purposes, the sum of 195,713,438, obtained as fol? lows: From sales of capital obligations, $08,110,010; from revenue, $27,31 1 ,533: The production of coal during the year from lands leased to mining companies by the Poca hontas Coal & Coke Company aggregated 11,390,029 net tons* an increase of 1,983,407 tons or 12.44 per cent, over the preced? ing your. About 75,02!? tons wore consumed at the mines ami 1,015,017 tons were con? verted into coke. From these lands the railroad received for shipment ?,303,468 tons of rove nuo coal, 034,012 tons of rove nils coke and 812,098 tons of coal for its fuel supply. Holston Conference. The regular annual mooting of the Helsum Conference of tin-Methodist Episcopal Church, South, COnveueS today at Ab ingdon, Hinhop .1. 0. Kilgoro, presiding, and will continue until Monday or Tuesday at which time the appointment will be read. The body is com? posed of about, three hundred and fifty preachers and lay delegates. Damaging Hail Storm. A tierce rain and bail storm swept over Buchanan county Saturday doing heavy damage to trees and corn standing in the shock, and causing a heavy rise in Dismal i;iver, washing out the roads in many places and stopping all traffic and mail service from Ibis reason and the fact that many huge trees hail fallen across the roads, which as a rule are poor travel? ing under tint most favorable conditions. Delia Clarke in "Introduce Me." Laughter, romance and heart interest are the ingredients that have been employed by Delia Clarke in her new comedy, "In? troduce Mo" to be seen at the frand opening of the AmuEU heatru on Saturday October 5th Those familiar with Miss Clark's other successful plays will be quick to realize that this play is clean and whole? some. Miss Clarke is not a be? liever in the Balioious play no matter how tremendous it may be in its dramatic effect und ap? peal. She believes that people go to the theatre to be enter? tained anil keep in a happy frame of mind. To this end she has written "IntroduceMu" and the opinions of it every? where are the best evidence that Miss Clarlco has succeeded in her purpose. ^(1 MINERS wanted by Stonegap Colliory Com pany, Glamorgan, Va. Steady work. Highest price por ton paid in the district. Healthy camp. Excellent water. School and church facilities. Stonegap Colliery Co. 30. J. S. Clfl-.VM-.Y, Otol Sapl. Powder Explosion Kills Two Men. One of tlio worst nccidents which has happened to employ? ees of the Continental Coal Cor? poration, occurred at Kim mine No. t. near Four Mile, on lost Friday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock, when seventy-six kegs of powder, which wero being transported to the powder mag? azine near the mouth of tho mino, were in some mysterious manner set off, causing an ex? plosion which resulted in the death of two of the threo men who were in charge of tho work. Between the top of tho incline or knuckle at No. 4 mine and drift mouth is a distnnce of some four or live hundred feet. The powder used by tho miners in shooting coal in this mine is drought u p tho incline ami hauled to the powder magazine which is located about half way between the knuckle and the mouth of the mine. On last Friday afternoon, doe Lewis, mine foreman, and Clay Johnson, a coupler, were at work storing a supply of pow? der in the magu/.ine. After a load was pulled up the incline in mine cars, it was hauled to the magazine by an electric motor. A load of fifty kegs of powder had been unloaded at the magazine, A second load of three mine cars, containing seventy-six kegs, h a d been brought to the top of the in? cline and the motor had been coupled on. Lewis was sitting on the powder in the third car. J ohuson was standingby the side of the car next to the motor, and gave Dave Dir.ney, the motormun, the orders to "high ball." Disney turned on his current, and the explosion fol? lowed. ?Pinovllle (Ky) Sun. I>r AxleyGilmer was called to Appalachia Sunday in consul? tation with Dr. M. L. Stallard, of that place, concerning the critical condition of little Rob? ert Morrison, the small son of Mr. and Mrs. it. D. Morrison, who has had a very severe case of diptheria for the past two weeks. Piano Contest Piano given away by E. M. COOPER & SONS, KEOKEE. VA. 100 votes with every dollar purchase, and 200 votes on old accounts. With every dollar paid on subscription to The Big Stone Gap Post 1000 voles will be given. Contest Closes April 30, 1913. Standing of Candidates. September 28. KEOKF.K VA. Miss Malimla Witt 91 ,?00 Mrs <;. W. King 47,900 Miss Verlle Tiller . 81,180 Miss Violet Thompson 88,700 Mb? Milinda Hurl . I,SOW Ulli Mallnda Morris.(0,900 Miss Nettie Morris . 11,000 Mrs T. F. Itobblns ... . 41,360 Mrs Nellie Manure. 80,880 Miss Maude Flccnor. 19,800 Mrs. T. X. Legg.17,080 Mrs QeorReOtbion 8,100 Miss Edith Coobran . ti.100 Miss Nellie Fletcher . 81,480 Mrs. John Kdens . 8,800 Miss Rhoda Jones. 5,780 Miss Hellen Palmer. 10,950 Miss Ethel Morris . ?,350 Miss Mary Prater . 13,600 Mrs. Nellie l-avius . . . 89,480 Miss Kthel llerrou 98,660 Miss Arkto Clark . 3,600 MisN Kppic Morris . 2,100 Miss Audna King. rt.ian MbH Mary Cooper. 18,tt>0 Mrs. B. Teague. 11,980 Miss Motile l ane. 18.680 Miss Martha Dean. 3.880 Mrs. Chan Swackor . 8.680 Mrs. J. 1>. Clay . 4,880 Miss Hasel Rlevlni . U.ouo Miss Anna May ( leek . 3,100 Miss (Irace Shepherd a,000 Miss Susie Lcgg.41,860 Misii R, F. Culberuon . 3,800 Miss Harriette Dotaon. 10,980 Miss Myrtle Day . 8,100 Miss StolLs (llbson. 3,600 KKOKEK, VA.?R. F. D. Miss Una Col tier. 0,100 I Miss Maudo (annlngbam. 8,500 Misa Alice Robins. 7,000 Mi-.-. Hertha Calllosworth... 3,790