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VOL- XXl _ BIG STONJEaAP.. WjSE__CqU^TY. VA.. WEDNESDAY, OCTO~BErT3?7i9I2:~= ~ N?744 GENERAL AYERS' JAIL RECORD. From a correspondent in Southwest Virginia we have an enquiry as to the facts of tho imprisonment of,Gen. Kufus A. lyers, Democratic nominee for tlie congress in tiie Ninth district. Once in Charleston, S. 0., a local wag fell in with a stran? ger at hall of the St. C'ecila So? ciety* the most exclusive social organization on earth. The local man began u discourse of the sad decadence of Charles? ton society. Pointing out u young gentleman on the floor, lie said: "That man is ming? ling with the best people, al? though his great grandfather was hanged right here in Char? leston." Hut the shocked visi? tor discovered later that the citizen who had been bunged wus of the very cream of South i ttrolina and was executed by the British because of his Udel? ls to the cause of his country? men in the revolutionary war. Therefore, his dosconilants car ried no stigma because of his fate. (ien. Ayers' caso is something like that. The general bus a juil record, but it earned for him the formal thanks of the general assembly of Virginia and he is not ashamed. Briefly, the facts are that certain English holders of past ? lue interest coupons, cut from Virginia State bonds, were try? ing to force the State to accept the coupons iu payment for ixes. The statement to the court showed that one Hooper and others in London h u d bought for $30,000 coupons of the face value of $100,000 which they undertook to sell at large profit to Virginia tax payers, obviously, if the coupons hud been held good for taxes the tte would have collected no money and would have been Starved to death and reduced to bankruptcy. About $1,000 (I of her over-due coupons ro outstandingi In 18S7 the general assembly adopted a upon killer" act, requiring pi isons who tendered coupons lor tuxes to give certain evi? dence of the validity of the coupons, which it. was impossi bio to give, ami instructing the State's law otllcers to proceed b) summary process to collect axes from persons who pro Bented coupons und failed to tender tin' legal proof that they were valid. Under this order, 'ien. Ayers, then attorney gen erat, proceeded to sue the Haiti ro and Ohio rail road for ces due and unpaid. The United States Circuit Court, Judge Hugh L. Bond, issued an injunction forbidiug him from prosecuting the suit. He disregarded t h o injunction. Thereupon he was summoned to show cause why he should not be punished for contempt of court. He replied disclaim? ing purpose to be disrespectful to the court but Baying he re? fused to obey its injunction be? cause he believed it hud no jur? isdiction and because he was -.(?ting as required by act of the K.ral assembly of the sover? eign Commonwealth of Virgin? ia. He was lined $500, refused i pay it and was committed to the custody of a United States marshal. It is not recorded whether h e actually "played checkers with his hose on the I big casino"?which is tho tech? nical description used by the criminal elusson for an unfor? tunate gentleman looking tlirough the lattice work of u jail window?but ho was de? prived of his liberty und made a prisoner. lie applied to the supreme court of the United State on habeas corpus proceedings. He was committed in October, ISS7 mid his case was heard in No veinber of the sume year. He was repr?sent"d by and asso? ciated with \V. W. Gordon, ' i is. V.Meredith, J. Randolph I Tucker and Boscoe Conkling. | I be supreme court sustained bis position, vindicated the rights of Virginia, for which lie stood, and ordered his re? lease. It ruled that his conten tion that the United States courts hud uo jurisdiction in die matter wus right; and that an the application for injunc? tion virtually was a suit against a Movereigii State, it was in violution of the constitution and the guaranteed rights of the States. It was one of the most important and critical cases over tried in this country. The result brought about by (Jen. Avers' firm stand and his knowledge of the principles of the law, was one of the first chocks to the encroachments of tho United States and its courts against the rights of the States a u d to intrusion b y thoso courts upon the nfToirs of the States. The tiuick and decisive declaration from the highest court of the land saved Virgin ; ia from bankruptcy and her people from great distress and misery. While General Ayors! was not hanged, as was the Charleston m a n referred to above, he was as ready as that martyr to offer himself as a sacrifice for tho liberty, rights and welfare of his people and is fully entitled to public grati? tude and honored remember unco. He earned well the pub? lic thanks he received from the general assembly?ati honor accorded to few men in tho history of Virginia. Ho proved himself to bo a faithful, wiso iand brave servant and officer I of Commonwealth and people. I?Ronnoke Times. Sweeping Change In Election Laws Richmond, Va., (let. ? Holding that there are too many elections in the State, that the people are called on to vote as many as live times in ono year?as has been the ease this year?there is being dis? cussed a proposition so that there shall be a primary each year ami one general election. Because of the multiplicity of elections, the people are losing interest. There is a demand that the State shall amend its constitution by providing for a primary election, to be conduct ed under the general election laws, for the nominations of all candidates?county, district, State and federal. It will tie necessary lo amend the constitution so that the terms of all officers shall com? mence at the same lime, that all parties desiring to nominate by primary shall participate in thr single primary, but voting for their own party nominees, and then to have all of these nominees voted for in the one general election for members of congress, members of the legislature, county officers,city otlicers and all State officers. There are innumerable good reasons for this. To begin with the expenses of so many elec? tions has deterred good men from standing for plaeos, for [there are many persons who would become candidates for the legislature were it not that they lose time when they go to the sessions, the pay not neur. I ly commensurate with their earning capacity and they have to pay primary elections more than they receive for services. I Politicians and others fatten on I this sort of things, the result I being that the number of can? didates is reduced to those to whom the emoluments of otllco, in many instances, are u con? sideration. The mutter is being discussed and the suggestion is meeting with general favor. Unless present indications fail tho proposition to amoud tho con? stitution to embrace these ideas will be made at the next ses? sion of the legislature. Fine Exhibit of Farm Pro? ducts. Recognizing tho farmers as the chief wealth producers of the country and farm products .as the foundation of general prosperity. The H. 1'. King Company, of Bristol, uunoun jcod some weeks previous a Corn und Pumpkin Carnival to be held in their store Oct. 1st to 12th, awarding fourteen cash prizes for the tinest and most perfect vegetable, fruit und gr.un products of East Tonnes see und Southwest Virginia. ' The event attracted wide jBpread interest and tho numer? ous exhibits showed a height ! of cultivation, in tho fruits as I well a s tho vegetables and I grains, that is unexcelled in any country. GEN. AYERS FILES EX? PENSE ACCOUNT Receipts for Democratic Cam? paign in the Ninth $150, and Expenses Less. About a Fourth as Much. The accoulit below of the receipts awl ixpcuditurcs in the present campaign of (Jen. It. A. Ayers, Democratic nominee for congress in the Ninth Virginia dis? trict, ia forwarded to The Roanoke Tlrnca by Mr. .las. K. Mesrs. of Bristol. Secre? tary of the Democratic committee. I hereby certify that the following is a full, correct ami itemized statement of sll moneys and things of value received by mo or anyone for me with my know ledgc and consent from any source, to? gether with the uames of all tliosu who bare furnished the same in whole or In part, in aid or support of my rsndldscy for election as Democratic representative in the congress of the United States from the Ninth congressional district of the Suto of Virginia, at tho general elec? tion to be held In said district on tho fifth day of November, 1912, vie: Contributions received ami name of contributions i Date Amount Aug. 21. 1919, Henry 0, Stuart, $100.00 Sept. 28, 1919, K. I.ec Trinkle, 60.00 Also, tlist the following is a true and itcmi/.cd account of all moneys and things of value given, contributed, expendhl, used, or promised me. or my sgent. rcp rescntstlvc, or other |>ersoii for or in my behalf with my knowledge or consent, together with the names of those to whom such gifts, contributions, payments, or promises were made for the purpose of procuring my election, not including any money expended by inc to meet and discharge any assessment, fee, or charge made Or levied upon candidates by tlie laws of the Statu in which 1 reside or for my necessary personal expenses incurred lor myself alone for travel, subsistence, stationery, pottago, or writing or print? ing (other than In newspapers,) mid dis? tributing letters, circulars, and posters, oi for telegraph and telephone service, viz.: What given, contributed, expended, used or promised, and to whom: I laic Amount Sept. 3t?Check of II C. Sin art handed to It. T. Irviue chair? man of Democratic campaign committee, Ninth district of Virginia .'. ?1UO.001 Sept. 2? -Check of K. I .e Trinkle endorsed and delivered toC K. Blanton. treasurer of Democratic campaign committee for the Ninth district of Virgin? ia . 50.00 Oct. 11?l'ald traveling expen? ses of .lodge Martin Williams through Buchanan mid Dlokdn Kon counties making speeches in my behalf Oct. 9th, 10th, tlth and 12th, 1919. 88.60 Total. $188.50 I have not made any |Hi|iilses or pledge, nor lias any one fur me with my know? ledge or consent, or to whom 1 have given authority to make such promise or pledge relative to the appointment, oi recom? mendation for appointment of any person to any position of trust, tumor, or profit, either in the county. State or nation, or I in any political subdivision thereof, or In any private or corporate employment for [ the piir|Miee or of any person in my can? didacy. It. A. A Y RKS, Big Stone (lap, Va. Virginia, City of Bristol, as, It. A. Ayers, being duly sworn, deposes (af j firms) and says that tho foregoing is a \ true mid correct statement of his candi | dacy as therein above set forth. k. a Ayers. Subscribed and sworn to (affirmed) be 1 fore me this 24th day of October, A. D., 1012. II. 0. I.AVINDKK. Notary Pubila. Thin has boon n bumper crop year. To give some idea of the corn crop in this county S. J. Puckett shucked 111 biishels of corn out of throo usual size corn shocks. ? Lebanon News. A wealthy American girl was attending a social function at a country house in England. "You American girls have not such healthy complexions as wo have," said an Knglish duchess to the girl. "I always wonder why cur noblemen take u fancy to your white faces." "It isn't our white faces that I attracts them," responded the [American; "It's our green ibacks." ; BEAUTIFUL WEDDING. A marriage of much interest ' all over the state was that which took place on last Th?rs day evening at Christ Kpisco i pai Church, when Minn Lillian ', Sehlen Lloyd became tho bride of Raymond L. Thayer, of Now j York City. The church wuh beautifully decorated with yellow and white Chrysanthemums and as? paragus fern, all of which were gathered from thoKectory yard, bearing a note of simplicity which wus observed through? out the wedding details. Before tho ceremony Miss Adelaide Schoekey, of Wheel? ing, vv. Va., rendered a num? ber of beautiful selections, and promptly at seven o'clock Men? delsohns wedding chorus Was played and the bridal party en? tered the church. The ushers, Mr. Mayo Cabell und Mr. A. Kyle Morlson led together, followed by Miss Kos alle Jackson, a life long friend of the bride, us maid of honor, wearing a gold spangled net over satin: next came Mrs. J. J. Lloyd, Jr., tho matron of honor, exquisitely gowned in a yellow satin with an overdress of white bhiffon trimmed in old lace and pearls. John Lloyd, the Third, entered just before the bride, carrying the ring in a bunch of yellow und white chrysanthemums. The bride entered with her brother, Dr. J. J. Lloyd, Jr., and wus met at the alter by the groom ami her father, by whom the marriage ceremony was read. The bride's gown was o f heavily embroidered Pineapple Tissue over ivory sulin und was a gift from her brother in Japan. She carried lillies ol the valley and her tulle veil was caught with the same flower. Following the ceremony, a reception was given at the Uec tory, where congratulations were extended and deliceous ice oream and cuke was served. The wedding cuke was cut by all the single people present and the bride's bouquet was caught by Miss Sarah Cochran. The bride is the charming daughter of Dr. ami Mrs. J. J. Lloyd, the beloved Arch-Dea? con and his wife, of the Diocese of Southwest Virginia, and numbers her friends by her ac? quaintances. T h e groom is u popular young magazine illus? trator of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Thayer left on the L. & N. for Cincinnati, en route to New York where they will make their h?rne. Among the OUt-of town guests who attended the wedding were: Mr. ami Mrs. F. C. Thay? er, of Cleveland, Ohio; Miss Florence Meek, of Chilhowie, Va., Deaconess Adams, of K.00 kee; Mr. and Mrs. John I.etch? er, of Norfolk; Deaconess Wil? liams, of Dante; Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Morrison, of Appulachiu, and Miss Muhle Luumun, of Peonian Springs, Va. Counts - Fuller. The palatial home of Mr. and Mrs. 0. K. Counts was the scene of a beautiful wedding hero Wednesday morning, when their accomplished daughter, Miss Keys?r was united in mar? riage to Mr. Hiram Puller, of Big Stone (lap. The bride is very popular a 11 tl favorably known throughout this section. ] The groom is a member of the well known mercantile firm of Kuller Bros, ami stands very high in the businees world. I The wedding was a quiet alfair only a few intimate friijnds and relatives being prosent; includ? ing Mr. William Fuller, a brother of the groom who re? sides in Big Stone Cap. Rov. J. B. Craft, of Big Stono Gap, performed the ceremony. Tho young couple loft immedi? ately ufter tho ceremony for Southern cities. The Miners Journal extends congratula? tions.?Coeburn Journal. Slowly hut suroly tho macad? am is being put down on the eastern end of Park avenue. If the weather will permit it will be carried through town boforo tho worst of winter sets in.? Norton News. WATCH THE POLLS TO STOP BRIBERY. Chairman Irvine Calls on Democrats to Organize Vigilance Committees in Each Precinct Chairman R. Tuto Irvine, of the Ninth district Democratic committee, has sent tho follow? ing hitter to the Democratic chuirman of each county of the district: "My Dear Sir:? "Ab you have read in the newspapers, General Ayers and Mr. Slemp have entered into a gentleman's agreement for a pure election tins lull. Tins agreement is binding upon the members of both parties. Though we know tbis solemn obligation will be respected in letter and in spirit by those who signed it, yet we must not overlook the tact that there are lev al members of both parlies whoso Eea) may lead them out? side of its spirit and who, from a mistaken idea of devotion to a cause, may violate the agree? ment unit bring discredit upon a movement tor the common good which is now so fa vorn bly and hopefully under way. Thoeo men, particularly those who buy votes, us well as the unforiuuttles who sells them, must be Iiist admonished that the practice must cease. Our whole civic duty in this cause, however, is not completed with uu admonition. We must or? ganize at each voting precinct to detect any violation of the law. We must watch our op? ponents and assure them on all occasions that swift retribution will surely follow a violation of tho election law. You may rest assured that the movements of euch Democrat to the organ! /.alien are under constuut stir vuilluuco. Wo expect tins and cheerfully admit that it is right and proper. "This letter is to urge von to organise at each voting pre? cinct, appointing two or three good men to watch fur any vio lation of the law respecting pure elections by any persons whomsoever. You may rest assured that the Republicans are watching us. "Again urging you to use your utmost endeavors to boo to it that ttie election laws are not violated, either in letter or in spirit, in your county, I am, "Yours very truly, (Signed) R. T. Iuvink, "t lhairman;" DELIGHTFUL AFFAIR. Miss Margaret Bullitt was the charming hostess on last Wednesday evening when she entertained in honor of Miss Lillian Lloyd, whose marriage to Mr. Raymond Thayer took place the following evening. The house was beautifully decorated in red and white out flowers and lighted with red j und white caudles. Progressive Hearts was the diversion of the evening und wus played at smull tables in the liveiug-room, hull and din? ning-room. The pri/.es were a Parisian Ivory desk clock and an Ivory clothes brush and were award? ed to Miss Madge Dingess ami D. Tucker Brown, they having the two highest scores. After the games a delicious lunch was served, consisting of tomatoo aspic, potatoe chips, sandwiches, salted almonds, ico cream in cup id shapes,cake, coffee and mints in the form of wedding bells. A Color scheme of yellow and white wus carried out in the refreshments. I Among those who attended this delightful uffair wore: Mis ses Sarah Cochran, Elisabeth Everett, Ketta Thompson, Lil* lian Lloyd, Adelaide Schockey, of Wheeling, W. Va , IrniaOrr, Rosalie Juckson.nf Lyuchuurg, Mary Ramsey, Madge Dingess and Mabel Lauman, of Peonian Springs. Messers H. B. Price, Cllon Southward, J. F. Waller, Q. Q. MoForran, J II um, J. M. Hotlge, Raymond Thayer, D. Tucker Brown and Mr. Akors. Mr. and Mrs. A. Kyle Morison and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. ; Lloyd, Jr., of Catawba, Va, Coast Line Is To Control L. & N. Directors Vote To Increase Company's Capital Stock To The Extent Of $6,000,000. The directors of the Atlantic t'oHt Lino Railway, at a meet? ing held last week in New York decided to increase the common stock of the corporation to the extent of *t;o,ovH>,iMX>. The mon ey procured from this addition? al issue of securities will bo used to purchase the Coast Line's proportion of the now issue of stock of Louisville and Nashville Railroad. Atlantic Const Line stock? holders will be offered the right to subscribe at par for 10 per cent, of their present holdings. Yesterday's action of the board will come up for tlnal ratifica? tion at the annual meeting of tho stockholders, which is to bo held in Richmond Novem? ber nub. Krom the proceeds of this iseue of common stock to its own stockholders at par, the Atlantic Coast Line Koilroud will receive approximately tho amount needed to subscribe to us proportion of the proposed fcl'J.OOO.OOO stock increase of tho Louisville and Nashville which that road is now offering to its stockholders at par. The At lantic Coast Line owns 01 per ?-eat. of the Louisville and Nashville stock. The Atlantic Coast Linn Com? pany of Connecticut, which owns 133,000,000 of the ^.')8,l?2, 800 capital stock of tho Coast Line, under the plan adopted by the directors) will be entitled to subscribe approximately $3, -100,000 of the 90,000,000 capital increase. Kentucky. Capitalists Incorporate South eastern Development Company at Lexing? ton. The Southeastern Kentucky Development Company, with an authorized capital stock of ?160,1X10, was incorporated iu Lexington Tuesday with Louis? ville, Lexington, Ml. Sterling, Pineville and Manchester cap? italists as the incorporators. The company will have its principal offices in Lexington anil will begin operations at once t o develop the mineral and timber resources on tho 36," tores of land which it has receutly acquired in Clay and Letcher counties, The incorporators are Thomas K. Corden and Kotiert Curna ban, of Louisville; C. N. Man? ning, Louis l)es Cognets and T. L Young, of Lexington; I). B, Logan, of Pineville, Louis Appurson, of Mt. Sterling, and I). L. Walker, W. T. (larrard land K. T. (iarrard, of Manches? ter.? Pineville Sun. Rev. .1. M. Carter and family loft last Wednesday for Hlue fieldj whore he was sent by tho recent session of the Holstou conference. It will be recalled that ho was sent to (trace street church. He preached his fare? well sermon hero on Sunday last. His congregation hated very much to have him go as his time had not expired here by two years. Hut they will bo compensated by having Rev. 8. B. Vaught in his stead.? Abing ' don Virginian. CT!) MINERS wanted by I W stonegap Colliery Corn. : pany, Glamorgan, Va. Steady work. Highest price per ton ? paid in tho district. Healthy I camp. Excellent water. School and church facilities. Sloncgap Colliery Co. , au. J. S. CHEYNEY. Oes'l Soat.