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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
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
(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
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?
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?
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.
Receipts for Democratic Cam?
paign in the Ninth $150,
and Expenses Less.
About a Fourth as
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,
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?
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.,
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
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
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
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.
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
"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;"
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?
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
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
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
Capitalists Incorporate South
eastern Development
Company at Lexing?
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.

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