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I BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA., WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 18; 1912. No. 5, VOL. XX. Fed^Huiing Completed. New $flHHfeHouse in Big StonJj Bady for Open Jm Hpe Public. * , ^ _ - i ? ? mBB^^^^^^^^^^^HFi > r o 1' ^^^^^^^^^^^Vor initial H^HHnv'""'' SH^BtThhI me in lilfil into Bnpt'lniMl ?1 ? - i 11 thai .add ^^i;i^>' an?! beauty !?? ^<>wn and surrounding country, stands silently inviting our pro? gressive population to reach out ami surround it completely with modern store and olllco build? ings. Setting on a foundation of brick laid in cement and fully waterproofed! the building is of granite from grade lim- t? lirst floor; limestone from first tu second and brick stuccoed on second and third floors >v|tli limestone cornice, corners and window panols; slate roof with copper valleys and gutters. The interior framing is of stoel, with reon forced concrete filling be tWOCU tin- Honrs, gypsum Mock ajvbrick partitions and strict rijHfli i t pronf. I'll-' <iiiI\ v. ik..I Hnitfi iia; ml" the building i-* ?tin- hardwood finishing of the ? Honrs in the court room, oflice ' rooms, distributing room id' the postotlice, tin' doors and win? dow casings, which a r a of quartered oak and yellow pine. A (ire line with hose and hose racks is provided on every floor. The ptiblid lobby on the lirst door is finished overhead in small fancy panels, is Moored with common marble. with| border and base of Brockidillo inlaid with Rutland marble.] Tlni public stairway leading from this floor and throughout the building is of steel witli marble treads and hand rail of polished brass, a n d w inds around a steel enclosed space provided for an elevator. The corridors on second and third floors arc finished in Trazzo tile with marble base and bor? der. All toilets are finished with marble wainscoating base and screens with lloors of Traz? zo tile mnde-in to lit a marble border,and equipped with white porcelain furnishings. Tim building, 153x90 feet, :t stories and basement, is Idea* teil on corner premises 130 feet square, and sets in the center surrounded by a pretty lawn and 1ms concrete walknpproaeh es to limestone steps, ornament ed with huge gothic pillars with granite side trimmings supporting globe-light posts. There are three front entrances, the center one being equipped with revolving glass doors and one side entrance equipped the same; both capped with copper. The building is fitted for gas, electricity, and telephone and steam carried iti conducts or - hidden pipes to points of cou-l nootion. The first Moor, In bo devoted to thu postnfilce department, has a large well lighted distri buting room, and is BupplieJ with money ordor ami registi r cd package vaults, hua general delivery stamp, money order ami registory windows, and is fitted with 244 lock- boxes, a private office vault umi toiliaf for the postmaster, The only othor olllco on the lirsi floor isI that of Deputy Collector. The basement is fitted with a swing room for carriers, two toi? lets with shower hath, boiler room, fuol room, two storage rooms and janitor's room. A series of secret passages for use | of inspectors] with suitable points provided with screens for observation in the carrier's moms ami connecting with an? other series in tin? postofilcp department on tie- first lloor, 1 making it possible for Beeret service men to see without be? ing seen in carrying out their work, has boon provided I ?n the second floor are lornl : ? il tli<' 1'. S. Marshall's ofllco, with adjoining cell room for prisoners awaiting trial; two1 connecting rooms, with vault, for deputy clerk; female witness room,and toilet,two unassigned rooms; District Attorney's loiiice; men's toilet. A public! and private toilet and hath, ami j private passage from the court room is also provided on the second lloor for the Judge. Tho court room, which occupies rtbout half the space on this floor and of the depth of both second and third tloors, is fin? ished in fancy panel ceiling and side walls, well lighted by a battery of windows facing south, is well ventilated and heated with a combined direct and indirect system: has three general erttrahcos of large free swinging oak double doors. On the third ll?Or are located the grand jury room; two petit jury rooms; two female witness rooms ami toilets. The ofllco furnishings are of late pattern and in keeping with the idea carried out i n the pi tcoS to he used. Anthracite A Luxury. Anthracite coal wns at one I lime an important factor In ! blast-furnace practice, but its use in that line of industry has now almost entirely ceased, uc-i cording to K. W. Parker, of the United States Geological! ! Survey, as it lias been supplant? ed by coke made from bitumin? ous coal. The principal do Inland for anthracite will ho in the future, as it has been in the more recent past, restricted largely to domostic trade, for which such sizes as furnace, egg. stove, and chesitut nro re tpiired. l ho break lug down of the lump coal, which wus form? erly U marketable product, for the preparation of the domestic sizes results in a much larger proportion of the small or un desiruble size, all of which nre sold at loss than the cost of production. All the profits on the mining operations must bo obtained from the prepared do? mestic sizes, for the revenue obtained from the smaller sizes, which are sohl largely in coin petition with bituminous coal for steaming purposes, serves only to reduce the cost of the domestic sizes. Tbeconditions under which the anthracite mine-, are operated, the greater depths to which the workers are curried, the consequent in? creased expense of mining,and the increasing cost of labor ?11 contribute to make anthraciU fuel mori' and more luxury. During recent yours tbe an tliracite operators have adoptei the policy of making an allow BIG STONE GAP FEDERAL BUILDING. C. W. Bondurant Buys the Dominion Coal Company. The property of the Domin? ion C o n 1 Company, nl St. ('Maries, was sold under a de? cree of the federal court of Cin? cinnati, Saturday tot'. \V. Bon? durant, of the Bondurant Coal Company, His bid being ??">?'>. ooo, which was the upset bid by the court. Disagreements be tween the stockholders of the Dominion Coal Company, who were principally in Cincinnati and lndianopolis. is said to have resulted in financial em? barrassment, after upwards of $200,000 had been spent on the property. Mr. Bondurant an? nounces that he will add to the machinery and equipment and will increase Immediately the monthly output of the property from ten thousand tons to twenty-live thousand tons.? Jonesville Star. We hope you will have a merry Christians and a happy New Year, and that Santa Claus will till your stockings brim full with good things. Home Mission Meeting The regular monthly meet ing uf the Woman's Home Mis? sionary Society of the M. E. I Church, South, was held at the home of Mrs. L. <?. Pettit, Thursday, December 5th, with the president in the chair. The meeting opened by singing "Holy Spirit Faithful Guide", followed by scripture reading 'and prayer by the president. ! Mrs. Mathews then read the monthly Missionary bulletin. The treasurer's report was read and dues amounting to $1.01) i paid, The secretary read the min I utes of the last meeting and I "i : members answered roll call. The fourth vice president made her report as follows: Visit* I to sick and strangers, 32; deli jcacies, 22; (lowers, 1; shut in cheered, C; garments given n. edy, T'J; money, ^'J 26; papers, 4; invited to church, 8j Sunday school, l'J; prayer meeting, 'J. Officers were then elected for i the coming year. President, Mrs. II A. W; Skeen; 1st vice president, Mrs. J. A. Qilmer; 2r.d vice president, Mrs. Irhy Nickels; lird vice president, .Mrs. Garrison; 4th vice presi dent, Mrs. L. O. Petti'.; record ing secretary, Mrs. ('. 8. Car? ter; corresponding secretary, Mrs. 1>. H. Bruce; treasurer, Mrs Malcolm Smith; agent of Missionary Voice, Mrs. James] Dillon; Supt. of press work, Mrs. J. H. Nlathows. The meeting adjourned to meet with Mrs. Malbews, the first Thursday in January. After repeating i h o Lord's prayer in concert, a social half hour followed i n which the hostess served delicious refresh ments, Mrs. J. 11. Mathews, Supt. press work. Great Values In Government Coal Lands. During the past three and one-half years the United States (ieological Survey has classi? fied a s coal land 17,450,105 acres in the public land States, and this land has been restored to sale. The appraised value of this land, as fixed by the Survey as a result of geologic examinations, and promulgated by the General Land Office ag? gregates a totul of $742,020,640, The minimum valuation for the same lands, a t which they might have been purchased a few years ago before the policy of clasiflcation was adopted, is but $205,989,140. ance of .'<0 cents per ton from circular prices for domestic coal purchased in April of each year, with an advance of 10j cents per ton for each succeed? ing month until tin- schedule i prices are restored in Septem? ber, This has h a d a more salutary effect in steady ing the anthracite trade than unv other action taken by those controll? ing the anthracite industry. Its purpose is to encourage the pur? chase of coal in the spring and early summer, making the cel? lars o f the consummcrs the storage places for the follow? ing winter, and at the same time to cause the mim s to lie operated more regularly, thus giving steadier employees throughout the year. Judge Skeen for Governor. A correspondent wiitng from Cripple Creek to the Baonoke Times under date of December l, suggests that Judge Skeen, of this place, is the most avail able man for the next governor of Virginia. Things are just about as corrupt politically at Richmond as they were m Lee County a year ago, and should Judge Skeen be elected there would be such a shaking up of things as the Old Dominion never seen liefere. Viiginia needs a man of Judge Skeen's nerve and ability in the gov? ernor's chair. The coi ri spond ent referred to sa\ s While we are passing into a new political era and are dis? carding the old slogans, such as "light the devil with his own lire," "all's fair in love and war," and are injecting into politics many moral principles, it is high time that we pay our highest tribute to t be mail among men who has real I) started this great innovation in our political life in Southwest Virginia, No man in Virginia has been so prominently connected with reform movements in the last few years as has Judge Skeen. He lias stood for the pure bal lot, when his life was perhaps in jeopardy; but anonymous letters, threats, etc , never swerved him from his post of duty, until now ho lias the love and confidence, brimming over, of our best citizens all ov or 1 ho State, and ban excited admira? tion of good citizens in many other States. His work is with? out a parallel, except by Judge Blair, of Adams county, Ohio. So 1 have been thinking for a long time why don't all Virgin? ians in sympathy with hin work center on him for our next gov? ernor? As governor, he could bring pressure to boar on all our cor rupting influences all over tin State. Every oitizon knows he would do it, because he has been tried and has proven himself, Many of our old time politicians, who are really falling in line with our new principles, such as pure ballot, etc., have a past history which makes them shudder when they behold it. For one of them to he governor, he would have to como OUI boldly, confess to his past, and promise to be in sympathy with the "new life," or else his gov? ernorship WOUidbo a sad failure and to himself a sadder failure than to his constituents, for no man surely finds pleasure in flying false colors, even though multitudes follow. As our standard bearer, we want Judge Skeen, for we owe him our highest compliments, and he is able to render greater services even yet than those already rendered. Corn Crop 50 Per Cent In? crease. Freeling, Va., Dec. A.?The corn crop of this immediate section is practically gathered, and farmers say that there is at least fifty per cent, more corn raised this year than last. The quality of the grain is much better than-Usual, at least three fourths of the entire crop being of merchantable quality. Only seventy-five cents a bush? el is being ottered for corn by tho home merchant, and it is hardly likely that tho price will go as high as it did for last year's crop. AvoidDraughts; Get Fresh Air Board of Health Gives Rules for Comfort During Cold Weather. Richmond, Va., Dec. 14.? December winds should not af? fright und a falling thermome? ter need not alarm, for comfort and cold are not incomputable, and fresh air is still possiblo without draughts, declares the Stato Hoard of Health in a special cold weather warning issued yesterday, ".Mistaken idea of protection ugainsl cold weather," says the bulletin, are responsible for more deaths than cold weather. Close rooms kill more people thau ever froze to death and insulltcient clothing is us dnn gerous as a house without fires. "Nothing does more harm in hellet that a house should be sea tod 80 tightly in winter that no fresh air can enter. The result of this is a closeness wh'clt weakens the bodily re gistouce and makes a person moiii susceptible to colds when he leaves the house. Kvery li\ inn room ami every sleeping apartment should have fresh sir at all times regardless of the weather. This can gener? ally he had without dillleully US a number of simple schemes have been devised which can bo installed in any room. One of the most efficient is to Hi a slanting board into the lovor end of the window and to se? cure this to the sides of the window frame with smaller hoards. The window can then be raised almost to the level of the board and will give a cur rent of fresh air which will pass over the head of persons sitting in tin- room. A diagram of this plan can be found in the bblleliu on (fresh air issued bv the hoard ami available for free dist ributioii, ?? pruughs are of course to be avoided. They cool one part of the body while the other is warm and thus cause colds. Hut draughts can be avoided and fresh air can still be had with a little care. "Insufficient clothing is an? other fruitful source of discom? fort in winter. No one should leave a warm room and go into the outer air even temporarily without additional clothing. Fashions which prescribe light lothing in winter are among the worst enemies of health. To go without an overcoat or other heavy clothing in cold weather is to invite sickness. "Many persons who are anx? ious to have abundant fresh air in their bed rooms in winter complain of cold during the nip lit. This is always to bo avoided. Those who can ittford to do so should supply themsul veswith ample bed clothing, but persons who cannot pur? chase additional blankets will tin.I a simple substitute to hand in (dd newspapers. If a layer of newspapers be placed be? tween the blankets, m u c h warmth will be retained which otherwise would be lost." to those who sny that Wise will vote against the bond issue: .lust hold your taters; the polls have not been opened and the I '>to has not been counted yet. The people of Wise know a thing or two ami they are not as Belflsh as you might suppose not a I it more scllish than the people who are making these loose assertions. Wait till the full returns are in from Wise? then you will tin.I a majority for and bond issue. ? Wise Vir? ginian. MEN WANTED. MINK US wanted by Stonegap Colliery Com* puny, < Jlamorgnn, Va. Steady work. Highest price por ton paid in the district. Healthy camp. Excellent water. School und church facilities. Stonegap Colliery Co. 80. J. S. CHEYNEY, Oto'l Sttpt