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The Big Stone Gap post. [volume] (Big Stone Gap, Wise County, Va.) 1892-1928, December 18, 1912, Image 1

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the Big Stone Gap Post.
Fed^Huiing Completed.
New $flHHfeHouse in Big
StonJj Bady for Open
Jm Hpe Public.
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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?
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
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
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
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
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
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?
As governor, he could bring
pressure to boar on all our cor
rupting influences all over tin
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?
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.
Get Fresh
Board of Health Gives Rules
for Comfort During Cold
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?
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

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