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The Big Stone Gap Post.
vol< xx!' big stone gap. wise county. VaT. wednesday. january 8. 1913. NfT2 Loss By Fire Every Ten Minutes A $5,000 House Burns Down. "If all tin- buildings burned last year in the United States, Bayb the Pictorial Keviow, wore set up side liv side, on both sides of the road, they would lino an unbroken avenue of desolation which would roach from Now York to Chicago. Set up on one side of the road only, these burned wrecks, most of them silent monuments of carelessness, would build a wall two thousand miles long. Kvery year, mind you' And since 1,600 lives arc lost and over 5,000 people injured every year, you would Und a (load and charred body of a man, woman 01 little child, every three-quarters of a mile as you walk along that stretch of wail ton waste. Uet the pic? ture weil into your mind! When you begin your light against tire in your home, tell these things to your husband, ami then add these figures which alfect bis pocket book. That's Urn way to make the men help you. If he is a busi? ness man or a farmer tell him this: The loss by lire in our forty eight States every year repre? sents about forty per cent, of the total unused United Suites Government receipts <>r total ox pendit in es for a year, it represents eighty per coin, of the I'nited Mates Internal Rev? enue yearly receipts. In the Ids) ten years the lire waste in the United Slates exceeds the amo.nit of gold hehl in the United Kingdom, Austria,Hun? gary, Italy and Spain. It ex ceeds t he annual value of wheat hay, ryo and oats, It is twice the annual value of our entire national corn nop The lire loss in America rep-1 resents three dollars per capita as against thirty cents in Ku-l tope! Nothing to be very proud of, is ii?" The above is quoted from an article entitled ' Kue Prevon tion in the Home," by Fire Commissioner Joseph Johnson or New York Cily, which ap? pears in January Pictorial lie view, lit- further explains particularly warning women ? Portable gas stoves must of necessity havo rubber lulling attached to them; but it should be renewed every faw months. Kubber is very scarce in this age and the quality ijbnc too good. The rubber tubing of gas stoves deteriorates with age, often leaking or breaking outright, allowing the gas In escape. This causes the worsl kind of lire, because il moilllfl an explosion as well. Gas stoves should be connected with iron tubing, not rubber, whoreovoi possible, even if the initial cos! is a little bit more. How often do you clean the grease out of VOUT gas OVeil'r They are frequently used for broiling purposes, and women have been burned to death b> their clothes catching lire while trying to remove the burning meat from the oven. Many foolish-wiBO woman h a v e thought first of their meat ami then themselves a u d their home. In case y o u r meal catches lire in the oven, quick? ly turn off the gas and throw salt by the handful on the blaze Put do not use any water. The salt will put out the tire; you can scrape oil the excess salt, and the meat will still be pala? table. 1 know it baldly seems possi? ble that in these enlightened days women are still doing the prehistoric thing; > et it does so happen. There are women who risen little too late to get break? fast on tune or dash home too late to gel dinner ready at the stated hour, find the tire low, the sticks of wood so green that they simply will not light in a hurry, and so in despera? tion thow on a little kerosene. There follows a Flash and A Roar, ami a mass of scream? ing, blazing humanity writhe in the agony of death. Her husband and motherless child? ren will calmly tell you that she had done the same thing :\ thousand times with no bad re? sults and wring their hands. The neighbors will attend the funeral ami go home to ilo pre ci-oly the same tiling tin' first lime their 6wn dinner is late. Almost every country home (?easts nf a large cellar and n spacious attic?both of them usetl as an out of-way place lo store useless hits of broken furniture, rag hags, old clothes ami other inflammable articles. When the housewife wants to explore those rubbish hnap?, she lakes a lighted candle or kerosene lamp, sometime mere ly a box of matches, strieking one after the other, throwing the dead ones away as they go out. Where do they fall? She knows not; neither does she Cure mi long as she finds the particular pieco of old carpet she is hunt ing for. As you re.nl this, these things may seem like trillet?; hut they are large enough when you re. call the fact the most disastrous liros in years, the ones which have swept away the greatest j number of Immun lives, have beeil started by the careless use of a match. The Triangle! Shirt-Waist factory lire, which burned up oho hundred and forty-seven persons, most ofj tliem young girls, was started by the careless use of a match. The Equitable Life Assurance building lire, which gulled a city block ami burned up a million dollars worth of proper? ty, was caused by the cureless use of a match. Do not argue that such a lire will happen but once in a lift lim*. Surely this is enough. A n d remember that your daughter can burn to death but onoo.Jjusi as these j helpless young girls in the Triangle Shirt-Wast building. Parcel Post Rates and Regulations. The parcol post law which be? come effective January 1st, pro ?' l b it hereafter fotirth class! mail matter shall embrace all other mailer, including farm and factors products, not now embraced by law in either th" first, second, or third class, not exceeding eleven pounds ill weight, nor greater in size than seventy-two inches length and girth combined, nor in form or kind likely to in jure the person ol any postal employee or dam age the mail equipment or other mail matter and not of a character perishable within a period reasonably required for transportation ami delivery." Km- the purpose of currying this law into effect the United States is divided into zones with dilierent rales of postage appli? cable to each, as follows: I'irsi Addition- 11 ll> ..Iii.- Iba. 1 ever lstiu mile. VI .1'.' I The local rale IH applicable to parcels intended for dein cry at the i.Ilice of mailing or on rural route Starting therefrom. It will bo observed that the rates ol postage are largely re? duced and that the limit of weight is increased from four to eleven pounds. Parcels will bo delivered at all free-delivery offices and to patrons residing on rural and star routes; they may he registered and may be accorded special-delivery ser vice on payment of the usual fees, and may he insured against loss in an amount equivalent to their actual VBlue, hut not to exceed $25, upon pay inent of a fee of live cents. Dis? tinctive stamps must be used on all parcels, hut they may bo mailed in quantities of not les^ than '-' 000 identical pit ces with? out stamps affixed, the postage bf'"lg paid in money. After the conference of Presi? dent elect Wilson ami Speaker IClark at Trenton last week, it was announced that the extra session of Congress would be I convened, perhaps on March 15th. It was staled that Cabi? net appointments were discuss? ed, but each refused tu divulge names of persons considered. Intense Inter? est In Road ToLexing- | ton Highway Meetings Here in January to Attract Many Letters from Scott mid Loo counties t<> the Hoard of Trade show that the liveliest iutorest is manifest in those sections in the Bristol proposition to or? ganize an association for pro? moting a great trunk line high? way to connect Bristol and Lex? ington, Ky. In Hell county, Kentucky, an election to vote 1500,000 good roads bonds will be held soon, and several of the most prominent men in that county have written t ? the Board ?f Trade that sentiment on.the question is practically united in favor of the issue. Bel) county will connect with Leo county in Virginia? and tho highway iH practicable from the western boundary of Bell county to Lexington. In Scott county during the coming week some good roads clubs will be organized for the double purpose of having oil! oial representatives at the Bris? tol meeting January "J.'l and to form (lie working bodlesinl favor of road bonds, which it i is hoped will be voted in the spring. Scott is tb" only county ! in Southwest Virginia that has I not joined the Land of progress! and many property owners who fought the proposal two years ago are now known to be enthusiastic in support of a I comprehensive plan o f road building. On January 24 there will lie held a meeting in Bristol to or gtuiizu the Bristol-to-Bluefleld I Highway Association. The Bluet leid Chamber of ?omincrco IlltS catlglit t he spirit of the program and has appointed a strong committee to be in Bris tol and represent that terminal of the proposed north and south highway, connecting the best town in Virginia and Tonnes s,-o with the best town in West ! Virginia. The coiivohttons will meet at the Virginia city hall at hours to be appointed. and will draw I to Bristol for the occasions [some of the li vest wires of tbe three States m.e t concerned by the construction of these roads. ? Bristol Herald Courier. The Lime Grinding Plant. Bij< Stone Gap, or some other town 'n ll'is end of the state, having large quanities of lime stone in their vicinity ought to he pulling for ono of the lime grinding plants provided in an appropriation of $30,.? by tbe last Legislature Wo have been informed that the quality of liinosloho found noar Hi? Stone (lap is unsurpassed and that a test of it fully meets the require' men Is of the agricultural pur? poses contemplated by those who framed and put through the Legislature the lime-grind ill"; bill referred to above. There are to bo three plants, we believe, and certainly South west Virginia should get one of them. According to the state inents of those who have used ground limestone us a soil builder and who have made an examination of tint soil in Wise county and this immediate sec? tion, it is exactly tbe thing we need to make our lands com? pare favorably in productive ness with the lands to be found in the counties of Lee, Scott, ttlissell, and Tazewell. From three to five tons of this ground limestone is said to work won? ders on lands which seem to be practically worthless. It was said that wlion the lim? grind? ing bill passed the Legislature that this material could be manufactured and delivered to any railroad point in the State, in car lots, at a price not to ex? ceed $1 60 per ton A matter which prom ses such results as we may reason ably expVoi from ground-lime stone in tins territory, ought Id bestir our farmers and truckers I and net one of the plants locat? ed in Wise county, if posslti e j?Wise Virgimuu. Railroad Build? ing In Harlan L. & N. Preparing to Build Road Up Martin Fork. Khigincors <>f the Waslolo and Black .Mountain Railroad Com? pany, a subsidiary company of the Louisville & Nashville Rail? road, arc at present surveying a line up Martin's Fork of the Cumberland River, from liar Ian. This contract has beeti lot, or will he at an early date. It will he nine miles long ami will reach a rich coal (told its entire length. Judge W. F. Hall, of Harlan, owning some ?1,0110 m-res on the extension hiss already leased some land. This hue will also reach coal of the Kohtontlth Coal Corporation. - Pinovtllo Sun. Held Annual Meeting. Bristol, Va., Jan. 3.?The Found River Coal Corporation which owns a choice tract of undeveloped coal lauds in Wise county, vdi, eight miles from Glamorgan, hold its annual meeting in Prislol last week and elected officers sis follows for the ensuing year: F.. c. Akers, of Abingdon, Va,, president. J. 0. Hart, of Hiltens, Va , vice-president. T. J. Crumley, of (late City Va , secretary-treasurer. This company has not yet uu dertaken lo develop its proper ty hut now that the Interstate railway is reported to he plan ing to build an extension that will touch this property, acini ty in that district may be ex? pected at an early dato. speaking o f the quality of the coal owned by this corpo? ration Mr Crumley, the secre? tary, said that there was not a liner property m Wise count)" and 111-? t a number of available tracts join that owned by his organization. Sloncga Operations Expand? ing Rapidly. Mr. A II. Reeder, vice-presi? dent and general manager of the St?negn Coke & Coal Com? pany, which are the largest op? erators in the South, informs u s that Iiis many plants are planning many improvements for the new year and that all the operations, including Stone ga, Osaka, Kookee, Arno, Im. heilen and nil other operations owned by the company art working on full time. All their coke ovens are in full blast and several thousand men are given steady employment at these big plants. Mr. Reeder infroma us that the scarcity of labor hi s been their o n 1 v drawback. Mote men can be given Steady employment at good wages.? Coeburn Journal. New Bank Organized At Nickelsville, Va. Nickelsviile. Vu , Jan. '2.? tin Saturday, Dec. -S, the pro? gressiv... citizens <>f this section met and organized a bunk at Nickelsville. The stockhold? ers decided to start the hank with a capital slock of $15,000.< 100. The following otlieers were elected: J F. Button,president; C W. Pond and J. A. Odle, vice-president; J. A Bond, cashier. Directors. R. L. Me Connell, H F Addington, 0. C. Krondwater, W It. Addington, J. M. Darter, Dr. J, M. Dough? erty and J. F. Button. Wise County last year spent over $I2'J,I)H0 on her Schools, as shows in the statement publish ed last w e.-k by Superintendent 11111 inn ii In not a gie.it while, Wise county will have the best j schools ami roads of unv coun t) in the Slate. Some of us are wondering where ail the money is to come from. No count) lias ever bankrupted itself building good roads and school houses. ? Coeburn Journal. The Parcel Post. Tin? mail order Itousos have succeed in having tho parcels post put into operation. This bill was very much opposed by the local merchant all over tho United Statt a thinking it would injure bis business by giving the mail order man cheaper transportation. What is the local merchant goir.g to do since the parcelsI post has come? Will ho sil down and let tho mail order man gobble up hi-* business or will In-tin like the mail order house does? ADVERTISE. As I we see it the matter rests en? tirely with the local dealer.-, as to whether the parcels post in? juries them materially. Thous? ands of dollars are sent out of , Wist) county every year for commodities that tbe local merchants should have sohl and the reason why they did not sell it was because they did not let the customers know about it John Wauamaker, of Phila? delphia, made Ins furtum1 by a systematic investment in print? er's ink. What is true of him is true of thousands of other' peoplo. The business methods are going to undergo very inn terial changes ami antiquated methods will have to bo dropp? ed ami modern methods adopt? ed in their steatl. Tell the pen pie what you have and the price. Bingham School Nolcd. Bihghatl School, Mebane, N.j (3,, Jan. 3.--The first half-ses? sion was u most successful one in thai it proved to t?e a wond? erful helpful as wtdl as inter, osting and pleasant term to nil concerned. Tho Cadets allowed remarkable improvement both mentally and physically, and, together with the teachers, are looking forward with the plea-. uro to the Spring Turin which i opens January the 7th, when tle-v will again join their! friends in the profitable and en joy able exercises of the in-tt union. Tliose distinguished in I studies during the Fall Term are as follows: William It. Blades, Rdwin Bowling, T. Kesler Obbb, Thamaa Coclirah, Thomas i Sow? ie, Jonathan Oil.I, Asa G08 Ret t, -loh II t I oe,-, It andolph Graves, I W. Gray, K. T. liar ris, Leonard I lay lies, Muck llerndon, Allen lvea< Stuart Johnson, W. t'. Lane;. Leland McConnell, CharloB McOutchcn, Wilbur McF?rland, Mason Me bane, William Morgan, Landon Phillips, Knott I'roctor, William Scarborough, George Slovor, Morton Summerville, Horborl Thorton, George Whoelor, Pros ton and Robert I i raj . Home Mission Meeting, The regular monthly meeting of lho Woman's Home Mission Society of the M. K. Church. South, was hel'l at the homo of Mrs. J. H. Mathews Thursday, January 2nd, 1913, tho presi? dent in tin- chair. The meeting opened by sing? ing "Onward Christian Sold? iers," followed by the reading of the _':ird Psalm, and prayer by president. Next was roll call and N members responded. Secretary's report and treasur? er's report were both read and approved, and dues, amounting to ?3.30, were collected. The new officers were in Mailed and the president read the duty of each officer. The fourth vice president then read her report which was as fol? lows: 23 visits made to sick and Btrangors; IS delicacies; it garments: 1 shut in cheered; invited to church; '> to prayer m leting; .'> to Sunday school, I* papers; M.2S in money. Our pastor. Kev. ti. M. Mercian.I, then dismissed the meeting with prayer, after which light refreshments were served. The next meeting will be held at tie homo of the president, Mrs. II. A. \V. Skeen, tho first Thurs? day in February. M its, j . II. Mathrws, Supt. of Press work. Kentucky's Coal Output in 1012 Estimated at 14, 000,000 Tons. The developments in what is known a s the Flkhorn coal Held, in southeastern Kentucky which have been actively push ed during the last two years, .Hi- expected to be ill full run mug order in the spring of 1013 ami will swing the major pro? duction of the State from the v. est..i n to the eastern district. Up to the present time the lar? ger part of the production has I.n derived from 'lie western counties, and in l'M2, out of an estimated output of 14,000,000 tons, the western Counties have contributod over half, or say 7,600,000 tons, as compared with 15,6 "\. tons from tho eastern counties. Tim whole State has Suffered from ear shortage in 1912, hut it was es peci ills felt in western Ken? tucky, where in December tho car supply on the Louisville Sc Nashville Pailroad was only OS per cent of the needs, and on the Illinois Central Railroad barely 40 per cent, From April i to May 16 ail agreed suspen? sion of mining occurred in the organi/.ed districts of western Kentucky , which affected about 5,000 men. The United Daughters of tho Confederacy will hold their regular monthly meeting with \!r< .1 . M. tloodloe tins after !noon. WANTFr)1 Ry January 30. 1913, Five "V r\n 1 *?< *?* ? Competent Young Men and Five Competent Young Women t? accept positions paying $40.00 i>it ineintIi and up. \\J A MTC D* ?V May 30. 1913. Ten Com YV r\ 1 N 1 1?< I?/ . petcht Voting Men and ten Com? petent Vounn W?rricn to accept positions paying 550.00 aiid $60.00 ami tip, WANTFD- BV September I, 1913, w nil 1 1?. ls . Twenty Competent Young Men and Twenty Competent Young VVomcn to accept posi? tions as Principal of Commercial Department of Hi^h Si hools, Least Salary offered to date $85.00 per month to Beginners. \Y /-.. j p Q. C/^ IL/'* " you ;irt" not qualified to fill I UUI lg 1 \_y 1 r\ . one 0f these Positions, write us at once for full particulars and enroll with us by January 6th. 1913, or as soon thereafter as possible. We must fill these important places, . Write at once, addressing, c entral lusiness INCORPORATED. Bear Building, Opposite First National Bank. phone 1158. Roanoke, Virginia.