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VOL. XXN, j^gTPjjg 9AP- W!SE COUNTY. VA.. WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 28. 1914. No. 5 Legislative Re? view. Richmond, V? , Jan. 24.? With the election ol Delegate Cox, of Richmond, n? Speaker ami the iippoiot loent of the Committees the House went promptly to work Lieutenant Oovernor Rllyson has grasped the reins again on the Senate side and the Legislative team is off. The present session of the Legislature will prove the busi est yet. As the State ami its demands grow the business of thedenernl Assembly will do likewise until t he sixty day session will be too short for the accomplishment of even a tenth of it. 4 Naturally, the enabling act attracts primary attention be eausejof the ardor of both its friends and foes Having been disposed of by the House of Delegates at the beginning, public attention will hi' center? ed upon the attitude of the Sen ale, which i s not definitely known The wet forces, how? ever, are jubilant and claim t herejwitl be no material change in the Seriate fine up of 11112. This Legislature will find the question of taxation the big? gest one on the boards- -too big, in fact, to be dealt with in one short session. There bids fair to be tl strife between segrega lion an I equalization with the probable results of a compro? mize containing both features. Certainly the ground Can he cleared and much confusion eliminate.I at the present ses? sion, but the really construc? tive work must be done be? tween sessions and the finish? ing touches bestowed at a spec? ial session. The general subject of taxa? tion touches the Legislature at almost every point. Already the question of taxing hank de? posits has caused an apparent difference between the coming and the going governors. The upshot will lie ti reduction of the tax. There is strong senti? ment for this reduction and the abolition of the tax may be looked for when the treasury becomes able to stand the strain The primary w ill demand more than ordinary attention this session since tltO defects of the present law have become obvious to nil. The hill already offered by Delegate White, of Roekbride, is a comprehensive measure similar to that now in ? force in Wineonsin, and would ', stipereedo the existing Statute. ; Senatorl'aul too has a thorough? going plan for a preferential ? primary and also one for gener? al nominating purposes. Other gentlemen will doubtless :.k to engraft some amendments upon t he present law. Other election reforms will be ?undertaken but such ell'orts are in danger of meeting their Wat? erloo in the Senate, which has -'emasculated the primary and buried measures intended t o prevent the corrupt payment, of poll taxes and to remove the names of deceased persons from the voting lists. Delegate ("halkley has a hill to prevent judges anil clerks of election from trying to influence voters. Jl has been estimated that the motive interest of election olli Klais is worth one-fourth of the vote, even assuming there is a fair count! Delegate Buchau On has presented a number of I Cognate measures. Senators Shannon and Peatherston have ^introduced a hill which has the backing of the State and Nu Hional Travelers Protective As? sociation and the I'nited Com |niercial Travelers to a 1 1 o w Voters necessarily absent from 'tjhair polling places to send t heir ballots by registered mail. This idea is new in Virginia but has ,-tjjleen worked elsewhere with Satisfactory results. I Senator Keathorston has of ?ffred a resolution for the resto jjltfitinn of the ninetv day legis lfttive sessions Th.ee times hWore has the General Assem My voted for this change but nie people defeated tho proposi? tion a few years ago, but the p?ngestion of work in the latter part of the sessions has become so great us to make a change imperative. Of course, the fee system will be much discussed. Several bills regarding it are already in ' course of preparaiion. The in formation thut the Senate has received shown that a few of our officials a r e enormously overpaid, but it is nlso clear that some investigation is ne? cessary lo a wine readjustment Upon a salary basis. The pros? pect is that a commission will be appointed to report their conclusions to the next session of the Legislature. The routine work of the pres? ent Legislature will be fairly well advanced in a few days. The election of a judge of the Court of Appeals to succeed Judge Buchanan and the selec tion of a successor to Judge Lawless have excited consider? able attention. One of these contests is in doubt as this re? port closes. When one reflects that more than 200 hills have already been introduced it can he seen that only a small proportion may ever be mentioned in this letter, but an effort will be made to discuss t he mure important from time t" time. The lull for the coordinate college fur women at the Uni? versity will cause a commotion, as it did last session, but its prospects are belter now. Wom? an's suffrage is not without friends but its success is still in the far future. Senator Thorn tun's hill to authorize the At torney General tu proceed to compel .1. 1'. Morgan to return the will of Martha Washington to Fairfax Countv has attract? ed attention. Everybody is hoping Mr. Morgan will soon restore the historic document of Iiis own accord. These and many hundreds of other matters are being dump ed into t h e legislative mill which w;ll grind with increas? ing rapidity as the session ad? vances. It will be interesting to watch the play of forces that contri tune to the quality of the pro duct and to note how much of it. is for the ben hfl I of our dear old friend, General Welfare! Found Demi. T. I'. 1 lagan, a kookkeeper in the general ofllcafl of the In? terstate Railroad Company at this place, was found dead in the office of that company on last Sunday morning about ten o'clock. Mr. Hagau, who hoard? ed at the Monte Vista Hotel, appeared as well as usual on Sunday morning, and had gone to the office about nine o'clock and is supposed to have died a short time afterwards. He was found lying on the floor and in falling had broken his watch, I which had stopped at 0:16, The [ hotly was examined by physi? cians and nu inquest was held and the verdict was I lint he came to his death from heart failure. Mr. Ilagan was about ;'.:t years of age, and unmarried. He came to the Gap to work for the interstate last September, and was well liked by all who know him, und his untimely death was a great shock to his friends. His home was near Washing? ton City, to which place the body was shipped on Monday morning. jSTOCKHOLDERS' MEETING The annual meeting of the Stockholders of Interstate Itail road Company will bo held at the I'Meischman House, Alexan? dra, Virginia, Wednesday, Feb? ruary 18th, 1914, at 12:30 o'clock p, m., for the purpose of hear? ing annual reports, electing a Hoard of Directors and trans? acting such other business as may properly come before the ? meeting. H. B. Price. ?> 7 Secretnry. Carolina, Clinchfleld & Ohio Railway is preparing specifica? tions preliminary to purchas? ing from I500 to 1,000 coal cars and five to seven locomotives, some of tho Mnllet and others of the Pacific type.?Coaburn Journal. Polk Miller Quartette Coming. "You, Rastus, wlmr yer gwine?" I'm gwine tor hear tint 'ere Mister Polk Miller's Quartette." W'y you fool nig? ger, (Iis eint ile night. What am do night den, if dis aint hit!-' W'y Sutorday night, de sei) enth u v Keberery?dat's d e night. Aint you got no sense 'tall! Now, you blame nigger, it aint gwine to be at the Meth? odist church,tier at de"AmUZU" tier no wlmr else. It's gwine tn be at the High School Order toriuin. Dat's where! Sure 1's gwine?me un' tie oh- 'oman an' all de chillun, and 1'h gwine ter wear loose close, too, so l kin lalT?lease I know dem nig? gers, dey makes yer lalT clean down ter de bottom er yer shoes. Dat's what dey do! Jones-Wells. On Tuesday morning at S:30 o'clock at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. M. V. 'Wells was solemnized a most beautiful wedding of their only duugh ter Lillian to Mr William Logan Jones. The parlor was handsomely decorated with ferns and palms, the color scheme of red and white being artistically carried out with streamers of red and white crepe paper extending from the chatidilter to all cor? ners of t he room with a large i red and white hell suspending in the center. 1'rnmpily at s::;o o'clock to the beautiful strums of Lohen gren's bridal chorus, rendered by Miss Nemo Vineyard, ac? companied by Mihs Virginia Beverley on the violin, entered the groom with his best man, Lotion! Maddox, of Appnlachiu, followed by the bride, leaning on the arm of her maid-of-hon? or, Miss Roue Hamilton, o f Middlesboro, Ky., who were met Underneath the large bell by the Rev. j. R. Craft, who performed the ceremony, using a beautiful ring service. Dur? ing the ceremony Miss Vine? yard played softly, "Believe me, if all those endear? ing Young Chorus," accompa? nied by Miss Beverley on tho violin. The bride was very girlish and lovely in her handsome traveling suit of blue diagonal cloth, carrying a shower boquet of brides roses, wearing it beau? tiful hat and gloves to match. Miss Hamilton was dressed in a handsome suit of black and white and carried a large ho quet of red Richmond roses. The young couple had plann? ed a n extended bridal tour through the South, but owing to the sudden death of Mr. T. P. Hagau who was employed us chief clerk in the Auditor's Office of the Interstate R. R. Company, on Sunday morning, they hud to postpone their tour, Mr. Jones finding it impossible to leave at this time. They will he a i home t o their many friends in their apurtments in the Touraine Flats duly a few of the immediate friends and relatives were present. Judge J. L. Kelly Wins In Race For Supreme Bench. Richmond, Vu., Jan. 22.? Judge Joseph L. Kelly, of the Corporation court of Bristol, was nominated for a vucancy on the Supreme Court bench by a joint caucus of tho general assembly on the thirteenth bal lot this morning at 1:46 o'clock. He succeeds Judge John A. Buchanan, who will retire on February 1, 1015. On the last ballot the contest waM between Judge Kelly and Judge Jesse K. West, of Waver ?y. After Judge Kelly had re? ceived ii sufficient number of votes for the nomination, the result was made unanimous on motion o f Senator West, a brother of tho candidate. The Virginia Iron, Coke & Coal Company fired up number Three Battory, on Toms Creek, last Monday, which had been idle for several months.?Coo burn Journal. Hold Health Day in All Schools State To Issue Special Man? ual For Use of Leagues In Celebrating Occasion Richmond, Va., Jan. 25.? Through the cooperation of the State Board of Health, the Cooperative Education Asso? ciation and the State Bureau of Rural Colored Schools of the Department of Public Instruc? tion, plans have just been an? nounced for the observance of health day during February in all the rural schools of the Com? monwealth. The Leagues of the Coopera? tive Education Association will devote their February meeting to the discussion of public health question and, in particu? lar, to the consideration o f methods by which the school buildings and surroundings can be made more sanitary. In the colored schools, the exorcises will be held February 12,which is the date usually set aside in these schools for special cele? brations. For the use of the leagues and for the guidance of teach? ers who must direct the program the State Board of Health has in preparation and will soon send to the pi ess a special 'Health Day Manual." This will contain full instructions for the better sanitation of schools. lu announcing the plans for Health Day,the Board of Health in its weekly bulletin, issued today, pleads for the coopera? tion of all school authorities to make the day a success. Says the Board: "We hope that the listrict school superintendent nid all the teachers will join with us in our elTort to make Health Day a success. The Cooperative Education Associa lion und Supervisor Jackson Davis, of the Department of Public Instruction, are working with us very earnestly and are urging upon school authorities the possibilities of this celebra? tion in Virginia. Our rural schools must he made sanitary and safe for our children. They must he made attractive anil inspiring. They must be made the center of an influence which will make itself felt through nut the community, "In particular we hope tins day will be made the occasion for a movement that will bring sanitary conveniences t o all our rurul schools. At present, many hundreds of our schools are without these und. in con? sequence, become the agents for the spread of oumrounica hie disease. We believe that if the school patrons and the chil? dren learu how much the sani? tation und convenience of rural schools can he improved at a small expenditure, they will unite to make the necessary improvements. "The Board realizes, in nildu lion, that much of the tight for better health in Virginia must be waged by the children. They must apply tile principles which experience has shown to he of value. Accordingly, we be? lieve that the instruction of our school children in even tbe fun dameutals of sanitation is a service infinitely worth while. "'the Boarit hopes that school authorities who wish copies of the new Health Manuel will notify us promptly. We shall make the edition as large as our funds will permit hut want the assurance of those who write for tbe manuel that these will be used to the best advantage." STOCKHOLDERS' MEETING The annual meeting of the Stockholders of the Virginia Coal nnd Iron Company, will be held at the Flniachman House, Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday, February 18th, 1014, at twelvo o'clock noon, for the. purposo of hearing an? nual reports, electing a Board [of Directors, and transacting such other business as may I properly come before the meet? ing." ! H. B. Price, . 5-7 Secretary Edgar Young Heard From. A letter from Senor C. K. Young, Oontador Fiscal, For roeurril del Pucifico de Nicara? gua, Managua, Niearugue, (which in plain Knglish means Kdgnr Young, an erstwhile cit? izen of the Qap, at present Au? ditor of the National Railway, of Nicaragua,Central America.) to hin sister, Mrs. R. I). Morri? son, of this place, reads as fol? lows! "Your letter of somewhat over a month ago finally re ceived. Ptit a tive cent stamp on the next one. We are not yet in the Postal Union! No copy of the Post has arrived yet. Please mail in e a few copies as first-class matter. Lordy, I have been busy and am still at it. If anyone had over told me that I would do as much work ax I urn doing I would have gotten insulted. You may perhaps picture the Auditor of the Ferrocarril del Pucifico de Nicaragua lying in his hammock smoking a cigar ette and having some dark eyed senorita fan him hut nay, nay, Pauline,it's exactly the reverse, lake this, a slightly stout, slightly bald, slightly stooped individual dashing wildly up and down among a gang of j native accoutants and implor? ing thrm for the love of Slikel to be reasonable and not make so many errors, and (hen I have thirty-live agents who look to me as (heir mortal advisor on all questions of importance,and who quit and hit the trail for Honduras if they get a month's salary ahead,i which is from $18.00 to ?28 00 month.) Then 1 have the two steamer lines, which are out to keep ail the cash in sight. Oh, I have a nice hunch of crooks to deal with! I have, however, doubled the net cash receipts of the railroad since I have been Auditor, and if some ban-footed Agent or Conductor does not stick a knife in my hack, I will even tUally cut the grafting practi? cally out. No joke, our passen? ger conductors are just begin? ning to wear shoes, and there only a few Agents und F.ngi neers who spurn the natural skin for the artificial tanned oxhide. Rull c a r ts, ragged, half-naked women a n d kids picking otr "gravbacks" in the Main street. Barefooted soldiers leaning u p against anything that will bear their weight, a lake just outside my window j full of alligators and ?od knows I what else, dust, dirt, poverty, idleness (76 percent worse than Mexico), that's all there is here. A dobe church, split in two from top to bot!?,m by an earth quake,stands in the center of the city of Managua, several smoking volcanos are always visible about, twentytniles away oh, if 1 had time and this hunch of natives would work some while I am trying to write this, 1 could write you a yellow-hack dime novel, every word true, of our layout here, hut 1 must close and get "on the job." THEATICAL. When you're feelln ?ort <? lonely Don't knot* what mi earth to do Though you're heart is lying pronely I know what will pull you through Take a walk along Wood Avenue Stop at the Aniiir.il, see a motion pic? ture play Then you're looks :ut of a mourner win like magic paaa away Where could you be so contented, For the paltry sum you pay Purse? would scarcely ho indented If yon should go moat every day Talk about 11 timely chaser of the reeling called the blues 'the AmUlU means "bines' eraser, hurry np, put on your shoes For the wonders of the photoplay Are growing greater overy day; Kach year denotes a market! advance into the broadening expanse That helps to keep the old world gay. Today when everyone from the office boy to the leading so. ciety hello are becoming more and more enthusiastic over tho photoplay, we lind that the manufacturers aro using every effort to strengthen the plctsnnd character study of their pro? ductions to meet tho approval of the theatre going public, and our town, through the efforts of ; tho .Management of the Amuzu I Theatre is given the benefit of i tho very productions winch are causing sensations in the lar? ger cities. Last week's pro I gram was far above the aver | uge, and especially should we mention In Convict Garb shown I last Thursday night, in two reels. Multiple reel pro ductions are coming more and more into prominence all over the country und Mr. Taylor-is seeing to it that Big Stono Gap gets her full quota of tbe best. For tomorrow (Thursday) night we shall have the opportunity of finding out WHY G1ULS L1CAVK HOME. Two thousand feet ot tllm with a laugh in every half fool? four thousand big hearty laughs. Produced by Tho Kdi son Company's troop of comody stars. The play is facinatsng and portrays the love of a sim? ple country swain with a face like an affectionate cow" in love with the pretty daughter of a successful farmer. The least thut can be said for the balance of the show for to? morrow night, "When the West Was Young" and I Saw Him First,', is that it is GOOD. Virginia Sunday School As? sociation. Mr. Thus. C. Diggfc, of Rich? mond, General Secretary of the Virginia Sunday School Asso? ciation is smiling out announce, moot of the -3rd Annual State Convention, which will bo held in Lynch burg, Feb IS to 20. The railroads will give re? duced rates and the people of Lynohburg offer free entertain? ment to the four hundred dele? gates who are expected. Ever* white school in the Stato is en? titled to send delegates. The list of speakers is more than usually attractive. It in? cludes Bishop Collins Denny of the M. K. Church South, two representatives of the Interna? tional Sunday School Associa? tion, two State Sunday School Secretary for Boy's work, and a large number o f leading workers from all denominations in this State. Candy Pulling. Miss Cora MahalToy delight? fully entertained u number of her friends with an old'fash? ioned taffy pulling at her home Wednesday night from B:3w to 12 o'clock ' While tho candy was cooking numerous games were played hut the most interesting was t h e "Seeing Contest." The guests formed a line and march? ed around a table in the dining room on which u largo numbor of articles had been placed. Ab they came out each was given pencil and paper to write upon everthing they remembered seeing on the table. Mr. James Itosenhalm proved to he the best observer and won a box of candy. They wore then invited buck into the dining room, where the eolor scheme of red and whito was carried out tasteful? ly with large red bells and streamers of red crepe paper reaching from the center of the room to the corners. A deli? cious lunch was then served, consisting of ,sandwiches, hot chocolate und cake. Those who were present were; .Misses ! .??ha and I lolden Beaman,Edna Hilly, Arkie Witt, Julia Cox, Janie Thompson, Mnttiu Jorvia, Mrs. Pearl Parsons. Messrs. John Oilly, Reuben Hunks, James Kelly, .Simon Hanks, Ben Harten;, Hoy Bunks, James Yeary, James Roseojbaini ami Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Horton. Clinch Mountain R. R. Chartered. Richmond, Va., Jan. 23.? The ClinchMotmtain and South? ern Railroad Company, Abing don, Va., was incorporated here Tuesday, capital maxi, mum $300,000, minimum $100, 000. A. J. Armstrong, of Phil? adelphia, is president, H. K. Widener, of Abingdon, secre? tary. Mrs. Alexander a u d Mrs. Hagy, of Imboden, attended U. b>, C. reception at Mrs. E. E. 1 Goodloe's Tuesday night.