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The Big Stone Gap Post.
VOL. XXII, BIG STONE GAP. WISE CO?NTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4,1914. No. 6 Review Richmond, Va., January 31. ?At th? eloae <>f the week tho bunk tax matter wa? in the up? per atmosphere. Tho Senato having; adopted a tan cunt rato and the House one of twenty cents, it remaina to bo Boen whether thore will be a com? promise of (Ifteon or a complete yielding upon the part of tho Senate, it in evident thi> final decision will" relate to all monies, whether in bank or out. The hi? sweep of thn enn bling net through the House, with ?tlly a paltry lfl votes actually cast against it has tit row it a gloom over the re? cently radiant liquor forces and makes tho passage of tbe meas? ure by the Senate possible, though not certain. One speech in the Auti-Saloon League con? vention seemed to sot the hair ?as the saying is?on Home of the wet .Senators who have been regarded as wobbly. Rarly action by tbeSeiiate is expected. During .the discussion of the liquor referendum, Delegate White, of Rockbridge, referred pointedly to his resolution for a constitutional amendment for a general initiative and referen? dum machinery. More will ho heard of this hereafter. The idea received a fair vote in the 1 louse last session anil appears to be more popular now than then. The House committee on finance has favo-ably reported a bill to remove the license tux from doctors. This measure has been up repeatedly and was nearly triumphant in 1908, There is an increaaing preju? dice against till license taxes, but the watch dogs of the treasury have been able to heuil it off. The Senate has voteil for the Thornton bill authorising tho Attorney General of Virginia to proceed against .1.1*. Morgan, if ho should refuse to return the stolen will of Martha Washing? ton. The House is expected to concur. ? Senator West has cut out the biggest job of the session in his maximum fee hill, fixing $3,500 na tho highest amount thai any public officer may receive in cities and counties having a population of more than on.nun; $3,000 in those of Ii'sm than r.u,. ?O0 und more than 4-">,i.; $2,500 in those having less than 4.'., 000 nod more than .10,000, and $-j,iH)n in those having less than 30,000. No clerk Of the Court of Appeals to receive over $'.), 500 ami Kxainiuet'H of Records I to be limited to $2,500. Thisj bill cause as much stir as a similar one did lust session. (Jovernor Mann's last mes? sage attracted favorable com? ment, especially those portions recommending more effective general nnd primary election laws. Commissioner Wallace, of Alabama, was the first outsider to address the Legislature. The game question will be as lively ns it was last session when ii failed for lack of time. Senator Gravatt has secured an amendment to the rules of tho Senate allowing open sea aiona of committees, except when the committees by n re? corded votn decide to have them secret. This appears to be a small step, yet it is a step in the direction of open com mittees. The committees of both Mouses aro getting to work, but not quite as promptly and vigorously as last year. This ig because of the greater num? ber of new men io the House ami because of inorr interest in tho caucuses. If any real bitterness i was. occasioned by the results of the caucus en the judgeships it i* not apparent. There seems to he general satisfaction over the election of ? Iudge Kelly to the Court of Appeals. Tho Inauguration of (lovero-1 or-olect Stuart and other Slate officers is the next impressive event on the bourds. It will occur on ?round ho? day and everybody will ho loooking for shadows and other signs, hut tho general public will regard the new (lovernor's accession as in itself a good sign. These members of the House voted to tax hank deposits at the source: Adams, Bailer, Barley; Bon 1 fan t, Oawthorn, Ohalkley, Crockett, Dalton, Grant, Gregory, Gordon, liar ris, Horner, Hull", Jordan, Kin soy, Lewis, Massie, Myers, Page, Powell, Hew, F. W. Smith, Spossard. Stoarncs, Slephonson, Waltott. 11. C. Weaver, White ami Willis, The Vote in the House on the fumbling Act. Was:?Adams, Raker, Bar ley, Branscomb, B r e w o r, Brown, Browning, Buck, Caw thorn, Chalkley, Chapman, Cummins, Cousins, Orockettt, Dalton, Daniel, John Orr, Dun iel, .1. William: Duke, Barman, Field, Flanagan,, Franklin, Grant, (irnsty, (Iregory, (ior don, Harris, Harrison, Hartley, Harvey, Hetlin, Horuer, Bull', Hughes, Johnson, Jordan, Kent, Kinsey, Lewis, Lincoln, Love, Lowry, Malbon, Massie, Meetze, Miller, Nelson, Noland, Norris, t)wen, Page, Pennlg. ton, Pitts, Powers, Badford, Hew, Uoherlson, Smith, Fran? cis W.j Smith, Hurry B.; Spa tig, Spessurd, Stoarnen, Steck, Stepbenson, Stubbs, Taylor, Terrell, Tiffany, Walton, Weav? er, A. (I: Weaver. 11. 0.; White, Williams, Willis, Win? ston.?75. Nays:?B i r r e I, Bonifant, Clement, D od so n, Easley, (Jreen. Qunn, Hobsons, Hous? ton, Laud, Leedy, Montague, Myers, Oliver, Price, Reed, Toney, Woodward, Mr. Speak? er.?1!>. Candy Pulling. Misses Lucde and Mary Blair Martin gavo a number of their young 11 ion Is al their home Friday night from 8 to 10:30 o'clock a very enjoyable old fashioned candy pulling. After the candy was pulled numerous sanies, such as clap in and clapout, and winking were played. Those who were present Were Misses Clara McCorkle, Marga? ret Bar ron, Adelaide Petti I, Juliet Knight, Hannah AlltOver Bruce Skren, Frances Long, Belaud W?lls, Klenor Biker, F.diih Ballard und 'Nell Marrs William ?oodloe, Kufus Pettit, Reginald Smith, (lordon Good loo, William Boverley, Victor Baker, J union Mct.'orkle. Carl Baker ami .Martin Carnea, Death of Miss Slemp. Miss Minnie Reece Slemp, third daughter of the late W. N.-Oi Slemp, of Lee County, died Tuesday, January -J7th, at the Virginia .Southwestern llos pitai at Marion with rhumatism of the heart; The remains were brought to Ksaerville Vvedues day for burial. The deceased was about thirty years of age and for several years (aught school in Lee and Wine County. She is survived by three nistera and one brother, Mrs. Will Me Niel, of Norton; Mrs. J. A Gil. lenwaterH, Ksserville; Mian Vit ginia Slump, teacher in the pub? lic school at East Stone Cap, and Mr. Frank Slemp, of Haz? ard, Ky., ull of whom attended the, funeral. Mr. Wentz Makes Statement in Regard to the Railroad Situation at Norton. 17*27 Land Title Building, Philadelphia, Pa. ] January in, 1914. Mit. 11 ?. Hyatt, Ohairman, Norton Hoard of Trade, Notton, V:i. Dear Sir: ? As yon know, Mr. Reeder is confined to a hospital in Phila? delphia, as the result of an operation which he has recently undergone. In view of a statement re? cently published in a Roanokc, I Virginia, paper, in the ahsencoj of Mr. Reeder I wish to advise' yon, and through you the peo? ple of Norton, the result of tie gotiations of the Interstate Itairoad Company with the Norfolk & Western Railway and the Louisville &? Nashville Railroad for a connection be? tween our Norton Section and' (Ilamorgan Section. 'The Interstate Railroad Com? pany approached and made an earnest effort to secure rights from the Norfolk & Western Railway and Louisville and j Nashville Railroad for track . age rights for movement of Interstate trains over the tracks 1 of the Norfolk ,v Western and j Louisville ,v Nashville through Norton Vard. Having failed in these negotiations, the President of the Interstate Railroad then took up the ques tion direct with the President of the Norfolk iV Western and' succeeded in securing from the Norfolk it Western the right to! lay a track over the property of the latter company connecting the Interstate Railroad and the Wise'Terminal, and giving to the Interstate Railroad an in? dependent track for the purpose of connecting these two rail? roads on terms that were satis? factory to both the President of the Interstate Railroad and the President of the Norfolk & Western. 'The Hoard of Directors of the Interstate Railroad did not con? cur in the arrangement, for the reason that the Norfolk & Western was not wiling to make a contract for n 50 year period, their proposition being f for a contract of ten years, re newable in Rve year periods at the expiration of the ten years On one year's notice for tin-dis? continuation of this contract by either party. The Directors of the Inter? state Railroad Company felt that no permanent development of the coal properties on the upper waters of Guest ltiver could be properly stimulated and that the Interstate Railroad could not successfully under? take the construction of the I necessary branches and exten? sions and their equipment con? ditioned upon a situation which might not last longer than ten y oars. The President of the Norfolk iN: Western was consistent in his efforts to assist the inter? state Railroad in giving it a track that would make it un? necessary for the Interstate Railroad to build a track in the streets of Norton, und lit no time did he show any disposi? tion to retard or prevent the interstate Railroad from mak? ing the connection with the Wise Terminal. 1 will greatly appreciate your kindness if you will have this letter given the widest pulicity, Very truly yours, (Signedi 1). It. Wkntz, President, U. S. Court. United States District Court convened here on January 20th with about the usual number of Internal Revenue violations on the Docket. About sixty enses were disposed of in the usual way by confession, the parties taking the usual (100.00 line and one or three months in jail. There wore lour peniten tiary sentences given as follows: Albeit Lambert from Buchan? an County one year for stilling; Hill Ramoy from Scott county two years for selling, third of? fense: Oley Lambert from Dick onson county one year for still? ing, second offense, and Jerry "The Two Old Confederates11 Captain Tony Miller, brother of the late Polk Miller, and Coi. Tom Booker, who, assisted by Polk Miller's Old South tern Quartete, will give a never to be forgotten evening o( un and ','sho 'nuft" music on SATURDAY NIGHT -AT THE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM Stidnam from the Pound in Wine county, three years for soiling whiskey,the firstofTense. In tili? last cane Mr. Stillborn ' took the stand in Iiis own de* fense and denied tho statements jof witnesses for tho prosecu? tion, and tiie court gave him tlie penitentiary sentence for perjury. If he had not taken tho stand ho would in all proba? bility gotten off with the usual $100.00 line anil one month in jail. Deputy Marshall W. B. Ad ington left at twelve o'clock last Friday with the above four for Moundsville, W. Va., the Court liaving sentenced them to the penitentiary there instead of Atlanta where prisoners from here have usually been sent". The Grand Jury was dis? charged on last Thursday night after having brought in 5!? in ilictments. These were all of tho usual selling and stilling variety and is a smaller num? ber than is usually tnnde. One case of \\ great deal of interest was that against Dave Hall. Tom Kiddle, duo. Hall. Sol Hull. Hunt Hall and liar land Hall charged with conspi? racy to interefer with officers in the discharge of their duty. This was the enHo in which n raiding posse from Pike Coun? ty. Kentucky headed by Deputy Collector.). M. Potter crossed the state line into Diokenson County (tint were ambushed and two Possemen killed and Mr. Potter very badly wounded several shots having hit him. This case was remanded to the Dickeneon Oouuty Circuit Court for trial provided that Court makes indictments and prose? cutes the case. In the mean? time hail was granted in the sum of $10,000.00, which it is not thought any of the parties can give, and the indictments m the Federal Court will bo hold up awaiting the action of the Stale Court. Mr. Abrain Potter,aii obi ami respected cit izen of Letcher County, Ken tuoky, and father of J. M Pot? ter, was sent for when his son was shot, and went to him, and after getting to him and talk ing with him a lew minutes he suddenly fell over and expired. Court is still in session and will probably be for the rest of the week. Last Thursday the ejectment casi> o f American Association, Incorporated, v. Liford was gone into ami is still holding the attention of the Court, but a compromise was agreed on last night and will probably go through this morn? ing. Tho next case on Docket is that of Dee Coal Company against Black Mountain Hail road and Virginia and South? western Railroad for $80,000.00 damages for breach of contract. This is for damages sustained by the Lee Coal Company on account of the'Railroad not be? ing built for about a year after [the time in which (hey had contracted lo build it. Judge Sampson and his son Will of Midulesborough, Ky .who were the owners of t he Lee Compa? ny , represent it. in ibis litiga? tion. After this case there wi 1 be another ej001 man! cal.n be? tween A .1 Steinmun of Penn? sylvania and Morton Coal Comi pony over the title to a tract of coal laud near Norton STOCKHOLDERS' MEETING The annual mooting of the Stockholders of the Virginia Coal and Iron Company, will be held nt t h a Fleischman House, Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday, February Huh, 1014, at twelve o'clock noon, for the purpose of hearing an? nual reports, electing a Board of Directors, and transacting such other business an may properly come before the meet? ing." H. B. Price, 5-7 Secretary, STOCKHOLDERS' MEETING .The annual mooting of the Stockholders of Interstate Rail? road Company will be hold at tho Fleischman 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 I acting such other business an [may properly come before the I meeting. H. B. Price, !?7 Secretary. i Polk Miller Quartette and "Two Old Confederates." When those "Two Old Con? federates", Tom Hooker ami Capt. Tony Miller, assisted by Polk Miller's Cid South Quar? tette of genuine Virginia ne? gro*, come to the' High School Auditorium Saturday night the people of this town will have an opportunity to hear ono of the moRt delightful and unique entertainments ever presented on any stage. There is no other combina? tion of entertainers in tho world like this. Col. Hooker and (.'apt. Miller are both old time Virgiuia gentlemen who served under General Kobert K. Lee. When they surrendered with him at Appomattox Court House they laid down their muskets and went back homo to rind their old plantations stripped of everything in the way of world? ly posHOrtious. but they went to woik like real men to make the b--st possible use of tho limited opportunities before them, and they have succeeded. These two old heroes have started out on their present campaign with banjos under their arms instead of muskets on their shoulders, and they are capturing everybody they meet. They tell some very hu? morous stories of the old times in the south, play the "Old Vir? ginia Heel" aud the "Arkansas Traveler" in a way that makes it haul for those in the audiance to keep their feet still, and when they turn looso that quar? tette of earthquakes, those four Virginia negros, who, ub one critic has said, "look like fnrtn hands and sing like Caruso's," in such songs as "Old l)an Pucker", "Soutin Moaners", the "Huckleberry Picnic." to say nothing of "Dear Old Dix io," it fairly thrills the blood. Every o I d Confederate or Union soldier within miles of this town will be on bund for this entertainment. You could not keep them away. School children will be on hand in abundance, for this entertain? ment appeals to both young and old. Those who fail to attend will miss a never-to-be-forgot? ten treat. Reserved seats are on sale at both Drug Stores. Hegulur ad? mission, children 3,tC, adults 50;call seats sold before 7 o'clock Saturday night will bo reservist without extra charge. Shooting At Appalachia. A Shooting occurred at Appa? lachian at the Union Station, on last Thursday night at about 8:30 o'clock i n which John Murgill was shut and killed by Andrew Williams, of Hig Stone Gap. It is said that the shooting was the result of a ditliculty these men had had a few days previous, and Thursday night Williams, who conducts an au? tomobile passenger service be? tween here and Appalachiu.had gone there ,-in his regular trip, was attacked by Slurgill at the depot. From tiie reports gath? ered in seems Strugill hit Wil? liams witli a black jack, knock? ing him down, and upon rising to his feet, Sturgill renewod the attack, bucking h I m up against a track. At this stage Williams drew a pistol and fired three shots, one bullet taking effect,piercing Sturgill's heart, from which he died in about li vo minutes. Williams gave himself up, claiming self defense He was taken in charge by John Moss, chief of police at Appalachia, and was brought to this place und turned over to the local authorities. A preliminary hearing was set for Saturday evening at Ap? palachia, but was postponed until February 18, tho defend? ant being released on a $4,000 bond. Sturgill was about 35 years old and was formerly a con? ductor on tho C. C. & O. but for the past month has been running a passeuger oar be? tween here and Appalachia. He leaves a wifo and five chil? dren. Bucklen's Arnica Sal v? 1 The Rest Salve In The Wo?t&