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The Big Stone Gap Post.
VOL- XXm- BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 24, 1915. ~N^T^ Good Roads Of Great Value to the People of Wise County. An increase hi ?tin1 valuo of farm lands arid in fiirm earn? ings . an inert-use in the amount of traffic ami the volume of trade, an increase in population and the number <d" homo own? ers, an increase in the enroll? ment ami the attendance of the public schools, a now era of ag? riculture, industry and com? merce, and n new impetus to eivie and social progress are all credited to I he good roads move? ment in Wise county, Virginia. Beginning a few years ago. in circumstances particularly adverse, that county undertook a well-designed plan 6f eon stritoting modern highways, steel bridges and concrete cul? verts, i >n these improvements it has expended thus far, in t In? form of bonds, county appro priations and State aid, the sum of a million, one hundred thousand dollars, Today it hat on.- hundred and lifty-t hreg miles of improved highways, of wliicll seventy nine miles un? graded and drained, sixty-two miles graded, drained ami mac? adamized (limestone), eight miles graded, drained, and macadamized (sandstone), and an additional mileage ready to he macadamized. Every dollar of the money spent has yielded a thousand-fold return. Writing in the current issue of the Manufacturers* Record, Mr. K. J. Prescott, chairman ol the county's Board of Supervis? ors, says: "Road building in Wise county, is, 1 believe, the most difficult in the State of Virginia. The county is almost entirely mountainous, and the valleys for the most part Mar? row, the mountain sides steep and rocky.*' Furthermore, the county had scarcely any roads to begin with, such as there were being extremely rough, with nuth rous fords impass? able in high water, and with heavy grades Oil which only a half or a fourth of a usual load could be hauled." In view of these difficulties, the results that have been accomplished are peculiarly interesting, and they should serve as mi inspira? tion to scores of other moun? tain-locked counties throughout the South. Suggesting the changes that have been wrought by these improvements, Mr. Prescott mentions the fact that prior to the road building, there were only two automobiles in the county, whereas there are now between three ami four hun? dred, and the number is grow? ing almost daily. "The im? provement in the properties along the highways," ho adds, "is very gratifying. Partners are building better fences ami are painting them, farm build? ings are being improved, and the whole county is putting on new life. The benefits to the coal mining industry, one of the county's most important assets, have been especially marked "Officials can reach the plains in one fourth the time it formerly took; ami oven more than this, the improvement in the living conditions of the employes has been of great valuo to tho operators. When a working man is so situated that he can own his home, he is worth two of the class of men who change about from plant to plant and never really gets settled. Hundreds of men working at the coal mines have pur? chased small tracts of land [ several miles' away, have built their own homes; ami , Had time to cultivate a small tract of lane) ia addi tion to their daily work." The improvements which tlio ] roads have effected in the puh-j lie Bohools is evidenced by tin fact that enrollment has in? creased from sixty-nino hun dred in 1908 to right thousand, five hundred and one in 1013, while during tin- sann- period attendance has increased from forty-live per cent to sixty live per cent, At the same time, there has been a broadening of the spirit of neighboi liness among the people. A neiise of common needs and eonunnn op? portunities has developed,'and public enterprises which once would not have been conceived arc now undertaken ami press ed forward to success. What Wise county, Virginia, has done in tho face of enor? mous obstacles, every county in (ieorgia can do and every one that puts forth such an ef fort will enjoy equally substan? tial reward.--. -Atlanta Journal. Young Man Found Dead In Cedar drove Neat Gate i City, Result of Gun Shot. Gate City, Va., February no Gate City and surrounding country was greatly shocked Sunday morning when the dead body of Auburn P. Chapman, a young man about 22 years old, was found in a cedar grove about a mile below town. The gruesome sight was discovered I by Jacob Itobinson ami a small boy, who happened to he walk ling through the grove, who itn i.liately reported the discov? ery to officers, A coroner's jury was impan? eled and an examination was made by Dr. ('. T. Barker. A bullet had entered the breast near the right shoulder und ranged downward, lodging just under the skin near the right hip. Chapman was found lying with his head up hill and it is the opinion of the physicians that death resulted immediate ly after the shot was tired. A pack of playing cards were found on the ground and two poker hands were dealt, both so high that a player would have risked everything he pos? sessed on either hand. After an examination the jury came to the court house to finish its inquiry, and t|io body was tak? en to the Chapman home, a mile east of town. A large crowd gathered at the scene, which is in a cluster of woods this side of Moccasin (lap, among the number being Chapman's wife, who was grief stricken. All during the day the people assembled on tho streets discussing the crime, nothing like this having ever happened here before that caus? ed greater excitement. At the court, bouse the jury heard all the evidence that could he obtained, and rendered a verdict to the effect t hat t 'hap man came to his death as a re? mit of a gun shot wound by an unknown person. The deceased was a mason by trade. He is survived by a wile and a small child. From circumstances that de? veloped later in the day, a war? rant was issued for \S\ It. Pal? mer, of this place, who was seen with Chapman at .Mocca? sin (lap. and came away with him in the direction of the kill? ing. Tin- evidence against, him however, is circumstantial.. Officers went in search of him Sunday evening, but failed to locate him. Tho (200,000 road bond elec? tion held in Pell county, Ken? tucky, last week, resulted in a victory for the bond issue Ly an unprecedented majority. Out of a total of 4,241 cast, only :i75 votes were recorded against the bond issue._ Stonega First Aid. Stonega. Va., February 20th. ? First Aid Work to the miners at Stonega is appealing lo all the men who work under ground, 'The colored miners at stonega have organized First Aid teams ami are iloing splen? did work. The following men have taken an act of interest to the First Aid Work and have elected the following officers for the Color? ed First Aid Society W, I. Itottiiboro, IWdcnt; A. f. Mel Heiland. \ leu President ..leim Ali ens. Treasurer'; M. I.. Holiday Hebtctary; I, It. Cage, Asst. Secretary, W Ith I he following teams Team No, I Tlmniaa Mooro, Captain, Kd York, .1 s Smith, Jamca Voting, W. tlllmnre, William Olasa. T'eam No. 2?Itccco howls, Captain. A .links.,n. I'arnetl Davis, Itiehanl l>avls, .lames Wilson; I lay ItailSOIII Team N'n - \V I Itoscnboro, Captain ?I,.Adams, A. I MoClclland, M. ft. I lotUlay, v Dm ham, It, II. Cago. The abovu Teams have heen organized and practiced for about ten days ami oil Thursday night, February istb, gave u demonstration of First Aid Work in the Colored Baptist, Church. This demonstration wits at tended bv a large mini h. r of miners, also Mr. Webb, Government First Aid man,! Mr. Glenn Southworth, Assis? tant chief Engineer, Mr. C. <i. Duffy, Superintendent and Mr u. ii Glosler, General Mine Foromun, Mr. Webb, the First Aid expert, complimented the teams very highly on the olli ciunl ami uhle manner in which they bundled First Aid WorkJ ami predicted some splendid colored teams. This is a splen did spirit among our colored miners and officers of the Col-j ored First Aid Society, and are to be i.grutulated oh the way in which they have this work going. FUNNY ISN'T IT. Ily Ibis Have you over heard your neighbor grumble a little be? cause the picture show has a tendency to raise the price occasionally, when there is a special feature on giving you live reels the best there is? If so, did you explain to him why? lie argues that a picture show is a picture show and he should be able to buy it for ten cents, lie hasn't considered, possibly, that only a short time ago a picture show which he could see for ten cents was a two or three reel show of films which were scratched to the limit, full of rain ami almost unrecogniz? able. Today for thai price hn can see three reels and some? times four of the liest which the manufacturers are producing and in the pink of condition. Sometimes a uickle is added for an attraction which cost the manufacturer- four or live times what a regular production costs and making a program of live or six reels. Now this good neighbor of yours wouldn't ex? pect a local grocery man to allow him to have new potatoes at the same price per bushel that be sells last year's old potatoes for, Oh, no, nothing of the kind. Bill he does expect the picture show to do just thai thing with the commodity which it has tfo sell. Funny, isn't it. The Million Dollar Mystery serial picture is creating a little more interest than it did at first, the mystery deepens and next week's issue will contain some thrilling scenes of the recovery of the box from the bottom of the sea. The first episode of the Perils of Pauline predicts for this picture one of the. most interesting shown here. A large ami well pleased audience witnessed the first episode and (as this picture becomes more Ulld more venturesome as it goes on, showing all of the perils to which Pauline is sub jected by the "Trusted'' Secre? tary in order to get her out of the way ami still let no sus? picion fall upon himself. \\ HAT 1)11? 'I'll K Ml'MM V SAY? Miss Sophia Worth, of Phila? delphia, is spending a few days in tho Gap visiting her aunt, .Mrs. II. I?:. Fox. Dr. and Mrs. W. A. Baker Cele? brate Their 20th Wed? ding Anniversary. (>n Friday night, February 19th,the many friends of I'r. and Mrs. W A. Baker were de? lightfully entertained at their home on VYyundolte Avenue, in holier of their twentieth deci? ding anniversary. The entire house was most tastefully decorated with )>ink and white hearts. I'orticre- of hearts living bet ween the rooms, and festoons covered the win? dows and adorned the stairway, tin the dlhillg table was a most beautiful Japanese lunch cloth, embroidered in apple blossoms This, wjth a cut glass vase of pink and white carnations, ap? propriately carried out the col? or scheme. In the living room, on three: large tables, wore displayed the lovely gifts of china presented by the guests. A niosl enjoyable program of music and n citations, ami talk by ItOV ('raft ami Dr. Wagner., was rendered during the even ing, after which the guests were inv ited to iIn- dining room, where delicious refresh ments were served Tim menu consisted of chick, en salad, tomato aspic, pimento and brown bread sandwiches, rosettes and pickles. The Color scheme was continued in pink j und white ice cream and cakes The guests rclunctuutly de? parted, wishing t)r and Mrs Maker many returns of tin happy occasion. Here Is Good News for Stomach Victims. Some very remarkable results are being obtained by treating I stomach, liver and intestinal troubles with pure \vegetablei oils, which exert a cleansing, soothing and purifying action upon the lower bowels, remov ing the obstructions of poison mis fecal matter and gases and preventing their absorption bj the bloOd. This .lone, the 1.1 is allowed free passage from the stomach, fermentation ceases and stomach troubles quickly disappear Qep. II. Mayr, for twenty years a leading Chicago drug gist, cured himself and many of his friends of stomach, liver [and intestinal troubled of years' standing by this treatment, and so successful was lllu reined} he devised that It has slue been placed in the hands of druggists nil over the country, who have sold thousandsol boi ties. Though absolutely harmless, the effect of the medicine is Btif ficiont to convince any one of its remarkable effectiveness, am! within HI hours tho buffer er feels like a new person Mini's Wonderful Remedy is sold by leading druggisi-, every - where with the positive under ! startling that your money will be refunded without question or quibble if ONK bottle fails to give you absolute Butisfacviou. Measles In Town l itis Weck. Miss Bruce Skoen is very ill With measles. Master* Robert Alsovor and sister, Miss Kvelvn have meas? les. Marcus, Charles and Billy Kambien, the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Crockett Kambien all 1 have measles. Mrs. R. I.. Pippin ami five : children have measles. I Mrs. VV. A. Morel 1 is very ill Iwith measles at the home of Mrs. M. V. Wells this week. Master David and Little Miss Eugenia"Allen, the small chil dien of Mr. ami Mrs. I> E Allen, have measles. Masters It. I), ami John Moore Baker are very ill with measles Little Miss .Margaret Wolle is sick with measles. Lit I Uv Miss Jermina Willis is recovering from the measles. Pour children of Postmnstor and Mrs. Gordon Qilly, have moaslt-s. The three children of Mr. and Mrs. John Hamiden are all ill with meiiHles this week. The five children of Mr. and Mrs. Wilt Mahaffey are sick with measles. Miss F.lsio Taylor lias mess. lea. Little Miss (tilth Hulling is recovering this week from a severe ease of measles. Three children of Mr. and Mrs. SV..Ci Law son are all sick' VVh h measles. Miss Margaret Itoaeh is very ill with measles this week. Mrs. Tumblonson, a widow! who lives near l". M. Rcnsnr's store In the lower part of town is very ill with measles, togetll. i or with her eight children, all ' oT w horn ha vc I hem. Master 1.etcher I'unn ami lit-! tie sister, Thelma, are very sick this week with measles. | Little Miss Mollie Sampson: is very sick with measles. Master Carl Heaver i-. sick' with measles. Master Floyd Showalter is re? covering from a severe attack \ of measles. Little Miss Frances Dougher? ty is very sick this week with measles, Master Anderson Roaman, Hie little son of Mr. and Mrs. Josh Benmnn, is sick with measles. Kills Sell With Dynamite. \h.- llurtold. is years old. was blown to nieces with dyna? mite at the Dorchester mines: on Saturday, Fob. .:>ih. Itel was found ly (ng face downward with part of Ins hack torn oil'! leaving only a thin portion of i the abdomen which held the: two parts of the body together, i and II is thought by some that! lo- >, t ib.. dynamite off. II?-' j had been despondent for quite awhile over the death ?>f his mother, and Wtts heard to -ay that he had nothing to live for. A brother io-law of Harrohl noticed that he was carrying dj aamilo around carelessly on | the morning of Ins death and! look it away from hint, llnr Irohl was found dead shortly I afterwards. It was shown Iplainly that the explosiv.- wasI not tired in his work, although there is U possibility I hat the ? ly nuinite could have exploded accidentally in his pocket. (Guests Have Narrow Escape In Hotel Fire. focalmnlus, Va. Feb. i\>.? I'oc ihontas Inn was destroyed by Uro al an early hour Wed? nesday morning The tire had gained considerable headway when discoveie.l and several of the guests had narrow escapes The u.mi-,- was completely till cd and for a lime it was feared that some of the guests would perish. Among the last to es cape was It, A. [larkruder, who I was compelled to jump from the second story after being .awakened. He "lost all of his personal effects, as did nearly all of the other occupants of j the hotel. i Tin- properly was owned by I the I'ocahontas Inn Company, of which S. (L Walker is prom jdent. T he loss is estimated at \V\\> Coal Business to Begin Soon. Whitesburg, Ky , Feb. 10.? Definite announcement of a g.I sized coal development work has been made for the vi? cinity of F.lkltorn City, Ky., the lerminns of the new Caro? lina, < . i ? ? (-111) > -1 < I and < Ihio Rail? road, near the \ irginiu bonier line by the Eastern Kentucky Black Coal and Fuel Company, whuh was recently organized at Ronnoke, Va., by W. <). Brothers, H. V. Brothers and others, of I lonakor, Va. I The work is to start within a few days, giving Wie employ? ment to several hundred men at good wngea. The company pl ans at least two or three oper? ations in the immediate com munity, as the work advances, i with the building of at leant two good sized towns, industrial cities of note. It is tho purpose of the new company to spend several million dollars in the new development, to bo the [largest in the eastern end of Pike county. So fur this is the ?only development planned on this end of the newly completed line of the C. C. & ?. Good Time To Build. Atlanta, Qa., Feb. is.?"If you contemplate building a home, build it now," nay* tho Atlanta Journal. "Don't put it off for business to gel better. Times will got better but not necessarily for building". Th*? Journal then quotes m follows from''Keith's," n building au? thority : "Right now every contractor you meet if* in a position to give you a $1.26 return for your money for overy dollar invested nnd for two reasons. He can tms material comparatively cheaply and put good work* mmi on your job for t besame money that in rush times goes to the incapable man, furnish? ing fifty per con I nllioiolsnoy. i food live times are right ahead so a word to the wise that they he forehanded and build now, for a ?5,000 bouse today, in a year will cost $0,000 " Even if h gher rates of inter est have to he paid for ln< ney now. "Keitu's comments, "A f.'i.oi.o hon-, on '? per eoht mon? ey for a tune is much better than the same house costing ,1,000 more next year at a low? er interest rata." "Ii is now in the matter of building imb ed a case of come early and avoid tin- rush," con eludes the Journal, "for the rush is certainly on the way ami will be here as soon as the war depression has lifted, and it is already clearing rapidly." I he man who builds now will not only make money for him 'self hut will help the general situation by putting money in circulation ami providing work I for men who are now idle. I ln- many friends of (I. VV. Bevorly, Jr., and Miss Minnie Kelly will he surprised to loam of the marriage of this popular young couple, on last Wednes nay night at 8i80 o'clock, at I the home of the bride's par? ents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm, Kelly, at Cad. t ; 'I b.- wedding was a very quiet affair, only t he bride und groom's parents and a few close relatives being present. The ceremony was performed by Rov. T. .1. Cfumbley, of Penn ingtpn i lap The happy couple will make tlo-ir ho. with the groom's I parents. Mr. and Mis. Beverly, who i.Olltly moved to the Gap I from Cadet; Piij With Two Heads. i|. SV. Kmc. of Kenkoe, brought to the (Jap last Frill it) .i sure enough curiosity in the i shape of a pig with two heada, ! which, however, was dead, it I having lived only about twenty four hours. It had two well [ developed heads, w ith two noses [two mouths, four eyes, and two !ears. The two heads were i formed just in front of the e.irs. l ie body of the pig from the ears back was regular and well dot eloped. It w a s on exhi? bition at the Kelly Drug store for several hours, ami attract) ! considerable attention. Mr. King sold it to Mr. II. F.. Bene? dict, who sent it to Cincinnati, where ho is having it stuffed. The Republicans of the Rich [mond Magisterial District will hold mass meetings on next Saturday, February 27th, at East Stone Oup. Appalacnia, Stonega and Big Stone Cap fur the purpose of electing delegates and alternates to the county convention to be held at Nor? ton on March 6th. If you have a lady friend in the Dolden Oate Contest renew 'your subscription and cast your votes for her. Beverly-Kelly.