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The Big Stone Gap Post._
VOL. XXIII, BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY. VA., WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 8. 1915. No. 49 Unable to Meet Demands. Practically Every Iron Fur? nace in the United States is Going. Now York, Dec. 'I ?So great has been the Midden und gener? al revival in the American iron unl steel trade, authorities said in-re. that with virtually every blast furnace and steel mill in the country working night and day capacity, the demand for iron, steel and steel products cannot be batisUod, ttntl it is til must impossible in buy, for Im? mediate delivery, pig iron, scrap ? >r ingots in si/, iblci quantities. The revival that began about tlto first of last July has been coming on rapidly, with a deluge of orders since the mid? dle of August und may not yet have reached its high murk. Within these three months the price nf pig iron, long regarded its the barometer of trade, has increased approximately :,."i per ?nt and that of steel products ?except steel rails?about, l.V per cent. "At tho present time tho de? mand fur pig iron and for the varioUS lines of steel is in excess ,,f the producting capacity of these furnaces ami mills of the United States,*' reads a stat. - iiitnt issued by Judge Klberl H. (Jary, Chairman of the United States Stool Corporation, ''The manufacturers are unable to make deliveries entirely satis factory to the purchasers with respect to a large majority of of the different kinds of Mulsh? ed steel. "Thereis nothing to indicate that there will hi? a decrease in the demand for any of these products for some time. While prices received are still low, ihey have been increasing and apparently will go higher so that fair and reasonable profits may be expected. ?'?f course very satisfactory conditions are mom or less af? fected by the war business, so called, yet it is undoubtedly true that there is a better feel? ing throughput the general iron and steel trade than has I.n experienced for t inte years past." Experts who have followed the rising fortunes of iron and iteel during tho year asserted that the volume of business, both domestic and foreign, is more than double t hat of former years, and that there are today 170,000 men employed at iron ,in.l steel plants throughout the United States, who were not on tho payrolls a year ago. This is about 50 per cent increase. The reason for the increased number of men oinployed being disproportionate to the volumn of business, they assert that hiring dull limes many men are retained to make repairs, clean up and do ottd jobs. The fires have been lighted in virtually every blast furnace in the United States. To Ii ml a parallel for the greater activity in the iron an.I steel trade, it was said today, it was neces? sary to go back eight years, to lie middle of 1007, Steel und steel products are rolling out of the mills today at the rate of-60,(100,000 tous a year, it is conservatively osti lated, ami iron is being manu? factured at the rate of 10,000,000 1008. Prices have increase.1 some what slowly, it is said, but ihero seems to be every indica lion that further rises are on the way. At present time, it ! is estimated, there are etnyloy ad in the producing end of the! industry approximately 526,000' ir?eu. OUR COMMUNITY TREE. "Alii no eve I? like the Xmai Rvel Keen .md hop?*i ami bopee ami fours. Tears ami smiles, ami smiles and tears, Oheers ami sighs, ami siglis ami cheers. Sweet ami hitter, liitter sweet. Hriglit ami dark, no<l dark and bright, All these mingle*, alt these meet. In the great and solemn night Hark! I'rtiin temple ami fp.tn tower Soundeth time's grandest, midnight hour lilosstd by tin- Savior** blrtb. And night putteth off the sable stole. Sytuliol of sorrow and sign of dole, Kor one \\ ith many a starry gem, To tumor the Habe of Bethlehem, Who comes to men the King of them. Yet comes without robe or diadem, Ami all turn towards the holy east, I'o hear the song of the Christmas feast ? Father Ityau. Kor the celebration of Christ's natal day, trie Indies of our town uro giving their prayers ami energy toward a more wide fell spirit of peace und good? will throughout our communi? ty. They feel that by having n imunity Christmas Tree nie different church families will In- 1 iron ?Ii t together in a common service of song and praisu. Not only uro the churches asked to tuko part, but every man, woman ami child of the town and of all surrounding towns, are invited to pay their homage of love to the Christ Child by mingling together, ami tukiug part in th" oxorcisos. This true will be placed in tin' plot adjoining the .Minor Office Building, and will be beautifully decora tod, and il? luminated by myriads of elec? tric lights. Kor each child, white and colored,there will bo a bag of candy and an orange. On Christmas Eve, at live thirty, we invite you, one und all, rich and poor, young and old, to manifest your Christ? mas spirit by making ierry around the first Community Christmas Tree Of Big Stone Gap. The Indies are especially pleased by the expression of outside interest shown in their undertaking, in the check sent by Mr. .lohn Surgoant. Mr. SarKcant, who lives in Cincin? nati, has been a ?liest here in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Mollser. To Mr. Sergeant and the fol lowing contributors, the coin mittee wishes to express their appreciation of their generous help: <i V Knight * 5.00 NYid-Coutta 1.00 .lohn W. Chatkloy 5.00 John Pox, Jr. . lu.OO Kranit I'arks I.no Kverett D reimen 10.00 .lames W Pox 10.00 W. I>. MacKweti . 5.00 Mrs .lohn \V. Kox . , . r,,00 II K. Pox. 6.00 A. .1. Wolfo 2 50 \V, S. Shunk 5.00 tt .1 Draper 1,60 .1 It Daugherty. 1.00 D II. Bayers 6.00 (i. It. Southward 3,00 John Mulllui ,.. 1:00 M K. Kelly 6.00 II. II. Price . 6.00 W. S. Hose 2.00 Ii I.. 1'iirks. . 4.00 Miss Eugenia Itumgarilnei l.(Ht It T. Irvlno . 10.00 .1. it. Ayeni . 2.00 Di .1 a. Glhuer 1.00 UayoCabell. 11.00 i loiitributcd . 1.00 M is? .latinie Slemp .... 5.00 Mt. Heron Presbyterian ChurehCol. I 25 K, .1. A. Drennon. 5,00 It. 11. Alsovor . 5.00 (itIs Moiisor. ... 10.00 M It. McCorkle ChristianCburob) to.oo Ralph Taggart 5.26 Kay Oaapor . ."i.OO 11. I.. Miller . i.OO Oi 0. Long . 6.00 .lohn Sergeant. 10.00 .lames M. Ilotlgo. 2.00 Episcopal Church. 12.00] M. K. Chutrob (colored) . 1.00 THE CITY'S CHRISTMAS TREE. A woman, they say, thought: of the first community Christ? inas tree. It was erected in] Madison sijuare, in New York , city. There was something stimulating, something highly1 infectious in the idea, for now cities und villages all over America are erecting Christmas trees in their public squares, says the Delineator. They are wonderful things, these community Christmas trees, not fur their bounty alone, but for the spirits they arouse in the towns where they are found. They are the vil-| l?ge center for Christmas joy.j Christmas services, without sectarian barriers, arc held about them. Christmas enrols are sun-'at their buses. None . so poor or so world worn or sol hurried but ho must sec. must thrill with friends and stranger alike to this tree for all the world. It brings the child in the manger to every soul in the community. The Christinas tree is essen? tially a symbol of the north ami of tltie home. Yet it is inextri? cably blended in our minds with our faith, which is desert bred. .Most of the great religions of the world wen1 born of some solitary spirit who Bought the lonely sand and waste and there I wrought out that .'."Itich made the desert of Ins soul 'Mess..111 like the rose.'* lie who gave its the great faith went again and again out into the burning jfelloiv barrens, where the len? der, broodiug, violet sky awui-1 ed him: where till the desert world, so fearful in its unudorn Itlont, so overwhelming in its Bolitude; found focused in him! all its pulsing radiance, as though in him were centered the heartbeat of the universe. In the vcrtluroless, sand driven,I star hung ?lesen the Babe with his listening ear heard, with his dreaming eyes saw, _\\ hith his| throbbing heart felt, the faith that turned men's fades forever from the clod tO the cioss. Why, then, should the lir tree stand in our public square, sign and symbol ?>f that desert birth? Whatever its physical history,| why should breathless thou | sands, hungry of body or of spirit, looking on the great, pine tree hung with electric bulbs, backed by the skyscrapers, topped by smoke, Hud in its inchorent beauty the urge set in motion by the desert bred' Babe? t toe would have said of the home Christmas trees that, af? ter nil, it was (he gifts that gave them their glamour. There are no gifts on the com? munity Christmas trees, yet thousands and thousands of us look on them with the thrill that belongs to faith alone. I One wonders why. j Perhaps this is the' reason: | The community Christmas tree; symbolizes that which the homo Christmas tree does not. It symbolizes Christmas for all the world. It means that the dawn of real brotherhood is tinting our horizon, It means. WEEKS TO CHRISTMAS A Few Days Alore and the Stock? ings Will Be Up. Is Your Buying Done? and particularly this Christmas I it moans, that in spite of pov? erty ami bloodshed, in spite of greod ami despair, there art- in increasing numbers in 'he world those who would Share with the world all that Bacred beauty and hope that are the individual's holy of holiest, the most difficult of all one's spirit? ual riches 10 shore. !t is the symbol of green for est beauty/of the druid's wild faith, of the Teuton's largess and always of giving, Not strange that forever in our minds it should be inseparable from the birthday of him who Have supremely: not Strange, but utterly soul satisfying, thai finally we have joined our hands and placed the Christmas treu in the market place sym? bol that, at last, man may give himself to man. "QO(l bless us!" said Tiny Tim on Christmas day. "God idess us every one!" Dickens dreamed of a Christmas festival that should belong to all. 11 is Tiny Tun. lame and wistful, might have foreshadowed the joy starvt d world that now crowds around the market place tree, saying as he said, "God bless us every one"' ? Kx chnngo. To Answer Fraud Charge By Federal Government. A. T. Peterson, of llorton's Summit, Va., urrested at Cin? cinnati last week on a 1'Yderul warrant charging bun With having Stolen a money ordei stamp from the Dullield, Va., post office, was brought through Bristol yesterday and taken on the five o'clock train to Hl? Stone (lap. whuro he will be giving a hearing before the Federal Grand Jury in Junitary of next year. Me was in the custody of United states Deputy Marshal II. W. Gardner, o'f Murtinsville, Vii, Peterson, who was handcuff ed, attracted quiten little atton lion at. (tie I'm.hi Station, and was not averse to talking of his arrest. "I was arrested at Cin? cinnati on a charge of white slavery," lie .said, "but that charge was dismissed ami 1 was. accused of having stolen a stamp from tin- Dullield office because one similar to it was found in my grip, 1 was given a preliminary hearing before United states Commissioner Adler and was bound over (o tlie Federal grand jury in Janu? ary at Big BtOne Gap to answer an indictment for fraud.'' Bostoffioo Inspector <; W Karsehoom. of Bristol, who had Peterson arrested at Cincinnati, said that he is charged with having stolen the stamp from the Dullield otlice oil September 15. He hud been the only per? son in the Office between the time it hud been used and the time it was found missing. Be? cause Peterson had served a tei in in the penitentiary for de? frauding the Hank of Gate City through the use of rubber stamps, he was Suspected, said Mr. Karsehoom. The stamp found in Peterson's vdlico bad the same handle i s that missed from the Dullield otlice, but the wording had been changed on the die, Peterson, it is stated, was sentenced to six years in the penitentiary for having de? frauded the Bank of Gate City, but served only three, being pa roled and later given an unuon ditionnl release by Governor 11. C Stuart, in 1013. lie say s he is a farmer and owns lion acr.-s of land at llorton's Sum mit, in Scott County.?Bristol Il.-rald Courier. NOTICE. The Daughters of thef mfod erdcy will meet Saturday after noon at three o'clock, tit the home of Mrs. \V. T. Goodloe, at which time the teachers and school board, with their wives, of the Big Stone Gap Public School, will be the guests of the Chapter. Roll call will be an? swered with ix quotation from a Southern author. Mrs. Malcolm Smith, I Secretary. Red Cross Seals State Antitubereculosis As? sociation Hopes to Rival i Output of Munitions Factories. Richmond, V?:, Doc. 3.? With the factories of America turning out millions of shells every month t" be Used in the European war. the Virginia: Alitituberculbsis Association is endeavoring to rival this Out? put by placing in tin- hnndi of those who will use what are termed "bullets in a noble war" in a circular sent pill bj the association today, ".Millions are being spent".1 Bays the Association, "to de? stroy human lift) und the fac? tories uro working night and day to manufacture shells Tor that purpose. Herein America, the annual Ued * Voss Ohri in.is seal campaign is d< signetl to save human life cndniigeri l by the ravages of the great whit-' plague. America until i llOt better show its real senti i men! than by making this yeai memorable for the great tri buttons to the prevention "i disease. " Ued Cross Christinas seals are now on sale in most towns anil cities or.can be ordered direct from the offices of ib.- Assocln tiou. 11 lo Capitol Street, Rich? mond. Bristol Photographer Burned By Flashlight, Keefe llutclteson, a Hi isti 'i photographer, was hrotight lo Si. Luke's Hospital from Ston ego ytsHtordiiy morning with his face and head tlud both liuniis bud!} burned by the prctllUt ur< explosion of a (arge charge of flashlight poA.hr as he was preparing to take u picture in one of fllU Slonega Coke anil Coal (lOillpah} 's mines. Hindu-sou was on a commis? sion to take some pictures of the iiiine fui a cdtil trutle Jour I nal, when the acenleiit ocellirod Tbursduy afternoon at four o'clock. '?) was preparing to take u pict ure of an electric sub ritaiion a mile back in the mine," Haid .Mr. Huteheson at the hospii il last night. ' 11 was VOrj du i k in there and I h el prepared a two ounce charge of the pow? der for the lltislitight. The pan containing il was in inj left hand and my camera in my i right. The powder isdisohftrg eil by a cap roleuaed bj lie pulling of a trigger, but lie- \ i hratu.n of the engine, the : I turn of which I was in til jarred the cap down. I .-. .; ? blinded for a moment und then my face, head anil hands lie-1 gan to give much pain The' mine surgeon attended to ihe and I was kepi over night in I the mine hospital, coming to Bristol today on tie- earlj train." Mr. Hufehuson's burns are | painful, but not dangerous, and , in- is expected to be out in > few days. lit- is cue nf the owners of Hodges Art Oallerj ? Bristol Herald Courier. o Gives in Confederate Bond For Taxation. Predericksburg, Va., Dec. I. ?It has developed that a woman in this city has paid taxes for ten consecutive years on u Confederato bond given in with her assessments person? al property to the commission r of the revenue. She gave a.-, lone item a bond of $30,.with? out describing it, and it was listed among her nssensments. It has recently developed that the bond was issued by the Con federate Slates government in in 1802. The city council will ? be requested to refund to her the amount paid for tuxes on the bond, representing over $:?00. Old newspapers for sate at is oltice ut 20 cents 100, Radford Nor? mal Notes. I >i Chris. '! lluncholl, Stu? dent Secretary f.<r the luier national Student Volunteer Missionary Movement for the colleges and universities of the Dominion of Canada and the United States, Wednesday de? livered an address at the Nor? mal School on the Volunteer Student Movement. The Voung Women's Christian Association will offer courses in missions during the second quarter of tie- Normal School. A number of student delegates attended the State Volunteer Mission Convention hold at Karinville. Dr. S. D. t lorden, the distin euiShed author and lecturer, de? livered a series of lectures at tie- Normal School boginiug on Sunday ami closiug Thursday night. I 'i ?OI loll i- "lie of the moBl prominent lecturers and Voting Men's Christiru Associ. lltion leaders in the 1'nited States. His lectures were r*i markahly well received by the"' ' students' and I he public He and Mrs.Cordon were the guests oft loverhor .1 I logo Tyler While he was in Uudford. The third Annual Conference ? I touchers and school officials for Southwest Virginia will he held at R-uiforil late m Febru? ary or < ttrly in March A' the i . - lit <' inferonco in Richmond the representativoH of twenty two counties in the western part of the state voted unani? mously to continue this Joint Annual Conference for the . western part of the State that has been at I tad ford for the last twi, yout A v >ry Strong pro. gram, iucliidjnu many of the most distinguished educators of the State, will lie prepared. At tIn second National <'mi reruncu ICi U?riil TeatjhUr? rraiikiikg: held .it Nashville, TiMliieSsee, recently Dr. .1 I'. \l< i am,-II ,is appointed a member of tin- National C tin piiign Committee of Hfteeh to liici n c uupuigu t hroUghout the I nit. d Stales in the inter? est ol Rural I ' M. bur Training. Thi - I ??inn lit ? ,? will bring he fore the public and the legis? lature of Um various states a number of propositions in the inlesest of butter trained rural and village teachers. Struck By Passenger Train At St. Paul. Thanksgiving day Miss Mary Dungleson, one ul tin- St. Paul school loach.ue and another young lady teacher had a llur row escape from death when they were Struck by it Carolina, Clinchtictd ami Ohio passenger train at St, Paul and knocked ffOll'l the track on to a pile of criiss-ties. I; ????? ms that tie young ladies were wulking along one track w hen a train was passing on another track au I did not sue Or lear the passenger tram which came up behind lln-m. Miss Dungleson was painful? ly burl, her noise being practi? cally lorn from her faco, teeth knocked out and mouth badly iiidslu I. The other young lady was more fortunate, her in? juries being slight. Both young ladies wer - id), medially taken to tin- Dante i hospital and on Monday Miss iDiiiiglesou was taken to Rich? mond, her home, wndreshewill enter a hospital. The Dante I physicians grafted a section of her nose, and found it necessary to take several stitches in her i tongue. Miss DuiiglOSOIl iS said to be U very handsome woman, about tw.-niy five years of an?-, hut le i injuries will disfigure her I for life.?Lebanon News 'Important Decision. Bristol, Dec The supremo court of Virginia now has be | fore it for filial decision the suit of the lmhodeii heirs against I the * Clinch field Coal Corpora,, 'luii. in which coal land" in Russe) 1 county estimated to bo worth fr..m $5,000,00(1to#8,000,' 000 are involved; The plaintiff's won their contention as to title iu tin- tower court at Abing ddn, and the coal corporation appealed from the decision. 1 hecuse bus just 'been urgued in the supreme court.