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\M:i rouble. fifiSI' U'fc Home ' Sta ?BmH Ii W i' OIK! tl It II - HjK ? ...twenty i-n 11> I <? I iifii Mlliccrs. Thirty men r.liMiuulifi.'ti nt Richmond MMmBivsici-il cxiuninntinii, hoiv KBK nitn'tv mi1!! ami thine otli fCeris. Twelve men have been transferred le other companies to make up their minimum rSigbt men have been released on account <>f dependent faini lies. One ollieer him resigned and atibther.elected in Iiis place. Thin leaves us today with nix ty-five men and three ofBcers. The onliatineut period of the following men will expire in December, January ami Feb? ruary, viz: SergeantThomas It. Cooiirau, Sergeant Hugh I". Young, Sergeant Amos P. Hammond, t ook William It. Wax, Cook Jerome 1. Wells, Corporal David K. Wright, Musician Leslie C. Bkecn, Private Hiram Sliemore, Private Joo Nickels, Private Henderson N. Ilorslcy, Corporal Herbert HrownJ Private Ucorgo I. Ithoads, Sergeant William <i: Malhews. Mot one of these men will re enlisl?and who can blame them? If we were certain tlmi we wert' noin? into Mexico, it would bediffereut,their patriot ism, aud Boldierly spit it of nev er runhing from danger, would lioltl them, Hut when it conies to "hiking" here oh the, Border at fifty cents, a day, the bravest ami the bO?t aud all the rest, any?-"Nay, Nay, Uncle Sam may go to lit'll ami g>'t h.sol? diers where lie can ? I aril go? ing home!" This feeling is wellnigh uni? versal with the men of Coin puny 11. This Company is ire'-;, garded as one of the best on the. Monier. It won nut over nil others in tho Seco ?I Regi? ment iti the competitive drills in August. Tho report for the tests in October hue just been published, and,again Company II leads tho list. The oilier i- impunies in the Regiment got from one to us many as twelve '?blUo marks", which mean de? ficiency in the subject marked, Company H was the only com? pany without a single ('blue mark" against it? -Company (i of Petersburg came next with only oim mark ami Company 1. of Piiliiski third with only two marks. if tho spirit referred to pre? vails in Company 11, one may bo well assured thai it is oven more prevalent in tho other companies, and Htich is the fact. They arc all, not only in the Second Virginia, hut in all thf Regiments on tin' Border,! being rapidly reduced to mere skeletons?None can now mus? ter more than Bye or six squads, and some not over foiu?and recruit* have absolutely slopjted cam ing, Tho Regulars urn in equal or greater trouble. Tlieyjhavia full complements of officers, but comparatively few unlisted men. They hare been trying to ilra if from the National (luurtl, but Jew, very few, hare retpomlcd. This is truly pitiful and, like? wise, shameful and disgraceful. To think of a great country of over one hundred million pen pic not being able to raise, for emergency, an army of two hun? dred thousand! It would he unbelievable if it had not been demonstrated beyond possibility of dispute by tho past six months of eirort. and failure. But, for the shame and dis? grace of it, the National Quart! is in no manner responsible. Neither is the Regular Arniy. They have both done their duty well. Wherein then does the trouble lie? lu my judgment tho follow ing are the chief pauses: Kirst?Dormant Patriotism.?I am unwilling to believe that the people of tlto United States tire lacking in patriotism; but there is no doubt that what there is of it is fast asleep. We need a good spanking from Germany or England or Japan; or, perhaps, who kuow>? We may get it from even poor old Mexico! Then, and not till then, will we be aroused. Second?Inadequate Pay,?'the skilled laborer can mako at home from three to six dollars' a day?unskilled, from ono dol? lar und fifty cents to three dol? lars. To suppose I hat thoso men can be procured for (service in the Army at fifty cents a day. is Btupidilyj asinine, goose and bull-moose all combined. The service isVbarder, much harder, than W. civihl life, whether in peace or war. liar der in pence, because more monotonous, und because he who enters here must say good hv lo every vestige of personal liberty ? lie must rtsu by the bugle, eat by the bugle, drill, shovel and ditch by the bugle, and by it go to a dusty or mud? dy bed. If he was bom with n brain, he is unfortunate. The enlisted man should leave it nt liome when he joins the Army. Harder in wnr, because war maneuvers test strength mid endurance to the limit, and be? cause the danger of personal in? jury is many-fold greater than in civil life. The coal digger makes from two to live dollars a day. He is an unskilled laborer. His high wages are paid as compensation for the risk of personal injury from slate falls and the like. Why should n soldier not receive like com? pensation. Third? The Gulf btttettn Officer* mi'l Men.?Officers in the Army and National dunnl uro con? sidered "Gentlemen" and re? ceive everywhere an such.They attend the balls, hops, banquets and other social functions, giv? en by the elite in every com? munity. Enlisted men, on the other hand, are "Men" not "Gentle? men." They cannot eat with an officer, or dance or piny or sing with an officer or where an officer is. The lady who re? ceives or goes with an enlisted man is blacklisted by ollicnrs' I wives, daughters and female friends. She must choose the one or the other. Very few have Buflicicnt standing and person? ality to breach the custom and i;o with both. The result is t hat enlisted men, generally,are debarred from female society, except of tile lewd. There are in the National (lunrd many enlisted men who (jo in the best society in their home towns. To them the. ens torn is galling beyond endur? ance. Not only this, but they tnliHt salute and stand at alien tion whenever an officer speaks to or approaches them. Effort is made to teach them that this is but the "friendly greeting'.' of ''the free man" handed down from Knight-errantry of the Middle Ages. But the men don't look at it in this way, They regard it, call it what you may, as a badge, a token, an acknowledgment, of servili? ty. The custom should be abolished except when on ac? tual duty. Never will we ho able to get real manhood in requisite mini hers to voluntarily join the nrirty, whether the Wcgnlnrs or the National Guard, until we bridge this gulf between officers and enlisted men. Thirty-five years ago 1 was Captain of Company E(cnvrdry) of Louisville Legion. There was no such gulf in the Mililin in those days. The enlisted man danced nt the hops at the Armory and at the encamp ments along with the officers anil officers' wives and dauch ters and sweethearts. Hiiioehl ilantlintf n? a soldier was the mime a*, neither better nor wont than, hin social ttandinq a.< a civilian. If. ns the one, he was entitled to dance with the belle of the ball, so, as the ether) he danced with the belle of tho ball, and vice versa Did it interfere with difcip line? Not at all. On the con? trary it made for good fellow? ship and a loyalty between off! cers and men which in non existent under tho present regime. In conclusion, let mo say that [unless the pay i? increased and the gulf bridged, as abovn con tended for, there is but one al-i ternutive, and that is compulsory service. The flay Bill is a dis? mal failure. It should be re? pealed and anothor enacted by the present Congress. Either make the service attractive or olse force everyone alike to take his share of the nausome dose. J. F. BULLITT, Captain 2nd Va. Inf t. Farmers Meet and Organized the Lee Wise Farm Loan Asso? ciation. A nicotine; of tho Stockholders ? if tho Leo-Wise National Kami Loan Association was hold per. BUaiit to adjournment at the Monte Visse Hotel last Satur? day ut noon for the purpose of completing its organization, receiving new subscribers and thy transaction of other neces sury business incident to the formation of such an associa ? ion. A largo number of representa? tive farmers from both Loo and Wise Counties were in attend? ance, ami applications wero re? ceived for loans amounting to $73,000,00 carrying with them stock subscriptions of $3,080.00. Tho meeting was called to or Uer by Gon'l Ayers J. M. Wil? lis was elected temporary chair? man and tin- meeting proceeded In the election of a Hoard of Directors as follows: II. ('. Stewart,,!. 1). Johnson, Juntos H. Reaeor, J. P. Scott, .!. VV. Powers, J. B. Wnmplor anil E. Q. Wells. The meeting Iben adjourned and a meeting of tho Board of Directors wus called for two o'clock at tho of? fice of (!on. H. A. Avers. J. B. Wampler was elected chairman of the Board and J. B. Ayers,Secretary-Treasurer of ilio Association. The following being appointed members of the I.nan Committee: V. O. Yearv, P. M. Ueasor and L. H. Wad'e, their duties being to appraise the lands proposed to bo mort? gaged to secure loans applied for. Upon application to tho Sec? retary-Treasurer blank applica? tions for membership and loans will be furnished, or mailed to those who write for them. All applications for membership and loans will bo acted upon by the hoard of directors at its next meet ing aud toe applicants notified. All inquiries relative to the Association will bo promptly anil fully answered, and such inquiries are solicited from both members and prospective members of the association. U. D. C. Meeting. Mrs. Li. O. Peltit was hostess 611 Wednesday afternoon De? cember the nth, to the Indies of the Big Stone Gap chapter, United Daughters of tho Con? federacy in their regular mouth ly mooting. Mrs. J. L. MoCormick presi? dent of the chapter, presided. Reports of the different o 111 cor? went heard ami the business of the month dispense:! with. Aid was given a needy Confederate Votern by tho chapter. Mrs C. C. Cecil rail read an interesting report of tho con? vention, Virginia Division, re? cently assembled in Lynch burg Mrs. G, L. Taylor "lead the historical lesson, subject for the month being" TlinWar of 1S12". Mrs. C. C Long read notes from Miss Rutherford's address showing the important part the south has had in tho building til our nation, anil Mrs. M. R McCnrklu road a paper, "Inter estingFacts of the War of 1812" which gave some idea of the attitude of the English, at that tithe, toward tho United States. Miss Janet Bailoy told, "How vV ing field Scott Rescued the Irishmen." Mrs. Pottit read a poem "Voice Of The Night" by Howard Wooden. Miss Olga Horton sang very sweetly."Tho Vale of Droams" and "A Lit lie Cray Homo In The West." Mrs. A. J. Wolfo will he hos toss of the chapter'in January and members will answer to roll call with some incident relative to Lee or Jackson. A delightful socinl hour fol? lowed the business tension dur? ing which the hostess,- assisted by her danghtor.Adelaido,sorv. ed a dainty salad course. Those who enjoyed Mrs. Petttt's hospitality were: Mes damos A. K. Morison, D. B. Sayers, C. C. Long, C. 0. Coch rao, J. L. McCormick, A. J. Wolfe, Ms R. McCorkle, O. L. Taylor, S. A. Bailey, Misses Jauot Bailey and Olga Horton. Mrs. A. J. Wolfe, Cor. Sec Telephone Company Aids Employees to Meet Unusual Conditions. Theodore.N. Vail ?President of the American Telephone and Toll-graph Company, said to? day: By co-operative action on the part of the Companies consti? tuting the Bell Telephone Sys tem, certain classes of their employees throughout the Uni? ted States will be aided in meet? ing the unusuul conditions now existing by an extra class pay? ment, or payments, equivalent to two or three week's salary according to length of service. Employees who have been in the servfee for over one year, [and who are receiving$3,000 or less por year, will receive the equivalent of three weeks' pay, while those of the same class who have been in the service over three months hut less than one year, will receivo thoequiv olent of two week's pay. Em? ployees receiving over $3,000 ami less than $5,1100 per year will also participate in the pay? ments, but not in tbo same pro portion as those receiving the lesser rate of pay. This is not intended to bo n distribution of profits nor do all employees participate. It is intended to help those em ployees whose margin between income und necessities is nar? row . Those payments will not take the place of the wage ihcreuses for demonstrated merit, or tbo readjustments to meet changed conditions of service usually made at this time of the year. All details as to the time and method of distribution will be arranged by Ilm several Coin panies constituting the Midi System as in "each case, in the judgment of the local manage? ment, may bo for the best inter? est of their employees, It ises ti mated that tbo total amount to be distributed will exceed 10,000,000. Mr. B. M. Milton, of the [ Chesapeake und Potomac Tele? phone Company, which is the Associated Hell Company opar ating in this territory, staled that the payments announced l>\ Mr. Vail will affect the em? ployees in this district and that, the distribution of payments will be made before the first of tbo year. Mr. Gco. Roebuck Weds Miss Gladys Wolfe. A marriage which will cume an a pleasant surprise to a lain'' number of friends through this section of the contracting par ties was the quiet marriage of MiHs Gladys Wolfe, of the Gap; 10 .Mr. George Roebuck, a t.'i?v tdmg salesman, of Norton, al Norton last Sunday afternoon 11 ?veek at the home of Rev. 11 E Kelbo, the Methodist minister. Misses Bessie Young and Roxi. Lent, of Stonega, accompanied the popular young couple to Norton and were wit misses of the ceremony. The bride,who is very accomplished, is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. 1). C. Wolfe, of the Gap, and is a graduate of the public school burn and of Sul? lies College of Bristol, and taught for the past three years in the Stonega Public School, where the romance began,which culminated in the above, while the groom has wiitton several very successful plavs which were produced in Richmond and other large towns in the State, but at the present is a traveling salesmnn. Immediately after the cere? mony the happy young couple motored back to Stonega to the home of Mr. Roebuck's sister, Mrs. O. C Rhodenhizer, where they will spend a few days. How's This? We offer Ono Hundred Dollart Reward for any case of Catarrh that cannot be cured by Hall's Catarrh Cure. F. J. CHEN ET & CO.. Toledo. O. Wo, the undersigned, have known P. J. Cheney for the last IS years, and belle vo him perfectly honorable In all business transactions and financially able to carry out any obligations mado by his firm. NATIONAL HANK OK COMMERCE. Toledo, O. Hall's Catarrh Cure Is fallen Internally, acting directly upon the blood and mu? cous surfaces of the system. Testimonials sent free. Price 76 cents per bottle. Sold by all Druggists. I Xak* ;uii ? Family Fliu for ooastlpatloo. Mine Rescue Work. Department Issues Report MakingPleaForPrepared ness Against Dis? asters. Washing-ton, Duo. 7.?A plea for prepare Ines? at coal and matal mines, so that if a dis? aster comes and imprisons many miners the oflicials may have a definite plan for action in saving life is outlined in a report just issued by theBureau of Mines of the Department of the Interior and which is being scut to practically all of the mines in the United States. The Bureau of Mines has aided in rescue work at many mine ex? plosions and has boon instru? mental in saving the lives of many men, but in almoBI every instance where there has been a great disaster the bureau's oflicials they have found great confusion prevailing with much valuable time wasted bo fort; a proper rescue orguniza lion could bo effected. There has also been a serious absence ot the equipment necessary for the recovery of the men on tombed. Lack of such pro parodnoss, the bureau says, no doutit has often resulted in tin necessary loss of lift- among tho imprisoned men und also among the rescue force Since tho bureau began its rescue weil; it has endeavored in guide in the formation of competent rescue organizations at mine disasters, but has been greatly hampered because of the different methods in prac tice in different parts of the country. Based on its ? xperi once at many mine disasters the bureau has now formulated a code which it is felt should be in the hands of every re? sponsible official at a mine This code provides for an or? ganization at each mine that would become automatically active the moment there is a disaster, It also gives a list of the necessary materials to have on hand at all times ami out? lines the most important duties lor those organizations during such emergencies. "At times there lias boon some little misunderstanding as to just what part the Bureau of .Mines is expected to take in rt seile work," said Van 11. Manning, director of the bureau. '?This manual is Intended to define the duties of tho roscuros anil to bring about a bettor tin deratanding between the moo engaged in rescue work us to the functions of tho bureau. It lias been a popular notion that the rescuers of the bureau, wearing heavy oxygen rescue apparatus, should carry the tload from the mine, and there has been some little disappoint moot at the refusal of the res? cuers to.take part in this work. It has been my policy that the rescuers should seek to save live men und give thorn assist? ance, and should not be called upon except in special emer? gencies to carry bodies, and then only for a short distance. "The entiro strength of tho men, thus hatulicupped by tho heavy apparatus, should bo ex? pended in saviug iife. "Disasters do not come fre? quently to individual mines, [and there has been a natural feeling that thoy will never come. Consequently very littlo thought ie given to what should bo done when such a catastro? phe does come. The result has been very little preparedue8<) and considerable confusion, es p 'cinlly when some of the best men in tbo employ of tbo com? pany are imprisoned or killed. The manual is intended to give the oporntors and superinten? dents and other olllcials of the mines some idea of the charact? er of organization that should be normally in force ni a mine every dny it is working, and explain bow ibis organization may bo turned into an effective rescue force when n disaster comes. It is an effort ou the part of tbo bureau to save the possible number of men im? prisoned in a mine and at the same time to safeguard tbo lives of the rescuers, ninny of whom have been sucriflood in|ihe past. The bureau docs not liko to think of disasters happening; at the same time it believes in pre? paredness when they do come. If the suggestions in this ar? ticle succeed in saving the lifo of a single miner the bureau will be repaid for its efforts along this line." HonorRoll For November of Pupils In Public School. K1H8T GRADE Miss Maldi it Axley Ittinlluc Bd Towm-end, Hilly Mason, Jtiolc Taylor, Jack Fuller, Stuart Carter, Jim Hcaman, Charles llird, Mary Dobord. Dorothy Qoodloe; draco Ma bafley, Maxie l'ayriol l.yda Chestnut, 8E< i>Nl) UK A DE Miss Itctta Thompson Margarot Kelly. Adclaldo Winston, Mildred Itarron, Margaret Hcaman Hied Duwcll, Muncy Mullen, Cuy banc. Wil? liam Itogora, Otis Mauser, Claude Jones, Leslie Hisel, Winston Qratiam, Evelyn Wilson, tliuur Akens. Illllth GRADE Miss .1 met Uailey 1 eilt in Shoemaker, ollle Garrison, l.cola llambleu, Blsio Collier, bookie Sheltoii, Newton Lawson, Riehanl >V|U son, Kotiert Hint. Kenneth Butzer, Joe Moore, llornartl Helton, Gilmor Ureadur, THIRD GRADE Mlsa Kemper Kotiert llarron, Clarence Johnson, Louis,. IVttlt. Mildred Wolfe KO?RTil Oil,\ DE Mis, Olga Horton Margie Witt, Maude Carpenter. Gil? berts Knight, Miriam Draper; Ralph Itrowu. I-1H Uli I 0 It A DE A SECTION Miss Kemper Dakota Harm's. EII'TII QltADE n SECTION Miss lloborta ltnck Kugeuu Hurchotto, lion Cold, Carolino Ql'odluo, Alice Sloiup, Alma Stutzer, Huse Turner, I 11' I'll CIU A DE A SECTION Miss Klon? Bruce Dun-. I'attull, Matllu llurk. Jeriultna H illis. Oharlcs tiilly. SIXTH GRADE 11 SECTION Miss Winnie Mullliu Otho libel. SIXTH GRADE A SECTION Kuth llarroiu, Anii.i Qoodloo, Ju-inita Taylor. SEVENTH GRADE Miss Clarlbol l.ockott l.m-ile Draper, James Ullly, llounle Calron, Ethel Colo, Helen Carico, Irene Draper, ltuth Marrs, Henrietta Skccn. High School Honor Roll. Elizabeth Sprinkle. Edith Vatigordor, Kannlu Kay. ""?.*T~ . For Christmas Day. rpHKRE'S a bustle In tho kitchen Ami n rattle and n din And such peculiar going's on You'd beat not venture In. Tho cues nro being beaten, Aral tho butter's being dripped; And the flour's being- shaken, And tho cream Is being whipped. The nuts have had their head a cracked; Tho Jelly's nil aquake. Outsiders keep your distance? Daisy's making Christmas cake. Don't Bay sho'a lost her ribbon And her apron's all awry; Don't speak of flour upon her nose And smut abovo her eye; Dcn't tell her that tbo pans aren't greaaed. The. powder's quite at fault. That the heaping cup of sugar Was a heaping cup of salt; Don't mention that the firs la out, "Twould bo s, grave mistake, i Onlookers, keep your distance When Daisy's bxklng cake. ?Nancy nyrd Turner In St. Nicholas. Congress is strictly up against it this session or rather will bo aster March 4. With a woman member in its midst?young, beautiful and brilliant?the old duffers will have to refrain from cussing, righting, snoring, and many of their other favorite forms of amusement.