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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
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
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?
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?
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?
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
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
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.
Captain 2nd Va. Inf t.
Meet and Organized the Lee
Wise Farm Loan Asso?
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
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
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
Aids Employees to Meet
Unusual Conditions.
Theodore.N. Vail ?President of
the American Telephone and
Toll-graph Company, said to?
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
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.
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
Department Issues Report
ness Against Dis?
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
'?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."
For November of Pupils In
Public School.
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,
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
Miss Kemper
Dakota Harm's.
Miss lloborta ltnck
Kugeuu Hurchotto, lion Cold, Carolino
Ql'odluo, Alice Sloiup, Alma Stutzer,
Huse Turner,
Miss Klon? Bruce
Dun-. I'attull, Matllu llurk. Jeriultna
H illis. Oharlcs tiilly.
Miss Winnie Mullliu
Otho libel.
Kuth llarroiu, Anii.i Qoodloo, Ju-inita
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
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.

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