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VOL. XXV, Post. BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY. VA.. WEDNESDAY. JANUARY IO. 1917. No. 2 Coal Smashes Record. Tho production and consump? tion of coal in the Uuitod States in 1016 exceeded all pant records. Tho quantity of bituminous coal mined last year is estimat? ed by 0. E. Loshor, of the Unit? ed States Geological Survey, Department of the Interior, as slightly more than 609,000,000 net tons, an increase, compared with 1015, of more thun GO,500, 000 tons, or 16 per cent, and greater by III,000,000 ions than the record-of 1013. IJum fui nishcil by thoAiithraeitoBiirenii of Information indicate that tho production of Pennsylvania anthracite was 88,212,000 net tons, about 000,000 ions less than in 1915. The total output of coal in the United Stales is thus estimated at 507,000,000 net ions, and the olliciul (innres when compiled many show 000, 000,000 ions, compared with 570,000,(100 tons in 1013. This estimate, which is to be followed shortly by it more <ie tailed statement, shows that the increase was uenornl, on I) three Slates, Maryland, Oklu-1 hoiha, and Texas, having had a smaller production than in 1015. The largest increase was in Ohio, whoso production in 1010 is estimated at 37,000,000 tons, compared with 22^435,000 tons in 1'.'15, a gain of r>5 per cent. Colorado, New Mexico. Virgin? ia, and Washington shows in. creases of more than 20 per cent, and Kentucky, Montana, North Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming, of M to 18 per cent. In Pennsylvan? ia the iucreuBO was about 17. 000,1)00 tons, or II per cent. The consumption of coal by the railroads in 191? is estimat? ed to have been 17,600,000 tons grater than in 1915, the use of coal "m the manufacture of coke was greatei by 2O,5'00,0O0 ions, exports increased about 7,000, 000 net tons, the coal mines us. ed 500,000 ions more for steam ami heat, and the increase in consumption, mainly by the manufacturing industries, was 21,1100,000 tons. The Increased consumption of bituminous coal by the rail? roads and industrial interests of the country duriii?; the year brought about a condition in which the demand for coal was greater than the ability of the railroads to deliver it, and in some localities greater than the ability of the mines to produce it, because of scarcity of labor. There is no lack of coal in the ground, or of mines from which it can be obtained. The soft qoal mines, however, are not equipped to store coal that has been mined, and the coal must be loaded into railroad cars us soon us it is dug?in fact, the miners as a general rule do not go into u mine unless the bars are on bund to take the day's output. The greuter part of the bituminous COttl produced in 1010 was sold on contracts at prices (agreed upon dining the early part of the yean that rep? resented increases little if any more than the increases in wages-granted the miners. The high prices at which the small (?uuntity of coal not contracted for was sold during the last three months of the year were the result of excess of demand over k u p ply. The buy ers bid the price up, and as happens in the marketing of any article or commodity under like conditions, there was doubtless some speculative hold? ing und trading that tended to raise prices. This factor nnd the inclination of the middleman nnd retailer to exact extra profits arc not believed to have | been nny greater as regardsI coal than an regards other nec? essities whose prices have risen during the last few months. JOHN FOX AND HAPPY VALLEY. Kentucky claims John Pox. Yet why he should bo classed its a Kentucky author is hard lo understand since he has lived in Virginia for certainly twen? ty-live years; and ho was only horn in Kentucky, anyway, and people can be born anywhere. Everyone knows thnt Mr. Fox lives in Big Stone Grip in the frowning shadow of Stone mountain; it is taken for granted in that little town that he could not possibly live any? where else When a new story of his appears local characters and incidents are eagerly searched for by 'tis neighbors; newspaper notices are joyfully copied by the local paper, nnd people who have never read U magazine in their whole lives rush to the news stands and en? treat t he surprised clerk to ac? cept a quarter in return for the incstim thl.i privilege of carry? ing home a copy. "Have you seen thai new story of John Pox's?'* becomes the stereotype greeting for a week thereafter. I January Scribnor's contains John Pox'8 first story of "The Happy Valley." It is called "The Courtship of Allaphuir," and the spirit of the mountain is in every line. l'hysicial prowess as the deciding ele? ment in the love alfairs of Al laphuir, a rich, lark, buxom mountain girl, "whose ungentle ways were well known," furn? ish .Mr. Pox with abundant ex? cuse for a stirring tale of the hills. Jay Dawn, Ira Combs, Jim Spurgill - the very names recall mountain memories of one evening last summer when in the fast-gathering shadows a former resident of the Qap went over the mountain alone, around a perpendicular bluff into the silence and gloom of Hoot Owl Hollow with its small cabins perched high on the sides of a ravine and those grim men of the hills leaning nonchalantly against (he sag? ging gates everlastingly whit? tling. How welcome were the twinkling lights of llig Stone (.lap in the valley below?tiuly a Happy Valley! ? Richmond Journal. WHOOPING COUGH VAC? CINE. State Board of Health Hand? ling Preventive of Fatal Disease of Childhood. Richmond, Vn., Jan. ;>.?The State Board of Health today re? peated its notice to physicians of the Slate that whooping cough vaccine has been ridded to the supplies dispensed through the board and can be ordered by any responsible per? son. This vaccine prepared by a representative laboratory, is regarded by many physicians as a most excellent preventive of whooping-cough anil gives excellent results in many cases. Prophylactic treatments can be purchased through the board at wholesale prices?CO cents for treatments in syringes and 21 cents for treatments in am? pules. Old nowspapo r8 for sale at his office. Ills Killing 18 Daily. Preventable Diseases, Oilier Than Consumption, Will Slay 1.600 in Next Three Months. Richmond! Va , January 5.? During the next three months, according to the State Board of Health, respiratory diseases other than consumption will cause approximately oighlcen deaths daily in Virginia and the "while planne" will be re? sponsible for approximately 1 , noil more. And all of these, de? clares th<> board, are prevent? able through simple precau? tions, Basing its figures on the mor? tality for 1.014 and liufi, the board estimates us probable a total of about I,C60 deaths dur inn January, ICebruary and March, from whooping-cough, influenza, bronchitis, pneu? monia and broncho.pneumonia. Tuberculosis of the lunns, esti mated oil the same basis, will probably claim two thirds tis many victims as the other respiratory disoases uoinbineil. "For every hour the clock Strikes the hour between now anil April 1," says today's bul? letin of the Stale Board of Health, "one person will die of one or another of these tlis eases and every sixth hour, two persons will die." ".Some of these fatal ailments have already been contracted and are now past cure, hut most of ihem will be contract? ed or can be prevented during the coming weeks. Almost without exception, the rospirn tory diseases which me more fatal during these throe months than at any oilier time of the year, are the results of care? lessness and neglect; Most of them will be directly traceable tt> contact with some person Buttering from one ir oilier of these diseases or to contact with something soiled by a per? son who has a respiratory dis? ease. ".lust as the worst disease of the summer are carried b\ filth, so the most serious dis? eases of winter are curried by spit and spray from the mouth of those who cough, sneeze or spit carelessly. This is the reason health officers tire lay ing so much emphasis on cover inn the mouth and nose with it handkerchief (or bowing the heath when one is forced to sneeze. "Much of the exposure that leads to colds, influenza, bron? chitis and pneumonia is at? tributable to improper clothing Most people keep so hot in? doors, that their botlies are chilled when they go out of doors. The s?fe rule is not to stuy in overheated rooms, but to sleep with the windows open ami to put on extra clothing when going out in the cold. An overcoat is an enemy of disease. "Tho-germs of these diseases can only enter the body through the mouth und nose?that is tin; important rule to remember in dealing with them. To keep away from persons who spread the germs of these ills is a very important step in prevention." Pianos, ornans, victrolas, rented and sold on easy terms; exchanged for old pianos and organs. Wanted to trade a piano for a good horse and i buggy or pony and buggy. Good second hand furniture bought and sold. Write Blank enshig, Box 97, Appaiachia, Va. 1 1 Comany H On Detached Service. Point Isabel, Texas, Jan. 3.? Company 11 received ah as? signment to guard tho United States Radio Station, Point Isa bei, Texas, in tho lute afternoon of the twenty-second day of December, and orders were fot us to move the morning of the twenty third, via Motor Truck transport to this point. Can't say that, it was much to the satisfaction of the meu, as the First Regiment has already re coived orders tu prepare for a homeward journey and we wore under the impression that our next movement would lie in the same direction. If it were as wo have been letl to believe from the different newspaper articles, ''Precedence to term of service on the Border", our turn has long passed and we should have been returned some lime siuce. But be that as it may we are still here, even though " we have done our bit on the Border." We arrived at Point Isabel about one o'clock of the afternoon of DeCOIribei twenty third and the usual method of pitching tents was adhered to, ut which our men have become quite expert as well as in practically all other duties of a soldier. After the long ilriiwnout fifteen.day man oettver, in which our Company, as usual, did berfelf proud, the work of tho Regiment was much lightened, and from ttiat time up to the arrival at the Point the men fared as well us Could he expected. But this Qtiurd Duty here takes every available man in the Company and it is a case of "snliiier"da> in and day out, hut the men uro nil soldiers and can perform the duties required. (In Xtuas eve the men all hung a sock and Santa reinem bored t he boy s of Company H in the old fashion manner. As each man answered to his name Xmas morning and came for? ward for his share; a little dit ty pertaining to tlie individual was read and the men were in a continuous uproar from start tO finish. Some of these little ditties might be quoted, but not so well lo the liking of those concerned. There is a suspicion that Sergeant Boo ho played (lid Santa in reference to these inscriptions and .some of the men declare that soon or late they will get even with him. The Xmas dinner was a credit to those who took part in its preparation and every man huil his till before leaving the table. The day as best could be under the existing conditions was as much of a Kinds day us it could possibly he. Many of the men received boxes from their homes and shared with those who didn't, so the pleas? ures of ail were somewhat equalised. A week lalor, as the Old Year died ami the New was born the Company buritd the one, along with its sins and sorrows, and ??christened the other by a call lo arms, followed by three volleys from their rillet). The little town, a quarter of a mile away, thought the Mexicans were on jus, but were glad to learn that only His Majesty, the New Year, hud come. Many of tho boya on Now Years's dny enjoy? ed the pleasures of sailing, fish? ing, bathing and riding in the motorboats hereabout. The natives of this little fishing vil laffo are a hospitable bunch and seem to bo always willing to do anything in their power for the soldiers' pleasure. The ealistment j>i ? ri<? ? I ofFirst Sergeaut Mathews having ex? pired, he was furfoiighed to the National (? iiard Reserve and Sergeant Montague appointed First Sergeant in his stead. Corporal Bonne at the same time was appointed to the rank of Sergoant. Capl. Folmsbce Dead. After a prolonged illness of several years. Captain I'. II. Kolmshee, aged 72 years, died Saturday morning at his home at 201 Mary street. The attend? ing physicians attributed his death to a complication of dis eases. Captain Kolmshee, one of the oldest and best known railway trainmen in this section of the country, hail been critically ill for the past several days. The physicians had given up hope of effecting his recovery and his death was expected meinen tariely. Several weeks ago Captain Kolmshee began making ar? rangements for his annual trip to Florida. He was forced to postpone the trip on account of poor health. Since that time ho gradually grew worse until his death. Captain Kolmshee came to this city :il years ago with his lifelong friend and brother trainman, Sid Case, who still resides here. A close friendship had existed between these two since they wore young men.For a number of years Captain Kolmshee was in the employ of the t\pplncllian division of the V .v.- S. \V. railroad as condlic lor. While acting in tills capacity lie acquired an itiisual ly wide circle of friends both in this city and in the towns along his run. His magnetic person ulity and sterling character made him one of the most popular men in the local rail? way service. Captain Kolms bee Was a member of the Order of K.Iks and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, lodge No. 12, lie was also a member of lhe Mary street church. In accordance with a request made by Captain Kolmsboe dur lug bis lust illness his bod) was taken to his boyhood home at Saratoga Springs, NewVork, for burial -Bristol llariild Courier. Radford Nor? mal Notes. Mr. .1. K. Johns on Jan? uary 1, took up the High School ami Rural (Joninmuity Young Men's Christian Association work in Southwest Virginia as successor of Mr. W. C. McCar ly, who resigned Ibis work lo accept the State Secretary ship for the Young Men's Christian Association work in high schools. D?ring his three years of service his headquarters wen- at the Normal School. The Y. M . 0. A. work in the west? ern part of the Stale is under the direction of Governor 11. C. Stuart and Dr. J. 1". McConnelj. This work is supported by vol. iinlary contributions, and has proven very successful under 11)0 efficient leadership of Mi. W. C. McCarty. Mr. Johns is mi experienced Y. M. ('. A. worker. Professor Joseph E. Avent has been conducting for the last eighteen months a scientific investigation as to the actual use made in social and practi? cal life of the various subjects usually treated in arithmetic. The results of this investiga? tion will soon bo published as a Normal School bulletin with the title "Tire Social Demand for Arithmetic"'.; On January 1 I Dr. J. I*. Mc Connell will deliver an address] ut Staunt?n before the State; Conference of Charities und Corrections on the "Noed of Stute Cure for Cripplod and De? formed Children". The State Board of Charities and Correc? tions is planning a campaign to establish institutions and make such provisions for the cripplod und defective childron of the Stale that they will grow into an asset instead of a liability of the Commonwealth. Board Trade Meeting. I _ j The regular Annual Mooting of tin? Board of Trade will bo | hold in the large Hample room in the Monte vista Hotel Build? ing on .Monilay night, January j'.tth, for the purpose of eleot I ing officers for the ensuing yeur, Eyery oho interested in the well fare of the town is urg? ed to he present at this meet? ing. Important Notice. The mid year examinations wdl begin next week and it is vor\ important that every pupil should be present every day tlii week and the first of next in order th at they may get tho bcnofil uf the review les-oim. A. J. Wolfe, Principal East Stone Gap Euro Wright, principal of Roda school; spent a few days last week with homefolks, Hobart Witt, ol Roda, spent Sunday with friends and rela? tives near this plan?. . Virgol Mm ton and Harrison Bowles spent their "two weeks'* vacation in Tennessee near Kuoxvilld. Prof. Hall returned from Norfolk last week where he has been visiting homefolks. Miss Anna O. Daniels, one of our high school teachers, spent Xmas and New \ ear, with her mother in Bristol. Clarence Heed was injured at the furnace last week by a fall? ing brick, hut int seriously. Patrick Collier. Mack Tale, Nelson Btunton and a few oth? ers attended Sunday School in Cracker's Neck last Sunday. E QjUttllS. spent the week end wild relatives in Scott County, near ( linchport. Not Prepared to Withdraw Troops. HI Paso, Texas. Jan. 4.? Lieutenant-Colonel C. s. Earns worth, base commander at Columbus, N. M., who was here today, reported that no prepara? tions were being made at the Columbus base for tin' with? drawal of General Porshing's troops from Mexico. Merchants from the Casus Grandes district, who have ar? rive.I here, said the merchants and many of the farmers, cat? tle raisers and other residents of the district were preparing in leave as soon as the expedi? tionary force started for the tiorder. They fear Villa fol? lowers will loot the houses and stores and kill many of the poo pie because they were friendly to the American forties. Chinese were especially alarmed. K. B. Cleek, who for the past several years has been connect? ed with Kuller Brothers storo has gone to Bristol where he accepted a position with Dosser Brothers, During bis six years in Appalachia Mr. Cleek made a host of friends, who, while they regret to lose his compan? ionship wish him much success in his new field.?Appalachia Progressive. We neglected to mention last week tho pleasure that Capt. Henry, Taylor and Mr. James body gave it number of their friends by their singing early Christmas morning. It has been their custom for many years to go around to tho homes of some friends and sing Christ? mas songs, which are ulwaye enjoyed and appreciated. May these two gooil old Englishmen live to entertain their friends on many moro such occasions. WANTED Ore minors at Irondule mines. Steady employment at good wages. i lutermont Coal & Iron Corp.