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No. 2
Coal Smashes
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
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
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
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?
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?
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?
".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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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?
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,
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
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
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.
Ore minors at Irondule mines.
Steady employment at good
i lutermont Coal & Iron Corp.

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