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VOL. XXV, BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY. VA? WEDNESDAY. JANUARY 17, 1917. No. 3 To The Peo? ple Of Virginia. Certain ntiwRpnperii have n< cently commented oh iho al? leged fact that, some citizens have move 1 away from tho State because of the operation of the new lux laws, ami have attributed lliis removal to tho harshness of the present mull) oils of discovering taxable property. The State Tax Hoard desires to lie informell ;s to the public t'eiding au I convic? tion of the following points: 1. Do you or not believe a ttlX HllOUld lie levied on ALL property, real ami personal, for the support of the government and of the public frei' schools, and to pay 'he interest en thi; public debt, ami to pi\ pen? sions? ?J. If net, what proper!.} would you exempt from taxa? tion oilier than that belonging to religious and charitable in? stitutions, etc., already exempt under the (jonstihution? .1. Keeling that if large amounts of hitherto unasscssed intangible property could he discovered and taxed, the tax rate on all properly could he lowered, thereby better ?Iis ?-Uniting and equalizing the burdens on all taxpayers, the General Assembly passed what is known as the segregation ant, which reduced the State' tax on teal and tangible per? sona! property from :>.'> cents to 10 cents on tho : reduced the tax on bonds, notes and other evidences of debt, ami en stocks other than those of Vir? ginia corporations, from an average rate, Slate and local, ol if 1.7a on tho $100 to a Slate tax of li.'i cents on the fit'11, with an optional additional local tax of not more than !M) cents; reduced the tax on manufacturers' capital from an average rat.? Sri.70 to 70 cents with the op tionnl local rate of not noire than 30 cents; reduced the li? cense tuxes on certain classes of merchants from Hit cents to 20 seuls on the ileu of pur? chases; and, making these re duclinus, made no increase in any tax rale except as to rail roads. D?yo??r not approve these reductions'' If not, wit) not? 4, If yon approve the.-- re? ductions in the tax rates on in? tangibles, made in the eitert to equalize the burden on the owner of such properly with that on the owners of real estate ami tangible personal properly, which, although usually underassessed, pa> much higher rates, do you or not think all ititangible proper? ty should be placed on the lux books, as all real property is placed there 5, Do ybll or not believe the present law to be sound in policy and principal, which is designed to collect back taxes on property never heretofore reported by its owners, and therefore never heretofore tax Oll. C. Do you or not approve the limitation placed by the General Assembly on the num? ber of years for which buck taxes may be collected, which tax, State ami local, can in no case exceed an average rate of 7o cents on the $100 of omitted property for twelve years pre? ceding 1015, thus equalising this tux with that actually paid during the same period by the uverage owner of underassess? ed real estate and tangible per? sonal property, hearing in mind that tho buck tux he irs no in? terest if voluntarily paid? 7. If you believe all proper 01 (he Week '??<.f ?'oti;;r?? nbw?lve.l ..II mW , ,. ,??.. , n"' fa"<"<'< i??v note "leak" inquiry before the rule* run ,C "CeK son's no o,|j?S -r. vvb.tU.1 s" r. v, .1 nnl . I I "i? "" !",V!,n'-,> ^nowlclCT of (Is- ?.?... while Thomas W La?. ofhoiscH Iii|.|.tii8 u iihiolccu year okl hi-n soho?i boy Frederick <?,,.'.'? r if Vi '% ?*' s,;,v,'r"f SUnfool White, ran afoul .,f the jaw, being ttceuiml <?<>!>? iltuftiiln lliili iliisl in Denver 'Hie f.*ir rullronil hrothrrh ?N ft. ? "" Ms "w" thpu?' 1,1 ITrtuMletlphm. After a llnKcrlng Illness William y iv should lie .?u tin- iiHsu*8<irtt' books, ami thai hack taxes fairly assessed in omitted property should he paid, can you suggest any better means to these ends than those now provided by luAv? Any reply made by any resi? dent of Virginia to any or all of tlie above ipiesiions, given to lhi> press or mailed to tin' S'ate Tax Hoard, Richmond, will he of public value. STATIC I'AX lit ?AUD. Gymnasium. A vacated store building on I the cornel of K?st Fifth Street null Giliy Avenue h is I.n re. ; modeled und equipped I'm a I modern gymnasium Und was thrown open to the public one day las! week. 'I'll.pnpim-til is not complete yet hut it won't he long itntil all necessary up jpnratu-.es will lie installed. A I basket ball court has been elected on I he lirst llotir while the second lloOr is he ?ing bseil for dressing rooms ami shower baths,t wo of which j are complete. Already a num? ber of young inen h i\e bhen practicing preparatory for seine games in the near future Tlioy will probably he coached by VV. II. Nickels', ,lr., who f.u a number of yeiirs was athletic instructor ut F.mory and Henry I'ollege Tllitre ate quite a number of athletes in tin- (l ip wlio.it is hoped, will take ,m active part in organising tj blisket ball team Mr. lv I ?rennen, president of the Athletic As"<>>. irttioilj as? sisted by \ir. I). I!. Savers.have I.ii the chief promoters in get ting the gym Started. I; v. as almost completed before any one knew of its existence, and it looks as though their .11 iris will be rewarded, judging by tlie interest already shown. It is Itopetl some of the neighbor ing town will take a like inter? est in winter sports and or? ganize teams so a few- lively contests can he arranged. After tlit) gym (jus been coin pletcd a .small fee will be charg? ed each month for its main? tenance, l-'vervone is cordially invited to become a member. U. D. C. MeetiiiK. .Mrs. A. .1. Wolfe whs Un? lovely hostess of the January meeting of the United Daugh? ters of the Confederacy Weil tiosilny nfternoon. Mrs'. .1. I.. McCormick, the president. presided over the meeting. Twenty members answ ered to roll call by an in? cident in the lives of Gen. I. e and (icn. Jackson, followed by the reading of the minutes of the last meeting by .Mrs. M. It. McCorkle. Ihuing the business session it was voted to older nine new IllillUte books. Also voted to send live dollars to the (?hl I. i dies home in Richmond, which wns burned in January. A very interesting program was then given. It was opened by all the members singing the hymn "How Firm a Founda? tion". Then the life of Lee and Jackson, read by Mrs. II. AW. Skeen, followed by tho reading I Um- po'oiii "Tin: I.??",*' by Mrs. S Mrs. W. li. Peck pluyctl very' j Mivci'tiy';on the violen "Loves i ?Iii Swi'i-t Song." aecompnniijd by Miss Nonio Vinovnrd oh the piano A paper then was 1e i<l. "The Lifo of Jackson", by Mrs ] M Smith. A ynry interesting incident in Jackson's lifo v. a-, rend by Mrs. .1. II. Iliigy. Af 1 tor tliti reading of tin- "Last i Words of Jackson", by Mrs. K. ! E. i i.lloe, Mrs. ' Wolf,.. : assisted by ,\| r?. (' S. CiiHilr tinil Miss Niemo Viiibyanl, served a very delicious salmi | course, consisting of chicken salad, tomato aspic, pimento sand w idlest, pickles, olivts,] doliglihuts ;md coiTeei Till! following worn prcsont: Mrs. Alexander and Mrs VVnlker, .a' linbodon, Mrs. .1.11 IlligVi of Inmaii. \|os.lano s ('. ('. Cuchnin, i!. I'. Long, M. Smith, h. (>. I'ottit, .1. I, Mo Uorinick, J\ I'. Wolfw, C S. Carter, 10. 15, (Ibodloo, 11 A w. s|;,.,.|i, M. i;. McCoikle, ' i. L. Taylor, .1 A. (lilmer, I), C. VVotr?, W. t. i;.||.,... SallS A lltitley, Mis.s.-s dunel H?iti y. Nfeiiib V'ineyiird and h'.diia (ill I.V. Tlio next mcciiug will bo at tiie lioiiiii of Mrs. i'. c. L'obg and the members will answer to roll call, witb an ilioidenl in tin- Iii'.' of \VusliitigiiJn. $500.00 For Union Church A meeting was hold a I A\eis ?biipei last W-dmsdi;. high) and it was announced thai aboiii 'ft. Ii id beeil pledged tii build ;a t u ion I III tire Ii neai tin' furnace, a pan of whirl ; has already tnti u ??oil,nod h was decided to ere<;l i building about 2H |,y |:| f. , t wbicli will contain 1221 sipian ' fool of lloor spar.- and seat oVci 'jiio people. Tie- inillding coiji inilleo is now working on llfii plans for the building whirl:; will not cost loss than .i, probably inure. All tin- ma j t'orial lias boon promised at [cost and much of the work will; bedonated. A site lias already boon donated lor Ibis purpose. (?Inch liiomber of the itoytVl and Oirls' ('luh at the furnace j lire g;oing to try to got a dollar a piece1, i veil if IIti'V iinve to work lor it. Some of t,br chil dri'ii have their dollar already. Fifty dollars is tlin largest contribution so far, ami it is from a gentleman nut of town. There arc two J2?.00 donalions, while tbe others are snr.llor Everyone should give and give liberally to this worthy cause: Tho people of the furnace hope to have the church built by the IIrat of May. The church will be a Union Church in every respect and preachers who desires will be allowed to preach in if. The people of tbe furnace nood an adequate church very badly and when the furnace start next month there will be a groat many more people added to that community. Anyone de siring to contribute by mail can Rent! (heir contribution to P. II. Kennedy, Treasurer Union Church, Hig Stone (lap, Va., or tliey ran Bee anyone of the finance committee who will gladly receive any donation no matter how small. Everyone should give something. Jnriei Hailey, Assistant S'f'croturv NEW PASSENGER ENGINE FOR I. R. R. T!i. Interstate Railroad put j into,service last Thursday iin j passenger trains operating1 be. j iweeii Stonogu, Appalaehia und j Glamorgan a hew engine of modern ly pn I hat will aihl ma ttii i ilty in bundling the over in ercailing passenger business of this shorl lintl that has long been recogni'/od as one of the nioat important "f.I> is" hoth| in passenger Und freight sorVici to the various trunk lines (into1) ing the Wise county eo >1 tiehls. A few years ago the Intor Ktnte was operated for a dis-| lance of only live miles for the eonvenieiiee of a coal company in getting its products to mat ket, find passenger traffic was Only iif minor significance though later the main line, originally operated between Stonegu and Appalaehia was extended to Norton and from there tot ilainoi gan. Win n the road Itrht begun business a mt'-ugre repair shop at its Stun, ga terminal was suf. Ilcient hilt il his oiitgrouu its sWutllingj clotllits and ftir the pit ?. eial months carpenter and miiohanies in other lines have been busy building a rail read ei: v oh I hjii olil tljto of tin town of i'lU tclinr Which sever ill 'years ago was wiped out I > liie. A large number of house* L'ompittiy 's employees have moved from various points itO' that pltjce lo live. Win' ? in ollicial figures are ivaiiabhi It is siiid that the bitcki of the Interstate have spent during tie- past two years in and around Appalaehia m ar? ls three hundred thousand dol? lars in new rolling slock ami i bettering tiie road for more ef llclen! service. In this expenditure loealj'la her has In en largely used ami! in that manner work has been furnished both common and skilled labor that perchance would have been forced to go to other points to ply their vocation. In 'lie matter of locotnotivas the Interstate has an equip? ment of engines that rival the trunk lines lo which their traffic is delivered for transportation North, 1*1 list, South and West. ?Appalaehia Progressive. Pianos, organs, vicirolas, rented and sold on easy terms; exchanged for old pianos and organs. Wanted to trade a piano for a good horse and buggy or pony anil buggy il.md second hand furnitur't bought and sold. Write blank enshig, Box !i7, Appalaehia I Va. 1 enjoyable Book Party. Prof; and Mrs A. .1. Wolfe entertained very delightfully ut their hospitable homo last Friday evening from eight thirty to twelve o'clock coni plimuutury tu the faculty ot the public school. Attractive tally cards) assign o.l the quests to the six tables placed in the reception hall ami parlor where Progressive Honk was played very cut hltsinsticiil ly during the evening, Miss Nemo Vineyard mid .1. I'etei \yolfo,.|r., miking ihy mm progressions. At the close of the evening, beautiful hand ethlir tidored lunch clothes were placed on the tables where Mrs. Wolf.-, assisted by Misses Memo Vine yard and* Jouol bailey, served refreshing ice cream and cake followed by coffee and nuts. Those preHelll Were: Misses Winifred Mullins, Fioria Hi nee. Glnribel Locket t, Murv Loh White, N.uno Vineyard, Nell Vim Gordur, Mary I.e. Maiden. Olga lloiton, Ketti? Thompson, Janet llailey, Itttbv Kemper, and Mrs. Sally A Ihiilev Mes - I- K. 0. Akers, I I 11 1 V .lessee, V. II. Morgan, .1. P. Welt,., )r.. W. II Nickels, Jr., Campbell i Joch ran, It, It. i 'asp. r. Mr. Marks, A. P. Phillips, Lesief Jess. ami .1 W Rush. NOTICE. VlltGIXI Si: At a regular iitotithly meeting of the Board] of Supervisors began ami held | for Wise County, at the i lourt I hoti'so thereof on lilt) fjlll day of January, i?.7. Prescht II. K. ilydti and K j. Presilott and .1. I! Mullins getltlenieii mein he, , of said Board. Be it resolved, that it shall be unlawful for any person to kill or capture any squirrel or squir? rels in Wi.-e County between the I si day of February and the ! .Hi day of S 'ptemiier in the year i'jl7, and th r. after it shall he unlawful for any per? son to kill or capture any squir rel or sqniruls in said County between the 1st day cf January and the tfith day >f September in any year. Any violation of this regula? tion shall h - punishable by a 'tine not less than $5.00 ami not more than 4-'*>-0<*- Provided, however that nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent any person from1 killing or capturing s ptirrels on I his own land, or on laud of 1 which he is the buns tide rent-j 1 er or lessee at any time. This regulation shall be in effect on and after the 1st (lay of Febril ary, 1917. And it is ordered that the Clerk is hereby directeil to cause the foregoing resolution to be published in the next is sue of each of the County Pa pers, and to forthwith post a copy thereof at the front door of the Court house. A Copy Teste: W. B. Hamilton, Clerk. Sumslnvolv ed In War. The amount of money expend* cd for direct war purposes alone since August 1, 1914; is eipial to noarly three times the cap? italization of all the American railroads. It represents tifty times the net national debt of the United .States, eighteen times the amount of money in actual circulation in this coun? try ; otpVO.t times the total de posits in all our saving blinks. With it you could build one hundred ami forty-six Panama Canals, or pay for the Napole? onic, (Jrimcnn, Kuss -Jitpaiies, South African ami American CiVll Wars, and null have a surplus of ;:il.nc i,ot u,i no left. BUcIl is tin- new and high cost of war. The price of glory is being constantly advanced. The ex. peuditures for the Hirst year of the war wore fl7,fi00,000,000; before tlio second they had in? creased to $".28,000,000,000; the estimate :'oi the third year, to August I. 1017, at the present rate of spending i-- about , 000,000,000. This means that by the tune the next harvest mo.in shim's the sum will in all likelihood have represented a Sacrifice for military purposes alone *7-..".'10.00(1,1)00 Taking the daily cost of the war. you lind that Kiigland is $26,000,000 poorer for every twenty four hour.- that passed; that Krane.? must check out $18j0bo.(>00; ltushia fit! ,000,000; Italy, ;."i.o|io,<Kio Little Unman ill is colling the war expendi? ture I.oil, at tbe rate of $1,000, 000 per diem. Board Trade Meeting. The regular Animal Meeting 01 the Hoard of Trade will be held III the largo sample room in the Monte Vista Hotel Build? ing dii Monday night, January 'JUtli, for the purpose of elect? ing officer* for the ensiling year, liyer'y olio interested in l be well fare of the town is urg? ed (o be present at this meet? ing, Bishop rticker Has Been III at Lynclilnirjj. The ninny friends of the Ht. Kev. lieverley l>. Tucker, I). I? , the bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Southwest Virginia; will regret to learn that he has lie. ii quite ill for the past throe weeks lit his home in Lynch burg, Vti; Uitiliop Tucker's condition is now improved and it is hoped lie will soon be able lo resume bis .(lilies. ? Rich? mond Virginian. Stockholders Meeting. Tim annual meeting of the stockholders of the Virginia Coal and Iron Company will be held at tie- Kleischtnan Mouse, Alexandria, Virginia, Wednes? day, February 21, 1017, at twelve o'clock N'oon, for the purpose of hearing annual re? ports, electing a Hoard of Iii rectors, and transacting such other business as may properly come before the meeting. W. 0. kbst, Sccretury. Stockholders Meeting. The annual meeting of the Stockholders of the Interstate Railroad Company will bo held I at tiie Fleischuian House, Alex andria, Virginia, Wednesday, February 21, 19171 at 12:30 o'clock p. in., for the purpose ot henriny annual reports, elect? ing a Hoard of Directors, and transacting such other busi? ness as may properly come be foro the meeting. H. B. Prior, ?oerotary.