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VOL. XXV. BIG STONE GAP, WISE COUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1917. No. 8 GERMANS MOWED DOWN BY BRITISH Artillery Sweeps Advancing Waves of Infantry. FRENCH RAID TRENCHES Teutons Advance Upon British In Three Waves In Elfort lo Recapluro Positions aken From Them?Driven Back With Heavy Losses. London. Kon. r.t.?German tranches In the Hols LuVrotro. on tliu let! hank of the River Moselle, near I'unl-a Mouaaon, wore attacked by Kreuch troops who destroyed the works and the sheds. A number of the defenders . were killed ami abtue prisoners taken. Artlllory bombardments took place on both sides of the Mouse, especially In the region of Elezoiinux ami Kill 301. The Germans attempted a sur? prise allark on the French lines nenr St Mialei, but the attack failed dis? astrously. (In the renmlmler of tho French front activity was cohflriod to clashes between patrols. The Britlsti captured twelve officers ami 7<li men In Ihelr latest operations on the Ar.rre In addition lo a number of machine guns and trench mortars. The Oermstls attacked the new posi? tions wrested from them, the Infantry advancing lu three waves with bodies of supporting troops In the rear. These troops came under the concen? trated tire of the llrltls-h artlllory and were driven back with heavy losses. Tho Ilrltlsh lines were hot reached at any point and no casualties were Buf? fered. Germans dressed In while took the offensive RKnlust the Russians near Kochuva. southwest of Dvtnsk. on tho uorthoru end of tho eastorn front, and broko Into a front-line Russian trench Russian reserve.-;, says the olllolnl statement Issued by the war depart? ment, immediately drove out tho Tou tOflB In tbs Carpathians. Russian dotach rosnts aurprlseil and captured without Arias; a shot a strongly fortitled Aus tro-Osrtnan position southwest of Ok na. Tsuton counter attacks were re pulard. Increased activity of our reeonnolt a-lng parties," says the official state ment Issued by'tho Italian war do partmant, "led to small successful en? counters at Cayehto Adatriello pass, noar Forcolllnn dl Montono, at Vnl caniorloa In VnllarlR, In the upper Boslos, at Astleo and at Foli?on In tho Hollo valley mid in Frlgldo valley. Tho enemy everywhere was driven off. Some prisoners were taken. In the upper But and on the Cerso consider, able artillery actions were reported " SHIP STOLEN WITH CARGO Bupposad to Have Been Loaded With War Supplies. Oalveston, Tex.. Feb. If*.?Word ivns received here that the lifts-ion Bchoon *r Oalatea has been stolen at l'en aaoola and has secretly departed into the gulf. Unconfirmed reports said sho was filled with war supplies which, according to ono rumor, wero for Cu? ban revolutionists. Another report was that she is to got Into communica? tion with German submarines which are reported to have been sighted In gulf waters. llrnadeast orders hnvo none fordi to United States vessels and land au? thorities to apprehend the boat. TO SEIZE UNWORKED MINES Mexican Government Giveo Notice Re? garding Taking Over Properties. City of Mexico, Feb. 111.?The Mexi? can government has given notice that mining properties which have not been operated for two months ami the owners of which, because of unsettled conditions, have not made application for an extension of the time limit wllbln \thloh the mines must be op? erated, will bn taken over by the gov? ernment. Tho time limit on un work od mines, as originally fixed, expired about N'ov. 15. last, but the government extended It until ihB middle of February. Flslehor Reaches Quertnro. Queratt.ro, Mexico, Feb. 19.?Tho American ambassador, Henry P. Fletcher, arrived here tie was met by Colonel Juan Hnrragnn. chief of Carranta's stuff, and Qarza l'erez. as? sistant secretary of foreign relations. The Ambassador will continue his Journey to the City of Mexico. New Food Rationing System. Amsterdam (via London}; Fob. 19. ?Additional food ratlonlug will begin In Holland today, the llandelsbald an? nounces. Kvery ticket holder in Ams tardaui for the week is entitled to 1,400 grams (a little more than two pounds) of potatoes, 800 grams of rice, 80 of fat and 100 of soap. NeWS Snapshots ?ur. a!, ir '?'?'???>??"> continued In a meal critical mate. After I'r Paul 1; Of.he Week 1^^^^^^%^^^^^ Uonsoh tmt in hurry order, for r.st mcHorbci? 'f ,,ra,"',l7, of ??? ?""> ?T* ??.arkd ,1.eck. A.lmlr.1 lean .hip to .cave for the wbrearlnc aonc ?n, < ... 0>S Th? kw" oui The Hrsl A?cr toeuard hrldsce in n.k Tork while enllsunenl. cottoned' BuB?n? *?" Self Detern* offered to atstat iu war. The ..aval militia continued Tin- Amior Plant Board composed of Admiral Fletcher, Commander Clark and \i. Ci Backcnhaus, Engineer, gave a hearing to the Committee of the Board of Trade; of Big Stone Gap at Bristol on Monday. Messrs. G. S. iCartcr, |. M. C.oodloc, |n0. \\ . Chalk l.y. jIbrace Fox, II. I.. Miller, John Fox, K. I".. Taggart, Ki I . Irvine and K. A. A'ycrs represented Bit* Stum Gap. The Board gave a very earnest and attentive hearing ami were greatly impressed with tin- showing made lor Big Stone Gap as the location. Indeed the brief prepare*I Ivy Gen') A. Ayers, which was filed with the Board, was a clear exposition of the Wonderful advantages to be derived from this location which is so strong ami forceful that we re? produce it as follows: TO ARMOR PLANT BOARD, Washington, D. C. the fallowing bible tilled :i- rctjucslcd. MATERIAL t(his Producer. it is n-tui.I tu tl Hoard Pig Iron. Hi Piu Iron. I... Nickel In l.iiue?tniti Doloiiiite for u ?eitler .1 Market PRF.IOIIT PER 11IN 2f>i: per Ion 2iie per toil .no per ton .no per ton ;iineil). ?0c per I no lbs, no. H(lc per Inn lbs. :ois. nr..- |ier Inn IbS; .?. 3??-' !'>?'? fa? . .mi per Ion merit! rdiutirka ijee .\l el seip A Coal (ias Producer. ki'MAKk? See A t ,,:,|?gas producer, will in- supplied froni tin- Ultiek Mountain Pichl which has in superior in |In) 11 nifail Slates, the freight rale now in force mid it. ilikilj use is t wetiiy-live cents (2?ej per toil. T)io following analysis was mittle ;t I'ew days ago from a carload being shipped in regular clitrse of business by one of our mining company's: : Moisture. Volatile. Ash. fixed UtirhOii Sulphur ... Phosphorus It. t. ii. Fusing point 2.5 I pur e 02.20 per .; .?82 per .(MIL' iiiVOii 211517 Dot B Coal - Steam. Coal?Steam, will bo supplied by the black Mountain Fields which is wilho.it a superior. Tjio freight rale now in daily use is twenty-live cents (25c) per tun. Tin- follow? ing analysis was recently mittle from ear samples in regular course of business: Moisture . Dry Volatile .111..".U pel CClit. Ash. ?.17 per emit. fixed Carbon. C0.S1I1 per Cent. Sulphur.7fi per cent. We also refer to .1. K. & 1.. where will ho found analy? sis and teats made by the government vvilli both gas prod it eer and steam coals front this liohl mined ami shipped under its supervision 1'ig Iron Hessemor will he supplied by here up to the fallowing analysis : Furnaces Silicon. Sulphur under Phosphorus und Manganese I) The Pig Iron from native ores will ho supplied from the furnaces here. Tin- following is tin- analysis : (Continued on page 2) Second Vir? ginia Boys Arc Greeted With Cheers in The Bristol Streets. Two tronp trains hearing thci Second Virgthiti regiment; nit I lioual guards, pasted through Bristol yesterday. 'Iii.- Ilrsl I trliin arrived iti the city eurly ill tin- ilftiTiinon, and loft sliort I ly lifter. Tlie second section v* itli the machine uun company, the I pita] corps ami several com; panies of infantry arrived at 7 o'clock in ill" evening. The train istoppod over here for rndfe I I lliaii two hours while the boys] fresh from the bonier marched through tlie streets to llni act cotiipaiiimciit of the strains of "Dixie" played by tlioir crack military band. More than t>(Hi then wore in bluiiial In the foreo. They left Brownsville, Tei., Moiula) morning and will arrive in Uiclimotul today, where tlibj i will be mustered out. Tlie regi? ment wiin in command nfj Colonel Boberl Leedyi Companion from Big S; me (tap, Kouholre ami Kieliiiibtnl I composed tin' regiment. The Big Stone (iap ir.mp, iiiideT ihc command of Captain litillitt,] showed much improvement in drilling since llioj I. ft for the border last Hammer, Mail) hoys from tbis unction of tIn? state arc members' of tlie Big Stone 11a|i company. < A crowd nf tjeveral hundred 1 Ii istidims greeted the train at the union station. As the long line of coaches rolled into the depot a rousing cheer was giv on. The soldiers happy at the thought of being back in "<>nl Virginia" once more, waved aiid shouted "Iliirriih for Vir? ginia". Several Bristol boys weie in the regiment. ' Shortly after the train arriv. ed at the station they were or dei e.l to form fur marching. Bli Intel the hand and Colonel 1,00(1 y ami members of his stair, they marched west on State street, returning to their cars by way of Cumberland street; 'Thi- hides of the streets were lined with interested Specators, who displayed the keenest en thusiasm. After marching on the streets the men were permitted to walk about and meet friends i The ollicers assembled at a lo? cal restaurant for a "regular meal", the first in their home stale for several months. Practically every man in tlie regiment was in tue best of eon jditioii. They were sun burned land hardened '?>' arduous mar elies over the hot Texas sands i and complained of l he cold breeze. Their marching was executed with the same pre cision that marks the maneuv? ers of t he regulars. '?We feel like new men since entering the Old Dominion", saiil an elongated corporal from Roanoke with a happy smile. '"Kvery fellow in u.y company will he awake all night think? ing of those he will meet lo morrow." "I always thought Virginia j was a good slate",lie continued, j impulsively, "but sho never looked so good to me before. Ot course, tin- cold effects us more i r lesk.tiui wo would face arctic ?mit tier to si c the folks tit lioitie again; "Me married; N'o indeed. Hut, stiy, my girl will facet iue ut tin- train tomorrow, und ? hut t hol e's the bugle again ami I wouldn't lie left behind foj the world". The train left the city shortly after nine o'clock. Scores of packages, containing home cooked dainties were presented to tin- soldiers before they loft. i inn of the infantrymen from the iirst train was left behind He was taken on lo join his company by the second section. ? Bristol II. ].,hi Courier Febru? ary 10th. Great Demand for Ford Cars. The attention of the renders of t he i'ost ate called lo t he ad veri l semen t of l he M inei al \l itori' impaiiyjtho distributors of Koni f,us, appearing else? where III this isSlle. Il soollls t hut 1 lie demand is so givai ibis year for Kord Cars that the company has refused to sell igeius except where they hiv, i sie;.I order from a customer This means that Kurd agents will not he allowed to luiy more cars than they hiiyo in til.ill.' sol t. The cap icily oi the Koni plants is 7f?0,uOU 'mis pet your; ami this your already, -nice last August, DiO.Olil) ears have been -old and delivered. The gr?ntosi demand fbr citrs is always in ihn spring ami suin mcr, so it looks Ilk- the Kord Company is going full ftii short of the demaml for ears this y.-ar. If you have been thinking of buy iiig this l>prlhg you had hotter place your ordei now, otherwise you may not be aide lo gel. Class Entertained. Miss \Iat.;arei liariiin enter tninetl the third >eaf |ltgh School Class, of which she is a member, and II few oth"r friends Saturday evening from eight to ten o'clock very bit] >> ably with tallies of Rook, Music was furnished iltiriug i ho evotliutr by M iss llatlie < lil ly on the piano, accompanied by Milford Gilly on the violin ami by a vielroln. Miss liamfli served hot chocolate, sand wiches.delieioiis home lliuiio candy and cakes .u the close of the evening to the guests present who Were: Mis? ses Kliz iholh Sprinkle, Nell Morrs, Krances Long, Nellie llorsloy, Haiti.; Hilly, Lucilc bowoll. Messers. Went/, ami Carl (lillv. VVilburn Fleonor Carl Yonell, Milford Gilly, Fred Dowell, William Hilton. Engineers Moved lo the Gap. The engineers of the Stonogn Coke it Coal Company that have heretofore been located at Stonegn and Keokee have been moved to the (tap and will work out front this place to the various mines of the Company. Those coining from Stonegti are Straley Tale,Harry Moudnr, Andrew Keeder, Byron Rhoails, T. .1. Oantroll and Krank Gilly. From Keokee, B. K. Polly, Creed Polly ami Kotiert Phil lips. CHICKENSTOR SALE. Kive young thorough bred Rhode Island Red Hens and one Cockerel for -;5.?0. Mrs. Pat H. Harron. AUSTRIA SEEKS TO AVERUREAK Wili Back Germany's Policy to Limit. MAY CONCEDE SOME POINTS Bituntlon Among Official Circles In Vienna Is Not Regarded as Hope? less?Believe They Can End War Before U. 3. Can Get In. Vienna, Fob. 19.?While some of tho newspapers are taking it gloomy view j of Au-ttro American relations anil the I situation brought about by the sever i inc. of relations between the United States and Germany, nfticlal circle* in Vienna are Inclined to believe that the situation Is not entirely hopeless. Tills also Is the view of K'rederlo C. Penflelri, the American ambassador, who is doing everything possible to assist tu reaching a friendly solution of the situation. At preset!) there are two Indica? tions, though possibly they are of lit? tle weight, which permit of tho con? clusion that Washington Is not eon tomplntlng an Immediate break with Austrladtungary. One Is the transfer to the embassy hero of Joseph 0. Grow, former secretary of the em? bassy In llerllu; who arrived here from Switzerland to assume the du? ties of counselor of the embassy, a post which Is vacant at present owing to the Illness of Ulysses Grant Smith, who Is now In Ho- fulled Stales. Tin- second Indication arises from the fact that Secretary of Stale Lan? sing wired here on behalf of various Hebrew charltj organizations the sum of $io6,000, the amount having been donated by American Hebrew so? cieties At th?- foreign office no conjunc? tures are Indulged In n gardlng what the near future may bring. Tho fact that the two governments are unable to communicate their views more freely than the |.lit conditions per? mit has made the exchange of opin? ions slow ami unsatisfactory It Is slated that Hi- Australian garlan government, as a result, re? mains In almost total Ignorance of what measure-, aro needed In order j to meet the views of President Wlb '? son and his cabinet. The impression here Is thnt In Washington It Is bo Heye?! the dual monarchy will recede from the position tnken Jointly with Germany regarding submarine war? fare The fooling her?, however. Ih that while tho Aust 10 Hungarian gov? ernment might ronsldoi small ntddlfl cations of the new blockade regula? tions, as Germany has don.' In tho c.ase of Holland, there Is not Hi,- nibbl? est . bailee that II will > leid In tho least. ??'> far as tie- principle- involved Is concerned There seem to be no doubt that of? ficial circles and 'he entire puhllo havo become thoroughly reconciled to the step Ihe dual monarchy has taken Jointly with Germany and Unit tho AnstroHmigarlnri govcirnment has been ready to accept all responsibility for Its attitude during ihn lnst two weeks With Ihe exception of a few null oal Germanlsls, nohod) has shown much bitterness her- against the American g?vi rhment, though what has been termed 'the unfairness of Washington has resulted In much disappointment. The public and Ihn government alike lake th-. stand that President Wilson has denied the cen? tral powers tho rlfcht of self-defense tn depriving them of the only effec? tive weapon at their disposal. Much faith Is placed In otllelal and other quarters on the presumption that tho United States will he unable to put 11 Inrge army In the Held In n abort (line, and that Ihe war III Eu? rope will be over before the military strength of tho United States could fte developed MILLIONS IN TRANSFER TAX New York Court Will Collect More Than $6,009,000 Frcm Batata. New York. Feb. if).?Lemon V. Ilnrk ness. Standard Oil magnate, who died at f'atclncs, Cat., two years ago leav? ing a fortune estimated at $170,000,. 000. was a resident of this city, ac? cording to n decision rendered In the surrogate's court, and, therefore the estate Is subject lo a transfer tax here of more than $6.000,000 If all the I real and personal property are located ; In this state. I Just how large Is tho New York es I late Is yet to be determined. The Uarkneas executors sought to avoid paying the tax here by maintaining the decedent's residence was Ken? tucky, not Sew York. Shipment of flesh pink batistes, nainsooks, siiesiius and silk jersey cloth, lust word in lingerie materials for spring at (ioodloe Bros.