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VOL. XXV, BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY. VA. WEDNESDAY,' DECEMBER 5, 1917. No. 49 Title Goes Begging American May Be Heir To Barony Of Manchester. Somewhere in t Ii o United States there, may bo a man named Pounington or deeouded from a family of that name who has an ancient title witli a bastle and large estates await? ing him in England. dir Jo?slyn Francis Penning ton, Huron Millionster, died the other day ami left no known men relatives. Tho only tier sons who can prove it valid claim to the title must lie de-1 Beenden from a Cdpt. Joseph Ponniugton, who died in Amer? ica about the time of the close of the Revolutionary War. A search was made for an American heir to the title some yuurs ago, when the fifth Baron Muncustor was growing old. None was found, hut it is likely the hunt will be roll owed now. The PeOningtons date hack to 1242 when they first became owners of estates in Furnoss. Sir.lohn de Peiiuiugtou was tho loyal friend of the unfor tumito Henry VI. When the luckless Henry had been defeated at the battle of Hexbam in 1403, lie lied over tho Northumbrian borders, in the direction of Ksktlulc. Some shepherds found t Ii e fugitive King, uud conducted him to MunciiHter Castle. He had been there as a guest two years be? fore. On this occasion, when luaving the castle, he made a present to Sir .lohn de Ponniug? ton of violet glass bowl, which has become historic. It was to ho a tnuncol to the hoU8e. tin the tomb of Sir John, in tho lit? tle churchyard by the castle, the story is thus set forth to the world: "Kinge Harry gave Syr .lohn a brauve workyd glass cuppe," with h i h word before "yat whyllys tin? fainylie Bhold keep it unbroken thei Bhold gratoly thrif," untl never luck it male heir. That cup, reverently presor vud, is still at Muncaster, and still unbroken. Hut tho "Luck of Muncaster" has not, uiifui tunately, been fulfilled. Koran heir is now wanting to the oh tate. At Muuen8ter the cup has been reverently but not 8? porstitioUBly treasured, and in memory of the royal visit so long ago the room King Henry occupied has been kept intact. It is still called the King's room Riitl contains tin? massive oak bedstead on which he slept. Lord Muncaster was 83, hav? ing been born on Ohristmas Day, 1834. After leaving Eton he entered the drmj , and at 20 ha wus serving in the Crimea with tho Ninetieth Eight Infan? try. Ho saw service in the trenches before Sebastopol and took part in two attacks on the Sedan, being one of the Rtorm ing party. A terrible sorrow befell Eord Muncustor early i n 1S70. lu 18'J3 he had marriad Miss Con? stance L'Estrange, a niece of the seventh Earl of Scarbor? ough, and, being fond of travel, they made extensive tours in the East. They were in Ath? ena when a trip was urranged to visit tho historic Plain of Marathon. The party comprised Lord a n d Lady Muncaster; Edward Lloyd, barrister; Mrs. Lloyd and child; Fredrick Qran tham Vyuer, brother of tho lato Marchioness of Hipon; Edward \ Herbert, nephew of tho third! Earl of Carnavou and Count I Alhert do Boyl, secretary to tho j Italian Legation. Returning from Marathon, tltey wero sur? prised and captured by a band i of brigands. All of them were roughly used at first but before J nightfall the women and chil 1 dron wore released, while the men won; taken into the moun? tain fastnesses The capture occurred April 11, and on the following day the brigands decided to allow one of the captives to proceed to Athens to negotiate a ran? som. Their terms were$160,000 gold, a free pardon for present and past outrages, and libera? tion of certain brigands then in cuHtody. Lots wore drawn to determine who should go to Athens to ar? range these terms. The lucky straw fell to Mr. Vyner. With splendid self-sacriliee Mr. Vy? ner, being unmarried, urged Lord Muncastcr, to take his place, which he did. On April 10 he left the stronghold, with the final threat ringing in bis ears that if any pursuit were att mptetl all the captives would ! bo murdered. Apparently the 1 Greek Government gave a dis I tinct promise that all costs the men should be released, while they were at the same time planning the dispatch of troops to surround t h e brigands, thinking lightly of the threat that the captives would he mur? dered. Spies in Athens apprised the brigands of what was being done, they rushed their prison? ers father into the mountains, and April 21 Mr. Herbert ami Count de Boyl were shot, and on April 'J'J Mr. Vyner and Mr. Lloyd. For some nine or ten days intense excitement had prevailed in Britain and when the fatal news came the feeling again.-t Hie Greek i^dvorhmenl was intense, anil was by no menus releived by tie; further tidings that most of the bri? gands h a (1 been killed or brought to Athens for execu? tion. Lord Muneaster never quite threw oil iho gloom of this ter? rible tragedy. For years he was never seen to smile. To commemorate his Kuglish com? panions, a u <t especially Mr. Vyner, lie erected a costly win? dow in his church near the cas? tle.? Baltimore Sun. Service Flag. our townsman, J. C. Gawood, has, at his house, a service Hag showing his contribution to the war in the person of his two sons. A service Hag is brick Shaped! with a red border about its four sides ami having a white center, on which are seweil stars equal in number to the men who have gone from any certain family, house, office building, business corporation Or Other sources, each single star representing one officer or soldier. With its large contribution lo the armies and navy of the United States, Big Stone Gap would make a brave, martial showing, if such lltigs were flown all over town where they may rightfully b e displayed. The Minor building,for instance would-need a largo one, and many a home would bo enti? tled to such a Hag with one or more stars. Letter to Santa Clause. Big Stone Gap, Va. Dec. IS. Dear Santa Clause: 1 will writo you a letter to teil I you what 1 want. I want yottj to bring me a drum that will' make my pa sick and drive my mama crazy. I want a train that will run around the room. I want a nice rubber ball "to smash all into Hinders the great big mirror in tho hall, and lots and lots of other things. Master John G. Long, TO PREVENT HOARDING OF COAL. State Administrator Byrd lias i announced the following rules governing the distribution of coal, in effect immediately: 1. No person shall be allowed to buy coal from retailers in Virginia or direct from the mines for household purposes until his supply on hand at his homo, or elsewhere, is two tons or less. '_! Providing that any person has not more than two tons of coal on hand, such person shall be allowed to purchase f o r household use not more (hau two tons. !). Kvery coal dealer shall re? quire each purchaser of coal of more than four bushels to sign a written statement under oath, showing the amount of eoul on hand at his home, and else where, ami how much he has ordered but not received. i. Kvery such purchaser shall be required to pledge himself not to buy, or attempt to buy, any more coal until his supply of coal at home, and elsewhere for home use, shall Im two tons or I088. j ;>. Schools, colleges, olHce buifdings, apartment houses, hotels, department stores, and Other business houses ami in? dustrial plants without Govern? ment contracts, who obtain coal by wagon delivery in less than carloads lots, tire not permitted to buy coal until they have on band al their place of business, or elsewhere, not over lifleeti day's supply. They shall then be permitted to purchase coal for lifleeu days' additional sup? ply. Industrial plants requir? ing coal in carload lots will he classified and allowed to obtain soul by special order of the Slate Administrator. ti. Kvery person purchasing for the institutions and con cents montijued in Rule 5,shall make a statement, under oath, showing the amount of coal 011 bund at his place of husincn.1, and elsewhere, and how much he bits ordered elsewhere, but hot received; and further, shall pledge said institution or con? cern that il will not buy any more coal unlit the amount on band available shall bo fifteen days' supply. 7. Coal dealers are requested to make the amounts of coal Supplied l. ss than the amount mentioned above wlierevor; in their opinion, necessities of the community permit. II. K. BYRD. ' Fedoral fuel Administrator for Virginia. Mr. Byrd, in announcing this rule said: "In order to avert the threat? ened coal famine in Virginia, il is imperative that the most equitable distribution possible bo made of the available sup? ply. Oonsummera favorably situated will not be permitted to obtain coal when others tire unable to obtain it. Kor this reason 1 think it necessary to limit coal for household con? sumption to a maximum of four tons on hand at all limes. With the proper distribution no oue need fear that he will suffer for lack of coal. Our coal dis? tribution, however, must at once be put on a war basis und equitably distributed to all con Hiimmei-H. There is going to bo a square deul in coal in Virgin? ia. Those people who have hoarded up coal will not bo beueiited as in cuso of shortngo such coal will bu commandeer? ed and used to preveut suffer iug among those who have been unable to obtain their Riipply. "1 appeal to all patriotic Vir giuiuns to assist in; complying with these regulations. They jure imparatively, necessary at this crisis." Executive Meeting Of Federated Leagues of Wise County. ? A meeting of the executive committee of the Federated Lea? gues was held on Thursday af? ternoon, November 16th at 2:00 o'clock at the home of Mis. W. W. Kemp in Norton. Those proBont were -Mrs. Cuido Heus? er, president, -Mrs. U. T. Irvine, vice president; Mrs. H. \V. Hol? ly, secretary; Mrs. W. W.Kemp treasurer; Mrs. B. tC. Qoodl?e, chairman executive committee; Mrs. J. L. McCormiek, Rig Stone I lap, M rs. Si/or, Coeb?rri, Mrs. Dunley, Toms Creek, Mrs. (1; ear, St. l'aul, Mrs. Alexuu der, Itnbodon, Miss .lane Mor? gan, county nurse, Appalaeliia, Mrs. L. O. I'ettit, Bin Stone Gap. Tlio session was called to or? der by Mrs. Heuser. 'I lie tirst business taken up was the re port of Miss Mot gun for t ictober wlllcll shows she has done very effective follow upjjwork at the Pound, hlttckwood, Roaring Fork, lnman and Imbodon. She is now in Appalaeliia. The Federation reported she was giving entii ? satisfaction in her work Tlie Federation procur? ed a Ford runabout lor her from Archdeaco" Rich, which th >y h iva p it in running co n dilion at an expense of $54.33 to facilitate her getting OVOI" tin- county more easily. The Federation reported $1200 on blind and effort is being made to raise $300 more for Miss Morgan's expenses. Motion Was made and carried to in crease Miss Morgain's salary to ?125,00 per month beginning November. The amountlvshe was receiving not sufficient to covef living and transportation expenses. An olTort is being made to secure a telephone for Miss Morgan. The treasurer was instructed to pay bill for repairs on car. Mrs. Alexan? der, Mrs. (Lear and Mrs. Mc? Cormick were appointed to raise additional money needed for Miss Morgan's salary. Mrs. (Jrear reported a sub? scription of $25.00 for Podera tion given by St. Pail I club. Mrs. Heuser, team manager, in the Pood Conservation Cam? paign, reported Wise County led the state and Big Stone Gap the town in the county, fbe women of the Federation did splendid work throughout the county, A letter was read from Miss Randolph. Motion w as made and curried to publish this leitet . Hear Miss Heuser: .fust a line to acknowledge I your letter, and thank you for your co operation. You have a right big problem in tuberculo? sis in Wise, and it is a comfort to know that you women will! help on it. I hope we can have some clinics in Wise this year. 1 am anxious for your Execu? tive Committee to keep the con-j Hal agency, because 20 of your men were rejected because of this disease, and there are one or two of them, 1 am sure, who need your help. 1 shall not pester you with letters. This is to acknowledge both of yours. We are only too glut! to pay the expeuses of the trip to Wise, and wo think you are more than returning it by un active Seal Campaign which will not only return the dollars und cents, but which will also return in interest and co opera? tion the little effort I put into that wonderful drive across your mountains, Cordially yours, Agnes W. Randolph The seals taken for this year to help in the luberculur work are, as follows: Big Stone Gap, 5000; Appalaeliia, 3000; St. Paul 2000; Imboden, 600; Kast Stone Gap, 1000; Coeburn, 3000; Wise, 2000; Norton, 5000. Mtb. Irvine said thut Mrs. Ransom suggested tbnt Miss Morgan have an advisory com? mittee to assist her. This com mltteo was left to the discretion of the president. Motion was made and curried that we take up rescue work as women. Mrs. Irvine read a letter from Mr. Cotttts in Manufacturers Record, which is moat encouraging to the Federation, and the kind and luuduldn things ho attri? butes tn the League is much appreciated. The following res olutions will be sent to our sen? ator a n tl representative i n House of Legislature: Unsolved] that the General Assembly of Virginia be petitionedto enlarge the Tuberculosis Sanitarium at Catawbn to at least double its present capacity, in order to meet the urgent need* of those in our state, who are Buffering from the White Plague: Resolv? ed further that a copy of this resolution be sent to our repre? sentative in the State Senate and in the House of Delegates with the request that it be laid before the respective bodies for consideration. No further business coming for discussion and action the meeting adjourned. Chairman of Publicity. Perhaps i t wouldn't make any difference to the imperial government if the enemy does capture the fatherl.tud. Tho Kaiser etiuhl transfer himself and his dyncsty tn Turkey ami continue his plans for world? wide development and domina? tion. U. S. Soldiers are in Need. Women of the Gap, member* of the Ked Cross, are urged to work, surgical dressings and hospital garments must be sup plied. Your Bons a n d your neighbor's eons aro going to bo wounded. 'They'll need the dressings. Are wo women to fail when we aro called upon? No. Go every Thursday and Saturday to the work room and bo u worker. Our men aro in need. Will tho women refuso to answor their appeal from the front and from the camp? No. 'Then make bandages and sow. Since our last shipment, tho last of Oc? tober we have only made 10 pairs of operating socks, one bath robe, live operating gowns, 10 bud shirts, six dozen trian? gular bandages, three dozen crinoline bandages. Only a fow women are working und very little work can he turned out in that way. Wo women will have to win this war and Ibis war MUST be won. Worker. Community Meeting. tin Friday night a communi? ty meeting will he held at the school house, where a program of interest will be given. It is hoped to have these occasional meetings for the up-building if more community spirit, and es? pecially for lhe sake of recrea? tion with our children. Fathers are urged to come and help to create a new school interest, as well as tin' mothers and chil? dren. NOTICE 'rhu Southern Railway i'ompany Im Commission for Authority lb malen the coke, carloads i Pres. ?Present I Prop.' Proposed V. A S W. Southern Ry i Appalauhla Division) Sec Note I made upplic.it Ic dlowlrig Increaa the State i its raten t toi poral ion >n coal mid Pie Prop Interstate Itallmad Se? Natu 'J I'res Prop N Urn i irocno. Wise. Va - Ky .Mines Pus 76 .V W in connection Ith V. A. S W e, Marion Mines. Itanner raln, Pine See Note I Prop I'm Prop 86 7f 8.1 To Drlatol, Va ... Southern Ky Stations Itiistoi and St Charles St. Charles, Va. 2.1 to BO on Sit 00 2ft Msness. V?. . 20 iii '.'.'. Oft 2.1 ik) 2ft Keokee Junction, Va. 20 to 2ft Oft 26 '.hi 26 Imbodeo, Va . 20 10 2ft OA 2ft 00 28 Annalachla, Va. \2.i sin ? ? ... ? ? Big Stonu (lap, Va. aft In 'J.I iii _ ?? ? Klvcrton, V?.x'J.1 xln 2ft 70 ? ? ? idale, Va. 70 80 7i? Sit 70 , so 711 Orclou, Va . 70 so 7u 80 7n so 70 Harvey, Vn. ,luper, Va .... DnfBeld, V?. Sunbrlght, Va, Cllnehport, Va. . Speer'? Kerry, Va 76 S? 71 86 7.1 8ft 7.1 I Hate City. Va. Moceaaln, Hap, Va. I Hilton. Va. Mendota, Va. I llonham, v?. Mountain, Va. . INOTK I ? N. A W. mines; Pine, Rannervalll, Marion Mines, Itruee, OraiinO and Ky Uy. .let., Wise. Terminal Jet., V?. City Colliery Co.'a, Siding, Vn. I Ni >TK 2 'the rate on Coke from Toms Creek, Va., will tie 10 cents |s:r Ion higher, Ixilh present and proposed, than rates on coal .shown under this heading. Kurther, the same petitioner asks authority to advance to (6.00 per or the proa Iant charge ol $9.00per ear on coid. earlo.uls. from mining operations located at St. | Charles, Va., to waahery at Pocket, Va Hearing in this matter will he held before the State Corporation Commission at Itlobmond.va,, on the 1 Ith day of December, 1017, at 10 o'olock a. m., at which I time auy proteata, facta or arguments may be nroaentod to the CommUalou for its I consideration. ttOUTHKRN RAILWAY COMPANY, Va. NOTICE The Southern Railway Company and Norfolk ,t Westoru Hallway Company I have made, application to the State Corporation Commission lor authority to luaku I increases of ton ; 10) cents per U111 of vlOlrO pounds ever the present freight rates 011 ?oat, In carloads, from mines in the Appalachian District, including mines on the Interstate Hailrnad, and Toms Creek, Va . to stations on the Norfolk ?V Western Railway, Kunnoke, Va., and west thereof,including branch lines, and stations on the Virginia Carolina Railway, via Bristol. further, the same petitioners ask the authority of the Commission to increase I the freight ratea on coke, in car loadii. as follows from points in the Appalachian District, inoliuting |>oititit, on the Interstate Railroad, to the stations named, on tin Norfolk ,t Western Railway: To Last Had hid. V Ivauhoe, Va. Max Meadows, i'laslerco, Va.. I'ulaaki, Va . . Saltvlllc, Va. ?Ratti Per Ton ol 1000 Pouodi Preicot .$ All . 1.0.1 1.00 .86 LOO Prosott J ?1.8.1 1.80 1.20 1.16 1.2.1 1.18 Hearing in this matter will bs held before tho State Corporation Commission at I Riotunond, Va., on ilia 11th day of December, 1017, at 10 o clock n. m.. at which time any proteata, facts or argumonts may be presoutcd to the Commission for its I consideration. HCjCTllKRN RAILWAY COMPAN Y. NORFOLK & WKSTKRN RAILWAY COMPANY.