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The Biff Stone Gap Post.
VOL. XXV. .JljOSTONE qap1W18E COUNTY, ^ hfppmrfp^q^YqTt!" No. 51 Demands of War Add Many Employees to Government Payroll in Washington Approximately 2<i,Oot) employ? ees have been added to theQov ornmout's pay roll in Washing? ton since tbo war began. Ksti mates place the increase in pop? ulation of the National Capital at more than to,000. The War Department leads in additions to the clerical forces, having added 5,200 names to its roster of Washington employees The Navy Department to-day has double the clerical force it had prior to the war. about 2, 600 having been added. This number includes son "yeoman" who have enlisted in the Navy and are now assigned lo clori cal duties. T h e Food Administration now uses a force of 1,000; the War Trade Bureau employs more than 700, the Fuel Admin? istration employs about 1. clerks; and the Council of Na? tional Defense and lied Cross have engaged approximately 1,400 persons. War-time print ing ban added materially to tie' largo force of the Government Printing I Mliee. Wheatless and Meatless Days Are Now General Through? out the Nation From cost to cost meut and wheat saving days are gaining in popularity. In New York a majority of the restaurants are observing the days for the sav? ing of these commodities. The New York Stock Kxehange Club has officially adopted two meatless and two wheatless days each week. In Wisconsin 160 hotels in one month effected a saving of approximately 17 per cent in meats anil I 1 per cent in win at. All public eating houses in Col? orado observe wheatless and meatless days. More than half of the 66 din? ner-car services of the country have pledged to have meatless and wheatless days. Compressed Air Sends Missels into the Ger? man Trenches Many of the mortars employ? ed to-duy on the allied fronts are of the compressed air type, using a pufV of air or gas in? stead of powder to throw the shell into Qermati trenches. Present day trench warfare has caused the pneumatic can? non idea to be developed after it had been laid aside for many years as impractical. Aside from beiug silent and inexpen sive, the pneumatic mortar is readily manipulated. It is used at ranges of from 750 to 1,000 feet, and is said to be exceed? ingly accurate. Sir William Osier, professor of medicine in Oxford universi? ty, is 68 years old. It would bo cruel to sail attention to the fact that this is the same Dr. Osier who contended that a man's usefulness was ended at 50, aud that li3 should then bo I chloroformed. Conserving Food Womanless Wedding At Amuzu Theatre Wednes? day Night a Great Success. Many ami varied as have boon ilio expressions by loyal Americans in ill o last fowl months, none lias been finer or deeper than tbat of the forty or | fifty business men of ibis town ami vicinity wlin took part in "The Womanless Wedding," the play given horo on last Wednesday evening for the benefit of the Red Cross knit tili?. Willi absolute disregard for their personal feelings and pride, they donned the most ridiculous customs procurable, and furnished an evening of side-splitting laughter a n d mirth for II most enthusiastic audience. To the wives and mothers whoso cleverly arrang? ed their false hair, hooked them into lnconeievably tight eve? ning gowns, and painted and powdered Iherti into perfect little ladies, the Finance Com? mittee under whose auspices the entertainment was given, owes a vote of thanks and to the men themselves a debt of gratitude and unending praise, for they were certainly martyrs to the cause, and, abandoning all thought if self, entered into the spirit of tin; thing, and, like true sports, played the game thoughout the most lively pro? gram. The very deep snow and cold weather cut into the receipts perceptibly, hilt those who did come out hud a very tine time at the expense of the "tired business man," and the house rang with shouts of approval from the lime Mr. W. T. Ala over, as "Black Mammy" made his appearance with the incor? rigible twins, Mr. H. W. Gil lium and Mr. 0. U. Duffy: Everybody went home well pleased but thoroughly con? vinced that in Many instances Mother Nature had made a sad mistake in the matter of sex, for certainly His Honor, the Mayor, made a most beautiful ami timid lady, as did her maid of honor, Mr. It. E. Tag gart, who, however, never for an instant lost her most stately and impressive dignity and look of absolute martyrdumand disgust. Then, too, everybody knows that Mr. Cummins bar. missed his calling in not being a queer little old maid, for he certainly looked and acted the part anil we are wondering yet where he got that funny little high voice. The brides maids and flower girls were dreams of loveliness in their dainty and becoming dresses, and but for a slight bulkiness of neck ami shoulders and a general 'hefliness" of form, yon would never have known tbat "things were not not what they seemed." The many movie actresses that made ui) the cast were ut tractive in the extreme, and displayed a most astonishing knowledge of what it takes to make a good looking girl. The singing by Mr. Miller and Mr. Wells and the dancing by Air. Byron Uhoads, all dressed as women, brought repeated ap plause from the large audience. Wo feel that special mention : should also be made of the | mothers of the bride and groom Mr. Sulfridge, of AppaTachia and Mr. <!. X. Knight, the first of whom was a most charming; hostess anil smiling and delight f 111 character. Mr. Knight must have had constantly be? fore him the picture of some dear, settled old lady, who was; reluctantly giving up her only! son. Her tears of mingled joy I and sorrow were, we feel sure, utmost real ones, and Mrs. J.H. j Mathews' shirt waist, Mrs.Kyle Morison's hut, somebody's hairj and Mrs. J. W. Fox's black silk skirt gave her a dignity and' serenity that wero not to bei gainsaid. We feel that wo have been j given a great opportunity that we will not have again for many years to come, for certain it is that these celebrities will not appear again until the memory of the horrible nightmare, which to them waa merely a conglomeration of falsa hair, powder, paint and tight waist bands, has faded into a blissful, I faded past. Then, and not un? til then, will tbe Finance Com mittue again be able tooonvihco i thorn thatthu Hed Cross needs: more men than money 1 ARMY BENFFIT PROGRAM A BIG SUCCESS The Blue Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter of the Mason? ic Fraternity give Enter? tainment for benefit of boys at Front I'he program was rendered in the Masonic Hall, Willis build? ing, Tuesday evening, Decom berllth, and notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather there was a good attendance, and everybody was delighted; ttev. E. W. Hughes, Rector of the Episcopal Church, and a member of the Masonic Prater nity of (Jnuudy, gavo u very stirring address on tile histori? cal events leading up to tho present war. The proof of his sincere and eloquent address was emphasized l>v tho gener? ous free will offering which followed it. T h i s offering amounted to over $34}.UO. The money was turned over to Mrs. E. .1. Prescott and Mrs. I). 1*. Pierson to be expended by them for the mos*, needed comforts ot our neighborhood hoys who are now wearing Uncle Sam's uni? form. The expense of the enter? tainment was taken care of by the Blue Lodge and Chapter. On the program, in addition to Rev. Hughes, Mrs. 1. ('.Tay? lor, Miss Mary Skeen, Miss Nemo Vineyard, Miss Mabel Willis, .Mrs. W. L. Jones, Mr. ami Mrs. .1. 11. Madlows. De lightful vocal solos were red dered by Misses Willis and Skeen and Mrs. Taylor. The Orchestra w a s composed of Miss Kan nie Kay. Mrs. W. It. Peck, and Messrs. Sax ton, .les? see and Johnie Raj. The side show consisted of W. Li, Jones, S. C , of Big Stone Hap, Virginia, otherwise known as Dr. "Bug" and U. A. Came run, .1. W. of Candida Lodge, Chicago, 111. Refreshments, consisting of sandwiches, ice cream, cake and coffee, followed, after which everyone went out into the snow smiling. Six Boys Enlist in the Service Six more of the Gup's young men answered the call to the colors last Thursday night, when they left for Fort Thomas Ky.j and Washington, D. C, where they will go into training for a few weeks into the different departments of the service of the United Slates Army having enlisted last week at Norton and passed the exam? inations. They were Creed Kelly, oldest son of fir. and Mrs. J. W. Kelly, Henry Me Cormiek, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. McCormick, svho en? listed in the Mining Engineer ing department, Fred Troy, who for the past several months has hud u position in tho office at lite Furnace of the Intermon t Coul und Iron Corporation, who enlisted in the clerical depart? ment of the Aviation Corps and Sherman Hartley, who hud n position in the commissary, of tho Virginia Iron Coal and Coke Company, Johnnie Beau, of the Minerai Motor Company, and Oscar Willis and Ransom Payne, who enlisted in lite Mechanical department of the Aviation Corps, and who have beeu sent to San Antonio, Tex? as, for training. EPISCOPAL CHURCH Sunday December 23rd. Christmas service. Specia1 music. Sunday school 1U:?? a. m. Sermon und Holy Commun? ion il:00a. in. Archdeacon E. A. Hich. Everyone cordially invited to attend. "Kaiser needs rest"?head? line on a Berlin cable. About timo to be building a sanitarium on St. Helena. Red Cross Christmas Evej A Bed Cross Christmas Eve is being planned by that organ ization for use by millions of its members throughout the United States. In every home and place of business there is wanted u Hed Cross Service Klag duriog Christmas week. Each member is being urged to light u candle behind the (lag promptly a t 7:110 o'clock on Christmas Eve, and keep it lighted until '.' o'clock. All Churches are asked to chime their hells at half-hour inter? vals between the same hours. Keil Cros< workers will be or? ganized into groups and go singingOhristmns carols though their neighborhoods. Knob Wed (Voss [Service King distributed will have instruo tions printed on the back en courging the members to take part in the ceremony on Christ lllttS Eve by having a lighted candle in his window. Pastor? will be asked to mention it in their sermons, and educational institlit'OriS will be asked for the priviledge of explaining to the children the significance of t he custom. It isexpeeted thai the desire of the Community to participate i n the Christmas Eve ceremony will be an inter esting inducement for the se? curing of new membership. To The People of Big Stone Gap Has your home been comfoit (able during the past week of unusual cold weather? Some homes have been bleak and cold for the want of fuel. You have not gone hungry ? some have. Vou have enough of clothing to keep you warm ?others have not. The sooner 1'OU do some thing, the sooner Buffering will be alleviated, Send clothing, warm and ser? viceable for immediate use. Send canned goods and gro ceries. Send money. More than all?Become inter? ested in one of these families, share their burdens, give them tin- personal touch and your heart, will he gladened. Associated Charities Mrs. K. It. Alsover Roll of Honor Big Stone Gap Public School for November Grace MahalTey, Virginia Churchill Comp ton, Maxie Payne, Dorothy Goodloe, Leslie Hisel, Guy Lane, Win ton Gra? ham, Mildred Wade, Authur Koster, Muttie Burk, Nell Jen? kins, Othu Hisel, Gilberta Knight, Nino Heed,Mary Akens Prances Dougherty, Kay Hurd, Evelyn Dean, Louise tlolton, Maldred Harron, Jeannette Gil. iner, Hellen Witt, Cleo Sword, Lu:ile Taylor. Blackwood Boys Off. T h r e a of Superintendent Creveliug's ofliee men enlisted this week und entrained for El. Thomas, Kentucky, Eriday night, along with the Norton boys. They were O. Eilluger, Hoy M. Evans and Edward O. Hawkins, They went in high spirit, confident that they will return ?Norton Reporter. NOTICE. 1 urn agent for all the leading magazines and publications und solicit your subscriptions, whether you want to renew or subscribe. I can give you as low a rute as anv one. 2t| Clifford Smith. ?selessness Of Want. ! - I The fear frequently expressed that thiR country may come to want should be perfectly use? less fear. There is no logical reason why the United States should not produce ample for her own wants and the needs of her allies. We have tho Inod upon which to grow the crops and a climate that renders any. thing approaching a crop fail? ure an impossibility. All that remains is for the American people to apply themselves to the task. Hut it is at this point that the trouble arises. For several do cades now the people linyo been gradually deserting agriculture for the industrial pursuits Ag? riculture has been at a discount and the farmer regarded as o( somewhat inferior clay. Thous? ands of young men, if not train/ ed in the professions, adopted the mechanical trades till the farms have become almost de sorted, The result was only to I.X pec ted, and naturally the industrial ranks were utldul} swelled at the same time. Noth? ing save the over abundance of mechanical labor is responsible for the gn at labor disturbance of the past half century. Labor in any line, when it becomes loo plentiful, must either resort to Competition or union in order to survive. In this liibtailCO ill ehoBe union, and the results we have seen. From this lime o n, there should be a systematic effort on the part of the greal labor tin ions to curtail the number of recruits to their ranks. Young in e n should be discouraged from deserting the farms to engage in tho trades. The farms need them und should have them. There is room for sever al millions more young men on the farms of this country, and then l h e laud would not be overcrowded. A more equituble distribution of labor would result ill great good to all parlies concerned. The farms would benefit by the added forces, while the trades would benefit no less by the withdrawal o f a surplus of labor that is an endless source of trouble and strife. We have reached a point when a great readjustment of labor is imperative, and this readjust ment is up to the leaders of the labor world. KEEP-A-GOING." 1 r you strike a thorn or rose, Keep a-gotn'l If It Imilit or II' it mows Keep e-gohi 'Taln't no use to .sit an' whim' When llic 11 -11 Ain't on your lino; Halt your liook ah' keep on try in'? Keep a golu'l When the weather kills your orop, Keep ft-golnl When you tumble from llio top, Keep t-goln'l s pose you're out of every clime.' (Setting broke ain't any crime; Tell tho wurbl you're reeling prime Keep t-goinl When it looks like All la up, Keep t-goin'l I train the sweetness from tho cup, Keep a-goiif! See the wild birds on the wing! Ittur tho bellt that sweetly ring? When you feel like siguln'?slug. Keep a-j;oin ! When Christmas comes you'll be thinking of giving?und of getting. It's when you give greatly that you get most. We're always giving here at this store; the greutost vuluus we can; the best service we can. We're thinking of your inter? ests first and it pays us well to do it We got your friendship and your trade. c. . cartp:r, - Hig Stone (Jap. Joined the Col? ors Following is lint of men who recently voluntarily applied for enlistment in the various branches of the U. S. Army at Norton Recruiting Station, and were sent Dec. 13th, to Port Thomas, Ky., for final exami? nation : Aviation Section, Signal Corp??William H. Fleming, Henry K. Kane, Sherman L, Hartley, lrvin M. Page, Samuel E. Felts, William C. dates, Robert Hi Wassum, Charles B. Qilloy, .lohn M. Dean, Henry A. Siphers, John F, Cook, John P. Ingle, Fred L, Troy, James C. Willis. Quartermaster Corps, Nation? al Army.?Henry F. Harris, William 11, McDonough, Wil lard S. Kilgoro, Ulyses Q, flan ary, T?te L. Adams, Martin C. Bovorly, Adlai S. Litton, Jool T. Trout, Yemen M. Wells. Engineer Corps, National Army,?Foster C. Brown, Creed B. Kelly, Henry K McCormick, The men for the Engineer < 'orps, National Army, wore sent to Washington, I). <\, for final ex? amination. Coast Artillery Corps. Regu? lar Army ? Henry S. Odborno and Lawrence M. tirades Eugene A. Davis, Medical Department, Regular Army. Men who have registered for selective draft, are no long? r eligible for voluntary enlist? ment. Insurance 01 Soldiers And Sailors Washington, I?. c. Dec ? The act which provides (> r Government life insurance for soldiers and sailors ban how been in operation a little more than a month. The Secretary of the Treasury announced du November 17th that up to that date U-1,108 applications under the new law had been received, representing insurance in the sum of $653,003,000 From four to six thousand applications are received each day at the Treas? ury Department, the amount o f insurance applied f ? r riometimes reaching a total of fifty inilliondollars in a single day. The law provides that sol? diers, sailors, marines and nur ses in active service may ob? tain from the Government life insurance in amounts not ex? ceeding (10,000 a t premium rales ranging from (15 cents a month at the age of ?l years to j-1 'Jo a month at the age of ?l years, for each $1,000 of insur? ance. One of the primary objects of this law is to lessen the tremen? dous burden of pensions which has followed as a consequence of all American wars. It is evident that tho admin? istration of this now branch of Government work is big busi noss in itself. But this is only one' of many governmental ac? tivities incident to the war which are adding great numbers of clerks, stenographers, and other servants to Undo Sam's puyroll. Literally thousands of stenographers and typewriters have been appointed in Wash? ington during t h e pust few months and thousands more are to be appointed us soon as they are available. Tho United States Civil Service Commission is holding examinations for these positions weekly throughout tho country. Secretaries of lo? cal boards of civil service ex? aminers at tho post offices in all cities are furnishing detailed information. Luxburg, in an Argentine prison, would liko much to be able to follow his own advice und disappear "without leaving a trace."