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The Big Stone Gap Post
VOL. XXVI, BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA., WEDNESDAY,* OCTOBER 9 1918. No. 41 Peace Drive Is Launched by the German Chancellor. Washington, Oct. 7.?A pow? erful movement iR apparently under way in Germany for a general armistice and peace. The new German chancellor, Prince Mnximilun, of Baden, is r, |i,.rtetl to have proposed or to be on the eve of proposing a general suspension of hostili? ties, tho appointment of plcnipo tentaries to meet at a neutral pli co for the discussion of a league for arbitration and dis annentand the forwarding of a request to the Entente Allies for their terms. It is further, moro reported that the German chancellor has expressed his willingness to accept President Wilson's fourteen peace condi? tions. Austria Hungary through its minister at Stockholm is re? questing the Swedish govern? ment according to advices from Herne to transmit to President Wilson a proposal for a general armistice with the Entente Ab lies on land and sea and in the air and start without delay ne? gotiations for peace. These ne? gotiations are to be based on the terms sot forth by President. Wilson. A new poaco note to be issued by Baron Buriati, the Austro Hungarian foreign minister, it |g announced will declare that all of President Wilson's terms have been uccepted by the dual monarchy. And finally from Bertie comes the announcement that Ger? many, Austria-Hungary and Turkey intend simultaneously to approach President Wilson with tho object of having him make represeutati i:is with the' other Kutonto Allies for a gen eral armistice and negotiations looking to peace. The American troops in the sector between Rheims.and the Melise are engaged in extreme? ly heavy lighting. Joined up with Gouraud's army they are driving the ? Germans before thorn at u qulckenning pace. Kreuch troops are reported to have reached Bethetiiville which is seven miles beyond the former line. American und French troops that area evidently in prepara tion for a retirement to the Kreuch frontier. Heavy explo? sions also have been heard. With the French covering the western outlet of the Grand Pre gap through the Argorine forest, the Americans in an advance of three- miles between the. Mouse and the Aire are closing up the eastern entrance to the pass. General Pershing's men I in smashing blows Saturday realized a considerable advance all along the front and took WISE COUNTY Must and Will Do Its Full Part in the Fourth Liberty Loan. Big Stone Gap, Va., Oct. 7, 191S To all Directors: It seems to be imperative today, that wo should base our Liberty Bond Sales on the allotment for Wise county of J>760,000 based upon the banking resources, ami population's patriotism. Quite a number of the directors through the state have pro? tested on this increase, but Bubstunce of a letter that I received today indicates that wo should go ahead and get the $700,000, and iis it seems to be the sentiment generally from officials, that this loan is to go nearer eight lull ion than si x bill! ?n, it is not for us to reason why, but to go ahead and got the allotment as snu gested by our State Chairman, and with that idea in viow, we have revised the allotments to each b ink on about the following figures as the basis as your allotment for the sale of Liberty Bonds of the Fourth issue: Appalachia.$105,000 Wise. .r>7,000 Big Stone Oap. 64,000 Goeburh. 117,000 Norton . 22-1,000 St. Faul. 82,000 Reports received indicate thai thesoallotments can be handl? ed, for the reason that three of the towns have made a little more than these allotments, as our State Chairman says, bank? ing resources are only one factor in a fair distribution of tin loan, and that population must he given more weight than in former loan i. The further advice, that the iiuusual delay of the announcement from the Treasury Department has made it dif? ficult to explain this situation, and the only thing that we have got to do is to make our county allotment for ?700,000 and then argue about, it afterwards, and 1 sugk?e-.t that those towns, ami the hanks who are able to go way beyond their allotment, d>> so to help out some of the sections where they may not make it. We suggest on authority of the State Chairman, that we not only make a strenuous campaign to gel in every thing, Inn that we try to have subscriptions raised wherever possible. The Fourth Liberty Loan is not progressing as well as it should in some parts of tin- country, and while the pace ?,-( in Wise county is fur hotter than the pace generally through the country, we are not justified in slacking up oven when wo hinke this (700,000 quota, because the records we will make in Wise county this week will be an incentive in every county in the state of Virginia, in addition to the counties surrounding us, and 1 plead with you chairmen, not to leave a stone unturned to raise every dollar that is possible to raise regardless of the allot? ment, because our county has the money and we should feel Unit we should go over the top with just as many hundred thousand dollars as we can, because there may he some weak point in the line, and as Wise county is one of the strong points m Virginia, we ought to show we can hold up the line when the others me wavering. 1 ask you all to make another canvass and don't stop at figures but go as far over the top as energy and patriot? ism will enable you to go, as this loan is the most important loan, coming at the most important time, than any loan this government has over asked for, and the very fact, that the country generally is lagging behind on the loan, ought to he tin very incentive that will make us in Wise county show the bal? ance of the state that wo are taking to this loan better than wii have taken to any of the previous three loans. This extra assessment is about equal to a IS per cent, addi? tional over the assessment made you on banking resources, how over, in localities where your population and your ability to earn permits, don't stop at the 43 pet cent, additional assessment but go as far as you can, so as to help out another town in tin county who may not be able lo make the l:i per cent, excess? in other words, there is no stripping on the sale of this loan; there is not a top, ami we are asked to g? as far as our patriotism and our money will allow us to go, placing both our money and our credit to swell our subscriptions to the greatest amount pos? sible in all communities. At the suggestion of our County Chairman, Mr. C. S. Carter, 1 write you this loiter. Yours very truly, it. B. A.LSOVBU, Vice Chairman of the Liberty Loan Organisation for Wise County. additional villages and heights fron? the Germans. The enemy resistance was most stubborn are crushing in tho southern wall of the German defenses with heavy blows along tho front from west of Rheims to the Mouse. In tho north, under the men aco of the british pressure from Flanders to north of St. Quentin Get Into the Big Drive The Fourth Liberty Loan marks tho grand -attack on Ger? many. It is a mighty impulse, started by tho men and women ii- re. which will cross the sea and be carried into the camp of the enemy l>y Porshitig'tj lightin? men. In this drive the coal miner faces responsibility and opportun? ity. He has a responsibility to buy bonds to the limit that our men may have shells, guns and other war necessities in abundance. He has a further responsibility to mine coal, and more coal, to guarantee the making and shipping of these necessities, for which he bus lent money to his government. No man will refuse to lend bis dollars to his country. Make those dollars count by digging more coal, for fuel is the basis of everything in war. lb-hind the lighting men stands the coal miner. Buck up the fighting man with your money and your coal. IS very added ton will help make the Fourth Liberty Loan as effective as ail good Americans wish to be, Every added ton will he u patriotic contribution to the nation's cause, to say nothing of its helping you to carry your share of Liberty Bonds. Buy Liberty Bonds und put the Fourth Loan over the top. Mine coal and put the production mark over the top. I tin: enemy has sot lire to Dual and oilier towns und villages in its on this front the Germans ' are standing en the Kreimeildo line, the last of thoir prepared defenses. The Americans are advancing toward Sedan and the groat communication lim- upon which German security on the present front depends. This important railway is only 18 miles from tht! American front. On both sides of the Suippo the Americans and French troops under General Gouraud rapidly ore driving tho Gei mans from the heights tlomtna lion the Champagne region east of Kheims. The Germans uro retiring to the river Arnes, but the Americans already have reached that stream at Steinnu. Northwest e f Rheims the Kreuch have forced several crossings of the Aisno canal, endangering the German rear in Champagne. A German re tiremeut on a considerable front to a depth of at least five miles in Champagne is not unlikely as result <>f successes of Gener? als Gouraud and Berthelot. From St. Quentin north to tho Lys on the front before the important bases of Cambrai, Douai nnd Lille, tlu> British are exerting strong pressure. Tho Germans uro endeavoring to hold on to their positions until the work of devastation in tin roar is completed. North of St. Quentin the Brit? ish have driven further east? ward tho apex of the sailont at Beaurovoir nnd on Saturday Captured 1.000 prisoners In Belgium the forces under King Albert maintain th?ir pressure. Since September 2S the Belgian, French und British have advanced nine miles on a 25 mile front ami has taken 10,500 prisoners and 3.">u guns. Stop Influenza Epidemic Can Be Halted by Preventing Any Public Meetings. Washington, t let. 7.?The on? ly WOy to stop the spread of Spanish influenza is to close all churches, schools, theaters and public institutions in every community where the epidemic has developed, in tho opinion of Surgeon of General Blue, of the Public Health Service. "There is no way to put a na? tionwide closing order into ef? fect," said Dr. Blue to day, "as this is a matter which is up to the individual communities. In sonio states tho State Board of Health bus this power, but in many others it is a mat? ter of municipal regulation. 1 hope that those having the pro. per authority will close all pub? lic gathering places if their com? munity is threatened with the epidemic. They will do much towards checking the spread of the disease. "Dr. Blue said that Delaware, yesterday was recorded among the three Eastern States free of the disease, now bad reported an epidemic. All public gath? erings have boon forbidden there and the schools, theatres ami churches ordered closed "Our call for physicans bus been generously answered," Dr. Blue said, "but it will be necessary for us to extend that call to localities far removed ! from the districts in which the [disease is raging. Tho call will bo extended us soon us it is net: essary for us to have the sor vices of more physicians." The death rale in army camps at home for the week ended September27 was 1)4.4 per cent., an increase of 30 per cent, over the preceding week, and tine tu influenza and pneumonia, und public health service weekly re? port today stated. There were 1,010 deaths an compared with 172 the week previous." A question which time only will decide is whether Fiance will become Americanized or whether our American boys will become Frenchified. 'f'he Kaiser must have found long ago that it is much easier to start war than to stop it. United States Special Train Willi Captured War Tropines Will Bc in Big Stone Gap at Southern Depot Today from 8:35 to 10:35 A. M. The war exhibit train will stop in Bio Stone Cap this morn? ing at the Soulhern depot from 8 :3S to 10 :-'l?. The exhibits en this train will consist of captured German guns, trench mortars and small arms; Preach and American guns, equipment and ma? chine g?ns; gas masks; mines. Among the crow on this train is Gunner A. h. Colston, son of the Itov. A. I.. Colston, a former Richmond minister. lie is a member of the Royal British Field Artillery and has seen eleven months' sorvicc in the war /one. Ho is on furlough in this coun? try, granted after he was wounded. Among the speakers oil the train is Thomas Brooks Fletcher, one of America's foremost dramatic orators, who is devoting his time to making speeches in behalf of the Fourth Liberty Loin this month, and anyone who has an opportunity to hear hint should take advantage of i'. for twelve years Mr. Fletcher ha- been addressing audiences all through America, at the -ante time editing his paper, The Ma? rion. Ohio, Tribune. No lecturer in America has a more remark aiile reeord for return dates?many communities insisting on hear? ing all of his line lectures. The contribution*: which Fletcher has made in helping to win the war are numerous. Although he spends much of his time dur? ing the entire year traveling, he carries his typewriter with him wh-M-e :i'f he eo- und on the Irani, at the depots, at the hotels, he "pounds out" editorials for his newspaper; These are replete with patriotic sentiment, abounding in facts and figures showing the iiece--.itv for whole-hearted and unlimited purchase of Liberty Bonds and War Savings Stamps, and for the liberal support of the Y. M. *'. A.. Bed t'ross and other war department activities. Another speaker is Sorgt. Gustavo Kabidr, a Liberty Loan orator who, wears the War l.'ross with two citations, and a stripe for a wound received at the battle of Butte du Mo-nil in the Champagne in .lime, joitl, lb- also fought at lie- battle of Arlois and at Fort de Yaux near Verdun. This Kilglish-Speikkillg soldier, will be accompanied by.mother soldier w ho lins rendered distinguished service in the French col? onies. This man's name is Marcel M?ller, who has had live ye ns duty in Africa, being wounded once and winning the military medal for exceptional service ami the!Colonial medal. This is :i chance of a life lime to see and hear men who are lighting tin- Hun and protecting our lloiiie and all who poSSibly can should avail themselves of this rare opportunity. School Children To i)i Enrolled in '.he Pro? duction o! Coal Campaign. < i reoiihbui'g. Pa;, t >.?! '2 ? Sixty thousands Westmoreland county school children tire to ho enrolled in the coal production campaign, HJyory hoy and girl in 'ho pilhlic und parochial schools of the district wore to? day urged by teachers to use their Influence to keep every mit t at work six days each wei K und t'i appeal to their fa liters, brothers ami friends to produce a greater coal tonnage. St x tee ii hit mi rod public school teachers to day received a re quest front ltobert U. Shaw, county superintendent, asking theill to urge the enuse of coal prod net ion in tho schools. Sun ? liar letters went to parochial school teachers from Father Hilbert. In every school in tie- county an appeal from .lames S. Amend, district, pro ductiott manuger, was read to the children. Fach child was asked to lake home the appeal for increased production and to imorrow will be tisked the result of bis iippe tl. Then will cohio ? daily producimn talks by the teachers. These appeals to the (dulden wiil be made throughout the school year. " While you cannot go to the trenches, you can do something right bereut home to help win the war,*' Amend said in his appeal to the children. "Your Cash and Coal Mean Shells; Shells Mean Soldiers Saved Two supports arc holding up our boys in Franco. They are money, which comes from those who buy [liberty Bonds, and shells, which do pond on coal from American mines, Every additional purchase is a blow which you aim directly at the Kaiser. Aside from the increased earnings, which will help you curry your bonds, you will be making sure that some Yankee soldier "over there'* will guarantee delivery of your smash at the Hut!. Liberty Bonds mean the feeding, clothing and maintaining of tho American boys in Prance. More clean coal means guns and shells, millions or billions if need be, to save tho lives of those boys and to speed up final victory. I)ig into your pockets for your money?and then dig into the mines for your country. government lins asked every miner in the United States tu use his pick ns h weapon to de? fend the Kaiser. Every ton of Coal llleiins inure soldiers to France to light tor a free world. Every tun of coal moans that your loot tiers, fathers a n d friends who fire lighting over there will keep warnt ami lid properly fed this winter. It me,io-< clOtllillgi fuel and uin IllUllit Inn lor (he guns. "If the children of VVestiiiorc land county do thoir duty in this war, they will help defeat the t ieriuaii rule that has meant suffering and sorrow to hun? dreds of thousands of children in Europe. If you fail, the lug brothers, the cousins and fa? thers who ate lighting over there must wait fur food that does oid come?food that 'is delayed because there is no coal for the ships. It, means your brothers und friends in the American army must retreat? a word tho American soldier has never learned?and all ho cause there was no coal for tho inuiiition plants. "When you go home tonight, ask daddy to dig a little Ihoro coal tomorrow, to work a liltlq harder?for you and for Amor ic i. Ask jour brothers and friends to work harder, loo. Ask them not to stay away from the mines?because idleness to day menus suffering for the boys und girls of France, Bel? gium and Italy tomorrow, Talk about it at supper?in a good? night kiss?und in breakfast. Ask mamma to help, too. It is your chance to be a real soldier. Ask daddy to hit the Kaiser with his pick. The pick in the mine is the best attack tor America. This is your chanco to light?in appeal for codi? more coal. Don't slop until the war is won." fJlaronc.oO. Burns bombard ed Oooburn and Big Stonetiap with Liberty Loan speeches tho weekend. Clarence Burns is nobly standing behind the boys in the trenches, giving of his money, and practically all of his time, and with his whole heart and soul into the cause ho makes a speech that has given him considerable promin? ence, and he is much in de? mand in all parts of the district, receiving invitations almost daily to address Liberty Loan meetings ?Lebanon News. Germany will continue pruy , ing, but sho will soon begin to ! pray for poaco instead of vic? tory.