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VOL. XXVli, Bid STONE. GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA.. WED NESPA Y. JANUABY 8. 19107 ~'' ? ' . ', ' IJ?TS County Work County Agent D. D. Sizer Makes Report of His Work for the Year. To the Citizens of Wise County: I herein submit a condensed copy bf my annual report, com piled from a summary of my daily records Kaeh day's work has boon gone over and tabu? lated, and accurately condensed to such required form us the Washington office requires, for a record of my activity in this county. It is only fair to state to those who may lie |>rone to criticize that this report covers some work done in practically every section of the county, which is a large area. With lew exuep (ions the men that have asked ?assistance have gotten what they wanted, and as near at the time needed as was possible foi nie to be "d service. It should also he horn in mind that tiie cilice of County Agent is one f ir continual advice and instruction, lather than actual labor except where H is a case of showing what to do, Then the County Agent's job is to get oil his coat, il need*be, anil do enough to show the other fellow how. Vnnusl Report, Number visits l>y (,'?ilitfy Agent To farmers nilO Basilic** iiicii .... 3 I'i jloyi' ruiil "his' chili . . ittlT Number of miles traveled Kai head . .lift I Team . :... Vi Auto ._ . , .V>;nt Total . .MV73 Number ( ill- at "Hire * H Personal ISS Telephone. (appro'dmaU'il i .330 Number Of meetings held with men from Washington or Itlaekabtirg -If", Number meetings of ill kinds ad? dressed by agent -H Alteml oue .il ?neh meetings actual count). Iil'js Number of meetings held oil farms 11 Attendant! at such meetings its IVr rent of time in olliee work I') IVr cent of time In Held work . -'? Number otlii ial leticrs written ... . ilitt Number of article's written for pwblt eaflon 13 Number of circular letters prepared bv agent and mailed from olliee b'it>tl Number I'. S. Dept. Ilulletlos and circulars sent 303, Number of lllaaksbiirg llullcliu.s ami circulars sent. :333111 Number of viaits lo scliouls in inter? est of w ork. 8(1 1 was actually associated in helping in every war work cam? paigns, as Y. M. Ci A., lab,!ily Loaii, Red Cross, War Savings Stamps and United War Work ers?meetings and addresses given in these connections with the exceptions of 2 meetings at I'olind and one at Hurricane school are not counted in list of meetings held and addresses delivered appearing in the first part of this report. I supplied good seed corn at one dollar a bushel below the market price last spring to I in farmers. And this fall 1 sup plied good seed wheat to 37 far? mers at a saving of about 50 Cents per bushel. 'J'!.r> acres of corn were grown this year according or nearly so, to methods advocated by the county agent at an increase estimated cost of i;l.7*> more per acre than ordinary methods of cultivation and fertilizing?S? fanners promised to save prop, erly their seed corn and are given instructions by the conn ty agent?32 farmers seeded wheat for the first time, due in part to agent's influence. 1 relate an incident here that came to my attention yesterday. A prominent farmer i u the county seeded ?_'!) acres of wheat ' for the first lime this fall. 1 gave him instructions about do? ing it, ami he followed them A neighbor of his would not sow bin wheat that way, and didn't have time to sort it his way, so let it go not seeding any. This man came to me and said "I wont over H W.'s wheat the other day and il was the prettiest wheat I've seen this fall. Wish 1 had taken your advice and sowed mine.'-' Partly through my influence, in some c a s e s altogether through my activity, 10 pure bred hogs and 12 p irn bred cat? tle for breeding purports liavo been brought into the county this year. Tint improvement in the stock aim: in the i. >xt four years wi 1 mean thou? sands of dollars. No small part of my wjrk which cannot bo tabulated or estimated is the daily advice and instructions given on the following subjects: ' Soils, crop rotation, home, fertilizers, farm management, feeding, cattle, bogs, horses and chickens, poultry manage, men:, fences and fencing, stor? age of fruits und vegetables; diseases of plants and animals, methods of treating, hog cholera, giving treatment (I personally treated over 1501 liogs myself). Plans for farm | buildings ami poultry houses, advising about farm and spray machinery, farm tools, drain age, winter corn crops, espe-| cially rye and clover und many ol her things. In club work about 243 gut dens wen- planted anil worked) by the hoys and girls, and the poultry club set about 3?50 eggs, raising to fryers about 1000 chickens. The boys :is in the corn, potato und pig clubs a'.so j made a good showing with] good crops and good pigs. These are some figures of in? tet est (hut are nearly exact re-1 garding my orchard work, which 1 have compiled from my ' ?'J weekly summaries of my di? aries as follows: Siiintivriif orclianUi inspected fnrdi< XiiiiitH'r of oroharda properly pruned lino to liilliicnco of demonstration werk . is Xiimlier of trees -< pruned about il.">000| N ii oilier orchards property sprayed due to Inlluoncc of deiiionstnUloii work N'Utnhei ol trees su sprayed, approx? imately . ' :t"if>.i| Have rendered assistance in 11 coinmeicinl orchards. Aside from the things mon tioned these and other activities] 'that enter into forming an esti? mate of the value of dcnionstra- j timi work to any community. There has been a noi d for more loyalty and patriotism in almost every community due to w ar Cond it ions and a need for a greater conception of a greater agriculture and a need of awakening the people to the ee lions food situation that con? fronted this country and our allied friends. In all these matters it is commonly known that I have been openly active in helping bring about the ri^bt conceptions and actions neces? sary on the part of the people to meet these new demands. In closing this report and in) year's work here (while there have been sins of omission us! well us sins of coinmisrion) I: wish to express to my ucquaih luuces and friends and all the generous editors who have as sisted mo liiy sincere apprecia? tion mid to the Board of Super? visors also for tlieir interest and \ support. 1'. I). St/Kit. Dec. ?0, Hi IS. To Supply Farm Labor. The farm service division of] the L'uitoil States Employment | Service, in charge of Quo, .M. intnun, Boom BOO Va. Passen ger iS: Bower Bblg., Kichmond,] Va., are now making prepara? tion to supply farm labor to the farmers of Virginia who desire it. The world cry this year will ] he food and still more food. That the farmers of Virginia i may have the labor required to produce a bumper crop, ovory energy of the farm service divi sion will lie directed. ,\l r. I n in a h, through the brunch ollieos of the Unitetl] Stales Employment Service and its federal Cominunty Lahor Boaids, feels assured that all requisitions for help received from the farmers will lie prompt? ly tilled. Any farmer in the stale de? siring immediate help, or farm labor for next vein should at J once write to the U.S.Employee Service, Firm Division, Bich mond, Va., slating his require? ments. Pull information us to terms on which such labor is d sued, class of labor wanted, rates of pay anil living condi? tions, should bo furnished in detail as well as any other in? formation of valuo. Mr. inman will make every eirort to see that such wants are supplied without delay. After the restrictions on sug? ar and wheat wero relaxed and we might reasonably hope to have a piece of cake, just seo what has happened to the price of eggs! Young Men's Club Meets Tonight at 8:30 P. M. in the Display Rooms of the Mineral Motor Company. There will bo a mooting <>f| the Young Men"- Olub lohiglil j in the display rooms <>f (he Min? eral Motor Company at s:?n| p. in. sharp. The primary liiul inunediatt purposes of this club til preseiil is i<> organize n company that I will undertake to build; in Mig Stone Cap, dwellings that shall] be for -ale or rent, on moderate and reasonable terms. The cliib wishes, above all. iri encourage, and will as-ist in pro tie ?line, t he building of t heir own home-, by individuals. The presold membership t< date as this paper goes Iri press] ?Monday', dan. IJth, is us fe lows: ' i IIAUTBi: MKMIIhlis Atnur.il Theatre .Je*MMtj b. Rl llliss. K, W; Miller, vv. S Cainulos, J X Mau. I I. i eutts. W. I! Taylor, (ten Easlcy. (?wen I?. raylor. I > Harris. ( has liii.-tead, A. I) Darner, K. A. Wren. W II Morton. l.imlsoy I. NEW MEMIIKHS A vies. It. A. Maury, M II. AllClij l>. E, Miller. II I. hunch. D. V Mitchell; .1.0, Carter, ('. s. Mori is, .1. A Ko\, .lohn. Jr. Moo-ei. Otis Fox, It E, Khoads, II K titsxltoc llrothers ' Hook, II l> II nnblm,.l. S Smith, \V .1 lliuiklus, A I. stoehr. K. Henkel, lt. M. Taggnrt, I: E Irvine, |< I Taylor. VV: W. Knight, (j V Witt. A li. Lewis. (J. W. Discontinue Knitting To Chapters of the Potomac Division American Ucd Cross. We beg to an 11 oil a ee I he suspen? sion of one of jlte war activities of the' fled < 'loss which has been | of very great service tons since the outbreak of hostilities Every one realizes that the war came on suddenly and it was] therefore dillieul! for the go eminent in the beginning provide always adequately for] all of the necessities of the | troops that wore being so rapid? ly mobilized. The Had Cross, and its tremendous pr duction of j knitted garments has aided ma? terially in providing for the sol. diers and sailors in the form of socks, sweaters, helmets, etc to supplement the equipment] supplied by the Quartermaster')! Department. From tho appre-| cialion expressed on number less occasions by the men them selves, this has been the of our contributions in adding to the comfort of the men. The American lied Cross has| recently made a careful inven? tory of the stocks id knitted] articles on hand in all camp and division warehouses. From these stocks, a quantity, suffi? cient in the judgement of the Department of Military Relief to cure for the needs of till men now in camps and tor those re? turning from the other side, has been set aside for the use of tiiat Department. The remain? ing slocks have been turned oven- to the Department of For? eign Relief of the American Red Cross, either for shipment to Franco for our men there or for delivery to our Foreign Com* ? missions for use in our civilian j relief work. All requirments I of this departments have been i adequately met and it will not bo purticul to make further shipment of such articles later I than the first part ot January, as, ihi6 i" delays in transporta? tions, goods shipped after tins date will hardly arrive in time to be put in service during the present winter. Calculations as to the require? ments of the troops now being demobilized are,of course,based ?in estimates which could be made after the announcement of the plana by 11??* Qenornl Stall', but it is believed that a liberal allowance has been made to take care of all requirements, The American Bod Cross has taken into account in making this calculation the estimated receipts of socks and sweaters j that are now in process in the! various chapters. I instructions for Chapters, and Auxiliaries. A. All knitted articles now in the process of making should be completed and then sent to the Potomac Division Ware ' house, vhn, C Street, N. W.'j Washington, D. C. It Chapters tire requested to give out no additional yarn either to the members of the lo? cal Chapters or Its Hi audit s und Auxiliaries. ('. Chapters are requested to forward all completed articles now on hand to our Division Warehouse. I> Chapters are requested to make an inventory of all stocks of yarn on hand, either at lite Chapter Headquarters or in the hands of Brunches und Auxilia? ries. K. Chapters ate requested to notify the Department of Devel? opment immediately of all stocks of sweater > aril and sock yarn on hand ai the present time. It is of vital im/nirhilict' that all knitted articles now in the process of making should be completed and i f necessary those makiuiig same should he given additional yarn for the completion thereof, hut not for now work. We Venture to suggest that every Chapter in the P-jtOmilC Division now having sweaters, socks, otc, knitted will realize the importance of completing these articles, if they are to be available for distribution at an earl) date in order tiiat they may he used now for relief dur? ing the present winter. The Committee on Liquida? tion and Cancellations is now considering the best disposition of yarn now on hand in Division warehouses and will shortlv semi a statement to all concern od on this subject. Until this question has been decided, every Chapter in the Potomac Division is requested to hold what surplus stock of yarn it may have on baud arid awiiit further instructions. David II. Bit?wx, Director, Department of Development. Samuel M'Chesncy Has 3,700 Foot Fail In Plane At Front. Relatives of Lieut. Samuel McCbosney in Bristol received word yesterday that his aero? plane had fallen with him in France from a height of :i,7u(i feet, carrying both him and his pilot down to earth, instantly killing the pilot and badly in? jured Lieut. .McCbosney. Lieut. McChesney lean obser? vation aviator and was doing this service when llit: aeroplane became unmauagable, plunging down from the great height. The accident occurred after the armistice was signed and it is supposed he was doing observa? tion duty over the army of oc? cupation. He is a son of Lee M. McChesney, who lives just I uorth of the city, and a brother of Mrs. March Cowan, of Wind? sor avenue. ? Bristol ? Herald Courier. LETTER FROM FRANCE A. M. Leo, Hast Stone Gap, lins received ihe following very interesting loiter front hit* son, who is with the ilOith engineers now in France: Dour Kollier: I urn now in Aix I.es Hains, France, having a good time, but not like I could, if 1 were in the States. I am on a seven ?lavs' furlough. Only tiftoeu of us were picked out of our company, on account of being with our company all the time and becauso of our good be? havior, Tills place is in southern France and is a line town, but it sure does take some francs to buy anything here. Its a lot higher than over there, the gov? ernment pays all our expenses, SUCli as eats, hotel bills, and railroad fare, so we don't have to spen.1 very much. They have a big V M. U. A. here win re they have a show twiee a tillV, and b-dleve 1110 its J some building they have. It I belongs to the French, I sup? pose and Uncle Sani just rents | it 1 have often wondered why people came from the stales to see this cotlntr) ; while 1 was at the front, it hulked as if France was nothing, hut its changed my mind now. They sure do llU'Ve some (owns and line buildings. I haven't had milch chance to w rite you, as we couldn't get anything to write on, and couldn't have muled them, if we bad had the paper. I know you will he glad to hear from me after the war is over, as I was in some close places, and wouldn't have cared very much, at times, if one of those shells bad bit me. 1 suppose you have heard from Hob, or at least I hope so I do not know just when I will get home; hope it won't be so very much longer, but suppose il will be a few months any? way. 1 noticed in the paper yesterday that some of :1m di? visions are coming Imme in a few days. They have plenty of wine and whiskey here, and a lot of swell places. I am slaying at the Hotel De L'Kuropu ami have a gooil room' all to myself Un? til st time 1 have slept in a real bed since 1 left hoiio-, and I ] surely did sleep. I am here Uli III the seventh of December, then 1 shall go back to iny com? pany. I intend to rest while I tun here, und get plenty "f sleep. Some of the French girls are very beautiful, hut not to be compared lo the Americans. If they could speak English, 1 think they would he innre beau? tiful. They have a few Ameri? can girls here at the " \ ." Wit seldom ever see a girl, when with our company . 1 am going to write Kuih while I'm herb, ami scud her a souvenir?a small line, something 1 can send in u letter, und maybe she will get it by Christians. I haven't heard from anyone since November 1st. I suppose my mail is lost or misplaced. The sun is shining here now, and it is very warm. The weath? er is much belter hero than where I have just come from. 1 think I shall go out tomorrow lo see the country round about here. The mountains (Moill lilune) .ire not very far away from here, and there is snow on them all the year round. Wu can make tho trip, starting at 10:00 a. hi. and get hack some time in tlm afternoon, s une one goes every day, from the " Y " to show the way. I am going up to tin- ?-,'?? now. The show will begin in a few minutes, but I will finish when 1 come hack. I want to tell you all I can now, as 1 can't write very often. Tell Janieand tiuttie Huth 1 cm go? ing to send them a card in a few days. I have just returned from the "V," und they hud a good movie. The band is still play? ing, but I hear one often with ;our company since tho war is over. VVbile at the "V" 1 w rote you all a card and sent one to Hob. 1 hope he is si ill , with his company and has not I been wounded or nmybe worse I hu i wounded. We can never line) o?t very much over here I wish you und all the rest a Merry Christmas und it Happy .New Year. I shall write you again before I leave here. Your son. Jons K. Lkk. VIRGINIA G(M)D ROADS AS? SOCIATION A Proclamation by the Gov? ernor of Virginia. WHKKKAS, The Virginia (lood Itoads Association, which is an orgaoi/.ition devoted to the improvement of the public highways of the Common ? wealth, will hold a convention in the city of Richmond, Jan? uary it-it'., 1919, for the purpose of considering ways and means for the improvement of the public ma l facilities of Virgin? ia; and WHKKKAS, I he building of of new high way s,then improve, intuit and their maintenance .in? essential to the economic and social development of the Com; mouwealtb; now THKKKKtiKK, I, Westmore? land Davis, (iovemor of V ir? ginia, urge all interested citi? zens of the Slate who can to at? tend this convention and lake part in its deliberations, and re quest that the several counties and citiesof the t !ommoiiwoalth make the necessary provisions to be Officially represented. i liven under inv hand and under the l.eis. r Seal, of the Common wealth, at Richmond, this twenty-six day of Deceni ber, in I he \ ear of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eighteen, and in the one hun? dred and fort?, .third > ear of the i loimiitiu wealth. W KsTMOIiKI. \ NO I? A\ Is, t lov.-rnor. Concerning Lieut. Blanchard. Mr. and Mis. Krank Hluncli llrd are jtist in receipt of a lei tor from their sou, Liettll. Baylor IBuucliurd, written the day 111 er the armistice was signed, lie said in Ibis letter to his parents when the news of p.-ace was re ceived there was great joy mingled with sadness mi ac? count of the loss of so many of their good men. Lieut, itlaucbard knows much of the horrors of warfare, as ho was on the fronl line for Ihren weeks and four days and during this lime had water in which to bathe his face only one nine, nid only one shave He was recently made adjutant for his division, which is the 80(h, and his regiment is the tlTih. He does not know yet where Ins regiment wili lie sent. The ihirly liveor forty letters which have been received by Mr. and Mrs. Blauclinrd from their sou, were of leu delayed in any days, making anxious hours for them concerning his safety -Bristol Herald Courier. I Build more home-1. Total Cost of the War Last week the Federal Re? serve Board estimated lliut the total cost of the war for all bel? ligerents will amount before the end of this year to nearly $'20i), 0()0,OtX),000. (>f this cost about $132,000,000,000 was spent for military and naval purpo&es;tho balance represents interest on debts. Three fourths of the to? tal amount was raised by war loans and only about onie fourth by taxation. ! Iri public dtdit of the princi? ple entente countries is ap? proximately f 105,000,000,000 or more thau twice as much as the aggregate debt of the Central Towers, estimated at |45,000, OOO.Ou'i. The futuro annual burden of interest anil sinking 'fund will bo not leas than $10, 000,000,000.