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The Big Stone Gap Post.
VOL, XXVII. _?!9J5TONJr__GAP' WISE COUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY" MAY 21. 1919.' N?. 21 Athletic Association Reorganized a t Interesting Meeting of Young Men's Club. Tho meeting of the Young Men's Club began informally last Friday evening to discuss the matter of the re-orarnni7.a. lion of the Athletic Association, with new officers to be appoint, ed and the terms be arranged for tin* paying of tho suluries of professionals und others. Tho work of the committee appointed at t h e preceding molding of the club hud result? ed in getting II men to sign notes for $00.00 guaranteeing the money necessary to carry the expenses of maintaining u baseball club through tho sea Bui). It was moved that the chair appoint a solicitor to get more names in order to make up the estimatod ornbunt neces Hary to be guaranteed, this be? ing about $2,000.00, Mr. It. K. Toggart wtis selected to got those names. On a question from the lloor as to the history and purpose ef the Athletic Association, Mr. K. H. Alsover outlined the for rner and stated the latter brief? ly and to the point. He suid the original purpose of the association was i o promote athletic sports, und that, while for a number of years the amusement feature of its fourth of July celebration hail claimed its greateat attention und ab. lorbed most of its proilts, grad? ually the athletic side of its life bad come to the fore in recent years. This had been made practicable through the efforts of the Messrs. Tnggart to stir up a spirit of rival sportsmaii ship between the different conl cuinps in the baseball world. These efforts having been at totided with a considerable measure of bucocbs, hod caused the forming of the Coalfields Athletic League of Virginia. .Mr. Alsover moreover stated that up to ItiuG inclusive the UHBociation hud failed lo make oxpensos, und Hint in 1907 all past debts were cleaned up. Hi lice then, however, it hud had to undergo considerable finan? cial losses and as a result the Town Council held notes amounting to $1,000.00 against the association. The meeting then proceeded to the election of a now presi? dent. Nominations being in order, Mr. It. 10. Tnggart was Dominated, and the nomination being seconded, he was elected unanimously, tie consenting, as lie t .\pressed it, with that quiz? zical smile, "to be tho goat." Taking the chair .Mr. Tnggart declared nominations open for the election of the other of lieerB, namely, 1st vice prcsi tlent, secretary nnd treasurer. The following men were elect? ed. Mr. VV. H. Wren, for 1st vice presidont, Mr. Uuy Patrick fur uocretary, and Mr. W. S. Miller for treasurer. The lat tsr's election was assured by *_' votos over those cust for Mr. u. L, Taylor, who hud also been nominated, there being 24 votes cast. It was then moved that all ex-presidents of the as? sociation be made assistant! vice-presidents to lend their good advice and time and j weight to the deliberations of the association. The chair then turned the' meeting over to the Young; ?Moil's Club ouce more to pro-i coed with the regular business j before tho ?neoting. After the: reading of the minutOB had j been approved the reports of' committees wore heard. The committee of which Mr. A. L | Witt hod been appointed chair man was declared discharged und a new one was nppointed in Mb place, consisting of Mr K. A. Oompton, Mr. Liadsey Horton, and Mr. M. E. Oetkin. This committee ib to advertise llio existence and purpose of tho Home Building Association for the purpose of getting the men who wish to build or rent into touch with those who wish to make terms agreeable to that end. Mr. W. (i. Coutts, having drawn attention to the presence of three members of the Appa lachin Commercial Club at tho meeting, President Sayers ex? tended the courtesy of the evening to them, and asked that they state the purpose of this club. Mr. Oarruthers, as their spokesman, stated that the purpose of the club was to gei an effort on foot to build n rood over to Lynch, Ky. He added that their meeting was on u o x t Thursday, mid that they expected to havosome music ami a speech from Mr. Huberts, of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, and that they would like to have the Young Men's Club as their guests for the evening. A motion endors? ing the purpose of the Appa Inehia Club was made and car? ried. It was further urged that I the two candidates for super? visor bo induced to comiiiit themselves to do everything in their power to promote this iilun to broaden out our field of in? terests into another stute. A committee of five was appoint? ed to attend the meeting on Thursday, others present ox pressing their desire to bo there also. Before the meeting closed Mr. Owen K. Rusley made a glow? ing und earnest appeal for the increase of the teachers' salar? ies to amount that would be at least a living wage for the high calling of guiding children along the path of life during their most impressionable age. Persons of the highest quality could not be gotten for what was now being paid to somu of tho teachers, Mr. Easley said, adding that not only did we owo gratitude to co-operation und sympathy with tho toucher but we owed those who hud our children in keeping, mind, body and soul,for these tender years, we owed tboin, he said, enough to live decently on. In the final analysis he said the whole mat tor came back to the tax-payers, adding that unless something was done soon we would not be able to keep what teach? ers we hud. The outcome of tho discussion following Mr. Eusloy's burning challenge to the good faith of our citi/.eua, and it was a most animated and enlightening dis cussiou us to tho financial meth? ods employed by tho Town Council und the present condi? tion of the Town's ?Dunces, wus that a committee be appointed to confer with the School Board, and then to interview the Fi? nancial Commilteo of the Town Council. This committee consisted of Mr. C. E. Burch field, Mr. E. J. Preecott, Mr. R. B. Alsover and tho president, ?. B. Sayers. The mooting adjourned directly af? ter this matter had beeu settled at about 10.35. For the next forty years the American Legion will occupy the place which the G. A. R. formerly held. And thank God, their watchword is "100 Americanism." Germany has heard of Mr. Hoover, and will probably be delighted to meet him. Pike Road Across the Mountain to Lynch Badly Needed. E. V. Albert, L. A. BilHps ami Dr. \V. E, Riley, superin? tendent, division engineer niul chief surgeon, respectively, of the United States Coal & Coke Oonipany at Lynch, ky., wore visitors to Big Stone (lap on last Wednesday nftornoon. Those gentlomen are very much inter? ested in building a road across the mountain In connect that place with Wise Comity ami say thai the United State- Coal & Coke Company will build to the Virginia line whonover Wise County consents to build its pari of the road to connect with the pike at Linden. The coill plant nt Lynch is one of the largest in Kentucky and the town now has a population of soveral thousand people anil these gentle? men say it will have fully ten thousand within the nest live years. The io.nl across the mountain would ho of oro:it benefit not only to the people of Lynch hut to this section also ami plans are now being discussed whereby the necessary funds can he .tired to build the road. The Business Chili of Appn lachia and the Young .Men's Cliih of Big Stone (lap, have both pledged their aupport in this much necileil project. Camp for Boys Camp Kent, Ilm State Y. M. C. A. Camp for Virginia Boys, is open about the middle of Juno accordiiig to an announce' inent just made at the bead quarters of the state executive committee in Richmond. For several years hoys from all parts of the state have been spending two weeks or more of the bummer vacation; swim? ming, mountain climbing, Ink ing, eating, sleeping ami Iii tut? in the open air al (.'amp Kent. The Camp is located in Rook bridge county seven miles from the world famous XaMtral Bridge of Virginia. The boys sleep in wood on huts. They have their meals in an open pa? vilion. They swim in a pond mado by damming Opossum Creek With ii concrete dam two hundred foot long, l'nder the divine; stille there is twelve feel of witter and the whole pool covers about an aero. The Camp is owned and op? erated by the state executive committee of the V. M. O. A. and boys over twelve years of age are eligible. Inquiries concerning the Camp may he addressed to 902 Chamber Commerce Build? ing, Richmond, Va. Capture Whiskey. Oflicers Frank Carter, Mar? shall Belcher, Isaac Belcher, P. M. Reasor and Chief Police Kelly made a raid on the home of Alpha Sturgill late last Fri? day night and confiscated twen? ty one gallons of moonshine whiskey. The Sturgill woman, accompanied.by two liieo were just returning home with a sup? ply of whiskey in a car and on arriving at the house they were urreatotl. They were arraigned before Mayor llorsley and upon confessing wore each lined $00 and costs. They were also bonded to uppear at the next term of couuty court. Birth Announcement. Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Uinther announce the birth of fine baby ?irl at their home ou lai>t Titos ay morning in Louisville, Ky. The little one has been named Helen Turner Ginther. Mrs. Uinther was formerly Miss Mabel'Quillio, of this place, and is wejl knowu to a large circle of friends in the Qap. A Surprise A Study in Crowd Psychology.! Tho other night, yen, it was u week- an? to-day, the Theatre in town win*crowded, nearly pack? ed, indeed, with the best people in the town, too. You Bee, tho show had been advertised, and the price had I.eon raised a little also There fore the crowd! And curiously enough every man hud his vife with hint. This was the the in foresting feature. Naturally you would have thought that Mary Pick ford or even Charlie Chaplin was playing. At least it might have boeu a Govern? ment'.'War Picture." Hut no, the actors wore not especially well known, and the govern incut had no part at all in fea? turing this interesting movie. Tho attraction was all in the name of the show. It was call? ed "For Husbands Only.*' The posters showed the actors in the role of society folks. That wus enough if not too much for our good, gossipy towns-people, t >f course HOIlio were there an they always are night after night, but we have tho word of an authoritative source that there w, re numbers there who had not seen the inside of the theatre for weeks and months A large majority of people came to see something, they didn't know what, but at least some? thing that would prove interest. ing, shall WO say from a sug? gestive point of view. From Mr. and Mrs. A. to Mr. and Mrs. E /.., all were there. The bachelor, too, of high and low degree. They expected to see some fun. A few honest people came to bo bdu cated or perhaps enlightened Hut they were few and far be? tween, no doubt. Wonder of wonders, it was the holiest people who woresur prised and the others, we will not call their homes, who wero enlightened und educated. There were no scandalous seen es strictly speaking, in fact the motif of the play was highly moral, Slid when the spectators fell that thrill coming on at certain limes, when they didn't see how a scandalous scene or a suggestive word or act could be avoided, the tables were turned most naturally, both upon the villian and upon the spectators themselves, unexpected though thin turn of affairs seemed 10 be. Imagine, then, if you will nil those worldly ami sophisticated people of our social set who were either disappointed or, and we give them the benefit of the doubt, who accused them n lves in their heart of hearts of being attracted by a Suggest? ive play. In short the thing ! was a surprise, and a very good one too, for it revealed tho su perficinlity of the social and re? ligious pretention of people thai like suggestive plays on both stage and screen alike, and yol outwardly are horrified, scan. dali/.ed by ndnncing parson or a rank socialist. A mo bit! curiosity charac teri/.es nil effete civilizations, a curiosity which shuns disease and poverty, or feeds then from tables laden with delicacies, but at only at a distune.-. We are proud of being Ameri? cans, and it is right and proper that wo would bo proud, bill j when wo stop and look beneath ! the surface of the people's out? ward behavior to-day, when we see condition's alt around us which aro indicative of decny and change, of discontent among the wage-earners, ami the like we cannot but feel that our pride liable to precede a fall. And all this because of one liltlu incident in a little town of Southwest Virginia, an incident, indeed, that is re? peated wherever a crowd gath ers to see one of the best little movies we have seen in a quite while, "For Husbands (inly." Grady V. Kelly, formerly of Gate. Pity, anil at present book keeper for the United States' Coal <fe Coko Company, was! united in marriage to Mi*H; Nancy McCheaney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo McChesnoy,' at Bristol 'Thursday. Thoy spent, Saturday in Gate City the guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. S. Lee. > ?Gate City Herald. Closing Exercises Of Wise High School May 29 June 2. May-29, at 8 :00 p. in. enter? tainment by tlx* primary ami in? termediate grades. May :W, at 8-.HO p. in. pro? gram, by tiu- Nightingale Liter? ary Society. One feature will be a contest in reading for a medal given by Judge W. 11. Bond. Tin1 following young la lies w ill contest for this nieilal : Misses Helena Sleirip, Nannie Daugberty, Geneva Blackwell, K. Richardson, Fay Roberts, Lillian Swank, Kdmona Swidall and Let ha Dotsoil. May HI, at S: Ho p. in. program by the Phoenix l.iterarv Society. Debate for medal given by Coiw gressmiin Slemp, Resolved: Tlinl our govern mejit should proceed immediate ly to own the railroads of the fount ry : Affirmative?Itnlph McI.ouinro ?Burns Pulton, Negative?James Lipps ? Uo hart Miller. Contest in declamation for medal given by Mayor E. L. Barr. Contestants : Auhrev Kil? len. Paul Hill, Willie My I ton, Lance Dots..n, MoOurie Dale, Uut'u- Fulton mid Winson Rnr ker. June I, IIa. in. Annual Sor mon by Dr. Charles C. Weaver, President of Emory and Henry College. June 2, S:80 p, m.graduating exercises. Literary address by Prof. William B. Gilbert, of Bad ford Normal School. Bead? ing of promotions and awarding of diploma-. The senior class con? sists of Misses Id.ih Taylor and and Kathryn Kilgore, Messrs. Balph McLemore, Hoheit Miller and James Lipps. Major Strong and Wile Visits Big Stone Gap. Major Thos. J. Strong, M 0. II. s. Army, accompanied by his wife, spent last week in Big Stone Cap on u visit to Mr-. Strong's brother, P. Burgess and family. Major Strong is an oflicer of several years experience in the army and recently returned from France and Germany with the Army of Occupation. He help? ed organize ami train units of the famous "T-O" (Texas-Okla? homa) Until Division, and ac? companied this division to Prance nearly a year ago, and was on the Western Front battle line from August till November 11th. The liuth went over the top nine times anil was an active participant in all the grout bat? tle- from St. Millicl to the tor rilit- Mouse- Argonno offensive, including the Bathcville, Sept ?arges, Romagne Parin, Hill 802, Grand Gare Farms, Cuisy ami MontfaUCOti battles, and the Ma? jor was slightly gassed, injured in the hip, ami has lost part of a linger, and is thankful to have escaped worse injuries, as his units were homed from the air us well as by high explosive shells. The personnel of the 90th Di? vision was composed of inen from the ranges ami ranches of Texas ami Oklahoma, ami were noted for their splendid physique, cour? age, uiarkmonsliip, ami endur? ance, and many of these men are the recipients of the D. S.C. and other decorations, and the division has been cited in official orders, and highly commended several times for gallantry and heroism in action, and that it bore the brunt of heavy lighting for seventy-four days without re lief, is shown by its total losses ami casualties of over MUCO men and '2115 officers, and capturing nearly 2000 German prisoners, vast quantities of guns, ammuni? tions, stores ami supplier. The 90th was lighing hard on the last day w hen it took Stenay, was promptly mado a part of the I!rd. or Army of Occupation, and is now stationed along the Mo soll?- Uiver, south of Content/ in Germany, and is booked to re? turn in June. SENATOR SWANSON SIZES UP ROAD SYSTEM "Vet, Mr. President, with all these wonderful material advan? tages," - iid Senator 01 nude A. Swanson when discussing Ameri? ca's road system in Congress re? cently, '-it is admitted today that we have the poorest system of public roads and highways of any civilized nat ion* '?Wo have today, roughly esti mating, 3,500,000 UI?C8 of high? way in the United States, ami of this mileage about 200,000 miles, or 12 percent, of the total; aro surface roads. No other civilized nation possesses such a wretched condition of public highways. ??With our wonderful energy display in ovory other field of human endeavor, w ith our amaz? ing wealth, there is no justifica? tion for mich wretched road con? dition-. "Our energy and our money have been generously expended in every oilier direction except in tin' betterment of the high? ways. "After careful examination and thoughtful consideration of this .subject; I am satisfied that our neglect in this respect hits beeil one of the greatest misfor? tunes that has affected u- us a people ami should lie reminded ?" quickly as possible." Engagement Announcement of Interest Here. Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Aston, of Lebanon, Va., announced in the Bristol Herald Courier last Wednesday the engagement of tln ir oldest daughter, Miss Mar? garet Aston, to Mr. .lames M. Barker, Jr., son of Col. and Mrs. .1. M. Barker, Sr., of Bristol. The wedding will take (dace ;,t the Aston homo in Lebanon in .lime. Both Miss Aston and Mr. Mar? ker are well known in the Cap, having -pent a great deal of lime here. Miss Aston, the guest of Mrs. Josh Bullitt, dr., who was formerly Mis- Margaret Pettit, and Mr. Barker having been the guest of Iii? cousin, Harry .1. Aycrs, a number of times in the (lap. Missionary Meeting. The Woman's Missionary So? ciety of the M. E. Church, South, met in regular monthly session Thursday afternoon, May 1st, at the home of Mrs. W. H. Camps, with thirteen members in at? tendance. A number of visitors were present and four new names were enrolled. Mrs.'I'. .1. Christy, president, presided. The meet? ing opened by the singing of the hymn, "Onward Christian Sol? diers." Mrs. Christy led in prayer. Mrs. I. 0. Taylor read some very interesting extracts from the "Bulletin," Very good reports were made by the officers. Mrs. I. C. Taylor led the devotional program using for the Milde lesson versos from the ninth chapter of Luke. Mr-. .1. M. Wampler read a very in? teresting paper: "The Task of theOlturch,a Present Day Task." Mrs. T. .1. Christy read : "What we Have in Brazil, and What we Propose to do in Brazil." Mrs. Wren sang a beautiful solo. ??God Will lake Care of Vou." During the social hour the hos? tess, assisted by Mrs. W. A. Baker, Mrs. Grill and Mr-. Hugh Games served delicious ico creuni,cake and home-made can? dies and wo were adjourned to meet in June with Mrs. J. A. Gilmer. Mrs. G. C. Honkyci tt, Supt. Pub. The farmer has heard the in? junction to "raise food," and that is an excellent thing. But unfortunately the profiteer has j heard it loo.