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VOL. XXVM, BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 17, 1919. No. 38 Will the Flu Return? Authoritive Statement Issued by the U. S. Public Health Service. Probnbly, but by no menus .crluiuly, there will bo n recur? rence of thf inlluenzn epidemic Indications arc, thai should it occur; it will not ho as severe as the pahdeinic i>f the previous uinter. ('ity officials, Btnlo and city 1 .,nls nl' health. Should he pre? pared in the event of a recur? rence. The fact that a previous at/ lack brings immunity in a cor. tain percentage of cases should allay fear on the part of I hose stllicted in the previous opulent ic. lulluen/.a is spread by direct anil indited contact. It is not vet certain that the norm has been isolated, or dis? covered, and as a consequence there is yet n<> positive preven? tive, except the enforcement of rigid rules of sanitation and the avoidance of personal contact. A close relation between the influenza opideinio and the con? stantly increasing pneumonia mortal ity rate prior to fall of IIIIS is recognized. It is now believed thai Ihcdifc l>as'! was pretty widely disseini-| hated throughout the country liefere it was recognized in ils| epidemic state. This failure recognize the early eases appears| to have largely been due to tin fact thai every interest was then| centered on the war. Above arc the import ant facts] developed by the United States I'ubhe Health Service after a careful survey and investigation <>f the inlluenza pandemic of It* 1N I'd, carried on in every date and important city, aud| veil in foreign countries. No one of the many expei i I lie service would make h?re positive forecast of the nil-1 iiipnrtaul question, will then v a recurrenceV All agreed Kiwevor, thai a recurrence win ?ol likely, and in (he face of j Im known facts, that it would| e wise to be prepared, more itli a view of being on the sale I" than actually anticipating inger. Iii'- following execrps from) ? government report are pub lieil lor (he helielit of the ptlh II'! health officers in the P? thai this will serve to set ['? rest I he daily publication in * newspapers of statOlllOllts, Meli He calculated to lull the Mic into u sense of false Be 'itj and on the other to uii y cause alarm, ?iitrary to the opinion e.x-j ??<?! frequently during the ly weeks of last year's pan :i number of observers, Indies of the U. S. Public i:t!i Service indicate that the Jeinic was not a fresh impor from abroad. Oareful ?)' of (he mortality statistics 1 ailed States shows there a number of extensive |h mild forerunners of the ?eniic during the previous] " <'t' four years. Ie prevalence of a serious "nie of influenza was tirst glazed in and around Boston tembcr of 1018. Within two weeks it, was general Atlantic seaboard, (level 8-1 little later among cities I west. Bund districts I1 , [were usually attacked somewhat later than largo cities in the I same sections. The percentage of. the popula? tion attacked varied from 1"> per cent, in Louisville to 53.8 per cent, in San Antonio, Texas, the aggregate lor the whole group kein? uboul ?.!(; per cent. This agrees with scattered ob scr vat ions in the fust phase^of the 1880-00 epidemic, when the attack rate seems to have varied within about these limits. The case incidence was fonnd to be uniformly highest in chil? dren from ? to I t years old, ami progressively hover in each higher age group. It was slight? ly higher in females than in males of corresponding age; usually higher in the white than the colored population Concerning the important question of immunity conferred by an attaid; of iulllien/.il, the evidence is mil conclusive, but there is reason to believe thai an attack during the earlier stages of the epidemic confers a con? siderable, but not absolute im munity in the later outbreaks. In general the, pandemic of iitllticitv.it was largely similar to that of I88?-0U in its develop? ment, lirst a mild form, later in a severe world-wide epidemic, in the rapidity of its spread and in ils high ease incidence. It lias however been notably dif? ferent in a much higher mortali? ty, especially among young adults. Such evidence aisi has been gathered Continus the con? clusion previously reached that it i- transmitted directly and in? directly by contact. It appears probable, however, that the in? fection was already widely dis? seminated in this country sonic lime before a serious epidemic was recognized; Despite the fuel that there is still some uncertainly as to the nature of die micro-organism causing pandemic influenza, one thing i- certain, that the disciiso is communicable from person to person. .Moreover, judging from experience in othor diseases, it is probable that t h e germs, whatever it- nature, is carried about not only by those who are ill with influenza, bill by per? son- w ho may bo entirely 'Voll. 10 very thing which increases per? sonal contact, th ore fore, should be regarded as a factor in spread? ing influenza. The question of most practical and immediate interest is the probability "I" recurrence in the near future. Recurrences aro characteristic of influenza epi? demics; and the history of the last pandemic and previous ones would seem to point to the con? clusion that this one has not yet run its full course. On the oth? er hand this epidemic has already shown three more or le.-s distinct phases and has been more severe, at least in morality, than the three-yeai epidemic id' 1880-02,1 finds which justify the hope, though not the conclusion, that it ha- run its coarse already. It seems probable, however, that we may expect at least local recurrences in the near future, with an increase over the normal mortality from pneumonia for perhaps several years; and cer? tainly we should lie, as far ns as possible, prepared to meet them by previous organization of forces and measures foi at-! tempted prevention, treatment,! and scientific investigation. There should he no repetition of the extensive suffering and distress which accompanied las! (year's pandemic. Communities j should make plans now for deal? ing with any recurrence of the epidemic. The prompt recogni? tion of the early cases and their effective isolation should bo aim? ed at. The most promising way to deal with a possible recurrence of the iutluen/.a epidemic is, to sum it up in a -ingle word, '-'.Preparedness." And now it is the ihue to prepare^ Meeting of Wise County Fed cration of Civic Leagues September 23rd. The annual meeting of the Wise County Federation of Civic Leagues will lake place at Ap palachia, September 25ird at 10 o'clock: OI lice rsfor the ensuing year will he elected and the usual business will be transacted. The federation has been most fortunate in securing distinguish? ed speaker- for this meeting. Mr-. Kate Waller Barrett, uf Alexandria, Va., a woman of national reputation, will make an address on social problems, and give suggestion- oil the so? lution of some of our Wise coun? ty problems. Mrs. harre ti is president of the National Flor: once (Jritteutou Mission, and a mo-t able speaker. Addresses will also he made by Mrs. .lane KailSOtl and Mis Mary Fra/ier of Richmond. All elub members will remember, with pleasure Mrs. Bauson's former talks to the elub. She just returned from Bed Cross work overseas, and will have much of interest to tell at lire meet ing. Mis- Fra/ier is the head id" the state tuberculosis work, which is of such vital interest to our peo? ple at this time. All club mem? bers are expected, and all who an- interested are cordially in? vited to attend the meeting. Dettor-l ucker. Mr. Samuel II. Dotlor, of Uns. tol, Vu , and Miss Kate Tucker, of Big Stone Gttp, Va , were united in marriage Monday, September 1st, al live o'clock at the home of Kuv. Leslie, on Anderson street. The cere? mony was witnessed by only a few idose friends of the bride and groom. Mis Bettor is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. T. Tucker,of Big Stone Gap, while Mr. Deltor is a native of Bristol. He has recently returned from Franco, where he served with the A. R. F. Friends of the young couple will be glad to know they will make Bristol their home.?Bris tol Herald Courier. Tucker's Camp Meeting. Tucker's Camp Meeting at Big Stone Gap ended Septem her 2nd with very good success considering the inclemency of weather and the coolness of the nights, most especially in low grounds. Many thanks to all who at? tended these services and fa? vored us with our means of help. Our appreciation to both while and colored for their assistance both in service and in finance are beyond words of expression. The total amount of money re? ceived on the ground was $2' iG.OI after all expenses. We are| grateful to say that by Tucker's ' camp meeting we wore able t>! meet our obligations on our church. By this effort put forth j by his our beloved devine, Rev'. I S. L. Tucker, who has the go i ing forward of the church at heart and making better the] world for mankind to live. Respectfully, Thh First Baptist Church (Colored) Buy a Corona Typewriter from the Wise Printing Co $5,000.00 For the American Legion Two Posts for Wise Coun? ty to be Organized at the County Fair. Bcturncd soldiers, sailors and murines will be interested l<> learn thai two posts of tin' Amer? ican Legion will lie established in Wise county this week. 0n?j of these posts will cover the western half of the county, an.I the other the eastern half. Both of these posts will be organized at the Wish County Fair on "Sol iliers and Sailors' Day,'' which will bo Thursday, September IS. The meeting of the boys for (Iiis purpose will be immediately lif? ter the big free dinner, to which all ex-service men are invited. The Legion is growing rapidly all over the state and country; It was warmly endorsed by the session of the Legislature which has jus) closed', and live thousand dollars was appropriated to help it organize. The State Conven? tion will he held al Itounoko, October (Ith and 7th, and the Slate Kxoeutivc Committee will pay the entire expenses of one delegate from every post; Wise county will he well represented, if it has two posts. Dance at Monte Vista Hotel. The boys of the (lap gave a very onjoyable informal dance in the dining room .of the Monte Vista Hotel last Wednesday evening at nine o'clock. Williams' musicians, of Kern lucky, furnished the music for dancing. Punch was served all during the evening between dances. Quite a number of visitors were present from Norton,Wise, Stonegu ami Appuluchiu. Those from the (lap present wero: Misses Ruth Present!, Adelaide Pettit, Christine Mil? ler, Janet Bailey, Uoris War tier, Madge Money, Anne Man rv, Kdith Van Oorder und Mrs. F. W. Lewis. Messers ti. K. Patrick, F. Fleming, W. II. Chapman, It It, Casper, It. Woltz, .?sum Mo Cluen, Layne Miller, Pill 0p< penhoimer, Fred Smith, T. I. Cuntrull, .lobunie .limes, Dan and Jimtnie Pearson, William Qoodloc and .lames Bellamy. Among ttiose who assisted in chaperoning the dunce wore: Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Irvine, Mrs K. .1. Present t. Mrs. A. .1. Sew? ing, Mr. and Mrs. t". (.'.. Couh ran, Mr. and Mrs Tom Coch ran, Mr and Mrs Oppeuhoimer, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Warner. RADF0RD NORMAL NOTES The regular session opens Tuesday, September 10. The pci sound of the Student body promises to be very satisfactory A preliminary meeting of r 11?? faculty will he Ii id Saturday, September 13; Much attention has been given lo pi iriiiin ; le? ihe, opening of ibe sossiou an ; for the work of th.i next year during the last two weeks The now concrete walks on the grounds and the extensive grueling that has been in pro? gress during the greater part of the summer havo very much improved the campus. Many trees and a large amount of shrubbery will bo planted this fall. M nch interest is being mam fested in the supervisor's courses that %vill be.offered next session. The school officials and the pub lie me beginning to realize that direful and intelligent district supervision is necessary to se? cure the best results in our ru? ral schools. The interest in this phase of work is growing in all parts of the state. A large number of bulletins published by this insti.ution and by other helpful agencies wiil be distributed for the hum fit of teachers, school officials and community workers during the next session. This institu? tion desires lo assist nil teach I ers 'it service and school officials dealing with their educational anil community problems. JEWS NEED HELP Norfolk, Va., Sept. 13.-?Tho provision of food and clothing, the extorininntio i of typhus, und the rehabilitation of the hospitals,orphanages and homos an-the great immediate needs among the Jowo of central Kurl rope, according ti> tho state? ment of Sboloni Aseh, the welU known Jewish writer of Now York City, who has just return ed from an investigation tour of thin region. In a letter to Moe law, oi this city, chair? man of the Virginia state drive of the national Jewish war re? lief campaign, Mr. Aseh says that liefere any constructive work can he successful the starving people must he fed and clothed. "First ?if nil," states Mr. Aseh, "it is necessary to com? bat the typhus" opidumiu which is exterminating European Jew? ry. They must lie provided with food, clothing und under* wear, the lack of which is di? rect!) causing I Ire plague. Hos? pitals are also needed. The American Kolief Administr i lion has done much as far as food is concerned; this commit? tee feeds the children in the in stiluiioiis and the mothers who nurse then Children. "It is the duty of the Ameri? can Jewish Relict Committee to come to the relief of the en? tire population, especially the impoverished working and mid die classes liist by organizing public kitchoiis for lite general public and workmen's kitchens for i he unemployed. .Second, by providing the old hospitals with clothing and medical sup plies. Third, by establishing children's homes ami schools. I classify this under 'immediate relief' because by placing it child in an iltHtitUticT) we at the same time a.sine it food from the American Belief Admiuis (ration." Th.- American Jewish Relief Committee is now preparing to undertake both the immediate relief such as that outlined by Mr. Aseh, and also more con slructivo measures which will place European Jewry on a self-supporting basis again in the in-ar future. To do this will require greater funds than now in th" possession of the commit? tee, a n il prominent .1 nws throughout the country are sponsoring drives totaling $35,? 000,000 which will see the re Ind' work through another year. SEED WHEAT HARD TO GET Tho great shortage in Virgin ia's wheat crop thi* year is innking the seed wheat situu I lion a very sei ions one, as so much of the wheat is not tit for f ud. Special eii'orts have boon made b, both the division of markets anil the extension di? vision of the Virginia Poll tech? nic Institute to secure the names of growers having good seed Wheat for sale with the result that a fair list of growers, who Can supply seed wheat is now available. In view of tho im? portant hearing good seed h ih Upon the yield, farmers are especially urged not to use in? ferior seed. If one's own wheat is not good enough to sow, he should by all means sell il and then buy the very best seed he can got. Using good seed is; fine business and tho first step: in successful marketing. 1 lie Ladies' Aid Society of Exeter. Thursday, the twenty-eighth of i August, the Ladies' Aid Society held their regular meeting. Their society has been organized since March: But their funds [give an ice cream supper on Sat? urday night,August the thirtieth. There was but a short timo in which to get ready. Hut every one worked in harmony. Friday night our hopes were aImosi gone on account of a down-poor ?f rain. This coa tinue.l until Saturday afternoon, about two o'clock, when the sun pe.-ped through the clouds and our decorating committee was right on hand and made the old lumber shed look very patriotic with it- drapery of red. white and blue and seven small tables levered with white linen and boqucts of white and green flow? ers. Ab?lll seven o'clock the crowd began to gather ami by nine o'clock w e had fifteen gallons of cream sold. Bui om -tore manager believes in preparedness so he sold us an? other live gallons. Kre the clock struck ten all our cream was gone. The "Pretty tlirl Cake" was a very attractive feature of the evening. The society appointed a committee of three young men to nominate the two prettiest girls of the camp. These names were given lo the society in a sealed envelope o u Saturday morning. The young men at the supper had the privilege of voting for one of the young ladies nominat? ed by paying live cents a vote. It was only a few minutes until the game became exciting as the two were keeping a close pace. Finally the treasurer announced that only thirty seconds were left, line young man handed in a few more votes for the girl he was voting for and the cake was gone lo the prettiest girl. This cake brought sixty-three dollars and liftecn cents. Wo all were very well pleased to find thai aller everything was over we had a hundred and thir? ty-six dollars in our treasury. I. inns' Am. Mothers' Club Meetings. The Mothers' Club und Girl Scouts of the I., and N. met at the church Tuesday, September 3rd, at 2 p. in. ' Dr. W. II. Harham, of Norfolk, lectured on preventive medicine. Plans were made for collecting old clothing to be kept at the club house an I distributed to needy families during the winter. Mrs. Garrison was put in charge of the distribution, The club hopes to he able to care for all eases needing help in that community, Those attending were: Mcs damos Garrison, Scat?ii, Sher iii in. Mr-. Georgia and Mary Sen ton, Virginia Sea ton, Pearl Heed, Huxol Sherman, Virgio Garrison, Maude Moore. The Mothers' Club and (iirl Seouls of I'latt IS met at the home of Mrs. .1. N. Blessing Wednesday, September ftrtl at ?.; p. in. Plans for an ice cream supper were made. Those ai tending were: Mesdames.l. 11. Turner. .1. M. Willis, W. K. Bishop, .1. W. Fields, 11. .1. Illird. Misses Nellie Turner, May Willis, Kosa Turner, Edith Bishop, ITnttio Ooeburn, Dennio Bishop, Gladys Kurd. l'h.- Mothers' Club and (iirl Scouts of the V. & S. W. met at the ( lunch Monday, September 1 at p. in. Dr. W. 11. Barham, Norfolk, lectured on Preven tativc Medicines." Plans were made for collecting old clothing to In- kepi at the club house ami distributed to needy cases during the winter. Miss Lulu Moore was put in charge of the distri? bution. Tbc club hopes to bo able to care for all cases needing help in that community. Those attending were: Mesdames Jes? sie, Lane. Scott, Mason, Clotintz, Bent ley, Rollins. Misses Lulu Moore, Jane Morgan, Mattie and Marie Scott, Laura Burke, Mary and Anna Cawood, Thelnia Ken? nedy, Ruth Moore, Grace Olas boy, Hazel Clasbey, Xrleen Booker, Hellen Rollins