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The Big Stone Gap Post.
No. 38
Will the Flu
Authoritive Statement Issued
by the U. S. Public Health
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
('ity officials, Btnlo and city
1 .,nls nl' health. Should he pre?
pared in the event of a recur?
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
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
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
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.
Thh First Baptist Church
Buy a Corona Typewriter
from the Wise Printing Co
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
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.
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
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.
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
"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
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.
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
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?
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
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

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