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VOL. XXVII, BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY. DECEMBER 24, 1919 No. 5). RICHMOND DISTRICT SCHOOL LETTER Christmas?Before and After: Dear Fellow-workers: l,ct me wish you one und nil a very joyous Christinas?the heat yon huye yet spout Many of you are busy just now trj ing to bring into your schools ami communities something more of Christmas hnd its joy thun there would otherwise be. Some of yott are haying entertain moots that breathe the Christ mnR spirit and add to the hap pinesa and character of the children and their homes. I.ravin; School I'ropcrly Safe. Before leaving the schools in your charge it will he well to see that artieles of value an' put away safely and die build ing securely locked. If there arc not locks ovor the Baabes a nail can be driven above the lower sash. Any public school building lift easy of entrance, for so long a lime is liable 11> In' entered by those who are not studying the interests of the school. Keiuuning Work, After the happy vacation we return to go on w ith our work. Let us hope that Bouio rhagii wand will have waved over ev cry refractory hoy and over each stubborn furnace and that every wheel in the educa? tional machinery will have been smoothly oiled during the vaca? tion bo that there will In- no fco nous drawbacks in successful work for the balance of the year. The Fundamental.-. Rending, writing, arithmetic and spelling?these will ulwuys be the fundamentals in educa tion. And iheso we are going to tench better than ever uftoi the New Year. The Supervisor hopes In iiiake two visits tu each school during tile month of Januar)?one very sborl one during the first week and t hen a longer one. Ho hopes in in tor eat you mi the standard tests thut have been prepared so caru tlllly lo help us to tiutl out just where we stand 111 these filiida Illental subjects. 15 vor) pro grossive teacher wants lo know how her work compares with accepted standards. VVo will likely begin with spelling and writing. How glad we nil are thut to his many other qualili caiioufl for tho otllco our super intendenl adds that of a Bplund id penman. His very signature is mi inspiration to us as tench bra of this suhject. Home ef us never write his name on ah en velopo without thinking about bow nicely lie always writes u himself. 1 am sure be would bo very glad to see a gouortil forward movement among the teachers of the county uloug the line of improvement iu writing. .Shall wo try? Other Claus tor the Now Venr, It is the wish of the St it,- l>. purfmeni and of the Biiperiuit u dent that we have group meet? ings in the districts. W<.- un planning for this and it is likely that one Friday afteriipun a mouth there will be a group meeting at a center as conve uiout to your school as we can liud. During the first pan id the session we will observe the work of the classes and then will have a conference for the purpose of exchanging viev\s, usking questions and helping ouch other generally. Tho reading Course will also be iu our bauds to begin earl) iu the mouth. If any of you who desire to fwllow it havi not secured the hooka it will be planned month by month ami wo will try to have it complet? ed by the end of April. Appalachia lllgb School. There will be u pie supper tit the high school here on Frida) night. Tho proceeds will gi toward painting the interior el thu halls at the school. Tie Appaiacbm Community LougUi will have its next mee.ling fc'n day afternoon, January 0. .Mrs K. W. Holly, president of tin league, announces a very im portant meeting of the execu tivo committee for Tuesday evening, January 6, a t 7:3U (central time) By tho delicious warmth .oi hor hearth she will counsel with her cabinet us to tho best way of. making..the league 100 per cent, efficient. If you are a cabinet ofllcer be sure to come. Ea*t Stuac Uap. This line school is having one of its splendid entoi luimiients j mi Saturday night. It is it reul i Christmus gathering ami the | auditorium will doubtless be luxed In its utmost to accom? modate those who know what good things to expect at Hast! Stone. We had the pleasure of | spending there the greater por? tion of the day Tuesday and of observiug its splendid work. There will be a box supper at Kelly View Saturday night. | Money is much needed for this school and hnj friends who will contribute boxes and buyer.-, for the boxes will be welcome, i .Miss Ada Hamilton is rapidly improving and hopes to be ready la resume her work after Christ mas. mas. The Stnncgs Coke A Coal Company. I lilUBl not close this article without thanking the Stonega Coke (V Coal Company, its man? ager, Mr ttalph Taggart, and the superintendents at the va? rious collieries for the interest 1 all are Inking in the schools. At Arno und ul Andover, at Osaka and at Slonega as well ?Hill the oilier schools on iheir collieries suggested improve ineiits have been made. Knr llier and more far reaching im? provements are being consider? ed, 'l ie' Ulnckwood Coal and i Coke Company has also shown itself ready for co-operation for hel lor schools. I'd one nod nil?to teachers.' pupils, parents, oltidials and friends of the schools?yes, ami to all others?a Joyous Christ? mas and a Happy and Success? ful New Year. < iko1, A. Jordan, Kurul .Supervisor. lieaiitiful Love Plot in Heart <>' the Hills. If Sieve Honeycutt and Wid? ow llawn hud followed the ad? vice of their children, Mary Pick foul wouldn't be able to offer such a wonderful picture as "Heart 0' the Hills" adapted from the story by .lohn Fox, Jr., which will lie shown al the Lyric Theater, Norton, c*jm iheiicing oh December 'J.Mh. As Mavis llawn, .Miss Pick ford lakes the part of a Ken lucky mountain girl at war with certain factors which she knows nothing of ami determined at least to put an end for all time to come to the whippings which her mother bus been liberally inflicting A love tulo is interwoven in the plot about n mountain feud of long standing and the story affords Miss Pick ford ample op port ii n 11 y to score such triumphs as characterized "Daddy Long legs," and her previous attrac tions from her ow n studios ami released through first National Exhibitors? Circuit. .Mavis and her sweetheart, Jason Honeycutt, oppose the marriage of their parents for the reason that Honeycutt's prime motive is prompted by u desire to secure Widow (lawn's valuable coal lands The chil? dren, when grown, lire a double shot thai end's Honeycuu' !lifo, when they liud he is re? sponsible for the murder of Ma. vie* father.?udv. Home From School for The following giris and boys who are attending schools away from home this session and who have returned to their homes in the flap for the holidays are Misses Juliet. Knight, of Martha Washington College, Abiiigdpu; Ethel VaoGorder, of Oxford Ohio; Louise Horsley, of Stone i ?vail .Jackson College, Abing ?Ion; Amelia Christy, of Emory oi.l Henry College, Emory;] Anne and Lucy Maury, of '.. < eh wood, near Philadelphia. Mosbis. William Beverly andi Ed word Goodloe, of Georgia Tech.; William Goodloe, DuWitt and Kenneth Wolfe, of V. P. I., Blaeksburg; Earl Morris and Virgil Minion, of Lincoln Me rnorial University: Dan anil James Pierson, of Kentucky Military Institute; Trueman Kennedy and Howard Stemp, of Emory and Henry College, Emory. Christmas. YULE TIDE! Merry Yule Tide is here, The hearts of all beat gay And fondly leap within us, At the thought of Christmas day. When Christmas lime is nearing, When falls the snow and sloet. Then all the world's a smiling At tho chitnes of music sweet. When sleigh hulls are heard to jingle And Old Santa plough-? thru banks u' snow. We see in the eager eyes of children Pure lovelight's rosy glow. Now is when curly hair and rosy cheeks And youthful eyes of blue Reholde the dawn of a Christmas In dull 1 leceinber hue. While we're hoping (Mich of iih To have the loving cup refilled, With the wine of good will and cheer, To have our hearts with joy thrilled:? Let us not forget thnt Mother Whose precious Son may ne'er return: Who fought and died on Flanders Front The right to live did earn. Let's endeavor to make her happy Thru all this Christmas day ? To forget all sad good-byes and sorrows And look along the higher way. ? Hoy Nool. STUART REPORTS CHE SUCCESS OF LEGION Conference With Senators Will Get Action on Bene? fits. William .\. Stuart, depart? ment commander of tin- Virgin? ia department of the American Legion, wan in Bristol yester? day, en route to hin home at Hig Stone Gap, Va. Mr. Stuart hau just returned from the confert nee between the repre Bentativea of the legion ami the chairmen of the various Senate and House Committees un war risk insurance and soldiers' compensation measures, Mr. Stuart stated that one Senator ami one Representative were appointed to confer with the legion delegation on those mens ores, and that Senator Smoot, who is one of those appointed, said that these measures, which have been proposed and en? dorsed by the American Legion, wouid iu all probability pass' both bouses without a desent ing vote. Tin' delegation representing the legion was composed of tho jdepartment commanders from every state and of the national officers These men spent three days in conferring with the Congressmen, making suggest tons for improving the methods used by the various bureaus who handle soldiers' eompen Ination and other matters, par? ticularly insurance. The bead of the war risk insurance do partment conducted the legion delegation over Lite entire de? partment and afterwards asked thorn for suggestions iu handl? ing the many cases. Atter going over the present plans, which iiro now in opera lion, the committee suggested that u branch bureau be estab lished in each stale, and each bureau to have authority lo handle all the cases in that stall*. ''This they believe," said Mr. Slllari, "?will greatly expe? dite the granting of compensa? tion lo those entitled lo il, be? sides clearing up various in -in mice matters, which are troubling the soldiers since their discharge. It is planned to secure an in erea.se of pay for disabled sol diers during this session of Congress. The proposed in oroasti will be from 50 to 1*25 [percent, of the present rate, if these plans go through. Voca? tional tramiug for particiil. disabl d soldiers is ulso to bo given consideration, i t was stilted by Mr. Stuart.?Bristol Herald Courier, Dec. 19. At the time of ChriBtmnB re? joicing it is well to remember that the pathway of life is strewn with roseu and with thorns, and to each of us is given the privilege of choosing Chat upon which we would trod. COMMUNITY LEAGUE I MEETING Ph? December meeting of tbe Community League *'un held in the school auditorium Friday iifternoon December 12th. The following members were pres? ent: Mesdumes Will Goodloe, Burgess, Tatum, McCorinick, Irvine, Savers, Owens, Mouaer, Winston, Gilmer, Wren, Sul fridge, Alton, Bunu, Cox. Miss Lny, I'rof. Bulfridge and Rev. Dean. The minutes of tbe lust moot? ing Were read und approved, followed by the treasurer's re* port showing n balance of $19.02 in the treasury, The reports ol stundiag committees followed. i'rof. Sulfridge, chairman of committee on education, report? ed tardiness his greatest prob? lem in the schools, but that he had now established a system by which the average of atten? dance and tardiness of each room was reported in chapel each week and the children were trying (o bring up the average of their rooms. Mrs It. '1'. Irvine, chairman of the moral improvement committee, report, Kitty Lambert to Iva Kotu Farm and Kva Owens to the Bluetield Emergency Home in care of ;Mrs Frazer, a work? er there Mrs. Unity took Kitty L unbei t to the farm and re? ported it u lovely place con? ducted by intelligent Christian people and that there is also a home ior orphan children there. Mrs. Irvine also read a letter 11oni Dr. Brumfield concerning a free motion picture), "The End of the Road," to bo given in the Aiiiuzu Theatre, Decem? ber lti'.h. Mrs. Otis Mouaer, chairman cf the school grounds commit? tee, reported having received u mos!, generous supply of bulbs from Mr. Bar-Coin Slump and a promise of shrutis later. The ivy and shrubs ordered by the committee had not come in, but I wore oxpe.ctod daily; howuver, it would be useless to plant these shrubs until the gates to the school grounds are repaired. ! Finance committee, .M rs. E. J. Prescolt, chairman, being uh selii Mrs. Wren reported u miu-] ??Hol show under way, which would he presented soot: after I Christmas. Streets und cemetery, Mrs J. L. McCorinick, chairman, ie Iported that her committee had planned for tho uecessary grub, hing to be done in the cemetery during the winter months: The money for the work has been raised by this committee. She I j read a report from Mrs. Horace j j Fox, who is in charge of street I work, saying that tbe iron basket for burning papers in j the school yard had been made! and presented to the school, the; cost being $9.00 this boing paid jby Mr. BuBComb Slomp, Ralph jTaggattand HoraceFox. Prizte to tbe grades were dtBCuaaod. IA prize is to be gives at t fie, end of each term to the grade keep? ing their section of the yard eleui)est. Welfare committee, ; Mrs. Chalkloy, the chairman, being absent, hud sent a mes? sage nsking that l'rof. Sulf ridge ' and the teachers inform her of I any children in need of cloth ing, etc. Membership and social com? mittees, Mrs. Axley Ottmer and Mrs. Wren, reported a member ship campaign planned for the ! first of the year. Mrs. Savers i asked that the members of the ! leugtio buy us generously as possible Ot the X mas seals soon I to bo placed Oil sale under the auspices ci f the Community ? League. The lands from these go to tight tuberculosis in Vir iginiu. Site then appointed a [committee composed of Mrs J. L McCormick, Mrs. Lewis Winston, and itov. Dean to vis. it the poor farm und plan for i the room to be made comforta I ble by the Community League. I Mrs. Savers then told of the I work on thrift carried on b) the I U. S. Government and the bo* Ioperation in tlu> work given by I the Federated Women's Clubs of Virginia. Rev. Dean then gave a most interesting and practical talk on thrift which was very much appreciated by audience. Tho meeting then adjourned to meet the first Fri? day in January. No Paper Next Week. following mir regular custom at Christmas time there will bo no Issue of The Post next week. SV.- wish to thank our many east,imers und subscribers for their liberal support during the year now Centime t'i a close and assure > oil one and all that wo wish you a merry Christmas ami t happ) new year. And, while vull are about it, jlist make il a Merry Christmas for ?. oursolf also. Only a few more days now until the hills begin to floht in to poor old dad. The Best Way to inculcate the savings li;il>it is hy ripening an account for the child; A Child will become as interested in watching this account grow as it would be with a toy. Tins interest will harden into habit and the habit into Character. Open the account today, no matter what the amount. STRCH6TH-'"-. ?'? ' V. ? StRVICri;''- '; y": SECURITY w_ INTERSTATE Thursday (Tomorrow) The Great Nazimova TOYS OF FATE 9? FRIDAY: Special Feature .-Entitled "Love, Honor and ?"