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VOLL. XXVlil _ BSG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 19201 * No 46 President D. B. Wentz Says Statement Coming Fiom Senate Committee is Mis? leading. Washington. Nov. Ii.?Flat denial of certain statements re? cently "emanating froiri the United States Senate Commit? ted on Reconstruction'' regard? ing the bilumiuoua coiil nidus try was m?de heri) Ullii^hl l? v President D. B. Wouiz, it tin National Coal Association. A "wholly wronf? impression" hail gone to the public through ill.'Hi! statements,Colonel VVontz a?girted in Iuh reply, adding that the broiul charge had been made that "the entire indus iry" had been practicing ^ross eiiortiouH on the whole Amer? ican public "The Senate committee us Berls," ho said, ''that wrong doing has beeil lulmitted by D.H. Woni/., representing the National t oul Associnti n; h> UommiBsibner Clyde M. Allein BOll, of the lut rotate Coili nieiCv' Commis-i.>n and Daniel Wiliiani, representing ihn rail roods. "No such admission Iiiib boon made by mo nor do I linder Htund thui any such admission huB been made by either of the others, "So iih to put the matter straight on the record, I wish to deny emphatically that there v.iih any wrong-doing ill any action taken t>y representatives uf the National Coal Associa lion, or the Interstate Coin inercu Commission or of the Ainorican Railroad Association in their efforts during the coal shortage emergency, to increase the production and shipments of bituminous boal. "Oil the contrary, the priori? ty orders issued by the Inter 1 ?tute Commerce CominiBsion anil tin; action taken by the railways and coal producera, aru oiniuently practical and right, * ' ' * and have been the direct means of avert nig n very Berioaa shortage ol coal during the fall and .Vinter. "The joint Btnloineni of s.-n utors Giiidorand L?dge gives the impression that the National Coul Association nnd the coal industry have don.' nothing tip in this lime to put an en.i to abuses which the senators at tank. This impression in gross ly misleading and unfair. The (nut is thui the National Coal Association months ago through apeciul committees, begun an i thirt to eliminate various ubiiaea that had developed dur mg tlie shortugo emergency with tti? resuli thai, through ihu cooperation of other biuliches of the industry , ihey have been generally erudicat ed.V Speculation Opposed, Colonel Wen,;-, naif I that ' to eliminate one phase of iln abuses tinit crept into the short ugn situation," the association had "rigidly opposed" Bpeculu tivo reconni^nment of coal cars unit hud urged the Interstate Commerce Commission to with, itruw car supply from 'wild cut' wagon mines,' whose owners "were exacting unwarranted prices ut the mines." "The fact is," he continued, "that ever since lust spring from 70 to SO per cent, of the Kiift coul output has been ship? ped from the mines at reason ublu prices. The remainder ol thii product was largely that which fell into the hands of speculators. "The effort of tho associations in the last six mouths to obtain iucreused production has been insistently in the direction of bringing about lower prices. Thus it is manifest that the bituminous coal producers have been uirectively laboring to bring about precisely the re suits which Senator Oulder's committee urges." Hud it not been for these ef forts of tho oporators, tho stale inent added, "tho nation would now be faced with the ealmni tinus prospect of a soft coal famine." Hot Springs, Va., Nov. 10.? Governmental intervention in (hi! bituminous conl industry to bring down prices will be unnoo esp.-ny if "the conl men will make their assurances good," Senator t?dgo, of Now Jersey, a member of the Senate Recon? struction Committee, declared here imiigm. "1 um highly gratified with the assurances nf representative coul operators thai Iho admit? ted inn easonable coal costs to the consumer will be speedily adjusted," .Senator lidge con liiitied. "That is the result the Senate committee is seeking. ' 'ur determination to reoom mend governmental interven? tion if the situation was not speedily adjusted was based on ri cogntiioii of the fact that the Urs I responsibility of u govern ineilt is protection of its citi? zens. "The coal situation, in my judgment, justifies tho enlist incut of the full power of the government unless promptly rectified through private action. Profiteering has been frankly admitted. The coal men are apparently determined to clean lheir own house. " The fact that coal is already cheap"i' at the mines is not enough. The puliu waul is BtltlBtaiithilly cheaper, delivered to Iheir bins." BKIST?L-TO-BIG STONE CAP HIGHWAY \V. (i Colitis went to Bristol Monday to confer with Henry Roberts on the Bristol 10 Rig Stone (lap I lighwii) . Mi. Robertsand the business men oi Bristol are tremendous ly interested in getting this highway lhrough to Wise coun? ty and Mr. Roberts urges Big Stone Uap to cull n meet ing to lisruss ways and means of get ting through Lee comity. G?o. Rhoton, a supervisor of Scott county, 's to came to Rig Stone Clip Friday night and would Tike to meet with some of the leaders at I he (lap and it is hoped to have a meeting in A. L. Wilt's otlice. R. T. lr vine is chairman of a commit? tee to handle the Lee county ?ml of Ulis highway. Scoll county rocuntly voted the bonds ior this highway to the Lee count) line. Henry Itoherls stated thai ibis highway will lie the hig highwii] from Bristol to Wash inglou some day und the longer l!ig Steile Gup and Norton lay down on l he promotion of it the 0 iier ii will tic for oilier see nous which are ambitious for government and slate road in iliey. The Wise (iood Roads Chili have turned part of their 1 uniis ovi r to At r. Colitis in pro moling the highway to Kon uekv and he hopes to arouse Norton to the point where she >vil| lead the way in a real drive o gel connection with the big system already provided for iov.ii both the Kentucky ami Big Sandy rivers. The letting ?I the contract for Wise coun y's end of this highway to Itristnl would indicate our high? way boosters have some plan in view to gel through Lee conn ,y I'h.- Iluh'eld fellows are planning a lug meeting in the near future and Hope to have Henry Roberts, ,1. W Chalkley unl R T. Irvine at the meet? ing To the Public. I'lliH is lo notify all those inter esled that i he slock and fixtures of the Mutual Pharmacy was sold to Dr. W. 11. White on the October 27lh day, 1020; and that the undersigned assumes all indebtedness against ubove mentioned firm up to that date All parlies indebted to tho above mentioned fir in up to October ?11 should call at once and make settlement with Mr. IC. G. Wade at i he Mutual Pharmacy. After u limited time all unpaid ac? counts will be put in the hands of an attorney for collection. udv-t l-17 11. E. Prick; NOTICE! Our Mr. Moore will bo at the Monte Vista Hotel November 26 and 27 taking Christmas or? ders. Will have the handsom? est line of diamonds,-watches, jewelry, silver and novelties ever shown in Big Stone Gap. Come in and look his line over. D. B. RvhANi) Company, uovl0-3t Bristol, Virginia Minutes of Meeting of Coal Operators Southwest Virginia Field. A nutating of coal operators of tlu> Southwest Virginia Held was held in Norton, Vu., on Tuesday, November 9th, 1920, with operators present rep re senting thirty five producing companies, or approximately, 90 per cent, of the coal produc ed in the Virginia Held The meeting was called to order by 1. Long, vice presi dent Cltnchficld Goal Corpora lion, panto, Vu., ivho slated that the purpose of the meeting was to consider the action of bituminous coal operators, in the meeting held iii (.Move laud, Ohio, on October 2Gtli, 1920. Mr Long read the pro? ceedings of the above meeting, and commented on the sane D. A. Puttorson, general su? perintendent, Virginia Iron, Coal and Coke Company, Toms Creek, Va., who also attended tho Cleveland meeting, was ro quested to make a statement in connection with the same. Mi. Long requested Iho oper liters present in selecl a chair? man to preside over the deliber itinns, nud upon motion, duly seconded, mid by unanimous vole, (' It. Ne. l. general man? ager, Ituveii Ki d Ash Coal Com? pany, Led Ash, Va., was elect? ed. Ii. D. Kilgore was elected secretary. The chairman requested tho operators present to express themselves hilly and frankly, with reference lo such action is they deemed ll advisable for the Southwest Virginia Coal Operators lo lake in Ibis con? nection, and llie various gentle men present expressed them? selves as being in accord with the action taken at ('leveland, i Ihio. C pon inol ion of (li is Mouser, vice president Slonegn Coke and Coal Company, Itlg Stone (lap, \'a., seconded by U. NV. lioilduraut, president. Cnited Collieries, Inc., Saiui Charles, V.i , ami by unani? mous vote, the chairman was authorized to appoint a com iniltee of tivo to frame a resolu? tion for the consideration of i he operators present, ami lite following committee was named: Otis .Mauser, vice president, Slonega Coke and Coal Coilipa-' ny, Hig Stoiie (tap, Va. It T. Irvine, president, Intel moot ('oat ami lion Corpora tum, Hig Stone ttap, Va. C .1. Walker, general man iger, Builhor Haven Coal Cor? poration, Drill. Va. H S Johnson, president, Vir? giuia 121khorn Coal Company, Klk horn City , Ky. Goo. II. hjss?r, vice president, L'he .1. A. Hss.-r Coke Co., N ir ton, Vai. The 'Committee reported tin following resolution i WiikukXs, The coul oper itprs of the South west Virginia Hold have been advise,I of the action of the bituminous co d producers of the United States, in meet? ing held in Cleveland, Ohio, on October '.'i;tli, 1920, ami desiring lo cooperate with our govern? ment Hk it Tu kick Knill-: Kksoi.vki?, Phut we. the cotil producers ol Southwest Srirginia, in meeting assembled at Norton, Va., o.n November 9th, 1920, approve the resolution of lhe coal oper alors of the nation, at the Cleveland,Ohio, meeting,which is as follows: "rk801wkd, That the bitumi nous coat operators of the coun try refuse to ask or receive un?i reasonably high prices for bit? uminous coal, anil further, that all unwisu practices in this in? dustry, where any such exist, bo condemned and eliminated." Hk it Fukthkk Kk.soi.vkd, Phut this meeting appoint a committee of seven operators to be. known as "Kair Practice Committee" whose dnty it shall bo to use every effort to cooper ate fully with the Department of Justice and the Federal Did triut Attorney in this district to bring about an elimination of unreasonably high prices, and unwise practices, if such exist, in order that tho purpose sought by the Attorney Gener? al, throughout the whole coun? try, may bo accomplished. I After discussion, and upon motion duly made and second ed, the ubovu. resolution was adopted l>y unanimous vote. The following "Fair Practice Committee" was appointed:. Qrover K. Orr. representing the St. Charles, Vu., district. Otis Mouser, C. J. Crevoling, I). A. Patterson, representing the Wise county district. Loe Long, R rS, Johnson, representing t h e Carolina, Clinohlield and Ohio Railway district. There being hb further busi? ness before the meeting the ~.uoe was duly adjourned. Signed: 0. R N KM,, Chairman, (i. I). K ll.iuutK. Secretary. Following the above meeting the Fair Practice Commit tee or gunized by selecting C .1. Crav ?ding, general superintendent. Black wood Coal and l ;<>ke (Join puny, Black wood, V? , chair? man, and (Hover I''. Orr. gen eral manager, Benedict C >al Corporation, St. Charles, Va., teeret ary. The committee requests thai mi operator of tins Held or Consumer of coal, served by this Held, report to th<> chair? man tiny knowledge which may come to their attention with reference to unfair practices of any producer or jobber of this Ii Id. School News JKilitcd liy tli<- Senior Class.) < Mir chapel singing has im? proved great ly since Rev Ruins has been with us each .Monday morning. The third and fourth high school, under the supervision of Misses Kmmn Duncan and Kate Lay, rendered an Armis? tice program in the auditorium Thursday morning. After an appropriate Bible reading and prayer by Mr. Sulfridge, the program consisted of a pageant The nations were represented by girls in appropriate cos? tumes. America was represent? ed by Trula Kennedy, France by Louis.- Cox, Belgium by Henrietta Skeen, England by Eli'/.u Shugart. Liberty was represented by Anita OoodloO In the beginning of the program France, England and Aiuoric ? .verb seated on the singe when Belgium entered as a suppliant. After America had consented to give her aid, a group ol boys .'.line in a-, soldiers and sailors, UllglHg "Over t here " Aftor vanls the girls came singing 'Keep the Homo Fires Ruin? ing " Anita U.Hoe sang the puiriotic words to "A Perfect Day" and all joined ill "(iod Sine the King," "La Murscil ..use" and "'lite Star Spangled Rainier." The singing of "La Vlurcolluise" in French added greatly to the elfectivonoss of he program. The medals for well ordered dues were awarded to the sec mil year high school, the high fifth grade and the low fourth. GETTING A GOOD START EVERY DAY Ked-Itlnudcd Men und Winnen Arc Up and Doing tiriglii and Early. FREE YOUk BLOOD t:H0M POISON Take Pepio-.Ytfingan, die Famous HI.mil Ionic Prescribed by Physicians fur JO Years. Sluggish blood clogged with poisons make* yen la/.y Vim never fcuf like gel? ling ii|> in the morning. Ami when you do get up, y.ni miss that feeling of re'; freshing rest. You feol uiiiro tired than when you ?cm tu l>e<l. After a good night's alee|i you should get up with a spring, (eeling alive, renewed, refreshed, And you would, too, if your blood were lull of roil corpuscles Your com? plexion would look fresh,' your eyes bright and clear; yon would feel the warm tingle of good health. I.k to youi blood if you have that la/.y, heavy feeling in dm morning, lle t?in taking I'oplo-Maiigaii?the ideal Ion lo, Iv baa blood-building properties that pick you up ami give you strength. IVpto-Mangan is widely and heartily endorsed by physicians It is effective and easy to take. it ii prepared in both liquid and tablet form. Until have tiie same medicfnal properties. Sohl at any drug store. lint bo sure you git the genuine I'epto-Mangau? "Iriulo'H." Ask for it by tho full liamo aud lie sure the full name, 'lindes Pcpto Mangan,,' is on the paqkage. ? ailv. Negro Lynched Taken From Jail at Wise and Hanged and Body Riddled With Bullets. A mob of about three huh* dred white men went to Wine Sunday morning at two o'clock ami took from the jail a negro prisoner who was placed there Friday charged with the criino of assaulting a while woman at t ane l'nteh, iu Wise county, and was taken to Kent .I line linn,near the scene of the crime, and hung with a log chain to a tipple near where the pike road crosses the Interstate Ituilroad. While the body was hanging it was riddled with shots and la? ter tied, it is supposed, lo an automobile and dragged to a point near Black wood w hero it was found Sunday morning ly? ing by the roadside. Ail of tho negro's clothes were torn oft and Iiis body was terribly cut up by bullets Friday afternoon the negro entered* tho home of Billy hull at fane Patch and Hinting no one at home with (he oxm ptioil of Mrs. Ball he inn.huiely at ittckid her. choking her until she was unconscious, Af,ier committing his crime the negro left and as quick as MiS KalJ regained consciousness she ran to the railroad and ii Igged a passenger Halo which happen ed to be p issing ai the tune and told (lie conductor i*. hut had taken place He, togethei w Uli other numbers of the Irani crow, gave pursuit and aller tiring a number of sum-, sue ceeded in capturing tho negro. He was placed on tho Irani ami taken lo Norton where he Was turned over lo oltlcers ami lodged in jail at W ise It is saiil thai both t' II Mo I'orkle, prosecuting attorney and Sheriff Corder, logclhoi with a small guard, were at the jail when the mob cuillo ami they hogget them lb lot the law take its coins;, assuring them if die negro was found guilty of tile crime, he would bo just? ly punished, The leader.-, re? fused to listen lo (his plea ami demanded tho keys, This the sherilf refused to hand over] ?laying lie had thrown thorn away, aod a sledge hummei was us. d to brake the lock The prisoner was taken mil quickly and placed iu a car, bin was not haiiueit unlit die mob reached the lihiee where he was hung. It is repotted (hat the negro confessed to the crime and was also identified by Mrs. Ball. Theatrical. Patrons of the motion picture i have not failed to Wittel) with iiitrusl the career of youthful Mary Miles MlnlOr, die Bealurl ilar, whose name has been con? nected with so many screen successes. TllOSe who saw hoi pel formance ill "A Cumberland Romance," her latest picture which opened last night al the |Amn/.u Theater lor IWn days' run, were more than ever con? vinced that toe little blonde bettUty possesses more 1 ban or dinar* ability, anil dial her all is constantly improving. lo this present picture she has Ilm role of "Faster Hicks," a poor girl of the Kentucky mountains, who is loved by a religious!) inclined mountain h.d, but who meets a polished city man and endeavors lo pull herself up to his level by studying. .She is quite fratii: in her elforts to please and interest him, and w h e n he at last lust tells her thai he is going Luck to the city, she frantical? ly declares her love for him. There are complications galore, more than a little gun play, hut die happy ending thai sends an audience home lost iu wonder, love and praise. Oh rlet> Muigne ! made the scenario from a novel from the late John Fox, .Jr., and directed the picture as u ell. It is deciared to lie an improve nullit iu picture production up? on even "'The Copperhead," which iie finished just' before undertaking ibis Ueulurt pic? ture. A capable cast, which includes Monte Blue, John Bowers, Martha Mattox and itiuy Oliver, is seen in support of. Miss Minier, and very beau I tifuLscenes are shown. Today is your lust chance lo see diis picture.?adv. [Demonstration Work Oiu' iiinii in Wise county (Mr. \V. A. Hash) and perhaps oth? ers, has taken one or more of lite winter Hliort courses at Hluckshurg and those who know hint recognize him as the foremost ii p. to date orchard man in Wise county. Not that ho lias greater personal endow in Mit than hundreds of others, hut he profited by a great op? portunity that has meant mon? ey ami recognition, A similar opportunity will tie offered this winter after the push of work is over. 1 want to urge everyone who possibly can, especially the younger men ami women, to plan for tins ami attend. I have before me the account of a young man whose father was starving on a farm that might nave been good. In spite of the jeers of neighbors ubout spend mg ge/ud money lor hook farm? ing, he took one or more of I he short eourSbs at this stale ngri ccHurul college, The results? The story is loo long to repeat bill the poor one mule farm nas become a four horse farm with good buildings and live slock. He works no harder than before ? the know how, the vision and inspiration. "I io thou and do likewise." I niler iin- efficient leadership of the teachers of the llurri e me, HlinOUn'B Gup, .Sexton i No. HI) lllld I'order Schools we ua'vujiisl had four very helpful ineuliugs. I wish space'would permit a detailed account of ai b, but here is what was aim d at in each case. Assurance 41v? 11 to toe teachers of the in? terest and eoopen.tI ill of the parents, their responsibility for regular al tendance; a getting together of neighbors for a hot? ter acquaintance; ami under? standing about problems of common interest; an oUpiiriuui ty lor Hie county agent to meet and address al one lime ti eon siderublu number of those whom he desires lo reach. A "Hie Social" was a feature ii Duncan's (Jap. The pro? ceeds of pu-s sold by tliu elliciuut auctioneer, Mr. Dave Kennedy, amounting to $10.85 were for a library lor the school and oilier needed < qiiipmeht. Special credit seems iu place im- I be teachers of the Hurri? cane school for tile excellent program rendered bj each grade and lue quiet but e'licioi'.t manlier iu Which Miss Htirtuti, the principal, carried il out. In the night meeting at He- S. x . ion school; a round table Jis cussioii of lime ami methods of orchard pruning, potato seed se? lection ami corn improvement brought a lire of questions and expressions of opinions and ex? perience which showed that they were very much awake. The writer believes that sin h gatherings ate hulpiul, others are planned and 1 will he glad lo cooperate with every school in the county, specially those in the country, for a meeting at each place. A pleasing interest is being manliest in that forage grinn? ing mill for saving feed, reduc? ing costs and making condi? tions for keeping more livu slock. Three prominent men in the county have asked for more information and will in? vestigate its merits. There seems lo he no logical reason why wo beie should waste the feeds that others are grinding, mixing and sacking up for which we pay $4S to $00 a loa. \V. S. (loss, County Agent, Wise, Virginia. Governor Davis Grants a Par? don to. Fred Adams. General K, A. Avers has ror cei ved a letter from Governo Westmoreland D.ivis informing him that lie lias determined to grant Kreil Adams, who issurv ing a term in the penitentiary, a conditional pardon to take [effect December 23, 1920. It will be a welcome Christinas gift to his nged mother, Mrs. Hill Willis,who lives til Dooley, W iso county, Va. .Most men want what is com? ing to thom, but if they woro to got it they'd squeal worse thuu it atuok pig.