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VOL. XXIX BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY. VA.. WEDNESDAY. FE^R??W^T?^iT'-~-mIV"1
Good Roads
Jenkins, Ky., Jnn. 20.?The
The mountain counties of eastern
Kentucky are getting very on-1
bhusiastic about building good
roads. A highway up the l?g
Sandy Valley c alled the "Mayo
Trail'' is now definitely assured.
This will pans through Boyd,
Lnwroucc, Johnson, Floyd, Pike
and botcher counties. Boyd has
already built n well graded road
up S tudy Itivor to (lie l.iiwronco
county lino, (hough Hie surfac?
ing is not yet completed. Law?
rence, Johnson, Floyd and Bike
counties having heretofore voted
favoring bond issues, recently
took stops to secure the stale
and Federal aid, and to get tlic
actual construction work started.
Lotcher county, which is drain?
ed by Big Sandy, Cumberland
and Kentucky Bivors with an
unconnected railroad in the val?
ley of each and rough mountains
between, has voted a $300,000
bond Issue for roads, subject (<>
getting the stale and federal aid,
and County Judge Fobs Wlutitk
or, who is tin ardent advocate of
good roads, plans to do much
road building this year. No
work of any magnitude will be
undertaken without supplement?
ing the county's $?00,000 by
twice ns muck more from the
state and national governments,
but when this is secured it is
planned t" start al the I'ikc
county line and continue the
"Mayo Trail" over the divide
and down the waters of Ken?
tucky Hirer to the I'erry county
line. Judge \\ hi taker says he
will also build a road from
Whitpsburg, the county seal', ov?
er the mountains lo (he Harlan
county lino.
The two loads will give a sliorl
and direct highway connection
between the Big Sandy, Cum?
berland and Kentucky Itivers,
making a saving of hundreds of
miles by rail from one valley
around (o the other.
What is perhaps of more im?
portance still, is the connection
of this -'Mayo Trail"' through I lie
model mining town of Jonkins
and the famous Pound (lap in
the Cumberland divide lo the
improved highways in W'i-e
county and other counties in
Virginia. County Judge Whit?
aker, of Leteller county, Ken
lucky,has recontly caused ail or?
der lo entered fur immediate
construction of the section of
this road from the Pound Uap
along the Kentucky side of I In
Cumberland .Mountain down to
the corporate limits of Jenkins,
and the Consolidation Coal Com?
pany has agreed to build the re?
maining section into the hear! of
(he town.
The now road from Pound (lap
down to Pound on tllO Virginia
side is nut built yet, but il is
understood thai the funds have
been procured and construction
work will begin with the opening
of spring. From Bound on east
word, Virginia has good roads
for the most part, and these tire
constantly being improved.
These road activities ore of
special interest and of value to
Wise, Norton, Big Stone Uap,
Bristol and other Virginia towns,
and Johnson City and Knoxvillc
in Tennessoe, and are of tre?
mendous importance to all of
eastern Kentucky.
There is nothing to fear but
foar. Self worship is the only
unpardouublo idolatry. This is
the lesson thai is smashed to
home by "Ouco to Every Wo?
man."?adv.
Commits
Terrible
Crime
Will Willis Kills Wife From
Whom He Had Been
Separated
Probably the most brutal crime
that has occur rod in the annals
of Big Stone (Jap's history hap
[toned hero last Wednesday at
noon when Will Willis shot and
instantly killed his wife from
whom he had been soparated for
several days, at the homo of her
parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. K.
Bnhncll on Linbodeii Hill. The
crime was com in i tied within a
few minutes after Willi? had en
t ired the home presumably for
I ho purpose of affecting a recon?
ciliation with his wife, members
of the household thought, there?
fore they did not regard his visit
as anything serious. Shortly af?
ter entering the home ho opened
lire on his wife with a U'2-special
revolver and shot her three times,
two bullets entering her side and
a third pierced the forehead.
After tiring (he lirst two idiot- it
is said Willi* pushed his wife in?
to another room And fired the fa?
tal shot into her head .Judging
by the time elapsed between
bach i eporl of the gun the would
bo inurderci was taking deliber?
ate tiitii at his target. The only
eye witness to the tragedy was
an eighteen year old brother of
the wife, but whether he at?
tempted to interfere in behalf of
his sifter is not known, but as he
was unarmed it probably would
have been equally disastrous for
him had lib;attempted it. Mrs.
I'nnnel was with her daughter
when Willis came in, but had
gone to another room when the
.-hooting tool; place. She began
to scream for help upon learning
?hat had happened and her cries
were answered by Hobt. Bounds,
-on of W. H. Bounds, the near?
est neighbor. Arming himself,
Robert followed Willis, who was
seen to jump tin- fence in the
rear of the home anil enter the
woods and succeeded in cutting
him oil'on top of linbodeii Hill.
This was accomplished by a bit
of strategy on Hubert's part.
Although a young man and inex?
perienced in this kind of busi?
ness he Kept a cool head and hail
little difficulty in effecting a
capture. Willis was in a trot
when young Bounds suddenly ap?
peared before him with a drawn
revolver and demanded his sur?
render. This he quickly did and
pleaded not to shoot and he
would give up. Bobert did not
attempt to search Willis for a
gun, hut inarched him back to
town with his hands high in the
air. They were met at the foot
of linbodeii Hill by members of
the police force and Willis was
lodged in jail and a few hours
later was taken to jail at Wise
by Sheriff Corder. Willis must
have thrown his revolver away
on leaving the house, as he did
not have it when captured,
According to reports being cir?
culated hero it is believed Wil?
lis went to the l'anncll homo
with no other pnrpo.se than to
commit the crime. Before sop
er?tiou Willis and his wife had
been living near the furnace and
on parting he went to work at
Josephine, near Norton, and his
wife moved to the homo of her
parents at this place together
with iier throe year old daughter.
Willis rented the home furnish
'ed and sent to his wife her part
of the household goods. Mrs.
Willis had other belongings at
the home she claimed was riot
sent and on the following day
sent a wagon for the remainder.
The renter, i! is said, went to
Willis and told him of this oc?
currence and Willis borrowed Ja
revolver from a friend at ,Jose?
phine and hurried to Hig Stone
Cap to "settle the matter'? as he
explained it, ill though no one
had :>u idea as to his purpose.
Mrs. Willis lived a little more
than an hour after being shot.
She was married to Willis about
eight years age and to them was
horn one child. The body was
buried in Ulencoo cehiotcry at
this [daee Thursday afternoon.
F. L. Morton
Dealer in High Quality Gro?
ceries, Fresh Meats and
Provisions.
Mr. Morion believes his pa?
trons are his friends and deals
with them accordingly.
There is to be found in every
brauch of trade, in every cojn
? IIunity, some house ivhich stands
out from the common level illus.
(rating in its own way the high
|H)ssibiliticH id' its particular line,
and as an example of this fact
we take great pleasure in call
ling the readers' attention to the
enterprising establishment whose
business title forms the subject
of this brief sketch;
Kor a hundred reasons, the
grocery and meal market that is
neat, clean, llylosH and otherwise
sanitary is the one above all oth?
ers to patroui/.e. This is the
kind of a grocery and meal mar?
ket I''. I.. Morton Conducts in
Hig Stone (lap and the kind lie
will always conduct so long as
he remains in business. Our lo?
cal people have long since learn?
ed that when they order from
this st ire, whether in person or
by telephone, they are certain of
receiving the choicest groceries
or meals obtainable anywhere
and at a moderate price with
prompt delivery within all rea?
sonable distance.
Mr. Morton handles all kinds
of staple and fancy grocer?
ies,, fresh and sail meals, and
deals in fruits, vegetables and
cOuiitry produce in season. This
establishment is equipped with
fixtures of the most modern typo
und absolute sanitation prevails
in every department. Mr. Mor?
ton him.lies only western killed
meat and has u refrigerator
wllich has a '2,000 pound ice ca?
pacity.
besides handling the above
mentioned lines Mr. Morton cur?
ries a big stock of Hour, corn
meal and feeds tu Irs.
Mr. Morion i- one of our most
enterprising citizens ami has
been in business here for the
past six years. lie stands high
in all Circles and is always will?
ing to do his full share towards
the advancement of (his city and
county.
HENRY C. STUART
PLEDGES $100,000
Sum of $1,705,000 Being
Sought by the Hoislun Con?
ference Educational Com?
mittee. _
Knoxville, Temi., Jan. '2~i.?
Ek-Oovornor Henry 0. Stuart, of
Virginia,' pledged $100,000 and
b. O. Uassenger, of Konunrock,
Va., $!IO,?oo to the educational
fund of Hols ton conference,
Methodist Episcopal Church,
South, at a meeting of the con?
ference educational committee
here this afternoon. The sum of
$1,705,000 is sought for work of
Emory and Henry, Martha Wash?
ington, Hiwasso? und Centenary
Colleges in Holatbn Conference.
United Daughters of the Con?
federacy Give a Silver Tea.
Among the enjoyable social
events <>f the mid winter Reason
was the "Silver Ten" given by
the United Daughters of the
Confederacy chapter, of Big
Stouo Gap, last Wednesday nf
ternoon between the hours of :i
and ;"> o'clock at the bountiful
home of Mrs. W. T. Qoodlon.
Ureeling the guests at the
door wax Sirs. Fred Lee Troyi a
recent bride, gowiied in her
wedding "dress of while duchesH
satin and lace, who then pre?
sented the guests to the reeeiv
i?g line stationed in the parlor.
Those in the receiving line were
the hostess, Mrs. W T. flood
loo ami the 1'. I'. C. oflicors,
who are Mrs. C. C. Oochrut),
Mrs. Qeorge 1.. Taylrtrj Mrs.
Sally A. Bailey, Mrs Mnlcotn
Smith, Mrs D. C Wolle, who
wore handsome afternoon
dresses.
Mrs. 10. 10. Udodloo invited
the guests into the dining room
winch tones of red and white
Were used in decorating. The
con tor piece for the table was
an artistic cut glass haskei of
white narcissus phiocd on a
elotli of exquisite eluiiy lace.
Surrounding it were crystal
candelabrae holding teil and
white candles together with ail.
er appointments on clliuy lace
pieces which made the scene
very attractive. The guests
Were served delicious tea pour
? d by Mrs .1 A (lilmer and
i. iml wicltns and salted nuts UJ
a bovj ol attractive young girls,
Miasea Kuth Smith, Henrietta
Skueu, Orach Long, Caroline
and Anita Qootlloo. Assisting
the hostesses iii the dining room
were Mrs. .1. I. McCormick,
Mrs .1. If. \\ ampler and Mrs.
Malcom Smith.
The tloral decorations were
artistically arranged in thedif
fere lit rooms. The color motif
of led und white being effect?
ively carried out by.baskets ?f
poinaettds ami artillciul roses
? nil vines,
Mrs. II. A W. Skeeii had
charge of Hie really delightful
musical prograi fiVr the after?
noon which was us follow-:
Hin t.'i ii.! witch h I'lighi
Mm Kreil i. Truy anil Mrs A lliiile)
Vooal S..1-, . I Wunder If Kvc'r diu Itliwi
Mi- Henry I.. I.alii
Vocal .Solo. Kuicviull
Mr-. Itlixll
Vocal Solo In ?h Olil KiwIiUuioii Town
Minx Ol|ra Horton
Violin Solo "S iiiv. inr, Dr.lli
MIm Uutli Shugurl
liiiet . Selection
Mrs -I. I'roctor lti?'v\nand MUs
Kutli .Stull Ii
Mis. I t\ Taylor'
Mr-. V. I Morton
Vocal Solo .. 'HlooJ-bye' fi.tl
Mra W. II Wr.-u
rlaiiu Sol.> "Mltttalro Cliu|i|n
Mm i l'i... tor Itruun
Vocai Solo. ? To Von
Muu llriu-a sk.,-n
Vtulia Solo - ToaWilri Ii., McDowell
Mm. t'roclor Itrotnii
Among those present during
i he afternoon were: MosdtMUCS
Otis Moiiscr, 1). It Ricrson,
11. Li Miller,W. C. Shunk.W. S
Miller, M. II. Urabor, K Slo lir,
.1. H, MatlieWa, I C Taylor,
tiny Qilinor,Wyhdham Oilmer,
McClure, Cli-miuit, Ku-h, I1' I),
Gibson, J. B. Dnughurty, R L
llyllou, K L. Morton, C. U
Long, .lames B Taylor, I T.
(Jilly, I- .1. Horton, W. II.
Wren, K/.ra Carter, J. Broctiir
Brown, Malcolm Smith, W. (1.
Hopkins, of Richmond, Ii. L.
Lane, .1. A Youell, T. B. Cue li?
mit, J. L. McCormlclti C. 0.
Cochran, (J. L. Taylor, I). C.
Wolfe, .1 A. t lilmer, .1. B.
Wampler, H A W. Skeeh, Sal
ly A. Bailey, 10 10 Qootljde,
W. T. Hood foe, Kreil Lee Troy.
Misses Kreida (1 ruber, Bulb
I'runcotl,Christine Miller, Bruce
Skeen, Orace Long, 10 Ina Mc
Kuddin, Josephine White, Bev?
erly Taylor. 11.i tiwVtiii, Mary
Strollth, May Horum, Olga Hor?
ton, Buth Smith, Henrietta
Skeen, Anita and Caroline
Qoodloe and Mr. U C. Cochran.
Hale-Anderson
Announcement cards reading
as follows have been sent out to
friends:
. Mid. Charles S. Kale
sunounces Hio niarrUgo of her daughter
Mary Jana llrowu
to
Mr. Sainaol Harold Anderson
on Tii?iiiUy, tlu< eighteenth of January,
nineteen twenty-one
Kingspori, TeunoMee
At home
I A Kit Hit, llmtof February
Kiugiiport, Tuuuuftsuo.
AMERICAN LEGION
SMOKER
Saturday night, January 29th,
n smoker was given for oxser
vice men by the Henry \'. Tato
Post No. To of ihn Ainorican
Legion et Appnlnchia.
Post ??ommander, \V, 15. Pe?
ters, gave Ute welcome address,
explaining that the primary ob?
ject of the meeting Was to k'v,:
ouch man present n good time.
Dr. fetors stated that there had
been some misrepresentations
relative to (ho attitude of the
American Legion towards
Union Labor, and explained
that there is no reason earthly
why any American who did
military service in I ho World
war should not become a mem?
ber of the legion, because the
American Legion stands for
America, for the rights of the
men who were in the service
and for better citizenship of the
Country at lar^e, and im not
igaiust any organization that
is American in principle.
Drinks, sandwiches; cake, and
cigars were served and every
body bad a jolly good tune.
Till! members of the post wish
to express their sincere urati
llldu to the ladies wim furnish
ed the liberal supply of sand?
wiches and cuke for the occa?
sion.
Till! following lormer service
men were preseni:
K <'. Bray, Win Brotherton,
i?. It. Burke, W. K. Can troll,
<i. W. Delp'li, Sam K. Dieken
son, K. 1' D?try, Jr., T S
l-'lanary, J. A. Uanliier, Lm
Oibson, Mi L Uihson, b'osttia
I SOU, I. W .lessee, II C. Me
Ivinney, (i W. Morton, Win. B
Puters, 0 V Lolly, Howard A
I'riichett, Sgt. Shindle, 11. A
Siphers, 11. It, Smith; Goo. U
?''tone and T. It. Williams; of
Appnlachia.
Krank AI I Hill II, Clyde K
Crawford, l'.d K. Ifiilens and
J; (3. Kilboiiruej bl l?g Stone
< lap.
s. K. Buker, P. W. (iiiiidr>
and Kobt. M. Miller; of Stbitugti.
Cay Wallen, ol Roda.
C. A. Hood, of Kant Stone
Cap.
C B. Sawyer, Jr., Marshal);
Mich.
II s. Frost; Winchester, Kv.
Will Aid in University of Vir?
ginia Centennial Endow
It) T?te h ?i.ne, of Rig Stone
? lap, foriner l-oetorof tho Urii
v'ursity of Virginia, has been
mimed local chairman of the
University of Virginia (Jentuii
ma! Endowment Fund, Hi* no
ccpluuco hurt bet'ii aiiiiouuC.ed
i>> B?lling II Handy, regional
chairman for the fund in Bland,
Buchuuiiu, l)ickeiison,(Jraj sen,
Russell, Lee, Scott, Smyth,
I'a/.owell, Washington, Wise
and Wythe county.
Mr. Irvine m a graduate of
the law school, class of isv.t
and in one uf the institution's
most ilislitiguisod sous. He
served for many years on the
board of visitors of the univer?
sity and was lector for several
i ears.
Because of his intimate tie
ipiainteiie.; witli the university
ail,ms, Mr. Irvinu will be'n
particularly valuable nillll in
the etl'ort of the aliinmi nod
friends of the institution to
raise the three million dollar
birthday gift to he presented to
the university at the centennial
in June.
Mr. Handy announced sever?
al other local chairmen for the
fund, in this region including:
Lp. T. Kugate for Appalaohid
ami Wise county; J. B. D?fl for
Lebanon and Russell county;
lit W. Bell for Abiugd?n and
Washington county; Stuart B.
Campbell for Wytheville and
Wythe county; .1 X. Walker
for Bastian and Bland county,
and L. M. Bobinette and W, fi.
Davidson for Jonesville and
l,Se county, und B. W. Straws
for Tu/.ew'dl and 'I'a/.owell
-?on nty.
Mr. Irvine
mcnt Fund.
School News
(Kdlted by th.? Senior CI?m
Rev. Burnz was with u* on
lust Monday morning and gave
ns an interesting talk on "Re;
ward? of Honesty," Rev. Smith
on Tuesday morning on "Law
of Habit" and Rev. Dean on
Wednesday morning with the
description of Jacob ami [saaiah
Miss Betty Davidson, of date
City, visited the High School
Monday morning.
For the past week the "invis
iblo medals" were awarded to
the following grades: In the
high school, ninth grade in the
grammar grades, high sixth
and in tiie primary department
and the high fourth.
Some very high grades wore
made in the mid year examina?
tions in the high school depart?
ment which shows that their
time has been used 10 the best
advantage.
Miss Tcmpa Rhen ami Mr
David Sorgout have enrolled as
pupils in our scho d for tin- last
lentl, Tempt! is a senior an.I
I >avhi u freshman.
Dr. .lohn J. Fix, director of
the young peoples' work in the
synod of Appntuchin, was with
ns Monday morning and gave
us an itit.it stihg talk.
Mins Lois K Rhodes tivas
married to Mr. Norman II. Bus
(-??II at Appuldchia last Saiur
day. Tliu senior clnSH wishe?
i hem a lung and happy life to?
gether.
Edward Bird substitute.! for
Mrs. Kussel I on Monday
"Once to Ever" Woman" to
Be Seen Here.
American theatergoers who
ro veiled in the drum a tic wealth
of the "Heart of Humanity"
and Capitulated til the irresisti?
ble qualities of ''The Bight to
Happiness" ure doubtless of the
opinion that in these two photo
dramas Dorothy Phillips and
Alien Holutmr, star ami direct?
or, hive reitched the heights
.-f screen perfection. Hut ihn
public is nnked to reserve its ti
llill verdict until it has had a
view of "Unco to Every Wo
mail," th.' newest Universal
Jewel suiter production,coming
t ? the Auiu/.ii Theater on Th?rs
?lav.
Tin- popular appeal of ?j'Orico
to Kvbr.y WOmuti';' is heighten
cd becuuse it deals with cm r;.
day people and treats of a
theme that is as old as humani?
ty. Mother love is its keynote,
ami It shows the utter vanity
of worldly ambition when not
i itiiideil on human uiTecti?n.
Miss Phillips tirst appears as
.1 school girl, the daughter ot a
village blacksmith', who, be
cause of her good looks and
sweet voice, is the pet of the
family. She accepts the sacri?
fices ,.f her parents und sisters,
ami when ti visitor from Ncv
York UlTers to semi her abroad
10 have her voice trained she
loaves home w ith no regrets.
After many dramatic episodes
she dually reaches the goal of
her ambition?the creation of
the slur role in a new grand
opera in New York. Her hum
hie home and family lire for?
gotten. Then a tremendous
shock daises the I OSS of her
voice. Her new found friends
ami admirers leave her. In her
mother's grout iovo she finds
real happiness at last. ? adv.
Dance to Be Given Friday
Evening.
The Big Stone (lap Athletic
Club have issued invitations for
their mid winter dance to bit
given tit Ihn Armory Friday
evening, February lib from y
p. tit. until 3 ti. in. The music
will be furnished by Williams'
Orchestra, of Winchester, Ky.
The chaporoncs for the dance
aro Mr. and Mrs. George L.
Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Mc?
Cormick, Mr. and- Mrs. I). B
Sayors, Mr. and Mrs. L. T.
Winston.
Refreshments will ho served
{during the evening.
She walked with Kings and
' lost the common touch. Then
i camo ati hour when her moth?
er's vino clad cottage was a cit
del of lovo. See "Once to Ev?
ery Woman."?adv.

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