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School News
(Edited by tin; Senior Glau
Interesting Address by Gen?
eral Avers Before the
Public School,
(.eitora! IC. A. Aycrs itcjivcrcd
on Friday morning an address to
tin- public school mi iho growth
<il' Wise country,
His address was interesting to
both teachers ami pupils, lie
prefaced his remarks with a sliori
history of Ins early life, inform
ing Iiis audience Hint he w in?
born May 20th, 1840, in Bedford
county, Virginia, and caiho iv
Bristol with Iiis father nut] fami?
ly in 1855 when the railroad
from Bristol had only been com?
pleted to Mount Airy in Smyth
county and from there to Kri-t.d
the trip Was made by stages and
wagons. He s.ud that he saw
the last spike driven connecting
the lirsl line of railroad from the
Atlantic Ocean ?t Norfolk to the
Mississippi nl Memphis in !S?i>:
that lie had never attended ;i
free school, they not having been
established until filter the I ivi 1
w ar; Hint he quit school in De
comber, 1800, and ut dial time
was not twelve years old, hut
had studied Davies lileinenlary
and Advanced Arithmetic, uns
studying Algebra, had complete
ed the Latin reader, w;is study?
ing Ccnsar, and had commenced
to read Cicero, all of which he
had accomplished before he was
twelve years ?],|. H,. told the
students that they could accom?
plish all they undertook in Uteir
studies it thev were earnest and
Taking up the growth of Wise
county Uencral Aytys said that
he lirsl came to Big Stoiio Gap
on the L'Uth day of May, ISllllj
which was hi- ITih birthday]
and stopped with Mr. Klkniinh
Iii Hey, there being only Ihne
houses, (lie |ibsl nlllcc being
known ;is Three Forks: lie sot-j
tied dt Hate I'ity, in Scotl cniiii
ty, married and lived thereuntil
1SS0 when lie met General J. I).
Ituboilen, who had been -out out
by some I'ittshurg capitalists to
purchase some iron ore. lie in?
duced General luibodoii lo lake
an option to purchase abbitt 10,
??? acres of poal land, owned by
the Kane estate tind (Hinge is.
This was February tirtl. 1880,
anil resulted in the -nie Of this
land und various other coal prop:
erties to the I'ittslnirg people,
ami eventually to its being ac?
quired by the Philadelphia und
Manch Chunk interests who now
own largely the dillcreut proper
ties. General Avers was ut oilCO
in ?8U0 retained as counsel for
the companies foriued In take
over the properties, and has con?
tinued in their employ for more
I ban forty years.
In 18SO the iissossed values of
the real und personal property of
Wise county, which was then
the smallest of any in the state,
was :
Real Kstaie.$aoj,u28.0l>
Personal Property . 153,820.00
The assessed values in 1020
including real, personal und mix?
ed were *20,U50,l?O.80. In
1SS0 Wise county was tj?. small?
est ill population and wealth in
the stale, and in 1020 was lite
largest in both in the state,
Ueiinrnl Ayers stated that im?
mediately after making the pur?
chases of coal land and becoming
counsel for the owners, he ree
ogni/ed the necessity for devel?
opment, and through his own
lell'orts, and <>f others, ?he \Vns
;able to secure the extension of
the railroad from Bristol which
I whs completed in the spring of
I iSOO. The Louisville & Nashs
villc and Hi,- Norfolk ifc Western
railroad; wen- built ton junction
at Norton in 1801, nHording the
shipper- ..f coal and coke three
great trunk lines, which liave
beeil supplemented by the ex?
tension of thu Southern to the
Kentucky line, and the building
nl' the Inter.state Railroad which
connect these roads with a large
proportion of the mines, and to?
gether with the road from the
Ltronksof Sandy to the Carolinas,
probably doveloping between
live lines Hie lnrgo-t area of coal
in the United States.
Afier outlining his lifo work
and what he had liocu able to ac?
complish, Ik' encouraged the .stu?
dents In set their aims high and
struggle in accomplish and even
surpass what they plan.
II.' told tiieiii not to look back?
ward, lint to keep their eyej
steadfastly upon Hie future.
U was reported several weeks
ago thai Mr. Sul(ridge had lost
In- watCli. We are very glad to
announce that it has heeu found
and returned to him.
KoVi .Smith visited Iho school
on Thursday of last week and
made n- a very helpful lull; on
"The (i.1 Accomplished by
The gymnasium apparatus has
booh moved from the "Armor) "
into the gyiii room of the school
building. The doors will bo
closed until !l:!!() and after ibis
I Hille tllO pupils of the school will
lie allowed to practice until 5:00
I o'clock, when the boy scouts will
ii-c il until 0:00 o'clock two
days out of the week. We be?
lieve thai if Ibis room is used in
acebrdn.^ with the rules und
regit hi Hons, i! \\ ill be a great
Ijeiielil I,, tile school.
Oiir building hits been much
wanner, and our jlonrs much
ch iller since ? the high school
boys havo taken over the work .
()ur jiaskctball court is being
cleaned and the hoards replaced.
If the weather permits we -hall
h.- having games soon.
WANTS 40,000
Joseph M. Maker, a friend of
Mayor atauITor while the lat?
ter was a newspaper CorroSpOll
ilehl in Wushingion, called ut
the ?flicO of the ell) 's chief ex?
ecutive. Mr. Maker, ut the time
that Mayor StaulVer was in
Washington, was a page boy in
the House of Representatives
ami assistant secretary to ox
Congressman Rothormul. since
that time he has gone into bus
iness and is a member of the
linn of Maker & Morrell, deal?
ers in coal. Mr. Maker's home
is at l?g Stoi.e Gap, Va.
lie is in Uedding for the pur?
pose of purchasing aillhrucitO
und bituminous coal for ship
meats to Seattle, Wash. Mr.
Maker wants 30,000 tons of un?
til raci to and 10,000 tons of four
inch block hiliiininous coal At
the time ho called nt the mayor's
pllice be had not completed any
business transaction or secured
the coal. If unsuccessful in
Reading he intends to go to the
Now York markets.?-Reading
Bargains in new and used l-'.u
gines, boilers,Saw Mills,Wood
working Machinery, Tractors,
Electric Motors. Komi Building
Machinery, Air Compressors,
Locomotives and Steam Shov?
els, Hoisting Engines, Relaying
Kails, Oil and Gasoline Kn
gines. Concrete Mixers, (.'rush?
ers, Pumps, Koad Rollers, Pipe,
Shafting, l'ulleys, Belting/Saws
and Oils.
adv.-.itf Wytheville, Vn.
Leaders in Wise County Hold
Meeting and Make Recom?
Recommendation? for tho ?1 i<
tributioii of Federal patronage in
Wiso county were made at a
meeting of tlie Wiso County Re?
publican Committee at Norton
last week. The meeting was
ralhd by K. M. Addiugtou,
chairman, who presided lit the
The entire committee of 20
men and '20 women were present.
The meeting teemed with re?
joicing over the Republican vic?
tory last November. Harmony
existed to a marked degree be?
tween the different factions and
enthusiasms was high.
The following recoiniiionda
tions were agreed upon: l-'or
district attorney, Thomas .1.
Muncoy, of Rlnnd; for assistant
district attorney, I?. I-'. Kennedy,
of Wise: deputy collector of in?
ternal revenue. T. M. Pepper,of
Norton; depute United Slates
.Marshall. Claude I.. Kelly, of
Rig Stone Cap; I'.S. collector of
internal revenue lor the western
district, C. S. Pondletoii, of
Scott county; Raiding Deputy
tor the Western District of Vir?
ginia, .1. II. Calron,of l?g St?he
R.tniueudittinns for peslmas?
ters were made as follows :
A ppalachia. R. .1. Shepherd :
Rig Stoiio Cap, }V. S. Rose;
Boudtowo, Mis-- Gertrude l:.
Hah-; t\,ol,urn. K. M. Aiblings
ton ; Norton, s. II. Ratllss jTom'-s
Creek, .1. R. Tompkins; St.Paul,
i'. Helton: Siiiiicgaj M. F.
Dully : Wise; W. Si. (iilh nwa
iers ; K.i-t Mono ?lap. William
llood; I'arilee, M. K. Wells';
Roaring Fork. I'. T. Riser ; Ex?
eter, k. \V. M.is.
Tenth Annual
Of Pension Fund of the Unit?
ed States and the Carnegie
Steel Companies.
The tenth annual report of
the pension department ul the
l ulled Slates ami the Carnegie
Steel Companies and their thir
ty-feur subsidiary companies
covering period up lo December
'Mai, 1920, shows some very in
teresiing Iigurea.
The pension fund was started
iu Rill ami sinch that time the
sum of $5,880,081 DO has been
disbursed to the pensioned em?
ployees as follows:
1912. 358,780,02
1013. 422,815.14
11)11. 511,907 00
191 ?. 650,389.42
1910. 711,140.33
1917 . 712,506.05
1918 . 709,059
lSI'J. 733,707.45
1920. 779,700 00
On December 31st, 1920, there
were 2,969 employees on the
pension list the average age of
the pensioned men was 65 yourH,
and their average length of ser
vice was thirty-) ours. The av?
erage monthly pension on De
comber 31st, 1920, was {522.10.
All of the employees of the
companies and their subsidi?r,
dries tire eligible for pom-dons
after service of years, and
among the 2069 pensioners are
a good many men low in the
The board of directors of the
pension fund are the o dicers of
the United Stales Steel Corpor?
ation including K. II. Clary,
Chas. L Taylor, W. ,1 Filbert,
W. 11. Clingermuu, James A.
Furrel. J. R. Krskine is man?
ager of the fund.
The United States Steel Cor?
poration through its pension de?
partment and safety tirst organ*
i z it i on s, is Irving to net only
Stive its employees from disa
bility resulting from accidents
while ai work, but to lake care
of them after they become uu?
lilted for work by reason of old
Will Meet in Bristol lo Per?
fect Plan for Educational
Dr. J. II. Reynolds, director
general of the Christian educa?
tion commission, will meet with
Methodists of the Holsten con
fereuce, in Bristol, Vti., today
(February' IC), and assist in the
organization of the conference
for pushing the financial cam?
paign to secure the $33,000,000
fund which Southern Metho?
dists will spend in advancing
the educational int, rests of
their church.
This meeting will bring to
gethcr the leading oiUcinls,
ministers, editors, college presi?
dents, and lay workers within
the bounds of lUg Holsten con
ference. l'.ishop Collins Denny,
of Richmond, Va., (Vill he iho
ranking church ollloiul present.
.1. A. Stonnj of Bristol, Vu.,
liiianoial director for the con?
ference, will preside* Associat?
ed with M r. Stone are ten dis |
trict directors! will see that liv?
ery member canvass is pushed
in the districts into which the
COlifon lice is divided.
I lie linanciiil objective of the
Christian education ihovoiil'int
is in the hands of the most
prominent business men of this
-eel ion. They have made
careful survey of the situation j
and are optimistic as to the re?
sult. It is the general opinion i
thai the fund will be oversiih
May -'?< to .I line 5 is the time
sei for the financial campaign.
Although no gifts have as yet
been solicited, it is generally
known thill two big gilts ag?
gregating $130,000 have been
pledged to two of the colleges
in this section. The four
Southern Methodist schools
within the hounds id' tin- Kol
sinn conference arc: Kinory
and Henry College, Kinory,Vu.,
.Martha Washington College,
Abingdon, Va., Iliivnsseo Col
loge, Madisonville, Tonil;, and
Centenary College, Cleveland,
Former Congressman .lohn II
Kolhermel entertained a visitor
from Big Stone (Jap, V.l. lie
was Joseph M. Baker, who bus
coal interest in the Virginia
Mr, Baker was secretary to
Mr. Kotherinel for ahotlt eight
ye ns in Washington
Mr. KolllorillCI had him tip.
pointed pago in the House of
Representatives, later to the
folding room, and when the
Democratic party was in the
majority Mr. Kothcrillol was
made chairman to the commit ?
tee on expenditures in the De
partium! of Cohlhli rce and up
pointed Baker as clerk to same.
Mr. Baker was in Beading
for the purpose of purchasing
10,1mm tons of bituminous and
30,000 tons of anthracite, i}nd it
is understood that contract was
made for iho bituminous with
local operators.
When appointed as page Mr.
Baker was only 11 years of age.
Ho hails from Allentown.?
Beading (l'a.) Knglo.
Kx Governor II. C. Stuart ami
nephew, Hon. John White Stu?
art, will sail from New York
Wednesday of this week for
South America, where thoy will
.spend several months, expect-j
ing to return on or about July
1st. They are expecting a great
trip and this paper ami bun-1
dredsof other friends through?
out this section hope they will
not be disappointed.?Lebanon
At least one thing can bo sa d
in favor of American profiteers.
They are experts in their lino. |
Board of
Al Regular Meeting Reject All
Road Bids.
Wise, V:i? Fob. 10.?Tho
Hoard of Supervisors mot in
regular session at the court
house Tuegtiay a?il transacted
th'd regular routine of business.
Tbc most important matter that
came before the board was op?
ening tin'bids for the construct,
nig of pike roads as provided
for in tile bond issue Of $360,.
D00. All of tliq bids were found
to be higher than the estimates
made by the Stute Highway
Commission and were rejected.
Oilier bids will he advertised
for at once, ami thi s,, will tie
Opened and passed upon ut the
next regular meeting of the
board, Mandl 8th
Legion Notes
A d nice will he given by the!
Henry N. Tale Post American
Legion in their club room Ap
palachia on Thursday night,
Pehruurj r.'ud. Invitations arc
new being mailed, Music by
Witt',, .la//. Orchestra. A big
crowd i-i expected, and a good
time is guaranteed.
Hxserviee men can do noth?
ing better than join tin- Anon
can Legion. .\ membership
drive is now on, and you should
not fail to join, mall your dues
in the -.ecretary which is only
j : 1)0, rind a membership card
Will Ive III Iih>i| von at once.
The lO?l post oflicors of the!
Iletiry N.Ta'.e Post areas fob'
Willi.mi It Peters, comman?
der; vice eomm inders are, ('. A
Hood, Fred liuebanan, ItoSooo
Wnli/., Paul Home, George
Morton; post war risk oUieor,
Sam F; DiokeiiHon; sectrutary,
Fest us Isuu; lre(i'siiror, Oilvor It
Hutko, sergeant al arms, ex?-e.
it live com mil toe, Italph C3. lira v,
F.dd P. Dull ? . Jr., .1 H Car 1
mack, .I Kex Iterry and Henry
A Siphers.
The Booze
Traffic 11
-? -y*
Tin- killing .if i 1 .Miry Mix I
Pig Slum- U;ip Sum!ay after-'
noon a-s h?' was walk i nW '*f^tJ8r--'
tin- highway, brings ho'ino to |l%
!h.? peril that hangs OVfcfjnf*^
???? h>ng as this terrible UaJNriS' ^
bootleg whiskey is cnr/^M|p^
Nobody is safe on t'^o ^7
on the eounty roads, VMS!., '?
their own homes. A hi .'On
let mav bring to a el''_,_ ?
life, or'the life of vo^^gy.
hor any day or any uioiiip 1ST
This dastardly traffic m
stopped. And the til
which the bootleggor
case was soaked, will do
to this end. Hut a six tno.
jail sentence will do much.
The county does not uoj
these tines. The cities do
Ii.I I hehl. Wo need 10 bj
of the trallic. And the ?vi?
he rid of the trallic is to ulaci!
heav) j.nl sentence aloligfwfj
II heavy line.
What does the aver.ige hJ
legger (fare for a liner llo/
make it hack in a few i?
Im.ess. What he drory
the jail sentence. Our n^ jj^]
ami justices und judge* ncVu^^^
forget about the monoy IhO \
liie s bring in, and go to hnnd-vp^j
mg out long j.nl terms for of?
This will stop the husi
but lines will not. ? Norton Pro?
Norton Floral Co,
Cv.it Flowers
Funeral Designs',!
Corsages 'and
Potted Plants
Prompt s jivic j Jw >'iNixbir
111 I
With the
'round the top
More farmers are wearing Goodrich Rub?
ber Footwear today than ever before.
The reason for this tremendous increase
ih users is simple?Goodrich wears
longer than other footwear, and farmers
have found it out. Naturally, when a
man hoys a pair of Goodrich "'Hi-Press"
nnil they last so much longer and uro so
much more comfortable, and so mate?
rially cut clown that big footwear bill?
he's going to toll his fi lends.
More and more farmers are finding out
that Goodrich won't leak, peel or come
apart ? it can't, for it is made in One
Solid Piece?that's the Goodrich v/ay.
Look for the Red Line 'round the Top
when you buy. 60,000 dealers are now
selling Goodrich.
TliK B. V. Goodrich UuiiiiEK Company
/\ iron. ohio
Rubber Footwear

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