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The Big Stone Gap Post.
VOL. XXX BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY. VA.. WEDNESDAY. FEBRUARY 22. 1922 No. 8 Virginia's 75 Mile Link In Lonesome Pine Trail Ready Before Year's End. Soventy-flvo miles of the Lone? some Pine Trail direct north ami south future trunk highway lead? ing from Ironton, Ashland ami Huntington on the Ohio river on tho north, to Knoxville and Ashevillc on Ihe south?lie in Virginia, Of this 7? miles, a 50-ihile continuous stretch from Jones villi-, comity scat of Lee, on through tho thriving towns of Pohnington Gap,, Uig Stone Gap) Appulacliia. Norton and Win-, (old Gludcvillci, tin- county seal of Wist.untv. to Glaiiiorgnh, is already a hard surface road in excellent condition, a largo part of it heilig bituminous macadam or concrete. < >f the ten miles from tin- Ten? nessee line to .loocsvillu sevon mill's are v\oil graded and drain? ed ready for inacadani surface, and tlio hec county hoard of sit pt-rvisor- has already made linttn cial arrangements to thoroughly grade and drain tin- remaining llireo miles iioxt to the'IV'nnon steo lino as soon us w.calhcr con ditious permit m tho -pring. While tin-* section may liiil be macadamized for tW?'year's yet, by midsummer tho whole section should In- in excellent shape, af? fording easy and comfortable au? tomobile travel. Qreal Progress Expected, (in tin- northerinosl li ft eon mill's of the Virginia road, how ever, is w here great progress will be made this year. Beginning at the big pine in the Virginia Kentucky line in the Pound (jap on toji of Cumberland .Mountain, w hich legend attributes Id have been the try sting place oi June Toliver, the Virginia lligfiwny commission made a survey last year down i iuinberland mountain to "The Pound,'' a beautiful lit? tle valley settlement on Pound river, one of the headwater" of the Pig Sandy. This survey follows in part the old trail, but is four miles long. The Wise county board of super visors has already secured legis lative authority under a Virgin? ia law to lend the Slate llighu ay Commission if 180,000 to build this section, and the contract will be let in the early spring. It will be a model road with easy grades and curves and an asphalt macadam surface 18 feel w ide. Improved Al llea\> Cost. Front the pound up Indian i'reek to the top of the mountain hack of Glamorgan is nine miles. Thin road was graded and drain? ed at heavy cost ten years ago, and is in good condition for com? fortable unto travel almost t llrOUgllOIlt t he year. However,at the request of the citizens of Hie Pound district the Wise county hoard tit super? visors w ill petit ion the cont i io order an elect ion fur $120,000 of district bonds to lay a bitumi? nous macadam surface on this nine mile sect ion. A large majority of the volets are pledged to the proposal and contracts will be lei in the early spring. The two miles from the top of the mountain to Glamorgan is not macadamized, but out of a former bond issue it. was well graded, surfaced, drained and cindered, mid it will be kept in good condition tit nil times. Therefore in another ten months one can expect to travel the entire 76 miles of the Vir? ginia section of the Lonesome I'me Trail in the utmost comfort through the rich blue grass farm land- of Lee and over the fast developing coal lands ol Wise. Nearly every mile will reveal scenic beauties and recreational opportunities unsurpassed in America. Summer llutcl in Prospect, based upon these assurances and upon report- of expected construction progri ss on the Ken? tucky ?ection of tin- highway, responsible persons are already planning the const met ion of u big summer hotel with other fa? cilities and attractions tit Hig Steile tiap lo partially lake care of the anticipated big influx of tourists lipon ihe completion of the highway. Norton and Appalachiu have id ready laid coiicretu'iispliall pavements on their main streets along tin- highway. Hig Stone tiap iias in hand $110,000 ami has ulverlised for bids for ?120,000 of bonds, with which to build a tliree Utile concrete pavement along tin- highway to its eastern corpora I (t limits. The prelimi? nary engineering work is nearly completed and construction con? tract- will be let in less than 00 days. In addition ti this highway I. county has many miles of good hard surface roads leading through rich fanning seel ions and into its Hhick Mountain coal lleldsi Wise rioiiiity has a per feel net work of good macadam road- connecting its several pro? gressive towns with all its large and neatly all its small coal and coke camps and villages as well as many, outlying farming and orchard communities. Added StiuU.OUU Spent. In addition to more than fl, iliiii,iioi) -pent in mad construc? tion eight loten years ago, the l!ig Stone Gap And Norton dis? tricts have in the lust two years spent ?U00,00O. t'onstruction contracts let last year in the eastern Olid of the county lo be completed this year involve an expenditure of more than $:t?i>, 000. This last is slate highway work, and when completed there will be through hard-surface roads lo Muelield, W. Va., and beyond and to Ahiugdoii, Ya., on Ihe Lee highway, over which it i- confidentially expected, within Ihe next two years, one can travel to Washington with? out passing over a single stretch of anything other than good and well maintained hard-surface Ada Jones and Her Own Company Thousands ol people have heard the voice! of America's best known conieUl ennu ADA JONES on the) phonograph und now they will have Uia,oppQrtiinlty und pleasure el' hearing and seeing her I in person ul lie- High School Auditorium on Fob. Hind. As long as lifo lusts we shall each of us who see and hear Ada .linns recall the tin ills uiul delights of her records. Miss Jones from the vary stall holds her audience captive with Ilm melodious beauty of her voice ami win- the hearts and admiration of all who hear her and her ilellghtful com paiiy. CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH Lenten services will bo held every Wednesday evening at 5:30 o'clock beginning Wednes? day March 1st, Ue.v. Paul Hunt? ington olliciatiug. Robert Burton Bird. The entire community was shocked lust Friday to lt;arn of the sudden death of Robert Bird. 11 in illness was so brief that many of the close friends of the family did not know of it until they heard that tu> hud passed, u way. Robert was the third child of .Mr. and Mrs. Charles K. Bird, of Big Stone Hup. He was born on September 20, 1.008 Ho was a handsome little follow as a child, and attracted much at? tention when oh the street be? cause of his quiet manners and bis beautiful hair. From a child bis dignified demeanor was a decided characteristic of his lift", and was observed by all who knew him. Among his companions, he was a real boy, loved ai|d udmirtid by all. His seiend career and record in his studies were especially com? mendable, lie was ready for the high school ami entered the lirsl year's work last fall before he passed bis thirteenth birth? day. His teachers testify that be performed bis school duties very faithfully. He mustered bis studies with dolorminatiou and earnestness, and looked up on the imitier of securing an education as of utmost impor? tance In bis home, on the streets of the town, on the cam? pus of the public school and in the class room, bis conduct was alway s exemplary . When these things can ho truthfully said of a hoy in his thirteenth year; it| is very evident that In- must have possessed unusual ipiali ties of heart and mind. Several years ago Robert '"ado a public profession of bis faith in the Lord Jesus i'In ist, and united wall the Methodist Kpiscopal church, South, of tile < lap. His pastor and bis Sunday school teacher testify that be was very liulhfill in the performance of bis religious duties. He was stricken with illtlll en/.a about two weeks before bis dentil, but was soon out ttguiu, and bad resumed bis du? ties at school. tin Tuesday be suffered a very serious relapse which rapidly developed into acute (flight's disease, and in spite of every thing that love and medical skill could do for his relief, be fell asleep about six o'clock on Friday morning. This was exactly one week after be went out for the lirsl lime after recovering from the at? tack of iutluenzu. During this last illness he suffered a great deal, bill through it all be re remainud quiet and patient. No one heard a Word of com? plaint from him. He is surviv? ed by bis parents, two brothers ' und one sister. The funeral services were con dueled from the M. F. Church, South, on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock by bis pastor, Rev. R Gi Reynolds^ asst.-.:..,I by Rev. James M. Smith, of the Presbyterian church. The au? ditorium was tilled to overflow? ing with sorrowing friends, and many beautiful floral designs bore silent testimony to the love and esteem of sympathizing friends for this manly tioy. The following classmates served as active pall bearers. Junior Gillyj Charles lingers, Kussel! Snlyer, Qilmer I bender, Leonard Garrison, Frank Pot? ter, Joe Little and Kobert Ma haffey. The i n let incut was made in GleilCUU cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Bird ami their children have the eireelionate sympathy of our entire column nity in their sudden bereave ment The hoys and girls of the town have had the privilege of association with a splendid hoy, whose character should be an inspiration to them for the fu? ture. A Card of Thanks. We lake Ibis method of es pressing our thanks and appre? ciation to our friends for the many deeds of kindness und sympathy during ibe iliuossund deutii of our dear sou and broth? er, Robert. Moro especially do we feel indebted to the school classes and faculty ami our friends who ho generously fur? nished their cars. Mr. and Mrs. Cburles K. Bird, .Miss Anna Hint, Edward and Charles Bird. Hard jobs are only hard to those who think them hard. Iron Resources of This Section Said to be Unlimited. Unrve Young, recognized a one of the beat posted men in Lee county oil the iron resources start- away hack 100 years ago when Mr. Cogor started a fur? nace at Litton Mills, also the furnace started at Halo- Kohl ?0 years ago. It certainly is interesting lo listen to a man of Mr. Voting's intelligence and long experience tell of the incident- encountered in his long life among the Lee county hills. Mr. Young is one of the very few who has faith in the belief that iron in Lee county i- the same as Birmingham ami is ?hat the geological map shows it to be. Mr. Young has interviewed sev? eral of the government geologi? cal men (he pas! III year-, also some of the big furnace men I from Alabama and they all hack Shim up in his content ion that this -ante Wallen"- ridge which j furnishes Birmingham her iron is Ihe same which terminate- at Ka-t Stone (lap and Ihe same veins of iron of the same thick? ness do appear and ate exposed in several places in l.ee county. Mr. Young relates some argu? ments he IlltS had with Bn11(1 I'd Thurston on the location of one of the main veins of iron which can be followed for mile- in the mountain side by the tact el' the -now melting on it when other places the snow doe- not melt. Mr. Voting recalls .-bowing some of these iron butcroppiitgs to .1. K. Tiiggurt some 80 years back ami Mr. I'aggarl playfully accused Mr. Young of salting the mine. Mr. Voting optioned a great deal of this iron laud for Goo. I.. Carter u number of years back, but some of the large owners re? fused to give the option- and the i plans fell through. Mr. Young heartily approves the efforts of the Big Stone Gap Ad flub to agitate and stir Up Ihe interest among the iron hind land owners of Lee county with a view of getting Uenry Ford rir -nine of the big northern million a ires to see the opportunity in our iron and he (eels -tire Ihe lime will come that he will be able to give -ome help and in? formation when some of the big fellows come round looking (he prospect OVe| . Tho writer asked Mr. Young to give an approximate guess at the number of tons of iron ore in Lee county and the only way lie would estimate it was a- more Inns of iron in Lee than ton- of coal in Harlan. The Big Stone (lap Ad Oltlh is in close touch with the associa? tion at Bristol and Johnson City that are buck of Ihe etforl to or? ganize all the iron interests in tho Bristol trade territory und bring certain facts before Mr. Kord and his associates regarding this iron. This? movement has only got started and there is mountains of work before this association, .1. 0. Williams, of the South? ern Railway development service is lending his co-operation and will send one of bis live wire as? sistants to Big Stone Gap in Hie near future, when it is hoped to have several important iron in? terests present with a view of starting a permanent effort for (Southwestern Virginia. This territory embraces all of Lee and certain parts of Scott and Wise. Major Campbell, of Johnson City, secretary of the parent as? sociation, is in correspondence , with the Big Stone Uap Ail Club leaders and no doubt will In- one of the leading speakers at the proposed meeting. Thai Big Stone tlap can make I iroii in com pet ion with the whole nation i> a tact that the Ad Club hopes to make a part of a big publicity in view and there is no reason why that town should not swell up with a sense of pride, knowing that someday it will be one of the iron centers as well as a knitting mill and spinning center. The big industrial assbl which Bio Stone (lap has in her water works with the possible [lower which is sure to be har? nessed from the fall of this water I llio feet from the .lam on Big Cherry and the cheap electric power made at the mines' mouth are all a part of the -Ail Club's ambition when the club can be placed on a permanent basis, lltg Stone Gap has woke up. I'll,- land interests are getting llieir heiid? tilget her and Und it is purely a mailer ol business. Mie big bond issue f,,r modern -Hei- I- alia part of I he greater Big Si. t lap. I'iVery citizen inust shoulder hi- pail of this effort and join the Ad Club and give the town ever) ehi.o.?Powell Valley New-. Music Study Club The I'.ig Stone flap MUSIC St ml \ Club met lit the homo ol Wrs/Malcolm Smith mi Wed nesduy, February 16th. Nevin was Iho SllbjObl lot the after? noon, and roll call was answer? ed with sketches and Stories ol I iho great American musician. In the abseii.if the presi Ideal, Miss Mary Ramsey, .Mrs I McCoruiiek look the chair I lo re I eilig no vice-president to take the place of Miss It im Sey| who was recently elected president, nominations were to order and -Mrs. McConniok was nominated and elected vice president. .Motion was made and carried that the members inform the hostess prior io each meeting, whether or not they will intend, in order that the llosleSri may know bow m my to expect. Af? ter the business of the day was linishtjd the following program was rendered and thoroughly enjoyed by those present: Heading "Sketch uf Kevin's Life" .Mis Malcolm Smith Heading ''Sketch of Life and Heath ol Nevin" Mm. Itiish Violin Solo. "Uive Song".R, Kevin Mliii Ueih SUugart Vocal Solo," Necklace of hove' .K Kevin Mrs. I. I', Taylor Piami Solo, ''Good Night' K Nevin Mrs .1. II. Mathewa I'oein "Since the Kevlus Came to Town1 Miss Until Smith I'laiio (a) '?Narcissus'' (h, " Mighty Uk a Kris,," . K. Nevin .Mrs. J. K. I'..ill in Mrs. Smith, assisted by her daughter, .Miss Ruth and Miss [lutli Shugart, then served 11 most delicious salad course car? rying out the Valentine idea in hearl-shuped sand wichen und salad decorated with red hearts pierced with cup id's ttrrosvs. The following members and guests were present: Mendamos. Mathews, Buyers, McCormick, Moiisur, Geo. L. Taylor, Will Rush, L?ne, Pierson, Dorothy Owens Biown,Reynolds,Wainp ler, LC. Taylor, Malcolm Smith, Josh Bullitt, Black, Owens und Misses Olga Horton, Ruby Kem? per, Beth Shugart und Ruth Smith Meeting tbeu adjourned until the third Wednesday in March, when Mrs. Josh Bullitt will be hostess. If you Wuut to make a fellow hot just toll him to keep cool 'when he ia between two tires. Bonds Sold $120.000 to Be Spent Here for Street Improvements. At a meeting of the linance com? mittee <>f the town council Mon? day night bids for bonds issued by the town for street improve? ments to the extent of 1120,000, were opened, .lohn Jl. I 'aid well Company, of Nashville, Toun., [lilt in the best bid, their price being #8,000 more than any oth bid submitted. They were represented by 1>. (-'. Alexander, who was present at the meeting. The bonds were sold at par at an interest of It per cent. It will be some time liefere actual work I oil the streets will commence, ?s the legality of the bonds will have to be approved by expert bond attorneys at New York, af? ter which tlie money will be available a- heeded. It is the plan of the council to let alt tin work to contract and it is hoped to have work started by April 1 or sooner it weather will permit. .Members of the linance com? mittee who approved the bonds are: Mayor W. .1. Ilorsley, VY. W. Taylor, W. T. Goodloc and ti. K. .1 incs. the Caldwoll Company have previously pur? chased Wise county bonds to the extent of f1)00,000. 1 RUDOLPH VALENTINO as JULIO in TH E? FOUR HORSEMEN of the APOCALYPSE Hero of Ingrain's 'T he Four Horsemen" Won Chance From His Dancing. Rudolph Valentino, the cele? brated young dancer win bus the lending mule role in "The Ifour llorserhon of the Apoca? lypse," a Rex Ingrain produc? tion for Metro, will be shown at the Amu/ii Theatre, two days commencing TuesJuy, Pebru iry 28lh, found bis way to fame and fortune through Ills nimble lift. When you see Mr Valentino in this screen adaptation of tho world famous novel of Vicente Blasen Hitmen by Juno Mathis ami notice bis finished acting, tho sure swugijor of the the cafe scenes laid in the Argen? tine, the polish of bis manner in Interpreting the student und lover in I'aris, it will bo your unquestionable opinion that hei?: >>< a man initialed in theat? rical ways us a child. Hut. il w as neither us a dancer nor an actor that Mr. Valentino hoped to tako fortune by storm. It was in tho more bumble spere us a prospective agricul? turist that be. came to tho United States, at the age of eighteen, a graduate from tho Itoyai Military College of Agri? culture at Genoa, Italy. As he planned bis future be would be coine one of tint great laud owners in this country of oppor? tunity. Hut things happened swiftly lor him in Now York. Soon be wits busy teaching Broadway's regulars his graceful steps, lie appeared at Hector's us a danc? ing partner of Bonnie Ulass, fol? lowing this engagement with ouo in tlio Winter Garden and a long term contract in vuude villo. Krom dancing to mo'.ion pic? tures was an oasy step. His first picture with Mao Murray in "he Big Little Person." When Hex Ingram,in his pains? taking search for tho type to portray tho pleasure - loving South American hero of "Tho four Horseman'* saw Valen? tino, he uhoso him for the part. ?adv.