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VOL. XXX OSt. I 6 Pages BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA? WEDNESDAY. APRIL 5, 1922 No. 14 THE SOAKING RAIN WAS \ Falling Fast As Thrt^gh Fair Big Stone's Streets There Passed. THE HOST WHO SAID? "Behold We Go To See Strutter Minstrel Show!" And They Did The rnin had ceased when that host went slopping home again; but 1<>! llicir faces glowed with glee, and "Ha! Hal Hal oh He! lie!" the dark night echoes gaily woke, as gentle jibe or juicy juke called up in memory that least 6( j fun and minstrclay. My! How it must have made' the old-tuners sit there and think of old times when tin- curtain went up on AI G. Fields! "Pre? mier Minstrels!" It must have brought hack visions of Honey Boy livans, Doc Brown anil Lew Evans, Doe Brown and Lew Dockstader. Why. that circles of the Strutter's Kevin- looked ed just as much the ren! thine as any minstrel ever did. Voices Gave Them Away It wasn't until they sat down and began to sing that you real? ized their true identities. Then,of course, their voices gave them away. They might black up their lares and stick their heads into wigs and dress up all they pleased, hut. just lite minute they opened their mouths and made sounds, you Could tell which was George Goodloe, or Carl Hanks, or Rudolph Yotiell, or Pat Yotiell ?the four ends?*-just as easily as you could identity Kay Littrell who sat in the middle and had no black on his face at all, The chorus nien were not so easily identified, unless you knew them and their voices blended so well it was haul to know who to blame tor it. From lite moment Kudtdph Yotiell tell from the stage to the orchestra pit to the closing scene in which C arl Banks was the bar? ber there was no end of whole? some fun. The jokes and raps on the different members ami their friends were very much to the point and brought down the house again and again in what appeared to be an endless laugh, or more correctly , termed one long screech. Some of the Stars The songs were the kind that make you want to join in also give your feet considerable trou? ble. To make any selection or try to decide who rendered the best song would lie impossible as it was one good song after an another and they were encored again and again. George Good: loc had the house with himwhen he snug "Peggy O'Neil." George is a real black face artist and con? tributed much to the success of the show. Little John Hill Goodloe gilt downright George M. Cohenish with his song,"Ain't Nature Grand?" This little fel? low was one of the stars. An? other high light among the bunch of stars was Rudolph Ybuell. He acctdently fell from the stage am) niadc the fall look nutttral. He was back on the stage in a jif? fy, and working like a turk lor the success of the show. High Lights of Show Particular points in every pro? duction by reason of uncommon merit are outstanding from the general run, no mailer what may be the excellent quality of the performance. Among the nota? ble features was the decidedly gum! arrangement of the ensem? bles, the tasie in costuming anil the specialties introduced by Miss Mary Davenport ami Gco. Goodl?c . Miss Davenport *cor cd heavily wilh her catchy mel? ody "Making eyes at me." She sang as one long used to the glare til the fool lights, arid sang with a sweet, nielow voice, espe? cially adapted to the "blues" va? riety of ballad. The audience clammorcd for an enchorc after each uf her snugs, but she re? fused to return. The Strutter Revue" is almaat complete entertainment anil a first-class example of what Dig Stone Gap talent and Hig Stone energy can accomplish when di? rected even In takeling the dif? ficulties ni the "green room." Zigficid, the Sintberts, Dilling ham. Curt. llammcrstein and others ate still in the business, but llig Stone can lay just claim to having placed on the minstrel stage a production well worthy of the city's unquestioned standing in other lines of endeavor. ! Credit to Garrctt The actors did their share. The orchestra, under the direc? tion ol" Jolinuy Kay, lent the me? tropolitan, air to the occasion and made the Gapites proud of their musical talent. To them a great part of the success of the evening belongs. Hut when all of this is said we must turn to the fellow whom no one saw, but who, during the long weeks of fehersal, tax? ed his brains in pulling the show together, to making it what it was, This was Director iGarretl. He pieced the show to? gether, knocked off the rough pails, and moulded it into a pleasing whole. The faculty of the High School, ami the people of the Gap, have been more than generous with praise for his work. The show was a knock out?a whooping success. WISE COUNTY HAS ONLY POSTMISTRESS Stonega Postmistress Is Dem? onstrating That a Woman Can bo a Mother and a Public Ser? vant Mrs. Mi II. Duffy, wife of as? sistant superintendent "Mat" I hiffy, of Stonega, is the first lady in Wise county to receive official recognition from Presi? dent Harding. She is the only postmistress officially appointed in the county. < >ll January 31 of this year she succeeded C. N'. Davidson in the pnstoflice at Stonega, and is tile first lady, so far as is known, to he appointed by the President to a postoflice in Wise county. Mrs Duffy is an ardent repub publican. Her husband is one of the live wires in the almost perfect republican organization in the Ninth. He is a brother of C. (i. Duffy, <jow of Cincinnati, but who was for many years one of the "bosses" in Mr. Sleinp's ranks. Mrs. Duffy is demonstrat? ing that a woman can be both a mother and a public servnt. She had never been loud in her de mauds for equal suffrage, but worked consistently until the women of the United States were given the right to a voice in the government. Her appointment has been the source of much satisfaction to the women of the county. They look upon it as a step forward when they will be holding pub? lic offices ui all kinds. Council Winnen have been suggested in Norton. Some of stronger sex frowned on the idea, but the wiser heads realize that it is only a matter of lime until women will play a major part in the man? agement of the people's business in the Ninth District. I Before her marriage Mrs. Duf? fy was Miss Maude, Richmond of Coeburn, but was living in Stonega when she met and mar? ried Mr. Duffy. They have one son. uine.and have lived in Stone? ga tor the past eleven years. In spite of her official duties her home is one of the loveliest in Stonega. William J. Neely Dies Near L. & N. Wiliam J. Neely. 48, died at his home near the L. & N. on Tuesday, March 21. He was buried at East Stone (Jap, the Rev. F. N. Wolfe officiating. Mr. Neely is survived by his wile two sons anil six daughters, all living. ? He was a member of the Christian church, and was high? ly esteemed by all who knew him. CliRI ST "CH?RCW 'Services Sunday, April 9th. Sunday School at 10 a. in. Preaching at 7:30 p.m. by the Rev. Paul Huntington. Lenten services Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ;All welcome. Our New Model 14 Linotype With a gmkI deai of salisfac-j lion the editor of The Pbsl an anriouhcea the installation of a Model H Linotype; This mech? anical marvel is specially equip? ped with a complement of type laces which enables us to serve l efficiently the large number o( persons who look to our publi? cation tor enlightenment and entertainment, and who patron? ize our job printing department. The rapidly increasing circu? lation of The Post, together with our desire to place at the com? mand of our advertisers ami oth? ers .the highest grade of typo? graphy, induced us to add tu out mechanical equipment a multi? ple magazine Linotype for the quick and accurate and pleasing presentation of the hews of the day, and the production of supe? rior job work. Some of the "Faces" Our new Linotype enables us to sc t by machine virtually all forms of composition that pre? viously necessitated tedious work by hand. Our plant is now capable of turning out com? position consisting' of correct type faces in many different sizes and the change from one size to another is made by a "twist of the wrist." In the flicker of an eyelash the versatile opera? tor?whose hand is made fam? ous by the Mergenthaler Lino? type Company as "the hand that keep^ the world informed"?on the versatile machine that sets faces and sizes at will. This installation is a testimo? nial to the prosperity of Big Ston? fiap and vicinity. And that liie good people of the com? munity are duly appreciative of our efforts to serve them in the departments of the printing bus? iness is manifested by the many compliments received from indi? vidual patrons since the arrival of our machine. The accompanying illustra? te D. C. MEETS WITH MRS. J. B. WAMPLER Mtsdames Long and Malcom Smith Elected as Delegates to Pearisburg Meeting ? Other News. Mrs. J. It. Wainpler was the delightful hostess of tin- March meeting of the local chapter of the U. D. C. The President, Mrs. C. C. C?chran, opened . the meeting The members answered roll call with an interesting current event. A number of the business mat? ters pertaining to (tic Chapter were taken up and discussed. Mrs. Malcolm Smith and Mrs. C. C. Long were elected delegates to the District Meet? ing to be held the latter part of April in Pearisburg, Virginia. Mrs. E. E. Goodloe, who has recently returned from a visit to Lexington, Virginia.gave an interesting account of the many historic places in Lexing [ti?ii will give our readers sonic idea of the marvelous mechanic ism Of the Linotype, a compos? ing machine on winch arc assem? bled matrices (or little brass molds) and lines of type cast? lines such as you are now read? ing. The particular model of ma? chine which we have just in? stalled carries at one time four sets of matrices?controlled from a standard keyboard of ninety keys and an auxiliary keyboard Of twenty-eight ? and gives the operator instant command of StvS different characters. One Can Do Work of Six Besides enabling the opera? tor to set various faces and sizes of type, our new Linotype make-; it possible for hint to produce the rules and dashes and bor? ders which ate used in various advertisements in each issue ot our publication. When employ? ed in the composing of advertise? ments, news, proper headings, booklets, catalogues, and various other kinds of printed matter, our new Model l-l enables one operator to set in the same lime more type than ordinarily could he produced by live or six men or women doing the work by hand ? and the composition is incomparably better. While for a long lime we have received the patronage of a host of .subscribers, advertisers and printing buyers in general, we look forward to the handling of an even greater volume Of husis llCSS now that we are so well qualified to render the sort of service most to he desired. It has been our aim to present the news of the day without fear or favor, and to reflect faithful? ly the ideals ami ambitions of our constituents; and we shall con? tinue to devote our talents and resourses to tilt; fulfilling of this aim. And of great help to us in the carrying out of our purpose will be our Model 14 Linotype. ,1011 and of General Robert E. Lee's tomb which is in a little chapel on the grounds of Wash? ington and Lee University. i The usual program was very interesting. Mrs. D. C. Wolfe read a paper on The Koyhood of Lee. Mrs. Long gave a reading dealing with the ?. D. C. Chap? ter in France. Mrs. George L. Taylor also read a paper, The Sunny South. This was follow? ed by a poem, the land of the south, by Mrs. W. A. Baker. During the social hour Mrs. Wampler served a delicius salad course to the following: Mes |dames C.C. Cochran, W.T. Good loe, G. C, Long, Malcomc Smith, J. A. Crocker, George L. Taylor, H. A. W. Skeen, J. L. McCor mick, K. E. Goodloe, J. W. Rush, J. B. Daughtery, E; Ii. T?te, I. T. Gilly, D. C. Wolf e and Misses Olga Horton and Bruce Skeen. The April meeting will be held With Mrs. Fred Troy at her home in Josephine the second Wednes? day afternoon in April. !l WISE WINS IN COUNTY DEBATE Carl Hamilton and Beatrice Hyl ton Will Represent County In State Meet In Char lottesville. GAP TEAMS LOSK Kniglit, Foster, Wilson and Miss Guntner Make Splendid Showing In Norton Pre? liminary. Sweeping the field before them at Norton last Saturday.the Wi-c High School won the right to de? fend the county in the annual state contest at Charlottesv illc this year. Miss Beatrice Hyltonaud Can Hamilton, the Wise debating team, first won in the preliminary f i o tu X o r t o ii Satur? day morning. That gave them the right of contending with the Cocburn team in the evening. Cocburn had won over Carl Kmghi and Arthur Foster during the morning session. Cocbltrh went gallantt> down before the high powered oratory of Hamil? ton, giving the WiscitCS the priv ilege of going to Charlottcsvillc. Mi--s Lena Sleihp, of Wise.won in the reading contest over Miss Nancy Horn, of Norton, and will also represent the county at Charlottcsvillc. In the prelimi? nary try-out seven young ladies competed for the honor of speak? ing in the evening. One of the most interesting contests in the whole program was the oratorical battle between Grover Franklin, Cocburn. Earl Wilson, of this place. Trigg Mil? ler, of Norton, and Paul Fulton, of Wisci I luring the prelimi? nary battle the contest narrowed to a struggle between Fulton ami Millet, both excellent speakers] In the preliminary Fulton had the edge on Miller, but lost to him during the evening, giving Miller the pleasute of going to I Chariot tesvillc. The local boys and girls went down in every contest. They went down gamely, contesting j every inch of the ground, light? ing gamely against longer expe? rience. Hut they were great losers and probably congratulated the victors! Knight and Foster put tip the debate of their lives against the Coebtiril team . Both boys are excellent speakers, but they were going against seasoned veterans, one of which had com? peted in the Charlottesvilie meeting last year. Wilson made a splendid show- j WIRELESS.'TELLS OF STORK'S ARRIVAL Tidings of the Birth of a Daugh? ter to.Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Alexander Reach Knoxville by Wireless. On Thursday of last week a fine baby girl arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Alexander of Stonega. Mrs. Alexander' old home is in Knoxville where her 'maternal aunt still resides. The method of conveying the glad tidings to the home town was rather original, and quite in keening with the times. s. J. Gundry the Wireless wizard of Wise county, sent the news of the little lady's arrival from his broadcasting sta? tion in Stonega. And the aero? gram reached home. The Knox? ville Sentinel has the following to say: "Flashing through space, via sciences latest improvement on communication, the wireless, a message has been received by Mr. \V. E. Bicklcy. Laurel av? enue, anuoucing the birth of a little (laughter to Mr. and Mrs. 11. A. Alexander, who reside in a Virginia town. The little one w ill bear the name of her mater? nal aunt, Mrs. Bickley. Before her marriage Mrs. Alexander wa-. Miss Mary Jordan and made her home in Knoxville." itlg in the oratorical contest. Here, again, the Gap boy was up against speakers of experience, and only lost after a great battle Possibly the greatest disapoint mcnt came when Miss Ruth Guntner lost in the reading try out. She was the dap's one hope alter the debating team and Wilson lost. Sh e is a splendid reader and the judges' decision, although fair, was a keen disappointment to the Gap supporters. Mr. Sullridge was pleased with the showing made by his teams. "I'm sorry they lost." he said, "but I am pleased with the splen? did spirit and courage displayed by all. Next year we'll put out a team that will go to Charlottes \ ille, and it is likely to he the very ones who lost Saturday." Many a man who is brave enough to light a buzz saw will duck a rolling pin. ""There is one great satisfaction in paying an income tax. You can always brag about it. Failure doesn't bother a man who doesn't recognize its exis? tence. GAP WALL WILL COST STATE THOUSANDS Scene of Construction Was Once In Corporation?Mountain Slide Will Eventually Close River. The must difficcult portion of building the concrete wall in the Gap above Big Stone Gap has hech completed. The construc? tion company is now building the wall which will support the bank of the I.. ?V N. railroad tracts. The work of putting in the lower wall has been one of the biggest undertakings of its kind ever promoted in Wise county. Several months, working day and night, has been necessary. As the original plans of the road engineers called only for a three or tour foot foundation it was thought that the work would be completed rapidly. When the work began on the foundation the trouble started. Instead of putting in a three or four foot base they put in almost twenty feet?all below the water line. The months when the layman thought no progress was bring made the contractors were busy trying to "find bottom." .. Worked Night and Day .. It was here that Contractor Lane displayed some of the finest engineering ability ever seen in the southwest. 'The water from the river required pumps to work day and night. As fast a s the water was reinovedthe work was carried a bit further. Then a stop was made to pump the wa? ter front the hole. As the wallrose from the water line to the road eighteen feet above, the heavy traffic between the (iap and Ap palachia bad to be contended with. To eliminate tIiih annoy? ing feature a night shift was put on. Had it not been for this method it is probable that the wall would still be tinder con? struction. The cost of the walls, upper and lower, will be in the neigh? borhood of $-10,000. Road experts who are familiar with the nature 6f the undertaking say that the state is fortunate to get off so cheaply. The spot where the wall is be? ing constructed has been a trou? ble maker for several years. Across the river the Southern railroad continually has trouble with the mountain sliding to? ward \iie river. Since Contrac? tor Lane began the work in the Gap this mountain has slid ap? proximately seven feet in the riv? er. This gradual slide, experts say will eventually close' the riv? er at this point unless immediate steps arc taken to remedy the trouble. Once, in Corporation Where this work is.being done was at one time in the incorpora? ted limits of the Gap. Citizens who are familiar with, the cost of the work, which the state and county have to pay, cannot help but feel that the mayor and coun? cil displayed rare business abili? ty when they manuvered the transfer of the property to the state. The cost of the wall will 'pay approximately half pi the I sum needed to build a concrete [road from depot to depot.