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8 Pages Vol. xxx BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 1922 No. 15 WISE COUNTY HAS 2000 FLIVERS Henry Ford's Representatives Loud In Praise of Wren's Or? ganization?Sold First Car In 1915. PAYROLL $2,000 A MONTH In 5 Years Mineral Motor Com? pany Has Grown From One Room Repair Shop to $50,000 Palace?Wren Optimistic. There are J.(KX) (livers in Wise county. This number, local wits claim, would prqducc one million rattles?hut that's another story. Five years ago the Mineral Mo? tor Company, of this place. s,,l(| their fust Ford, a runabout. During the year of 11)16, their first fiscal year, the company con? tracted lot a total of 24 cars. That was a whale oi a contract, even (or Fords, in W ise county at that time. Today they sell more cars than that per mouth, and business gone to?Siberia, too. The next year, or second year, the company's contract called for 126 cats. From that on the phenomenal growth oi the con? cent has been one to make l'ig Stone proud. From a one room repair shop to a modern $5(1.i ?im dollar home in five years was enough to make Marse Henrj send one of bis numerous scribes down here to see how it was done. And that gentleman went back with his typewriter spurt? ing fifty-seven varieties oi adjec? tives complimentary to W. II. Wren and his Ford selling ag? gregation. The result of hi-, trip was published in die "Ford News." The title of his story was the "Picturesque Ford Home in l?g Stone Gap* Va." That Was the first account of an agen? cy to appear in the paper, And instead of going to Chicago or .New York for an inspiration to put some pep into his thousands oi agents Mr. Ford picked the Mineral Motor Compny as an ex? ample of "What a wideawake country dealer can do." When one sees a.brand new Henry chugging down Main street as far as 5th, minus fen? ders, hood, body and everything else but wheels and a deter? mined looking sort of a guy perched on the gas tank, he won? ders where the rest of the ma? chine is. About an hour later it emerges froili (he big building all put together and ready to buck mud holes and Powell mountain. This is where the $25,000 stock (? outinned on page S.) FULLER'S SALE BREAKS ALL RECORDS House Wives of Wise anil Lee Flock To Norton ? Another Week of Bargains Will be? ll eld Many Hig Stone dap people were among the throngs who Hocked to Norton last week for the big sale of Fuller Brothers' Department Store. The event is declared by many lo be the largest and most suc? cessful of its kind ever held in the county. A great many people from Lee and Russell drove lo Norton; also from Appalachia ami Stouega. I he hig store with i(s thorough? ly trained clerks js a paradise for the bargain seeker. In spite of the big crowds in daily atten? dance every one has been waited on without delay. The store had every appearance of a great me? tropolitan department store with its crowds surging from counter to counter in search of a dress or a pair of shoes. I >uring this week and on to the l''(h many attractive ami unique money saving sales will be fea? tured, Special attention will be given to out of town buyers who come to Norton for the'' sale. The offerings of the closing week will over shadow the most start? ling valuer offered during (he opening days. In anticipation of du- great crowds which con? tinue to grow daily as the news ol the sale is carried from mouth u> mouth, the sales force will be increased to accommodate the rush. COAL TONNAGE REACHES I 70 PER CENT. OF FULL TIME CAPACITY Coal Production for Week End? ing April.. 1st Greatest Since December, 1920?N. & N. Only Road Not Showing Gain In Shipments. The last week in .March wit nessed the greatest period of coal production since the week ending Dei ember 11th. 1920. The total production was approximately seventy per cent; of the full time capacity, or 151,240 tons. l ite only railrbad operating in the Southwest Virginia fields which failed to have mines work? ing along its tracts ivas the Nor? ton it Northern. The full lime capacity of operations along this road is l.SlK) tons. During the week ending April 1st no coal was shipped. Mines served by the N. & \V. shipped .14.732 tons as against laO.'/X) tons full time capacity. .Mines served by the Interstate shipped 45,103 tons as against 64,800 Ions lull time capacity, or a los., uf only 30,4 per cent. The Southern received 25.71'? tons during the week, and the C, C. iV < >. 45,686 tons. The strike ot coal miners in organized fields has unquestion? ably helped to swell the produc tion of Wise county. Should the present strike he of any duration it is believed that few mines will long he. idle in Wise county. ESCAPED CONVICT CAPTURED IN VALLEY A white man, a prisoner ot the state with the new convict camp .>n the Appalacllia road near Blackwood, walked otT and took to the broad highway last Wed? nesday morning. The hue of freedom was too much for him. That evening he was captured in a cove at the head of Powell s Valley by three ot the guards. By sun down he was safe in the camp again, a sadder and wiser in isoner, NORTON BUYS NEW FIRE EQUIPMENT The tow n ot Norton has pur? chased a White truck, especially equipped for their lire depart? ment. The machine will have two thirty-gallon chemical tanks and will he equipped with all modern lire fighting devices. The installation of the truck is due principally to the work ot Mayor Pierce. He began his campaign several months ago, ami quietly worked among the councilmeu until the purchase wa- made last week. RAMSEY COP BRINGS HOME THE JARS Down at Raiuscy the Chief of Police is on the job. When lie can't bring in the ruin runners he brings in the rum. Last week he chased lour men so closely they dropped a sack in which were found six quart jars of moonshine. Willi these he pro? ceeded to Norton w here he tut li? ed them over to Mayor Pierce and asked C hief Daltou to help him get his men. NORTON BANK TO MOVE IN JUNE The woik on the new home Of the First Ntional Bank of Norton is progressing so rapidly that Cashier Moore says be will be in the new quarters by June. When completed the new bank w ill I.ne of the show places of Wise county. Equipped with every known safety device for the protection of its depositors it will be Linked among the saiest insti? tutions in the slate. MAYOR PIERCE WILL BE CANDIDATE AGAIN Mayor Pierce, of Norton, has announced that he will be a can? didate to Succeed himself in the race lor mayor at Norton in June. I. 1.. Camhlos, former dap law? yer, will also be in the race, his friends say. Both Mr. Pierce and Mr. Cani btos are eminently fitted tor the office, and the friends of both candidates will watch the race [with interest. EXTRACTING MELODY FROM ETHER IS LATEST WISE COUNTY CRAZE Symphonies, Sermons, Great Moments from Great Plays, Fight News, and Stock Exchange Reports Come Out of Night WIRELESS ELIMINATES DISTANCE S. J. Gundry, Jack Taggart, Bub Allsover. W. H. Wren, Jim Taylor. A. O. Umstead anil Others Have Receiving Sets S. J. Gundry, Managet of 1 Stures ior the Stonega Coke and Coal Company, was the first man ill Wise count) to extract a mel? ody from the ether. Alter the grind of the day's ?oik he v;oes home, nuns a switeh or someth? ing, ami. lo! from out of no where visahle there drifts a soothing melody. If not a melody from some world fatuous orchestra, then a strong, eloquent sermon by a prominent devnie of Pitts bitrg will instruct and amuse him ior an hour. W hen the sermon over there comes a lull, and then the distinct shuttle oi the feet and the rustle of silk as a deautifu I congregation bows oi kneels in prayer. And then the piayer?every fervent word of il. just a distinct a - n the listen? er were sitting in a front pew of the Pittsburg church, instead of being six or seven hundred miles away. livery night there i.- something new sent out by the broadcast? ing stations?a conceit, a lecture, or a great scche front ii great play, like Joe Jefferson, Jr.. in Rip Vait W inkle. Occasionally, where one lias receiving station!; as powerful as Mr. (Sundry's, the fateful S. < ). S. of a steamer ill ?listless flushes thru the night. And always the eternal gossip ,.t the business and newspaper world is heard. Verbal reports of the New York Stock Kx cbange; full reports of the Asso? ciated and United Press; the Weather Man's prophesy?ev? erything that man is interested iu. And across the length and breadth of America thousands of enthusiastic amateur radio? graphers are taking it all ill. * >ile does not need to know the Morse code or be able to send a mes? sage. All he needs to lie inter? ested iu is the music, the lectures anil the verh?l reports which re1 quire only an amplifier ami a pair of cars to receive. The tirM, ami probably the most expensive and complete re1 cciving and sending set in the county is owned by Mr CiiMi'dry at Stoncga. He is iio longer an amateur. He semi- and receive-, messages by the code method any place within range of his -et. and can "pick them up" froiii re? mote places the law forbid i him to semi, as the /one of the am ateur is limited. When friends dropped in tu hear a concert Or a sermon and went away to marvel, the intro? duction of the craze found a hold in W ise county. Others put in receiving sets. The (lap bad llie first one in the llOltie ot Hol) AI sovei, where conceits are beard nightly front Chicago, I'ittsburg; Buffalo or other cities. W. II. Wren ami A. Oi (.'instead are next in line. Hut it remained tor Jim Tay.lnjf to solve the problem of the great masses who could hot afford to install the receiving sets. In the very near future, possibly next week, every one who attends a picture at the local theatre can bear a concert from the wireless free of charge. A receiving set will be placed in the theatre and between pictures the concerts or lectures will be heard. There w ill be no extra charge for this feature. Ujl al Norton Jack Taggai t has a set ami receives tin- concerts nightly. The American Legion Post of that place has installed a set in their club room. At Ap pa lac hin people are putting theiri in. Ami things are changing. Till fellow w ho used to stand on tin corner ami WOlldet what wa- ?b i C< mtinned on page S.) THE BOND ISSUE WILL CARRY With I he day set for the bond issue election only live days nit supporters of the better street movement are busily advocating their cause. They are confident that the people of Big Stone Gap want the concrete roads and streets. A few dis? senting voices have been beard above the popular clamor, but the number is so lew as tu make them al? most negligible. Many believe the election will be a mere formal ity to satisfy the purchasers of the bonds and comply with the stale laws. What the filial count will be no one consefvant with the progressive spirit o( (be bit i/ensbip of the Gap doubts for1 one minute. Tthe woman vote is solidly back of the light for a bigger, better and mole progressive Big Stone I rap. The doctrine of excessive taxes, bankrupted tre?s ury and bills tor their children to pay has little or no ? fleet on them. The Gap is the garden spot of Wise count) principally through their efforts. They real i/.e it the town is ever to become a tenter where the male population can get work liiere must be some vis? ible effort toward making the city attractive to capital. The examples set by Norton ami Appalacliia ate enough io eliminate any doubt in the minds of the vo? ters, The\ are producing towns, capable of giving their people work. Had the men resposible for Nor? ton's progress hesitated in their policy ten years ago it would slill be a tank town They looked ahead and took the bull by the horns. The building of the proposed road will increase property values in the Gap twenty live per cent. It Will place Big Stone in a position to move, forward The town will cease to stand still. It is the duty of every citizen of the town to go to the polls next Tuesday and vote?vote for the bonds and the advancement of Big Stone Gap. The majority will; the minority who would see the Gap slumber for the next generation will not. But they ate the few. TEXANS TO HEAR OF WISE COUNTY WONDERS Sixteen Students of Local School Will Tell Houston. Texas. Boys and Girls What Coke Ovens Look Like. By mean- of a unique plan work? ed out by Mr. I. B. Wolfe, prin? cipal of the Anson Jones School. Houston. Tcxs, sixteen boys and Uirls of the sixth grade of the lo? cal school will tell a correspond? ing Hin?ber of Texas boys and girls about the wonders of Wise county. 'The sixteen students nave been picked by Mr. Sulfridgc to write the letter.-. They will describe the coal mines, coke ovens, the Natural Tunnel, and tell the Tex? an., something about the moun? tain- made familiar to them by the late John Fox; Jr. In Return tlie students of the An-.n Join - School will tell the Gap hoys and girls what a real oil field looks like, and give theili an intimate picture Of the rice fields of South Texas. 'They w ill also describe the great manufac? turing plant- of the state. Each student i- to write his or her letter without help front a teacher, tithet than supervision. HI SCHOOL WILL PRODUCE COMEDY "Nothing But the Truth," Wil? lie Collar's tamuii-, and successful farce w ill be the next vehicle ot the Ton - and gill- of the local school. Following close oil the success oi the "Strutter" the cast uf this piece will work hard to over li dow the high altitude mark set for ehteftainnleut by local ac? tors. In the last are Kay I-it Hell, v ha-. Stacy. John ?. Kil? ian 11. Bascoill Taylor) Anita Goodloc, Mi-s Davenport.Blanch Kennedy. Margaret tolly. Beth Shngart. Mis- Fulton and Arthur Foster. Tin- date ot the performance will prohahi) be April 21, and w ill be staged uiidei tin- direction of Mi-.- Bice. B. Y. I' U. SOCIAL INTERESTING EVENT i lite ot the niost delightful Oc? casions oi the weel. wa- the Wise County Iii V. IV 1. Social held Friday night at the Baptist chinch in the Gap. An interest? ing La-tci program, in which each union gave titteeil minutes, and beautiful music were tlie main features1 of (he evening. The organizations .,i the county were well represented by large delegations from Norton, Coc? hin n. Wise, Appatachia and the l lap. At the close of the ev ening a delicious course, consisting of punch, brick ice cream and cake, was served to the many guests THREE FOOT CAKE FOB FATHER'S BIRTHDAY A Surprise birthday party tor K. I.. Brown was given alter the show Monday night, by bis two daughters in laws, Mrs. C. I). I'.i ow n and Mr-,. Eugene II. Blown, at the home of C. I >. Brow n. 'Tin main feature ot the affair was a huge birthday cake three feet in circumference, sur? mounted by another cake smaller in si/e. 'There were seventeen pink and white caudles set in the icing of the top of life cake and forty caudles around the outer rim ot the larger cake, with the word '.'Dad'' in pink letters on the white icing oi the top cake. The guet- were the family and the following persons: C, C. Bowling, ntnager of the theater at Harlan; Hary Bugie, of Cin? cinnati. Maurice Strauss, of Cin? cinnati, Mr. Motiett. ot Louis? ville. Mi-. Laura Bickley, of Big Stone Gap, E. E. Sawyer, Miss Nelle Jones, Mrs. Wilbur Ed? wards and Mis- Evelyn Black, of Barhourville, Mr. ami Mrs. J. II. Kcency. Mr. and Mrs. John F. Surmatut ami Mrs. VVIIiain Wal b recht, jr.?Middlesboro Daily News. \li-- Jane Morgan, district nurse. In ought 20 pupils from the Big Stone Gap schools, to Nor? ton Friday for an examination of the eyes \v Dr. II. M. Miles. iCoalfield Progress. CONVICTS TO REMAIN 3 YEARS Conveniences Unheard of 10 Years Ago Being Installed For Prisoner's Comfort At Black wood Camp SIXTY MEN HELD THERE Dischrged Men Are Outfitted "From Skin Out" and Paid 10 Cents Per Day For Time Served. According to a statement made to a representative of the Post b) the ofhcer in charge of the con? vict camp oil the Appalaclua road liclow Blackwood, the re? building of this road will require three years, and the camp will re? main there for that duration. At the present time sixty men are retained at the camp. Of this number fourteen are white. Men aie Serving from three month-, to eighteen years, and have been convicted bi most oi the crimes on the calendar. During these rainy days the men are having a soft jolil Olli) the camp duties sm h as policing the grounds, K. P., ami wood cut? ting are being done. Between time-- the prisoners play ball, checket-, and ainUSC themselves its the\ please, but always being within .sight of out- of the eight guaids. Musi of the spate moments are devoted to making the camp san? itary, comfortable and attractive. ( ouvcniences unheard of to pris? oners of ten years ago an- being installed. In a special building six show et baths are being put in. The water will be pumped from a Spring on the bill side above the camp to a tank that will he limit during this mouth. The sleeping quarters are r?oihy, light and with an abundance of air. During the night u light is kept burning, hut is shaded so as to prevent its bothering the sleepers. I he prisoners and guard-, have sepaiate mess halls. Here as everywhere else about the camp the visitor is impressed with the spotless condition of tables.dishes and stoves. At the north end of the mess hall a large --tore room or pantry is tilled to the over? flowing with supplies. The i.I is rationed out by weight and every man is allowed all he. can eat without wasting. Oil Sunday religious sei v ices aie held in the camp. These ser? vices an- conducted by various ministers of Wise county. At the present time "Salvation Bill" Keller, oi Notion, is doing his bit. The singing at these meetings is rapidly building a reputation for the dusky prisoners. Like most of their race they can sing, and the male chorus I.ids fail to he one of the greatest Sunday at? tractions in the county before the summer is hall gone. Last week a pi isoner "walked off," hui was caught in the valley and brought back to camp. In the old day-, be would have re i ( Vintiuued on page 8. i STRUTTER'S PLAY TO S. K. O. IN DUNBAR The Strutter's Revue went to Dunbar last week and played to S. R. (). The Standing Room Only sign was out long before the curtain vveul up on the dusky circle. Dunbar doesn't have many op? portunities to see shows of this kind, and they turned nut in full. Everything was sohl out, and standing room was at a premium. When the Gap aclonnes head? ed home again they bad $HL'..lu in the strong box, ami another signal Rlicc<SS to their credit. Appalaclua gave Director Gar? ten's hoys a great reception last Wednesday night. The lain was on hand, but in spite of the show? ers a big house was out to see the minstrel. Every member of the cast is delighted with the artistic and fi? nancial success of the bill. In Big Stone the receipts were $201.90, Dunbar $I?2.M), and Ap? palaclua paid them well. The to? tal expenses were around $50.00.