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tone Gap Post, 8 Pages BIG STONE GAP. WISE COUNTY, VA.. WEDNESDAY. APRIL 19, 1922 VOL. XXX No. 16 GAP'S FUTURE AN UNKNOWN QUANTITY Ashes and Clinkers of Jealousy and Discord Must be Removed Before Our Dreams Can Come True, Thinks Wren. NEED OF COOPERATION Men With Means to Develop Na? ture's Bounty, and the Civic Spirit Whereby Bach Dedi? cates Himself to the Common Good is Gup's Only Hope Uy W. H. Wren For years Iii?; Stone (lap has been acknowledged the "future" Queen City of the Virginia coal fields. Visitors from distant points are continually impressed with the beautiful scenery ami the pure, invigorating mountain air. After surveying our natural wealth in this respect, they be? come amazed at our potential? ities and proceed to congratulate us generously. They sa\ that 'the day is not far off when Big Stone Gap w ill be the metropolis of this region. They s;iy our natural resources, mild winters and healthful climate, all extend a beckoning hand to industry, while our uiiciptalcd setting in this wide beautiful valley and the wonderfully abundant supply of pure water, i-- a combination that the honieseeker can hardly resist. Kind ForcastS Renew Mopes Thus we are graciously told of what the outcome of it all u ill be surely. These kind forcasts make us take on renewed hope and we serenely contemplate the happy event much as we would look forward to all eclipse ?>i the moon. It is the attitude of Ste? phen Douglas, who being natur? ally endowed with wealth, social graces and position, confidently expected a place of leadership among Ii i s contemporaries. Eventually, however, he had to contend with a rail-splitter, one who was nurtured at the sad but loving breasts of poverty. Kvery school boy knows the result. They recall the contrast of .Abra? ham Lincoln coming to the de hates in an ox wagon, and the polished Senator Stephen 1 >oug las, amid scenes of wealth and at fluence. Big Stone Gap is surrounded by., hustling, thriving coinmuu ities built on the rugged moun? tain sides in spite of natural handicaps. These cliff dwellers are the Abraham Lincolns of the future. It behove- every citizen and tax payer, therefore, to con? sider carefully the ipiestinn, "whither are we drifting?" How much of Big Stone Gap's future belongs ill the realm of certainty and how much, with all due- re? spect to the prophets and ->>ns of prophet-..will have tobe set down as an unknown quantity? Things We're Sure Of 1 believe there are Some things 11 outitiued on page eight) -o MARRIED IN POST OFFICE MARCH 29th Stealing a march on their many friends in the Gap Mis- Blanche Kill.oiiiin- ami Charles \V. Ben? nett,Secretary of the Mineral Mo? tor Company, of this place, were (JUietlv married in the Post Of? fice here on the evening of March 29ll\ the Rev. Jimmy Smith of? ficiating at the ceremony. 'I he wedding was kept a secret until the young couple went to ;.the Touraiiic to select an apart? ment. Here they ran into Mr. .' Sulfridge, and he talked the Story . Otit of them. The next day they IS&'B to Bristol to select their fur? niture and other friends learned the news. ES The marriage was kept a secret fr?.in the bride's mother until tfie day before Mr. and Mrs. Heu nett started to Bristol. She had been suffering from an infected Juiiid and had not fully recovered ,'af the time.. She smiled and re? marked Charles VY. had picked a |gCiod wife, and those w ho know .M's Bennett thoroughly agree gWith her. MjMr. and Mrs. Bennett are now giving in the Touraine apart? ments. WAMPLER SUCCEEDS JUDGE CARTER AS BANK HEAD J. B. Wampler, Cashier Since 1916. Selected by Board of Di? rectors to Fill Vacancy Made by Resignation of Judge Carter ?Ike Taylor is Cashier. At a meeting of the Board of Directors of the First National Hank of Uig Stone Gap on last Saturday afternoon I. B. (Duck) Wampler was elected to succeed Judge F.. T. Carter, resigned, as president of the local institution. Ike Tay lor moves forward to position of Cashier held since 1916 by the new president. Tin- election of the board shat? ters the old adage that "a proph et is without honor only in bis ? iw n country." for Mr. Wampler is ail Fast Stone Gap boy. born and raised there. In 1913 he was a clerk in the payroll office of the Stonega Coke and Coal Company, Osaka plain. He resigned bis position there to accept one a- assistant cashier of the bank with Mr. R. I\ Itarron, who at that time wa- the cashier. In 1916 Mr. Harroti resigned and Wampler stepped into bis place. His numerous friends in the Gap and Wise county will be glad to learn of bis good fortune. In Big Stone Gap lie is identified with every movement for progress and civic betterment, lie is a droll but pow erful speaker and lias lent ?Ins inllueuce to many movements in the home town. COAL AND COKE IS STILL IN ACTIVE DEMAND Week Ending April 8tb About 10 Her Cent. Lower Than Pre? vious High Week When De? mand Was Greatest in Over a Year. Tin- total production of coal in the Southwest Virginia fields for the week ending April 8th was 131,352 tons, or a loss of 19,888 tons over the previous week when production rose lo the highest point since the week end? ing December II. 1920. There waS also a decline in tin- amount oi coke bullied. For the week ending April 1 a total of 7..J2.S tons w'ere produced as against 6,80-1 fin the w eek of April 8th. While there was a Ifjss of !<?, 888 ton- oi coal over the week be? fore the amount produced during the same week in 1921 was only 88,882 tons. hot tin- week ending April Stb the .V & \V. hauled 35,819 tons, or 1,087 more tons than the week before. The other roads operat? ing this field all show a loss m the amount battled over the pre? vious week. Mines served by the Interstate -hipped 37,,69-l tons as against -15,KM lor the week be? fore. The Southern received 20,2'>3 tons as against 25.71'' of the week before. Tin- C, C. & < I. only shipped .57.5-16, a loss of oi 8,1-10 tons from the week be? fore. The Norton and Northern did not have any mines operating along its tracks ami shipped no coal. COMMUNITY LIFE CAMPAIGN The General Committee for the organization of the State Wide Community Life Campaign tor education. health. agriculture, toads, home hie. Churches, and Sunday Schools have fixed the period oi the campaign from April 23 to May _'t). It is de? sired to have this Community Life Campaign close by May 20 so as not to conflict with the Vir? ginia Historical 1'ageant Pro? gram . D|rectors ami County Councils lor the conduct oi the campaign have been appointed in most oi the counties of the state. Abundant literature on the campaign can be secured by speakers and those interested in this movement on application to Prof. Ceo. W. liny. Richmond, Vai, secretary til the Publicity Committee. All classes oi pub? lic spirited citizens in Virginia arc cordially invited to co-operate in this movement which looks to the improvement of every inter? est and activity of the people oi this Stale. -o The optimist never worries over a busted bubble. He blows another while he waits. BOND ISSUE GOES OVER DESPITE 11TH HOUR EFFORT OF OPPOSITION Many Believe Circular Issued by Rose Purporting to Give Voters Facts of Town Indebtedness Won Final Victory KNITTING MILL ROUTE CHOSEN Supporters of Better Street Movement Wild With Joy As First Step in The Real Industrial Developement of Gap is Made Big Stone Gap will have better streets. The hotly contestetl bond issue carried by a comfort' able majority despite the elev? enth hour efforts of the imposi? tion, headed by W. S. Rose, 16 kill the movement. Many believe the opposition drove the issue through by broadcasting a circu? lar purporting t.i give enters the facts cif the town's indebtedness. Tlie Knitting Mill, or present route to Solithcru depot was vot? ed upon for the construction uf the road. The vote st.I. (or bonds US; against bond-- 92) or a majority of 346 votes, For knitting Mill route 357; ior Dummy Line route 185, The final outcome of the elec? tion was never in doubt. i lie ancient strong aim methods: of ward politicians were used by the opposition to becloud the issue. FablotlS tales ol the tow n's hope? less indebtedness was the favor? ite punch, but it failed to impress the clear thinking majority in wlfosc hands the future of the Gap, if it has any. lies. The Workers for both sides were Olli early and worked until the poll closed. Voters were brought hi the polls in automobiles. The la j dies provided nurses for mothers while they went to <a-t theil vote.' The day had every appear? ance of a big National election. MRS. l?\ L. MILL ENTERTAINS Mr. I'itzhugh Mill entertained a number of her friends very cn joyably at hei apartment in the Nickels building last Wednesday afternoon in honor of her little baby daughter, Mary Elizabeth, first birthday. The older guests spent the ev? ening very pleasa.UtB talking and watching the little guests play merrily. At the close ..i the afternoon. Mis. Dan Mill ami Mrs. Irhy Nickels a-si-ted Mis. Mill in set> ving delicious ice cream and cake to the guests. The little guests were presented a little basket of Easter eggs. Little Mary Elizabeth; who is an unusually beautiful and bright baby, received many lovely gifts from the following who wished her many more happy birthdays: Mrs. F L. Morton and baby, Mrs. Leonard Litton and baby, Mrs. Uov My Ron and babv son, Roy. Jr.,' Mrs. J. W. Rush and baby, June, Mrs. Norman Rus? sell and baby, Norman, Jr., Mrs. Ray Mall and baby son. Miss Em? ma Duncan, Miss Louise Cbx, little Eloise Roebuck, Mildred Wolfe. James and Evelyn Taylor, Edith and Nell Wampler. Sue Wampler. Frances Daugherly, Mam me Gillv ami sister, May Mill. Be a Booster and Boost your home town. Once again the women oi llig Stone Gap demonstrated their fit? ness to have a voice in loeal and National affairs, They worked hard and never gave lip until the last man and woman had been lo? cated and brought to the town hall. ( ?n Monday they made a personal canvass of every voter in the town limits. They knew who was for and who w as against the bonds on Monday night. Many who had been misled by the clouded arguments of the op? position came to see the light un? der the sensible argument they put up. t Ubers who ate responsible lot the victory aie J. B. Wampler. new ly elected president of the First National Hank. R. T. It vine, John W. Clialkley. Judge Skein. Bob Alsover and numerous oth? ers. The whole town was jubilant over the victory. Many think the fattinii.S which have been re? sponsible for the Gap's thirty year slumber have been silenced, and that from now on some sem? blance of progress will be seen. It was along .step toward the unity and Co-operaitoh Henry Ford Wren, of the Mineral Motor Company, refers to. It is a step in the right direction. Things will begin to happen w hen the (iap people unite and pull togeth? er. COMMUNITY LIFE CAMPAIGN WHEREAS, Following the period of depression and econom? ic stress a- a result of the World War.il is thought wise io call our people together fromApril to May 20, 1922, in then s.-Ncral communities, in a Statewide Community Lite Campaign, that they may have an opportunity of studying ami discussing the many problems confronting them autl formulating a program tot the advaucmcul and enrichment of cotntriunity life conditions in Virginia, and, WHEREAS, trie purpose of this campaign is to develop a pro grain and policy to meei com? munity life needs, and io bring about a closer and more effective, co-operation and co-ordination of statewiile agencies, now. THEREFORE, i, k. Lee Trinkle, Governor of Virginia, do hereby urge the people oi Vir? ginia toco-operate in every pos? sible way in making this Com? munity Life Campaign a success, and request all religious workers to open this campaign on Sunday, April 23, with special services ami programs. GIVEN under my band and under the Lesser Seal oi the Commonwealth, at Richmond, tips seventh day of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty-two, and in the one hundred and. forty sixth year oi the Commonwealth. TRADE AT HOME! Have you ever thought of your merchant as a bus? iness adviser? 1 lave you ever realized that when you buy oi" them you gei the benefit of their friendship and advice?thai oftentimes they can and will protect your purchase by telling you plain facts about merchandise? When you buy out of town you usually deal with strangers who are interested chiefly in getting your money. True, they give you something tor it; bit I ii they would talk it over with you freely as.Mr. Mil (ioodloe dues, or as frankly as any of our merchants al? ways do. there are many times when your purchase would be differently and mote economically made. Think it over and give your local dealer a chance to be your friend. He'll thank you tor the opportunity, and you will profit by it. TRADE AT HOME Support the Town that Supports Yon "IN RACK UNTIL ITS OVER." SAYS CA MB LOS Pitches Mis Joint B. Into Ring and Declares Ile'il Fight to The Finish "Mark Anthony'* Camblos, for? mer Gap man. who threw his John P.. Stetson in the majoralty race at Norton the other day.was a visitor hen- on Monday. He; wa- optoiitistic about the tight he is going to make, but was tool modest to make any prediction as to the outcome. "Yon can say I'm into the race until it is over," be said. Mr. Camblos has Only the warmest praise tot Mayor Pearce, who has announced that be will be in the race again While at Big Stone Mi. Gam? bles was an active member of the Voting Men', Club, the organiza? tion that brought the hosiery mill to the Gap He was nominated for the presidency of the club lint could not accept because of leav? ing town to locate in Not ton At the present time he is the presi? dent of the Kiwanis Club, and is also one of the active worker-- in the Billy Sunday i |Uh, an organ? ization that has left its mark for bettet standards of life in the coal Heids. Perhaps the most interesting part of In- life was enacted in the town of Kingsnorl, renn., where he was a member of the Hoard of Mayor and Aldermen. lie was elected to ibis hoard when the town was first incorporated and the light he made fin munici? pal betterment won for him the reputation oi being tlie "people's man". < Md timers in Kingsport claim that the present tire depart incut, the magnificent school ami many other civic improvements Were due Io Iii- coli rage ?"id ideal-, lie canted the name of being a fighter, and w ith the ex? perience hack of hint gained in the service of the Kingsport peo? ple, be should make a Splendid showing in the coining race. 300 DOZEN PAIRS OF SOCKS PER DAY Gap Mill Is Making Socks Fnsloi Than Wise County Men and Boys Can Wear Thcril Out The Rig Stone Cap Mill oi the Taubcl-Seoti Kitr. mil lei I 'otupu - ny is gradually putting its ma? chet y "into motion At tin- pre cut time more than .100 dozen pairs of -nek-, per day an- being turned out. This amount is be? ing knitted by girls trained in the local mill and not by expert oper? ators brought in bv the mill pen pie. About 150 girls arc now em? ployed, and mole arc being ail <led each week. The payroll i now in' the neighborhood id $1000 per week. When the lug mill reaches its capacity more than 650 operators w ill be employed. Manager 1.. P.. Wilcox is espe cially pleased with tin- young w o? men who have made application foi employment. Every modern convenience i- used for the com? fort and welfare of the girl- who turn mit tin- finished product. Well lighted and ventilated rest rooms, restful c?tirts and tin craiiiped working space feature the working surroundings oi the mill. The t!.- an- scrubbed weekly, and even the hundreds of windows are kept spotless. And the girls themselves are a- attrac? tive as that great army who pin the American girl on the map as being the best dressed working girl in the world. The mill is anxious to obtain voting women oi character who w ish to make a comfortable income under con? genial surroundings ami condi? tions. Only one wing of the mill is now in operation. As the grad? ual return of business justifies the whole plant will be set to work. Wedding Announcement We ate in receipt of the follow? ing announcement of interest to many of our readers. Mi. Tay lor. w ho is pie-.ideiit oi the Haz? ard Star Coal Company, is a son of Capt. and Mrs. Henry Taylor of this place : Mrs. Alice M. Green announces the marriage of her daughter Arlene Lillian to Mr. Henry Thruston Taylor on Saturday April the eighth Nineteen hundred and twenty-two I Cincinnati Ohm Norton Scene of Brilliant Gather? ing of Sir Knights and Their Ladies as Commander/ Ob? serves Special Kastcr Services. MEMBERSHIP 350 STRONG Bahqiiet Attended by 350 In Ho? tel Norton Saturday Night? Big Stone,Appalachia, Coeburn and Wise Well Represented. Cyrenc Commander)', No. 21, Knights Templar, observed their Special Easter Conclave in Nor? ton "ti last Saturday and Sunday. As is their custom they banquet ed on Saturday night and attend? ee! the Baptist church in a bod) mi Sunday morning, when the Reverend M. A. Stevenson. 0( Cocbtirii, delivered the sermon. The Cotninandery, which is one of die strongest in the slate, was organized in 1899, and now has a membership of about .150. Among flic distinguished Masons present was the Right Eminineut Sir Rotieri Patrick Can. of Norton, I'asf Grand Commander of the Grand Comiuaiulery of Virginia, the highest office within the power of the Templars of ibis -late lo bestow." The banquet, which was held in the Hotel Norton, was sched? uled for 7:30 p. in. Reservations had been made for .MO guests.bin tlie knights and their ladies swelled the li-t to about 350- A -light delay was the result, but a -eat wa- provided for all. I'itS tibi) a more brilliant 6| i ioi e representative assemblage i Wise county people has ncvei been witnessed in tin- section It was an excellent "close up" id Wise colihtN in her gayest mood. (iood music and an excellent menu made the evening a success. Sunday morning the Knight marched to the new Baptist i lunch. More than 250 men (ofin eil the line, which extended from I he hotel almost to the church, Special pew - bad been reserved lor the visitors. The neu chinch hold- almost a thousand people Mul it was seated to capacity when the inviicatii'ii m a- made In the Rev. |. I\ Hent,in .it 11 .Oil o'clock. Many prominent people from Big Stone Gap, Appalachia, Sto iiega, Coeblirii and Wise were present at the banquet Saturday night ami the Devine services Sunday morning. i hi Saturday the Rev. J .1' Bcutoii, and J. K. Taggart receB rd the degree of Knight Templar, HUG DUST SHOVEL IS MANUEACTUKEI) A -hovel designed to remove "bug" dust from "cutting" in a coal mine has been invented and patented by l\ W. Ely. of Henniiigton Gap, and i- manufac? tured by the Hug Dust Shovel i biripany, of that place. The principal stockholder are 1*. W. Ely and II. I'. Sewell, both for? mer coal miner-. The shovel is made ot soft Steel, with one side cut away to a cer? tain extent to give mote shovel nirface to the other side, which aitses the shovel to lurii over when iull of dust, thus unloading without efTori on the pan oi the hoveler when be draw s the shov? el out of the cutting. A long wood handle enables him to n ach a considerable distance. Coal miners and operators think it a very practical device and oth? ers are hard to till. The compa? ny has been working a- many men as can operate their present equipment, and it i- expected that the company will have to make expansions very shortly. lily hit on the idea while shov? eling bug dust some months ago. lie was using the usual kind ?f shoVel and happened to scoop up too much dust on one side 01 his shovel, which, when he pulled it out of the cutting, naturally turn? ed sidewise and emptied. Then why not a shovel made so as to SCOtip an overbalancing amount on one side every time? Result: "The Original Hug Dust Shovel." ?Crawford's Weekly. IThe fellow wdio is considerate of the faults oi others generally has the fewest of Ids own.