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apajesl The Big Stone Gap Post.
No. 18
Wise County Baptists Gather at
Norton for Opening Service of
County's Finest Church?More
Than 1,000 Hear Congressman
U pshaw
Story of Raising Funds for New
Building Like a Page From
Arabian Nights?$50.000 Rais?
ed First Year
The new Baptist church at Nor?
ton was formally opened in that
city on last Sunday iuorning
when Congressman \V. D, I'p
shaw. "the Georgia Cyclone." de?
livered the opening senuoit.
The great building was filled to
capacity when Congressman Up
sbaw began to speak. It is esti?
mated that more than one thou?
sand1 people attended the morning
The weather was ideal. Long
before the hour set for the service
people began to file into the
church. Baptists from all over
"the county attended. Many vis?
itors especially invited from oth?
er denominations were present.
Not since the great throngs of the
Billy Sunday revival in Norton
has there been a more representa?
tive congregation gathered in
that city. The fame of the neu
building lias traveled far, and the
ability of Congressman Upshaw
as a speaker is National. The two
served as a magnet to draw all in
Wise county who are interested
in the moral advancement of
Southwest Virginia.
Perhaps the greatest surprise
came when it was discovered that
the Georgia visitor was an inval?
id, bound to crutches. Speaking
part of the time from a chair, the
rest of the time leaning on a
crutch, the distinguished states?
man from Georgia, delivered one
of the greatest Sermons ever
heard in the county.
At the evening service tin- Rev.
J, B. Craft, oi Gate City, delivered
a four-minute talk. Always a
forceful speaker and not averse to
a sally of wit and good cheer, lie
begged his energetic Baptist
brethren not to conceive the im
lion to taking High Knob.
"It you do," he said, "it is good
bye High Knob, for you'll dig it
away. You folks get what you
go after !"
Following Mr. t rait Congress?
man Upshaw made the principal
address of the evening. The build?
ing was not tilled to capacity 'lur?
ing the evening service. The
lower tloor was tilled, but several
vacant scats remained in the bal?
The opening of the neu church
is said to mark the greatest sin?
gle achievement of Christianity
in Southwest Virginia, Few
churches in the whole state rank
higher in modern church ami
Sunday school architecture. The
cost of the httilding was $70.
100.00 exclusive of equipment. In
addition to this amount the mem?
bers have raised more than $A,000
for equipment, and will shortly
let a contract for a $5,000 pipe or?
The story of the raising of the
funds to build the church is a
page from Wise county's Ara?
bian Nights. For loyalty, gener?
osity and faithful work the mag?
nificent temple will long stand as
a monument to the Baptists of
Norton and Wise county. I hir?
ing the first year the members
subscribed $45,070.00 of the total
amount. An additional $4.550.00
was subscribed by non-Baptist
friends in Norton, and another
$500 by iriends of the church liv?
ing out of Norton, making a total
of $50,120.00 raised during the
time the building was being erect?
ed. The balance of $20.000 will
be raised this year.
W. il. Wren, general manager
of the Mineral Motor Company,
has moved into the Polly bunga?
low which he purchased a week
or so ago.
He sold his old home to Harold
Ramsey, who will move into it at
Some people are experts at get?
ting into trouble and keeping out
of jail.
The fourth annual singing con?
vention for Lee. Scott and Wise ,
counties i< drawing near. The
fourth M-ssiim of this wonderful
organization will be held at Rig
Stone Gap. at the Hall Park, be?
ginning on Saturday at one
o'clock p. in.. May 27th. then at
the Northern Methodist church
at seven o'clock at night. Then
on Sunday, May the 2Sth, at nine
o'clock a. in.
This promises to be one of the
greatest conventions of the kind
ever held in Southwest Virginia.
It is the wish of the officers
that as many choirs as can be
present on Saturday afternoon, I
as the business of the convention
will be transacted at this time.
If there are some choirs that can
not be present at the Saturday af?
ternoon meeting, then it will he
your duty to scud a representa?
tive, that yoii may have part in
the electing the officers for the
year 1923.
The song service at night will
be conducted by the leaders of!
the different choirs. Many choirs
in Wise county can come to this
night service in automobiles and
return home the same night, and
then get ready tor the Sunday
The convention proper will be
hebl on Sunday. We are expect?
ing about fifteen choirs on Sun?
day, besides the qurtette classes.
There will also he some solos and
duets during the day. The of?
ficers ami teachers and leaders are
going to work out a program that
will be very interesting.
i >vii reason for going to Hig
Stone Gap two years in success?
ion is this- In May, l''2l, we held
our annual convention at Hig
Stone,and it was such a great suc?
cess that the good people of Hig
Stone (iap asked us to come back
again in 1922. We shall be innre
able to give the people a better
chance to hear the singing this
year than in 1921. for the fact is
Patrolman Jervis and Mayor
Ilm-lev, with the co-operation of
the other boosters of singing are
going to erect a stage in front of
the Grand Stand so the singers
will be on an elevated position,
faring the audience. Then there
will be ropes stretched across the
v..a.l way, tn prevent automobiles
from uttering their unmusical
sounds the whole day through.
There will be refreshments on
the grounds at a reasonable price,
which will he a great accommo?
dation to the general public.
If the editors of the different pa?
pers oi the county will copy this
article, and run it in their papers,
it will be greatly appreciated by
the singers, and singing boosters,
and may also add to their sub?
scription list one or more sub?
L V. JONES, Sec'y.
( hie of the worst accidents that
lias happened in the coal mines at
Josephine occurred Friday morn?
ing about nine o'clock, when Har?
ry l.ee Snodgrass, Jr., and Clar?
ence E, Sloan were killed by a
fall of slate. ,
The two men were working to?
gether in No. 6 mine, which is be?
ing operated by J. D. Poore and
Company. They were about two
thousand feet back under ground
from the main entrance. The
piece of slate which fell was
about fifteen feet long, eight feet
wide ami one foot thick. Mr.
Snodgrass was killed instant?
ly and Mr. Sloan died in seven
minutes after they reached the
Norton Hospital with him. The
bodies of both men were taken in
charge by Undertaker Fred H.
King, of Norton, and prepared for
Mr. Sloan, aged about -II) years,
was born in Scott county at Fort
Rlackmore. He is survived by
his wile and two small children.
He was buried Sunday morning
about 10 o'clock in the cemetery
at Norton by the Order of Red
Harry l.ee Snodgrass, Jr.,
aged 2.1, was a veteran of the
World war. He is survived by
his wife, Mrs. Hannah Snodgrass,
and by his parents and seven
brothers and sisters.
He was buried in the O'Neil
cemetery near his home in Jose?
phine Monday afternoon at two
Letcher Bunn and George Goodloe Carry off Major Share of
Honors for Gap?Kemp, of Norton, and Fulton, of Wise,
Do Great Work
Gap Win* All But Three Events and Pile Up a Total of 70
Points?Norton Has 26, Wise 19.
\bottt five hundred people wit
sed the Inter-High School
l<l Meet here last Saturday
en the local buys romped to an
v victory over Morton and
'he work ot litiiin and Good
for the Gap! Kemp tor Norton
I'll I ton lor Wise were the
standing features of the day.
C ball game between Wise and
iK Stone had given much prom
but the Law Makers were ttn
e to fathom the twisters of Lit
and went down 8-0, The
half of the game was inter
ting, but once the heavy slug
' of Coach (iarrett's chain
s started the game vyas all
n all but three events the local
s held first place. Norton was
toriotis in the 100-yard and 220
ird dashes. Fulton, of Wise,
>n the mile race against the
hole held. In all other events
? Gap boys demonstrated their
periority ami maintained tlu-i:
nitalioti a- leaders in Wise
nitty athletics; The visiting
lows were keen sportsmen, hard
?rkers and good losers. They
?tight gamely in every event.and
Bllt down only after a gallant
I.etcher linnn and < ieprgc
Goodloe were the stars for the lo?
ll school. Kemp, of Norton
as the outstanding figure among
e visitors, Ruiin won the shot
lit, broad jllinp.high jump and
20-yard low hurdles, and piled
) a total of 27 points for his
am. < ieorge ii.Hoc done his
most sensational work in the pole
mil event against Hamilton, of
Thirteen hieii of ibis place!
?ent Sunday at the Gap's big'
reservoir. The party, including
.. O. I'ettit, L. II. Wileox and
son; W. I. Rogers and son; I). (.'.
Wolfe. Ueiibui Hanks, A. I.. Witt,
i. I). Jenkins. |. M. Blessings
Nick Seals and Mr. Wells, left
Kelly's drug st,,re at eight
'clock and went to the foot of the
mountain iii tin- big truck of the!
'aubel-Scott-Kitzmillci Compa?
ny. My ten the party reached the
reservoir and at noon had their;
After lunch the party climbed
Hull's Rock and looked for Rig
Stone through their field glasses.
Nothing but the postoffices could
ie located. About three the
mountain climbers started home.
The Wise County Federation]
ii Civic Betterment Clubs will
hold a semi-annual meeting at
Wise. Virginia, at Baptist church
it 10 o'clock a. in.. May II. 1922.
?\mong the speakers will be Dr.
Daisy Robinson, of Washington,
I). C. Subjcet : Woman's re?
sponsibility in health. Mr. C. R.
McCorkle." Subject : Public Set
vice and Qpiinty Government,
All citizens of the county are wel?
Manager J. Arch Sterne, of the
Hotel Norton, has instituted a
novel plan to attract traveling
men to "Sunday" in Norton.
Most of the knights of the grip
head for ihc big towns to spend
Sunday where conveniences arc
supposed to be the best.
Relieving that the Hotel Nor?
ton is as good as anything Blue-!
field. Bristol or Roauoke has to
offer Manager Sterne offers the
boys a reduction of 50 cents per
day on each room, starting with
Friday. The plan is already
drawing salesmen to Norton who
] wish to have the best for a little
Wise,. Perhaps hp oiie event
during the day had so many
thrill*. Hamilton contested ev?
ery inch the Gap hoy climbed up?
ward, hut was finally unable to
eros-- the bar at 101 inches.
Goodloe crossed it with ease and
won. Il<- amassed a total of 15
points lor the Gap; Kemp. Nor?
ton's sprinter, made a total oi
1.1 points.- The greatest single
achievement goes to Buhn. Iiis
work nette?! the Gap more points
than did the combined work of
Not t. m s tine team.
When the day closed the score
stood as follows: liig Stone
Gap. 70 points; Norton. 26 point-,
and Wise 10 points, t'oehurn
did Ii. it show up.
The surprising things that hap
petted during the day were many.
Carl Knight walked away with
the half-mile race for the Gap.
ami came in third a few minutes
I later on the mile chase. Hut per
I haps the biggest surprise came
when little 13 year old J.A.Youell
chased his Wise competitor
around the track for the mile and
[came in a close second. He is
following close on the heels of his
brother. Pat. who Y. M. C. A.
Turner says is the best -printer
in the county.
It was a pity that more people
were not on hand to witness tin
efforts of the boys. The after?
noon was ideal for athletics. The
diamond was fast, ami all th
boys in great form. They pro
vided many a thrill, and left ll
dotlhi in the minds of the crowd
wliat sort ol stulT W ise count\
bovs are made id.
Local Men Organise Concern tol
Handle the Wonder of the
Ages in the Gap?Jim Taylor I
is Manager?All Local Men)
The Gap is to have a company
whose business will be devoted I
exclusively to the sale and instal l
ation oi wireless receiving
Within the last six months the
wireless industry has had a spci
tacular growth. The mysteries
of turning a sw itch and letting
inClo(l) and sermolis flow in fri m
no where is now an established
nightly custom. In Wis
I) the demand has been so great I
I for sets for private homes that
firms have been sprung up over
The Padio Sale-. Company III!
been organized in the Gap.
Taylor is the manager, ami
dated with him are other pr?ti
incut P.ig Stone business men.
'This company will sell machine.,
and install them, thus eliminating
the annoying feature of having
machine and being unable
make it work, a thing which has
happened frequently in the coun?
'The office of the new company
will be located over the AlUUZll
'Theatre. Within a short time
they will give out the National
and American League baseball
scores, weather reports and all
special news, such as prize lights
elections and other news of gen?
eral interest.
The Radio Sales Company will
accept orders for either Clapp
Eastman, Westinghottse or Chi?
cago Laboratories products sets
and will install same in any hotni
in the county 'The sets made b_\
these companies are said to be tin
most reliable and popular on the
Christian Church
Bible School Sunday morning
ten o'clock. Preaching and
communion following the Bible
School session.
Christian Endeavor at 7:15.
Subscribe to The Post.
Manager of Local Theatre Will
Try for Cash Prize Offered by
Producers of Robinson Crusoe,
the Serial Now Running at the
The story of Robinson Crusoe,
now gaining in popularity with
the children of ?ig Stone Gap as
it is being run at the local play?
house, has created a nation wide
interest. The story of Defoe is
known to all. The children, as
well a.- grown-ups, delight in the
hardy adventure of the famous
bid gentleman.
To make the Story more inter?
esting to the Children Manager
Tavlor is offering a real parrotf
to the boy or gill who has receiv?
ed the largest number of vote,
when the great serial closes.
While the boys and girls arc
working tor the parrott the
Amiir.il manager is working just
as hard to win a pri^e offered by
the producers oi the picture? i"
the theatre creating the nio-t
novel method ..i advertising the
Sev eral brilliant ideas ha-, e been
Mtbmitted to the Universal people
by Mr. Taylor and he is confident
oi carrying one of the prizes
The wedding of Mi-s Ellen
Pcarce Bodicj and Mi. William
Alexahdei Stu.ut. oi Big Stone
Cap. Ya.. took place .,1 S .. . hick
last niglit at the home of the
bride's parents, Mr.and Mrs .Tem?
ple Ikliliey, on t ?ak Street. The
ecremi>n\ vi'as performed by the
Rev, Dr. i lias. R. Hehiphili in
the presence of the two imme?
diate families and a few dose
friends. The house was decorated
with iris and othei Spring lionets
and illuminated with caudle light.
Mrs. Harry Ii,.,me I'..rter. of
Kansas Citv. was the matron oi
honor. Miss Edith Boil ley. sis?
ter of the bride, was the maid of
honor. Mr. Waltei I*. Stuart; of
F.Ik Garden; Ya., was his broth?
er's best man.
The bride w ore a wedding gowil
of white satin trimmed in din hess
in.I rose |?.int lace I be satin
fell in an unbroken line from the
neck to the hem in frolit, with a
hatiffaiit effect at the hip-. The
neck was edged with the lace,
which formed the tiny cap
sleeves. The court train was oi
namcntal at the hem with a bei
tha of lace caught with wreaths
of ..lange Id,.--...in-.. The tulle
veil was adjusted with a llariug
bandeau of rose point lace caught
at the nape oi the neck with a
cluster of orange blossoms.
A shower bouquet of lilies of
the valley and columbine compos?
ed the bridal bouquet.
I'he bride'- attendant's were
dressed in rose and pink chiffon
cut in pointed petal draperies
with the waist line defined with
a deep rose Satin sash tied at tin
side in a large bow.
Roth carried bouquets of pink
roses.la vender ageratum ami blue
I'he bride's table w as decorated
with iris pink r..^e- and agera?
tum. At this table were seated:
Mi. and Mrs. William Alexander
Stuart. Raymond Gordon I'laik.
Joseph Rodes, Mrs. Harry Bonne
Porter; Miss,-- Edith Hodley.
Margaret Stuart, of F.Ik Garden,
Va.; Margaret Wise, of Mae. .11.
Ga.; Meta Baldwin, Catherine
B?rge and Margaret Norton;
Messrs Walter Stuart. Harry C.
Stuart, oi Elk Garden. Va.; Law?
rence L. Audersohi |r ; Neville
Miller, Jack Speed. James
Thompson ami Horace Coletnah.
Mi. and Mrs. Stuart left last
night 011 their wedding journey,
and at its conclusion will make
their home 111 Big Stone Gap.
Among the out-of-town guest-,
for the wedding were: Mr. and
Mrs. John J, Stuart, of Abingddn.
Va., parents of the bride-groom;
former Governor Henry C.
Stuart. Miss Margaret Stuart; j
Messrs. Walter Stuart and Harry
Stuart, all of Elk Garden, V?.;
Mrs. Rogers Shatleigh. of St.
Louis; Miss Margaret Wise, of
Macoil, Ga.; Mrs. Harry Bonne'
Porter, of Kansas City; Miss Ha?
zel! Cornell, of Winnetka, 111.;
Mr. Foster Witt, oi Richmond.
Va.; Miss Florence Davenport,
oi St. Paul; Mrs. Charlton Mcs
sick, of St. Louis and Mr. and
(Mrs. R. T. Irvine, oi Rig Stone
Gap.?Louisville Courier journal.
"Nothing But the Truth" Pre?
sented Successfully by Faculty
and Students?Large Audience
Delighted With Work of Local
To pick the star o( "Nothing
But the Truth," the successful
High School farce, which was
presented to a delighted audience
in the school building on last Fri?
day night, WOUld be ho easy task.
The cast was well balanced, ex?
ceptionally well directed ior an
amateur production, and was en?
tirely free of that familiar drag
found in almost all rion-profes
sionitl efforts. There is much lb
praise and little to criticize. Miss
Rice performed a hard task well.
The "business 1 of every character
with the exception of Miss Mary
Davenport as Mrs. Ralston, and
Arthur Foster as Bishop Dorau,
was not up to the standard set by
the rest of their work. There was
a tendency throughout the play
for the actors to keep to their
feet, and to unconsciously locate
the position in the picture the di?
rector had given them during re
hcrsal. But even this did not
keep the (day from being one of
the finest pieces of amateur act?
ing ever seen in this county.
Charles Stacy, as the truth
hiving Hob Bennett, gave .1 fin
islied performance and had the
ludieuee with him ftotn tin- i in
t.tiu His work gave ever) evi?
dence ..I careful directing and ar?
tistic conception. He is an actor
pf exceptional ability, and, should
lie desire to, could develop into a
comedian of much promise. The
quaint; unconscious humor 61 his
work was a rare treat, arid was a
deciding factor in the success of
the evening.
Playing opposite him was Miss
Blanche Kennedy as liwen Ral?
ston. Ability ami charm is a rare
combination even in the profes?
sional ranks, and Miss Kennedy
po sessed both. In the difficult
court sliip scetu-s,usually made lit -
dicrous by the amateur stage lov?
er, she established herscli as a
young woman of real ability. She
took bet work seriously and nev
..?I stopped vyorking, Her gowns
were lovely and tastefully picked ~
tor each scene.
Character work in amateur or
professional plays is always a pit?
fall for a perfectly good produc?
tion to fall in. hi the case of F..
M. Ralston, played by John Al?
len Kilbourne, the role was ad?
mirably filled. John Allen was a
"hard boiled" business man,
moustache and all. Not once did
he unconsciously revert back to
John A., but remained steadfast?
ly F. * M. Ralston to the final
cut tain. And this was a partic?
ularly pleasing feature of the
play! ? Inly real ability can per?
suade an audience to forget the
actors are home town folks and
not the play things of a gifted au?
thor's imagination. This is what
he did, and in doing it he estab?
lished a reputation that will stand
unrivaled in Wise county for a
long time.
Miss Mary Davenport, as Mrs.
Ralston, gave one of the finest
performances seen in Big Stone
Gap in Sonic time. She knew her
part, moved with the ease and
certainty of a finished actress.and
made the most of a difficult role.
Her gowns, like .Miss Kennedy's,
were carefully and tastefully
chosen. She would be at home
on any stage.
Arthur Foster, as Bishop Do
ran, had the most difficult role in
the play. He is a youngster, but
(Continued on fourth page)
Saturday evening about -40 folks
from East Stone Gap and Crack?
er's Neck met for a singing at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Mor?
ris above East Stone Gap. De?
licious saudwiches.cocoa and can?
dy were served. Cordial recep?
tion given the guests by Mr. and
Mrs. Morris, and the apparent
happiness of all present made the
occasion an unusually pleasant
one which will be long remem?
bered by those who attended the
gathering. It is such whole?
hearted hospitality and good fel?
lowship which makes life worth

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