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If Our Soldiers Were Red
Blooded Americans and
WercFighting For Their
Country They Need No Bo?
nus, Says Miss Gnntner in ,
Prize Winning Debate
Tin- following prize-winning tic
bate whs made by Miss Ruth Guntnor,
of Appnlschin, nt the local school in
response to the American Legion
prize offer. Her debute won second
prize, mid is published ut request of
the American Legion, Appnlnchis
Mr. Chairman, Honorable Judges;
Most Worthy Opponents, Ladies and
Gentlemen t
The question for debate has been
stated by the affirmative, but I shall
state it ill the negative and try to
prove to you my views. The question
is: Resolved: That the National
Holms Hill, us piopesed by Congress,
should no*, he adopted.
Let me give you a short explana?
tion of the bonus bill.
The National Bonus Hill provides
for the payment of (1.00 per day to
each ex-service iiuiii who served over
here and $1.-5 per day for each day
over there, excluding the first sixty
days which wer,1 eared for in th"
original bonus, providing tin- amount
does not exceed $600,00 for the nun
over here and (026.00 for the man
over there.
First: This is paying the soldier
for his patriotism.
When the call came for aid to pro?
tect our nation from the tyrany of
Gertnaity, was it a call to make irioll
eyT It was not. It was a patriotic
cull, and now are we tu 11 ml that the
patriotism of out country and o?r
soldiers is so cheap that it can be
bought with dollars and cents. Then
1 say we have no patriotism. If Out
soldiers were fighting for freedom,
they are red blooded Americans whom
we may well be proud of, bin in)
friends, if they were lighting for the
"Almighty Dollar" then they are not
worthy to be called Americans.
Let us go back a moment to the
lime of the Civil war. When the war
was over and the Southern Soldiers
went home only to lind everything
destroyed, did they go to their gov?
ernment and ask for a bonus? No,
they went to Work to rebuild their
dear .South and to bear the recon?
struction as best they knew how.
Then why can't we do the same to
day? Our forefathers have done it,
so can we.
Second: The government is al?
ready giving aid to the wounded vet?
Allow me to read to you a few gen
eral statistics front the speech ?I
Hon. Eugene Illach, of Teva-, on the
Honiis hill.
"The Governhu ut is now paying
out over (700.00 a year per man. for
medical treatment of the disabled
war veterans and their dependent rel?
atives, altogether the government is
paying out over (400,000,004) a year
for the aid of the war veterans. The
total amount spent up to January 1,
1022; for the vocational training,
compensations, insurance and hospital
treatment was over ? 1,000,000,000."
This shows us that the government
is not only helping the wounded vet?
erans but their dependent- also, and
still the government is doing nothing
r.ir the soldier.
Tile men who came hack victors of
the war are not only receiving free
medical treatment, but they arc ulso
trained in some profession by which
they may make an honest living with?
out the missing member of the body,
whatever it may be.
Does the able bodied ex-soldier
really need the money? I think not.
Let us console! the benefits the sol?
dier got from the war. He was
thrown with men from almost all
parts of the world. Here be learned
how to deal with different types of
men. He was educated In things
which lie could or rather would never
have learned at home.
The things which the soldier learn?
ed while in the army gave him the
right to demand a higher place in
life. I have heard numerous cx.-m.t
vlce men say, "1 wouldn't want to
tackle that job again but I wouldn't
take anything for m> experience
while in the army."
My worthy opponents may say
Something like this -while the Solda t
was lighting for $30.U0 a month, the
men at home weie getting as high as
(260.00 u month, 'that is all ?.cry
true but, while the soldier got (30.00
clear money, as he was getting his
food, clothing and shelter free, tin?
man with (250.0U bad to buy his
food, clothing and rent, for very high
prices. It is doubtful if he hud $:tu.tn;
left out of his month's salary wlen
his were paid.
It is abto true that the soldier did
not have luxuries that the men at
home had, but if the soldier had had
$1,000,000 n month he couldn't have
hnd nnyhing more of the. luxuries
thou he had for they could, not be?
gotten over there.
The soldier got. back in time to
share in the high .wages and.demand
for laborers. If he did not taVe this
advantage it is just his bad luck. .The
j people at home were in sympathy
I with the soldier and were ready to
aid him.
.Since all shared in the profits, all
must share in the loss.
What I have shown you shows that
if the government has to give aid to
the able bodied ex-soldier then they |
cannot help the wounded soldier as
much as they are.
Third: The bonus bill will pro-,
mote shiftlessness.
For there are millions of men who
van live on $1,26 a duy and as long
as they can go to the government for
the money they are not going to work, |
that it human nature.
Lnsl hut not least by any means,
comes the question, How would the
government get the money to pay
the bonus if it were passed?
There is the war debt of America
which must be met. There tire now
ovei $1,000,000,000 of short term ob?
ligations which come due next year
ami there is nothing to meet them
with, then is it advisable for the gov
eminent to take on more obligations
of this kind, I think not.
There is no provision in the bill for
the raising of the money and it is cor- j
tain that money don't grow on trees j
these days. The people are already :
taxed to the limit.
We hove all heard the old saying]
"Pick the goose so as to get the most
.feathers with the least squnking." j
In this case the goose has been strip-;
ed, and any more picking will cause j
a racket.
If. the people could bear more tax-1
ing, wouldn't the soldier have to pay
tax too. Why certainly. Then in!
the end he is simply pawning himself.
And now my friends I say the bo?
nus is not right because it is paying
the soldier for bis patriotism. The
government is already helping the
soldiers all it is able to do. The Ho
nus Hill will promote shittlcssness,
and last, the government has not the
money to undertake this obligation.
Therefore, I believe that the Bonus
Hill should not he passed and that all
must share the hard times together
ami make the best of it.
I thank you.
"Would you like to take a nice long
walk'.'" she asked.
"Why, I'd love to," replied the
young man caller joyously.
< '"Well, don't let me detain you,"
j she said sweetly.
Jones: "I never know what to do
with my week-end."
Bonus! "Why not keep your hat
on it?"?American Boy.
Order of Publication
VIRGINIA.?In the Clerk's office
of the Circuit Court of Wise County
the ICth day of June, 1922.
James Wntkins, Plaintiff.
I.ucindn Wntkins, Defendant.
The object of this suit is to obtain
a divorce "A Vinculo Matrimonii"
upon the grounds of desertion and
adultery. And it appears from af?
fidavit on tile in said office that the
defendant, Lucinda Watkins, is not
i. resident of the State of Virginia it
is ordered that she appear here with- :
in ten days after due publication of
this order and do what is necessary i
to protect her interest in this sui:.
And it is further ordered that a
copy hereof be published once a week
for four successive weeks in the Big
Stone (lap Post and that a copy he
posted at the front door of the Court
House of this county, and that a copy
he mailed to the defendant, Lucindn
Watkins, at Omaha, Nebraska, Inst
known post office address.
A copy?Teste:
lt. R. ROBERTS, Clern
I Vicars & Vicars, p. q,
I June 21-2 a-28
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Nash Leads the World in Motor Car Value
A .Record-Breaking Six Months
Our books just closed for the first six months
of 1922 show that our volume of passenger
car business ran far beyond that of the largest
previous half-year in Nash history.
And the figures for the final three months of
the six reveal a gain over and above the best
previous quarter of 30%.
Only a car of exceptional value could possibly
have inspired such a pronounced and positive
preference on the part of purchasers.
The new Nash line includes models with four and six cylinder motcirs; open and closed
bodies; two, three, four, five, and seven passenger capacity; a price range from $965 to
$2390, f. o. b. factory.
J. A. MORRIS, Dealer
Big Stone Gap, Virginia

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