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es e Big 5>tone Gap Post 8 Pages BIG STONE GAP, WISE COUNTY. VA., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 1922 No. 31 OPERATORS REPRESENTING MORE THAN 90 PER CENT. OF COAL MINED IN THIS FIELD ENDORSE HOOVER PLAN &irginia Coal Operators As I sociation Accept Hoover I Proposals Without Reset 'i vation Li BB WILL1TS HEADS District committee Mine Owners Violating Hoo I ver Proposals Will Kind I Themselves Without Cars I to Ship Product, Wiilits I Declares Ihoovkr hi.an in a nutshell 'he Hoover |>laii in a nutshell i- that under service orders to lie hutted by the Interstate Com ; merce Conihiission coal mines whirl, tell their coal at fair prices will he favored in the matter of CSI iupplyi while mines which de lanil extortionate prices will 1 hint themselves without cars. The Virginia Goal Operators of lr Southwest Virginia Behl ap pinted .1 committee of nine to ?int Secretary Hoover in car? rying out the plan. Accepting every proposal of the 'i: plan which has been forniu utni to relieve the nation wide oal famine, the Virginia foal Op? erators Association met in Norton la-t Friday morning and pledged the raj support and co-operation of it organization in this Held. The meting was attended by bp Irrators who represent a little more ? hau '.'0 per cent, of all the coal pro? alu. ed in the Southwest Virginia piil.I. Representatives from all op? tion- from the Upper Clinch Vnl Heid, which includes Richluhds the black .Mountain Held, which renters mound St. Charles', Were present, f ifty companies had rcpfc tentative* present and gave their un? qualified endorsement to the most drastic peace time emergency ait in. the history of the country. Wire, Secretary Hoover Immediately following the meet litii: c. I). Kilgore, secretary of the [t'ual Operators Association, wired Secretary Hoover advising him of [the stand made by the Virginia pro ucers. In the message were inclinl il tin names of members elected to jti.r District Committee who will be responsible for the carrying out of all details of the plan in their re? spective districts. Weld. .1. Wil litis, president of the Norton Coal Company, was selected as chairman ;uf the District Committee and has completed arrangements whereby ti.e Secretary of Commerce will be kept in daily touch with the coal sit? uation in this field. Tin- Hoover plan is the result of the nation wide coal shortage brought about by the railway ami union ioiiI strikes. Throughout the 'val producing fields of America many operators are taking advan? tage of the abnormal conditions and srr demanding extortionate prices for their product. By Secretary Hoover's plan the profiteers will not tr able to obtain cars,and only those Iminei which charge fair prices will lw allowed to ship coal. No operator in this field will be able to obtain <ats unless |?. immediately notifies Chairman Wlllitta of bis intention to observe the Washington plan. District Committee A committee of nine which will M known as the llistrict Co.litlee and win, will be responsible, tu Sei te lary Hoover for the strict bbxer ???ce of all ru|,.s by operators in ")U field, was elected at the Nor? ton meeting Friday morning, ' A man from euch district in Southwest Virginia was chosen to serve on the Mminittee. W. .1. Elgin, Rlchlands, W.r Cliiichfieldi Lee Long, Kante, M*ei Cij C. i p. field; I). P.Hull, ???i Kouuoke, Coeburn und Toms Wed field; W. J. Willitts, Sort..u, field; Otis Mouaer, l?g Stone ^"P. Appalachta and Stoitega fields; *' W. Wagner, St. Charles. Black ?^>.t:.in field; George J. Walket, "fill, llouuker and Drill Creek fields; .0. Collier, Appalachta, Keokee I W. Richardson, Splash Dam, W?r C, c. a o. field; ti. D. Kil !?'? *as elected Secretary of the committee. Jb* basis of prices agreed upon " ten the operators and the Sec tetwt THE LOMM1 I'TUE OF N1NK Following their wire to Sit retary Hoover in which they pledged their loyal support ami co-operation in his effort to re lleS'e tin- nation-wide coal famine, the Virginia t'oal Operators As? sociation appointed a committee of nine, one member from each district in the field; whose duty it will I..- to see that the Hoover proposals are curried out. The committee follows: \V. .1. Elgin, Iticiilands, Upper Clinch field ;l..e Long, Haute, Lower C. f. ,v t>. fehl: 1?. |(. Hull, dr., Itounoke, Coeburn and Toms Creek Heidi \V. .1. Willitts, Nor? ton; Norton lieht; Otis' Mobiler, Hit: Stone (lap, Appulachia and Stonega fields: A. W; Wagner, St. Charles, Itlack Mountain field; Cieorge .1. Walker, Hrdl? II.maker and brill Creek fields; M. 1). Co|J lief, Appaliichla, Keokee field; I. W. Riciiardsori, Splash l?am, Upper ( ., 0. & (>. Ilehl; C. |?. Kil gore, Norton, was elected Secre? tary <>f the ('onimiltcc. retary of Coninioiee mi .lime l;lttS!!!, ate t.i l.e maintained except where varied by Ibe ['residential Commit tee. Entire field I'reieni 'I'hiee present at the meeting wore: Webb j. Willitts, Norton Coal Company, Norton, Va. T. V; IJreiinnn, Wise I '.ml .v Coke Company, Norton, Va. line. J. Walker, Manner Raven Coal Corporation, Drill, Va. Lee Long, Clinchficld Coal Cbrpor? ation, Manie, Va. Lee Long, Dixie Splint Coal Com? pany, Clinchfield, Vit. Lee Long, Virginia Haulier t'oal Corporation; Trainmell, Vn. If. E. Taggart, Stonega Coke & ("oal Company, Itig Stone Cap, Va. I*. II. Pierson, Stonega Coke and Coal Company, Itig Stone Cap, Vn .1. K. Tuggurt, Loyal t'oal Com? pany, Norton, Vn; I). Terp-iia, W ise Coal & Coke Company, Don best.-r, Vn, Ii. S. (iraliiini, Interstate Coal Company, Norton, Vn. II. S. Craham, Hal. on Coal Com? pany, .Norton, Va. A. W. Wagner, Tin Virginia-I. Company, St. ( halle-, Vn. Ijnwrence Snnpp, United Coal Mining Company, St. ('barb -, Vn. I. W. Ilicbai dsotl, Splash Dam Coal Corporation, Splash Dam, Va. A. W. Horton, Excelsior Red Ash Coal Company, Ruveil, Va. W. .1. Elgin, Field jScott, Rich hinds, Va. M. K. Kelly, Stoiiegnp Colliery Company, Itig Stone Clip, Va, C. W. liouduriint, United Collier? ies, Inc., St. Charles, Vn. I:. T. Irvine, Intermollt Coal .V Iron Corporation, Itig Stone (lap.Va. C. .1. Creveling, Itlackwood Coal .t Coke Conipany, Hlackwood, Va. W. (I. I In l..y, Pucketts Creek Coal Company, St. Charles, Va. Charles T. McClellnn, ileaton Coal Company', Tucjoma, Va. (ieo. 11. i'epper, Bohdtbwh Coal Corporation, Coeburn, Va. .1. M. lleaty, filadevilie Coal Cpi porntion, Wise, Va. W. II. I'olly, Pell 11-1.eo Coal Cor poratlon; Penningtrin, Clap, Va. Douglas A. Patterson, Virginia Iron, Coal & Coke Company, Toms Creek, Va. (i. It. Newton, Hawthorne Coal Corporation, Ronn?ke, Vu. .1. It. Fleming, Hobt. Fleming & < l?nipaliy, Norton, Va. W. C. Rolling, Gladeville Coal Corporation, Wise, Va. II. .1. Carter, Emerald Coal Cor? poration, Pcnnington Cap, Va, T. V. Hurt, Little Tom Coal Com? pany, Norton; Va. F. M. Ciily, Consumers t'oal Min? ing Company, St. Charles, Va. Omer Tomliiison, Strait Creek Coal Conipany, St. Charles, Vn. I.. T. Morrell, Baker and Morrell Coal Company, Itig Stone Cap, Vu. Ii. (i. I'ettit, Cumberland ("oal Com? pany, l?g Stone Cap, Va. L. o. I'ettit, Palmer-Best Coal Company, l?g Stone Cap, Va. W. A. Kink, Hawthorne Coal Com? pany, Norton, Va. V. S. Paine, Bondtown Coal Cor (Contlnued on page 7.) DUNCAN WINS HANDICAP1 TOURNAMENT PROM STOEHR \ UP WITH 3 TO PLAY Charles Duncan, clerk of the ?. S. Court at this place,woii tin- Handicap Tournament of tin- Mountain Coif Club from Or. Stoehr last Tuesday afternoon. The score stood I up with II to play. Much interest was manifested in the touriiaiuent and it was declared to be a real success. Duncan's victory came as a surprise to all and he has been congratulated, hand shaked and patted on the hack. Dr. Stoehr allowed Duncan I strokes on '.? hole-. A "grave yard" touriiaiuent will be staged in the near future. STRIKE SETTLEMENT WILL INAUfiUATE ERA OF PROSPERITY Sufficient Orders Are on Hand to Run Local Mines Full Time Until April, 1923 With the Nation's supply .if liitU mim.tis coal w.'ll below 20 million tons, the danger mark .is set hy the I'. S. tieological Survey, a settle? ment of the rail stiike will imiilgu late a new era of prosperity in Southwest Virginia, according to statements made hy proiiilm i.t coal iperators here today. 1'i.r the week ended July J'J pro dllctiou in this Held dropped tii I2?, 282 tons, or r. I. t of normal full tiniij capacity. This decrease whs due en? tirely to lack of cars. The inability of operators in this Hold to obtain ears is responsible for the tempor?r;, slow-down. Weekly torilliige con lintied to increase until the tint age became acute during the mouth of July. The movement of coal under pri-j Ority shipment rights granted I . thi 4i.vernment is not expected to m ile riniiy elTeei the moveiueiil ,.f ...ii from this Held. 'I'he Html seitlenteii; of the mil strike will alone oK.- I e problem. Urtiers on hand will be . ulli. i. ill to run the mines til. full lime until about the first of April, IS?2!t> Kven a Kettlemeiil of lite ??H ike in union Heids will hill etiei I this district for six months, t oil men here declare that it will take a', least six mouths for mines in the stiike /one to get in shape to again turn out their normal production! STREET WORK WILL BE SPEEDED UP BY AUDI? TION OK NEW GRAD? ING CREW A hew grading crew will be put on by tbt' contractor* buiblini; tlx- depot to depot road during tIiis week. The ml.Ill ion of this crew will speed up the progress of the work consider? ably. Unless the construction com? pany is held up on account of mate? rials the street is expected to be completed ibis Kali. The concrete floor has been com? pleted on the Past Fifth Street bridge and will be ready for traf? fic about August 11. ib.- L. & N'. Bridge has also been completed ex? cept for a few feet of floor lit one end. EFFECT OF RAIL STRIKE BEING FELT IN WISE COUNTY Coal Production Drops to 51.3 in Southwest Virginia Field Because of Car Short, age Coal tonnage produced in the South? west Virginia field dropped to Gl ill of full time capacity hist week becnuse of car shortagi'. The C.j 0. >v- 0. shows the greatest number of tons hauled and the Southern the luvtest of the line serving minis through i this section. The toial amount mined for the I week, or total snipped wns 120,28;! ! tons, liming the same week of last. I year only l>8,uSK ton. ?vre produced. Last week 17:1,712 tons were shipped this field, it decrease of IT, Ho ton pvei tile Week ended duly 22, 11122. The Stonegii L'uke and I'o.il Llrtlil pitpy nie filling their famous "cold I slorrge" with liu.'il again. This Is r.being done in an effort to keep theii I men ivorking ivhile the car shortage l ot the week ended duly 22 the N. & \V. bandied IP ton's i the li. ti N. .1,'J71 tons; interstate 2I,. 0-tl Ion-; Southern 2l,l)fiT tons, and the C, ('. .V 0. lil.Slil tons. VISIT AT STONI'.i.A Mi i Aloe Margate and daughter, Mrs. Hob Wiseman, of VolingstOwil, Ohliii are the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Ithodeiihiser, of Stonega. Mrs. Margate i, tin- ulster of Air-. Mary Uoelnick who lias been .pule ill for the pa t three weeks. PLAN YOUR AUTO TRIP FOR SUMMER OF 1924 OVER THE "LONESOME PINE TRAIL," SAYS BIG STONE GAP EXPERT All Uncompleted Sections in Virginia Now Under Contract ?Kentucky Makes Excellent Progress Hy JOHN W. CltALKLKY Post readers perhaps know tlmt ?III ? >l" tin- uncompleted sections are now I under contract or rend) I'm contract, all funds having heeii provided, hut | tin y jierhaps do not know excellent progress made in Kentucky. The only discouraging features are the lack of progress in Leo county, Visit mi the section between .loiiesvillc, ami the Teiims ee line, ami in Haw? kins county, Tennessee, between the l.ee Highway at Itogersvitle ami the Virginia line. I 'm Innately fur the project, however, the main line can easily swing Kasl by .Natural Tunnel ami Clinchport to join the l.ee High? way at Kingsport, Trim., or South? west from Joucsville via Cumber? land Clap to the Dixie Highway at Jacksboro, Tonn., ami mi to Knox ville. Only a few miles of construc? tion will he necessary tu make both routes continuous hard surface roads. 60 Miles in Wise County The Wise county section from Pound li.iii on the Kentucky line down to Pound recently let to con? tract by the State Highway Commis? sion will he one of the must cvpcli-1 sive and ore of the best roads in Vir? ginia. It will be "Jo feet wide with highest grade bituminous macad? am roadway IS feet wide. The lay? ing of bituminous macadam from Pound t? Glamorgan by the county I will be begun during August, must of it should be completed this year j and all of it within a year. The two I miles of concrete road West of Nor? ton to replace the old macadam road will be laid this Kail. The three miles iiif iisphatlic i'iMu ivif street through Hin Stone flap will In- roinplete?! tili- year! All ot tin. work should be completed by tb? Kall of l?'Jft, am) then a continuous sixty iililes in Vir? ginia of the l.oncuomc Piim 'frail from Poillld (lap, through Wise, Nor toll, Itig Stone Cap ami Pehltillgtoll Cap to Jonesville will consist of ex ccllcnt hard stir face road. If the section between Jonesville ami Rog ersville is not I lien macadamized-' ii is how easily traveled by autumn bile except in wet weather - automo? bile travel will go west from Jones? ville to Kiipxville ami Asheville via Cumberland Cap, With only one bail section of rond. This section is in tb.- Virginia state highway system, and will no doubt be macadamized in HILM or 111.' I. Actual Achievement in Kentucky Our Kentucky friends along the Hig Sandy are now thoroughly awake, and can point to actual achievement. The big bridge across the Ohio River from Irontohj Ohio, where we will connect with coinpl-l eil national highways leading to all points North, Kast ami West, to Russell, Ky., is completed and in operation. The road along the south side of the Ohio river connecting UU Huntington and Kenova, West Vir? ginia, and Cattlcttshurg, Ashland and Russell, Ky., is in fust class shape. The Kentucky Highway department is applying practically all of its Federal aid funds (approx? imately $1,600,000 annually) to this project. All the Kentucky counties (Continued on page 7.) DERBY-WISE COUNTY'S MOST MODERN COAL TOWN IS BEING BUILT BY STONEGA COMPANY JUDGE PIERCE SAYS! HE WILL NOT RESIGN NORTON OFFICE Newly Appointed Judge of County's Juvenile Court Will Hold Office as Mayor of Norton Until Term Ex? pires August 31 Mayor J. It. fierce, of Norton, ha* loon appointed judge of the newly formed juvenil.' court of Wise coun? ty l.> Judge II. A. W. Sheen, of this city; The appointment came tis surprise t.. Judge Pierce, lie did not leant of his appointment until he was informed by the press. Jtidge l'i.'i.e will retire from the btlicu .'t' mayor of Niirttm on August :ll of litis yen . He was defeated by i, I.. Catnblos for re-election la-.t June. The duties of the new judge will be numerous ami important. Ju? venile ?, delinquents ami domestic s.pinhblcs will he aired bet. him. While his headquarters will he Wise I it is understood that court will be held in various towns of the county beiiind closed doors. Jo.lire I'ierce was appointed Mayor of Norton in I til 7 to till the 11 lie st - piie.I term of the famous Hill Had-, who died while holding ollWo. The following year, 1018, he was re elected without opposition. He was ili. n opposed by I'orter at the iiext election I.lit WOll .UK. lie was de? feated by Calnblos in a holly coo? le.ted election lit June of this year. Judge Piere? came to Nmt.leveli years ago and went into the grocery business. Kor several years priiir to this he had been employed by tin1 Stun..ga I '.iKe and ('dal <'mtipauy at their Stonega plant. His appointment has met with ap? proval with both the Democratic and Republican organizations in tin countyi His long experience in the bolls of justice h is lilted him for the important work he will l.egiti on Atl git.il |s(. NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS Mi l-tin.; of Interstate Oil and Gas Company Heads is Held Thursday in Office of Charles Hall, Jr. Norton, Va? July .'Olli. At a meeting of the directors of the Interstate Oil and lias Corpora? tion, held here Thursday in the of? fne of Charles Hall, Jr.. iifllcers were elected a:' follows: I'. I'. Illulitoll, Itig Stone Cat., president; It. W. Hol? ly,, Appalachia, vice president; II. 1'. l- iill. i .Appalai bin. treasurer; Charles Hall, Jr., se. r. taiy. Directors an- C V, lllantou, it, W. Holly. II. I.. Puller, Charles Hall, Jr , W. |>. Kuller, r. I?. Mai-Donald, A. I.. Witt, C.ge II. Ksscr and It. 1'. KullerJ The treasurer was. Instructed to pa) a dividend of 'J per cent, on Au? gust ? to stock of record July "I. This compuhv now hau interest in nrodtit lion of !i,!l(>0 barrels of oil per day. The gas production has de creased on account of the fact that one of the gas wells drilled into oil this week. The new well No. 7 pud did in on July 2?. HAIL STRIKE SITUATION REMAINS UNCHANGED The local rail strike situation vir? tually remains unchanged in Wise county. Reports from Appalachia and Norton are to the effect that the striking car repairmen and clerks nr.- cheerful and show no disposition to go back. At Norton a rift appeared on the horizon when Norton R. Baldwin re? turned to his job last week. He Was accompanied by n fellow worker who later reports say walked out again. Norton clerks now declare that they will not return to work until Baldwin is removed. Chraley Dixon, Norton striker who was seriously injured in a light with au N. >V W. guard, is well on bis ' way to recovery in the Norton hos? pital. The car situation continues to grow more acute each day. Situated Two Miles North ol Arno on Preacher Creek? 200 Houses to be ol I ile Construction O. B. ROGERS ro BE SUPEREINTENDEN I Work Now Underway?SOU Men Will be Employed When Colliery is Com? pleted Next March Derby is the name of the neWest addition t.. Wise county's fast grow ?ing |jst of towns. The now town Is being built by the Stonega Coke, an.I t'oal Conipany an.I will be situated two miles north of Arno oh I'ro.ich <t Creek oil the uiil Arno saw mill site. Work of grading ami i reek changes tiro now under way. i Seott ami rTillkle, of Notion, doing this part of the j work. The main line of the Inter? state Railroad i' beim; extended to the Arno saw mill sit,, by the ilro?U? Calloway Company. Krom this point lit narrow gauge line will be built to haul materials for the concrete ami I steel tipple which will be located above tlie town. Two liundred houses of til., .on. ti action w ill be built at Derliy to house the four or live hundred em? ployes. All houses Will be elect i b ill ly lighted and niodi'rn in every vvtiy. A hath hoiis.yschool Imiise for white and colored, lodge rooms, theatric ami commissary will tilsVi be built When the town is completed next March it will be on.- of the i.t n't tractive collieries in Southwest Vir? ginia ami will represent a tremen? dous outlay of capital. Concrete tipple the tipple will be made of con crelo ami steel construction and will be located about ii,fil(tl feet from the mine op. nun'. The tipple will be equipped with rotary dump, conv'ej or line ami baker to bandle 111. grade i of coal, slack, egg and block The shite will be handled by it ei und rotary dump and Uriel ir:nn\v)ty Tin- main opening will lie two mile ii.nth of the Arno opening and will be worked from two senilis; The top seam is the well known Tojjgart scum and the lower is known a. the Mark? er i-alll. The mine will have elec til.' installation and every modern <afety device, necessary to the safety of the men. it It Rogeri lo lt.- Superintendent ii. I:. Rogers, former iupeririie.it dellt of the Keokeo colliery, will be superintendent at the new plan' The name of the a i itunl upul in lemlont has not been iiiinotiiici d I;..lb Scott and Trinkle and the Itrooks Calloway Company ale busy with construction WOrk above Arno. Three steam shovels are now in place ami two mole will be ml.h i thill DOTSON AN li KILGORK DISSOLVE PARTNERSHIP The co-partnership of A. N. Kil g.ne und W. W. (1. DotSOri wa- di solved at W ise on July 'i. Mr. Kilgore, who is well known in Wise county, will continue to pr?c tice law with offices in ib.- llruce Slenip building at \\ . v. Representative W. W. C. Hot on and his -mi, V. C. Hotson, have formed a partnership and will prac? tice law under the name of DotSOli and Dotson. They will also have of Ree? in the Hrtice Slcinp building at Wise. IMPORTANT COMMUNITY LEAGUE MEETING A meeting of the Community League will he held ill the school au? ditorium on Monday afternoon ai four o'clock. As this is a very im? portant meeting all members are re quested to be present. RK.PKUBLICANS WILL NAMK CANDIDATE TOMORROW The Republicans of the Ninth 1)1 t'rict will met in Bristol tomorrow to select u candidate to oppose the Hon? orable Ceo. C. I'eery in the Congres? sional race thin Full. Slcriip's refusal to accept the Noi ton convention nomination made the "secondray" convention of tomorrow necessary'. It is believed a Tatewell county man will be named.