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fOL. XXX e Big StoneGap Post. 6 Pages BIG STONE GAP>1SE COUNTY, VA., WEDNESDAY; AUGUST 23, 1922 No. 34 XINGTCN BOARD OMMERCE SENDS EXPERT TO GAP1 ise County and Kentucky | Road Boosters Have Great Meeting Here Last Thurs? day The Kyva (Kentucky-Virginia) ?I was suggested by W. G. Coutts, Dig Stone Clap, Va., and Col. Jim nret, the lioone Way Man, back in I i mil between them the proposi n was agitated for a time, but it ptared that the time was not ripe r making progress over the pro? 1 touting. Early last February a number of [|jfl>f of the eastern counties rough which the road will puss, He attending a meeting held by ? government and others, at Xlni ||. o( Gentucky, in Lexington, iganized the North Kork and Vir? gil.:, Highway Commission, with ?radquartcrs at Jackson. After Kmc months the president of the ?ganixation, who is a mighty busy (bun, seeing he could not spare the ti . from his business to give the li, , ,. attention to the road prop. OFitiuM which it deserved, readily nc- I Cjtptid the suggestion of roftd boos- i ti-r- foi .. reorganization along Hue ihtieby added life and activity I woul.l be given the movement. This j frsultfd in the holding of a conven Huii in Jackson, which is located 4P, j n iith of Lexington, on duly 3th, lit22, which was attended by u g,.ud number of the lending business lud professional men and county of ?. ml from the seven counties touch- | hi b| the Kyva routing from l.ex i:. to Pound Gap, on the Ken Dick) t irginia border. A strong or hniiation was effected, with the tied ol M. II. llolliday, Jackson, I i- president! Dr. A. M. Cross, of | Hiiard, vice-president; Eula Hum Jiuiidi, secretary-treasurer, Jack-1 t :. und h hourd of directors, c j?i each of the seven counties, all | ?ood leaders in tlieir respective lo lalitits, Col. Jim Mnrct, the old I i t of the Cumberland*, was] ?kosen press agent, with headqui leri >l Lafayette Hotel, Lexington, 'tl.i. I, position he accepted with the Itroni a lurances of the hearty co 3i|irr.ili,.n of ollicer.s, directors und ,g"u,l roads people generally. Col. 'Alm, i lias entered upon the work Iking .inilar lines which were suc ?essfully followed in putting Booite W'h> through the Cumberland:! of Suuth eastern Kentucky. " A highway mow routed from Louisville to Roone S'auin, N. ('., the site of the old home \i Daniel Uoonc, in 1750, on the gi mil.in River, Davidson county, in a''"" '"' "Ce' stuU'> mll*S west of B^xington and G miles east of Salis 3<iiiy. Tin- routing follows the gen? eral line of I!.,one's Trail from I Bcouesboro, Kentucky, to the old | ?ahin liuuie , u distance of 440 miles: Fne looting includes Frankfort ILexington, Boonesboro, Mt. Vornbn, prhin, Middlesboro, Cumberland I flip, Jonesvilie, Va., Appalachui, | pneer'i Kerry, Gate City, Bristol, |V*.-T*nn. Ii..- Kyva Road is n hard surfaced ! ?Mghway from Lexington to Stanton, Powell county, -10 miles. That por iiun o( the road between Lexington] Juial Winchester consists of 12 mile! koncrete unit 7 miles of Kentucky I '"'1- asphalt. A regular speedway | m which a speed of 7G miles per tour could be made if it were al? lowable. 1 lark county, next eust of Lexing? ton, has a hard surfuced road ainto Powell county, and the latter coun? ty has the same class of road on into its county seat, Stunton. This coun ?V and its next neighbor east, Wolfe county, under State Highway Com have lately let contracts for the construction of sections of the l.ighwuy within their territory and rropost to let other contracts in J*23 IJieathitt county, in which Jackson is located, has completed 10 stilea uf it3 heaviest grading and wsinage at a cost of more than $3D, OOO i?.r mile. Perry county has recently adver j??d, through the State Highway Commission, for bids on construction ? two mile section of the Kyva leading out of Hazard, with the ex? pectation of the coat being $60,000 j1*1 mile, as it will be necessary to ?ntrally cut the way through stone lot the greater part of the two^miles. " is propored to put on a campaign '4r k bond issue, in this county, for ?OU.?Oo, to be used in the building of the Kyvj and j'.her good ro ids in that locality. LeicUcr county, of which V.'hites buij is the county se.it, has voted and carried a bond issue of $350,000 for road purposes. State and Fed? eral aiil to be added to this amount gives that county a $70.1,0 u road fund. Attogetber.tbe prospects are natter? ing lor currying out the motto adopted by organization at i! I con? vention at Jacttson: "A good road from Lexington to found (lap, .in 1025 or bust." It is believed that conditions wilt be such that no "bustin'" will occur in that good year, especially in the Kyva Hoad proposition. The Kyva Road Association is ac? tively campaigning in the cause of the highway and is meeting with great encouragement in all the coun? ties along the routing, in addition from that of adjoining counties which are looking to the building of roads from their county suats to make a connection with this, to be, interstate highway. The Lexington Hoard of Com? merce on the invitation of Mr.YV. (!. Courts, of Rig Stone Gap, and other good roads boosters of Southwest Virginia, sent Col. Maret over here on August 10th, to meet and consult with the "highwaymen" of that por? tion of the (lid Dominion, anil learn their plans and arrangement being made for meeting the Kyva, with a" good highway at the Kentucky-Vir? ginia border and of any other plans they may have for making other connecting roads to the border of our state, mid at what point or points. In all of Col. Morel's campaigns ami experiences in promotion und const!uetiou of highways he bus nev? er made a speech or addressed nil audience,saying never more than two dozen words, on any occasion. "I am glad to be with you mid promise to use my best efforts to render nil possible aid to push the proposition along. I never attempt tu make a speech or address an audience; my endeavors to aid in any movement are made through, pen, pencil and a little old typewriter which has done service for'more than a.quarter of a century. I thank you." This is about the extent of the old road scout's "speechifying." Th" Colonel has the greatest faith in the power of the press, ami says bis elforts in highway work would certainly have come to naught, bad the newspapers not stood faithfully by him and free? ly used the ammunition which he has been grinding out on that same "Little old typewriter," tiring broad? cast Into the ranks of the enemies of good roads. "The newspaper hoys are the real men behind the guns," says the old road scout. appal?Fdepot burns early wednesday Fire Originating in Express Room Destroys Building and Two Freight Cars? Operator Has Narrow Escape The Union depot at Appalachia Was destroyed by lire about 2:30 o'clock last Wednesday morning, it is be? lieved that the blaze started in tin room occupied by the American Ex? press Company and spread through the whole building before the Are department could urrive on the scene. The operator on duty did not know that the building was on fire until it reached bis office. He did not have time to save his typewriter, violin or coat. When the blaze was discovered between 2:110 and 3 o'clock the ;lames were rising nvove the roof. The alarm was immediately turned in. Before it could be brought under control the freight shed, two cars in which were stored about a truck load of flour, the express rooms, ticket office and waiting rooms were de? stroyed. Due to the strike only a small amount of freight was on band. The express department sustained the greatest loss. Thursday morning temporary quarters we're established in the part which did not burn completely down. No plans have been announced for a new building. It is plain to be seen that the gov ernor of New York la not a politic ian. Be used $8,000 of his own sal ary to pay state bills. BILL WREN AIN'T 1 WORRYING ABOUT I THE CAR SHORTAGE He Drives His Flivvers From the Factory?15 of Them, Model of 1923 Cnr shortage rncruiris nothing in Henry Ford Wren's life'. People in Wise and Lee counties nre clammor ing for tin Lizzies, more and more of them. Henry Ford Wren hns ded? icated his life t? the making of their dreams come true. So the problem of getting cars from the factory was a serious one?-for a while. Orders were piling up, railroad cars were fast becoming curiosities, and things in general looked blue. Hut not for long. Mr. Wien chartered a Pullman, hired fourteen drivers, wrole down a few rules of etiquette, herded them into a Pullman and de palled for Columbus, Ohio, on Mon? day night, Augtlst I I. With his fourteen flivver punchers ?Mister Wren arrived at the fac? tory withuut losing a man. They followed the rules and regulations to a T. Only one or two eat peas with their knives, and only one ask? ed numerous mirth-pr?vokillg ques? tions. On the whole, Mister Wren said, they Conducted themselves like real muuntaiireeiI. On Wednesday morning each driv? er was given a Henry and the in? struction not to drive more than 20 miles an hour. Down at the real Messrs. Wren and Gllly piloted car' fourteen. The first day the party made 66 miles. The next day better lime was made anil they allied home in 2 days and .'I hours driving time. 379 gallons of gasoline were consum? ed by the cars, or an average of 17 0-10 mils pel gallon. They brought nothing but 1923 model Kords. The new Henry is a step ne arer what every one has wish? ed a ford might he. One man top. a la Pierce Arrow, electric born that will croak like a frog when the en? gine is dead, wind shield that opens in the middle like those found on au? tomobiles, and a wider and deeper seat, lower and better. That's the new Henry plus nil usual rattles. Mister Wren, always a good sales? man, waxed enthusiastic over the new car. 'Front the drivers came marvelous lab's of I he Itiwer's deeds, for example one of the cars ran 11 distance of 70 miles?yes, seventy - -on one gallon of gas. Doctor Show-alter, head mechanic of the Mineral Motor Company, is a modest man and begged the boys to tell a better one, but Henry Ford Wren brought out |hc hook to prove it by figures and a positive, "I'll swear it is the truth!" So the new flivvers are here and gone. The night they arrived in the Cap Mister Wren was weary and went lo bed and had a dream. Now the dream was (Iiis: "As the cars rolled by the Tannery Chief Marshall Belcher stopped the procession. "Mr. Wren," he said, "I have rea? son to believe that you gentlemen have liquor concealed in these cars." "Sorry, chief," Mr. Wren replied. "I'll give a thousand dollars for ev? ery drop you find. There ain't none, for I looked my self." The Sahlis parly left the Cap last night lo bring fifteen more cars from the factory. They will return Satur? day. BOOKS OF TOWN BEING AUDITED Expert Accountant Visits Norton at Instance of City Council to Furnish Official Report to Public Norton, Va.. Aug. 1?.?J. B. Phelps, of Roanoke, representing E. IS. Jacobs & Company, certified public accountants, has arrived in Norton for the purpose of auditing the city's books. The work will re? quire a week or two, after which the report will be mads public. The audit is made at the instance of the finance committee of the town council, with a view to securing an accurate and official report, in order j that the public may be informed of ' the town's financial condition and , the manner in which the city affairs have been conducted under the pres? ent administration. Still, if we are unable to get cual this winter it will save us the trou? ble of kicking over the price. COUNTY EPWORTH i LEAGUE MEETING Large Gathering at Meeting Here Friday Night?Coe btirri Wins Attendance Banner A very enthusiastic meeting: of the Wise County Epworth League Union wiii held in the Southern Methodist church at this place Friday evening August isih. The following chap? ter.! were represented: ('oehurn, Norton, Glamorgan, Appalachia, Andover, Stonega, Cadet ami l?g Stone Rap. There were about one hundred ami fifty in attendance. Supper was served on the ground: near the church after which an in foresting program was rendered by the leaguers. The Sunday School orchestra very ably assisted with the music, (oehurn for the seco.id time in succession secured the at tendance banner, having this time 90 per cent, of the chapter member ship pre. cut. The following Officers Wile elect? ed for the coming year. I'rseident, Herman Kirschner, of Norton; Vice President, Fred Fisher, of Stonega; Secretary, Miss LucUe Ashworth, of ('oehurn; Treasurer, Miss F.li/.a Shu gart, of Uig Stone tiap. The next meeting is to he held in Cocburn, September 8th. PEABODY HAS PLAN TO SOLVE MATTER Free Competition, Says F. S. Feabody, o I Clticarro, Among Nation's 10,000 Coal Mines Will Solve Over-Development New Volk, Aug. It!.?"Free com? petition involving a gigantic strug? gle for existence" among the na? tion's 10,11ml coal mines in which the littest will survive, will solve the problein of over development and save tin- country $100,000,0110 a year which now is wasted, F. S. Pea body, of Chicago, meinbor of the American institute of mining and metallurgical engineers, declared today in a report Ho tin- Federated American Engineering Societies, y "Too much coal" has become a national menace to the industry and to the pbeketbooks of the consuming public, he said, and is costing Amer? icans eighty cents for every ton dropped into their bins. Diagnosing the ills of the industry, he said: "I'rior to the war there Wen- 0,000 shipping mines in operation. At the close of the war there were 10,000, 'which, if operated full time, would produce 100 per cent, more coal than is needed for consumption and ex? port." Allowing for interruptions due to I accidents, failures of car supplies and "other uncontrollable factors, which seem inherent in the coal in? dustry." Mr. Peabody asserted, "it is safe to say the present develop incut capacity of tin- bituminous coal mines in the United States is fullj one-third greater than any possible demand." Computing the cost he estimates the total investment in mines at i-, 0000,00tl,t)llll. One third uf this amount, he contends,represent9 over development, which, at six per cent. ] interest annually, costs the nation $40,000,000. Waste of man power is the second I item mentioned. Of the 700,000 bi? tuminous miners, there are 2(10,000 too many, Mr. Peabody maintained. Their wages, at $1,!?00 each per annum, represent the annual waste of $300,000,000. Undci present conditions, (he 10, 000 mines each averages lut) idle days a year. Ilased on this expe? rience as the operator of 30 mines in eleven distrust, Mr. Peabody esti? mated the annual upkeep of the na? tion's mines during; period of idle? ness at more than $r>0,OUO,000. -o CRT ACQUAINTED PARTY There will be a "Gel Acquainted" party at the home of Mrs. CS. N. Knight, on Friday evening, at 8 o'clock. The primary object of this gathering is to promote good-fellow? ship between all our members. We cordially invite those of other churches to come and enjoy a pleas? ant evening with us. Committee of M. E. Church, South. ,-o Never tell a stale joke. Forcing a langh is too annoying to your frinds. SLIGHT INCREASE IN COAL PRODUCTION OVER LAST WEEK: Total of 150.49S Tons of Coal and 4,502 Tons of Coke Shipped From This Field During Week Ended Au . gust 12 For the week ended August 12 u total bt 150,'IDS tons of coal und I, .inj tons of eoke were shipped from this bold according to the weekly re? port of the Virginia Coal Operators Association. This was an Illcreusc over last week of 9,71!I tons. The N. .v \V. hauled IS,U7.1 tons from mines along its lines; the Nor? ton ,t Northern delivered "2,711 tons to the triirtk lines at Norton; the In? terstate dropped to 27.C2-I tons; the Soul hern handled only ?S per cent, of its normal Capacity, or 32,091 tons; while the ('., ('. ? O. reported 30,997 Ions for the week. Car shortage Is the principal cause of tin- low production in this field. BRISTOL BOOSTERS RECEIVE ROUSING WELCOME IN GAP Are Given Key to City and Pledge Support in Local Effort to Obtain Wild Cat Route to Bristol Fifteen automobiles carrying about eighty boosters from Bristol arrived In the Cap oil schedule time Friday illuming. The blare of ll band an iiouneed their arrival and a commit? tee of local hushiess men extended the visitors a royal welcome. From the Cap the party went to Appalachin ami returned here foi lunch. Immediately after lunch a meeting was held in the Amiizu Theatre. The address of welcome [was made by Mayor llorsley. Mr. ( h u b s T. Alexander, of Bristol, re? sponded, lie explained the purpose of the booster trip. "We an- not here to get trade?we are here to get nquuinted. We want you to trade nt home, but when you buy out of town come to Bristol." Tin- A in a.-.11 meeting was turned into ii good roads meeting und the visitors pledged their support to? wards obtaining tile Wild ('at Valley route to Bristol. Mayor llorsley ex? plained the advantages of the direct route, via Natural Tunnel. He was followed by .lohn W. Ch?lkley who gave a lucid explanation of the situation ns it stood. The Key. Jim? my Smith also spoke and tobt of his dreams of a great orphanage on Un? ion!.- of the proposed road. Immediately after the meeting the visitors left for Wise, from which place they returned to Bristol Friday I evening. SURVEY IS NEARLY COMPLETED FOR NEW APPALACH1A ROAD Appalachia-Lynch Road Sur? vey Will be Completed This Week?Will be Oper? ated as Toll Road Civil engineers sent out by the state highway Commission to survey the Appalachia-I.yncb road from Laura to the Virginia-Kentucky line, will complete the survey this week. It is estimated that it will take about two weeks In compile the figures and map out a blue print. The sale of the remainder of the capital slock of the Virginia-Ken? tucky Turnpike Association will then be made. This association was or? ganized for the purpose of building and conducting a toll gate road until such lime as the stute may see lit to take il over, as a part of its highway system. The plans of the association are to grade the road this fall and bard sur? face it next year. At the top of Black Mountain the road will join a similar road being built on the Ken? tucky, connecting it with Lynch and Benimm and a highway down I'oor Fork via Harlan to Pinevllle apd west. From Appalachia east, n road will run via Jasper to Dulf.eld, Clinch port and BrtMol, where it will con? nect with a national highway into Aaheville, N. C, and east. THE OPPORTUNITY The tentative offer of the L. & N, to build a r.pur track to the Hast 5th Street bridge hat met with enthusiastic approval in the Gap. Ii has been said that the people living here are not alive to the numerous opportunities tin town's natural advantages affords. This is not true of practical im? provement;!; where tangible re? sults are evident they do hot hold bach. They not only support these measures hut they subscribe gncrQUsly to further any cause which will benefit the community. The proposition of the I.. ,t N. to deliver freight to the town pro vided the town built the track is worth consideration. Dr. .1. A. Gilmer has announced that lie would gladly contribute tie- tlrst hundred dollars, others have ex', pressed a desire to subscribe; The saving in drnyagc in a year would amount almost to the sum required to build the r.pur. Busi? ness men here should gel behind Mayor Hoi -ley and form an as? sociation to build the track. It is an opportunity many have Wished for a gooil many years. Don't .lose it now. POWER HEADS VISIT $375,000 ADDITION TO POCKET PLANT Marry Reid, President ot Kentucky Utilities Compa? ny, 1.,. r>. Merrington, President <>l The Electric 1 ransmission Company ni Virginia ami District Man? ager Walt Make Final Trip of Inspection The new $S7!".,IM;u addition to the po\Ver plant of the Electric Trnns mission Company of Virginia, at Piicket, Virginia, has Juht been com? pleted. Harry lleld, ?i Indianapo? lis, president of the Kentucky Util? ities Company, accompanied by 1.. II. Ilerringinn, Louisville, presideM of the Electric Ttaitiunls'sion Company of Virginia, and. District Manager It. M. Watt made a special tour of inspection of the Pocket plant la t week. The parly spent put of one day in the Cap before going to Slo nega and other points in the Held. The new addition to the Pocket plants makes this station the largest of any in Southwest Virginia. Two 750 horse power hollers, on.- West ingliouse horizontal 0,250 K. V. A. (kilo volt amperes) turbine with auxiliary apparatus constitute a part of tin- new equipment. A i on. rctu smoke stack 220 feel high and cost? ing $55,000 was necessary t>> lake ?are of the increased facilities. Mr. Heed expressed himself as be? ing highly pleuscd with tin- plant and was generous in his praise of South? west Virginia. Many people in this place ami other towns of Wise coun? ty are stock hohler:! in the Kentucky Utilities Company. REPUBLICAN MASS MEETING Will Be Held at Wise on Monday, September 11th ? Congressman Slemp Will be Among Speakers On Monday, September I lib, 1922, there will be a mass-meeting held at Wise Court .House at 11:00 o'clock a. m. in the interest of tin1 lion, .lohn II. Ilassinger, Kp?blicnii candidate for Congress. Hon. c. II. Slemp, Hon. I.. P. Summers will he tjmong the speakers and a large at? tendance is requested lo hear the Is? sues of the campaign discussed in an intelligent manner. KNOXVILLE DIVINE ACCEPTS PULPIT AT APPALACHIA Rev. J. William Dowell Accepts Baptist Call at Appatachia? Church Without Pastor Since Late Spring The Itev. .1. William Powell, of Knoxville, who recently closed a very successful series of rovivnl meetings at the First Baptist church of Appalachian has accepted a call tendered him by that church. The church lias hi'eii without a pastory since lute spring of thjs year when the Rev. Harry Garileld Mohl resigned to accept a large church at Princeton. N. J.