The Big Stone Gap Post
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 1922
Published Every Wednesday by the
WISE PRINTING COMPANY
GILHEKT N. KNIGHT.Editor
MNDSEY J. IIOltTON . . Ass't Editor
Entered according to postal regu?
lation nt the po.st-oltlce at Hig Stone
Gup as second-class matter.
As the Editor Sees It
Some people-rend much, but do
very little thinking. They see the
words in print before them, hut not
the great fundamental truths Unit
inspire those words.
The luiliit of lending is one of in?
estimable value to the individual, but
it should not be carried beyond the
point where intelligent thought cull
disseCt the subject und master the
secrets that are not otherwise re?
Cramming the mind is like jam?
ming the cylinder of an engine. It
becomes too tight to function, mid
is thus rendered useless.
Head a little, think a lot, and you
will travel easier and go farther.
When yon come to the forks in the
road, what do you do? Does instinct
tell you which way to go?
Instinct may lead you astray oc?
casionally, but in a majority of cas?
es it will point the way you should
The man who cultivates bis in?
stinct mid acts upon it moves for?
He who gropes in doubt stands
We should never allow ourselves to
become perfectly contented. This
may seem strange advice, but it
When we are perfectly contented
there is nothing else that we desiie,
ami without desire there can be no
ambition, no incentive to push for
ward ami accomplish greater things.
Perhaps the turtle on a log on a
sunny day Is content with his lot.
Hut who wants to be a turtle?
Carpcntler, idol of the Kreuch
prize ling, was knocked out by .tack
Dempsey, American pugilist who
fought nothing worse than mos
quitoesj dining the war.
Now Mr. Carpentler has been
knocked out by a negro practically
unknown to the sawdust ring.
A few inure knockouts from gen
llemen of doubtful standing may in?
duce bim ti. knock himself cut of the
business of battering other people
up for money and do something that
is really worth while.
As a soldier during the war Car?
pentler made an excellent record,
As a professional bruiser he is
lie has yet time in which to he
conn- a man.
It is unwise to frighten your child
by picturing a bogie man who is lay?
ing in wait to devour it.
Timidity is natural to the young,
and cowardice is but a step remov?
ed from timidity.
Vou don't want your child to de?
velop u yellow streak.
Don't convince yourself that yon
can save nothing on your present in?
come, no matter how ?mall it may
The mind that can not plan is in?
capable of accomplishing, ami eta*
plovers know lull well that the man
who car. not save on a moderate in?
come is not the person to whom u
greater one should be paid.
Ability will always find a way,
and ability is what employers want
Do you ever change your mind?
The stubborn mall seldom changes
bis. That is the reason why he is
known as a stubborn one instead of
as a successful one.
Great minds are susceptible to
change upon .submission uf proof.
Little ones are unable to grasp the
proof, and therefore always remain
little, and in time become stubborn.
When a strong mind changes it is
invnriably for the better. That
makes I* even stronger, as the Miwll
one becomes smaller.
About the only way to prevent
warn is for every nation not invol
ved to refuse to lend money or sell
supplies to the combatants. Hut
what country has ever been known
to sidetrack a lot of fat war con?
Here's a case of hard luck. A
young man who bitted a ball player
with a pop bottle gave his victim a
lot of sympathetic notoriety, but
failed to get his own name in the
Up to the Press
"The newspapers ought to quit
publishing so much scnnd.nl."
You can hear such remnrks any
day in the year, and from highly in?
But wo disagree. Thoy do not
stop to think.
Unfortunately, we have reached
the point in this country where but
little respect in shown for our laws,
because the laws are indifferently
enforced, or not enforced at all.
Certain people can evade them
with ense. Others, less fortunate,
must pay the penalty.
Occasionally there is n notable ex?
ception to this'rule, hut only occa
sionnlly. It is for this reason we are
losing our respect for law nud its
mnnner of enforcement.
Hut it is different with the great
newspapers of the country- -mid also
with the smaller ones. They tell the
truth as they lind it. The man of
grent wealth who forgets his man?
hood is ns pitilessly exposed us the
one without n dollar? perhaps more
This pitiless publicity of the press
is the one safeguard thai stands be?
tween respectability and a reign of
debauchery that would rival the days
of Sodom and Comorrnh.
There arc millions of pure high
minded people in this country, hut
there are other millions who reel:
with clandestine infamy.
Some agency must keep this de?
bauched element in check for tin
welfare of society in general.
The press, through its publicity, is
meeting with a reasonable degree of
success, where the law is but a dis?
Why Nothing But Smoke?
Periodically ? almost daily ? the
newspapers of out huge cities con?
tain lurid stories of fabulous sinus
of money involved in rum running
cases unearthed by the prohibition
agents. Sometimes it is with the
connivance of some of the agents
Names, facts, ami dates are often
given, and there appears to he ho
doubt us to the correctness of these
Presumably the evidence is pass
cd on to the public prosecutors,
whose duty it is to convict law viola
tors and send them to jail.
Hut, presumably, some of these
prosecutors me nfHicted with con?
veniently short memories. And,
presumably, their memories have a
habit of failing them at the most
Why so much smoke and no lire'.'
Why so much evidence and so little
Is it a CRM of graft, fear to pros,
ecute, or just plain inefficiency 1
In whatever case it may he, why
do we keep such birds in public of?
Wise county is heartily sick of
When the American stage and Ute
grout American circus started tu
make the strides which have msdl
these institutions the delight of mil
amusement life of today, the earn!
vnl stood still if, indeed, it did not
slip backward. The failures, the
derelicts, the very flotsam of the
make-believe world drifted to the
carnival. There brass, instead of all
is the crowning achievement. When
the mule exacting requirements oi
the stage anil the circus make it
necessary for the actor to move
down a notch he goes to "family"
time in vaudeville and does Iiis song
or "dumb" act. From this stage he
drifts to fifth rate mcdieino
slums and the carnival. When he
arrives on the carnival lot he is worn
out, obsolete; hut he demands "In,'
This in itself would be easy to
stund. Due cuuld forget the sorry
fact that there is no attempt by the
carnival man to create elusion It'
his shows. The very faces of the
"spellers," their "elevating" -and
hopeless English, their cheap linsil
and barbarous music nil combine to
make elusion impossible. His game is
to gel ull he can for nothing, and the
"concessions'* are big factors in
helping him realise his ambition.
From the Community they take what
they can get und give nothing in re?
The fact thnt these cast off nomads
of the amusement world are barred
from the Gap should he a consolation
to every self-respecting citizen of
the community. Other towns of the
county might well follow the exam?
ple of this place.
If the advocates of impartial law
enforcement will stand up mid bo
counted we feai the result will be
nothing. Everybody wants himself
to be exempt.
The sweetness of flattery turns
to bitterness when the truth becomes
llolston Annual Conference closeil
its ninth session lit Bristol, Va., on
This wus uiie of the most interest?
ing sessions in its long career as an
The Big Stone Clap District was
well taken rare nf in the appoint?
ments which is always the case when
an efficient presiding elder like Rev;
B. A. Shtigart is at the helm.
The following; are the pastors who
were sent to Wise county: Appa
lachia, W. II. Briggs; Dig Stone (lap,
It. (i. Reynolds; Coeburn It. N;
Havens; Cueburn Circuit, W. II.
Simpkius; Dunhar, J. W. Aker; Ill
man, C. A. Ilillmnn; Iniboden, W. K.
Creggor; Norton,J. K. Benton; Itoda,
R. W. Ilrooks; Stonega, it. II. Bal
lard; Toms Creek, S. ?. Krye; Wise,
J. M. Phxton; Wise Circuit, J. B.
Staley; Rast Stone Cap, A. M. Stone.
We note that there nre seven new
men in the county and observing the
work they have done ill the past we
have a right to complement the con?
gregations to which Ihey come.
A. M. Stone, the Bast Stone Cap
man, is a good preacher, a concen?
trated man and well qualified to do
a great work.
fast Stone Cap has been "tacked
on" to I tig Stone Cap for some
years. Hut now that it has become
the sent of a charge we look for won?
derful things to happen in that town.
Coeburn should be proud of 11. N.
Havens. He is one of the best
evangelists in llolston Conference;
As evangelist and pastor he is always
('. A. Ilillmnn, the pastor at In?
itial!, is a graduate of lliwassee Col?
lege, student of Emory ami Henry,
and has experience as a V. M. C. A.
secretary, of course he will deliver
V. W. Brooks comes to Itoda. His
fire, pluck ami persovcrence soon
wins for him the admiration and ap?
preciation of any congregation.
Rev, .1. M. I'axtnn, of Wise sta?
tion, is ii man of broad experience
and mature years. His preaching
is "food for drink" such that "Wise
people" should relish.
J. 11. Staley, the Wise Circuit man,
hails from West Virginia. "1'ep and
push" is his motto. Look out for old
Rev. Ii; II. Ballard, we mention
last but by no means is lie the least.
He keeps his hand oil the throttle
and eyes on the rail always. He
thunders along at lightening speed.
So old Stohega you are a receipient
The Big Stone Cap District re?
ported to the Animal Conference,
ll'j:i professions of faith. flS'.l ac?
cessions to the church.
The total amount of motley raised
for Preachers in charge; Mission
nries, Monte ami Foreign, education I
und other purpose* wan $107,401.00.
Bishop Mouson complimented the
Presiding Elder highly fur tin- work
done last year and for the splendid
The people of Itig Stone Gap, espe?
cially the members of the church,
were delighted to have Kev. It. C.
Reynolds returned as pastor for an?
other yean Mr. Reynolds is a Bplen
did preacher ami has accomplished
much good during his past year's
service here. The chinch is ill n
flourishing condition und new mem?
bers are being constantly added to
the church role.
Messrs. Joe G'Daniack, Boren mid
Harold Stillman motored over to Ah
ingdon Saturday and attended the
football game between Emory und
Henry College and Uilligan College.
Miss Nolle Dunnington left Friday
for a several weeks visit to relatives
Misses l.ura Burke ami Marie
Scott, of Cast Stone Cup, were rail?
ing on Mrs. Begley last Friday.
Mis. Jas. Donaldson, one uf our
teachers, spent the week-end in Ap?
Dr. and Mrs. Ussery, Mr. and Mrs.
Fred I.. Troy, of Josephine, Misses
Sara and Anna Heese, Messrs. Tom
mie Reese ami Gilbert Booths at?
tended the dance at Hotel Norton
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Coponhuver,
who were recently married here,
have been spending their honeymoon
in New York. They expect to visit
their parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.
Terpstrn, before going to Bristol
where they will make their future
Some one should remind us, oc?
casionally, of the continued exis?
tence of the league of nations.
Few difficulties are too great to
be overcome by the person who says
"I will" and lives up to it.
Freedom From Motor Worry
Intensifies Motoring Pleasure
Summer subjects your FORD
to a terrific test?leaves it ready
for a Fall overhauling.
Knowledge of the car, necessary
stock parts, proper service by
expert repairmen and low cost
are features of our Service De?
Our prices have recently been
Our work is guaranteed to be
Big Stone Gap - Pennington Gap
"IN STATUS QUO"
Exhorbitant Prices Asked by
Property Owners May
Cause Concrete Project ;
to be Abandoned
Norton, Va., Ort. Ilt.- - Plans for ?
a proposed concrete road from the !
corporate limits weist 1.66 miles tu '
the forks of the road to Hie; Stone 1
Gap ami Appnlachia will doubtless
have to he abandoned because of cx
horbitant prices placed on the right
of way by individual property own?
ers along the route. Announce?
ment to this effect was made today
before the Kiwanis Club by It. S.
While this property is undoubted?
ly valuable) it is generally consider?
ed that owing to tile small amount
needed on either side of the present
30-foot right of way, to give the
road the hO-foot width required un?
der federal aid, the eiihanemellt in I
value tluit would ensue would justi?
fy the owners in donating the neces?
sary strips of land, receiving com
peitsalion of course for removal of
such improvements ns may he neces?
sary; At least, it is felt the properly
owners should place a fair ami rea?
sonable price upon the lund.
In order to eliminate several grade
crossings on the Interstate and 1..
N, railways, and the bridge ov< i
Powell's river, it has been suggested
that the state highway go out Vir?
ginia avenue, to the north of the In?
terstate railway, thence by way 01
Josephine to the junction point of
the present highway below the
Powell's river bridge west of Doolcy.
A concrete road could then be huiit
from the llig Stone Cap road to this
DANCE AT DUN BAR
The Dunbar hoys have issued in?
vitations to a large number in this
section fov n dance to be given in
Uunbur Thursday evening nt the
new Dance Hull. As Dunbar is fa?
med for its delightful dance-., n Inrge
crowd is expected to attend from
the Cap. The music will ho furnish?
ed by the All Star Society Knter
tainers, of New York.
VIRGINIA WHOLESALE COMPANY
WE ARE HEADQUARTERS
FOR MERCHANDISE IN OUR LINE
WE CARRY A COMPLETE LINK Ol
IRON BEDS AND SPRINGS
STOVES AND RANGES
SRND YOUR ORDERS TO US?
WE WILL SAVE YOU MONKY
STAPLE DRV GOODS
We Purchase Every Week Country Produce
SOUTH-WEST INSURANCE ACENCV
FIRE, LIFE, ACCIDENT mid CASUALTY INSURANCE
Fidelity and Other Bonds
Real Estate and Commission Brokers
BIG STONE GAP, VA.
?"-?Vwi03* Ki?; Stone Gap, V<"
eNo. 19, R. A. M.
Meets third Thursday of
each month at 8 p.m. Mason
^vij<? '? """" Voting companions
JOHN RAY. H. P.
J. H. MATHEWS, Sec.y.
BIG STONE GAP LOD"
No. 20. A. F. 4 A. M
Meets BceonJ Thursday
each month at 8 p."1
ic Hall. Visiting
JOHN BAY, W. il
J. H. MATHKWS, SafJ
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