TROUBLE SUFFERED NO SLUMP
IN WISE COUNTY DURING PAST YEAR
Keport of Deputy Oer}''of the Circuit Court at Wise Indi?
cates That Peoplry Were Busy Getting in and Out of
||y C. A. JOHNSON, Deputy Clerk Circuit Court of Wile County
NB Ii may bo of interest <p the plihlic,
BJ|? know something of the stale of
Bjl'--I|;'"': i" Ihe Circuit Court of Wire
BB fhe clerks of the several courts of
B?fU' state, us provided by law, shall
BBs1i:,iimI1.v before the 1st day of No
H|vfiiil"i'. niotc to the ClcrN. of the
KMii.. ? of Dilegntcs at Richmond, a
Ks-, i. '' of pie number of days court
9*1|,i , .s .a within the year ending
Bom the I.ist day of August preceding,
Hand the state of business in the court
Hriuriug the said year; and the Clerk
Blol the House of Delegates is requir
n?i.i i" make out and report to the
BJtitia'ial Assembly a condensed nb
jra ..I,,, i froai the report made to him
Bjli.v th<- several Clerks of the courts
Bid the stati', and cause the same lo
bb i, published In the Journal of the
if I might slate in this connection,
Hthat the report milde by the Clerk
i < "iinty, the first of last
BJ K.ml cr, to the Clerk of the House
BJ of Delegates, showing the state of
H business in the Circuit Court of Wise
Bj County, had great weight with the
jg Committee mi Courts of Justice, etc.,
? In cn:> ii.g the 33rd Judicial Circuit,
3? i om| osetl of Wise county alone.
Bj The coiiliniticc seeing from said rc
|S port the great volume of business
B transacted in said court reported
H favorahly the passage of tin- lull to
ST rttablisli the 33rd Judicial Circuit,
W n-hith bill was passed by the Lcgisla
H tuie I:, t wilder.
K Of Ihe 33 Judicial Circuits of
I the state, only two circuits are coin
I posed iif one county. The first cir
! c in composed of Norfolk county,
im.I ihe :i:lrd circuit composed of
Wise county, all the other circuits
nre composed of from two lo six
counties, or one county and one city, I
or in the case of the 10th judicial I
t'n.nil, which is composed of the
conntj of llenriro and the City ofj
I Richmond and the I Ith circuit com-1
I.'I of Elizabeth City county, and
the City of Newport News.
The Hill creating the 33rd Judicial
Cireijjl (Win- County) provides foi
five terms of court n year, commenc?
ing .in the 2nd Monday in March,
May. July, .September ami Novem?
The icporl to the Clerk of the
House of Delegates which 1 have
jti t i nmplcteil Includes the business
of the court at the October term, [
I til! I, (under the old law? and the
March, May and June terms, I?22,
under the new act. This report does
not (.how the number of eases of the
different classes of cases that were
on the docket at Ihe beginning of the
October term, 1021, hut only shows
tin number of eases of the different
? . commenced with in the pe?
Court was in session covering (bis
I period 1211 days, and I might say,
I real busy, hard working days; court
convening at 0, sometimes 8, n. m.,
am) adjourning at 0 ami sometimes
7 p. in..with,an occasional night Ses?
sion lasting until 10 or II o'clock.
903 pages of court order averag?
ing approximately 450 words to the
page were entered.
2S(I common law (jury) cases
were commenced and 2111 decided,
some of which were very important
and long drawn out cases, one of
which lasted 12 days in the trial and
in which many close ami line points
of law were involved and argued; ,i
common law cases were removed to'
other courts and S.r> left pending on
the docket at the end of said pe?
Hbl suits in Equity were commenc?
ed, 120 decided, '.l removed from
other courts and 127 inter loeutory
decrees entered. 51 absolute di?
vorces were granted, 28 of which
were brought by husband and 211
by wives. 2 divorces were granted
from bed ami board. 1151 suits in
equity were left pending on the
docket at the end of said period.
007 prosecutions were commenced.
301 dec'uled, 190 dismissed and 80
left pending on the docket at the end
of said period. Of the number dis?
missed, several were dismissed be?
cause the parties had left the state
and were never in custody. Several
cases v.ere also retired from the
docket for this reason. Fines were
assessed aggregating $21,000, and
jail leniences were imposed
mostly in liquor cases except women
and boys exempt under the law by
age, the parties were sentenced to
work on the slate convict road force.
2 1 automobiles, 2 horses, 1 mules
and one wagon were forfeited to the
Commonwealth and sold under order
of the court for illegal use in trans?
porting liquor, and the proceeds of
sale, after the payment of costs, paid
into the state treasury. Many other
like eases were disposed of by pay?
ment of costs, where it was clearly
shown to the court, by proper evi?
dence, the owner had no knowledge
of the automobile being used for
the transportation of liquor.
II persons were sentenced to the
penitentiary, the terms ranging from
I to 20 years and aggregating 129
Lots of other business not enumer?
ated above,. was transacted. Many
exparte Motions were heard?ap?
pointments of udmnistrators, guar?
dians, committees, receivers, county
pole emeu, adoptions, pension appli?
cations, exonorntion of taxes, and
many other things too numerous to
The untiring energy used by Judge
Skcen, in dispatching the business
A million men
have turned to
?a firm verdict for
15 for 10c
of his court, with the able assistance,
of C. R. McCorkle, Commonwealth's
Attorney, is gradually diminishing
the criminal docket, which was very
much congested at the beginning of
this year. While the docket is yet
large, there was" a fall off of approxi?
mately 200 cases the post year, on
the criminal docket.
Beginning with March u-rm, 1922,
the lirst term held after the estab?
lishment of the new circuit, court
has been in session every month, and
will continue to be during the rest
of the year, for the coming Novem?
ber term will last perhaps until the
middle of December.
In the Consolidation of
Schools .uh! in Matters
Virginia Is making rapid strides in
the consolidation of schools. In dis?
cussing this important consideration,
Dr. W. T. Sauger, Secretary State
Board of Education, Icatcly explain?
ed, "Obviously there are isolated
communities in Virginia which for a
number of years will not be able to
support the consolidated school,
Small Standardized one and two
teacher school* will serve these com?
munities effectively, as better hous?
ing, better equipment, and better
teaching can be secured. Again,
there are sparsely populated areas
provided with fairly good loads
which may he able to support con?
solidated schools of the usual type,
but the movement in Virginia is to
ward judicious consolidation, I am.
glad to say.
"Consolidated schools," Secretary
Sauger continued, "naturally involve
the transportation of pupils. In the
older days transportation was ef?
fected by the use of horse-drawn
school wagons. These are rapidly
being replaced by motor trucks with
well constructed and comfortably
equipped school bus bodies,. This
form of transportation is almost as
comfortable as the railway coach.
The State Hoard of Education last
year began the appropriation of
S100 toward the support of school
wagons maintained in Virginia.
Three hundred and forty-eight such
Wagons last year operated under this
plan. This aid is offered again this
"One is often asked for a brief
statement of til' advantage, of the
consolidated school as over and
against the one and two teacher
schools. To my mind, Secretary
Sauger Mated, these ale some of the
outstanding advantages of the con?
solidated school: There is a better
building and equipment, with a jani?
tor to car,' for the building; less
I tardiness because of transportation
iof pupil.;; stronger school organiza?
tion; longer school term; better qual?
ified teachers and superior instruc?
tion; more adequate grading of pu?
pils; sufficient teachers to give prop?
er instruction; belter playground fa?
cilities, with organized athletics;
less sickness through better school
supervision, improved sanitation,
ol* pupils without exposure to the
weather; often there are high school
privilege; stimulating children of the
grades to prolong their schooling;
about the same opportunities provid?
ed as foi children living in towns;
larger classes contributing to supe?
rior class spirit; supervision of play;
improved attendance and strengthen?
ed school morale; a stimulating
school atmosphere; a greater liveli?
hood of developing community lead?
ership because of stronger school
leadership; the cost i.; ordinarily less
than similar advantages provided in
the city; a greater likelihood ol* se?
gregating the backward pupil for
special instruction; better living con?
ditions may be provided teachers
through a toacherago; an enriched
course of study can be provided,with
vocational instruction in agriculture
'and home economics.
"In addition to these advantages
accruing from a consolidated school,
there are several other noteworthy
advantages', for example, farm val?
es are increased through the develop?
ment, of the consolidated school
Statistics show that the consolidated
school is an incentive to home own?
ership in the school area. Children
attending the high school department
of the consolidated school are en?
abled to live at home instead of
boarding in town. The school be?
comes the center of community life
in all of its aspects, with music and
recreation emphasized. This school
produces a salutary effect upon road
building and maintainance.
"Whether these advantages will
obtain in every community," said
: Secretary Sauger, "will depend upon
the character of the community, the
size of the school population, and the
cooperation that the school receives
at the hands of the school patrons."
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