O.J. Stump will commence work this week on raising the Chronicle
office to a two-story building, the upper rooms of which will be used by A.E.
Kenney as a law office.
Dowd Stump, George and Otis McEndree, and other out-of-town
citizens were in attendance at a meeting of the Grantsville Division of the
Citizens Telephone Co. on Friday.
The steamer Virginia, which was grounded high and dry during the
recent flood in the Ohio River, some miles below Parkersburg, is again on the
river, and will soon take up her regular trade.
The Glenville and Grantsville kids’ ball teams met at Latonia on
Saturday and had a very interesting game, which resulted in a score of 9 to 8 in
Prices listed at City Market: eggs, 18¢ doz.; ham, 18¢ lb.;
bacon, 18¢ lb.; chicken, 13¢ lb.; butter, 20¢ lb.; potatoes, 30¢ bus.; onions,
$1 bus.; corn, 85¢ bus.; wheat, $1.25 bus.; and flour, $6.40 barrel. Paying $6
lb. for ginseng; 2¢ lb. for mayapple root; $1.35 lb. for yellow root.
Those who think that man’s latest scientific inventions,
including the most powerful nuclear bombs now in existence, have made a mockery
of nature’s power, would be impressed with a recent group of statistics
published by a weather expert. The statistics show that the power needed to lift
the water which falls in a normal summer thunderstorm over an area of only a few
miles, is of staggering proportions.
Likewise, the force often exhibited by the wind in various
storms, compares quite overwhelmingly with the force unleashed by an atomic
Watching a cumulus cloud build up into a cumulonimbus, that is,
a thunderhead, in the summer, one cannot help but be impressed by the
magnificent force involved in this display of aerial power. The power is derived
directly from the heat of the sun.
The sun’s rays fall upon the earth, and heat the land. Because
hot air rises, the warmed air sends a thermal aloft, and as this warm rises, it
is cooled. Every cloud is the result of some cooling. As the warm air rises and
is cooled it forms a cloud at the exact moment when the moisture contained in
the air turns from invisible particles--condensation.
This process continues until a huge cloud is built up, with
millions of gallons of water contained therein, which it unleashes at the
appropriate moment. Such an explosion, as one might call it, is far more
powerful, in a sense, than an atomic bomb. Were this power directed toward other
purposes, it would be far more devastating than the effects of an atomic bomb.
All of which should prove to us that Nature has wisely provided
that the tremendous power of nature, and the forces of weather in the
atmosphere, be directed toward good, not evil. There is a lesson for mankind in
this thought, and we hope that the comparatively puny forces of man, including
the hydrogen bomb, are put to constructive, and not destructive uses.