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10A -July I I . 1976 Sunday Gasette-Mail Charleston, West Virginia Civil War Vault Opened, Found Empty CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. ( A P ) - W i l h great pomp and ceremony,- the National Park Service opened a sealed vault on a Civil War battlefield Friday, looking for a glimpse into the past. It was empty. "Vandals," theorized Edward E. Tinney. chief historian of the Chickamauga- Chattanooga National Military Park. He said scratch marks inside the sealed vault indicated the theft probably occurred in the early part of this century. The vault was in Wilder Tower, named for Union Gen. John Thomas Wilder, whose Indiana regiment made a "valiant counterattack on the Confedreate forces of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet on Sept. 20 1863. in the Battle of Chickamauga. * * * WILDER, WHO later became Mayor of Chattanooga, presided over the dedication of the battlefield on Sept. 20,1899. "I have the honor to say these gray- headed men before you we're the gallant young men of 36. years ago. who on this bloody battlefield bared their breasts to the storm of Civil War and on this spot met the brave men of Longstreefs divisions." the general said. The Civil War relics were placed in the vault, which was sealed. The vault handle and combination were also removed. Locksmiths were unable to find a combination for opening the vault. Instead, they had to cut a hole in the door of the old safe. After four hours of cutting, Doug Drake finally opened a hole, looked in, and proclaimed the safe empty. Several hundred spectators appeared stunned. Before the vault was opened. Park Supt. Robert Deskins said no one knew what the vault would contain but said he hoped the contents would "help the present generation to have a 76-year backward look into how the combat-hardened veterans felt about the future of the country for which thev fought so hard." Blind Society Is Suing State Panel The West Virginia Federation of the Blind filed suit in Kanawha Circuit Court Friday against the State Building Commission to force it to let the Society for the Blind and Severely Handicapped operate the new cafeteria in the basement of the Capitol. Jack DeBolt. attorney for the federation, said he also asked for a temporary injunction to prevent the commission from giving the option to someone else. The suit notes that the society is to be given the food "service operation under the statute. But DeBolt said more than a week ago. the society received a letter from the commission saying it had determined the society couldn:t operate the food service and other vendors were being sought. Gov. Moore is chairman of the building commission. DeBolt said as far as he's able to determine the contract hasn't been given to anyone. The circuit court, he added, has taken under consideration his petition for a temporary injunction. The cafeteria has been completed for, several months, but it hasn't been opened. Charleston restaurant operator had purchased equipment for the cafeteria to serve both breakfast and lunch, but the contract wasn't awarded after the society indicated it wanted to exercise its option under the law to operate the dafeteria. Dunbar Student Wins Art Contest A Dunbar High School student is the grand prize winner of the Farmers Federal Savings and Loan Assn. Bicentennial art contest. She is Sheree Gordon. She was presented S1.776 scholarship for a wood sculpture at the Charleston Branch Runners-up are Vickie Park, a student at Point Pleasant High School, the Ravenswood office, Charles G. Williams. East High School, Huntington, Ceredo Branch office; June Games. Wahama High School at Letart, Ripley Branch office. These students were each awarded $176.60. The art works are correctly on display in the lobby of .the home office of Farmers Federal Savings and Loan Assn. in Ravenswood. Putnam Midway Fair To Have Crawdad 200 WINFIELD-Track and field events are nearly dominating sports this time of year so the Special Events Committee of the P u t n a m C o u n t y M i d w a y Fair h a v e planned their own although the participants may be unwilling to take part. The Crawdad 200, a crawfish race, or whatever you call those land-locked little lobsters, is being scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the fair. Don't dispair if you don't have a fleet- footed crawdad in training. The committee plans to provide one to each person wanting to enter. The race has been divided into divisions, with three crawfish eliminated in each heet of four racers. Some of the divisions are: southern governors, civic clubs and organizations in Putnam County, open division TV division, radio divisions,, newspapers division and government. . Persons may enter by contacting the ' Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission, Box 145, Winfield,' W.Va., 25213. , , ,, FAD'S PARKING LOT SALE TODAY.. .1 P.M. TO 6 P.M. SUNDAY, JULY 11TH AT THE DUNBAR SHOWCASE HERE IS AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR Y O l ! Read every word of it! We cleaned out our warehouses, finding an unbelievable assortment of damaged, soiled, returned and discontinued merchandise. Today. . . SUNDAY AT 1 P.M. . . . we will pile this collection on our DUNBAR SHOWCASE PARKING LOT AND DOCK. Those customers who wish to brave the crowds, pay cash and take it with them, will get the BUY OF A LIFETIME! For openers you will probably see at least a hundred LIVING ROOM TABLES s t a r t i n g at $5.00 (Yes, you read t h a t right. . J5.00). There will be a $4.00 box spring and manv, mam pieces of SEALY, SPRING AIR and SIMMONS at r i d i c u l o u s prices. We found a STRATOLOLNGER VIBRATOR RECLINER some lucky person will buy for $35. and a ROWE black vinyl walnut sofa for $115. that had sold before for $450. EARLY BIRDS w i l l f i n d a n u m b e r of SOFAS in various stages of "disrepair" at $45. to $90. If all that doesn't impress you. . .how about a PHILCO AIR CONDITIONER for $30. Or one for $15. or a G.E. REFRIGERATOR at $25. (The compressors are worth more than that alone!). There's a PHILCO electric dryer at $25. and we found an old Sumbeam sweeper for $5. Again the EARLY BIRD will get a huge choice of BEDROOM PIECES.. .CHESTS, DRESSERS and HEADBOARDS starting at $5.00. You really can't believe what we are going to do until you actually see this. In the DINING ROOM and DINETTE department there is far too much to list. There will be BASSETT, BROYHILL SINGER chinas and tables at far less than half price. You'll see over a 150 DINETTE DINING ROOM CHAIRS from smashed to perfect, starting at $2.00. We are also rounding up a mess of TABLE LAMPS and BASES as well as an assortment of shopworn and damaged ACCESSORIES PICTURES. THERE'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY! LET'S GET ONE THING STRAIGHT. . .most of this men-ban- dise is imperfect. Otherwise, we wouldn't have to sell it at 5Â° or 10' on the dollar. WE WILL NOT ORDER MISSING PARTS! WE WILL NOT SERVICE OR GUARANTEE ANY PIECE! ALL SALES WILL BE FINAL AND NOTHING IS RETURNABLE. EVERYTHING WILL BE SOLD ON A CASH CARRY BASIS. CREDIT TERMS ARE NOT AVAILABLE DURING THIS SALE AND \V E WILL P E R M I T B A N K A M E R I C A R D O R M A S T E R C H A R G E ONLY TO $50. BUY A BARGAIN ON SUNDAY!!! IMPORTANT; Our Charleston store will be closed. Only the DUNBAR SHOWCASE will be open for this spectacular 5 hour event. This ad is prepared 10 days in advance and represents only a sampling of the huge amount of merchandise that will be available. 12TH STREET CHARLES AVENUE, DUNBAR, W. W APPLIANCE DISCOUNT DUNBAR SHOWCASE CHARLES AVE. OP EN WEB DAYS 10 TO 9 CHARLESTON SUVA. ST. W. BY WEST SIDE UNDERPASS WEEKDAYS 10 TO 8 BOTH STORES SAT. 9 TO 6, SUN. I TO 6 "ASK ABOUT OUR $500.00 INSTANT CREDIT" FAD GUARANTEES the Lowest Prke For thirty doys oiler your purchase at FAD, if you find the same item lor less under the some conditions of sole we'll write you a check lor your kÂ°jj- Th ' S Â° PP '' es lo (urnilure . appliances, bedding, tobies, lamps, anything we sdl This is colled "laying it on the line" BECAUSE that's the way we operate at FAD.