Staunton Vindicator: April 15, 1870Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
(Column 01)Summary: Tells Virginians they cannot go back to the old ways completely. Insists better communications, specifically railroads, are essential to the growth of the economy, especially in the Valley. Believes initial investments in such enterprises will yield great dividends later on.
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The bane of the past of Virginia has surely not been a want of energy or enterprise in her people, for they exhibited the contrary during and since the war, in a very marked manner. It was rather a contentedness with doing well, and an indisposition to rush into the swiftly flowing current of American progress. Virginia, like a rich old mother, gave to her daughters largely of her rich domain, and, satisfied that she was left with sufficient to supply the wants of all still dependent upon her, was pleased to see her children using every effort to make their part as rich and productive as the old homestead and rejoiced that they were prosperous and prospering. She felt that there was no necessity for her to use such exertions and pursue the accustomed tenor of her way. The war however changed all this. It robbed her largely of her accumulations and those who labored in her fields. With the few left, it was necessary to work economically. She no longer has those about her, whom she could afford to see waste their time in carrying water from the spring, half a mile distant, and must dig a well near the house. The cost of the well may be $300 or $400, yet the interest on that amount is not nearly so much as the wages of a hand or hands to carry water. She can not for like reason plow, plant or reap her own fields in the old way, but finds it most economical to procure the most improved machinery--Although the outlay is large and immediate, the increase of profit and the savings are sure and continuous. She can not afford to take the slow old course of the past but must row into the current and keep abreast of the progress of the age. She must of necessity develope her resources, the first step in which is the increase in her means of speedy and cheap intercommunication.--This she understands and that the theory of the present holds good in this as well as in other things. Her western daughters have taught her that present expenditure in railroads and canals is a sure precursor of greater prosperity in the future. That in each and every case greater profits are derived thereby than the interest on the amount expended. Hence, we find fresh interest awakened at all points in the State on the subject of the construction or completion of railroads and canals. We take it as an omen of greater prosperty and hail with pleasure every new line of rapid communication proposed. From this spirit alone comes the great wealth and progress of the West, and to this in the main, must Virginia look for her greatest good. Especially is this the case in this, our beautiful and productive Valley. Without the means of speedy communication with the outside world, we have necessarily plodded on the old way. Finding our inability to compete with less productive localities from the cost and delay in transportation, there has been awakened a great interest in the early construction of a line of railway throughout the length of the Valley. The outlay will be extended through a series of years but the advantages will accrue at once. Yearly, the saving in cost of transportation of products, to say nothing of competing markets, will be three, four, five, perhaps ten times the interest on the amount expended. In truth and in fact we can not afford to do without it. Outsiders understand this and are endeavoring to throw obstacles in the way of digging this big well for our Valley farm, in order that we may still pay them high wages for carrying water from a distant spring. Farmers, Mechanics, and others it is for you to decide. Your experience in the use of improved implements even at large outlay, will largely control your conclusions as to subscribing for the completion of the railway line throughout the Valley. The two are identical in results. The outlay in either case may be large, but the saving is immense, and the percentage of the profits greatly increased. Would you throw away your Reaper, Mower, Thresher and Cleaner and go back to your Scythe, Cradle, and Flail? Then throw not away the advantages you are to gain by the early construction of the great Valley Railroad.
(Column 03)Summary: John Towberman and John H. Stover were appointed commissioners of the revenue for Augusta County. G. H. Hudson received the post for Staunton.
(Names in announcement: John Towberman, John H. Stover, G. H. Hudson)
(Column 01)Summary: The State Council of the Friends of Temperance will meet in Waynesboro on April 26th.[No Title]
(Column 01)Summary: Congress passed a bill removing the political disabilities of N. K. Trout of Staunton.A Masonic Swindler Brought to Grief
(Names in announcement: N. K. Trout)
(Column 02)Summary: The Rev. C. A. Caperton who obtained $50-$60 dollars from Staunton's Masons and the Methodist Church by telling a "doleful" tale has been exposed as a fraud. He purported to be a minister from Charleston, but a letter arrived from South Carolina that unmasked him as a fraud.Lecture--Religion in the Army of Northern Virginia
(Names in announcement: Rev. C. A. Caperton)
(Column 02)Summary: The Rev. J. W. Jones, pastor of the Baptist Church in Lexington, will lecture in Staunton on religion in the Army of Northern Virginia. "Mr. Jones was for a time a Chaplain of the Thirteenth Virginia Regiment, and afterwards an Army Evangelist. He was a prominent actor in all the religious movements of the Army of Northern Virginia, and consequently he 'testifies whereof he has seen.'" He is working on a book on religion in the army. The proceeds will go to help build a Baptist Church in Lexington, and to aid Rosa Peters, the infant daughter of Lt. Philip Peters of the Botetourt Artillery who was killed at Port Gibson, Mississippi in 1863. Peters was a member of James Evans Lodge No. 72.More of the Horse Thieves
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. W. Jones, Rosa Peters, Lt. Philip Peters)
(Column 02)Summary: Witnesses testified before Judge Fultz in the habeas corpus hearing for the case of the horses stolen from West Virginia. They identified Othello Clark and B. W. Green as Charles W. and Harvey J. Donovan. Judge Fultz remanded them to jail to await summons from West Virginia.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Judge Fultz, Othello Clark, B. W. Green, Charles W. Donovan, Harvey J. Donovan)
(Column 02)Summary: The governor has appointed the following to divide Augusta County into townships: Bolivar Christian, C. G. Merritt, M. W. D. Hogshead, J. G. Fulton, and Samuel Kennerly.Married
(Names in announcement: Bolivar Christian, C. G. Merritt, M. W. D. Hogshead, J. G. Fulton, Samuel Kennerly)
(Column 02)Summary: David Runcle of Augusta and Miss Mary A. Wiseman of Rockbridge were married on March 3rd at the residence of the bride's father by the Rev. B. C. Wayman.Died
(Names in announcement: David Runcle, Mary A. Wiseman, Rev. B. C. Wayman)
(Column 02)Summary: Willie Welch Bumgardner, infant son of Capt. James and Mollie Bumgardner, died near Staunton at the residence of his parents on April 11th.Died
(Names in announcement: Willie Welch Bumgardner, Capt. James Bumgardner, Mollie Bumgardner)
(Column 02)Summary: Justus George died at his residence near Waynesboro on April 8th. He was 78 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Justus George)
(Column 02)Summary: Mrs. Mary Ann Hazel, daughter of David P. Garner, formerly of Staunton, died near Sherando on April 8th after an illness of twelve hours. She was 17 years old.
(Names in announcement: Mary Ann Hazel, David P. Garner)