Staunton Vindicator: September 9, 1870Go To Page : 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 |
(Column 01)Summary: Once again gives a passionate argument in favor of the Valley Railroad. Answers to those who object because of a likely increased taxes that the profits from the railroad and increase in personal property will more than make up for it. Predicts that if the railroad is not built, Staunton will decline.
Full Text of Article:
We are among those who believe that the full development of this Mountain City can not be reached, and will not even be commenced, until our great Valley is bisected, through its entire length, by a Railroad, in which Staunton will be a point, and which will, with its connections, be one of the great through-routes from New York to New Orleans. Then indeed will Staunton begin to expand and develope, and increase in wealth and population, and manifold advantages accrue to every county in the Valley and especially to Augusta.
This we are on the eve of securing. It is necessary that a small portion of the remaining stock in the Valley Railroad be subscribed by cities, towns or counties. From circumstances which all understand, Staunton is called upon to increase her subscription to secure not only this great good but to ensure her being a point on the Valley Railroad. Objections are raised by a few, who seem to dread the very mention of taxes worse than death. No one pretends that increased subscription will not necessitate an increase of taxation. On the contrary we all know that we will pay more in the shape of taxes, and we feel that it is an outlay which will come back to us in a short time in increased business and greater profits, due to this very expenditure in taxes, not to say any thing of the increase of wealth, due to the increased value of property consequent on the construction of this road.--Acting on the principle of the gentlemen who oppose the subscription, not a merchant in this place would risk a dollar in a new stock, lest he might not sell at a profit.--They have, however, their past experience and that of others to show the contrary, and are continually investing in new stocks, and as continually increasing the amount of investment and with increased profit. We have also the experience of other places, favorably situated like Staunton, to clearly prove great advantages to her from outlets North, South, East and West--in fact from being a great railroad centre. It is true, this experience is to be seen only in isolated instances in the South, for the reason that Railroad development has not been carried to the extent it has in the North and West. Our railroads have started from a prominent point to reach some other desirable point, but are allowed to ag along their projected lines. When they have been pushed through, the crossing points have exhibited just what we anticipate here. As an evidence of this, we call to mind several points in our knowledge--Atlanta, Ga., and Corinth and Grand Junction, Miss.--We knew them thirteen years since, as but villages containing a few isolated houses, while to day they are thickly populated and thriving places. Atlanta, to day, probably contains two, three, and it may be four times the population of Staunton, and is not only one of the prominent cities, but is the capital of Georgia. Al this is due to the Railroads crossing at that point. She is also largely engaged in Manufactures, with nothing like the advantages of Staunton in this respect. How idle then the objection of taxation with such prospective advantages! Let us then look at this thing practically and remember that any taxation produced by subscription is to be spread over future years, to be paid by a largely increased population, year by year, while the advantages to all increase yearly in a greater proportion than the increase of population.
If Staunton fails to become a point on the road, or the road fails to be built, and others be built east or west of us, there will be an exodus of our population and a decrease in the value of property, which will make the property-holder tremble in his shoes, and wish, in vain, that he had voted for the subscription. Therefore, the property-holders of Staunton are the last ones who should object to taxation for such a purpose.
(Column 01)Summary: Chief of Police Jacob T. Parrent arrested Alex Nellons, a black man, for cutting a boot from the coach of J. I. A. Trotter and Brother. Mayor Trout will hear the indictment for petit larceny.The Staunton Female Seminary
(Names in announcement: Jacob T. Parrent, Alex Nellons, J. I. A. Trotter, Mayor Trout)
(Column 01)Summary: The Rev. J. I. Miller, principal, will open the seminary on September 15th "with a full corps of Professors and Teachers. The buildings, including the one now completing, will give ample accommodation to a large number of pupils."Advantages of a Life Policy
(Names in announcement: Rev. J. I. Miller)
(Column 01)Summary: The paper publicizes the story of John A. McNutt of Siberton. He purchased a $1,000 life insurance policy to protect his wife and children. Shortly after making his first quarterly payment of $6.45 he fell ill with typhoid pneumonia and died. His wife and infant child will now receive the $1,000 and avoid destitution.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: John A. McNutt)
(Column 02)Summary: Chief of Police Jacob T. Parrent arrested two black men, William Jones and Joseph Commodore for stealing a gold watch, chain, breastpin, locket, ring, and key from Mrs. J. A. Piper. The items were found in their possession and they now face indictment before Mayor Trout.[No Title]
(Names in announcement: Jacob T. Parrent, William Jones, Joseph Commodore, Mrs. J. A. Piper, Mayor Trout)
(Column 02)Summary: The City Council met and appointed a number of standing committees. Finance: Mr. Catlett, Mr. Cochran, Mr. Lynn. Auditing: Mr. Lynn, Mr. Hardy, Mr. Scherer. Water: Mr. Hardy, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Catlett. Streets: Mr. Nelson, Mr. Gorman, Mr. Balthis. Light: Mr. Waters, Mr. Gorman, Mr. Cochran. Fire Department: Mr. Scherer, Mr. Waters, Mr. Balthis.Married
(Column 02)Summary: Benjamin T. Stogdale and Miss Mary C. Ransbottom, both of Augusta, were married near Churchville on August 21st.Died
(Names in announcement: Benjamin T. Stogdale, Mary C. Ransbottom)
(Column 02)Summary: Nannie R. Collins, daughter of Richard and Mary Collins, died in Staunton on September 5th. She was 18 years old.Died
(Names in announcement: Nannie R. Collins, Richard Collins, Mary Collins)
(Column 02)Summary: Effie Lee Anderson, daughter of Col. W. D. and Mrs. M. V. Anderson, died on September 2nd of congestion of the lungs. She was 1 month old.Died
(Names in announcement: Effie Lee Anderson, Col. W. D. Anderson, M. V. Anderson)
(Column 02)Summary: Carrie Emma Smith, daughter of James H. and Hettie A. Smith of Staunton, died on September 1st. She was 10 months old.
(Names in announcement: Carrie Emma Smith, James H. Smith, Hettie A. Smith)