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Valley Virginian: October 2, 1867

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Members to the Convention
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Summary: Gen. Schofield has ordered that the "test oath" is not required for members of the convention, and the paper suggests the following candidates for Augusta: J. Addison Waddell, Maj. H. M. Bell, N. K. Trout, and J. N. Hendren. "Let us select our best men, and present a united front to Radicalism."
(Names in announcement: J. Addison Waddell, Maj. H. M. Bell, N. K. Trout, J. N. Hendren)
Reconstruction in Earnest. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.
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Summary: The Valley Virginian seconds Major J. G. Paxton's support of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad which John B. Baldwin did much to put in place. The plan is for Augusta to subscribe $300,000 in county bonds for support of the road which will link the Chesapeake Bay with the Ohio River. The road would open the trade of the West to Virginia. "Instead of being an impoverished territory, filled with the wrecks left by four years of terrific war, and with no relief from more than two years of delusive peace, she would today be, not merely the peer of any state, but would, as in the early days of the Republic, be the leading State of the Union."
(Names in announcement: Major J. G. Paxton, John B. Baldwin, Charles A. Stuart)
"Comparisons are Odious."
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Summary: "Dumb George," the paper's African American assistant, is outraged at comparisons between blacks and poor whites.
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Dumb George says it "is an insult to honest Confederate, Conservative colored people and the whole race, no matter how mean a nigger may be, to compare a low-down mean white man to them," and adds that "white gentlemen who write for the papers ought not to make colored folks the scape-goats for all the rascality of thieving white people." He is very much of the opinion that any comparison between a mean white man and a negro is an insult to the latter, and he is getting mad about it.

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Our Schools
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Summary: Staunton schools have opened "with encouraging prospects." "The school girls are generally good looking. We are glad we are married, and would pity Southall, if he were here."
Prepared for the Winter
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Summary: The paper calls attention to Staunton's need for a wood inspector, a position especially important to "house keepers."
A Veteran Corps
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Summary: The paper reports that among the Sheriff and Deputies of Augusta County, there are only "two whole men." The others lost arms or legs in the war. "A more efficient 'corps of veterans' from Captain Paul, Sheriff, through the whole line cannot be found in the States. Good soldiers make good officers."
(Names in announcement: Captain Paul)
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Summary: The Valley Virginian and the Norfolk Journal share the opinion that "a large majority of the white voters of Virginia have made up their minds to get back into the Union by the shortest road."
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Summary: The Staunton Musical Association met on September 24th, and attracted many interested persons. Dr. J. L. Brown will continue as conductor.
(Names in announcement: Dr. J. L. Brown)
A Splendid Sight
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Summary: The Augusta Fire Company and the Deaf, Dumb and Blind Fire Company turned out on Thursday night, led by the Institution Band. "The best order prevailed; the transparencies were appropriate, and the whole affair did great credit to the two companies."

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