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Valley Virginian: March 11, 1868

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Prophetic Language
(Column 06)
Summary: The paper quoted the New York Herald asserting that Grant's nomination cannot bring victory to the Republicans who are "blackened with the negro policy."

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[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: This piece illustrates the importance of immigration to the future prosperity of Virginia. Just as "savages" did not deter the original colonization of the region, black voters, who will never be tax-payers, should not deter immigration now. The potential wealth available through fertile lands, mineral deposits, and forests leads the author to "confidently expect" an influx of settlers from all across the nation and abroad.
Full Text of Article:

The Richmond Whig says there will be a great tide of immigration to the South, and especially to Virginia, and the importance of encouraging this immigration cannot be overestimated, and should not be lost sight of for a moment. The negroes, as a class, will never be tax payers, will for the most part be paupers, and will shun productive labor so long as they can maintain a precarious, even miserable existence without it. Such lands as we have, such mines and mineral deposits, such extensive forests and such substantial water power, cannot be neglected by the great immigration interest. The presence of savages did not deter enterprising men from colonizing the New World, and the presence of negro voters will not deter immigrants from the Northern States and from Europe from purchasing and settling on our fertile lands and developing and utilizing the varied resources for which there is a growing demand in all the markets of the world. There will be a rush of immigration hither, and it is for us to hasten it by extending to the immigrant all the encouragement and facilities that we can, and by supporting our immigration societies and agencies. We confidently expect to see an influx of settlers not only from the North and from abroad, but from the young West. If the farmers of the West can purchase our rich lands at low rates and place themselves in proximity with the markets of the world from which they are now so distant, what is there to hinder them from doing so? Not the want of society, of churches, of schools, roads, dwelling, out houses, or any such conveniences. They already exist.

Staunton and Harrisonburg
(Column 03)
Summary: "Middle River" writes the Virginian and argues that Staunton stands in danger of losing the trade of surrounding counties if Augusta County roads are not put in better order.

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[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: J. W. Points is Augusta County agent and sole vendor of a book entitled "Gray Jackets" containing "incidents of the war."
(Names in announcement: J. W. Points)
[No Title]
(Column 01)
Summary: The paper asserts that "Can she cook?" is the number one question young men have of prospective brides, something they learned to ask while in the army.
Flour Inspected
(Column 01)
Summary: B. F. Fifer, flour inspector for Augusta, has inspected 5,595 barrels between December 1867 and March 1868.
(Names in announcement: B. F. Fifer)
Virginia Hotel
(Column 01)
Summary: The Virginia Hotel closed yesterday, and Mr. Peyton's lease expires on April 1st. Hereafter he can be found at the Greenbriar, White Sulphur Springs.
(Names in announcement: Peyton)
(Column 02)
Summary: John W. Cook and Miss Elvira M. Stover, both of Augusta, were married at the residence of the bride's father on March 5th by the Rev. H. Tallhelm.
(Names in announcement: John W. Cook, Elvira M. Stover, Rev. H. Tallhelm)

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