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Valley Virginian: March 25, 1868

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Address of Gen. Henry A. Wise to the people of the County of Augusta, upon the subject of completing the Covington and Ohio Railroad
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Summary: Full page transcription of a speech by Henry Wise pointing out the benefits that the Covington and Ohio Railroad would bring to Augusta.

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Good Drinks Wanted
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Summary: The paper declares that the "Valley Virginian Temperance Society expired by limitation yesterday."
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Summary: Mr. Sullivan at the New Book Store has established a circulating library. For a monthly fee, people may take home as many books as they want, one at a time.
(Names in announcement: Sullivan)
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Summary: The paper puts in a plea for a reading room stocked with journals to complement the new circulating library.
Some Things That are Disgusting
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Summary: This article condemns the editor of the Spectator for suggesting the conservative element stay away from the polls. This, says the author, did little to prevent "Radical or negro rule." Because of his words, the Radicals won by default; now the capital is dominated by a "disgraceful set of animals."
Full Text of Article:

To hear small editors who are neither Solomons nor Heroes, boast that they never hesitated nor wavered about this or that, and blowing the silly blast of their own self-conceit - that for five months, the small editor conducted the only journal in the State, which openly and boldly opposed the nefarious device of the call of a Convention; that others were advocating it, and there are in this place one of them, whom no doubt the small editor considers in the way, obstructing his sunshine - did so own up to the election, that he was right all the time - that no voter would now be without the Spectator." This last is the key to all the boasting. The Spectator wants money so badly, that he is willing to make it in the worst of all ways, (having gassed about his circulation until the whole thing has become ridiculous), by villifying [sic] his neighbors. We should like to know if the Spectator was right when he domiciled himself in the enemy's lines during the war. That was a very conservative policy indeed, but did not help much to save Virginia from "Radical or negro rule." Was he right when he was very erroneously calling on all Conservatives to stay away from the polls. - Thus, with a majority of 13,000 registered voters in Virginia, leaving everything in the hands of radicals and negroes. We think this unerring mortal repented of this policy before he got through. Was this right, when he opposed the call of the Convention, when that man whom gentlemen delight to honor, General Robert E. Lee, who fought in his own lines while the small Editor was out of them, thought the convention ought to be held and so ventured to advise his countrymen. True the result showed that the convention was inevitable. Now the white registered vote greatly exceeded the blacks in number. And by proper organization and a full turn out the conservative element had every reasonable hope of electing a conservative convention, now that by the advice of the small editor and his aid the election went by default and resulted in filling the capital with a disgraceful set of animals who never could have gotten there if the conservatives had voted their strength. But "the Spectator is right all the time." - Conservatives fork over your half dollars. His wise council may succeed in keeping you away from the polls again when the tug comes. Such things were disgusting.

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