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Valley Virginian: August 12, 1868

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The Chesapeake and Ohio R. R.
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Summary: The paper reports that the Central Company is calling for contractors to complete the road to White Sulphur Springs. "This shows energy and determination to go through with this great work. Everything now rests upon Augusta's vote. Vote for the subscription, and we have the grand through connection to the Ohio and Pacific; our country will be filled with white emigrants, and no matter who is elected or what party triumphs at the November election, we can control the State!"
The Educational Advantages of Staunton
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Summary: This article offers a corrective to a previous article that made distinctions regarding the Wesleyan Female Institute and other local academies. The Institute's administrators presumably considered these distinctions unfair. Thus, the author heaps accolades upon Wesleyan that had been given to the various other schools. Included is an enumeration of the several professors and their specialties, a brief description of the school grounds, and the prediction of the school's undoubted future success.
Full Text of Article:

In one of our late papers we unintentionally drew an invidious distinction between the school presided over by Mr. Harris and some others. We cheerfully make the correction:

The Wesleyan Female Institute may be justly classed as one of the first schools in Virginia or the South. It has just closed its 18th session with unprecedented success. It is under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The Rev. Wm A. Harris, so widely celebrated throughout the South as one of our most talented Educators, is President--assisted by a full and able Faculty.

In the institution the course of study is high; the system of teaching being largely by lecture, and like that pursued in our Virginia University. Mathematics and Moral Philosophy are taught by Professor Harris; Physical Sciences and Languages by a gentleman who has been educated in two of the oldest colleges in Virginia. French is in the hands of a native of France and a master of the language. Music is taught by Professor Hewitt, one of the oldest and ablest composers and teachers of Music in the South. He is assisted by a superior and accomplished vocalist. Other departments are equally well filled by competent Professors and Teachers. Besides these advantages, this school is a refined and happy home, in which the health, comfort, morals and manners of pupils receive special attention. Its well deserved popularity is indicated by the fact that the applications for admission of pupils last session exceeded its accommodations. It was filled with pupils from Virginia and various Southern States. It has a high class of patrons, and a more refined and dignified class of young ladies we have ever seen in any Institute.

Situated in a most delightful locality, the whole appearance of the buildings denoting a beautiful summer retreat rather than a school; with a President and a Faculty so justly celebrated, the future success--as has been the past--of the Wesleyan Female Institute is an assured fact. We learn that applications are already coming in, promising another full and promising session.

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City Council
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Summary: The City Council met and passed an ordinance forbidding cows to wear bells from sun-down to sun-up. A pavement was ordered from the Baptist church to the top of Gospil on Main Street.
The Gas Works
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Summary: The late flood damaged the Gas Works by breaking pipes and filling them with water.
Our Streets
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Summary: Sergeant Parrent has ordered everyone to clean their gutters and remove grass from the sidewalks. Dr. Eichelberger and S. H. Hilb are the only citizens who have complied so far.
(Names in announcement: Sgt. Parrent, Dr. Eichelberger, S. H. Hilb)
A Night Police
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Summary: The Virginian agrees with the Vindicator in calling for night police, and urges the council to give Sgt. Parrent two more assistants. "If we are a city--let's be a city."
(Names in announcement: Sgt. Parrent)
Corporation Court
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Summary: Several cases were tried in Staunton's Corporation Court. Three persons indicted for keeping houses of ill fame were found not guilty. Worthy Diggs was sentenced to three years in the penitentiary for grand larceny. The paper praises A. A. W. Cochran, Attorney for the Corporation, for the many cases he has won, and congratulates James F. Patterson, clerk of the court, for the work he has done in his position for 20 years.
(Names in announcement: Worthy Diggs, A. A. W. Cochran, James F. Patterson)

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