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Valley Virginian: May 13, 1869

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The Valley Railroad
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Summary: Account of the reception in Baltimore of the delegation lobbying for a $1,000,000 subscription to the Valley Railroad. The article includes addresses of Col. Bolivar Christian and Col. M. G. Harman extolling the benefits that the road would bring to Baltimore and the Valley.
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Summary: Alexander Cochran, announcing his candidacy for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, promises, if elected, to rid Virginia of the vile carpetbaggers and once again place Virginia under the control of Virginians. He insists that carpetbaggers come from the North simply to plunder and divide black and white Virginians. Yet, in order for Cochran's plan to work, all Virginians must put aside past differences and unite for the sake of the state. If all eligible voters register and vote for Cochran, peace and prosperity will be restored.
Full Text of Article:

Fellow citizens of the County of Augusta,

In obedience to the wishes of many friends residing in the various portions of the County, expressed both publicly and privately, I announce myself a candidate for a seat in the next House of Delegates of Virginia.

If it should be the pleasure of the people to elect me to the position, I shall, irrespective of party considerations, work and vote to obtain the passage of such laws as will, in my judgment, secure the greatest amount of peace, prosperity and happiness to the people at large.

In the approaching election, soon to be held, I shall most unhesitatingly vote for the expurgated constitution and for what is known as the Walker ticket; believing the adoption of this course by the people is the only door of escape from the ultimate imposition upon them of an odious, tyrannical and unbearable government: And although the result of this line of conduct, in any event, is not as we would like to have it, yet I am firmly persuaded that in our subjugated, hopeless condition, the exigency of the hour, makes it a high and patriotic duty to yield to the demands of inexorable necessity, accept the situation, and reconstruct the State upon the basis of the expurgated Constitution and the election of such men as are opposed to disfranchisement and test oaths, and who are identified with us in interest and sympathy.

The result, which is the best we can hope for, can certainly be achieved if all will register and vote--Virginia, if her sons are true to her, can be placed under the control of Virginians, and the miserable carpet-bag scum and vultures of the north, who have come down among us to array one race against the other, in order that they may more easily prey upon the substance and vitals of our helpless and prostrate people, can be sent back, howling, to their old haunts of vice and depravity.

These salutary results will only be attained, however, as a distinguished countryman said, in the late Conservative Convention, by united effort, induced by mutual conciliation and forbearance one towards another.

Let us then obliterate from our minds all past political differences, leaving the dead past to bury its dead, and unite in one great band of friends and brothers, "among whom no contention shall exist, but that noble contention, or rather emulation of who can best work and best agree" in saving Virginia from degradation and ruin.

My devotion to Virginia has always been great, but since dark, heavy clouds have lowered over her and broken with remorseless fury upon her devoted head, I have drawn her closer and closer to my heart, until her destiny and mine have become inseparably locked up together, and should it be the will of the people to make me an humble instrument to aid in restoring her to peace and prosperity, I shall ever be grateful for the confidence reposed.

Alexander B. Cochran.

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[No Title]
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Summary: The Augusta Fire Company is making preparations to hold a Torch Light parade this evening.
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Summary: The Rev. Dr. Young, state temperance lecturer, will be in Staunton for a demonstration planned by the local temperance societies.
(Names in announcement: Rev. Young)
The New Post Master
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Summary: The paper praises the appointment by the President of Edward H. Sears as Staunton Post Master. "He is a young man of gentlemanly deportment, and a son of Dr. B. Sears, agent for the Peabody educational fund."
(Names in announcement: Edward H. Sears, Dr. B. Sears)
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Summary: The paper details as a testament to Staunton's prosperity the many building projects going on in town.
(Names in announcement: James A. Piper, James R. Parkinson, N. B. Hendry, B. F. Bagby, Lushbaugh, M. G. Harman, Mrs. Taylor, James Harden, A. H. H. Stuart, Tyler, Curd)
Episcopal Church
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Summary: The paper celebrates the completion of the iron rail fence in front of the Episcopal Church. William A. Burke did the work.
(Names in announcement: William A. Burke)
Wesleyan Female Institute
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Summary: The paper details repairs to the grounds and building of the Wesleyan Female Institute.
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Summary: S. F. Houser and Miss Mattie G. Hess, daughter of William Hess, were married at the residence of the bride's father near Midway on April 29th by the Rev. C. Dameron.
(Names in announcement: S. F. Houser, Mattie G. Hess, William Hess, Rev. C. Dameron)
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Summary: John A. McNutt and Miss Maria M. McCleary, both of Staunton, were married at St. Francis Church by Father Weed on May 4th.
(Names in announcement: John A. McNutt, Maria M. McCleary, Fr. Weed)
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Summary: Samuel G. Snyder and Miss Polina A. Stinnett, both of Augusta, were married at the Virginia Hotel by the Rev. George Kramer on May 6th.
(Names in announcement: Samuel G. Snyder, Polina A. Stinnett, Rev. George Kramer)
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Summary: Willie V. Yates, infant son of James M. and Mary L. Yates, died in Spring Hill of measles on May 1st. He was 18 months old.
(Names in announcement: Willie V. Yates, James M. Yates, Mary L. Yates)
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Summary: Mrs. Martha Frazier died in Staunton at the residence of her son William Frazier on April 22nd. She was 79 years old.
(Names in announcement: Martha Frazier, William Frazier)

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