February 3, 1871
The Union and Empire Transportation Companies, located in Pennsylvania, are monopolizing the manufacturing and railroad market, much to the envy of the Dispatch. This harms the employees and the products of the manufacturing companies in Virginia. The Dispatch claims that the hard-working people of Richmond should not have to sacrifice their profits in order for the Philadelphia company to have a monopoly.
And a crushing one to the manufacturing interests of Virginia, will inevitably follow the introduction of the monopolizing Pennsylvania company and its parasitical Union and Empire Transportation Companies, whose immense dividends are taken from the pockets of individual shippers. Philadelphia is the Mecca of the Pennsylvania company-the goal for which it runs. To build up and maintain the factories of Philadelphia, by which its immense population is sustained and is being so rapidly increased, the Pennsylvania company will take from and through Virginia the raw material now forked by our own manufacturers and place it in the hands of Philadelphia operatives. "What a blow to the tobacco manufacturers of Richmond, Danville, Lynchburg, Petersburg, and others along the lines of our railroads when through rates (favoring Philadelphia) on leaf tobacco and overwhelming odds of Philadelphia competition is brought against them. Our manufactured tobacco now finds remunerative markets in Philadelphia and the western cities, and thousands of our poor people find employment in its preparation. How will it fare with them when the raw material is carried to Philadelphia to be prepared for those markets? Make the figures. Count the cost, people of Virginia, before it is too late. Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Richmond, and Charlottesville, have their manufactories of cotton and woollen fabrics. Hundreds of working people are supported in comfort by them. Are they to be deprived of the means of earning their bread, in order that Philadelphia manufacturers may be secured against competition? Pittsburg, in Pennsylvania, 356 miles from Philadelphia, oilers her evidence that the Pennsylvania Company, with its Union and Empire Transportation "Wrong," and its Philadelphia mission, has ruined her milling interests. Her millers cannot buy grain at their very doors and sell their Hour in Philadelphia as cheaply as Philadelphia millers can afford the Hour made from wheat purchased in Chicago. All rail to Philadelphia from Richmond will be less than 256 miles, and we shall be more in the power of our giant competitor. Our splendid mills will be forced to limit their operations, and many operatives turned away to seek in vain for other employment here. The hundreds of men and thousands of Women and children dependent for their bread upon the Nail Works and the various machine works of Richmond, will bewail the short-sighted policy which compels them to seek that bread elsewhere. For the convenience of travelers we need the all-rail line to Washington. It is now being rapidly constructed for a portion of the way by the much-abused Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Company, and the missing link can be supplied without additional legislation, there being already ample authority given. lie do not need parallel lines, one of which will belong to this Pennsylvania company, whose heaven is Philadelphia, and whose profits are the Union and Empire Transportation Companies. The ruined harbors and railroads of Virginia, her closed factories and suffering poor, will testify to the folly of " all rail " to Philadelphia, controlled for its whole length by a Pennsylvania company.
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“Another Effect,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed July 2, 2022, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1963.