The Railroad War.

February 21, 1871


A bill passed allowing Pennsylvania to build a rail line from Richmond to Washington. It will now be taken to the Senate, where most of the arguments from the Virginia companies will ensue. If this passes, it would be misfortunate for Virginia, who could gain profits from their own city instead of a foreign company exploiting the land in another state.


It will be seen from the report of the proceedings of the House of Delegates, that the bill known as the charter of the Pennsylvania Company, authorizing that company to build a railroad from Alexandria to Richmond, passed that body on yesterday by a decided majority. It now goes to the Senate, which becomes the battleground. The parties to the contest are powerful and resolute. It is difficult to foretell how the struggle will be decided.
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