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Marietta Register, February 13, 1873


To the electors of Newport Township:

You are determined on the 1st of March, 1873 whether your township will appropriate $30,000 toward the construction of the Ohio Valley Railroad through the township. The cost will be $30,000 and the interest paid at the time and in the manner specified in the notice of the Trustees. This appropriation will secure to your township twelve miles of complete railroad, which will be put upon the tax duplicate at a valuation of not less that $100,000, and will assist I paying all the taxes to that extent. The township of Fairfield and Barlow have twelve miles taxed at $107,540. The tax on this railroad property will nearly pay the amount of the appropriation and interest at the time it has matured and you will have a valuable permanent addition to your taxable property long after the debt is paid.

 You will have quick and reliable communications to good markets, you will not then be dependent on a dry and frozen river, and be without mails one-half the year. Can you AFFORD TO LET THIS OPPORTUNITY OF BRINGING A MARKET WITHIN YOU REACH, PASS UNACCEPTED? I hope you will come to see that now is your time to help yourselves when others are willing to help you.