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Virginia pluck.

The indomitable pluck of Virginians was well known, the governor said. He remembered hearing about one of Pickett's men who went West shortly after the war—to Kansas City. He saw an advertisement for help in a store. When he answered he found several hundred applicants ahead of him. They were calling out, ‘I was under Grant,’ ‘I was under Hancock.’ He passed in front of the desk, and, holding up a hand from which three fingers were gone, said: “I lost those fighting under Lee in defense of the capital of my native State, Virginia.”

The ex-Confederate was given the place, although the employer told him that he was no southern sympathizer, but because he felt that a man who asserted himself under such circumstances could be trusted.

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