Facilities of trade.
--The Winchester Virginian,
speaking of facilities of trade with Richmond
, remarks that, ‘"with a railroad the entire distance, with the exception of eighteen miles to Strasburg
, yet we have no means of receiving freight from Richmond
, except by wagons or through the Southern Express Company, the rates of the latter being so exorbitant as to exclude the transportation of everything except light and small packages.
On paper we were informed at the company's office in Richmond
the charge would be $2 50 per hundred to Strasburg
.--This was more than we could afford to give, after paying nearly two prices for the paper; and so in reference to articles generally.
Our people cannot afford to pay double price for family supplies and indispensable articles, now alone to be obtained at Richmond
or other Southern towns, and at the same time pay nearly the value of the articles for their transportation hither.
In some cases wagons have been sent from here to Richmond
, (a two weeks trip,) for groceries, salt, &c — This looks strange, in view of the fact that there is an excellent railroad extending from Richmond
to our very doors."’