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Salt.

--We have before us a correspondence for which we have not room, between Mr. L. E. Harvie, President of the Danville Railroad, and Mr. F. J. Sampson, freight agent of the road, and Messrs. Stuart, Buchanan & Co., manufacturers of salt at the Preston and King's Salt Works in Washington and Smyth counties. Mr. Harvie, from a desire to afford every facility to the public to procure salt from these works, arranged with the Virginia and Tennessee and South Side Railroads to send cars from his road over their's, to and fro, to convey salt. One train, under this arrangement, had brought a load to Richmond. Mr. Harvie then offered to any other person in Richmond the use of the cars for this purpose. No one accepting the offer, he sent off the cars, accompanied by Mr. Sampson, with a check and letter of credit to the company of salt manufacturers, for the purpose of procuring a supply of salt for Amelia and adjoining counties. Mr. Sampson arrived in due time and made an explanation of the objects of his visit. The manufacturers, after much consultation, gave as their reply that they could not send Mr. Harvie salt, unless he waited his turn with others who had paid for salt — that they excepted only their regular agents from the rule requiring all to wait for their time in turn. Mr. Sampson thereupon took his cars and returned to his post on the Danville Railroad. In this way Mr. Harvie was unable to accomplish his plan for supplying the locality of Amelia, &c.

The complaint of the scarcity of salt, and the high price of that article, adds immensely to the mortification all should feel for the loss of the Kanawha Salt Works. It is bad enough that we should be deprived of the foreign supply. The thought that we must surrender to the ruthless invader our own Virginia salt wells is almost insupportable! This paper has from the beginning pressed upon the public attention the importance of protecting the Kanawha salines. It contended that the salt alone was enough to justify an immense army to clear that valley of the Yankees. The controlling military authorities, however, ignored the Kanawha salt wells. Cheat Mountain (capped by an impregnable Yankee fort,) and the contiguous impassable and almost uninhabited country, was the point of concentration of a large army--one of the finest the Confederacy has equipped — while to the Kanawha the most inconsiderable forces have been marched. The preparation for defence of that rich valley, so largely producing the next most important article to bread, was altogether incompatible with all idea of hording it. The small armies sent there have fought bravely and retreated bravely. They could do nothing more. The Kanawha Valley is therefore lost, least for months, and the cry for salt is alarming. To us it seems that so important is that valley and its salt supply that, late as it is, it would be a wise effort, if a strong one and well directed, to regain it before the spring.

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