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Folder 019 - "Montague, Mrs. A. P., 1913-1916", Item 015

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Saturday, March 13, 1915 BILL JONES' BOY AGAIN Many times have we called the attention of the readers of The Virginian to the fact that our legislature is giving too much money to higher education at the expense of Bill Jones' boy up in the mountains. Bill's boy isn't only in the mountains. He's down in the valley, in the Blue Ridge county, over in Piedmont, down in Tidewater and over in Southside. Our elementary schools are poorly provided for, while thousands upon thousands of dollars go every year for luxuries at the university and colleges. Consequently, when an effort was made to convert the University of Virginia, at heavy expense, into a co-ordinate institution, providing higher education for both men and women, we opposed it as a matter of principle. Some one said that if such an institution were provided for men, that it should be so enlarged as to provide the same advantages for women, in other words promote equity between two at the expense of a third, the poor boy, the most deserving and the worst treated of the trio. Yes, that was exactly what is was, not only the robbing of Peter to pay Paul, but to take even more from Peter because Paul's sister believed she ought to be given as much as her brother. Recently some reference was made in our news columns to the noble woman who went to Richmond when the legislature was discussing this matter and who fought the rich lobby there and won her fight for Bill Jones' boy in the mountains. She is now an Alleghanian, full-fledged, and is carrying on the same good work for the betterment of elementary education in Virginia that she did while a resident of Lynchburg. It was not our intention to reflect on those who sincerely believed in the good merits of the proposed co-ordinate college at Charlottesville, provided that institution could be build with funds other than those which should go to the poor school children of the state. Consequently, it is nothing more than fair that we should publish the very interesting letter of Mrs. Munford in our issue of today. With Mrs. Munford's letter, we publish the letter of Mrs. A. P. Montague, of Covington, who is thoroughly familiar with all of the details of the fight between those promoting the co-ordinate college and, those who championed the cause of Bill Jones' boy at Richmond a year ago, having led the forces of the latter.