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THE CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO RAILWAY COMPANY THE CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO RAILWAY COMPANY OF INDIANA OFFICE OF VALUATION COMMITTEE C&O LINES DECATUR AXTELL, CHAIRMAN J. P. NELSON E. M. THOMAS RICHMOND, VA. April 26, 1916-n-p My dear Mrs. Munford: Your kind letter as to my "Address" moves me to tell you of my continued interest in your fine labor to bring about a rightful place for the women of Virginia in Education. At the last Session of the General Assembly here, I was so immersed in my work that I could not show, as I desired, my willingness to help you, if I could. But if I am here next time, I shall be at your command. It would have warmed your heart to have been with me at my Home in Lexington, Kentucky, yesterday. In the morning I visited my former associates at the State University, and saw numbers of young women, most attractive they were, moving freely through academic halls and grounds, unhindered by the boys, and showing evidences of work. At the University this year are about 1400 Students, of whom about one third are female. Why not this in Virginia? By the request of the Dean of the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department, my friend, Professor F. Paul Anderson, I spoke to the Graduating Class in the afternoon, and had the pleasure of seeing a young woman who graduates this year as a Mechanical Engineer. She has taken the full course, shop-work and all, and expects to earn her living as a Mechanical Engineer, and she stands high in her class. Why not this in Virginia? And no scandal exists at the State University of Kentucky. This may interest you. With kindest regards, I remain, Yours truly, J. P. nelson Mrs. B. B. Munford, Richmond, Va.