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counties will encounter the farms and homes of a people whose skin is brown and whose hair is straight attesting their Indian descent,  Quiet in manner, reserved, yet courteous in all their homes, one meets with the same characteristics.  Hospitality and cleanliness with a healthy aptitude  for work and a laudable fondness for education, these people strike the outsider in an exceptionally favorable way.  A Baptist church, [[strikethrough]] several school houses, [[/strikethrough]] supported by themselves and other helpful movements are all destined to show that the Indian descendants in Virginia are desirous of showing their steady progress upward [[some letters struck through]] along the best [[/strikethrough]] lines of modern culture.  In this territory, one meets with the widely scattered homesteads of many of those families whose descent is direct from the native Indians, the Nelsons

Looking back to the pages of written history in Virginia, the reader  is confronted from time to time with references to the tribe residing on the Rapahanock river.  They are generally spoken  of, in praiseworthy terms and yet, they were not without spirit in the days of colonization when it came their turn to defend their homes from the invasion of an alien race.  The first break between the colonists and the Rapahanocks must have taken place about 1620, the fault at the time having been entirely traceable to the scandalous behavior of some unknown English sea-Captain who saild up the Rapahanock and landed at the invitation of the natives of one of the large villages on its shores.  This thoughtless sea rover repaid the hospitality of his simple guests by knocking out the brains of the chief and carrying some of their leading people away in his vessel t o be sold as slaves.  This unprovoked act of barbarity was much lamented by redoubtable Captain John Smith, who visited the Rapahanocks the year after
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