Confederate Wags.--The Cairo (Ill.) correspondence abounds in such incidents as the following:
Many amusing illustrations of rural simplicity were witnessed among the prisoners.
A newsboy rushed on board the T. L. Magill, just arrived from Donelson, vociferously shouting: Here's yer mornin'papers.
A stalwart Tennesseean shouted: Give me the Appeal.
He really believed he could buy the Memphis and New-Orleans papers at Cairo, and when told they were not for sale, earnestly remarked: Why,Cairo, and when told they were not for sale, earnestly remarked: Why, the last time I was here, I bought all our papers here.
Are ye afeard to sell ‘m?
Another individual bought a ten-cent pie from a poor woman, and tendered her in payment ten dollars in confederate scrip, at the same time stretching forth his hand for nine dollars and ninety cents in change.
The pastry-merchant declined the proffered bill; when the Southerner assured her: I took fur good as gold.
It passes down our way right enough.
A third prisoner having written a letter to his wife, got