The canine Species South.--The Columbus Sun
estimates that in the confederate States of America
there are not, perhaps, less than one million of dogs, little and big. We regard this as a very moderate estimate.
It is quite evident that these dogs must eat; it is evident, also, that every ounce of bread they eat diminishes the supply of food just that much; and, consequently, as the supply is decreased, the price of what remains must increase.
Suppose, for instance, that each dog will consume only one half an ounce of bread per day, that is certainly a moderate estimate, but we desire to be clearly within the bounds of reason; then the million of curs would consume three million five hundred thousand ounces per week, or fifteen million one hundred and sixty-six thousand six hundred and sixty-six and two thirds pounds per annum.
At present prices, the bread thus consumed by these worthless dogs would amount to a sum not less than forty-six hundred thousand dollars.
This is the tribute we pay the dogs in the article of bread alone.
How shall we estimate the amount of meat they will consume, the amount of eggs they “suck,” or the number of sheep they kill?
Of how many pounds of wool, at three and a half dollars per pound, have these worthless canines deprived us?
How many excellent pairs of cotton-cards
have our noble women sought in vain to purchase, because the million of dog-skins have not been pulled from worthless carcasses, dressed, and turned over to the manufacturer?
Does this seem a subject too small to challenge the attention of our legislators, or are our sage representatives willing to pay the tribute for luxury afforded them by a pack of mangy canines!
So far as we are concerned, individually, we have well-nigh arrived at the decision to vote for no man to represent the interests of his country in legislative assemblies
who will not pledge himself hostile to this tremendous canine tribute.