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[591] stating that they had just euchred the Yankees out of a fine prize. Mr. Woods seeing their mistake, resolved to profit by it, and told the captain he was happy to hear him say so, notwithstanding he was sorry he did not get her in; and remarked that, as he was riding down the beach some distance on a reconnoissance, would not object to their company, kindly volunteering to take some things for them on his horse. As the party proceeded up the strand they met Mr. James Young, Captain's Clerk of the Arletta, flag-ship of this station, who they supposed was also. a Confederate officer, and again abused those Yankee boogers, both Wood and Young joining in the tirade against the good Father Abraham and also Uncle Gideon's Band until they reached the first line of pickets. Then and there Mr. Wood informed the — gentlemen that they were prisoners of war to two Federal officers, excusing their deception by saying: “When ignorance was bliss to you, Monsieurs, 'twould have been folly in us to make you wise,” upon which one of them coolly remarked--“It was a genuine Yankee trick.”

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