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[193] earnings of each over and above his house rent, food raised by himself, and his own crop of cotton were $16.50 per month. This landholder, with $40,000 outlay, received a net profit on his sea island cotton of $81,000 in one year. He had maintained five schools with an attendance of 300 scholars. He also had kept in operation five stores wherein $20,000 worth of goods such as housekeeping articles and necessary clothing were disposed of at cost.

When our great army came more or less to disturb the peace and quiet of the settlements along the coast everything was in a thriving condition. The people were happy, the schools appreciated, and the future hopeful. The tax titles to the abandoned lands were better than those under the Confiscation Act, or General Sherman's possessory tenures. These tax titles, at a later day, afforded some restriction to the merciless decisions and orders which swept over all the estates and stripped the freedmen of what they possessed.

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