Out of work.
--Of the thousands of mechanics and laborers thrown out of employment at the North
, by the operations of the "irrepressible conflict," scores and hundreds of them are making their way South to find employment.
Many of these hard-fisted men have found their way here within the past few days, only to learn that they can get nothing to do in Richmond
, and that a large number of workmen here are without jobs.
So serious has already been the effect of the dissolution of the Union
, (which is now almost a fixed fact,) that business of every kind is paralyzed; money is scarce, and manufactures are not purchased, because they can't be paid for. To prevent suffering among our own mechanics, many of the master-workmen speak of putting their entire force on half-time, and thus escape the necessity of throwing their employees out of work.
At the high prices now asked for rent, and for the necessaries of life, very few mechanics can make both ends meet by working all the time.
How they will get along on half-pay,
we are unable now to see; but as even half a loaf is better than no bread at all, they will be compelled to submit to the necessities of the times, and by rigid economy endeavor to keep afloat until the Southern Republic
is organized and fairly under way.