Smuggling to the North.
--The following letter from the Surveyor
of Evansville, Ind.
, to the Journal,
of that place, confirms the report published a few days since, that considerable quantities of cotton and sugar had been wagoned from Clarksville, Tenn.
, to ports in the Ohio river
for shipment North:
Surveyor's Office, Evansville, Ind., Jan. 3. 1862.
Editors of the Journal.-- Sir:
Enquiries have been made touching the lawfulness of importing sugar and cotton from the disloyal to the loyal States, and I have been informed that a few parcels of each of these articles have quite recently made their appearance upon the border of the Ohio river
, having been wagoned through the State of Kentucky
A little reflection will convince any loyal citizen that such a trade is unlawful, and that it cannot be permitted either in large or small quantities.
It should be constantly borne in mind that all intercourse with the rebels for the purposes of trade is strictly prohibited by our Government.
The Atlantic ports of the insurgent States being under a close blockade, the rebels are prevented from sending their products to a foreign market; but if they shall be permitted to send them inland to the Ohio river
, what shall hinder their being shipped to New York and thence to Europe
Such a trade would afford them aid and comfort, which no loyal citizen would knowingly give.