previous next

The Extortioners.

--People who may now have occasion to buy articles of necessity, whether prime or otherwise, will be struck at once with the disparity between the price demanded and the intrinsic worth of the needed article. They will immediately come to the conclusion that the South, despite the war, is afflicted with other Yankees besides those clothed in military garbs. One of the stingiest and most illiberal men we ever knew, (towards other people, we mean,) told us once that there was very little true magnanimity in the world. We are inclined to think he was right, and each day's experience makes us more disposed to believe that there are people in Richmond who would swear to anything to increase their profits, or black their faces like darkeys in order to cheat the doorkeeper of Paradise, and see a full share of heaven with a half ticket. Some of our tradesmen evidently think that they have only to touch the brass of their own faces and is the twinkling of an eye it will be transmuted into gold; and verily this is nearly the case. The law in vain frowns on their unpatriotic practices.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: