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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.

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