, of Pitt county, North Carolina
, has already burned eight hundred bates of cotton on one of his plantations, rather than that it should remain liable to the plundering raids of the enemy.
When a man thus voluntarily scarified ever thirty thousand dollars' worth of own property from a sense of patriotic duty, he gives the most convincing evidence that he belongs in to a people who are "terribly in earnest," and will shrink from no sacrifices of private interest that the cause may demand.
The Wilmington Journal
says: ‘"Mr. Atkinson
is not alone.
The patriotic planters of Edgecombe, and other exposed counties, are determined that none of their cotton shall fall into the hands of the layouts.’