The Rev. Dr. Wm. A. Smith
delivered a discourse in Petersburg
on Sunday night last, in which he very severely and justly denounced the contemptible and disloyal practice pursued on the part of those merchants and others infesting the South
who have been, and are not, extorting from our citizens their very life blood, in demanding about five times the price for dry goods
and provisions formerly asked.
The Yankee spirit evinced by this class of persons should be speedily checked, or much suffering will ensue on account of the masses — those who are living upon inadequate salaries — being unable to pay for the actual necessaries of life.