We call attention to the advertisement of the Southern Express Company of sale of unclaimed goods.
These goods are chiefly clothing made up by relatives of the soldiers, or by humane and patriotic persons for the promotion of the comfort and welfare of the gallant men fighting for their country.
The list is very long and the amount of goods, must be large.
If they are sold, everybody knows who will buy them, and God only knows what price they will put upon them when once in their hands.
The question is shall these contributions of patriotism and affection be thus transferred to the hands of the extortioner?
Shall the labors of good, kind, and affectionate people be thus made to minister to the cupidity of the heartless speculator?
Now, to avoid this, let some of our humane citizens — who are exerting themselves to accumulate the very necessaries that are contained in these boxes — consult together, provide the means of paying the charges of the Express Company, and take possession of the goods.
Among them are no doubt many valuable packages, which, in the hands of honest men, might yet reach the proper persons, but which if sold at public auction they will never can.
In this way the object of saving this large stock of
clothing, &c., to the army might be carried out. But we respectfully suggest that if the voluntary humanity of the citizens does not interpose to save them, that the Government
itself ought to do so. Is the subject not a fit one for Gen. Winder
and Mr. Griswold
Let them consider it. To protect the soldier is their chief vocation.
To secure to him that designed for his comfort may be considered as imperative a duty as to keep from him that which will debase him and destroy his efficiency.
We again invite attention to the list of unclaimed goods.