Running the blockade from Mobile.
correspondent of the Montgomery Advertiser
says the mania for the blockade business there is on the increase.
The immense profits realized seem to bewilder the people.
The letter says:
One fellow, who recently ran the blockade from this port, purchased a barrel of liquor in Havana
for eleven dollars, that he sold here on return for eleven hundred.
His whole investment amounted to seventy-five dollars and his profits over twenty-five hundred.
In no case have I heard of a single steamer bringing in any bacon, flour, sugar, or molasses, or any cargo, entirely of munitions of war or medicines.
The goods brought back have the "Utica, N. Y.
," and "Lowell, Mass.
," brands upon them, and king cotton has been dethroned and sold in exchange for them, either direct or indirect.
If rumor is true, (and I have no right to question it,) cotton has been hauled from here to Pascagoula
, and shipped on steamers to New Orleans, and it is supposed to be by the consent of the Government
Restrictions of the most revere character should be thrown around this business, and its transaction diligently inquired into.
I saw one of the crew refuse to accept Confederate money in payment for oranges and other fruits.