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Saw the Elephant

--Three negro boys, one owned in this city, another in Florida, and the third in Charleston, all of the crew of the ill fated Atlanta, determined, on the exchange at Fortress Monroe, to try their fortunes North. They proceeded as far as Fort Lafayette, New York harbor, delighted their eyes for several days in gazing on the magnificent day in the distance, but on the whole concluded that a Southern master was better than a Yankee one; that they had (to use their own expressive language) "put their foot into it." They accordingly notified their intention to the officers in command, who, no doubt pretty sick of the negroe themselves, offered no objection, but gave them passage back to Fortress Monroe, and thence by flag of truce boat to City Point and Richmond. Two of them arrived here Sunday afternoon, the other remaining over a day in Charleston and reported themselves to their owners, perfectly satisfied with their short experience of negro freedom at the North.--Savannah Republican

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