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Flour extortion.

--Again the money worshippers are at work for the defeat of our cause and the destruction of our hopes. Not satisfied with clutching in their grasp all the sugar, molasses, bacon, and lard, to be found in Virginia, they have fastened upon all the flour in the markets, stored it away in secret places, and are now demanding exorbitant prices for it. Can the people bear these impositions longer? Will not the Government come to their relief and demand a dislodgement? Or must the masses, to avert starvation, take the laws into their own hands, and, by force and violence, drag from the basements and garrets of their worse than Yankee enemies the stock of flour now concealed? We are opposed to mobs in every shape and form; but, unless the Government comes in at once to the rescue of the people, they may be expected to rise in their might and take by force that which nature demands, and which they have not the means to furnish. The man that buys and hordes up for speculation and extortion the necessaries of life is not only an enemy, but a traitor to his country, and no punishment, however cruel, that can be inflicted upon him is too severe. As soon as the new crop of wheat can be brought into market and ground speculators may have to lower their prices a little, noises they can purchase all and thus control the sales. Let the Government see to it that these "bloodsuckers" are not successful.

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