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Bacon is very scarce in the markets, and yet scarcely a day passes that loads of soldiers' rations are not brought here and sold by sutlers and others. Men trading to military camps buy up cakes, cheese, tobacco, whiskey, etc., take them to the soldiers and trade them for their rations of bacon, adding three or four hundred per cent. on the articles they sell, and allowing the poor soldier little more than half price for the bacon he gives in part pay. Ought such things to be tolerated? Are not these traders — or many of them — an injury to the army?
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