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The Resting Passion.

--The most thoroughly debased creatures that ever act foot on Southern soil are portions of the Yankee prisoners now confined on Belle Isle. Made up of the scurf of creation, and representing almost every nation in the world, they seem to be entirely dead to every instinct of gentility, and strangers to every trait of virtue and honesty. Not satisfied with plundering and destroying the effects of private individuals, as members of the Federal army, they are just as willing and ready to rob each other, now that they are deprived of other prey.

Some few days since, when goods sent by friends at home were being distributed to them, as directed, the officers in charge found the greatest difficulty in preventing extensive robberies, several packages having been spirited away and concealed in their camp, by parties answering to wrong names, and claiming to be members of companies that they never saw. "Honor among thieves" is not applicable to these adventurers who hire out their bodies at $13 per month, and who would as soon steal from their employers as from those they are paid to rob.

If the Federal army were solely composed of such creatures as the class alluded to, the South could have no fear of subjugation in the future, and no desire to be on friendly terms with them.

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