--We commend the advice of the Columbus (Ga.
to our own people that paper says:
We again urge upon our planting friends the policy and duty of preparing for a bountiful crop of vegetables for their negroes.
There is not, by a large amount, meat enough in the Confederacy
to allow full rations to the army and people; negroes included.
The army must be fed, we all know, and the smoke house of the planter must furnish the subsistence.
The meat rations of the negro must be reduced to at least two pounds per week.
With a plenty of vegetables, this is sufficient, or will do very well.
Without that addition, the negroes will shutter.
Let every planter, then, put in at least a half acre in collards to every ten hands.
If he will manure the ground highly, that half acre will be worth to him a thousand dollars or more.--Now is the time to plant them.--Don't mind cold weather.
It won't hurt them.
In three months from to-day we will receive the thanks of every man who adopts this advice.