The returned prisoners.
The people of Richmond
should vie with each other in rendering honors and more substantial tokens of admiration to the returned eight hundred Confederate prisoners now in our city.
They have been enduring untold horrors in Northern prisons, yet, amidst them all, have resisted every effort to make them acknowledge allegiance to the United States
, and preserved pure and with out a flaw the spotless Chrystal
of their integrity and patriotism.
Every man in this city who has a heart in his bosom will make haste to welcome and provide for them.--Our city has just been saved by the hand of God from the most awful doom that ever impended over a community.
Shall we not express our gratitude not only by thanks-giving in our temples, but by these good works of love, beneficence and mercy which are so acceptable to Heaven, and which are a just debt to these noble and glorious men. Should Richmond
at such a moment fall to do her duty to these returned prisoners, she would prove herself lost to every sentiment of gratitude to God and man.