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The practice of refugees abandoning the country and crowding into the large cities is one which would be more honored in the breach than in the observance. It would be wiser for many who are now in the city to look about for homes in the rural districts. Living is cheaper in the country, and not a few of them may become producers instead of consumers. If they can get even an humble cabin, and a small garden, and produce a little, if it is only for their own use, it is better than to remain here, where their presence can only add to their own sufferings and those of others. We warn refugees to keep away from Richmond, and advise those who are here, and can find homes in the country, to select some spot where they can avoid the enormous expense of the necessaries of life. Our charitable citizens and relief committees have their liberality exerted to the utmost to provide for many who, if in the rural districts, might not only be more comfortable themselves, but greatly aid the farmers in the cultivation of the soil.
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