rhaps hired a substitute, who, for a pecuniary consideration, agreed to be shot at in his place.
Such men are found everywhere throughout the Confederacy, and it is time something were done to put an end to their money making business.
I have been investigating this subject in the hope that I would be able to make some practical recommendation that would check if it did not eradicate this evil.
In the first volume of the Revised Code of 1819, page 551, I find an act which was passed in 1777, entitled "an act to prevent forestalling, regrafting, engrossing, and public vendues," which, with very slight amendments, would, if re-enacted, check in a great measure this growing evil.
I invite your attention to it, and recommend that some similar act be passed at this session.
The finances of the State are in a highly prosperous condition — much more prosperous indeed than could have been anticipated under the circumstances which surround us. The enormous demands made upon the tre