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Hucksters at work

--Now that the Yankee hosts are pegging away at us on every side in a manner almost to put this city in a state of siege, is a time of rich harvest for the hucksters. They are operating right and left, and snap up everything that comes to market before it can reach the hands of the consumers. Yesterday morning a countryman brought sixty-five dozen eggs to the Second Market, for which he asked the mere trifle of eight dollars a dozen. Even at this figure he would soon have found purchasers among the hundreds of poor people who thronged the market, but before they could open negotiations two hucksters pitched in and gobbled up the whole quantity, one taking forty dozen, and another, named Charles W. Obitts, the remaining twenty five dozen. Mr. Tyler, Clerk of the Market, being on the alert, saw Obitts's transaction, and seized his eggs. Obitts at first said he bought the eggs for a friend, but afterwards that he bought them to boil and sell to the soldiers at his shop, near the Market-House. Mr. Tyler brought the case before the Mayor, but Obitts not appearing, the case was continued till this morning.--Fine and confiscation of his eggs are not punishments enough for a man who in times like the present seeks to enrich himself through the cruel necessities of our people.

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