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What Our Prisoners Are Doing At Richmond

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Correspondeuce of íht Charleston Cnurier. llichmoud, Aug. 19. The quartcrs of the Yankee prisoners still continue to be the pieture gullery ot' the tuwn. You may always fiud tliuro a erowd oí' idlers staring at the gratud windows on either side of the street, studying human nature aud speculatiug audihly as to the varióos incideuts oí' the hour. Some of the feüovvs have no chang of linen, and neeessarily íuust go shirtless whilo that useful artiole undergoes the drying proeess after a wash - ïhose who have not, have, iu gome instances, been voluutarily providcd from the wardrube of our owu meu. The oíficers oecupy an apartment by themselves, aud fiara, pcrliaps, more comfortably. - Congressman Ely, they say, grows fat on the diet. The otliers are 10 good health. Amoug their aniusements are those of eard-playing, psalui-singing, cursing aad debating. The latter is aiinost nightly the occupatioa of tho officers. Ely acts as the moderator of the meeting, or occasionally takes a hand liimeelf. Huson, hia Cougressional competitor - a jolly, good-natured soul by the way, fat, funny, interestiug - is the leading speaker, and guns predomínate in the intellectual battery according to their various calibres. The subjeets are anything and everything you can imagine, rauging on the gamut trom the sulcnin to the ridiculous. Their subject last eveuing was derived from the followiog simple incideut: A newuboy, who had been in the habit of selling his papers at three, suddenly ran his pnce up to five cents, and on makiug his accustomed sale in the moniiug to one of the prisoners, the latter at firat refused to "come down." The young vonder was equally inexorable, and iinally carried his puint, and received the amouut of his detnand. This riso iu stocks was reportcd to the Yankee conclave, whereupon the question was raised whether it was right for the man to jew the boy or the boy to jew the man. The discussiou thus cotnmenced in the social circle was carried into tho debating society, and, after the usual pros and cons, it was fiually decided by the Honorable Speaker Ely, that the boy, boicg the solé aud undisputed owner of the property, and the said property not peing contraband of war, and no eoucateuation of events having arisen to obstruet the right thcreby vested in the original possessor of the aforesaid vehicle of information, the right wíis undoubtedly iuhereut in the adolescent nierchant to determine for himself the incipient valué of bis goods, and to charge for the saine aacordingly, ad valorem duties to the contrary notwithstanding. Exception was taken to the ruling of the (Jhair, and Mr. Huson proccedcd to quote Shakspeare, and üyron, aud Torn Moore in support of bis Others followed in the Senatorial burlesque, quoting, amid shouts of laughter, scrapa of Latiu, Frencb, and Irisb, telling stories and eveu singing songs, untü bedtime arrived when the party retired to tLeir blankets. '■ There's a sweet íor every bitter," the poet says, and the prisoners are doing all they can to extract it. I have observcd a numbor of tbem at large on the strcet. One of these was a New York Zouave, sporting as large as life bis fireman's badge, and drinking at one of the public bars with all the gusto of a new-fledged frceman to the success of tbc Southern Uonfederacy. Some gentlemen asked him liow he carne tlicre. "O!i," was the reply, '' my frieuds have some influence with Gan. Winder, and I am allowed privileges the others dou't enjoy." So it seemed. Another of these worthies at large is nanicd Connolly- a Sergeant His :ather, fortunately, has made half a inillion or moro out of the lliohmond peoplc, and on this account Lo is allowed tho frecdom of the city, while the poor civilians who were taken after tho battle are still closely enseonced. You see thero is yet a good deal of truth in tho homely adage that " money makes the mare go." The officer in charge of the prisoners is Major Todd, a brother-m-law of Lincoln - so at least I have boen informcd.


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