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Farming In Maryland

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Éie ÜJklripiï ékw$ A Maryland farmer, in a letter pub ijSilied in a New York paper, givcs the foHoiiug discnuraging lecourjt of farming afiairs in MnryLirnl : At one lime for more tháo n weck the wriier of tbis, working a farm of over two hundred acres, bad not a soul on tho placo or in hou?o or kitchen but himaelf and wifo, while hnndreds rri nci;roes lóönged and ïdled away in huta and on public hlghway, To say the negroos aro " demoralizod " is not tho proper word ; they are devilish and vicious, and l we Marylunders, knowiug the negro eharacter so wcll, have foarful forebodings, thüt msder the teachings of the infamous brutos who sbamelessly misoall theraselves " Uniou rueti " and woinon, thcy will btoome loosened fiends on eirth. Fillagings, burniugs, murders and rapos will soon bo our daily inoidonts, and God ouly knows vvhut tho end will be. Somctimes our former sluves,stül feeTing un old aflection for those with whorn they spont the best part ot their lived, will come back tor a day or two; but BOob is the change, the visit is neither 'liasiint nor proiitablo, and tho other negroes are ready to tear thom up for making sueh a visit. There seeras to be a kind of mawonic sign or feeling among them, that if one of their nuuiber, esjiecially a former slave, makes one of these visits, or shows any disposition to be kind or pnrtial to their foimer master.-) thev are immediulely sent to coventry, and a negro will soouer meet death than this. Wnges before tho war eimmanded 50c per day and boarded ; sinoo the war $1 per day and boarded, and now 1.25 per day and boarded is demanded for ordiuary farm work, and a great diffieulty to get enough labor at this price, and this too at times when grain is not of higher value than before the war. The consequence is, many farmers are broken up, and a general distress prevailing.


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