Fayetteville (NC) Observer, “More Stealing in Pennsylvania,” July 1, 1861

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    “More Stealing in Pennsylvania,” Fayetteville (NC) Observer, July 1, 1861, p. 3: 4.
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    Greensburg (PA) Democrat
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    Fayetteville Semi Weekly Observer
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    More Stealing in Pennsylvania
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    More Stealing in Pennsylvania. – The Greensburg (Penn.) Democrat, a warm supporter of Old Abe’s war, has the following:

    “We are informed that in the matter of army supplies, the most deliberate and wholesale swindling is practiced. Sixteen cents per pound is paid for beef; $17 a-piece for old muskets that were sold by the State a few years ago for about 25 cents each. The blankets furnished are only half blankets, and of the worst possible material, and the mess pork cannot be eaten. Robbery and plunder is the order of the day with those in power, and we advise them to make all they can as soon as possible. This war fever will not always cover up your peculations, and you shall be held to a strict accountability for your wrong doings. Steal while you may, for it is your last chance. We have heard it stated that Gov. Curtin is interested in the contracts for furnishing supplies. Can anybody tell us certainly if this is so?”

    We know nothing of Curtin save what we have gleaned from the Pennsylvania papers. With but few exceptions, they represent the present Governor of that State as one of the most notorious scamps now outside of a State prison. We have heard, however, and from very reliable sources, that Simon Cameron, (a fellow-citizen of Curtin’s, and the present Secretary of War,) will realize from this war at least $1,000,000. It is said that every son, nephew and cousin Cameron has, are or have been, interested in the contracts for furnishing supplies. – Petersburg Express.

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