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of the Ala. Constitutional Convention had spoken openly of being able to obtain 50 to 100 dollars per head for their negroes from persons who were going to ship them to Cuba.  The General had sent a detective to the locality whence it was supposed that the freedmen would be carried and also some Colored Troops to the same place.  This last, virement much could have had no other effect than effectually scare off the men engaged in the enterprise [[crossed out]] d [[/crossed out]] At Mobile I mixed freely with the rebels and obtained some facts of which I will speak hereafter.  From Mobile I went to Biloxi and finding it almost impossible to traverse the coast by land, took a sail boat and perused my  inquiries along the coast passing for an ex-rebel Officer.  The detail of my trip are unimportant and I will simply give the result of my inquiries in Mobile and along the coast.  There is no doubt that the shipment of freedmen to Cuba has been attempted and at this time there are many persons
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