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starvation - The first instance of starvation upon Roanoke Island, or of real suffering for want of foods has yet to occur, as will be evident when it is known that from 50,000 to 80,000 rations per mo. have been issued to a population of not more than 3,000 colored people. The truth is they have had too much given them, and the times of wholesome retrenchment are the times of letter-writing, petitioning, and professed abuse by their superintendents. Give them all they want of food, clothing, and other things, and they find no fault. The grand remedy for Roanoke Island, now that the war is over and the thing is possible and safe, is to put two thirds of its people upon plantations on the main land, a result we mean to effect as soon as possible. Having just spent three days upon the island, and well knowing its whole history, I am compelled to pronounce Mr Boyle's statements of suffering gross exaggerations.

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