From the 24 May 1863 issue of The New York Times.


WASHINGTON, Saturday, May 23.


The solution of the national “contraband” puzzle seems to have fairly commenced here. Eight thousand acres of valuable land in Virginia, opposite this city, consisting of the celebrated “Arlington Estate,” owned by Gen. ROBERT E. LEE, and other property of rebels in the vicinity of it, have been seized by the Government, and appropriated to cultivation at the hands of the otherwise unemployed freedmen. Quarters have been provided for them, and three hundred women and children, and men incompetent to the hardier labor of teamsters, &c., have already found homes there. A little patch of ground will be set apart exclusively for each family, and stands will be provided in the market for them to sell their produce. Beyond this encouragement to self-support, the profits will accrue to the Government. One thousand tons of hay are ready to cut. The negroes take hold of the enterprise eagerly.