dark pitch-pine smoke, smothered flames, and blackened piles remained of the huge saw-mills that had existed twenty--four hours previously.
Such vandalism we have never witnessed.
Eight immense mills, and hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of valuable lumber, destroyed in a single night by the ruthless villains — guerrillas, recognised by that lovely government, the Southern Confederacy!
The principal sufferers by these incendiaries are Messrs. Gilchrist, Fairbanks, Hartridge, Moody, Wilson, Buckman, and Allsop, all Northern men. Only two mills hereabouts have escaped.
The owner of one of these claimed British protection, and hoisted the red ensign.
At noon, we anchored off Jacksonville, less than a hundred yards from the wharf.
Our reception was anything but enthusiastic.
Several large squads of men collected on the wharves, but evinced no manifestations of joy; in short, they looked as if they could not help it.
Several pow-wows and confabs were held by the scribes, wh