Retribution.--A letter from a private in the Seventy-ninth Highlanders, discloses an instance of just retribution which fell on an earnest traitor who should have been hung months ago. It will be remembered that in the early part of summer a man employed in the Washington
navy yard was discovered filling shells with sand instead of the proper material.
This man had received a medical education, and on his escape within the rebel lines resumed the practice of his profession.
When the Seventy-ninth landed at Port Royal
, the first sight which greeted them on entering the hospital was this man seated at a table, with a splendid case of surgical instruments
before him, his left arm resting naturally upon the table and the position of his body indicating perfect ease, but upon a closer examination it was discovered that the entire upper portion of his head had been cut away, from the crown to the back of his neck, by a cannon ball.--N. Y. Commercial, Dec