Richmond, February 21
.--We announced in our yesterday's issue that forty of the employees in the government workshops had, on Tuesday last, refused to take the oath of allegiance, and we should have published their names but for a positive order to the contrary, given by Gen. Winder
to the gentlemen at the artillery works who has the list of the recusants in possession.
Yet, though these names are kept secret, the fact that so large a number of traitors have been hitherto employed in those important departments, the laboratory and the artillery works, has given rise to much angry excitement and indignant comment.
Men re-collected yesterday, and compared notes, of rumors which have from time to time come to us, regarding the quality of the ammunition furnished by this city to our army on the Potomac
It has been told here, and never contradicted, that the Richmond
fixed ammunition was so mean, and even dangerous, that the Washington Artillery refused to use it after the first experiment--one of the shells, designed to be thrown half a mile, having exploded within ten feet of the gun. A shell is also said actually to have exploded before leaving the barrel of a cannon of the Pendleton artillery.
And, further, it is said that not one in ten of the Richmond
shells exploded at all, so defective are the fuses.
Since the discovery of this large party of our enemies in our midst, our people think they perceive already explanation of the complaints of the artillery corps in the field.
Richmond Examiner, Feb. 21.