--A letter to the Eufaula (Ala.)
Express, from Barrancas
, relates the following incident which occurred there:
A man named Doyle
, one of the workmen at the Navy-Yard
, slipped over to Fort Pickens
, a few nights ago, and come very near getting in before he was discovered.
He had a bundle of rat-tail files in his pocket and says, if it had not been for a sergeant holding a lantern up to his face as he was going in the door, he would have had every gun spiked in twenty minutes. He was sent back by Slemmer
, with the request that he be dealt with, as he did not wish to do anything that might bring about a collision, which was so much to be deprecated.
sent a note in reply, by the hands of private Bullock
, (who, by-the-way, has since been promoted to a corporal,) stating that he would punish Doyle
, but just at this time he had too much need of his services in casting cannon balls.
The conference took place just outside the fort.