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is bearing down upon the sunny fields of the South, in imitation of their ancient prototypes, has, (while Mr. Welles is singing his hypocritical song,) set all the rules of civilized warfare at defiance, and captures private property on the land as well as the sea. The gallant Dupont laid his unscrupulous hands upon all the cotton that he could find at Beaufort — a few bales only, as it happened — and, first and last, many brilliant achievements in the way of stealing negroes and robbing and burning private residences have been accomplished by these Northmen, amid the "various scenes of naval action" in which they have flourished. But I grow tired of the subject, and I fear I have already trespassed too much on your space and patience. I am reminded, too, of the old adage, that "he who meddles with pitch shall be defiled," and so I will take my leave of Mr. Gidson Welles and his scurrilous report. R. Sammes, Commander C. S. Navy. C. S. Steamer Sumter, Cadiz, Jan.