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seen some monster balls and shells, among which are some steel wedges, intended to bore through the Monitor. No. 6, for pistol and breech loading ammunition. It is said that the works of the Confederate Government exceed in completeness and capability those of the United States. This state of affairs has only been brought about by the most persevering assiduity on the part of those entrusted with the important work of getting them up. The Laboratory Department is under the charge of Capt. W. N. Smith, formerly in the employment of the United States, who was called from Washington by Gen. Dimmock to establish a Laboratory Department for the States in Richmond, and has been in the performance of the duties since February 1st, 1861. The State works were afterwards turned over to the Government. The State and Confederacy were badly off at first for ammunition or the means to make it. There were no buildings, tools, materials, or operatives. At first a small number were employed, who
boxes of tin. The explanation of the accused not being sufficiently satisfactory, he took him in custody, and lodged him in the lock-up for examination. Capt. W. N. Smith, Superintendent of the C. S. Laboratory, gave Berile an excellent character. He had been employed for the last three years as shipping clerk of that establi exhibiting at the same time an order from the proper authority, which had been approved by Lt.-Col. Brown. Seeing that the papers had been properly made out, he (Smith) did not hesitate to make the exchange, and therefore agreed he should have it. Berile took a part of it, promising to deliver an equal number of boxes as soon as it reached the city; it was then on its way to this city from Wilmington, but owing to the difficulties of transportation its arrival had been delayed. Capt. Smith further testified that a few days ago, finding that the tine expected from Wilmington had not yet arrived, he told one of the clerks to make a bill out against the accu
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