Foul Pray with blockade Runners.
--The Wilmington Journal
says it has been hinted before that there was something like foul play connected with the capture of the Robert
, (formerly the Giraffe
,) and the following from the Halifax
(N S) Journal,
of the 29th April, seems to give color to the accusation:
We understand that the American Consul
at this port has been endeavoring to bribe the engineers and other officers on board the Confederate steamers in this port to betray their trust, as it is believed he was only the successful in doing in the case of the Robert Lee
. He succeeded in gaining admittance to the City of Petersburg
the other day without the Captain
's knowledge; and we are requested by Captain Fuller
to state that when he repeats his visit he will be provided with a speedy passage to the bottom of the dock, with a sinker upon him sufficient to keep him there.
This is dignified work certainly for a representative of a nation which claims to be civilized — the playing of the role
of the spy, and resorting to bribery.