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the arrest of Ministers Mason and Slidell--Exchange of shots between the British steamer and the Federal man-of-war — descent upon a gambling House — Court Matters, &c.
[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.] Norfolk, Nov. 18, 1861.
The news of the arrival in Hampton Roads, of Minsters Slidell and Mason, also their Secretaries, in the U. S. frigate San Jacinto, excited considerable interest here Saturday night and yesterday.
It is stated, by a gentleman from Old Point, that six shots were fired between the two vessels.
It is also reported that the papers of the Ministers were not taken, and that the ladies connected with the party were allowed to proceed on the voyage.
On Saturday night a prompt and successful descent was made upon a gambling establishment on Main, near Church street, by the police officers.
The surprise was terrible among the money- making proprietors and their numerous patrons.
The affair was well arranged by the offic