rible fight by the positive refusal of the men to go forward unless their beloved Chieftain would go to the rear.
These three incidents are all well authenticated; but Miss Emily Mason, in her biography, gives a correspondence between Hon. John Thompson Mason and General Lee, in which the fomer details the incident as it occurred with Gregg's Texas brigade, and asks the General about it. The reply is characteristic, and is as follows:
Lexington, Va., December 7, 1865. Hon. John ThompsonHon. John Thompson Mason:
My Dear Sir — I regret that my occupations are such as to prevent me from writing at present a narrative of the event which you request in your letter of the 4th instant.
The account you give is substantially correct.
General Gordon was the officer.
It occurred in the battles around Spotsylvania Courthouse.
With great respect, your friend and servant, R. E. Lee.
The world's history can produce no more splendid battle pictures than these, and yet so unconscious was General
military organizations were invited to participate.
The Santa Clara difficulties have been referred to the Legislature by the Governor.--The Senate had taken no action in reference to the election of Congressmen for the special session.
The English steamer Alert has taken formal possession of Fanning's Island.
Honolulu advices report the massacre of 300 foreigners at Auckland, New Zealand, by the natives.
Arrest of a Marylander. Chambersburg, Pa., May 19
--John Thompson Mason, Esq., late Collector of Baltimore, was arrested here yesterday, but released to-day and sent over the Maryland line.
He is known here to entertain secession sympathies, but his character is too high to permit the belief that he would condescend to play the spy. There was no authority from the Secretary of War to retain him, and his discharge meets with the approval of our most judicious residents.
There is to be a large concentration of troops here immediately, and it is though