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ern news obtained from the columns of late papers which our neighbors of the Enquirer were fortunate enough to obtain in time for their issue of yesterday. [Special Washington Dispatch to the New York Herald dated Dec. 7.] The capture of Mason and Slidell. The personal friends of Secretary Seward are confident that the remark made by him in his speech on Tuesday evening, in response to a serenade, that the country would, within ten days, be electrified by more welcome news than theyCopt. Chas. Wilkes, Commanding the U. S. Steamer San Jacinto: Sir: I congratulate you on your safe arrival, and especially do I congratulate you on the great public service you have rendered in the capture of the Confederate emissaries. Messrs. Mason and Slidell have been conspicuous in this conspiracy to dissolve the Union, and it is well known that when seized by you they were on a mission hostile to the Government of the country. Your conduct in seizing these public enemies was marked
Comments of the Northern press. The seizure of Messrs. Mason and Slidell is much and variously commented on by the Northern press. We have before us some extracts upon the subject from the leading journals, which we re-produce below. The New York Commercial Advertiser, a leading and influential Republican paper, says: The report, made public this forenoon, of the capture of Messrs. Mason and Slidell, the rebel Commissioners to Europe, has very naturally caused great excitement. From the telegraphic statement, we think it clear that Captain Wilkes has violated international rights, and this act must be disavowed by the Government, they being on, to persist in wrong. This were to strike down at a blow all international law and comity, and throw the whole world into anarchy. Suppose we hold on to Messrs. Mason and Slidell, we must not, cannot treat them as traitors, after arresting them in the manner we did. Well, then, we shall send then to Fort Lafayette, as we hav
people amongst whom it circulates. A British journal on the American side of the Mason and Slidell question.[from the Halifax (N. Scotia) sun, Nov. 25] The public mind is seemingly much perplexed about the legality of the apprehension of Mason and Slidelt, the ambassadors and bearers of despatches, on board the royal mail steamer Trent, when attempting to escape to Europe. When we refer to the law of nations, as laid down by the greatest of British constitutional writers, we find thatthe commerce of neutrals from all obstruction Her Majesty is willing for the present to waive a part of the belligerent rights appertaining to her by the law of nations. But it is impossible for Her Majesty to forego the exercise of her right of seizing articles contraband of war, and specially preventing neutrals from bearing the enemy's messengers or dispatches. Under these circumstances it is evident that the apprehension of Mason and Slidell has the sanction of the laws of nations.
[special Dispatch to the Richmond Dispatch]Northern news. Secretary Seward's letter to Minister Dayton--Com. Wilkers's official report — Congressional, &c. Norfolk, Dec. 12. --The following items of news are taken from latest Northern papers received here: Washington, Dec. 10.--Secretary Seward's letter to Minister Dayton, of France, is out. He is very anxious to abolish privateering. Thouvenel is chary. Seward rejects his proposition of neutrality. Commodore Wilkes's official statement, about Mason and Slidell, charges the British agent with complicity in their escape to Europe. Mr. Pendleton, of Ohio, moved that Congress alone shall have the power to suspend the writ of habeas corpus. He spoke at length upon his resolution. It was afterwards tabled by a vote of four to one. New York, Dec. 10.--Cotton firm but unchanged. Sales of 1,800 bales at 31a31½. Stock exchange — U. S. coupons $93a93¾; Virginia 6's $67a6