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[129] was put on guard in the room where I then kept myself. The name of this second officer is Lieut. Whitcomb, as he informed me. Capt. Shipley returned, and was followed by another officer, whose name I could not ascertain, but from appearances ranking him.

This officer then approached me, and in a passionate, insulting tone, contrasting singularly with the gentlemanly deportment of both Capt. Shipley and Lieut. Whitcomb, made the same demand for the keys as had been made by Capt. Shipley; and I made the same refusal, protesting against the act, as I had done before. He then gave orders to search the office, and break open, if need be, the doors of the vault.

I then arose and said: “I, Amedie Conturie, Consul of the Netherlands, protest against any occupation or search of my office; and this I do in the name of my government. The name of my consulate is over the door, and my flag floats over my head. If I cede, it is to force alone.”

Search being begun in the office by the officer, I told him that the keys were on my person. He then, in a more than rough tone, ordered two of the soldiers to search my person, using the following among other expressions: “Search the fellow ;” “Strip him;” “Take off his coat,” “Stockings;” “Search even the soles of his shoes.” I remarked to the officer that the appellation, “fellow,” that he gave me, was never applied to a gentleman, far less to a foreign consul, in his consular capacity, as I was then; and that I requested him to remember that he had said the word. He replied it was the name he had given me; and he repeated over the word three times.

Both Capt. Shipley and Lieut. Whitcomb then stepped forward; the latter was the first to take two keys out of my coat-pocket; the former took the key of my vault from the right pocket of my pantaloons. Of the keys taken by Lieut. Whitcomb, there was one opening my place of business, which has nothing to do with my Consulate, and is situated in a different part of the city. I claimed it, but was told by the commanding officer that he would keep it for the present, but might let me have it to-morrow.

I must here state that when Capt. Shipley told me that my letter to the Consul of France would not be sent, I remarked that I had forwarded another message to the Consul, and was expecting him every moment, and that if he (the Captain) would delay action until I had seen the Consul of France, something good might come out of my consultation. Capt. Shipley replied that he could not delay action, and that the order of Gen. Butler was to “go on with the work he was charged with.”

The superior officer then took the keys, opened the vault, and, in company with Capt. Shipley and Lieut. Whitcomb, entered the same. What they did then I was unable to see, as I kept myself in the same place and in the same chair where I had been searched. After searching for some time, said officers retired, leaving the vault open; Capt. Shipley and Lieut. Whitcomb remaining with their men. Two other officers that I had not seen before came in and joined them for some time.

After an absence of about three quarters of an hour the officer in question returned, and, in the presence of the other officers, closed and locked the vault, taking the keys along with him. I then remarked to him that the key of my store was among those that had been taken away from my person, and I wished to have it. The same officer then asked me whether my store contained any goods or property belonging to the confederates? To which inquiry I answered in the negative. The same officer made use of the following language at the time: “You have placed yourself in a-bad position, and shall be treated without any consideration.” He retired after that; it was then about four o'clock P. M.

I then continued to be a prisoner under the charge of Capt. Shipley and a guard of armed soldiers, placed inside and outside of my office until about seven o'clock P. M., when Capt. Shipley, having communicated with another officer, who came in the consular office, approached me and said: “You are now at liberty to go wherever you please, sir.” I said: “I am at liberty to go wherever I please?” He answered: “Yes, sir.” I then remarked: “And it is by verbal communication that I am informed of the fact?” He replied: “The same as you were arrested.”

I then rose, and before leaving my office, made the following remark to Capt. Shipley: “You have taken possession of this office; I leave everything in your charge.” To this he replied. “I will take care of it.” Whereupon I left my office, and a short time after I took down my consular flag.

am. Conturie, Consul of the Netherlands.

On the twelfth of May, the foreign consuls sent to Gen. Butler the following formal protest:

New-Orleans, May 12, 1862.
Major-Gen. B. F. Butler, United States Army, Commanding Department of the Gulf:
General: It having come to the knowledge of the undersigned that the Consulate of his Majesty the King of Netherlands, in this city, had been forcibly entered by your order by some persons in the uniforms of soldiers in the service of the United States Government, the person of the Consul subjected to indignity and severe ill usage, and kept prisoner for several hours, it becomes the duty of the undersigned, in view of treaties now existing between the governments which we represent and that of the United States, to formally protest against such action, and against any act authorized by you or any authority of the United States that may be in contravention of such treaties. We have the honor to be, General, your most obedient servants,

Mejan, Consul of France. Lorenzo Callego, Consul of Spain.

Consul of Belgium,Consul of Portugal,
Consul of Hanover,Vice-Consul of Italy,
Consul of Brazil,Consul of England,
Consul of Nassau andConsul of Austria,
Brunswick,Consul of Hamburg,
Consul of Greece,Consul of Wurtemburg,
Consul of Bremen,Consul of Russia,
Consul of Sweden andConsul of Denmark,
Norway,Consul of Switzerland.

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