The seizure of Western steamers.
--The seizure of the steamer C. E. Hillman
, at Cairo
, with $175,000 worth of ammunition, destined for Memphis
, has been noticed.
people will retaliate by every possible means within their reach.
The Memphis Bulletin gives the particulars of an occurrence consequent upon the seizure:
Shortly after, a dispatch was received from Helena
, announcing that the steamer Westmoreland
, owned at Cincinnati
, had refused to obey a summons to come to at Napoleon
, from which it was inferred that she had guns and ammunition aboard.
Forth with the Mayor
made arrangements to have the Westmoreland stopped at Randolph
, but before the force detailed for the service could get off, the Westmoreland came up and landed at the Eclipse wharf
boarded her, examined her manifest, found her cargo to consist principally of rosin, sugar and molasses, and finally, with the approval of a number of citizens, concluded to hold the boat here to await orders from Governor Harris
. Captain James H. Edmonson
's command, the Shelby Greys
, were placed in charge of the boat, with the understanding that she should remain at the wharf-boat till further orders are given.
The report from Helena
, in reference to the Westmoreland, is as follows: The Westmoreland
landed at Napoleon
, and the second clerk being informed that there was no freight there for Cincinnati
, the Captain
gave orders, and the boat started.
Just as she was doing so, a party numbering as many as forty men, without shooting across her bows, or asking the boat to stop, fired upon the passengers, killing a resident of Memphis
, named Henry Hamner
, was turning from the guards, over which he had been looking, and the ball struck just below the nipple on the right side, and came out on the left side of the back.
He died immediately, and his corpse was brought upon the boat to this city.
One of the firemen was also dangerously wounded in the left shoulder.
It is said to be almost a miracle, considering that the boiler deck was full of ladies and gentlemen, that there was not a greater loss of life.
Some twelve or fifteen balls are known to have struck the boat.
We content ourselves with stating the facts as detailed to us. If the above is a true version, it does not place the Napoleon
operators in a very saviable light.