Mail Depredations — important arrests.
We are pleased to learn that Hon. John D. Ashmore
, one of the Special Agents
of the Post-Office Department, has recently effected two important arrests of persons guilty of violating the mails of the Confederate States
One was a clerk in the Post-Office at Augusta, Ga.
, who, after his arrest, fully confessed his guilt in the case on which he was taken into custody.
The numerous losses to individuals of money sent through the mails, occurring, apparently, at this important Office, have caused the Department much annoyance, and we trust that the guilty cause has now been detected and removed.
The other case was the arrest of a mail carrier between Augusta, Ga.
, and Gillisonville, S. C.
He was detected in the act of breaking open the mail, and, upon being searched, part of mail that had been rifled, was found upon his person.
He confessed to eight distinct robberies, and gave information that may lead to the recovery of the valuable contents of many stolen letters.
The business public and the entire letter-writing community will rejoice that these offenders are to be brought to punishment, and will also commend the zeal and intelligence with which the Special Agent
conducts his arduous and important duties.
A few more depredators arrested and committed for trial will teach the useful lesson, that there resides in the Post-Office Department both the vigor to pursue and the disposition to punish all those who violate, in any way, the mails of the Confederate States