--Eight prisoners arrived here from Norfolk
on Monday evening, in custody of Lieut. Vermillion
, and a guard of ten men of the Old Dominion Guards.
Their names are Rev. Vincent Palen
, formerly of the District of Columbia; John E. Edgar
, formerly of Philadelphia
; George W. Butt
, Medad Rogers
, Daniel O'Brien
, Charles Moody
, James Hayes
, and John Fletcher
Most of them were workmen at the Navy Yard
, and rather than take the oath of allegiance, preferred to declare themselves alien enemies.
This fact, coupled with other circumstances, led to their arrest; Vincent Palen
is a minister of the Baptist
He had long been suspected of unsoundness on the slavery question, and the Baptist Association, at a recent meeting in Norfolk
, declined to recognize him when introduced as a visiting member.
The practice of furnishing alien enemies with passes to leave the Confederate States
has been wisely substituted by an order for the arrest of all such persons when they make themselves known.