med men, came forward and informed the commander of the steamer, Mr. Moir, that he intended to exercise the right of visitation.
The commander having refused to produce the list of passengers, he declared that he had come to seize the persons of the commissioners, whose presence on board could not be denied.
He was determined not to withdraw until he had executed the orders of his commander, and in support of that declaration he called up two boats which were at hand with reinforcements.
Mr. Moir and the English mail agent, Mr. Williams, an old retired naval captain, replied to him with much warmth, which capped the climax of the passengers' excitement.
In the midst of this scene the commissioners themselves came forward, protesting in their turn against the act of violence with which they were threatened.
The reinforcements called for by Fairfax had come aboard and been drawn up amidships with fixed bayonets, while Messrs. Mason and Slidell retired to their respective cabins, dec