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The Daily Dispatch: November 29, 1861., [Electronic resource], Incidents of the capture of Messrs. Mason and Slidell. (search)
said: "You see, sir, I have the force, if that is what you require." Then you must use it," replied Mason. With this Lieut Fairfax placed his hand upon the Senator's shoulder and pressed him to the gangway. At this juncture the passengers rushed forward, somewhat excited, and attempted to interfere. The marines immediately showed their bayonets, and Mason consented to the decision of Lieut. Fairfax, asking that he might be permitted to make his protest in writing. Just at this time a fine specimen of an Englishman rushed on deck in military or naval uniform, (the officer in command of the mails, probably,) and demanded why passengers on board that ship were molested.--Lieut. Fairfax informed him that he had stated to Capt. Moir, of the packet, why he had arrested two of his passengers, and further than that he had no explanations to make Protests were then drawn up, and Mason and Slidell, with their Secretaries, Eustis and McFarland, went into the boats of the San Jacinto.