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matter rest in the hands of the parties more particularly interested, but it continues to be agitated in the Northern papers, and the National Intelligencer, under the immediate inspiration of Seward, publishes a whole broadside to justify the act. We have, therefore, changed our first resolution, and shall proceed to express still further the views which we have already indicated. It is plain that the Yankee Government does not mean to rest its cause upon the absence of instructions to Captain Wilkes, but that, on the contrary, it intends to back that officer to the full extent of its ability. According to a generally recognized principle of international law, the jurisdiction of every country over its own waters is perfect. What are to be considered "the waters" of a country — that is, how far the jurisdiction in question extends — is still subject to discussion. Some writers contend for thirty leagues, some for more, some for less. On the high sea, each vessel is under the
The Daily Dispatch: November 29, 1861., [Electronic resource], Incidents of the capture of Messrs. Mason and Slidell. (search)
Incidents of the capture of Messrs. Mason and Slidell. Speaking of the incidents that transpired when the arrests were made, the Washington correspondent of the Philadelphia Press writes: When about forty miles off Matanzas, in the old Bahama channel, the Trent hove in sight, and the two vessels were soon within hailing distance. Commodore Wilkes sent a shot across the bows of the Trent. To this no attention was paid, when another was directed near the bow. This brought the steamer to Lieut. Fairfax, to whom both of the Confederate passengers were personally known, was sent on board the boat, supported with two more boats, filled with marines. Lieut. Fairfax went on deck and called for Messrs. Slidell and Mason, who soon appeared. Lieut. Fairfax politely informed them of the objects of his mission and asked them to go on board his boat. To this they objected, Mason remarking that they had paid their passage to Europe, to the British Consul at Havana (who acts as ag