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The Daily Dispatch: November 29, 1861., [Electronic resource], Incidents of the capture of Messrs. Mason and Slidell. (search)
another was directed near the bow. This brought the steamer to Lieut. Fairfax, to whom both of the Confederate passengers were personally kno 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 objectedthe mail steamship line) and he would not leave without force. Lieut. Fairfax, pointing to his marines drawn up on the decks of the British syou require." Then you must use it," replied Mason. With this Lieut Fairfax placed his hand upon the Senator's shoulder and pressed him to y showed their bayonets, and Mason consented to the decision of Lieut. Fairfax, asking that he might be permitted to make his protest in writi and demanded why passengers on board that ship were molested.--Lieut. Fairfax informed him that he had stated to Capt. Moir, of the packet, w