--Threatened Arrest of U. S. Officers.--The news of the arrest of a citizen of Savannah
, on a charge of high treason, which reached here Saturday, created no little commotion.
The matter was much talked of on the streets, and much indignation was very naturally expressed.
Towards night the excitement increased to the culminating point, and a very general desire was manifested to retaliate in some way, should an opportunity offer.
It having been ascertained that two gentlemen, who came by the Florida
boat, had registered their names at the Pulaski House
as officers of the U. S. Army, the exasperated crowd soon collected in and around the establishment, resolved to capture and retain them as hostages until our own citizens should be set at liberty.
hearing of the movement, and apprehending some trouble, immediately repaired to the hotel and had an interview with the strangers in a private parlor.
He soon reappeared, and addressing the excited crowd, stated that the two gentlemen, whose names are Samuel F. Mills
and C. Hook
, both Lieutenants
, were in extreme bad health, had been spending the winter in Florida
with the hope of bettering their condition, and, as confirmed invalids, were now returning to their homes and friends; it was, therefore, due to Southern hospitality, as well as humanity, that their persons be held sacred, and that they be allowed to remain unmolested and depart at their pleasure.
The crowd was perfectly satisfied with the statement, and immediately retired without the slightest disorder.
Such are the facts, though we have no doubt if we had a Northern correspondent among us, they would be worked up into a terrible sensation story.--Savannah Republican.