ected several of the best officers, who made a conscientious search, and reported that they had examined carefully and could find no one not on the vessel when she came.
In the meantime, however, when we gave our men liberty, the American consul or his emissaries persuaded several of our crew to desert.
Application for assistance to arrest them was made to the authorities, but denied.
Thus it is clear that the Victorian Government treated us badly.
We got some 250 tons of coal, and on February 18 A. M., sailed.
We had received an intimation of a suggested plot among some Americans to go on board, go to sea and capture the vessel.
but we were on the alert and never saw anything to cause us to think that they did more than to talk of this desperate attempt.
We were numerically weak, but it would have been fatal for all who had entered into any such plot.
Getting well to sea, outside the jurisdiction, after discharging the pilot, forty-two men, who had stowed themselves away,