ing out under General Banks for the purpose of invading Texas, and, as this expedition was to rendezvous at Galveston, he steered for that port.
At the same time, he hoped to make his cruise remunerative by waylaying one of the steamers from Panama carrying gold to the North.
He had several weeks to spare, and the idea of levying upon the mail-steamers gave him much pleasure, as a million or so of dollars deposited in Europe would naturally aid him in his operations upon the sea.
On November 26th Semmes stood for the Mona Passage between St. Domingo and Porto Rico.
This was the general route of the mail-steamers on their way to the North from Aspinwall, and he naturally approached it with great caution, expecting to find a Federal ship-of-war stationed there, but there was none, and the Confederate captain seemed still to be sailing under a lucky star.
It was Sunday when the cry of Sail ho!
came from aloft: everything was dropped for the new excitement, as it had been some tim