ng the Virginia Bank and Trust Company, of which he became cashier, and is now a vice president and a director.—W. H. Stewart.
From time immemorial one of the most effective and damaging means resorted to in wars between nations and peoples has been an attack upon the commercial marine of an adversary.
It was a mode of warfare legitimatized by being resorted to all through the ages.
It was adopted by our colonial cruisers during the revolutionary war, and during the war of 1812, 1813 and 1814 seventy-four British merchant vessels were captured by the United States Navy under direct orders from their Navy Department and President Madison.
Such depredations only became piratical, in the minds of the Federal Government, when their own interests were jeopardized during our late war. Situated and conditioned as we were when that war began and during its continuance, such means of warfare were peculiarly alluring and suggestive of many and great results.
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