est 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 w deck and wanted to enlist.
We wanted men after our losses in Melbourne, but we were suspicious, after the intimated plot.
The men were black with dirt.
We drew them up in a line, took their names and nationality.
Thirty-four claimed to be Americans and the other eight of various nationalities.
We shipped them all, but watched them closely.
They turned out to be good, faithful men. These gave us seventy-two men on deck.
Some were from New England. One, George P. Canning, said he had bee