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war he had been afloat, a load of a dozen years upon his shoulders.
The shadows of a sorrowful future, too, began to dawn upon his spirit.
From this melancholy moralizing we might almost imagine that Semmes anticipated some such fate as befell Conrad the Corsair:
‘Tis idle all, moons roll on moons away, And Conrad comes not, came not since that day: Nor trace, nor tidings of his doom declare Where lives his grief, or perished his despair!
On his way to Europe Semmes met with no prizesConrad comes not, came not since that day: Nor trace, nor tidings of his doom declare Where lives his grief, or perished his despair!
On his way to Europe Semmes met with no prizes.
American merchant vessels had scattered in all directions like chickens threatened by the hawk, many of them seeking, under the British and other flags, the protection which their own Government failed to afford.
On the 11th day of June, 1804, the Alabama anchored in the port of Cherbourg, France; and three days afterwards the U. S. steamer Kearsarge, Captain John A. Winslow, steamed into port, communicated with the authorities, steamed out again without coming to an anchor, and took a sta