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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
ssed nothing but the clothes they stood in, and that they were entitled to all the courtesy a generous nation could give them. They forgot, for a time, that the people whom they were attempting to ridicule were wont to remember injuries and wrongs received, and sooner or later to find a (lay of reckoning. The day of reckoning for these insults came when the Americans received an indemnity of $15,000,000 for the pranks of the Alabama and Florida, which the Englishmen paid to the tune of Yankee Doodle, at a time when the reunited States had adopted Dixie as one of its national airs. Soon after leaving port the Alabama fell in with the American ship Golden Rule, from New York, bound to Aspinwall. The island of San Domingo was sufficiently near to allow its inhabitants to witness a splendid bonfire. Semmes says in his journal: A looker — on upon that conflagration would have seen a beautiful picture, for, besides the burning ship, there were the two islands mentioned, sleeping