f man from Semmes.
A thorough master of his profession, and possessed of all the qualities that make a favorite naval commander, he became a successful raider of the sea; but he made no enemies among those officers who had once known him and who now missed his genial humor in their messes.
He was a. veritable rover, but was never inhumane to those whom the fortunes of war threw into his hands, and he made himself as pleasant, while emptying a ship of her cargo and then scuttling her. as Claude Duval when robbing a man of his purse or borrowing his watch from his pocket.
After Maffitt's vessel was released from the Court of Nassau (the trial having been a farce), he made arrangements to mount her guns and man her from the motley crew of sailors that floated about the town ready for any kind of work that might offer, so long as they did not compromise themselves with some power having plenty of ships-of-war, that could catch them and hang them to the yard-arm if they happened to bur