reat revenue and at all times an element of much pride to that section of country.
The officers were brave and experienced men, exceptionally good sailors and navigators, and they carried their ships without hesitation anywhere and everywhere in pursuit of their game, and often as fast as they filled up with oil the cargo would be transferred to an empty ship and sent home, and then the hunt would be resumed by the same ship, and so on for years.
From London, the Sea King went direct to Funchal, Madeira, where her purchase was to be completed by her transfer to the Confederate government.
There she signalled the steamer Laurel, at anchor in the harbor, waiting with officers and munitions of war, she having arrived two days before from Liverpool.
The Laurel was a blockade runner, commanded by Captain Ramsey, a young Englishman of energy and resources.
Capt. Ramsey's brilliant Ruse.
When the authorities at Funchal objected to our presence in the harbor, and seriously and pe