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, for the first time, showed her teeth, and began to act on the defensive. She made directly for the Miami, and when she was about ten yards off, let fly at us with Whitworth rifles. One shell went through our smoke-stack, just over the men's heads; and the other went into the captain's cabin and exploded there, tearing every thing in that vicinity to pieces, and starting the deck above. A large piece of the shell went through the opposite side, making a hole clean through the ship. Mr. Hackett, our paymaster, was lying on a sofa in the cabin at the time, and, wonderful to say, was not hurt in the least, although the sofa was turned over on him, and he was covered with a pile of glass, books, clothes, pieces of wood, and broken furniture, and almost suffocated by the dust and smoke, with which the cabin was filled. We were also struck by a shell, which burst in the wheel-house, and shattered our signal-lamps, but did no other damage. A thirty-eight pound solid shot went throug