numbering one hundred forty, and the vessel was released on ransom bond.
Captain Semmes states that there were five hundred passengers on board.
It is fair to presume that each passenger had with him a purse of from three to five hundred dollars. Under the laws of war all this money would have been good prize, but not one dollar of it was touched, or indeed so much as a passenger's baggage examined.
The Alabama now proceeded to run down the Spanish Main, thence bore eastward into the Indian Ocean, and, after a cruise into every sea where a blow at American commerce could be struck, came around the Cape of Good Hope, and, sailing north, ran up to the thirtieth parallel, where so many captures had been made at a former time.
Of the ship at this date Captain Semmes wrote: The poor old Alabama was not now what she had been then.
She was like the wearied fox-hound, limping back after a long chase, foot-sore, and longing for quiet repose.
She had, in her mission to cripple the ene