is not likely that they enjoyed the spectacle to any great extent.
It can be said to Semmes' credit, however, that he showed these poor people all attention, and made them as comfortable as circumstances would permit.
About the 16th of November the Alabama sighted the island of Dominica, the first land she had made since leaving Terceira in the Azores.
Semmes now put his vessel under steam and ran for Martinique — where he expected to meet his coalship — passed close by the harbor of St. Pierre, to see that there were no United States ships-of-war there, and then into the harbor of Port de France, where he came to anchor.
Here the Alabama landed her prisoners and took on board what stores she needed; but Semmes did not attempt to coal his vessel in this port, as he feared the appearance of an American man-of-war.
This precaution was well taken, for the coal-ship had hardly got clear of the Island when the U. S. steamer San Jacinto appeared off the entrance to the harbor and b