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Admiral David D. Porter, The Naval History of the Civil War., chapter 48 (search)
proved to be the Olive Jane, of New York, loaded with French wines and brandies. Captain Semmes decided that, although much of this cargo evidently belonged to Frenchmen, it was not properly documented, so he applied the torch without waiting to make any searching investigation, not allowing so much as a bottle of brandy or a case of champagne to be taken out of her. This last was a wise precaution on his part, for he had had great trouble in controlling a number of his drunken sailors at Jamaica, and knew that it would not be safe to subject them to temptation. Although the Confederate Captain regretted not being able to indulge himself and his men, he chuckled with delight when he thought of the disappointment of New York shoddyites and nouveau-riche plebeians, at the loss of the rich wines, olives and pate-de-foisgras, which had been intended to tickle their palates. Amid the crackling of the fire, the bursting of brandy casks, the shrivelling of sails and the falling of the