iate press was thundering in the ears of the luckless Federal Captain.
Honors were before him, terrors behind him!
But there loomed up, high above the Sumter, the mountains of the French island of Martinique.
Nations, like individuals, sometimes know whom to kick—though they have occasionally to take the kicking back, as we have just seen.
It might do, doubtless thought Captain Palmer, to kick some small power, but France!
there was the rub. If the Sumter were only in Bahia, where the Florida afterward was, how easily and securely the kicking might be done?
A gallant captain, with a heavy ship, might run into her, cut her down to the water's edge, fire into her crew, struggling in the water, killing, and wounding, and drowning a great many of them, and bear off his prize in triumph!
And then, Mr. Seward, if he should be called upon, not by Brazil alone, but by the sentiment of all mankind, to make restitution of the ship, could he not have her run into, by accident, in Hampton
he vessels complained of in British ports, subsequently to their fraudulent escapes and armament, on the ground that when the vessels appeared in these ports, they did so in the character of properly commissioned cruisers of the Government of the so-styled Confederate States, and that they received no more shelter, provisions, or facilities, than was due to them in that character.
This position is taken by his lordship in full view of the facts that—with the exception of the Sumter and the Florida—none of the vessels named were ever found in any place where a lawful belligerent commission could either be conferred or received.
It would appear, therefore, that, in the opinion of her Majesty's Government, a British vessel, in order to acquire a belligerent character against the United States, had only to leave the British port where she was built, clandestinely, and to be fraudulently armed, equipped, and manned anywhere in Great Britain, or in any foreign country, or on the high seas
val School, at Annapolis, when the war broke out. Though still a mere boy, he resigned his appointment without hesitation, and came South.
He had made the cruise with me in the Sumter, and been since promoted.
Midshipman Joseph D. Wilson, of Florida, also an éleve of Annapolis, and who, like Armstrong, had made the cruise with me in the Sumter, and been promoted, took Stribling's place, and became third lieutenant.
My fourth lieutenant in place of Evans was Mr. Arthur Sinclair, who, thout food-carrier for the extra-tropical whales of the northern hemisphere.
An intelligent sea-captain, writing to Superintendent Maury of the National Observatory, some years before the war, informed him, that in the Gulf Stream, off the coast of Florida, he fell in with such a school of young sea-nettles, as had never before been heard of.
The sea was literally covered with them for many square leagues.
He likened them, in appearance, to acorns floating on the water, but they were so thick as