efore, and guarding every point where American merchantmen could be found, were yet upon the stocks — nay, many of them were only on paper.
An old commodore with a fleet of fourteen vessels at his heels, was steaming up and down the Gulf and Caribbean Sea, looking for Alabamas that were hundreds of miles away and upsetting all the plans of the Navy Department.
As Semmes looked about him that morning, his eye rested on the fine large ship lying close by, awaiting his orders.
She proved to bpeared in the Mona Passage, and found this important channel of commerce still unguarded by American men-of-war.
In fact, it had remained so ever since his last visit, while an old commodore, with a large squadron, had been sailing about the Caribbean Sea, interfering with neutral commerce and watching the English mail-steamers that were pursuing their legitimate business.
The Alabama had hardly got through the passage before she fell in with and captured the schooner Palmetto, from New Yor