s; and it was my business upon the high seas, to cut off, or dry up this stream of gold.
The torch followed the examination of the papers.
The reader may, perhaps, by this time have remarked, how fond the Yankees had become of the qualifying adjective, golden, as a prefix to the names of their ships.
I had burned the Golden Rocket, the Golden Rule, and the Golden Eagle.
We were now in latitude 30°, and longitude 40°, and if the curious reader will refer to a map, or chart of the North Atlantic Ocean, he will see that we are on the charmed crossing, leading to the coast of Brazil.
By crossing is meant the point at which the ship's course crosses a given parallel of latitude.
We must not, for instance, cross the thirtieth parallel, going southward, until we have reached a certain meridian —say that of 40° W. If we do, the north-east trade-wind will pinch us, and perhaps prevent us from weathering Cape St. Roque.
And when we reach the equator, there is another crossing recomme
on a wind; and it was beautiful to see how the Alabama performed her task, working up into the wind's eye, and overhauling her enemy, with the ease of a trained courser coming up with a saddle-nag.
There was no attempt to cover the cargo of the Palmetto. The enemy merchants seemed to have come to the conclusion, that it was no longer of any use to prepare bogus certificates, and that they might as well let their cargoes run the chances of war, without them.
Upon examination of the papers of thin a neutral country, the property of all of them, which has any connection with the house in the belligerent country, is liable to confiscation. (3 Phillimore, 605, and 1 Robinson, 1, 14, 19.
Also, The Susa, ib. 255.) Getting on board from the Palmetto, such articles of provisions—and she was chiefly provision-laden—as we needed, we applied the torch to her about sunset, and filled away, and made sail.
The next afternoon we sighted a sail on our weather-bow, close hauled, like ourselves, a