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s to which Yankee commerce was being put. Many more ships disappeared from under the flaunting lie by sale, than by capture, their owners not being able to employ them.
The day after we overhauled these ships, we boarded a Bremen bark, from Buenos Ayres, for New York, with hides and tallow, on Yankee account.
The correspondents of the New York merchants were taking the advice of the latter, and shipping in neutral bottoms to avoid paying the premium on the war risk.
On the 20th of June, we observed in latitude 25° 48′, and found the weather so cool, as to compel us to put on our thick coats.
On that day we made another capture.
It was the Conrad, of Philadelphia, from Buenos Ayres, for New York, with part of a cargo of wool.
There were certificates found on board claiming the property as British, but as there were abundant circumstances in the res geste, pointing to American ownership, I disregarded the certificates, and condemned both ship and cargo as good prize.
confirmed my suspicion, for surely, I thought, no ship would risk carrying away her spars, under such a press of sail, unless she were endeavoring to escape from an enemy.
By the time we were well under way in pursuit, the stranger was about three miles ahead of us. I fired a gun to command him to halt.
In a moment or two, to my astonishment, the sound of a gun from the stranger came booming back over the waters in response.
I now felt quite sure that I had gotten hold of a New York and California clipper-ship.
She had fired a gun to make me believe, probably, that she was a ship of war, and thus induce me to desist from the pur suit.
But a ship of war would not carry such a press of sail, or appear to be in such a hurry to get out of the way—unless, indeed, she were an enemy's ship of inferior force; and the size of the fugitive, in the present instance, forbade such a supposition.
So I sent orders below to the engineer, to stir up his fires, and put the Alabama at the top of he