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     We thundered several shots at her,
Which soon made her heave to,
     Come up with her, we soon on board
Had sent a full prize-crew.

They called her the Columbia,
     The worst thing they could do,
For as the name belonged to us,
     We claimed the steamer, too;
She'd Armstrong guns, intended for
     A battery on shore,
But as secesh did not get them,
     We'll let them hear their roar!

I've yet one more to mention,
     Lavinia she by name,
She had run out past the blockade,
     But we soon blocked her game;
She was on her way to Nassau,
     And our captain thought it best
To save her from all further harm,
     And send her to Key West.

Soon after this a steamer came,
     It was the Magnolia,
With orders for us to proceed
     After the Oreto;
But they let her in at Mobile,
     Or her we should have caught,
And, though inferior in strength,
     Our captain would have fought.

To our engineer's exertions
     Great praise we know is due,
And he has thanks, the heartiest, from
     This steamer's grateful crew;
'Twas by his quiet knowledge
     And energetic will
We caught our wealthiest prizes--
     And hope to catch more still.

Our captain is as good a man
     As ever trod a plank;
He's never wilfully abused
     A man beneath his rank;
He's honored by his enemies;
     Though they are very few;
Far better still, he's loved by all
     The Santiago's crew.

I hope that I've offended-none
     On land or on the main;
If not, perhaps some future time
     I'll try my hand again.
But while there's fighting to be done
     For our Red, White, and Blue,
You always can depend upon
     The Santiago's crew.

J. L. K.
--Sunday Mercury.

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