parable to those of later years; and the work required neither skill nor capital.
This guerilla form of contraband traffic gradually decreased after the first year, though there was always a little going on from the Bahamas, and on the coast of Texas.
By the end of the second year it was only to be found in outof-the-way nooks and corners.
Little by little the lines were drawn more tightly, as Dupont threw vessels into the inlets below Charleston, and Goldsborough into the Sounds of North Carolina, while the blockading force grew from a dozen vessels to three hundred.
In all the squadrons the burning and cutting out of schooners gave frequent occupation to the blockading forces, and the smaller fry were driven from their haunts.
As these vessels were captured or destroyed one by one, there was nothing to replace them, and they gradually disappeared.
Meantime the blockade was beginning to tell both upon friends—or, to speak with exactness, upon neutrals—and upon enemies.