The Confederate privateers — another iron-clad at Sea.
The English papers by the Etna
, at New York, devote much space to remarks concerning Confederate privateers.
The London Star,
after speaking of the depredations of the Alabama
It is known that as many as nine other ships are being built or equipped in British harbors for the service of the Confederates
If they were to serve simply and strictly as vessels of war — If they were to be employed in an attempt to break the blockade, to recover New Orleans, to fight the Federal
in the Southern
an other legitimate acts of warfare — they would, nevertheless, be subject to arrest and detention.
They would come clearly within the prohibition acts tending to aid and assist either belligerent.
A letter from New York, dated Wednesday, says:
The mercantile letters from Landon
and Havre, received by the Etna
, are devoted largely to the case of the Confederate steamer Alabama
Ship agents write to their correspondents here that it is next to impossible to procure freight for American bottoms and that until the Alabama
is swept from the seas our vessels might as well stay on this side.
nobody there being disposed to charter them, except at a ruinous premium.
This is bad enough, but there is something worse to come.
News had been received in Liverpool
, on the 3d, that another pirate had made her appearance.
, Captain Rickners
, from New York for Antworp at Plymouth
, reported 14th October, in lat 41 N, lon 58.30 west of Greenwich
, found herself in company of a steamer under sail; shortly afterwards shot and raised the rebel flag.
Thereupon the Jupiter
have to, and the Jupiter
passed round her stern.
raised the Danish
colors, on perceiving which a voice called from the steamer, ‘"You can go!"’--The steamer then went across the bow of the J. and have to, waiting for another vessel astern.
The rebel is described as an iron screw steamer, carrying six guns, English built, and about 700 or 800 tons bur hen.
This bit of intelligence has created a great breeze on 'change, and the talk is that the Navy Department ought to send more men-of-war to scour the Atlantic
than have already been sent.
The under writers, of course, are doing their best to put the worst face on the matter, hoping thereby to pocket several additional per cent on the war risk, while the English
and other foreign merchants interested in shipping, as you may be certain, are not inclined to say or do anything calculated to allay the alarm.
A Washington dispatch to the Philadelphia Press
, American Minister to Russia
, says that the dispatch from Washington
to a Philadelphia paper, making light of his statement in regard to the iron clads now in course of construction at Liverpool
was a mistake, and while he denies having ever said that ‘"twenty"’ iron-clads were being built in Scotland
, he repeats what he stated in New York on his arrival, that ‘"three"’ of the largest class iron steamers are now being constructed, one at Glasgow
and two at Liverpool
, notoriously for the rebel service, and also that Mr. Dudley
, American Consul at Liverpool
, has laid this information before the Government
The London Globe
takes the alarm at the destruction of property by the Alabama
, and says:
The work of the Confederate
war vessel ‘"No. 290,"’ Captain Semmes
, has now fixed the attention of every merchant in Europe
, and all are coming, or have come, to the conclusion that ‘"something must be done."’ The vessels destroyed and threatened are those sailing under the Federal
But vessels so sailing have hitherto carried more property of British owners than of any others.
And as Captain Semmes
burns vessels and cargoes without distinction, and the cargo is commonly much mere valuable than the vessel, we, as a neutral nation, have hitherto been probably the chief sufferers.
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As some pressure is now brought to bear upon our own Government by the losers of British property destroyed by Captain Semmes
, it is not improbable that the views of Ministers touching this new complication of affairs will soon find authoritative expression.