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“I had not the honor to communicate with you yesterday before the Bronx sailed for her destination;杭州按摩全套服务 but I believe you were called upon to decide upon the identity of the officer who presented himself to you as the lieutenant appointed to the command of the Bronx, introduced by Captain Battleton of the Vernon.”
“I was hardly called upon to decide anything, for the matter 杭州滨江kj的地方in doubt had been settled by the commander of the Vernon before it came to my knowledge; but I agreed with him that the commission ought to settle the point. Are you not the officer presented to me by Captain Battleton, Captain Passford?” asked the commodore, gazing earnestly into the face of Christy.
“I am not, sir.”
“You are not! Who are you, then?”
“I am Lieutenant Christopher Passford.”
“Who was the other officer?”
“He was not an officer, either of the navy or the army, but my cousin, Cornelius Passford, a soldier in the Confederate army.”
8 “I am amazed, and I fear the officers in charge at Brooklyn are not as cautious as they should be. Not long ago a steamer had to return to the navy-yard there because her machinery had been tampered with; and the enemy are putting men on board of steamers for the purpose 杭州夜桑拿 of capturing them. Where is your cousin now, Captain Passford?”
“He is a prisoner on board of the Bronx, with two Confederate naval officers who were his associates in the conspiracy; and we have also two seamen,” replied Christy, who proceeded to give the narrative in full of the work done on board of the Bronx on the evening of the day she sailed from the station.
The sea was smooth, and the commander of the Bronx was directed to bring her alongside the flag-ship. As soon as this was done, all the prisoners on board of her were transferred
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“I think you are correct in your view, Captain Passford, though probably he is of more service 249 to the Confederate government, as your father is to our own, than a score of sailors or soldiers; but modern civilization does not hold civilians as prisoners of war. Besides, he is doing so much to provide our vessels with prizes in the matter of cotton ships, that it would be a pity to take him out of his sphere of usefulness to us,” added the commodore with a smile.
“The other men in the sloop, with the exception of the skipper, fired upon my boat, and wounded an officer and a seaman.”
“They were taken in arms, and therefore they are 杭州品茶群上课 prisoners. But you lost all your commissioned officers but one in the affair on board of the Bronx, Captain Passford.”
“I did, sir; and I was obliged to fill their places;” and Christy described the men he had appointed.
“There are no officers here that I can give you in their places, and I am obliged to order you away immediately on another expedition. The Floridian is a valuable prize; and I must send her to New York, for I am confid