Boston (MA) Advertiser, “Another Prize Saved by a Negro,” July 31, 1861

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    “Another Prize Saved by a Negro,” Boston (MA) Advertiser, July 31, 1861, p. 2: 2.
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    New York Evening Post
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    Boston Daily Advertiser
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    Another Prize Saved by a Negro
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    Don Sailer, Dickinson College
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    The following text is presented here in complete form, as it originally appeared in print. Spelling and typographical errors have been preserved as in the original.

    Another Prize Saved by a Negro.

    The correspondent of the New York Evening Post at Fortress Monroe, says that the prize schooner Enchantress, having been seized by the privateer Jeff. Davis was saved by the negro cook: -

    “As the gun boat Albatross approached her she ‘fought shy,’ and when hailed replied that she was ‘from Newburyport, bound to Santa Cruz.’ At this moment the negro cook appeared on the gunwale, crying out as he leaped into the sea with uplifted hands: ‘For God’s sake save me, captain! She’s a secesher, bound to Charleston!’ A boat was immediately lowered to save the negro and board the brig. On examining her papers it was found that her reply to the hail was true, but she was a prize to the Jeff Davis, and had a prize crew on board. Her cargo is first class assorted goods, suitable for the Union army. The prize crew proved to be of a variety of nations. One of them was named Riggles, and formerly belonged to the truck of Company 2, New York. The captain had his son on board. The Jeff. Davis’ crew behaved very badly with their prize, destroying articles of the cargo which they could not use. The Enchantress is built upon a beautiful model, and is probably worth $800.

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