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Mutiny And Piracy

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The Atlantic cable some montlis ago briefly mentioned a remarkable case of mutiny and piracy on the high seas. A vessel called the Jefferson Borden was making a voyage froin New Orleans to London, having on board besides the Captain and mates, tive sailors and a boy, with the Oaptain's wife as passenger. On the 20th of April, while in mid-ocean 900 miles from Eugland, three of the sailors mutinied. The first and second mates were both murdered in the night and an nttempt made to decoy the Captain from the cabin where he was I ing, which wan, however, frustrated by the timely caution of his wife, who I pected foul play. The Captaiu then armed himself and gave battle to the niutineers. He had for allies one sailor, tho steward, his wife and the oabin boy. On the other side were three mutineers. j Tho battle wngid witli varying fortunes j for about forty-eight hours. At last the Captain by dint of bravery and sldllful taotics succecded in driving the three men into the forecastle, where they finally surrendered, overeóme by hunger, fatigue and wounds. Tho vossel was I taken into an English port, and in due tune returned to Boston with the mutineers in custody. They were indicted i'or ïnurder, mutiny and pii'acy, iind af ter a trial of eight days' duration, were fouud ! gailty- two of thom of piracy, mutiny I and murder an one of mutiny alone, he haying joined the others af ter the murders were committed. In the case of the two former there were nc extenuating cii cumstanees, und they were senteneed to I be hung. There has not been an e.xeeution in Maasachusetts for piracy for more than forty years.


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Michigan Argus