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when the smoke cleared away, it was seen that in his energetic antics the captain had split his beautiful new breeches from waist to knee; but he did not stop to change them during the combat which followed.' Another, less humorous sight was afforded, when the smoke of the broadside lifted; the deck of the Guerriere was strewn with dead and dying; in a few moments the mainyard came toppling down, and the miz-zenmast soon followed. " Hurrah, boys," shouted Hull, " we've made a brig of her!" The Guerriere brought up in the wind as the mizzenmast gave way, and the Constitution bore slowly ahead, pouring in a tremendous fire, and luffing short around the bow of the Englishman, to avoid being raked in return; in doing this, however, she fell foul of the Guerriere, her bowsprit running into the port quarter of her enemy.
1 Statement of Lieut. B. V. Hoffman, quoted in Los-sing's " Pictorial Field-book of the War of 1812," p. 443.