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236 The National Music of America.
" A challenge unto Captain Semmes bold Winslow he did send;
1 Bring on your Alabama and to her we will attend,
For we think your boasting privateer is not so hard to whip,
And we'll show you that the Kearsarge is not a merchant ship."
In the recent conflict with Spain it was clearly shown that both sections of the country, North as well as South, had lost none of their naval prowess, but the conflict was too short to give rise to any of that music which generally follows naval victories.
As a pendant to the above pictures of martial heroism we may cite an example of an American deed of generosity and courage upon the sea, in time of peace.
On Friday, March 15, 1889, the war-vessels of three nations were gathered together in the harbour of Apia, the capital of Samoa. England, Germany, and the United States were inaugurating a protectorate over the kingdom ; England had sent the Calliope