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The National Music of America. 237
under command of Captain Kane, Germany the Adler, the Olga, and the Eber, and the United States was represented by the Tren­ton, the Nipsic, and the Vandalia. On the fatal day just mentioned a most fearful hurri­cane swept down upon the squadrons; all the ships were caught upon a lee shore, and, as their anchors could not hold against the fury of the tempest, they all seemed doomed to destruction. The Eber soon drove on a dangerous reef and was a total loss; the Adler was on another reef, overturned com­pletely ; the Nipsic had driven ashore and her men were drowning. Most nobly did the Samoans labour to save the perishing; all accounts of the dreadful event unite in prais­ing their self-sacrifice and bravery.
Now came the crowning deed of the day; the Trenton had begun to drag her anchors and bore down slowly upon the Calliope; in a few moments the ships would be grind­ing against each other, and both would be
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