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238 The National Music of America.
lost. The English Captain Kane now deter­mined upon a bold stroke of seamanship; he slipped his cable, let his anchors go, and determined to try and force his way to sea in the teeth of the hurricane. It was a moment of dire suspense; if the engines were not powerful enough, the ship with all on board was lost. For a moment she went backward, forced by the elements; then, very slowly, inch by inch, foot by foot, but with gradually increasing speed, the Calliope pushed out to the open sea and safety. The American and English vessels were side by side when Kane's bold effort began, and when the American sailors saw the Calliope going forth to life, while they felt that they were doomed to death, they manned the sides and gave three rousing cheers for the English captain and crew, and then added three cheers for the American flag. It was the noblest " Morituri Sahitamus" of his­tory ! One is glad to add, however, that
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