Off the Tortugas.
West by 10 P.M. for the Tortugas.
7. Thursday. See page 103. Lying off
the Fort; a visit to it; a pleasant day, and
a proposition to go turtle-hunting on one of
the coral islands.
8. Friday. Our five prisoners sent to the
Fort. A race with a steamboat chronicled
in my Tribune letter, and a great champagne
carousal in honor of our success in getting
papers. From one of them, the N.Y. Sun I
clipped the following item.
about an acquaintance.
nothing came of it as it
Mr. Cahill, widely and favorable known as an
able attache of the New York Times, has been ap-
pointed First Lieutenant in Captain Lloyd�s Com-
pany of the Pope Rifles � the Fifth Senatorial Dis-
trict Regiment � and is recruiting at No. 7 Broad-
[Gunn�s diary continued]
proved afterwards, though Lloyd did raise
enough recruits to get appointed Captain and
Cahill talked about or intended becoming a
lieutenant. He didn�t do it, however, till
nearly two years afterwards. An immense
shark played round the vessel for some
hours this day; one could see his every move-
ment in the transparent water. I never
saw such a terrible combination of strength
celerity and ferocity. Blas� and tired
during the evening.
9. Saturday. Still lying off: Chasing
a vessel from New Orleans � the �Trade
Wind.� Talk of �a prize ! � Only got papers,