And now the storm-blast came, and he Was tyrannous and strong: He struck with his o'ertaking wings And chased us south along.
JONES shaped his course northwest across the mouth of the English Channel toward the western shore of Ireland. "Unfortunately," says his Journal, written in the third person, there was neither secrecy nor subordination. Captain Jones saw his danger, but his reputation being at stake, he put all to the hazard.
Trouble began to occur at once. Captain de Roberdeau informed Jones that he could not endure the presence of Landais; but he remained in the squadron long enough to assist in the capture of a Dutch ship which had been taken as a prize by the British. De Roberdeau tried to send her as his own prize to Ostend, but being overruled by Jones, he took what he needed out of the ship during the night, gradually dropped behind the squadron, and finally disappeared with the splendid ship which the lady Freemasons of France had so trustfully contributed to Jones's expedition.
The squadron, now reduced to six sail, took a brigantine. Two days later, off Cape Clear, Ireland, while another ship was being overtaken, Jones ordered some of his British sailors to get into a barge and tow the Bon Homme Richard so as to avoid the rocks called the Shallocks. While Jones was busy watching the boats pursuing the new prize, the Englishmen cut the tow