A Child on Board

: Sailors.

A child of one of the crew of His Majesty's ship
_Peacock_, during the action with the American vessel _Hornet_, occupied

himself in chasing a goat between decks. Not in the least terrified by the

destruction and death which was going on all around him, he continued his

amusement till a cannon-ball came and took off both the hind legs of the

goat; when seeing her disabled, he jumped astride her, crying, "Now I've

caught you." This singular anecdote is related in a work called "Visits of

Mercy," (New York.)