No. 1. It was a dark night 26 miles off New York and the 63 ton motorship Shawnee, bound from Bermuda to Halifax in ballast, plowed through the seas. The Canadian ensign flew at her masthead; all lights were showing. Suddenly out of the darkness streaked a little U. S. Coast Guard boat. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang -deafeningly five 4-lb. shells were fired, the last from within ten yards of the Shawnee's rail. One shell entered the port side astern, grazed the exhaust pipe and passed out to starboard just above the...

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