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Captain Roe had to end that little batch of correspondence by an official request of a rather unusual character. He had been enjoying some of the luxuries of life with uninterrupted regularity since a few days after their arrival. Those contributions to bodily welfare had been sent so far as a gift, and, as he expressed it to General Benavides, it was just possible that the Navy Department might embarrass him by asking why those things had not been paid for. "And so, may I beg of you, dear General Benavides, to order your people to receive remuneration in money for the beef we receive in return."