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Sam Comes Topside After Chores Down Below Deck
are done. Well, there seems to be quite a lot more of ye today!'s come just in time, too! Pulls up a perch & gives a listen....

It t'were early mornin' on September of 1814, a big ruckus goes up from the lookout of Lafitte's colony! He's ringin' the warning bell & whoopin' & a hollerin' to wake folks up! All the peoples wake & run out from their huts an make for the gulf side of the beach. There the lookout is pointing towards the horizon as all the folks run out there, women, children, & of course, all the men. Their 'bos' who had been relaxin' in his hammock stringin' his mandolin before breakfast, rolls to his feet & he peers out to sea. He wonders if it's the British? "Aye-aye!", the lookout hollers back, "She's flyin' the Union Jack, bos!" He takes another gander into his telescope, & confirms the name of the ship as the Sophia. As the ship comes closer where the whole hull is in view, she fires a signal gun which reveberates the massive sound between the 3 islands.

Lafitte watches as 4 to 5 men enter a dinghy & as it is lowered down, they raise up a white flag heading for Grande Terre. Lafitte chose to meet them halfway to inquire of their business here. He orders a pirogue & motioned Dominique Youx & a couple of other lieutenants to accompany him. "Just give the word, bos, & we will blow them out of the water, " he hears Louis Chighizola mumble behind him.
The British emissaries were five in number & represented both the Royal Navy & Army. The ranking officers of the group were an elderly gentleman, who introduced himself as Captain Lockyer of His Majesty's Fleet, & a young officer in the familiar red tail-coat of the army, a Captain McWilliams. They wanted to speak, said Lockyer, to "the commandant of Barataria." Nodding, Lafitte invited them to his residence for breakfast.

Sam gives a laugh, 'cause, when they reach the beach, Lafitte leads the British guests through the crowd of Baratarians who are scowling, cussin', hissin' & not hiding their feelings of contempt. Most of them were French, & even though France & England were at "peace" they were still arch rivals. Also, the British Fleet had been of late, harassing privateers as regularly as they harassed the American ships! This well known historian says it best, "Breakfast lasted for hours," Robert Tallant tells us. "(The) stiff and formal Englishmen found it hard to believe that this was the Lafitte they had heard so much about. He was an educated man, they discovered...His table was set with fine linens and silver and china..."
Tallant goes on. "Lafitte would talk no business until after breakfast. That was not done in Louisiana...Soon it was midday. Lafitte passed around cigars. Now he asked quietly the purpose of the gentlemen's visit."
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