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THE ROCS ISLAND ARGUS. TUESDAY,' AUGUST 19, 1913.
Old Time Patriot Pirate cf the
Cult of Mexico.
I In the brave 3:iys of old Jean Ea
fitto. the patriot pirate of the golf.
Tilled over a little outlaw kingdom of
lila own within a few inlles of t!; city
cf New Orleans.
A picturesque f.sure was Jean La
f.tte. with a graceful, courtly delivery
About Lira which wade ul:a popular
tilth many or the most estimable
dwellers In NV.v Orleans. Handsome,
nble. averse to the shedding of blood
on J even possessed of loyalty to the
gaven.mptJt whose excise laws be
made H bis busiues to break.
EaDtte was French. lie drifted to
Louisiana in the early years of the
nineteenth century and set up In plra
cy In the bay of Uarataria. a sbiltcr--d
L.ir'x-r u the gulf or Mexico, pro
tected by a ion- Maud called Grand
Terre. where Jtaa LaCtto dwelt la a
house or brick, with broad aud com
fortable verandas, where one might
loll ot ease in a hammock, smoking
and drinking lazily, w hile pirate chiefs
tiled in to brhi;; reports of plunder
taken and prospects ahead.
No crudo cr common pirate was this
Jenn LaGtte. lie held a privateer's
commission from the republic of Car
tagena, which -had been recently es
tablished In South America and has
Jong since been forgotten, and this
commission gave him the right to plun
der Spanish ships. Lafltte's followers
were a motley collection black, white,
yellow and red restless and reckless
rovers of the sea. Lufltte trafficked In
siik aud gold and negroes and sold
bis goods openly nt auction even in
the city of New Orleans.
lie was popular, too: there Is no
doubt of that Had it been otherwise
be would not have been permitted to
Teraaln five years in Earataria. As
arly as 1S09 we find governors of Lou
isiana thundering ugainst him, but La
ftte went calmly about bis business.
Occasionally a revenue officer was kill
ed In a brush with the pirates. Inva
riably Lafltte expressed u!s sorrow that
bloodshed bad become necessary. A
.case was brought against him in the
federal court. The district attorney was
a man named oryuies. LaCtte went
to see Jrymes. and the result of the
visit was that the district attorney re
signed bis office and undertook Lafitte'a
defense. He and the lawyer who as
sisted him were promised $20,000
upiece for their services nnd got it
After the caso was dismissed Gryrues
went to Uarataria to receive his fee,
nnd spent a week feasting with the
pirates, who treated hlin with princely
hospitality and escorted blin back to
the Mississippi in a handsome yawl,
laden with caskets of guM and silver.
repeated attempts bad been u;ude to
organize a military expedition to de
stroy Lniitte's pirate colony, but up to
the year they had always come
to lmttiin. ' In September of tlmt year
a ItritMi brig anchored six miles from
lturataria pas, and its captain camo
uuhore ami offered Lr. title a captain's
commission In the British navy r.rid
50.000 if be would Join the I'.riUsh iu
an attack ngalnst New Orleaus.
i LaGtte preteuded to consider the of
fer, sending word meantime to a mem
ber of the legislature of the British
captain's offer nnd declaring that he
would never accept it - lie seut anoth
er letter to Governor Chniborne, who
had offered ' (5,000 for Lafltte's head
uud for whose head Lafltte in return,
ie a spirit of gay bravado, bad offered
a reward of (50.000. Latltte suggested
that the. governor extend clemency to
lila pirates, who in return would aid la
the defense of the state against the
British. The offer was rejected, and
na expedition tinder Commodore Pat
terson of the . United States navy
swooped down on Uarataria unexpect
edly, tore down the brick bouse, con
fiscated much plunder and drove out
, Jean Iitltte and bis brother Tlerre
escaped aud established themselves ou
Jtfco lower Mississippi. . Meanwhile An
drew . Jackson . hud arrived to under
take the defense of New Orleans. Jean
LaQtto went boldly into New Orleans
to see blm, although the fiery general
had declared be would have nothing to
do with "these pirates and hellish ban-
unit, mere must have been a pe
Icullar.rharm and persuasiveness about
-lean Lantte, for after the interview
Lfackson cbnnged. bis mind, accepted
Hue aid of the pirates and showed the
V.tinost trust lu them. And throughout
the siege of New Orleans the followers
vf Latltte showed themselves worthy
rt confidence. They were excellent
gunners, and two of Lafltte's captains.
.Dominique You and a. man named Bs-
'luohe. vere put iu charge of ships.
Wbeu the Hiitish bad beeu drivep
away Jackson recommended that La
jfMte and his men be granted pardon
for all previous misdemeanors, and the
thli.tr w as done.
I Nubody set' in s to know exactly what
became of Jean LaGtte and his brother.
In 1510 we And Jean in Galveston.
Tex., w hence he was chased by .the
?;rai!!sh government in 1S20. Later
thtite came stories of cruises In the
Caribbean. The call of the sea was
oo strong for the one doe Baratariaa.
Kansas City Sinr.
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Foolc-J th Rebellious Welsh With the
Prince of Wales.
After a lifelong sjruggle with the
'elsb. Ldward I. of Lug-and sought
to ascertain the cause of their constant
rebellion and was informed that they
would Lever be content until they bad
prince of their own. j
The v.i!- old ux'tjarcb asked them if i
a prime born iu Wales who could not'
M'uk a wctd of English would be sat
isfactory, and they received the offer
with great enthusiasm, presuming that
the kin; meant one of their own Cesa
Ills queen, about to give birth to a
child, was hurrUd to tLe famous Cacr--arvou
cat:e. where COO years ago
Ldward II, the first prince of Wales,
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was bcru. Thereupon King Edward,
carrying the newly born babe on the
ramparts of the castle, announced to
the multitude: "Here is your priuc.
born Iu your own country, who knows
no word of Engli&h and who. I promise
you. shall be reared by a Welsh foster
mother and shall learn your language.
Accept you him as your prince
In nil the ri centuries intervening
the eltlost son of the king of England
has been invested and known as the
Prince cf Wales. In the year lflll the
present Prince of Wales and the future
king of England was invested on the
same .spot as his predecessor COO years
ago. T. Owen Charles ia National
SHONTS UNDER'A TRAIN;
RESCUED BY BYSTANDER
Paris, Aug. 19. Theodore P. 'Shouts
of New York, president of the Inter
bo rough. Rapid Transit company, bad
a narrow escape from death yesterday
when he fell beneath a moving railway
train at LeBreuil. A bystander who
saw him fall pulled Mr. Shonta from
between the wheels Just in time to
save him" from being run over. As it
was Mr. Ehonts' hands and legs were
badly cut, but later he appeared to be
little the worse for his misadventure.
' When the accident occurred the
train was stopped and Mrs. A. P.
Moore (Lillian Russell), who was a
passenger and had a first aid outfit
with 'her, alighte'd and bandaged up
Mr. Shonta hurts.
Mr. Shonts was on hi3 way from
Deauville to Paris and when the train
stopped at Le Breuil he alighted for a
stroll on the station platform. In en
deavoring to return to his compart
ment Mr. Shonts had difficulty in
opening the door. He was tugging at
the handle when the train started,
causing him to lose his balance and
fall on the tracks. A man standing
near by reached down and, seizing Mr.
Shonts. pulled him to safety. After
his injuries had been dressed Mr.
Shonts came on to Paris.
Vancouver Colonel HalU in charge
of the strike zone at Nanalmo, seized
the telegraph and telephone lines be
ranso of susnicion that emDloyes had
been divulging information to miners.
A warrant is out for the arrest of Jaclf
Place, a socialist member of the Brit
ish Columbia legislature, charged with
inciting to riot'
Dysentery Is a dangerous disease bu
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been successfully used in nine epi
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when reduced with water and. sve9
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all druggists. (Adv.)