In the hot sun of South America the hands employed by Hampton, an American ship owner and planter, are lazily whiling away their time when the planter unexpectedly appears upon the scene and reprimands the foreman for neglecting his duty and not urging the men to get the cargo aboard the boat that she may start her voyage on scheduled time. The foreman answers back angrily and is at once discharged by the planter. Embittered and embarrassed, the foreman decides upon revenge, which is more fully aroused when he sees his sweetheart talking to the planter, who seems to be attracted by the pretty Creole. While watching the loading of the vessel, a messenger arrives and hands the planter a message from an old friend, Captain Gillet, of the United States Cruiser, that he has just landed his steamship in port and will take dinner with him. The Captain and the planter are seated in the latter's garden, and while smoking and talking, Paola, the pretty Creole whom we saw in the first scene, ...
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