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SURVEYING FOR SPANISH
TRAIL. A force of official surveyor* are working from the Pearl River line of the county to Bay St. Louis, and marking out the route to be covered by the Spanish Trail. Actual work is in progress. The Spanish Trail is no idle dream, but rather a reality. Help it. SUBSCRIPTION $2 PER YEAR—ALWAYS IN ADVANCE. LOCAL LINK WOULD MAKE THIS COAST 0’ DREAMS TRUE Spanish Trail Along the Riviera of America Would Draw Motorists by Thousands—Unanimous Is That It Must Be Built Quickly— Towns on Coast Are Likened to Pearls on String of Beads—Where the Sun Bathes You in Riotous Showers of Minted Gold. A PICTURE OF THIS RIVIERA THAT IS NOT OVER DONE. Where the White Fleck of Sails Flash Back the Moonbeams Far Out Be yond the Shore Where the People Live Poetry Rather Than Read and Write It—lt I Here That Bay St. Louis Is Located, On the Gulf Coast Link of the Old Spanish Trail. Meigs O. Frost, cf the New Or leans Daily Stages satff, has the fol lowing pen picture of the Mississippi Gulf Coast—the Coast o’ Dreams — and tells of the recent Spanish Trail boosters’ meet along the Coast: There’s a little bit of Heaven that John McCormick forgot to sing about. It’s close at hand to New Orleans —so close that the outside eastern limit of it could be reached by auto mobile inside of two or three hours, if the Old Spanish Trail link from New Orleans to Mobile were com pleted. Us the Mississippi Coast country — the Riviera of America. Inside of two years, with the com pletion of present road projects, it will be the favorite outing goal of thousands of New Orleans motor ists. It’s a dreamer’s Fairyland of a spot, and the roster of the names of its towns are pearls upon the string of beads of a wonderful memory. Chef Menteur, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Gulfport, Mississippi City, Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula— they’re points in that Fairyland that will be almost daily scenes to the eyes of thousands of Orleanians once that stretch of road is completed, and once the ferries that today are the motorists’ sole reliance are sup planted by the bridges that are plan ned. A Coast O’ Dreams. Sit back and picture it with closed eyes—you who have been there. Get over there and see it with open eyes, you who have never been. For it's a gorgeous Coast o’ Dreams, where the sun bathes you in a riotous show er of minted gold and the moon casts afar its largesse of shimmering sil ver; where the croon of the Mexican Gulf’s rollers on the beach lull you to sleep if sleep you wish; wehere the clean salt coolness of those rollers wash from your body every vestige of the weariness of cities. By day it drowses shining sea and shimmering sand, green masses of oak foliage and greener needles of the pines, white houses and lawns vel vet-soft. And by night it becomes a stretch of miraculous beauty. Up out of the gulf rises the great silver golden circle of a tropical moon. The thick clusters of the trees arch with a sable Gothic corridor the smooth stretches of road where the waters break in milky foam a few feet from the pathway. Through the soft night air float the scents of jasmine and magnolia. Lights gleam from low lying houses set back of close-cropped lawns. A Picture of Riviera. The tinkle of mandolin, the low and throaty voice of the guitar, the rollicking song of the banjo, come out of the darkness to caress you. Young voices and the lilt of fresh young laughter sound through the night. The white flecks of sails flash back the moonbeams far out beyond the shore, where graceful hulls slant to the breeze. The music of soft ofchestras drifts out beneath the foliage and through lighted wihdows one sees the gliding of white-clad forms as myriad feet pass lightly over waxed and shining floors. And then, when at last sleep comes to you, you sleep beneath the caress of breezes silken-soft, cooling and revivifying as deep-drunk draughts of some Olympic nectar. That’s the Riviera next door to New Orleans to the east. And if any think the picture over-drawn, let them go for themselves and see. They’ll tome back Convinced, and converted. Road Builders Busy. Through this Fairyland during the week that is just past sped a group of men. The bulk of them started from Mobile—members of the Cham ber of Commerce, of the Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, of the Civitans and the Automobile Club. They were joined as they went their way by the men of Pascagoula and Ocean Springs and Biloxi. They met at Gulfport in a mass meeting that settled down to work. From that meeting they sped westward and held other meetings at Bay St. Louis and Pass Chris tian. They were working for the com pletion of the Old Spanish Trail. Americans live their poetry these days, instead of reading and writing it so much. These men talked of bond issues and concerted action. They devised messages to Congress men and Senators and State High way Commissions and Governors and National Highway Associations. They were intensely practical. Not one but would pride himself on his prac tical efficiency. Practical Men. But, bless their souls, they were (Continued on Page Two.) BAY ST. LOUIS TO HAVE MOVIE STUDIO. Gulf Coast Studio, Inc., Style of New Firm Composed of Local Citizens. Charter of Incorporation Published in This Issue of Echo. With the knowledge that moving pictures can be filmed all the year round on this Mississippi Gulf Coast, where the weather will permit, and the light of longer duration with more sunlight than in New York and other Eastern centers of the moving picture industry, aside from the far off Pacific Coast, local citizens head ed by W, H. Davis, formerly of New York, but now' of Bay St. Louis, have organized the Gulf Coast Studio cor poration, Mr. Davis has had wide and prac tical experience in the “shooting” of movies and their manufacture on to the marketing of same. There is not a phase of the business that he is not thoroughly familiar with. Associated with such reputable and well known business men as ex-Mayor Robt. W. Toulme, August A. Bulot, Ben Mon teleone and others, Mr. Davis has set to organize and incorporate a com pany that will make the pictures in Bay St. Louis. Towards this end a company with $25,000.00 has been formed, and the publication of the charter of incorporation appears in this number of the Sea Coast Echo. The par value of each share is $25. Already much of the stock has been subscribed for and the land for the building of the big studio has been purchased, and, as Mr. Davis informs us, paid for. This land is located at Dunbar and Felicity streets, in Ave- j nue Sub-Division. The first of a unit of studios w'ill be built at once, i This will measure forty by eight feet, : with several stages and many settings in order more than one scene may be made at the same time. The pictures will be “acted" and filmed in Bay St. Louis. And com panies from the East during the win ter wishing to shoot their own pic tures South f where weather condi tions are propitious all the year round, may do so. This is said to be a big advantage. Besides there are quite a number of producing com panies without studios of their own. The objects of the company, which also includes the owning and oper ating of moving picture theatres, is best told in the declaration set forth in the charter: “To own, produce, acquire, lease, sell and otherwise dispose of photo plays, moving pictures and rights therein to secure copyrights, and to renew copyrights therein, vend, pro duce, reproduce, represent the same in any manner, by any method what ever; to erect, purchase, lease, own and manage, maintain and equip mo tion picture exchanges, studios, thea tres buildings and places of amuse ment generally; to buy and sell any properties for the purpose of doing this. To employ any writers, actors or any one necessary to do such busi ness. To buy, lease or rent any cos tume, and all things necessary to pro duce or manufacture moving pictures or to own and operate moving pic tures, and to do all things necessary to operate moving picture theatres or the productions of pictures, and the rights to lease, sell or buy moving pictures. And to do all things neces sary for the production of pictures or the operating of moving picture theatres. To own all lands for the doing of these things that might be necessary, and to own all personal properties necessary to do the same." Mr. Davis will be president and general manager, Mr. Toulme treas urer; Aug, Bulot,. secretary. a v ♦ A I ■ I ■> THE | Tea Room I X * t I I IS WHERE YOU CAN GET DE-1 I" PENDABLE SERVICE COMBINED | WITH SUPERIOR QUALITY, And | Jersey Ice I Cream 1 i • jT • • £ I HOME-MADE CONES. | ESTIMABLE CITIZEN PASSES AWAY. William Ames, Over Forty Years a Resident of Bay St. Louis, and at the Ripe Age of 76 Years, Died Thursday Night. Rich in years and wealthy in many Christian virtues and the accumula tion of a credit of good deeds well worthy of the reward to which he has gone, William Ames died at his home, corner Front and State streets, Thursday night at 11 o'clock, aged 76 years. The deceased had been in failing health for some time. But the con stant jninistrations of his loved ones at home and their ever solicitation of his care and welfare warded off the inevitable visit of the Grim Reaper, until a few days since he was taken suddenly and quite ill. His advanced age was against him, and his en feebled condition hastened the end. He died fortified with the last sacra ments of his church, having lived an exemplary life of a true and devout Catholic. William Ames was born in Ocean Springs. He railroaded for many years and was well know’n some thir ty or more years ago as an attachee of the L. & N. Company over the Mobile-New' Orleans division, holding positions of trust and responsibility. In late life he married Miss Marie Lux, a sister of Mrs. Albert Gaspard and the Monti brothers of this city. Arter that event he made his home in Bay St. Louis, retiring from the ac tivities of his position. A man of constructive ability and a contractor who had proven his success, he en tered into the local building and con tracting work and for years followed this vocation. Mr. Ames was not only a man of ability in his line, but a most conscientious worker. This gave him much prestige, a large clien tele > and he prospered well. Some years ago, following a fall he sustained from a bathhouse wharf, he was forced to retire from his wonted every day life activities and gave up the building trade. About this time, with his brother-in-law, the late Albert Gaspard, the A. & G. moving picture theatre business was evolved and today this business is one of the largest of the several houses of its kind between New Or leans and Mobile, the “A" standing for Ames and the “G" for Gaspard. Hard work and application built up the business to its present propor tions. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Geraldine and Lillian. A son, Alexander, and his wife preced ed him to the beyond some twenty odd years since. The Misses Ames reside with their aunt, Mrs. Gaspard. These ladies have. the sympathy of the entire community, even though their loved one passed away well ad vanced in years and far beyond the average span of life. The funeral will take place this Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the late residence and the Church of Our Lady of the Gulf; interment in the family tomb at St. Maay’s Ceme tery. Mr. Ames was a familiar figure. He was public-spirited and ever as sociated with all that tended to the better building up of the city and his passing away means a distinct loss to Bay St. Louis, and with the citi zens in general The Echo regrets to note his demise. —Miss Rosetta McGinn, who has been the guest of her sister, Mrs. Curtis L. Waller, returned to New Orleans during the latter part of last week. BAY ST. LOUIS. MISSISSIPPI, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1922. i STATE 10 PLAN BIG LEGAL BATTLE ON RIVER SPILLWAY Proposed Flood Control of “Father of Waters” in Louisiana Is Held Menace to Mississippi Sound — Would Fill the Sound With Silt, Destroy the Oyster and Fishing In dustry and Close the Harbors of the Gulf Coast to Shipping—Plan Would Be Hard Fought. MAKE RIVER ASSET RATHER THAN LIABILITY, SUG. GESTED. Mississippi Legislature Has Request ed Mississippi Delegation In Con gress to Oppose Such a Project as the Spillway—lf Necessary, Matter of Opposition To Be Brought to United States Supreme Court — Project Is Serious and Not To Be Countenanced. Kill the oyster and fishing indus try and close the harbors of the Mis sissippi Gulf Coast to shipping, to say nothing of destroying the salt water bathing destroyed by such an action, the plan to convert the Poydras cre vasse below New Orleans into a spill way for the Mississippi river by the members of the fiood control com mittee, if attempted to put into ex ecution, would meet with the most vigorous opposition. The committee “should make a thorough investiga tion before they attempt to put through their scheme. Otherwise they will find their path strewn with trouble,” says a writer in the New Orleans Times-Picayune of Wednes day. Continuing, the writer of the ar ticle, who makes a most sensible and timely suggestion, that the Mississip pi river be made an asset rather than a liability, says; The people of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi never stand for a spillway at any place qn the*east side of the that ’ wi.' jeopardize Mississippi Sound. If an attempt is made to put through any such scheme it will meet with the znost determined opposition not only from the people of this section, but from the State of Mississippi. The policy of the State of Missis sippi toward a spillway on the east side of the river was laid down by the Mississippi Legislature in a concur rent resolution adopted by that body in 1916. The resolution was adopted when the construction of a spillway that was designed to connect the Mis sissippi river with Lake Pontchartrain was being agitated. The Legislature requested the Mis sissippi delegation in Congress to op pose such a project, and ,in effect, gave notice that the state would fight it to the last, even should it become necessary for the state to apply to the United tSates Supreme Court for an injunction. Spillway Held Menace to Sound. The conversion of the Poydras cre vasse into a spillway would, citizens of this section believe, fill up Missis sippi Sound with silt, destroy the oys ter and fishing industry and close the harbors of the Gulf Coast to ship ping. The State of Mississippi has too much at stake to permit the con struction of a spillway that would jeopardize her interests. Citizens of this section cannot un derstand why the flood control com mittee does not work along lines to convert the Mississippi river into an asset instead of a liability and a men ace. People in this part of the coun try believe that the river can be used to advantage in several w r ays. For instance, the construction of a system of canals connecting the Mis sissippi river with the rice district of Southwest Louisiana would supply that section with an abundance of fresh water at a time when it is need ed most. Development of the rice in dustry that would follow would more than pay the cost of constructing the canal system. Would Help Rice Fields. Reopening former outlets on the west side of the Mississippi river would carry off large quantities of water and put it where it could be utilized to advantage. Bayou La fourche is an illustration of what could be done. The construction of locks and a spillway at Donaldson ville would reopen that stream to navigation and supply water for rice irrigation. It is well known that there are hundreds of thousands of acres of land at the lower end of Bayou Lafourche too wet for sugar cane, but which would make the best rice lands in the world. The construction of a ship channel from a point nearly opposite New Or leans to the Gulf of Mexico, a dis tance of about forty miles, would shorten the route to the sea and dis pose of an enormous volume of w T a- MINSTREL BENEFIT TO BE PRE SENTED At Woodmen Hall Next Thursday Night for Benefit of United States Veterans Hospital No. 74, Benefit Athletic Fund. For the soldier boys! There could be no better cause. Certainly none could be more com pelling. There will be presented in Bay St. Louis on next Thursday night, the 7th instant, a minstrel show by the patients of the United States Veterans’ Hospital, No. 74, lo cated at Gulfport. This performance will take place at Woodmen of the World Hall, and an admission of only 50 and 25 cents will be charged. The entire affair will be under the direc tion of William J. Giblin, K. of C., assisted by a large list of lady pa trons, headed by Mrs. C. A. Fournier, E. J. Leonhard and others. This enteratinment, said to be one of the best minstrels extant has been f successfully presented in Biloxi, Gulfport and Pass Christian. In fact, so well has the production been re ceived the soldier boys w'ere urged to repeat it at other points, hence the appearance in Bay St. Louis next Thursday night. Don’t fail to see Giblen’s Goofey Getters, and hear the same Jazz Hounds w r ho played the Argonne Forest Blues on Fritzie’s tw r o-quart Tin Hat with Whiz Bangs and won the game in the ninth inning. New' songs galore, such as “Oh, They’re Such Nice People,” “Love Ship,” “On the Gin, Gin, Ginny Shore,” “On the Trail to Long Ago,” “Say It With Liquor,” “While Miami Dreams,” “She’s Mine, All Mine” and others. Then there will be vaudeville sketches galore, including “An Ace of the Soul,” a psychopathic skit entitled “Compensationitis,” Operatic Spas- etc. FAREWELL PARTY IN WAVE LAND. Collegians of Holy Cross Summering in Sister City Giving Parting En tertainment on Occasion of Re turning to New Orleans. Sunday evening the Holy Cross (Jbllege boys of Waveltfcd ■ gathered at the hospitable residence of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrille Bourgeois, whose home was beautifully decorated for the oc casion with the college colors of blue and gold. Their inviting home is frequently the scene of entertain ment. Needless to say, the collegians exerted every effort in their power to provide generously fo| all present. Dancing was the important feature of the evening. A souvenir gift was presented to every guest, and charm ing in every appointment the “party” was thoroughly enjoyable and one of the larger and more successful social events of the season. The guests were: Misses Cecile, Alma and Beatrice Bourgeois, Thelma Zimmer man, Agnes Bourgeois, Isabel Bour geois and Misses Louise Whom bocher, Inez and Irene Durham and Dorothy of New Orleans; Messrs. Anthony Lascoutx, Hubert J. Payoo, Hector Rivere, Joseph Zeron, Louis Malina, Donald Pegg, Roger Penagos, Salvador Castelan, Anthony Guiooz, Manuel Romero, Hammel Jackson and Claud Bour geois. —Local Knights of Columbus have leased the Ardeneaux Bldg. ; opposite the Bordelon residence, on the beach front, and are occupying the place as the K. C. Home. Notices are be ing prepared for mail calling atten tion to the annual meeting to be held on next Saturday night, September 10th, when the election of officers will be held. —Mrs. Julia Borden, recently re turned from a stay of several months visiting relatives in San Francisco, Cal., is the house guest of Mrs. E. J. Leonhard. Mrs. Borden contemplates spending the winter in New Orleans. ter. The banks of this channel would furnish ideal sites for factories and bring industrial development on a large scale. T ■■ ST. STANISLAUS COLLEGE BAY ST. LOUIS, MISS. | Classical Scientific Course Prepares for University. Business Course Guarantees Proficiency in Commercial Subjects. NEXT SESSION BEGINS: For Boarding Students, Thursday, Sept. 7th. For Day Scholars, Friday, Sept. Bth. I IV ... _ ************ & * * COLUMN de BULL. * * ************ By Fuller Bull. Let the Puni*hment Fit the Crime. 80, this doggone world is sure gettinta be a tough proposition, ain’t it? Most every time we pick up a paper we read of some varmint or other what’s makin’ some guy suffer, lately we notice a coupla times where grown-up He-devils have took ad vantage of lil youngsters what couldn't help themselves. Yesterday we read ’bout a man wffiat took his lil gal an’ stuck her fingers up against a red hot stove — just outa pure cussedness; today we scrutinize the news an' what we see but where a guy shuts his kid up for four years in a room all by hisself— the picture of the kid looks like he done lost all reason. This kid was a boy, an’ in time it will show r up against him, so will them burnt fin gers of the lil girl. “Leave it to the LAW,” that’s the slogan—bah! Don’t that make a man feel like he’di been eatin’ spoiled fish? Either one of these Brutes will get “$25.00 or thirty days” an’ that ENDS the chapter so fars the Gentle Public’s Law an’ Order is concerned. Ends it till the next time when the bloody brute will know in advance just whaf his fine will be. How ’bout punishment for crime? Look in the Good Book an’ see, “An eye for an eye, an’ et cet.” Why ain’t there a law what punishes a guy accordin’ to what he does? say to the viz: “What’s the prisoner charged with?” “Yer Honor ( de guy stuck his gal kid’s fingers up agin’ a red hot cooker.” The Judge: “Then ’cordinta Law ye take this bloke out to the jail kitchen an’ give him the same dose what he dished out to the kid.” An’—so on to the end of court. 80, that kinda law would peel the scum off’n the soozy brain of them crims, an' they wouldn’t be so brash the next time. * * * Gosh, I Wanta See That Bad! Just a few more days an’ The House Brains will open up—an’ All the Eater kicls, an’ waitin' Jells will make a Run for the open doors. (Gee, I’m a Hot one!) The wise birds tell us that the Prexy an’ the V-Prexy have to the lately been over all the surroundin’ scenery on the chase for Stock an’ they’re coinin’ in by Droves: some Longhorns, some Short, some Brawny an' some ready for Brain expansh. We find ourself hopin’ for wide shoulders, Red blood an’ swift legs. Oh, Mamma! Why pray? Well, Prunella, ’cause w’e gotta vision of the Kick-off, wc see ’em Lined up for the fray, we hear the Basso Pro fundorio of the Cap as he makes a Jambalaya of the iithmatic, an’— they're OFF. I wanta see the Ra-ca-chaws In action man to man; I wanta hear the loud hurrahs Of the tribe of old St. Stan. I wanta see ’em hit the line, An’ bust it open wide— Men of brawn with muscles fine, To stem a flowin’ tide, I wanta see that Forward Pass Go speedin’ thru the air; With a Fruge flyin’ o’er the grass For a touch-down good an’ fair. A Sam an’ Scaf to clear the chaff, Real backin’ ’hind each lad— A smile of grace on Foster’s face... Gosh, I wanta see that bad! ♦ * * 80, if you wanta See-Dan, well go to the 8.-W. Y. & A. Club an’ most anybodV will put you Wise. * * * The Powers that be now cometh forth an’ spurt that we wanta big Causeway cross the Bay. Well do we? (Foolish question No. 7,000,- 000). Of course, we like Cap. Dracket, just fool ’bout his Packet,! an’ we’d raise a lotta racket if they tried to scrap a n’ stack it—but, A Causeway! Just 'Scuse us till we RIVER SPILLWAY MEANS DEATH. Bay St. Louis should join tha Coast forces in fighting the proposed Mis sissippi river spillway below New Or leans. This plan if adopted would mean death to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Our Kiwanas, Rotary or Chamber of Commerce (?) organisa tions should get busy. 31ST YEAR—NO. 35. HARRISON ASKS U. S. 10 BUILD BRIDGES FOR SPANISH TRAIL Senator Pat Harrison of Mississippi Advocates Plan as Part of United States Defense, Which Will Mean Bridges For Local j Waters —Bay St. Louis, Biloxi and Pascagoula Waters To Be Spanned With Steel —Considerations the Value of Which Not To Be Overestimated. PROJECT ACCOMPLISHED WILL MEAN MUCH FOR COAST. Resolution Introduced Authorises Secretary of War to Investigate Feasibility of Constructing Bridges —Purpose For National Defense But Will Serve For All Local Pur poses—Would Mean Chain of Mili tary Road to Pacific Ocean Com plete. A press telegram from Washington this week by Paul Wooten, staff cor respondent of the New Orleans Times-Picayune carries the good news of Senator Pat Harrison’s activity in the interest of the government build ing bridges to connect the Old Span ish Trail along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, spanning with steel the waters of the Pascagoula, Biloxi and Bay St. Louis. In connection with the plan to ex pedite the construction of the Old Spanish Trail highway, Senator Har rises of Mississippi, has introduced a resolution authorizing the secretary of war to investigate the feasibility of constructing bridges across West and East Pascagoula rivers, the Bay of Biloxi and Bay St. Louis, for pur poses of the national defense. The text of the bill is as follows: “Whereas, the War Department of the United States has recognized Old Spanish Trail as a military necessity, the said running from Jacksonville, Fla., through Pensacola, Fla., Mobile, Ala., Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport, Pass Christian, Miss., to New Orleans and to the Pacific Coast, and, “Whereas, active work of con structing the Old Spanish Trail will be soon commenced by Jackson, Har rison and Hancock counties, Missis sippi, under the direction and super vision of the Mississippi State High way aided by the feder al aid fund, and, “Whereas, the present route of the Old Spanish Trail crosses the East Pascagoula river on a ferry and the West Pascagoula river on a steel bridge built only for light automobile or wagon traffic and that said high way makes a detour around the Bay of Biloxi of some four miles, also a detour around Bay St. Louis of near ly six miles, greatly lessening its value as a military highway; there fore, be it “Resolved, That the secretary of war be directed to take immediate steps and measures as to him may seem most suitable to make an inves tigation into the possibilities and feasibilities of construction across West and East Pascagoula rivers, and also across Bay St. Louis and the Bay of Biloxi, a series of military bridges, that is, bridges which when construct ed will be equal to the severest needs that the military arm of the United States may require, which said bridges shall be connected with the Old Spanish Trail and in conjunction with said Old Spanish Trail shall form a part of the system of national de fense highways.” Mr*. Terrell Perkin* and Mia* Per kins Entertain. Mrs. Terrel A. Perkins and Miss Mary Perkins entertained beautifully Thursday afternoon'*at the Bay-Wave land club house at bridge. In addi tion to a number of matrons there was quite a number of the younger set. The club room was decorated with cut flowers. The favors and prizes were very handsome and well worthy of contest. Mrs. Sidney Prague, of Gulfport, captured the Miss Ethel Gex the second, and Mrs. Curtis L. Waller the guest prize, Mrs. Perkins w'as assisted in receiv. ing by her mother, Mrs. W. A. Schu ler, of New Orleans, and Miss Per kins by her mother, Mrs. R. R. Per kins. A large attendance marked the af fair a most successful one. There were, in addition to Bay St. Louis guests, quite a number from out of town. —Mrs. E. B. Vasquez and family, residing in Union street, will return to New Orleans Monday for the win ter season. take a breath. If you don't know what all the Fuss is 'bout— well, see The Fox down at the Yacht Club an’ he’ll wise you as to the Identity of DAN.