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Published in the Interest of the Club Women of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Application for entry as second-class mail matter filed at Baton Rouge, La., October 15, 1921. Address All Communications to Box 15. SUBSCRIPTION: IN ADVANCE ..............$1.00 Per Annum BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 1921. ENRICHED BY THE BLOOD OF PATRIOTS. Noticing the interment of several bodies in Roselawn Memor ial Park brings to mind the fact that the Battle of Baton Rouge fought on the 5th of August, 1862 was opened upon the grounds of that lovely City of the Dead and that the first Confederates who fell during that sanguinary affair sanctified the soil with their life's blood. It was there Major Todd. of the Kentucky Brigade, a brother of the wife of President Abraham Lincoln, tell covered with wounds from which he expired on the field. The soil of Roselawn Memorial Park was not only saturated by the blood of Major Todd but by that of a host of other Confederates and it is a satisfaction at least to know that for all time to come their re mains will rest in one of the loveliest burial spots in all the South land notwithstanding their unmarked graves have long since been obliterated and are no longer to be recognized. Those femiliar with events which occurred on that 5th day of August will recall the fact that the Kentucky Brigade advanced on the Greenwell Springs road and formed a line of battle just beyond where Roselawn Memorial Park is located and that when it reached that point received a heavy and destructive fire of ar tillery and musketry. Returning the fire with a yell the Ken tuckians rushed forward driving the Federals before them, through the Magnolia Cemetery and to the river. Aside from its beauty Roselawn Memorial Park is connected historically with the past of Baton Rouge. A few years after the close of the Civil War the remains of Major Todd were removed to Kentucky. WOMEN IN POLITICS. In the first issue of the Woman's Enterprise it was announc ed that the women of Baton Rouge would become a prominent factor in political affairs generally and in municipal matters par ticularly and already initial steps have been taken in that direc tion. At a recent meeting of the Association of City Clubs the principal discussion centered around the subject of a better and more efficient city government and while there was no definite action taken there was a determination on the part of several members to move in the matter at no distant day. Female voters are not sufficiently numerous to successfully carry out their plans alone and they can only achieve victory at the polls by combining with one or other faction. Should they adopt this suggestion they should claim representation on the.city commission for a member of their sex. Place one energetic wom an on the commission and a general house cleaning will result such ton Rou e has never enjoyed. Inefficiency in every depart appearance of e city gene . Women must not imagine success will follow their efforts through a spirit of chivalry on the part of political job holders. There are neither chivalry, friendship or sentiment in politics and the struggle to displace inefficiency will 'be a fierce one and as we above stated only by combination with a strong political ele ment can the women succeed in gaining representation in com munity affairs. Office holders may be inefficient, inert, indifferent in the discharge of official duties but when candidates they become active enough and recognize the value of political combinations. Women must do likewise if they wish to succeed politically per sonally or for others. Will they do so? Can they stand the strain, the struggle for recognition in public affairs? Woman's Enterprise is firm in the belief that they will. Women who have bravely struggled for political recognition for years will not fail now that the boon has been conferred upon them. EXTENSION OF THE CITY LIMITS. The extension of the city limits is a subject brought to the forefront of public discussion and one which requires and should be given most serious thought and profound study or a "Penny wise or pound foolish" policy will be the result. If it is intended to annex adjoining suburbs simply for taxable purposes, then the proposition is simply a selfish one. If o nthe other hand the an nexed property is to be placed upon an equal footing with other sections of the city, that is, if suburbanites are to be furnished public utilities, electricity, water, sewerage, paving and police pro tection the heavy burden now bearing down taxpayers will be greatly increased as the properties to be annexed cannot possibly furnish sufficient funds by taxation to cover the cost of such im provements. During the days of reconstruction the Republitcans, in power at that time, extended the city limits one mile in each direction when it was found that the working of the roads, to say nothing of police supervision, cost the city more than the income derived from taxation, and one of the first undertakings after the election of Governor Nicholls and expulsion of carpet-baggers and their negro allies and dupes was to secure a new charter which drew in the corporation lines to the original boundaries. That the city is congested and needs expansion is a claim easily refuted by observation. There are many vacant spaces within the corporate limits, easily enough to furnish one thousand homes and enough ugly tumble down old shanties which should be demolished to furnish space for as many more. Allowing the claims of the expansionists to be based upon a firm foundation what abut the loss of revenue to the parish which would result? Under the law now existing the Police Jury is required to pay back to the corporation one half of all taxes collected on city property, therefore, it is clear that if the most valuable taxable properties of the parish are to be taken over by the city the parish will be impoverished to such an ext~nt that public improvements can no longer be made nor roads and bridges longer maintained in passable condition. Expansion is not a serious demand of the times. The greater the congestion the more taxable property. There ate building sites enough to be found and even if that were not so it would be far wiser to build skyward than broad cast. IFhe city covers more territory than can be properly cared for as it is, if one may judge from the condition of the side streets and streets in that handsome addition known as Roseland Terrace where residents' autos are frequently bogged. If we are to pro ceed in the direction of expansion let us be honest and admit we need funds to meet our financial needs and propose to force sub urbanites to contribute to that end without corresponding benefits to themselves. LITTLE THEATRE GUILD Editor Woman's Enterprise: You recently asked me to write something on the subject of the Little Theatre Guildof this city, and com plying with your request, I beg to submit what I know of the matter described, from purely a personal standpoint and in explaining what makes me a consistant supporter of the institution, I may develop what should make all well informed and well meaning people in Baton Rouge, do likewise. The Little Theatre is an institu tion of the people, for the benefit of the people, its purpose being to de velop and foster and dramatic talent that may exist among the members or to cultivate dramatic taste among those gifted by Nature with dramatic talent it furthers and promotes this natural gift and among those who do not possess it to be a marked degree, it teaches appreciation thereof and sometimes causes by comparison a development of talent that had not theretofore been suspicioned. The Little Theatre, if my concep tion of the plan is well formed and correct, should be an extremely demo cratic institution and on its stage and in its audiences all classes of society should assemble and worship at the same shrine. Those who can contri bute their talent should do so and those who can only contribute their financial support should be none the less zealous. The movement is still in its infancy but as its possibilities are infinite and its influence unlimit ed, it bids fair to become in all com munity centers what it has become in some of the more appreciative centers, a permanent institution of real public utility and interest. The Little Theatre furnishes to the community what schools in expres sion, dramatic art, Delsarte, and the like have been furnishing to the affluent classes foP many years. The teaching of expression and dramatic art has taken its place in the curri culum of all the better schools and colleges in the country and there is a reason. Without direct aim or con trivbute the cultivation of expression and dramatic art have not alone con tributed to grace of bodily movement, the value of facial expression and tone modulation and the resulting increase in mental development to prompt these bodily results, but it has done more ind infinitely better, it has created what might be termed "sentiment" tie vat y soul of alhe com munity. To those who have kept up with the rise and fall of nations, the passing of eras and empires, the milestones in aeons of Time, it has become probably plain that each and every era was marked indelibly by the "sentiment" that existed at that time and even today in the cold epoch of commercial life public "sentiment" is the arbiter of all matters affecting the individual and the body social. But in using the word sentiment from the standpoint of the conditions bred by the Little Theatre, I want to deal more parti cularly with its adaptation to the needs of the individual and only through the homogeneity of the com munity, to the people as a whole. We have had for some time the demonsration of the effects of music on a community or on a people. We have noted the effects of popular de votion to literature. All nations have their distinguishing characteristics in the matter of the fine arts and sciences. School systems have tended to development of lfatent talents in the many lines with which nature g;ftr its products among th-. rhildrren cr .men. The 1ages of history record the itales ,f the minstrels whn accim panied their recitations to tile cadence of their stringed instrsmernt, and all .!e great comoosers ie:orded their &'niuj by adapting th, emotions of the soul as interpreted by the actions of the body in rythme with the music of the human voice and the tones of reed and string, or the blare of brass. Not until the time of Shakespeare did the genius of the play come into popular reput6 to the extent of being classed as a fine art and the produc tions of the Bard of Avon were them selves long overlooked by an unap preciative world. They saw the genius of Michael Angelo as shown on the canvass, they read the lines of Dante on the scrools of vellum and even in those days there were some who saw and understood because they had sen timent. Every age has had its men and women who could see through the material into the immaterial and in the darkest ages there were some who gifted with sentiment could ap. preciate and enjoy life. Now what does the Little Theatre do? Painting ,pleases the eye, music charms the ear, cooking appeals to the sense of taste, but dramatic art appeals to all the senses and stirs all that is wnrth appealing to in the make-up of the actor and the audi. I ence. It is the concentration of all I that is noble and elevating in all the combination of the human soul and the vehicle of the soul, the human body. Today we have the literature e of the age running in sensationalism, e we have the dance running back to - contortions of darkest Africa, we o have the interpretation of all that art r has left us of the stirring scenes of 1 the past reproduced in the form of a t photoplay through the medium of f photography. In other words all thatI t is left us of the fine arts has been I d canned into compact form either in , discs or in reels by commercial instinct all tht tends to development of senti ment has been extracted just os our f foods are being digested and concen trated to a degree that leaves nothing t more of the nourishment they once s contained as they lose their bulk while g transmogrified into tabloid form. Our c intellects also have gone through the s metempsychosis of passing from the o human to the mechanical and the , lives we lead daily are making us d more and more the automatons that a some wild imagined writers have d. at picted as possible. The reversion sought through the medium of the Little Theatre through its promotion d of renewed interest in the development of expression physical and intelectual d must of necessity be a boon to the y community in which it flourishes for e the very simple reason that no com i- munitq is any better than the senti d ment that actuates it. And this sen ir timent with which some are gifted e and some are deprived what advantage 11 does it possess to the owner. It means s that he or she can better enjoy life, in that they can better harmonize with the music of the spheres, they can better assimilate with the human race, they can better absorb the gamut of joys and sorrows with which they are surrounded and their hearts e heat in unison with other hearts that God has made alike unto their own. e They can see the beauties of child e hood and discern the pathetic features e of old age. They can shed a tear c over the passing of some other soul i- into the great beyond and not stand d dry-eyed when the hand of sorrow Is rests heavily around them. They can i- learn the beauty of the mechanism n 'of this great world and the men and ý. women that are in it. They can love t, their country and their community e and become better citizens and neigh e bors and better fit into the scheme ;~ of the Creator in His predestined re " lations between man and man, they d can stretch their hearts so as to take " in the all joys and sorrows of the JImuian family and by that touch of a- srrpathy maklie all the world akin. Yes, the Little Theatre has a mis :h sion to fulfill and just as the Public s, Library is the essential post-graduate s, course to Education, so the Little e, Theatre becomes the temple of the it Muses where inspiration can be had d from among the very people among t we usually move and associate. Its y influence is far reaching, its uses are e Infinite, its purpose is broad and laud I able and no nobler mission has ever l 'devised for a like quasi public insti e tution. Just how much the people of it the community will appreciate and e promote it is problematical and their . estimate of its importance I do not e know. I do sincerely hope that they y will awake to its possibilities and . make it the success it deserves to be. J. ST. CLAIR FAVROT. c Tribute To Joel e - Chandler Harris SOwing to error the article under the above caption, beginning on page nine was continued to page thirteen, and confused with anoth. er article. The following is the proper continuation from page nine. forms-put the ink on. His pay was 1 $40 a month, then considered liberal. r He was not extravagant in his hab ! its, sending his mother, who then Slived at Eatonton, Ga., nearly all his Ssalary. SIn 1890 there was only one Demo cratic newspaper in Atlanta, and it Sthe Atlanta Intelligencer-was far Sfrom being progressive. The Atlanta SNew Era, a daily Republican paper .published by Sam Baird, formerly of -this state (later appointed Governor, -by President Grant, of the Territory of Idaho). The New Era was a pro gressive Republican newspaper-and it was a newspaper-so the promi nent editors of Georgia gathered to gether at Indian Springs, in Butts County, to formulate plans to check. mate the New Era, and that was the real birthplace of the present nation ally known Atlanta Constitution. This Sconference was attended by about eight of the foremost Democratic edi tors of the state, and Mr. Harris was to have had a position on the paper from the date of its first issue, and I believe he was just a little bit dis appointed that it was otherwise. I remember to have taken him a copy of the second issue of the Constitu tion (handed me by the postmaster, Dr. A. H. Sneed) and with what avidity he looked the paper over. A few months later he received a tele gram from the publisher of the Savannah Morning News, requesting him to come at once and fill a position on that fine paper. He asked me to collect his effects and express them to him the next day. He wrote me soon after he reached Savannah, thanking me and describing his chief editor, who was Maj. W. T. Thomp son, author of "Maj. Jones Courtship" a laughable burlesque of the old times. He wrote me that Maj. Thompson was as gentle as a morning zephyr." He continued as associate editor of that journal. Mr. Harris was united in marriage to Miss Essie LaRose, daughter of a Canadian ship captain, during April 1873, coming to Macon, Ga., on his bridal tour. I called at the Brown House, where he was stopping, but learned that he was away--at Cen tral City Park. He came to see me the following morning at the office of the Macon Telegraph, where I was employed. Soon after his marriage the cry of yellow fever caused all who could get away from Savannah to leave, he and the members of his family going to Atlanta, where he made himself famous, not alone as an editor, but as a writer of books as well. About the year of 1879, I think, "Free Joe," one of his first magazine stories appeared. I was so struck with the story that I wrote him an eulogistic letter telling him how I enjoyed, and prophesying greater things to come. Contrary to his usual course of action, he wrote me a nice 'letter of appreciation. His negro dialect stories have de lighted children the world over and, I believe, were written for the sole purpose of pleasing children-for he was always a lover of children. The first peom I ever knew him to write was while he was in the Advertiser office, and was dedicated to "Nora Belle," who was then a guest of her uncle, the owner of the paper. She was a beautiful child and a great fa vorite with all. Children of all races have read his quaint animal stories and been delighted. January 5, 1917, accompanied by a cousin, Mr. W. F. Manry, of At lanta, and my wife, I visited the "Wren's Nest," the Harris old home, calling directly afterwards on Mrs. Harris whom we found a most charm ing and entertaining lady. Mrs. Julian Harris, her daughler-in-law, has recently written the "Life and Letters of Joel Chandler Harris," and treats his life and times more in ac cordance with the facts than any writer who has ever attempted to do so. The following beautiful lines are from Frank L. Stanford's tribute to Mr. Harris: He made the lowly cabin fires Light the far windows of the world. And this from Rev. George W. Belk: The rabbit will hide as he always hid, And the Fox will do as he always did, But who can tell us what they say Since Uncle Remus has pass. ed away And this Oh, don't stay long, en don't stay late It ain't so mighty fur to de Good-bye Gate. J. T. MANRY. Plain Dealing, La., Dec. 7, 1921. SPECIAL! By Bringing This Advertisement with You One Full Pound PAKK& TILFORD CHOCOLATES Biltmore Assortment. 685c Stroube Drug Co. "Particular Druggists" FONE FORTY .-. 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