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The Bishop ' s Reward... .The Doom of the Catfish Shreveport cafe society in 1839 centered at the Catfish he venturers gave Bishop Polk an unpleasantly warm welcora . . - ■„ Catfish hotel on the riverbank, and the traders, trappers and ad- (Thls Is the second of two articles by Bon Brown, Centenary college art Instructor. The first, last Sunday, told how Bishop I eonidas Polk saved a snag-thrlven river boat on the journey up-river. Today ' s story deals with the Bishop ' s arrival In Shreveport and the city ' s first church service. Both stories will appear In a book which Brown Is writing.) By BON BROWN In 1839 the Catfish hotel was the only hostelry in Shreveport. It was a log structure with a wide hall through the middle and several shed rooms attached to the main building. The beds were rough board bunks with sacks of ::orn shucks for mattresses. The guests brought their own 3lankets or buffalo robes. The breakfast menu was fat bacon and cornbread — the menu for lunch and dinner being the same. The proprietor ' pigs roamed the !aecured shelter— It could be called muddy halls and well they knew thej 1 " 6 m ore than that. Captain Bar- nound of the dinner bell. At the ' ;rst clang they charged squealing in •he f " -ilng room gathered - nard walked up the hill with a half- breed Caddo to lr " •nd the bishop be busy here all day and If you try to hold a service, I warn you, we ' ll break it up! " " We do riot intend to have a serv- ice here In the hot l, " the bishop told them. " It will be In Jed Whet- stone ' s house. You are all welcome. " He left and the men at the bar be- gan to talk, all at once. " Lei ' s go over there and break It up. If he gate a crowd over there, we can make it a good fight and he 11 wish he had never landed in Shreveport,, ' ' " Hold on there. " ' said the trader. " I got a better idea. One of you men go down there and tell Jed Whet- stone to see me right now. He owes me money. I can fix this up. " Captain Puts I p Bond n hour later. Whetstone came to ' shorj. - •! ' them begin to back off, the cap- tain pressed his advantage. " Yes sir, we are for him, He ain ' t Qo common preacher. He knows ho« to work. If he wants to start a churcl here, by God. he can do it, and wi will fight any damn feller says hi can ' t. A smile lifted one corner of thi bishop ' s mouth. Then his expressiot became solemn again as tie walfctH t.o the door of Whetstone ' s shant; and said: " Gentlemen, let ' is gathe within for worship. " (Cop.vriKlit, 194 " , by Don Brown) when warn This is the time desserts receive warm welcomes! Hot long has it been since you ' ve h.n good old-fashioned fruit dumplings Baked dumplings made with fresl " -ears something extra BROWN
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