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-and later entirely demolished, shines
again in -the first mural, "A Costume
It is night, and in another part of
the city, away from the shining lights
and splendid fineries, a voo-doo priest
is holding rituals for his faithful fol-
lowers. The weird and rhythmic beat-
ing of the drums fills the atmosphere
with mysterious sounds. Such cere-
monies have since ceased in the city
of New Orleans, for in Congo Square,
where once stood the voo-doo priest,
now stands the Municipal Auditor-
Let us go back to that part of
New Orleans in which lights shine
and carriages with well dressed
couples fill the narrow streets. To
night the French Opera House is
surrounded with fame, for the young
Jenny Lind is about to make her
debut. Thecritiques crowd with the
many guests and in its shining glory
the voice of Jenny Lind is heard
again as the 'New Orleans Opera
House takes its original form in "The
Old French Opera House."
Once again it's morning, and
seated on the steps of Jackson
Square, shadowed' by the famous
spires of the St. Louis Cathedral,
is a young colored boy with his wares
to sell. The heat of the day is tiring
and depressing, and Jackson Square,
alive with blooming azaleas, provides
an ideal resting place for the weary
child. Great is the artistic design of
the St. Louis Cathedral and to those
not fortunate to see it yet, it is a
preview of the treat in "The St.
Voices shrill loudly as flaming
colors speckle the cobble stone streets
of the Old French Market. The Old
French Market! The name itself
brings romance to those who knew it.
Here, farmers from all the surround-
ing land congregate to sell their
wares. Colored women traverse in
and out among the various pavillions
with their baskets perched high on
their heads. Although some of the
atmosphere was lost in the demolish-
ing of this center of trade, it is par-
tially recaptured in the present re-
production and in "The Old French
Market" it comes to life again.
Returning from the market one
passes the Old Absinthe House. Ex-
cept for the noise from the street all
is quiet in the Absinthe House. Ab-
sinthe today is a thing of the past,
for it is sold no more, yet in New
Orleans still stands the original Ab-
sinthe House, and the the mural "The
Old Absinthe House" one can see it
again as it stood in the height of its
Beyond the city proper, in the
swamps and bayous, hidden from the
watchful eye of the law, is New Or-
leans' first black market. Under the
canopy of silken moss, Jean Lafitte
and his pirates sell the jewels and
fineries they had previously confis-
cated. The normally law-abiding
house wives shamelessly purchase all
that their small funds allow. In their
small boats the pirates are ever ready
to flee from the law at the slightest
warning. Such a scene is pictured in
"T-he Lafittes' Black Market."
Along one side of Jackson Square
is a quaint passageway leading from
the St. Louis Cathedral to Royal St.
There are no worries in Pirate's Alley
for the fear of the pirates is over.
It was here that Lafitte hid when
pursued, and concealed from the law,
among the shadows of the alley, he
was saved many times from capture.
"Pirate's Alley". pictures this hide-
out of Jean Lafitte as it remains yet
in historic New Orleans.
A scene that marks history is the
race between the Robert E. Lee and
the Natchez. New Orleans is alive
with crowded docks and loud shouts
as the two boats begin their hostoric
race up the river to St. Louis. Many
people, young and old, cheer the
. ,- or c,
boats at their start. The race is on!
This event, only in the past of New
Orleans, is seen in the mural "The
Race Between the Robert E. Lee and
It has been years since New Or-
leans has enjoyed the festive occur-
ence of Carnival. To the people of
New Orleans, it is a traditiong to the
people of other parts of the country
it is a fantastic dream that becomes
a reality in the "Crescent City." "A
Carnival Ball" is a reproduction of a
carnival procession in the Municipal
The climax of the Carnival Season
is Mardi Gras, and the climax of the
Mardi Gras is the Comus Parade. The
festivities of the day end with one
joyous congregation to see the final
Parade of Mardi Gras. As the king
passes on his elaborate float, the
spectators shout and cheer, the sleepy
children extend open hands hoping
.to get their last souvenir of Mardi
Gras. Such a scene is the "Comus
Parade", the final mural that the art
students produced. -
After the murals were completed,
they were exhibited in Room 326 for
a few weeks. Then they were sent to
Godchaux, where they were displayed
in the Canal Street windows. After
a week there, they were sent to the
New Orleans Public Library, and
from there to the Bomber Base,
where they will remain.
For the art students it was a great
pleasure to make the murals, and if
they were able to bring a little pleas-
ure to the soldiers of the Air Force
by so doing, their purpose is indeed
accomplished. They are grateful to
the Red Cross for permitting them
to undertake the project and feel
honored that they were asked. In
their way they have tried to bring
a little cheerfulness to the recreation
room at the base, as well as to the
hearts of the soldiers there.
Dorothy Samuelson '45.
Traditionally, New Orleans is the "City Tihat Care Forgot," the
"American Paris" to the World. '
Today New Orleans is a progressive American city, the "Air Hub of
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THE art department of McMain
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co-operated with requests of the Red
c Cross or any other similar organiza-
tion. Therefore it was not unusual
that, upon the request of the New
Orleans Chapter of the Red Cross,
the students eagerly began work on
a project' that would add color and
charm to the beautiful new recrea-
tion room at the Army Air Base on
Lake Pontchartrain. A
To the students, such a project is
not easily undertaken, and only with
careful planning and much study can
the many obstacles be elminated
and -the project prove successful. In
this instance many problems had to
be met and the students, with much
enthusiasm, prepared to overcome
The first of such problems was to
find an interesting as well as colorful
subject. When interviewed, Lieuten-
ant Conboy suggested that the story
, of New Orleans related on .eleven
murals, would be ideal for such a
room as the one to be decorated.
an Certainly the emotions of the many
4, - boys from hundreds of different
A """ i' ' cities could be stirred no more than
A ,ta 0 by a pictorial review of "-America's
H . a ' Y I Most Interesting City." Since the
. 1 ga ,I K i beauty of such-avtopic was evident,
1 T -H X it was with a unanimous agreement
H L 9 V ' AM from the class that the actual work
Tad! JP i':'g5,I -an :I "ii 1 . commenced.
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V 'ska O garments. In the background is seen
If I ' - ' ' ' ' i' f Yi the famous winding stairway, a gem
' ' ' , Y of architecture. This masterpiece, al-
Grand Stairway-St. Louis Hotel though partially destroyed pby -fire
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APRIL 12, 1945, was a day which
brought sadness to thehearts of
all Americans and many people
around the globe. The death of this
great president, who only a few
months before had, for the fourth
time, taken the oath of president of
these United States, came when the
world needed him most. A
Roosevelt entered into public life
for tl.e first time in 1910, when he
was elected to the New York State
Senate. Three years later he was
appointed Assistant Secretary of the
Navy in which office he served for
seven years. Roosevelt's true cour-
age and character were shown in
1921 when he was stricken with
paralysis and had to retire from pub-
lic life. He worked hard to regain
his health, and after only eight years
was elected governor of New York.
Then in 1932 he was elected to the
presidency for the first time.
No other American president had
served so 'long and successfully won
over crises of so many kinds. His
ideas and strength of character would
have gone far in making a 'lasting
peace at the San Francisco Confer-
1 His courage and true leadership
had brought this nation out of the
dark period of depression, and at the
outbreak of this second World War
his conduct and knowledge of for-
eign affairs held America in the spot-
light for the birth of world peace.
It was at his first inaugual,
March 4, 1933, that he uttered the
words for which perhaps he was best
known: "The only thing We have to
fear is fear itself." The truth of
this statement has been proven re-
peatedly through his terms of of-
The name of Franklin Delano
Roosevelt will go down in history as
one of America's greatest presidents.
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FATE brings to the American presi-
dency in this critical hour a citi-
zen from the Middle West. Harry S.
Truman, born and raised on a farm,
was the average American until he
reached middle age a few years ago.
He served with the American Expedi-
tionary Force on the Western Front
during World War I and returned
home to be named to a 'minor coun-
try office. After a few years
he was surprisingly transferred 'to
the United States Senate.
As a representative- of Missouri,
Senator Truman worked diligently.
His efficient leadership of an investi-
gating committee which rendered ex-
cellent service brought him favorable
national notice. -
In 1944 he was nominated as vice-
president on the ticket with Mr.
Roosevelt. Now by the unforeseeable
death of our outstanding chief, this
Missourian becomes the nation's
Those who know him predict that
he will make good in the White House
as he made good in the Senate..Tre-
mendous responsibilities have been
thrust upon his shoulders. He, is
called to make momentous decisions
about matters which he had had no
direct concern. But steady courage,
ha good mind, the habit of diligence
and the sturdy adaptability, he has al-
ready shown, can carry him through.
His first official declaration, pledging
the continual fighting of the war on
all fronts with all vigor and to a
successful conclusion, is acclaimed by
Americans and by the Allies around
All patriotic Americans join in of-
fering their good wishes to our new
president and sincerely hope that his
administration will prove successful
in all its undertakings for national
and world welfare.
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By Sharon Mattea,.'4-6 ,
'MCMAIN students listened with
much pleasure and appreciation
to the splendid program on poetry,
which was presented and prepared
by the English and Music depa1't-
ments. Betty Dufour, Mistress of
Ceremonies introduced the subject.
Poetry, one of the fine arts, appeals
to the emotions and stirs one's feel-
ings. The poet uses words as the
artist uses color. A
An epic, a narritive poem of high
character, deals with a noble hsubject
in ainoble manner. The Greek epics
are the greatest and most famous of
any country. Rosalie Rosenburg de-
livered Alcinou's speech, written by
the Father of the Epic, Homer.
The form of verse closest to music
is the lyric. -It ,is more "'personal"
than any other type of poetry and
the strongpersonal feelings it ex-
presse do 'not remain the length of
the poem. " Fleur Marcoux read the
most popular of all love songs-"A
Red, Red Rose" by Robert Burns.
Two lovely old songs, "To Celia" bv
Ben Jonson and "Who Is Sylvia?" by
Shakespeare, were delivered by the
Free verse, a forceful type of
poetry that does not follow a regular
pattern, has no rime. It has a pleas-
ing roll and where the reader would
naturally pause, the lines end. Carol
Atkins recited "For You, O Democ-
racy,,f' by Walt Whitman.
-Other types of poetry illustrated
were the ballad, by Lily B. Staehling
and Dolores Lloveras, "Cruel Broth-
ers"g The Sonnet "Nature", written
by Longfellow, was given by Maja
Raam, and Patsy Adams delivered
"On His Blindness" by Milton. The
ode by John Keats "Ode on a Greecian
Urn", was given by Geraldine Camp-
bell. The patriotic lyric by Henry
Van Dyke, "Pro Patia", was recited
by Christophel Nungesser.
This informative program was con-
cluded with the song, "Oh Believe
Me, If All These Endearing Young
Charms", by the Student Body.
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