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New Orleans History -- Lake Pontchartrain
Monday, December 11, 2017
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Illustration from a book published in 1852:

Some text from the book:
''At this time in our story, the whole St. Clare establishment is, for the time being, removed to their villa on Lake Pontchartrain. The heats of summer had driven all who were able to leave the sultry and unhealthy city, to seek the shores of the lake, and its cool sea-breezes. St. Clare's villa was an East Indian cottage, surrounded by light verandahs of bamboo-work, and opening on all sides into gardens and pleasure-grounds. The common sitting-room opened on to a large garden, fragrant with every picturesque plant and flower of the tropics, where winding paths ran down to the very shores of the lake, whose silvery sheet of water lay there, rising and falling in the sunbeams,--a picture never for an hour the same, yet every hour more beautiful.

It is now one of those intensely golden sunsets which kindles the whole horizon into one blaze of glory, and makes the water another sky. The lake lay in rosy or golden streaks, save where white-winged vessels glided hither and thither, like so many spirits, and little golden stars twinkled through the glow, and looked down at themselves as they trembled in the water.'

Fuh evrybody else's edyfiecashun, it was Uncle Tom's Cabin bah Miss Harriet Beechuh Stowe. Ah foun da complete book onlahn an was readin pawt of it tuday whal Ah was eatin mah lunch.
OkieYat

One'a da online voisions is at href="http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new?id=StoCabi&tag=public&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&part=0">http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/toccer-new?id=StoCabi&tag=public&images=images/modeng&data=/texts/english/modeng/parsed&part=0
Mr. Lake

That book and others in unabridged version on href="http://www.pagebypage.com">www.pagebypage.com  Some really
interesting stuff on that website.