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Comal County, Texas

Comal County is a county located on the Edwards Plateau in the U. S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 108,472, its county seat is New Braunfels. Comal County is part of TX Metropolitan Statistical Area. Along with Hays and Kendall Counties, Comal was listed in 2017 of the nation's 10 fastest-growing large counties with a population of at least 10,000. In 2017, Comal County was second on the list. Kendall County was the second-fastest growing county in the nation in 2015 to 2016, grew by 5.16%. Hays County, third on the national list, had nearly 10,000 new residents during the year; as a result of this growth, the counties have experienced new home construction, traffic congestion, greater demand for public services. Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, grew by 1.75% during the year, but its number of new residents exceeded 33,000. Early native American inhabitants include Tonkawa, Waco and Lipan Apache. 1700-1758 The area becomes known as “Comal”, Spanish for “flat dish”.

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Mission at Comal Springs. 1825 Coahuila y Tejas issues land grant for Comal Springs to Juan Martín de Veramendi. 1842 Adelsverein organized in Germany to promote emigration to Texas. Fisher-Miller Land Grant sets aside three million acres to settle 600 families and single men of German, Swiss, Danish and Norwegian ancestry in Texas. 1844, June 26 - Henry Francis Fisher sells interest in land grant to Adelsverein 1845 Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels secures title to 1,265 acres of the Veramendi grant, including the Comal Springs and River, for the Adelsverein. Thousands of German immigrants are stranded at port of disembarkation Indianaola on Matagorda Bay. With no food or shelters, living in holes dug into the ground, an estimated 50% die from disease or starvation; the living begin to walk to their destinations hundreds of miles away. 200 German colonists who walked from Indianola found the town of New Braunfels at the crossing of the San Antonio-Nacogdches Road on the Guadalupe River.

John O. Meusebach arrives in Galveston. 1846 March - Texas legislature forms Comal County from the Eighth Precinct of Bexar County. New Braunfels is the county seat. 1850 Survey of 130 German farms in Comal reveals no slave laborers. 1852 Neu-Braunfelser Zeitung begins publication only in German, deriving its name 16th Century Germany's prototype of a newspaper titled Zeitung. 1854 County is divided into eight public school districts. The Texas State Convention of Germans meet in San Antonio and adopt a political and religious platform, including: 1) Equal pay for equal work. 1858 Final county boundaries determination with the separation of part of western Comal County to Blanco and Kendall counties. New Braunfels votes in a school tax. 1861 Comal County votes for secession from the Union. Contributes three all-German volunteer companies to the Confederate cause. 1887 Faust Street Bridge built over the Guadalupe River. 1898 Comal County limestone courthouse erected. Romanesque Revival style. Architect James Riely Gordon.

1920s - County establishes itself as a manufacturing and shipping center for textiles, garments and construction materials. 1960 Four students at St. Mary’s University San Antonio discover Natural Bridge Caverns, the largest known commercial caverns in the state of Texas. 1961 Comal’s first Wurstfest draws a crowd of 2,000. 1964 Canyon Lake impoundment, boosting tourism and related industries. Count Castell of the Adelsverein negotiated with the separate Darmstadt Society of Forty to colonize 200 families on the Fisher–Miller Land Grant territory in Texas. In return, they were to receive $12,000 in money and equipment, provisions for a year. After the first year, the colonies were expected to support themselves; the colonies attempted were Castell, Bettina and Meerholz in Llano County. Of these, only Castell survives; the colonies failed after the Adelsverein funding expired, due to conflict of structure and authorities. Some members moved to other Adelsverein settlements in Texas. Others returned to Germany.

According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 square miles, of which 559 square miles is land and 15 square miles is water; the Balcones Escarpment runs northeastward through the county just west of Interstate 35. West of the escarpment are the rocky canyons of the Texas Hill Country; the Guadalupe River flows southeastward through the county, is impounded by Canyon Lake. The Comal River rises from the Comal Springs in New Braunfels, joins the Guadalupe River. Interstate 35 U. S. Highway 281 State Highway 46 Blanco County Hays County Guadalupe County Bexar County Kendall County As of the census of 2010, there were 108,472 people, 29,066 households, 21,886 families residing in the county; the population density was 139 people per square mile. There were 32,718 housing units at an average density of 58 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 89.08% White, 0.95% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.98% from othe

Au Hasard Balthazar

Au Hasard Balthazar known as Balthazar, is a 1966 French drama film directed by Robert Bresson. Believed to be inspired by a passage from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel The Idiot, the film follows a donkey as he is given to various owners, most of whom treat him callously. Noted for Bresson's ascetic directorial style and regarded as a work of profound emotional effect, it is listed as one of the greatest films of all time. In the French countryside near the Pyrenees, a baby donkey is adopted by young children - Jacques and his sisters, who live on a farm, they baptize the donkey along with Marie, Jacques' childhood sweetheart, whose father is the teacher at the small school next-door. When one of Jacques' sisters dies, his family vacates the farm, Marie's family take it over in a loose arrangement; the donkey is given away to local farmhands who work it hard. Years pass until Balthazar is involved in an accident and runs off, finding its way back to Marie, now a teenager, but her father gets involved in legal wrangles over the farm and the donkey is given away to a local bakery for delivery work.

Gerard, leader of a young criminal gang, is the delivery boy at the bakery, so takes charge of the donkey, treating it cruelly. Marie, driving a 2CV one day, sees the donkey at the roadside and stops to greet it. Gerard, who'd been sleeping nearby, gets into her car, he rapes her, she drives home. Marie enters into an abusive relationship with him, leaving her parents. Gerard is summonsed to the local police station and questioned about a murder, along with Arnold, an alcoholic, a suspect. Neither are arrested. Balthazar becomes ill, Arnold takes the donkey off Gerard's hands. Balthazar recovers and Arnold uses the donkey and another to guide tourists around the Pyrenees; when the season ends, Balthazar escapes and joins a circus. But when the donkey sees Arnold in the audience it goes berserk, Arnold retrieves it. Arnold's uncle dies and he inherits a fortune, he throws a wild party at a bar, is put on Balthazar's back to ride home. However, he is so drunk he falls off, hits his head on the ground and dies.

The police send Balthazar to market. A local miller buys the donkey, using it for pumping water and milling. One rainy night, soaking wet, knocks on the miller's door asking for shelter - she has run away from Gerard; the miller says he'll be her friend and help her to'escape' - but next morning sees her parents and offers them the donkey, the inference being that Marie will follow. Marie goes back to her parents. Jacques visits, wanting to marry her and saying his father does not want the money the court ordered Marie's father to pay him, but Marie is not sure she wants to marry Jacques. She says she wants to'have it out' with Gerard and goes to visit a barn where they used to meet. Gerard is there with his gang, they strip her, beat her and rape her lock her in. Marie's father and Jacques find her and break a window to get in, they take her home, pulled in a cart by Balthazar. Jacques wants to see Marie, but her mother comes downstairs and says'she's gone and will never come back'. Marie's father dies shortly after, when visited by a priest.

While Marie's mother is grieving, Gerard turns up with his gang and asks if he can borrow Balthazar. Ostensibly it's for a procession, but they use the donkey to carry contraband for smuggling over the border. At night, when Gerard and accomplice are supposed to be meeting their contact, they are instead shot at and they flee. Balthazar runs off and hides in bushes. In the morning, we see Balthazar has a gunshot wound. A shepherd and flock comes; the sheep gather around Balthazar, their bells jangling, as he lays down and dies. Anne Wiazemsky as Marie Walter Green as Jacques François Lafarge as Gérard Philippe Asselin as Marie's father Nathalie Joyaut as Marie's mother Jean-Claude Guilbert as Arnold Pierre Klossowski as the grain dealer Jean-Joel Barbier as the priest François Sullerot as the baker Marie-Claire Fremont as the baker's wife Jacques Sorbets as the gendarme Jean Rémignard as the attorney After making several prison-themed films using his theory of "pure cinematography", Bresson stated that he wanted to move onto a different style of filmmaking.

The story was inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Idiot and each episode in Balthazar's life represents one of the seven deadly sins. Bresson stated that the film was "made up of many lines that intersect one another" and that Balthazar was meant to be a symbol of Christian faith. Bresson produced the film with help from the Swedish Film Institute. According to Wiazemsky's 2007 novel Jeune Fille and Bresson developed a close relationship during the shooting of the film, although it was not consummated. On location they stayed in adjoining rooms and Wiazemsky said that "at first, he would content himself by holding my arm, or stroking my cheek, but came the disagreeable moment when he would try to kiss me... I would push him away and he wouldn't insist, but he looked so unhappy that I always felt guilty." Wiazemsky lost her virginity to a member of the film's crew, which she says gave her the courage to reject Bresson as a lover. Bresson was known to cast nonprofessional actors and use their inexperience to create a specific type of realism in his films.

Wiazemsky states: "It was not his intention to teach me how to be an actress. Against the grain, I felt the emotion the role provoked in me, in other films, I learned how to use that emotion."Ghislain Cloquet was the cinematographer for Au Hasard

Caucasian Front electoral district (Russian Constituent Assembly election, 1917)

The Caucasian Front electoral district was a constituency created for the 1917 Russian Constituent Assembly election. The electoral district covered the Caucasian Front of the Russian Army. Moreover, it included the Urmia-Van Flotilla; the Socialist-Revolutionaries domined the soldiers soviets in the Caucasian Front. They used their dominance of the soviets to campaign for national defence and against the Bolsheviks"peace now' line. In several locations, the SRs excluded the Bolsheviks from local electoral committees. However, whilst the Caucasian Front soldiers supported the defencists line of the SR in the election, they nevertheless'voted with their feet' and deserted the army en masse; the SRs won a landslide victory in the constituency. The Soviet historian L. M. Spirin's account of the election result only gives a rough estimate, with 360,000 votes for the Socialist-Revolutionaries and 60,000 votes for the Bolsheviks; the account of U. S. historian Oliver Henry Radkey only includes votes from Erzerum fortress, with 16,824 votes.

However, the Ukrainian vote in Erzerum was missing in the source material available to Radkey

Jame Retief

Jame Retief is the main character in a series of satirical science fiction stories by Keith Laumer. The stories were written over a span of thirty years beginning in the early 1960s, without much regard for chronology or any particular scheme. Detailing the travails of Jame Retief in the Corps Diplomatique Terrestrienne, the stories have a base in Laumer's experiences in the United States Foreign Service, notably his time as vice consul in Burma in the 1950s. Reorganizations in the Foreign Service both before and after World War II were a source of considerable conflict at the time, as the diplomatic "old guard" were confronted with a new world situation and a new generation of diplomats, men like Laumer, who took a more pragmatic approach to the service; this conflict undoubtedly informs the Retief stories, in which stubborn and ignorant superiors mired in bureaucracy cause him endless difficulties in the carrying out of his duties. The first Retief story, Diplomat At Arms, appeared in the magazine Fantastic Science Fiction Stories in January 1960.

Algis Budrys noted that the name "Retief" is "fighter pronounced backwards." Retief's physical appearance is described and only in the broadest of terms, though his activities within the stories indicate that he is physically fit and quite athletic, with unusual upper-body strength. In the various stories, Retief can be found swimming, mountain climbing, scuba diving, combat driving, piloting various types of air- and spacecraft, he shows a wide knowledge of history, art and politics beyond that of his superiors in the CDT. According to Jan Strnad, who adapted several Retief stories into a comic book series published by Mad Dog Comics in the mid-80s, Laumer informed him that he had always pictured Retief as having black hair, looking somewhat like Cary Grant. Laumer indicated that he was displeased with the covers of the mid-80s Baen Books reprintings of the Retief books, since they presented Retief as a blond-haired character. In many of the stories Retief is shown to have a taste for fine wine, though he doesn't hesitate to down a prospector's homemade booze if offered.

He enjoys fine cigars and fine food as well. One notices that women in the storylines tend to fall for him if they are in relationships, he behaves more like a gentleman than anyone while being the most uncouth by disregarding Corps protocol; the origins of the character's name are South African: "Retief" is an Afrikaans surname common among the descendants of French Huguenots in South Africa. During an interview with Paul Walker, Laumer states, Inadvertently, I dredged the name Retief up from the depths of my subconscious. I thought of various place names such as Tenerife and Recife and Retief popped into my mind. Many years Jack Gaughan pointed out to me that an actual historical character named Retief had lived in South Africa and had been massacred by the Zulus and been mentioned in an H. Rider Haggard novel, Marie. I had no conscious recollection of it. In the course of the stories, Retief encounters and resolves problems between multiple parties, on numerous worlds. Whether establishing new missions on alien worlds, dealing with the clash of self-determination with established interests, preventing war, or solving cultural clashes, the devil is in the detail.

He is master of derring-do, a cunning, fast-thinking, smooth-talking, tough brawler, solving problems through the rapid application of clever dealing, judicious violence, complete disregard for the directives of the Corps and his immediate superiors. In contrast, most of his fellow diplomats in the CDT are protocol-obsessed, small-minded, ignorant and notoriously corrupt. Retief's career in the CDT is stalled and he is poorly regarded by his peers; the only member of the CDT who has any respect whatsoever for Retief's resourcefulness is Retief's immediate superior, a feckless, pencil-pushing career bureaucrat named Ben Magnan who ends up in the field with Retief. Many stories begin with a quote from the official CDT history, praising the Corps' high-minded ideals and giving all the credit for the triumph in the following story to anyone other than Retief. Targets of bureaucratic and geo-political excess skewered by Laumer include hair-splitting diplomatic protocol, meaningless awards, the Cold War, a panoply of excruciatingly nuanced facial expressions, catalogued by number in the official CDT handbook, exemplified in the following quote: "A most perceptive observation, Chester," Earlyworm said, bestowing a 24-w leavened with a hint of 7-y on the lucky bureaucrat, at which his fellow underlings around the table were quick to bombard him with approbation, ranging from Faintlady's 12.7-x to Felix's more restrained 119-a, to which he responded with a shy 3-v.

"In fact," Earlyworm interjected a Cold Return to Objectivity into the lightning interplay of ritual grimacing... Reviewing Galactic Diplomat, an early Retief collection, Algis Budrys reported that he "enjoyed the daylights out of this book, without

Salem High School (Indiana)

Salem High School is a public high school located in Salem, Indiana. It is a class 3A school with an approximate enrollment of around 638 as of 2007. Salem High School is a part of the Salem Community School corporation, a Standard Bearer District; the school colors are gold. Salem High School's newspaper is called the yearbook is called The Lyon. Salem High School's athletic teams are the Lions and they compete in the Mid-Southern Conference of Indiana; the school offers a wide range of athletics including: Baseball Basketball Cheerleading Cross Country Football Golf Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track Volleyball Wrestling The 2015-2016 Football team went 3-7 overall and lost in the sectional first round of the 2015-16 IHSAA Football State Tournament. The team lost 43-18 against Brownstown Central High School. List of high schools in Indiana Mid-Southern Conference of Indiana Salem, Indiana Salem High School Official website

Charles Drake (actor)

Charles Drake was an American actor. Drake was born as Charles Ruppert in New York City, he became a salesman. In 1939, he turned to acting and signed a contract with Warner Brothers, but he was not successful. During World War II, Drake served in the United States Army. Drake was cast in Conflict which starred Humphrey Bogart, his contract with Warner Brothers ended. In the 1940s, he did some freelance work, like A Night in Casablanca. In 1949, he moved to Universal Studios. Where Drake co-starred with James Stewart and Shelley Winters in Winchester'73 and again co-starred with Stewart in the film Harvey a screen adaptation of the Broadway play, he co-starred in the Audie Murphy bio pic, To Hell and Back, as Murphy's close friend "Brandon". In 1955, Drake turned to television as one of the stock-company players on Montgomery's Summer Stock, a summer replacement for Robert Montgomery Presents and from 1957 he hosted the syndicated TV espionage weekly Schilling Playhouse. In 1956 Drake appeared as Tom Sweeny with war hero Audie Murphy and Anne Bancroft in Walk the Proud Land.

In 1959, he starred in the Western film, No Name on the Bullet, where he played a doctor dedicated to saving a small town from a dangerous assassin. On November 14, 1961, Drake played the role of state line boss Allen Winter in the episode "The Accusers" of NBC's Laramie western series. In the story line, housekeeper Daisy Cooper identifies Winter as having left a hotel room right after a saloon girl, Carla Morton, portrayed by Joanne Linville, is murdered there. At first, few believe Daisy because Winter is a respected man in Laramie and the boss of Cooper's boss, series character Slim Sherman. Carla had pressured Winter to marry her; when Daisy searches for further proof of Winter's guilt, Winter resorts to sabotage of Daisy's carriage and stakes out the Sherman Ranch, posing as an Indian, while Slim is away on an overnight assignment authorized by Winter. Slim becomes convinced of Daisy's story and rides swiftly to her rescue. Drake played the part of Oliver Greer in The Fugitive episode "The One That Got Away".

He guest starred in the fourth season of NBC's Daniel Boone as Simon Jarvis. In 1969 Drake appeared as Milo Cantrell on the TV series The Virginian in the episode titled "A Woman of Stone." In 1970 he appeared as Randolf in "The Men From Shiloh" in the episode titled "Jenny." He played including Scream, Pretty Peggy. More than fifty were dramas, but he acted in comedies, science fiction and film noir. In an episode of the original Star Trek series, he guested as Commodore Stocker, he died on September 1994 in East Lyme, Connecticut, at the age of seventy-six. Charles Drake at Find a Grave Charles Drake on IMDb Charles Drake at the Internet Broadway Database Charles Drake at Memory Alpha