LA BAJADA HILL. A sheer bluff capped with black basalt at the end of La Bajada (the descent) Mesa. The road from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, New Mexico, descends the mesa about twenty miles southwest of Santa Fe. Returning to Santa Fe from missionary journeys, Father Vaillant ( Death Comes for the Archbishop) hopes he can coax his tired horse up La Bajada Hill. A popular song describes the bluff:
There is a hill in New Mexico
They call the "La Bajada"
And if you chance to fall from it
Then you're no vale nada (worth nothing).
N: DC II, 1
LABAN. See PADAN-ARAM
LA BOHÈME. See PUCCINI, SIGNOR
LA BONNE ESPÉRANCE. See BONNE ESPÉRANCE, LA
LAC LA MORT. In Shadows on the Rock Pierre Charron tells the Auclairs how he nearly starved on a trip to Lac la Mort. No such lake has been located, and it is likely that Willa Cather meant Lac la Motte, which is in southwest Abitibi County in western Quebec, sixteen miles northwest of Val d'Or in the gold mining region. The lake is about eight miles long and six miles wide, and it is drained to the north by the Harricana(w) River. N: ShR IV, 3
LA CHAISE, PÈRE. In Shadows on the Rock, Bishop Saint-Vallier (q.v.) fails to persuade Euclide Auclair to cauterize Bishop Laval's (q.v.) arm in order to draw infection away from his ulcerous leg, even though a similar operation was performed with success on Père La Chaise. François de La Chaise d'Aix (he himself signed his letters La Chaize), the confessor of Louis XIV, was born at Aix, Loire, France, in 1624 and died in Paris in 1709. The Archbishop of Lyon, M. Camille de Villeroy, proposed that La Chaise follow Père Ferrier as confessor to Louis in 1675. Louis was charmed by him at the first interview and gave him charge of the distribution of the benefices, which he gave out with great care. He also tried to influence Louis not to appoint Saint-Vallier Bishop of Quebec.