They Came from Kent County and were interrupted in their Carnival of Ill-Deeds at Moncton. – A suspected Elopement spoiled.
On Saturday, towards evening, a French woman, apparently in great distress, visited Stipendiary Magistrate Wortman; but being unable to talk English, she was unable to put her troubles in such a way as to be understood by that gentleman, who accordingly suggested policeman Thibideau as one who would be likely to understand her case. It appears that the troubles of the woman date back sometime. Her name is Marie Chavarie, and she lives near Carleton Station, I.C.R., Kent County. Besides herself and husband, the family consists of at least one undutiful daughter, named Jule Chavarie, aged 17. During the winter, one Dominick Poirier, a married man aged about 40, with a wife and three or four children living and several dead, came to board with the Chavarie family, his work in the woods taking him too far from his own home to permit him to return every night. The actions of Poirier and Julie at various times during the winter appear to have given the maternal Chavarie a good deal of trouble. Some weeks ago Poirier and Julie
PLANNED AN ESCAPE
from the place, but owing to the bad roads their plans were frustrated and they were compelled to return. For this piece of imprudence the Parish priest requested Poirier to go to him, but Poirier refused. On Friday last, Poirier expressed his willingness to go to the priest (having previously disposed of a horse and some land that he owned) and in company with Chavaries, daughter and mother, set out for Carleton Station, some 6 or 7 miles distant, where the priest resided. Arriving at the station, Poirier informed the elder Chavarie that he had to go to Moncton and would return Saturday, and as Julie had never seen “the city” he wanted to take her along. When Poirier and Julie boarded the train, Mrs. Chavarie did likewise and they all
CAME TO MONCTON,
arriving in Friday night’s freight. They put up at a hotel Friday night, all three occupying one room. On Saturday at noon, Poirier took the mother and daughter to the station, saying he intended to go home. He bought the mother a ticket and as the train started he got aboard, Mrs. C. following, but the daughter remained behind. When the train got nicely in motion Poirier jumped off. The poor woman seeing herself alone in the train began to cry, and the train men left her off at Berry’s Mills, she taking the afternoon accommodation and returning to Moncton. It was when she got here by that train, at about 4 o’clock, that she presented herself to Justice Wortman. The services of Policeman Thibideau being called in, that official about 7 0’clock in the evening visited the house of one Goutro, near the Main Street Railway crossing, and asked for Poirier. They said he was not there, but the officer thought he knew better, and entering the house he found Poirier,
An able bodied, strong looking fellow, lying on a bed. He told his errand, and said if he did not give up the girl and hand over enough money to take them home, he would take care of him. After some parleying, Poirier agreed, and arrangements were made to have the mother and girl start for home by Saturday’s midnight express, the two being taken to the Police office meantime. On going to the station at train time, Marshal Steadman and Policeman Thibideau discovered Poirier already aboard the train. Mrs. Chavarie was greatly alarmed at this, and the officers had to take Poirier from the train. Finally the train got under way and Poirier was left behind to mediate over his exploits. Before the train left he gave “Julie” as he called her, a cap and a pair of shoes. Julie appeared to take in the situation very coolly. She did not appear to notice the grievings of her mother, who is a distressed looking old woman, about 50, and evidently far gone in consumption. Poirier probably staid in town yesterday, but he expressed his determination to return to Carleton to-day. When he went to Gutro’s he rented a room and said he intended to stay till Tuesday, representing the girl to be his wife. He laid in a supply of provisions to last for several days. It is thought he intended to leave this section of the country, and take the girl with him. This is substantially the story as told by Mrs. Chavarie.