Acadians and Their Feast

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Acadians and Their Feast The celebration of the Feast of the Assumption, at Memramcook, on Thursday was an event that ended with more than usual interest. The presentation of the historical tableau of "Le Dispersion des Acadians” was a feature that will long be remembered in Memramcook’s historic halls. This picture is the work of M. Beau, the distinguished Canadian artist, and was shown at Paris in HMO, when it won the highest commendation and the award of the international jury. It is 12 feet by 8 and will occupy a prominent plan in the college buildings at St. Joseph's. The picture has secured through the joint efforts of the St. Joan Baptiste Society of Quebec and the Societe de L’Assumption of the Acadian population in the maritime provinces, each paying one- half the cost, 81,000, or 83,000 for each. The programme for the day at St. Joseph’s was as follows: 10 a.m. service and sermon by Rev. P. C. Gauthier. Dinner at college and refreshments on the grounds. Exposition of the tableau Amusements, etc. 3 p.m. speeches by Joseph Pereault, Hon. Judge Landry, F. L. Basque, Hon C.H. Labillois, A. H. Comeau, Hon O. J. LeBlanc, Fred LaForest, M. P. P., O .M. Melanson, M.P.P, Dr. L. N. Bourque, G. DesRoches, Jos. O. Arseneau, N. Landry and others 5.30, supper 7.30, grand concert in the Memorial Lefebvre Hall, and presentation of tableau by L.O. David of Montreal, in the name of the Canadians, and by Pr. L. J. Belliveau of Shediac, in the names of the Canadians. Speeches by Hon. .J. I. Tarte, F. D. Monk, and Hon. A. P. Richard. Among those present were Messers. Tarte, Monk, Perreault, Emmerson, M, P.: Turgeon, M. P.: J. D. Hazen, M. P. P.: Urbain Johnson, M. P.P: Kent O. M. Melanson, M. P. P. Westmorland; Senator Poirier, Judge Landry, Dr. Belliveau, O. J. LeBlanc, M. P., Kent: W. F. Humphrey. M. P.P. Westmorland; Fathers Hebert, St. Paul: F. X. Cormier. F. X. J. Michand, Buctouche [Bouctouche]: P. H. Belliveau, Grand Digue: D. Legere, Fox Creek; A. Robichaud, St. Anne. Judge Landry presided over the formal presentation of the picture made by Mr. Perreault on behalf of St. Jean the Baptiste Society, Quebec, and L. J. Belliveau, M.D of Shediac, on behalf of the French-Acadians, in eloquent speeches. Rev. Father Roy, superior of Joseph's College, and Mr. Beau, the artist, made acknowledgements in suitable terms, after which Messers, Tarte, Emmerson, Monk. Father Doucett and W. F. Humphrey, M. P. P. addressed the audience. The usual sport and music were furnished on the grounds, the College and the Shediac hands furnished music. The day was a memorable one for the Acadians, a reunion in fact. The speeches brought out all the fervor and brightness that the occasion warranted and were listened to with rapt attention by delighted auditors.