Mr Louis Court, of the Otago Hotelf Dunedin, died suddenly on Sunday o, apoplexy. His career was a remarkable one He was born m the Pyrenees m the year 1825, his father being proprietor of a large woollen and paper mill wherein the paper was manufactured for the note igsue of the Bank of France. At 16 Mr Court took his degree of 8.A., and LL.B. two years later. At 21 he went to Turkey attached to the French embassy. On his return to France there was a strike m his father's mills, when 3000 men went out and remained out for four montlis,s when their places were filled with other workers, who, however, proved incompetent, and the result was that the industry was ruined and the mills closed. Father and son then started as wine and spirit merchants, and the deceased travelled m Brazil m connection with this business. In 1848 Mr Louis Court was a member of the French Chamber of Deputies for Toulouse, and owing to the revolution had his proferty confiscated, but managed to escape to taly with a considerable sum m cash. In Italy he fought under Garibaldi, and was wounded and taken prisoner. Afterwards he returned to France, and m 1851 brought out a shipment of French goods to Victoria, but the Consignment proved almost a total loss. He then started gold digging, chiefly .on the Bendigo fields, and at one time had charge of Abbott's Hotel, at Sandhurst, In 1861 he went to Dunedin wifch Messrs Shadrach Jones and C. Bird. After Mr Shadraeh Jones had retired from the Provincial Hotel, Mr Court became Mr Bird's partner, and eventually the sole proprietor of the hotel and the Princess Theatre, and m 1870 he left that business and took up the Otago Hetel, which he conducted to the time of his death.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2557, 30 October 1890
Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume X, Issue 2557, 30 October 1890
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