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A Funeral: Thursday, 14th December 1939

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A cold December morning, and in the streets of St. Louis, Senegal was draped in sea mist. From the doors of one of the grand colonial stone houses, accompanied by his wife, comes M. Jean Chapouty, Director of the Cooperative Society, the last person to have seen Jules Nicolas Henri Gaden alive on 12th December. The last mortal remains of Nicolas-Jules-Henri Gaden, born in Bordeaux in 1867, had lain over night in the chapel of the Hospital on rue Carnot in St. Louis, set behind the cathedral. He had died just after midnight on 12th January in the arms of M. Chapouty at the age of 72 years. The coffin, sealed with lead, disappeared under a mountain of flowers and the large number of wreaths offered by the Governments of Mauritania and of Senegal, the Governors, the military, the Cooperative Society, and by Gaden's numerous friends and family.

Keywords: Cooperative Society; Governors; Jules Nicolas Henri Gaden; M. Jean Chapouty; St. Louis



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