John P. Cabanne and Antoine Chenier, merchants trading under the firm name of Cabanne and Chenier vs. Amable Steine, Executor for the Estate of Louis Beaudoin
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of JosephJoseph Beaudoin BeaudoinJoseph Beaudoin , at other times they pretended
other excuses with as those alledged in their
bill of complaint, against paying the stipulated
amount of wages - but they offered to pay this
Defendant one hundred of fifty dollars for his said services
and the said Cheniergave this Defendant to understand,
that if he would marry the said
Chenier'' sister, he would pay him the
whole. This defendant, which he was in the
employment of the said complainants conducted
their business faithfully awarding to the
best of his judgment. As to his being frequently
intoxicated as stated in the said complainants
bill, true or false, this Defendant
conceives he is not bound to answer the same
as they have not alledged that it any way interfered
with his business. They might have as well
alledged that he grossly misconducted himself
by profanelyswearing - or in committing fornication -
or any other immorality, and have required
him to answer it. As to quarelling with the Indians
and driving them away, he did; not neverwantonly by
or without good cause - It was in deference of the
entrust of his employers that he did it. Toprotect
their property & rights he has more than once been
obligedtooppose the indian with force at the iminent
hazard of his life. He has beenthroughdanger
and involuntary hard ship, which the regular
trader among civilized proper knows nothing of
and he has been obliged to conduct himelf according
to the circumstances in which he was
placed, and the manners of the people with whom
he was trading - It might not be considered correct

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to behave rudely to a white customer, for the
same conduct, which would render it necessary of
people to turn away an indian. The conduct of
a trade with the Indian must be justified or
condemned by all the circumstances attending his
with them, which cannot in general
be fully known, to any, but himself. This Defendant
can say that how much he may have erred
in judgment - he has always done, what he thought
under the circumstances was best for his employers
He has neverdriven away indians proffering to
trade with him, or refused to trade with them -
when he thought he could trade to advantage
but on the contrary he has usedeveryinducement
of exertion in his power to gain their trade.
One of the particular instances of misconduct
reliedupon by the Complainants against this Defendant
was in driving away the Iowas. In order to show
how the good transaction may be made
bad by the manner in which it may be
related by persons unacquainted with the circumstances,
it is only necessary to relate the parts as they
really occurred on that occasion. The Iowas had
been engaged to come & trade by
the promise of 2 small kegs of whiskey,
containing1 gallon each. - They came, &
in order to summon their good will some
whiskey was dealt out to them. They became
noisy and unquestioned. They demanded more
whiskey and threatenedtotake it byforce
if it was not given to them. This Defendant
thought it high time to turnthem out of the
store, which he effected with some difficulty
andflungtheirfunds out after them, as he
conceived he had no right to obtain them