October 9, 1901
Mr. Martin Hendricks was found dead early Friday morning near his home in the eastern portion of this parish. When last seen alive he had left the Colson store on mule back, considerably under the influence of whiskey. His skull was fractured and his face bruised. It is supposed that he either fell from or was thrown from his mule and that the animal kicked him as he fell, producing death. From this tragic death one might get a petty good temperance lesson. Had Mr. Hendricks not imbibed too freely of John Barleycorn he might today have been alive and well. Sad as it is, two other well known white men of our parish have met untimely deaths from too close and constant association with John Barleycorn in the past few months.