orth of the railroad was swept from the face of the earth in a few hours, not a building being left.
About nineteenths of the town was consumed, comprising all the business part and all the fine residences, the "Ice House Hotel," the Court-House all the churches, except the Catholic, a number of livery stables, and the entire front row of large and splendid business houses.
The "Ice-House" was a large brick hotel, which must have cost one hundred thousand dollars, and which was owned by Judge Ariall, a member of the late Constitutional Convention, who voted for immediate and unconditional emancipation in Louisiana; which Convention also sent delegates to the Baltimore Convention.
While Judge A. was serving the Administration, the Federal torch was applied to his house, his law office, his private and law library, and all his household goods and effects.
All this property, be it remembered, has been protected for three years by the Confederates, who all the time knew the Judge's Uni