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Description: Froze to Death - Mr. J. A. HodginsDate: February 10 1854
Newspaper published in: Wilmington, NC
Page/Column: Page 3, Column 3
Froze to Death
Mr. J. A Hodgins, aged about 45, was found dead in a field near Notasulga on Monday evening, January 9th. His residence was about one mile from this place, and we learn that he left here on Saturday night (7th inst.) intoxicated, for home.--From the facts as we have been able to gather them, he doubtless soon became unable to walk, and fell in the field above named, where he was found cold and lifeless on the evening of Monday. From the appearance of the ground, where he lay, he must have struggled hard in the agonies of death. The weather was extremely cold and rainy, which together with rum, most mournfully closed the earthly career of poor Hodgins. The deceased was a peaceable, honorable, and high-minded man. He injured no one but himself. His morbid appetite for rum, which he strove hard to check, was too great for him--he fell, like many of the noblest of the race, by a too familiar acquaintance with ardent spirits.
He was originally from North Carolina, where he probably has many connections. It may be melancholy satisfaction to them, and others, to know that Mr. Hodgins was decently interred at this place, on which occasion, Rev. Messrs. Bently and Zachary, of the Methodist church, officiated. The deceased was possessed of much goodness of heart, and unswerving integrity. Let us cherish his many virtues, and throw the broad mantle of charily over his foiables. And, though his sun went down under a cloud, let us hope that when the resurrection morn shall come, it will arise in a clear sky.
The death of Mr. Hodgins should be a lasting warning to all, to flee from the inebriating cup! "Though dead, he yet speaketh!" Let us heed the solemn lesson.