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Description: Death of J. W. Freeman;
Commencement in Verona
Newspaper published in: Tupelo, MS
Source: Lee Co., MS Library
Page/Column: Page 3, Column 6
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Death of J. W. Freeman
In the midst of life we are in death. A few short months ago, J. Walton Freeman, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Freeman, left them in the bloom of youth and health to make his home in the far West. How little did they dream that this was their last good-by, and their next meeting would be beyond the shining portals! But it was true. On the evening of the 23d of May the report of a gun was heard in his room. It was soon discovered that he was fatally shot. No one being present, no one can tell how the sad accident occurred. Many hearts go out in sympathy to the bereaved family. May the great Comforter be with them and support them under this sad affliction.
The following communication was received too late for last week’s JOURNAL for which it was intended:
On Monday last the commencement exercises of the male school of this place, presided over by Prof. H. H. Harper, were brought to a close. After the examination of different classes, the audience was treated to an elegant and chaste address by Dr. R. C. Cunningham. The Doctor is a scholarly gentleman, and his address on this occasion was well times and to the point. His impromptu tribute to a bouquet received, composed of rare flowers and an apple, “the cause of all our woe,” was certainly a piece of perfection and was well received. Master Eddie Gilbert (a son of Dr. J. W. Gilbert) was awarded a gold medal for proficiency in scholarship. Eddie should feel honored, as he had to contend with quite a number of boys much older than himself. He is studious and well behaved. We predict for him a bright future. The patrons are much pleased with Prof. Harper, and as an educator he stands in the “front rank.”
Verona, Miss., June 4, 1885.