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HIS SUDDEN DEATH

  • "As I have already remarked, he died four years ago last April. The Mary
  • Emmeline, one of the little schooners in which he owned, had returned from the
  • eastward, and had smuggled, or 'run in,' a quantity of St. John brandy.
  • Newbegin had a solitary and protracted debauch. He was missed from his
  • accustomed walks for several days, and when the islanders broke into the hovel
  • where he lived, close down to the seaweed, and almost within reach of the
  • incoming tide, they found him dead on the floor, with an emptied demijohn hard
  • by his head.
  • "After the primitive custom of the island, they interred John Newbegin's
  • remains without coroner's inquest, burial certificate, or funeral services,
  • and, in the excitement of a large catch of porgies that summer, soon forgot
  • him and his friendless life. His interest in the Mary Emmeline and the
  • Puttyboat recurred to John Hodgdon; and as nobody came forward to demand an
  • administration of the estate, it was never administered. The forms of the law
  • are but loosely followed in some of these marginal localities."