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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."