Preston Belcher Obituary
FATAL ACCIDENT. We have seldom been called upon to record a more melancholly and sorrowful accident than that which terminated the life of our young friend, Preston Belcher, a youth of extraordinary fair promise and irreproachable character. But a few days since he left this place for Abbeville, to re? sume his studies at school, and on Friday met with a tragic fate. In wrestling with a younger broth? er, a loaded pistol was discharged, and the con? tents wore lodged in the abdomen, from the effects of which he died on Sunday morning. His re? mains were brought home on Monday last, and Tuesday afternoon the funeral sermon was deliv? ered at the Baptist Church, where a large con? course of citizens attested their respect for this noble youth, and evinced their sympathy with the distressed family in this sad bereavement. The sermon on the occasion was most impressive and instructive, and when the simple story of comfort? ing Faith was repeated, there were few souls in the vast congregation that would not have ex? claimed, "Let me die the death of the righteous, and may my last end be like his !" The pall? bearers, twelve in number, were classmates and comrades of the deceased, and we humbly trust that this solemn and striking dispensation of Prov? idence may redound to His glory in bringing each of these friends to the feet of Jesus! j ,The re? mains of Preston were interred in the Baptist graveyard. In all the relations of life, this young man was held in justly high esteem. Possessed of a kindly nature, the promptings of his heart were ever gen? erous, noble and true, and wherever known he won friends and admirers by his gentlemanly de? portment and urbane conduct. * But above all this, we have the consolation that in death he rejoiced in the hopo of a *4?lcsscd immortality beyond the grave. Ma3' the dews of Heaven gently, lovingly bedew the sod above him !