Miami Union

May 2, 1868 

HALE, HENRY H. - Near West Milton, on the 23rd of April, Henry H. Hale, aged 25 years.  Again death has entered this family and taken one of its most loved members.  Rarely does he pick upon one who had but a short time since, a better prospect for long life, or who was surrounded by a larger circle of friends.  Being very active and energetic and having a will that went beyond both.  He never allowed himself to be outdone in muscular exercises, nor did he ever seem willing to be counted second in any feats of agility.  But not withstanding this, and the fact that, apparently, he had just commenced life, consumption, that sure enemy of life, laid hold of him and soon brought him to the grave.  He has always sustained a high moral character, and was respected by all.  He has been a very successful teacher for some years and has endeared himself to a large circle of friends who sincerely mourn his loss.  And it can truly be said of him none knew him but to respect and love him.  His funeral was conducted by the Order of Odd Fellows, a large number of them, being present, which showed how highly he was respected as a member.  A very comforting sermon was preached to a crowded house by Rev. Wm. Jay, from the text "I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you again."  The parents, brothers and sisters have the strongest sympathy of the community in their deep affliction.  But the greatest comfort that the relatives can have is, that he realized his situation, and that he felt that though life had the strongest attractions for him, yet if, he could not live longer he was willing and prepared to die.  He has gone only a little while before us.  We'll all go soon. 

                                                            Fare-the-well, fare-the-well, O beloved of the soul!     

                                                            Our yearnings shall hallow the loss we deplore;

                                                            Slumber soft in the grave till we win, to thy goal--

                                                            Slumber soft, slumber soft, will we see thee once more.                 A FRIEND

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