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The Shipwreck of the St. John
Report on burials from the Boston Daily Herald:

The Burial of the Victims of the St. John - Melancholy Sight

One of our reporters visited the scene of the lamentable catastrophe, yesterday, and states that the sight was heart-rending in the extreme. The shore, for about a mile in length, was strewed with portion of the wreck. Some of the bodies were shockingly mutilated. The forehead of one the woman (sic) was horribly mangled; the flesh from the right leg of another was torn off from above the knee to the feet; all the others were more or less bruised, with the exception of one young girl, recognised as Sally Sweeny, whose person exhibited no injuries. Her features were as calm and placid as if she were enjoying a quiet and pleasant slumber. It was expected, however, that the tide would float in more (sic).

An inquest was held, and a verdict returned in accordance with the facts heretofore given of the terrible calamity.

After remaining on the beach until eleven o'clock, the lids of the coffins were nailed down, and the bodies were then removed in wagons to the church. Here religious ceremonies were performed by the Rev. Messrs. Reed and Osgood of Cohassett, and after at the grave by the Rev. Mr. Redden, a Catholic clergyman from Quincy.

The bodies were all buried in one grave which was some twenty feet long, by nine broad, and six in depth.

An interesting incident occurred as the coffins were being placed under the final covering. The cars from Boston arrived at that moment, and among the passengers were the sisters (sic) of Miss Peggy Adams, one of the victims, and her husband, from South Boston. At the inquest the coffin was opened, and a most melancholy scene ensued. The sister's agony was most poignant, and exhibited itself in such a manner as to touch all hearts. What a melancholy meeting after so many days of joyful anticipation!

Too much praise cannot be awarded to the generous hearted citizens of Cohasset - male and female - for their noble conduct of the whole affair. One of them, Mr. Charles Studley, nearly lost his life in attempting to rescue the living and secure the bodies of the dead. Dr. Foster, an able physician of the town, also deserves praise for his unremitting exertions in behalf of the survivors.

From The Boston Daily Herald

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