aged 36 years
Drowned in the Severn
"Mr. [John] Richard Arnold, residing in the Third District, on the north side of the Severn river, came to this city on Monday morning by crossing on the ice, to transact some business. On his return after dark, he unfortunately fell into a gap in the ice and was drowned. His cries and struggles were heard by three of the cadets of the Naval Academy, who went to the rescue, and not withstanding their heroic efforts, they were unable to save the struggling victim. One of these young gentlemen, John C. Colwell of Pennsylvania, was the first to reach the fatal spot, and succeeded in getting hold of Mr. Arnold, but the drowning man's struggles were so violent that his brave rescuer was dragged into the water, from which perilous situated he was rescued by his two companions, who came to his assistance after it was too late to save the drowning man. Young Colwell had a very narrow escape - the intense cold completely benumbing him and requiring the most active and powerful restoratives to save his life, after he was drawn from the water."
And about six weeks later..........
"The body of J. Richard Arnold, who was drowned whilst attempting to cross the Severn river on the ice during the time of the late Wharton trial, has been found in the Severn. It was in a good state of preservation."
[from a Jan. 21, 1873 newspaper account]By FGreenbaum (#47976024)
Ruth Amanda Armiger Weedon
1840–1916 (m. 1862)