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[288] man turns to some blessing to the community in which he lives and dies!

Only yesterday a gentleman made a contribution of $10 to the Citizens' Relief Association, and gave a peculiar, and yet such a happy, reason for it. He said when he first learned of Dr. Hoge's death he laid aside $10 to purchase flowers to lay as his simple tribute of admiration and affection upon the grave of the departed nobleman. Later, he heard that Dr. Hoge had requested that no flowers be used, and that his wish would be respected. Then he bethought himself what to do with the $10. He concluded that no disposition of it would be so pleasing to Dr. Hoge—friend of the poor, the widow, and orphan, and servant of the orphan's God—if he could know of it, as to have it given to the poor of Richmond. No disposition of it would be in such consonance with the life of this good man, and in such harmony with the chords of gentle piety of his heart, which vibrated into loving action when the poor stood at his door empty handed and pleaded to be filled.

So the flowers for Dr. Hoge's grave will be strewn among the living poor.

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