Decline in his health.
While Dr. Hoge
's death was probably hastened by his recent accident, in having an electric car to collide with and overturn his buggy, his strength had been failing for some time.
For eighteen months he struggled heroically against incurable diseases, and no one but a man of his tremendous will power would have attempted to withstand their onslaught and continue at his daily task.
It was often predicted by those who knew him, that the eminent divine would die in his pulpit.
It was especially characteristic of him that during his long illness at the White Sulphur Springs
last summer, it was not the pain he suffered that wrung a complaint from him, but the fact that he was losing precious time from his work, and he was wont to say that he would not mind his ailments if he could only be at his desk again.
As the shadows lengthened around him, what blessed memories must have filled his mind, what glories of brightness must have hallowed the retrospect of a life so gracious, devoted and true!