Sad case of sympathy — death of the son of a Richmond merchant.
--We copy the following paragraph from the Philadelphia Press
, of the 12th instant:
Some three years since, a gentleman named Omohundro
, a wealthy merchant of Richmond, Va.
, sent to Philadelphia
to be educated two of his younger children, a brother and sister.
The children were committed to the care of A. W. Rand
, a friend of the family, and who placed them at a boarding school.
Here they remained, and on account of pressing business engagements the father was unable to visit his offspring.
Time wore on, and the breaking out of the Southern
rebellion cut off all communication between parent and children.--Some three weeks since the lad, Silas Omohundro
, was taken seriously ill with the typhoid fever, and, in spite of the exertions of skillful physicians and the tender solicitude of his guardian, he died on the 4th instant.
Information of the lad's death was sent to General Wool
, at Fortress Monroe
, with the request that he would forward it to the father at Richmond
It is not known whether the message was received or not as no reply has yet been returned.
The only relative present at the funeral was the Rev. Mr. Henson
, of the Baptist Church, Broad and Brown streets, who was not even aware of the presence of the children in Philadelphia
until he heard of the death of the boy. The funeral was very largely attended, which no doubt was caused by the peculiar circumstances of the case.
Those present were very much moved by the solemnity of the proceedings.