Charles W. Johnson
Chas. W. Johnson, of
, died, recently, from excessive drinking. He was on a hard spree, at the New Gretna House, on Saturday night, the 14th nit. (December, 1863), in company with a number of others, and after drinking several glasses of whisky, told the landlord that his glasses were too small. Some one then handed him a beer glass, which he at once filled with whisky. The landlord said to him, “In God’s name, Johnson, you are not going to drink all of that.” Johnson replied, “I can try,” and immediately drank the contents, following it up with three glasses of ale, and shortly afterward, three glasses more of ale. During the evening, while others were carousing, playing dominoes, &c., Johnson lay upon the settee, frequently singing. At , when the hotel was about to be closed, Johnson was found lying on the upper porch, in an insensible condition. He was carried to the barn and covered with salt hay, where he stayed until Wednesday, when he took passage for home in the stage. He spent the remainder of the week in bed and walking about the house, constantly complaining of severe pain. On Saturday morning, about , he died. He had not taken any food since Monday morning, making five days and nights. Johnson was a young man, twenty—five years of age. He had lived a very hard life, and it was generally thought that neither exposure or whisky or water in any quantity, could have much effect upon him. He served in the army during the rebellion. Bass River
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