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Vol. III.                                 South Port, Wisc. Terr., Wed., December 7, 1842.                                 No. 24.


FROZEN TO DEATH. -- Mr. Alpheus Harmon and his nephew, Orsey Harmon, were frozen to death on Thursday, the 17th ult., on the open prairie between Carthage and Nauvoo, about seven miles from the latter place. They were travelling across the prairie towards Nauvoo with an ox team and wagon, and it is supposed they became bewildered in the storm. Mr. Alpheus Harmon was found on the Saturday following, a few rods from the wagon, and his nephew a young man, was not found until the following Monday. -- It appears he had wandered some two miles from the wagon before he perished. The oxen had been detached from the wagon and were found in a grove on the border of the prairie. One of the above mentioned (Mr. A. Harmon,) was a preacher of the Mormon faith, and one of the three hundred preachers who were commissioned some months ago by Joseph Smith to spread the doctrines of Mormonism. He had made the tour through Indiana on the objects of his mission, and was returning to the city of the latter day saints -- he had a wife and nine children in Nauvoo who were anxiously awaiting his return, but while yet a short space intervened between him and his domestic fireside, death arrested him on his homeward journey. The aforementioned particulars we gather from a letter written at Nauvoo, to a brother of the deceased in this village.

Note: An edited version of this report was reprinted in the New York Spectator of Dec. 28, 1842.

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