And in the storm, the dead went missing.
On January 31st, 1941, Cross prepared to bury all three members of the Southington family. An unknown disease had carried the father, mother, and son away the previous evening. Per custom, the dead were rapidly prepared for burial, and their graves were dug laboriously.
The service was quick, and the dead were soon at the graveyard. The graves had been carved from the frozen earth with fire and tools and the sweat of the gravediggers’ backs.
There would be no long-winded speeches, nor would there be any heartfelt recollections.
Not at the graveside.
Father John Argin was there as the representative of the Catholic Church, for the Southingtons had practiced Catholicism. He would pray over the graves, and then the dead would be laid to rest.
As the caskets were brought to each painstakingly prepared hole, a sudden and terrible wind sprang up. Snow followed within a minute, and while the rest of the attendees raced for whatever safety and shelter they could find, Father John remained with the bodies of the recently deceased.
White-out conditions soon prevailed, and over the howling wind, the strong, steady voice of Father John could be heard singing the hymns by himself.
When the wind stopped, so too did the priest’s singing.
A few minutes later, when everyone was once more gathered by the coffins, it was noticed that Father John was missing.
The bodies of the Southingtons were missing as well.
Any information regarding the current whereabouts of Father John Argin can be forwarded to the Diocese of Boston.
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