From the Washington Bee, 12/17/1887, p. 3, c. 5
FOR THE WASHINGTON BEE
Magnus L. Robinson.
West End, Dec. 15, 1887.
At the Second Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., on the 6th inst., during the funeral services over the remains of Henry Braxton who was killed by a falling pulley, while at work at the Tredegar Iron Work, Rev. John Jasper, who preached the sermon, recalled a vivid dream which the dead man had several days before the accident. Braxton was a preacher, and had charge of a church near Ashland, where he preached very regularly on Sundays. Several days before his death, he dreamed that he was killed, and that death came to him suddenly. When he awoke in the morning, he related his dream and all day long it haunted him. At work or at home, in the pulpit, or on the street, the dream would come before him with remarkable vividness, and he could not forget the awful vision which appeared in his sleep. To several persons he related it, and at first he seemed to regard it as a bad omen for his sister, who is living in New York. A few days previous to his sudden death he said “that death in the dream is intended for me and not my sister.” In this state of mind, he went to work, and plainly his vision or prediction was fulfilled. A falling pulley crushed him to death! While the funeral procession was en route to the cemetery, the members of the Order of Odd Fellows, to which he belonged, started a hymn and kept up the singing till the burying ground was reached.