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LORING, Frederick Wadsworth,journalist, born in Boston, Massachusetts, 12 December, 1848; died near Wickenburg, Arizona, 5 November, 1871. He was graduated at Harvard in 1870, and during the brief period between that event and his death gave unusual promise of success as a writer, being connected with several newspapers and a contributor to the "Atlantic Monthly," "Appletons' Journal," "Old and New," the "Independent," and "Every Saturday." In the spring of 1871 he went as correspondent of "Appletons' Journal" on the United States exploring expedition to Arizona that was in command of Lieutenant George M. Wheeler. To that journal he wrote from San Francisco a lively sketch of his Chinese experiences, entitled "Je Horge," and during his wanderings in the wilderness " A Council of War," "A Glimpse of Mormonism," "Silver Mining in Nevada," "The Valley of Death," and several poems. The party suffered great privations, and in August, 1871, Loring wrote to his employers, from the "Valley of Death," a canon in California and Nevada, three hundred feet below the level of the sea, which all former expeditions had avoided, or from which they had never returned.
"I am bootless, coatless, everything but lifeless. I have had a fortnight of horrors. This morning an Indian fight capped the climax. However, I am well and cheerful."
He escaped from the valley, but when he was on his way home a band of Apaches attacked the stage-coach in its passage from Wickenburg to La Paz, Arizona, killing the driver and Loring, with four other passengers. A short time before Loring's death, Charles Reade, the novelist, said that he seemed to him the most promising of all the young American authors. His collected writings include "Cotton Cultivation in the South," with Charles F. Atkinson (Boston, 1869); "The Boston Dip, and other Verses" (1871) ; and " Two College Friends," a novel (1871).
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