A Suicide Club.
Wendell-Baum, secretary of a unique organisation gf* Bridgeport, called the Suicide Club, fulfilled his conditions of membership on Easter Monday by committing felo-de-se. Four years ago, five citizens of German birth met oh Easter Monday, and feeling low spirited, owing to meagre wages arid consequent insuffiJ ciency of beer, they agreed, half in jest, to form themselves'into.a ,club, for;the purpose of committing suicide," one, each year. It was decided that lots should be drawn -there, .and ;then for/the victim of the' following Easter Monday;" aiid'a man named Schwartzenheim drew the fatal bean. He lived for this year without any outward signs of, distubance at his approaching doom, and on the Easter Monday succeeding the club's formation four members, meeting' in the room above their favourite tavern, were each in receipt of a telegram stating that Schwartzeheim had cut his throat. The club drank to his memory, the next lot was taken, the victim killing himself in due course on the following Easter Monday. Last year member No. 3 cut his throat, and yesterday the president received a note from Wendell-Baum's landlady, saying he had shot himself at noon. Now the president of the club is the only member left, and a good deal of money will be wagered as to whether he will kill himself or not, next Easter Monday. The general opinion is that he will, unless the authorities interfere and put him under restraint.
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A Suicide Club., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2442, 16 June 1890
A Suicide Club. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2442, 16 June 1890
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