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ROMANTIC SUICIDES., Issue 10431, 28 September 1897
Four young women committed suicide recently in the Faubourg Poissonnidre, Paris. The eldest of the women, t all of whom were dressmakers, was twenty-six, and the youngest barely seventeen. After writing . letters to their friends, they put an end to their lives in the approved French way. They closed doors and windows, stopped up the chinks with newspapers, lighted a pan of charcoal in the middle of the room, and, lying down on a bed, waited until death stole upon them. Three of the girls were suffering from love misfortunes, yet they do not appear (says the correspondent of the • Daily News') to have been heart-broken, but were merely tired of living, and handed in their resignation as members of this world. Madame Marshal, twenty-five, had a small dressmaker’s business with her sister, Lucie Ravenel, in the Rue Faubourg Pois. aonn:6re. Her husband was an inmate of a lunatic asylum. She often com. plained to her sister how . weary she felt, and how lonely. Among her assistauta was a young woman named Bertha Souohat, who had some months before been deserted by her husband, and a girl, Emilia Ohio, The latter had recently quarrelled with her lover, who then left her. Coming to the workshop Emilia said to her mistress that here they were, three desertedj lonely, and unhappy women. They might as well say farewell to this world for what life was worth. Lucie Ravenel, wholistened to this conversation, said to her sister! “If you leave I will leave too, along with you.’* There was a fifth person in the workshop, who went home in- the evening, and has given evidence to the police. The four women, having made up their minds to commit suicide, recovered at once their good spirits, and were busy with their needles for the rest of the day—a devotion to business which seems, under the circumstances, really extraordinary. The day’s work over, they stayed together to dinner, and were heard by the neighbors chattering and laughing. At eight o’clock Madame Mardehal went downstairs with her sister and purchased some charcoal and a bottle of Kirchswasser, remarking to the shopkeeper that she wanted the best he had. Next morning the apprentice, who had gone homo, knocked injvain at the workshop. At length somebody burst open the door. Three of the women were lying on the bed dead, while the body of Lucie Ravenel had rolled off and was lying near the window. On a table were found letters from the women to their relatives, husbands, and lovers, and the following statement on a sheet of foolscap paper, signed by all four: “We die deliberately, without any regret.” A Vienna correspondent telegraphs Two sensational suicides are reported from Brunn, where a brother and sister have taken their own lives at a hotel. The young man was found to be Jacob Litwan, a first lieutenant in the 3rd Infantry Regiment, aged thirty-two. His sister Paulino was aged twenty-nine. The officer had been dismissed, and told his sister that another officer in the same regiment was at the bottom of it all. The girl, meeting this man in the street, insulted him, and tried to beat him with her parasol. She then went home and wrote to the colonel of the regiment what she had done. Some hours later her brother and she both blew their brains out.
Mary Ann Barton has been arrested at Auckland on a charge of unlawfully abandoning her child in Western Park*. Her statement is that she gave the child out for adoption to a woman on the previous evenmg. • In the Divorce Court at Wellington a decree nisi was granted in the case of Love v. Love, a wife’s petition.
ROMANTIC SUICIDES., Issue 10431, 28 September 1897
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