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St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis Post Dispatch
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Description: Driven to Suicide by Poverty.

Date: April 22 1887

Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO

Chas. JANSEN, a Dane aged 48 years, who resides with his wife and family on the rock road near the Pittsburg Railroad tracks, attempted to commit suicide at an early hour this morning by hanging himself. JANSEN came here about two months ago and secured employment, doing odd jobs at Heims' brewery. A week ago he was discharged, and since then has been unable to secure employment. He had no means of support for his wife and six children and they were actually starving. His hard luck worried him and several times he said in the presence of his wife that he wished he was dead. At about 5 o'clock this morning he arose, dressed himself, and in a fit of despondency took a rope out of the kitchen and going into an outhouse hung himself. His muttering before he left the room aroused the suspicion of his wife, and when he did not return to the house in a few minutes she went out to see what had become of him. She found him hanging from a joist in the outhouse, and, procuring a knife, cut him down. To all appearances he was dead, but in an hour or so he was resuscitated and will probably pull through all right.

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