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A Sad Suicide

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Mary, wife oí' Charles Grossman, of 14 W. Second street, committed suioide Wednesday night in a inanner most shocking, takiug with her to that sleep which kuows no awakening, her little 3-year-old ohild, Annie, thus leaving to the beraved husband no member of a once happy home. "If she had ouly left me the babe, " he said, yesterday morniug, as he assisted the reporters in their nnpleasnt duty of ascertaining the facts in the case, "I might have had something to comfort me." Mr. Grossman, who is a member of the hardware firm of Grossman & Schlenker, on W. Liberty street, sat with his wife and little oue at the family meal Wednesday eveoing little dreaming of the awful destiny the next few honrs had in store for him. He cornplaiued that he had a sore throat. "Then yoa come home early from the store," said Mrs. Grossman, "and I will fix up a bandage for your throat, and we will retire early." Acoordingly, Grossman left the store about eight o'clock. Wben he arrived hume he found the doors all nnlocked, bnt the wife failed to answer his cali. Upon the kitchen table was a note which gave the awful information, that Mrs. Grossman had committed suicide. The note was nnaddressed, and con: tained the words: "Find me and the little one in the oistern. Give money to father and clotbes to Mollie. Let no one in the house. " Grossman went to the house of John Meyers, next south. The boys there gave the alarm in the neighborhood. The cistern is locatd just baok of the house and contained ten feet of water. By the time the neighbors arrived and secured the bodies with a rake fastenod a Ion ft pol?. Dr. Georg had arrived. He worked hard to resuscitate the two, but in nis opinión, the bodies had been over au hour in the watei, and all endeavor upon his part to bring life back to the fnaniinate forras were futile. Coroner Ball upon arrival shortly before Diñe o'clook, impanelled a juryy as follows: Ernest E. Lutz, David Collins, Jno. O'Mara, Jno. Meyer, W. G. Henne, and G. C. Tuefel. The jury, after viewing the remians, adjourned to meet yesterday afternoon, when a verdict of suicide was retnrned. The cause for Mrs. Grossraan's sudden and successful termination of her troubles is not kuown. Neighbors can hardly assign a reason. Oneneighbor believed that the death of her ruother last summer, the fact that she was oaring for her own bousehold, and that of her husband 's people to a degree, led her to believe that her cross in life was too heavy a one to bear. The husband can see no reason iur it. "She never wanted anything but what I got it for ber," said he, "so f ar as a man of my uieans could buy. " In the note left the baby is said to have scrawled a few uniutelligible lines beneath the wrting of tbe mother. Mrs. Grossman's niaiden name was Mary Gaokle. Sbe was a native of Monroe, where two brothers, two sisters and a mother reside. The "Mollie" mentioned iu the note was one of the sisters. The relatives were informed by telegraph of tbe suicide. Mrs. Grossman is described by those who knew her as being a wouian of many graces, of mnch good nature and one of whom snoh an endiugwoald not beforetold. Mr.GrossmaQ has the sympathy of the entire cornmunity in his sorrow. At t-he inquest yesterday afternoon Dr. Georg testified that he hart been the family physician for sonje time. He said that Mr. Grossman feil about a year ago and that he strnck bis head in such a manner that he had suffered from epilepsy. On Sunday last he was at Grossman's and when Grossinan had complaiued that he seemed to be in a dream. It was the op'.nion of the doctor that the condition of Grossman led to emotional insanity upon the part of his wife. In bis opinión Mrs. Grossman was so cast down by her feelings in thinkug over her husband's condition that she was overeóme suddenly and powerfully, with the desire of killing herself. G. C. Teufel testified that he was the flrst man to arrive upon the premises. Grossman carne to his home and tapped on the window. He accompanied him home and Grossman said his wife had committed suioide. Asked him how he knew and was shown the note whích had been on the table and which he was carrying in his pocekt. Witness assisted in bringing tbe bodiesjto the surf aoe and testified to holding Grossman back from jumping into the well himself. The note left was produced in evidenoe. The jury brought in a verdict that Mrs. Grossman ended her life while emotionally iiisane.