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Friday, May 11, 2007

A Sad Attempted Suicide at Pelham Bridge in 1869

In 1869, the New York Herald published a brief item regarding a sad attempted suicide at Pelham Bridge in the Town of Pelham. The brief item references the Morris home along today's Shore Road as well as the old Town Hall that once stood along the same roadway. Below is the text of that news item.

"ATTEMPTED SUICIDE. - One of the men employed by Mr. N. Morris on his place at Pelham, while laboring under a temporary fit of insanity, on Thursday, made a desperate attempt to end his existence by jumping off Pelham bridge into the bay. For several days he had been unwell; still his friends apprehended nothing unusual until they saw him running for the bridge, when their fears became awakened and they started in pursuit, but too late to prevent the attempt at self-destruction. After some difficulty he was got out of the water, when he became unmanageable and started on the double quick for Westchester village, some three miles distant, followed by the overseer and others. Here his pitiable condition, his feet and head being bare and his clothes dripping with water, attracted the attention of a gentleman, who took him in charge and had him removed to the Town Hall, where proper restoratives were applied and where he still remains under watch. The wife of the unhappy man visited him several times during the day and seemed very anxious to have him removed to his home, but it is not deemed advisable to listen to her solicitations for the present."

Source: Attempted Suicide, N. Y. Herald, Apr. 3, 1869, p. 10, col. 2.

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