Archive for Sunday, February 27, 2011

100 years ago: Jailed bootlegger attempts suicide

February 27, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 27, 1911:

  • "PRISONER IN JAIL ATTEMPTS SUICIDE YESTERDAY. Nelson McCloud was one of the twenty-five convicted bootleggers. Saturday night he borrowed seventy matches from a cell mate... Unobserved by the other inmates he placed the matches in a tin cup of water. Carefully concealing the poisonous solution he sat himself down and scrawled his epitaph, obituary and declaration of innocence. 'Nelson McCloud, born Feb. 9, 1889. Taken his life Feb. 26, 1911. To my mother. I hate to do this, I know it will almost break your heart. If there was ever a time a man will tell the truth, it is when he is getting ready to leave this earth. So here it is. I did not, I have not sold whiskey or beer in Lawrence. I have sold it in Ottawa and served my time out in Ottawa for it. I have got whiskey from Kansas City a half gallon at a time I think five times but did not sell it. I had a good time with it.... My way is dark. I am lost. Tell my brother to stop and think. Life is what you make it. It is awful to leave this sunshine world.... The last word, I did not sell the whiskey. Farewell to everybody. Good wishes to everybody in trouble.' A physician responded to a call for help from the jailer and administered an emetic. McCloud vomited freely and by the time deputy Johnson was summoned his pulse was beating above normal."
  • "In Kalamazoo, Mich., seven hundred men and girls employed by the Kalamazoo Corset company went on a strike today. A cut of from one to three cents per dozen on piece work precipitated the strike. Groups of young women strikers paraded the streets."


Frederic Gutknecht IV 6 years, 12 months ago

Wow. Fascinating stuff...
Poor Nelson... I wonder why the corset company in Kalamazoo employed no women?~)

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