He Tried To Die By Gas
February 2, 1892
Stephen J. Thompson Loses at Horse-racing and Tires of LifeHis Mother Goes to New York, Where the Deed Was Done.
Special Dispatch to
The North American.
"MY DEAR MA I can't account for your not answering my letter. I am in an awful conditionwalking the streets without a penny, with no overcoat and no place to sleep; and then my own mother will not help me. Well, I don't think you will see me alive again if I can get something to put an end to all my trouble, for I am sick and tired of all this. If you care to keep me from doing this send me $10 or $15 by mail as soon as you get this, so I can get a room someplace for a week. If not I shall most surely carry out my plan. Then you will have no other person but yourself to blame. At this moment I am wild."
The letter was unsigned. The envelope on the other letter was addressed to Miss A. C. O'Donnell, No. 85 Lexington avenue. On it was also written "My Sister" and "A Beauty." It read: "I am walking through the streets with no place to lay my head, so for God's sake do as I say. Send me enough money to get a bed with for the night. If possible send an answer soon."
This letter was also unsigned. Mrs. O'Donnell when seen was greatly agitated, and though she denied that the young man was her brother seemed much concerned about him. It has been learned that the would-be suicide is Stephen J. Thompson, that his parents live in Philadelphia, are wealthy, and that he has an income of $3000 a year. Betting on horse races is said to have been the cause of his down-fall.
From the collection of The Comtesse
(The 1892 Morbid Scrapbook)