Posted By: cheryl moonen (email)
Date: 9/15/2017 at 17:15:39
Thursday, April 13, 1876
Paper: Dubuque Daily Times (Dubuque, Iowa)
Iowa City, Iowa-April 11 – A young man named John Stewart, residing near this city, was buried yesterday, having died from the effects of poison administered by himself. About a year ago his sister very strangely told her friends that she would die on a certain day. Her actions had attracted the attention of her family for some time prior to the time fixed by her that she would die, and, up to the appointed day, she had been closely watched, that she might not procure poison or use other means of self-destruction. Her family regarded this strange declaration on the part of the girl as the result of an aberration of mind. She was a respectable lady of culture, and was engaged to be married to a young man in Chicago, who sickened and telegraphed for Miss Stewart, who was with him when he died. On her return home here she informed her parents that she would die upon a certain day and be with her betrothed. On the appointed day she went to the store and purchased cloth for her shroud, made it, then cut the grass about the door for the hearse to come into the yard, went to her room an dressed herself in her burial attire, and laid down upon her bed and died. Soon after his sister’s death, her brother, who was buried yesterday, was known to have said that he would follow within a year, and thus it is. He had been depressed in spirits for some days, and made his will. He was only 22 years of age.
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