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ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT MAKANDA

MURPHYSBORO INDEPENDENT DEC. 1900

RAILROADER MADE A DRAMATIC ATTEMPT AT SELF-DESTRUCTION

David Fisher, an employee of the Illinois Central railroad at Makanda, made a desperate  attempt at self-destruction about 3 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, using for this purpose a revolver.  He says he aimed at the heart, but the bullet struck a rib, caromed and passed round the body, lodging against the shoulder blade.  His daughter was in the M. E. church, only a few yards away, practicing for an entertainment in which she was to take part Tuesday night.  He called her out and kissed her good-bye, and told her what he was going to do, then returned to his house, and with the bible open at the twenty-third chapter of Job, put the weapon to his right breast and pulled the trigger.

This chapter tells of Job's longing to appear before God.  Job speaks his innocence and tells of his un------ decree. some of the verses: (1) My foot hath help his steps, His way have I kept, and not de-----  (2) Neither have I gone back on the commandments of his ----; I have esteemed the words of -------- mouth more than any necessary -----. (15) I am troubled at his presence; when I consider I am afraid of him.

His wife and one daughter were visiting in the country.

The bullet was removed and Fisher will likely recover.--

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