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Cranmer Local History Group Newspaper Archive
|Nottingham Evening Post|
|Wednesday 17th June 1891|
|Tragic Suicide near Newark|
An inquest was held at the Cranmer Arms, Aslockton on Monday evening, before the Coroner for the Newark District, relative to the death of Margaret Elizabeth Nix, who died through taking poison on Saturday night.
On Tuesday, at breakfast time, the deceased said she would do it, and put her head in a tub of water. He sent for his mother, and his sister came and stayed with her. His sister left on Friday.
Deceased had had the influenza, and had never been the same since. Sarah A. Simpson said she lived at the railway station. On Tuesday at three o'clock in the morning the deceased called her up and said "would I have her in". She replied "Yes" and the deceased came in. Witness made her go to bed. She was talking to herself, and witness said "What are you doing at this hour of the morning?" She said she did not know, but that she was tied of living. In about two hours she went home. On Saturday night Mr. Nix came for witness. She found the deceased stiff. She got her out of bed and tried salt and water and waer and mustard, but could not do nay good with her. She died in about ten minutes. Deceased was in bed by herself, but the children were in antoher bed in the same room. Witness could not make anything of her. Just before she died she said "Oh, dear, God help me."
Within the last twelve months deceased had drunk a great deal. In answer to the Jury, witness said deceased had never been to her house before at so early an hour. She was not excited at all, nor did she make nay complaint.
P.c. Richmond said he was stationed at Orston. About three o'clock on Sunday Nix met him, and said his wife had poisoned herself. He went to the house, and found her dead, with her legs drawn up, and foaming at the mouth. He searched her, but found nothing. He produced a piece of parer which he took from the looking-glass. On it was wirtten "I have taken my life. I cannot bear what I have done. Bury me like a dog. I did not know what I was doing, but I have heard (erred) this noght. God be with you all. My Policy is in the money drawer. I have done. Good-bye. Leave me in my filth and dirt". Witness had heard no complaints about the deceased or her husband. He believed she drank, and that they had words about it. The house was well conducted, and Mr. Nix bore a good character.
Robert Keyworth said he lived opposite. He had alwys thought deceased and her husband were very comforatble and happy. He had been in the house at last three times s fortnight. He noticed she looked pale on Saturday, as she had had influenza.
The Coroner, in summing up, said it seemed the result of an irresistable desire on the part of the deceased to destroy herself, and it was evident she had no control over her suicidal tendencies.
The jury returned a verdict that "The deceased committed suicide by taking vermin killer while in a state of tmeporary insanity."
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