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"Tliere .is- no escape ,fi:om
.confession but suicide and
suiade" IS confession."
Daniel. Webster, "at--famous
New'JEnglahd. murder! trial.
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THE REV. CLARENCE- RICHESON, ACCUSED "OF THE"
MURDER OF AVIS.XINNELL, ATTEMPTS SUICIDE
little choir girl of his church
whom he had baptized into the
church, and to whom he once
His trial was set for January
15. The evidence of the- state
against him was all circumstan
tial, but damning in the way it
showed up the relations that' had
existed between. Richeson' and
Richeson stabbed himself in
the groin with a jagged piecf of
tin, just as his guards were be
The pain he 'suffered from his
self-inflicted wound made him
cry out in agony, and brought the
warden to his cell. , ,
Four 'physicians were sum
money. 'They decided an imme
diate 'operation was necessary.
Richeson was placed under an
anaesthetic, and the operation
performed. His recovery is
Every effort wa"s made to keep
the attempt at suicide a secret.
But as. officials at the jail were
declaring the report of it untrue
to newspaper men, Richeson's
voice rang through the jail.
I'm dying!" he cried, "My
Godr I'm dying!"
Then the truth was admitd.-
Richeson's attorneys cannot
conceal their despondency. It is
obvious that they believe with
Daniel Webster, although they
will not admit doing'so.
The story of Avis Linnell, fair
haired girl of eighteen years,
blinded to all things but her love
f ' ' -
t j'-?- s 55 V" lrt
Rev. C. V. Richeson.
to commit self-murder in .his cell
at the-Charles street jaib at 2:30
' o'clock'th'is morning.
Heiwas held'on'the-charge of
murdefhig: : Avis Lirinell.pretty