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CORONER'S JURY DECIDES
SCHULTZ GIRL SUICIDED
Coroner's jury decided that Mabel
Schultz had committed suicide by
leaping into Lake Michigan while
James Brumit, a pressman, suitor
of Miss Mabel Schultz, the 18-year-old
bookbinder, whose body was re
covered' from the lake yesterday, was
to be questioned at the coroner's in
quest this afternoon regarding letters
he had received from the girl.
The inquest over Mrs. Mary
Schultz, 37 S. Halsted street,
mother of the girl, who committed
suicide last night from grief after
identifying her daughter's body at
the Western Casket Co., will be held
The double tragedy, revealing the
home life of the mother and daugh
ter, the latter pleasure-loving and
fond of pretty clothes, the former old
fashioned, satisfied with her lot in
life, has about exploded the theory
that the girl was murdered.
Brumit, who was found at work
in the establishment of William
Freund & Sons, 28 E. Randolph
street, was shocked when told of the
girl's death. He admitted receiving
several letters from her which indi
cated she was dissatisfied.
"Iknew Mabel for several months,"
he said. "We went to places of
amusement together, but that was
all. I can't understand how she got
down by the lake.
"I had an appointment to meet her
at Wabash avenue and Adams street
at 6 o'clock last Tuesday night, but
I showed up a little late, and she was
gone when I got there.
"About three weeks ago was the
last time we were out together. She
had written me a couple of letters,
saying she was longing to see me."
Miss Schultz disappeared last
Thursday, when she left home, os
tensibly to go to work, Brumit
said he had not seen her for several
days before that date.
The second act in the double trag
edy, the suicide of the aged mother,
occurred last night after she had vis
ited the morgue and identified her ,
Mrs. Schultz was one of a score of
mothers of missing girls who called
at the morgue to view the body. She
had been summoned by the police.
"They told me to come down here,"
she said, as she entered the build
ing. "I know it isn't Mabel, but I
First the mother examined the
clothing removed from the body. Fin
ally she looked at the body. It was
her daughter. The woman seemed
in a stupor. She controlled her voice
as she walked blindly from the room.
"It is Mabel," was all she said.
One hour later a policeman climbed
two flights of wooden stairs at 37 S.
Halsted street to serve Mrs. Schultz
with a notice of the inquest. Moans
came from the other side of the door.
Breaking down the door, the pot
liceman found Mrs. Schultz writhing
in agony on the floor. She had swal
lowed carbolic acid, a bottle of
poison her daughter had bought a
short time ago, and with which she
had previously threatened to commit
Mrs. Schultz was taken to the
County Hospital, where she died.
The reason for the girl's death is
a mystery. The mother's suicide is
Her daughter was ashamed of her
home, of its plain, worn furnishings,
among which she was ashamed to en
tertain her friends. She met them
outside. This hurt the mother, but
when she protested the girl stormed,
bought the bottle of acid which was
the cause of her mother's death, and
threatened to kill herself.
Terre Haute, Ind. Mrs. Nellie Fal
vey Price married to Lieut. James V.
Larkin of Chicago detective bureau