Christ Bartlessen Ends Life by: Morphine Route—-Took • Seven Grains
Chris Bartlessen committed sui¬ cide Thursday night at the resi¬ dence of his wife's mother. Mrs. Rogers, in Lindsey. 'Mr. and Mrs. Bartlessen has just removed from Fremont to Lindsey a short time ago and though Mr. Bartlessen was a sta¬ tionery engineer lie contemplated starting out with a wagon and selling fruits and vegetables.
Thursday afternoon fie procured a pint of" whiskey at L.K.Porter's drug store on a prescription giv¬ en him by Dr. Higbee and at the same time he purchased 50 one-i eighth grain morphine powders. This amount of morphine was no unusual quantity as he was known to Mr. Porter as an hab¬ itual user of the drug.
Going home about 4 o'clock he went to an upstairs room. His wife followed him up stairs and he told her he was tired and wanted to rest. She went down stairs again and resumed her work pitting cherries. She did not pay any mo're attention to him j until she called him to supper i about 6:30 and getting no re-; sponse she went to the room andi found him lying on the floor.
Mrs. Bartlessen tried to arouse! her Imsband but not being able to \ do so called her mother and also; sent for a physician t>ut Bartles-j sen w'as too far gone and he died j about an hour later without re¬ gaining consciousness as all efforts of the physician proved futile.
Bartlessen had taken all of the
! SO powders which would have been an overdose if he had not been
| accustomed to the use of the drug.'
1 He was about 49 years old and has no family except a wife. For some time he has been act-
I ing strangely but his actions were attributed to his worry over his inability to overcome his habit
, of taking morphine.
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