The Shelbyville Democrat
Shelbyville, Ind., November 2, 1911
IN ATTEMPT AT SUICIDE
Miss Hazel Jaco Thinks Life
Holds Nothing More For Her
WROTE AN EXPLANATORY NOTE
Said Hell Beyond Could Be No Worse
Than One She Had Been Forced
to Live in Here ---- Life Saved by Physician
Despondent on account of troubles that had come
to her and her two younger sisters, Miss Hazel Jaco, aged 19 years, tried to end
her life yesterday at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Ballard, of
north Hamilton street, with whom she had been making her home for several months. The unhappy girl took twenty
cents' worth of morphine, and the dose would easily have proven fatal but for the prompt work of a physician who
was called to wait on the sufferer about an hour after she had swallowed the drug. By the use of emetics
he soon had the girl out of danger and had exacted a promise that she would not make such an attempt again.
The promise, however, was hardly necessary under the circumstances as the sufferings of the girl were such that she will not care to run the risk of being tortured so again. She became ill shortly after taking the poison and her condition attracted the attention of Mrs. Ballard, who accused her of having made an attempt at suicide. She finally admitted that such was the case and Mrs. Ballard called a doctor, who arrived before the girl had lapsed into unconsciousness. The would-be suicide told where she had purchased the poison, but requested the physician to refrain from making any public statement about the matter.
Miss Jaco is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Jaco, east of the city. It is said she was driven from home last spring by her father following a quarrel and that she has never returned there. Tuesday, two of her sisters, Emma and Ethel, were ordered sent to the Indiana School for Girls at Clermont and they were taken there today as incorrigibles by Officer George Tolen and wife. The attempt at suicide seems to have resulted from brooding over the troubles of herself and sisters. That the girl was in earnest is shown by a letter that was found in her stocking at the time the physician was called. In the letter, which was intended to be a farewell one to her relatives and friends, the girl said her troubles had become so serious that she had reached the conclusion that the hell to which the rash act would send her could be no worse than the one she was in here. She said she had been trying to hold up her character, but that it seemed the people were trying to drag her down and that she had nothing further to live for, as she felt she had no friends. She concluded the note by making the statement that there was nothing for her in this life but trouble and that she did not want any one to shed any tears because she was going away.
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