WEEK 4 2022

she shot at her heart

attempted suicide of bessie mullen in the west end yesterday

at miss pearl raymond’s

a spat with a soldier lover—retired to her room and aimed at her heart—condition serious last night

Bessie Mullen, an inmate of the Pearl Raymond dive on West Eighteenth, attempted suicide at noon yesterday. She aimed at her heart, but the bullet passed clear through the chest at one side. A bulldog revolver of 38 caliber was used and at first it seemed that the purpose of the woman had been accomplished. The bullet missed the lung and the more important machinery of the breathing department. A general alarm for surgical aide was sent out and the rigs of Drs. Grimes and Wyman were soon tied in front of the Raymond castle.

At first it was thought that Bessie wanted to die because she couldn’t go to the circus. There is likely something in this, but the girl denies it.

Miss Mullen has been drunk the last few days. Her lover, a private of the Seventeenth called “Bob” was compelled to return to the post yesterday morning. Immediately on his departure Bessie began to talk suicide. They must have had a spat. Maybe she was trying to warm a spot in her heart for “Bob.” When the doctors came Bessie told them to go away. She wanted “Bob,” she shrieked and she kept calling for the truant lover.

The girl was alone in her room when she shot herself. She did not lock the door.

Bessie came here from Nebraska three years ago. Before that she lived in Pueblo and attended school. At first here she was employed at the Occidental hotel. She was for a time a good girl, but somehow fell, and entering upon a career of dissipation descended until she became a boarder at the most disreputable joint in Chicago.

If there is a dive in the west end that should be closed it is this Pearl Raymond’s. It is a filthy hole, and several of the women were drunk there yesterday, giving attention to callers of their own moral stamp rather than to their suffering sister.

LATER.—At 12:30 last night, Dr. Wyman was sent a rush summons to the bedside of the girl. Lung fever had set in. She vomited blood, so the injury was more serious than at first supposed. When the physician left the house, Bessie was resting easily and there seemed no immediate danger.

The Cheyenne Weekly Sun (Cheyenne, WY) Thursday, July 2nd, 1891

Gering Courier—Henry Knippel, a farmer up until a few years ago in Scotts Bluff county, is reported to have been gored to death by a vicious bull one day last week at his home in South Dakota, a few miles north of Gordon in the flax area to which he and his family had removed about two years ago. Mr. Knippel leaves a wife and six children. He is well remembered by many former neighbors who regret to hear of his untimely and tragic death.

The Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) Thursday, November 28th, 1927


shoots bank officer; kills self

Deweese, Nebr.,—William Hedrick, a barber, entered the bank here at Monday noon while Cashier W. E. Underkofler was at lunch and Assistant Cashier Joseph Peshek was alone, went behind the railing and ordered Peshek to open the safe. Peshek tried to gain time by playing with the combination. Hedrick, seeing the ruse, shot him twice in the shoulder and when he turned, shot him in the forehead. Attracted by the shots, citizens rushed in. Hedrick, thinking he had killed his victim, shouted; “Get all the help you can, we have a dead man here.” Then he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. Peshek died saying that Hedrick tried to hold up the bank. Another story is that the two men had quarreled over a girl, and the shooting was the outcome of this.

The Potter Review (Potter, NE) Friday, February 5th, 1918

speed limit notice

Notice is hereby given that all automobiles must not run anywhere in the city limits at a speed of more than ten miles per hour. Also, all mufflers must be kept closed within the city limits. These rules are for the safety and comfort of the general public and will be strictly enforced. See the red signs on the telephone poles.

W. H. Stoddard, Marshal

The Goshen County Journal (Torrington, WY) Thursday, May 11th, 1916

Milton Ames, a drayman of Fairmont, met with a serious, if not fatal, accident last week. He was hauling coal from the depot when the train came in. His team became frightened, and began to run away with the load of coal. In some way Mr. Ames was thrown under the wheels, which passed over him, breaking several ribs and otherwise injuring him.

The Sidney Telegraph (Sidney, NE) Saturday, November 28th, 1896

The Burns Herald (Burns, WY) Thursday, March 3rd, 1921