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The Western Star, October 24, 1902.

MRS. W. S. MILLER DIES SUDDENLY.

The entire community was shocked early Wednesday morning when it was announced that Mrs. Nora Miller, wife of W. S. Miller had died suddenly from an overdose of morphine, administered with her own hands. Miss Goldie Brown was stopping temporarily with Mrs. Miller, and about 9 o'clock Tuesday evening the two ladies prepared to retire. Without the knowledge of any other occupant of the house Mrs. Miller managed to swallow a good sized dose of morphine. The first intimation Miss Brown had that anything was wrong with Mrs. Miller was when the latter complained of her head hurting and began to show unusual signs of suffering. Mr. Miller was quickly notified and a messenger was dispatched for a physician. But it was found to be impossible, even after the arrival of Dr. Northrup, to revive the unfortunate women, and at 5 a.m. on Wednesday death occurred, apparently without consciousness on the part of the sufferer.

Telegrams were sent on Wednesday to relatives in Wichita, Harper and in Oklahoma. It is probable that the body will be taken either to Wichita or to Harper for burial.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller came to this county from Harper about eight months ago and had since made their home at the J. E. Davis ranch, 6 miles northeast of Coldwater. They owned a tract of land in the western part of the Davis pasture. They had made many friends among those who had formed their acquaintance. Whether or not Mrs. Miller had suicidal intentions when she took the morphine is not definitely known, but there seems to be some circumstances which warrant that conclusion. The case is one which elicits the deepest sympathy of all.


Thanks to Shirley Brier for transcribing and contributing the above obituary!

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