The news spread over this county early Tuesday morning that the dead body of Henry Young had been found suspended from a rope about 10 o'clock that morning at his home in the southern part of Kiowa-co. and about 13 miles northwest of this city. Everything indicated that the young man had taken his own life. As far as we have yet learned, no reason for so doing was left in writing by the young man, or is known by any of his relatives or friends. He had lived in this county for a number of years and was counted a perfectly reliable and upright young man. For a while he worked on the Ella King farm a few miles north of this city, but a year or so ago he purchased a half section of land in Kiowa-co., 7 miles northwest of Wilmore, and had made a payment thereon.
It is thought by some that worrying over financial matters must have temporarily unbalanced his mind. It seems that the young man had gone to the barn and granary, and there had arranged the rope by which his death was brought about. The indications were that the body had been dead for some time. He lived alone.
Jim Hunt, a nearby neighbor, was the first person to discover the tragedy. He went to the Young home Wednesday morning after water for his thresher engine, and, not finding anyone in or about the house, he went to the barn in search of a bucket or half bushel with which to dip the water. When he entered the barn he discovered the body of Young suspended from a rafter.
Neighbors and the proper officers were notified, and the body was brought to this city on Tuesday by Coroner Holmes and buried in the Coldwater cemetery on Wednesday. Funeral services were conducted from the M. E. church and were in charge of Rev. H. G. Porter.
Deceased was nearly 26 years of age. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Young, who live about 11 miles southwest of this city. He had always been a hard worker and never gave the slightest indication that he was tired of life. It may never be known what came into his mind to lead him to take his own life. The case is a very sad one and elicits for the bereaved relatives the sincerest sympathy of all.
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