February 23, 1914
The suicidal tendencies of W. Thomasen again broke out early Sunday morning in the barn of F.S. Carpenter on the Jacksonville road, and now he is in the Sacred Heart hospital suffering from a dose of strychnine and facing prosecution under the state law which provides a prison term for attempted self destruction. The Sabbath day attempt was the second in two months — the first being made in the home of his parents on Fourth Street, when he drank his father's rheumatism medicine.
Thomasen purchased an eighth of an ounce of strychnine from the Jacksonville drug store Sunday, he says, and then made his way to the barn of F.S. Carpenter near Perrydale. He made enough noise to attract Mr. Carpenter, who went to the barn to investigate. When about ten feet away, Thomasen announced that he was through with life, and put the vial to his mouth. He swallowed enough to cause convulsions.
Thomasen in his suicidal escapades manages to have human aid and a telephone handy. Carpenter rushed to a telephone and called Dr. Porter, who applied an emetic and the stomach pump. It is the opinion of both that Thomason was making a "grandstand play."
Thomasen is said to be a victim of the drink habit and his desire to quit this world comes when the supply is short.