Man Addicted to Books Kills Himself
August 1, 2009 | 4:00 am
Aug. 1, 1899: A man kills himself after taking elaborate precautions to prevent being identified. He writes: "I read books every day. They act on me as a narcotic. I dope myself with them. They make me forget for a moment, for there is a continual struggle going on -- to be or not to be.... I have tried to get opium but failed."