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Single Mother Attempts Suicide

June 16, 1910, Occidental

June 16, 1910: I was struck by the contrast between the photo of women graduating from Occidental and the pitiful story of a single mother with two little children who was down to her last $7 [$159.17 USD 2009] and spent most of it on a revolver and couple of bullets to kill herself. She shot herself in the head but survived because the bullet flattened itself against her skull. She tells The Times: "I will not try again to kill myself, but, oh, it's awful to have two little children and not to know how to provide for them."

June 16, 1910, Suicide

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At least they didn't recount it in humorous dialect, for once!

They had even less of a help net than we do now, and people in poverty are suffering so now. What happened to her?


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