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Man Addicted to Books Kills Himself

August 1, 2009 |  4:00 am

   Aug. 1, 1899, Suicide

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."