Emily Arnould Sucide Article NYT

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NEARLY ENDED HER OWN LIFE 3HSS E1HLT AMOTTLD DEIBKS ' OAEBOLIO ACID. . Sec Mother ud SUtor Before Her Were : Troubled with Insanity Teeterday She ; Vu la Particularly Good Spirit Bat hhortly Before Her Father Returned Bom She Took the rolson Although Surrounded with Every Comfort by Bor Father, Bh bays She I Not Happy. Emily Arnould. tbo nineteen-year-old daughter of a wealthy candy manufacturer, attempted suicide yesterday afternoon by taking carbolic acid. Miss Arnoald lives with her father, Denis Arnould, in handsome apartment at the Washington View, 30 Washington Square. Mr. Arnoald is the head of the firm of D. Arnoald & Co.. which has a factory at 3S5 Canal Street. Three years ago Miss Arnould's mother died in a private insane asylum, where she had been confined for six or seven years. A few months after the mother's death a daughter of the household, Emily's elder sister, was suddenly stricken by the same -malady which had afflicted the mother. The girl was taken to St. Vincent's Setreat at Harrison. N. J., which is conducted by a ' Catholic sisterhood, and aha has remained there ever since. Mr. Arnoald was almost prostrated when . his eldest daughter had to be sent to an asylum. His wife's affliction had come npon him like a thunderclap. The couple had been married more than fifteen years at the time Mrs. Arnould's insanity manifested itself. Before that there had been not the slightest suspicion that she was mentally unsound. When the years passed without the girls showing any evidence of lunacy the father supposed that they were safe from the taint. But the shock of the mother's death disclosed the fact that the eldest daughter had Inherited a weak 'brain. Since then Mr. Arnoald has been particularly anxious a boat Emily. lie surrounded her with very comfort and luxury, one was per mitted to do as she pleased in every way the went to school and studied when she felt inclined and remained at home if she wished to. No one was ever allowed to cross her wishes, and the father was watch' ful constantly to see that her desires were granted almost before they were expressed. He almost withdrew from the active man agement of his business, which he had built up by hard work for thirty years, and sought only the welfare of ins daughter. Under this course of treatment Emily seemed on the whole well and happy. At times, however, she would be moody, and then the father redoubled his efforts to make her life bright Yesterday morning the girl seemed in particularly good spirits, and Mr. Arnoald went to his office without dreaming of any serious development. His hour for returning home is ordinarily 1 o'clock. Ten minutes before that time yesterday Mary, the' cook, was in the kitchen preparing inncneon, wnen x,muy suaaeniy caiiea k her in a matter of fact tone : 1 am dying. Mary. 1 have taken poi son." The cook gave a shriek, and. dropping her cooking utensils, she ran into Emily's bedroom. The girl was lying on her bed dressed in her street attire. A strong odor of carbolic acid tiled the room, and on a little table beside the bed stood an empty uncorked ounce vial. "Oh, your poor father! What will he say t" was the only ejaculation of the cook as she stood helpless with horror. I am sorry for him," replied Emily, with perfect calmness, "but 1 couldn't help it. I am not happy."-Bv this time the cook had so far recov ereu her faculties that she coald move, and without waiting for any further talk or explanation she new out to the nearest doctor. After relating in a few words to the phyKician what had happened, she ran .back again to the house. Emily was still on the bed. sue was apparently not suf iering any marxea pain, but sue took no more interest in Mary. The doctor, armed with a stomach pump, followed closely be-hiud the cook, lie at once went to work on the would-be suicide. She remained perfectly passive, and in a few minutes all the poison had been pumped from her stomach. While the doctor was still at work, Mr. Arnoald walked in. It needed only a few words to show him what had happened. "he is all right now," the doctor assured Mr. Arnould, when he threatened to break down. - Won't she diet " Mr. Arnoald asked. " No; she will be as well as ever in a fe hours. Fortunately the acid was highly diluted." Not long afterward the doctor felt justi fied in leaving his patient to the care of her father. Emily was very sick for several hours, but she gradually recovered, and by evening she was ablo to sit up and move around. "Why did you want to kill vourselft" asked Mr. Arnould of the girl when she had recovered her senses. " Because I am not happy. I want to die." V What fort Haven't I given you every - " Yea. bat 1 am not happy." This was the only explanation the girl would make. Wheu een last evening Mr. Arnould said that ha could conceive of noereason lor his daughter's act. " I am sore that there was no man in the case. I know that she had no attachments ox any kind outside of her home. No man ever came to see her. and if she had been in love she-would have had no reason to hide it from me. On the other hand. I cannot believe that she is insane. She has always been as bright as could be, and. though I have carefully watched her. I have never been able to de tect the Slightest symptom to indicate that she would follow in tbo footsteps of her poor mother and sister. tb baa' been under treatment for nervousuess, but the doctor has never even hinted that there was any mental trouble. " " Where did she get the poison f " "At a drug store on hi xth Avenue. She told rr.e she went out for it this morning aiier i went out."

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 12 Sep 1893, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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