James Mulherin Death 15sep1903
A PECULIAR SUICIDE James Mulherin, Although Dead, Appeared Appeared to rassers - tiy to Be Stand - ins I'nder the Tree. STIiAMLED WITH A WIRE Suspended by a wire from the limb of a tree, the body of James Mulherin, 32 years of age, was found yesterday afternoon in a rather out of the way section of the city' known as Frear's grove, in North Scranton, near the Delaware and Hudson Providence station. station. The discovery was made at about 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon by William William Martin, who had passed through the: grove four times before having his suspicions aroused. Mulherln's body hung in such a position from the tree that it gave. the appearance of a man standing beneath the sheltering limbs. The fact that the man stood in the one position so long caused Mr. Martin to go over towards! him. Close inspection inspection showed that his feet swung clear of the ground, and that he was suspended suspended from the tree by a rather fine wire. Hastily he unfastened the wire from the limb, but Mulherin was then cold in death. Mulherin was first seen In the vicinity vicinity of the grove at 9 o'clock in the morning. John Baldwin saw him walk across the railroad bridge leading Into the clump of trees, and thought that he acted rather strangely. At ' o'clock he was again seen going across the bridge and an hour - later his dead body was found. Just 'why Mulherin was prompted to take his life is a matter which is un settled. He was a mine laborer employed employed in ona of the Lackawanna company's company's mines, and last Wednesday drew his pay. He boarded with Patrick Patrick Lynn on Luzerne street, but dis appeared from there last Wednesday, A close examination of his1 clothing failed to find any letters or papers that would throw any light on the matter. There w - as no money found in his clothing. About three weeks ago it was noticed that Mulherin was acting a little queerly and that he was despondent. He did not complain of any troubles and people who knew him were fear ful that he had become mentally un balanced. The supposition is that while in particularly bad mental condition that he committed suicide. The body was first taken in charge by Undertaker Jones and later by Funeral Director Cuslck. The remains will be taken to the home of his uncle, Daniel Haggerty, of 2421 Jackson street today. Mulherin was unmarried.