Dr. Borden Accident

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Dr. Borden Accident - SEEKS UHION IN DEATH Mother Takes Poison to...
SEEKS UHION IN DEATH Mother Takes Poison to Join Child She Saw Killed BEGS TO BE ALLOWED TO DIE Mrs Carrid Johnston Tells Nurses She Is Haunted Daily by Picture of Tragedy Daughter Was Crushed by Automobile While Sunning to School Under Big Umbrella Which Hid Machine Wrought up by the shock of witnessing her little daughter killed by an automobile automobile Mrs Carrie I Johnston 23 years old of 1835 Oregon avenue northwest yes - terday for the second time attempted suicide suicide and might have succeeded but for the prompt arrival of Dr Newton with an fambulance from Emergency Hospital Mrs Johnston swallowed half a dozen tablets of bichloride of mercury but the ambulance surgeon got most of the poison out of her by means of a stomach pump so that it was thought later she had at least an even chance for recovery Since March 20 last when her only child Hilda 8 years old was crushed to death by the automobile of Dr Daniel Borden son of the dean of George Washington Washington University Medical School Mrs Johnston has grievrd constantly with the spectacle of the accident always before her oyr - y Blamed Self for Tragedy Some of her friends told the police yesterday yesterday that she seemed to blame herself for the childs death lamenting that had she insisted upon Hilda staying at home that morning when the child wanted to go to school regardless of the Inclemency of the weather there would have been no accident Two weeks ago the police say she wag about to throw herself down the stairs In her home when a member of the household household grabbed her and forced her back Into her bedroom and into bed She took the poison yesterday morning In the same room and had collapsed when found A policeman who was on the street nearby telephoned for the ambulance After working over the woman for an hour the surgeon placed her In the ambulance ambulance and hurried her to the hospital where though she offered no resistance to treatment she begged to be permitted to die I can see Hilda all the time she moaned to a nurse and I want to be i with her Umbrella Hid Automobile Mrs Johnston was taking her daughter daughter to school when the child was killed Hand in hand they were crossing Belmont Belmont road at Eighteenth street northwest northwest when the child suddenly broke away from her mother and darted on ahead holding up an umbrella to keep off the rain which was coming down then in a slight drizzle The umbrella hid from her view Dr Bordens automobile which he was starting back down a slight Incline there so that he could turn into Eighteenth street Witnesses testified at the coroners inquest that tho little girl ran against the rear of the slowly moving car and fell down so that one of the rear wheels passed over her chest So slowly was the car moving that the doctor brought It to a stop with the wheel only a few Inches beyond the girls body With the help of his father who was In the automobile at the time Dr Borden dragged the injured child from under the machine and carried her into his office nearby She died there a few minutes later In the arms of her mother who had seen the accident Dr Borden was exonerated exonerated by the coroners jury

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  1. The Washington Post,
  2. 21 Aug 1913, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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