Clipped From The Humeston New Era
gate. cage full to tho face attempt replied the lighted of got peal ere the some ordered lilt try was over the lohn Ervin Shoots Divorced Wifi and Then Himselfi IEALOUSY GIVEN AS THE Roy Smith Wounded by Slayer, But Will Live--Harry Erwin Telia Sad Story of Estrangement --Father's Warning. Homes, Oct. 8--John D. Ervin, aged 40 years, last evening entered the home of his divorced wife, Mrs. Mattie Ervin, 1714 South Fifth street, fired two bullets at Roy a boarder who was in the house, shot his wife dead and sent a bullet crashing through his own brain. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ervin diea almost instantly. Smith, wounfled slightly, ran across the street and gave the alarm. Neighbors rushed into the Ervin home and found the corpses of the murderer and his victim. The police were notified.immed- iately and took Smith to the Mercy hospital where his wounds were dressed. He will recover. Mr. and Mrs. Ervin were divorced last spring after almost twenty years of married life. The divorce, according to the statement of their son, Harry, last night, was secured by the mother on charges of cruel and inhuman treatment. The decree gave her the possession of the home, a substantial residence property located at 1714 South Fifth street, where the murder and suicide occurred last night. Harry JErvin, aged 19, a hack driver, told the story of the estrangement of his father and mother. He declared that their home had been happy until about two years ago, after that time they had frequent quarrels and he had been the go-between who prevented a separation some time. Finally, last spring, ha was powerless to continue the relations longer, and his mother secured a divorce. Last night, about 8 o'clock Harry Ervin was at the union station with his hack, when his father came to him and bade him goodby, saying was going away. The son thought little of the occurence then, as he was busy, and although he knew his father did not intend to leave the he had no premonition of the tragedy that was soon to take place.