Bertha Simpkins dies, Cosh Trib 9 Jan '33, p. 1

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Bertha Simpkins dies, Cosh Trib 9 Jan '33, p. 1 - Local Woman Drinks P o i s o n , E n Worried...
Local Woman Drinks P o i s o n , E n Worried Over Mrs. Bertha Simpkins, 54, Suicides to Threatened Jail Sentence Threatened with a workhouse sentence for failure pay a liquor fine, Mrs. Bertha A. Simpkins, aged Walnut st., ended her life by swallowing four ounces disinfectant at her home this morning. She died at city hospital. . Locking herself in her home, the woman drank the contents of an eight-ounce bottle shortly before was to have appeared in Mayor Johnson Smith's She had been fined $100 and costs last Tuesday on liquor possession charge, and was to have paid the today. Police broke into the home a n d * * ~ ~ ~ -- -found the woman man unconscious condition, on a couch in trie sitting room. She was found at about 10:45, and according to Dr. S. D. Cohen, who was called to the home, the poison was taken about 30 minutes before that time. She died upon arrival at the city hospital. Police Force Entrance Chief Ray Duling and Officer Robert Hagans forced an entrance thru the rear door of the house after Mrs. Bernard McDennott, who had been with Mrs. Simpkins earlier in the morning, told police that the house was locked and she had been unable to arouse the woman. Mrs. McDermott told officers that Mrs. Simpkins had asked her to purchase a bottle of disinfectant early this morning, but she had refused because she feared the woman might use the poison to end her life. Mrs. Simpkins said she wanted the disinfectant to clean the bath tub. The two women left the house together shortly after that, ,and separated at tihe corner of Mam and Third sts. When. Mrs. McDermott returned .to the houso at about 10:30 £he was unable to enter and received no response to her knocks at the door. It was Continued on Page Eight PRISON RIOT IS PUTDOWN One guard and Five Prisoners Wounded in Uprising DORCHESTER,, N. B., Jan. 9-With 60 Royal Canadian mounted police on guard, the Dorchester maritime pentitentiary was quiet j today following: short, fierce outburst of rioting in which one guard and five prisoners. were wounded. The brief-lived outbreak was quelled by prison guards with revolvers before the mounted troopers, hastily summoned from outlying provincial stations, arrived at the prison. Aitho authorities at the penitentiary maintained strict silence concerning the affair, it was learned the flareup was part of a long planed general riot, in which the convicts planned to engineer a wholesale escape. The plot, said to have matured for several days, was tipped off to a guard by a friendly convict. Thru the convict, prison officials learned the disorder was to start late Saturday afternoon when the inmates returned from the prison

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  1. The Coshocton Tribune,
  2. 09 Jan 1933, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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