Clipped From The Salt Lake Tribune
DIED BY HIS OWN HAND Edward Roberts Commits Suicide in a Saloon. HE DIED IN AWFUL AGONY. Two Ounces of Carbolic Acid Whicli H6 3>rank Soon Caused Dissolution, but Only After Intense Suffering— He was Out of Employment and had Wasted all of His Money on a Spree, and Took His Life in a Fit of Despondency—A Coincidence of Fatality. Ponnllesa. out of employment and with the fumes of a week's debauch, HOC'thlngr in his brain, Kclward Roberts rlrank the c.rmlent.s of a two-ounce bottle of carbolic: acid a,t half after IL' o'clock yesterday afternoon anid fifteen, minutes later he wa.s doad. Tho .spot wlrlc-h he chose as the scene of the last act of his life was the baok yard, of tho West Side saloon, jus-t north of the Oropron Short Line depot. And while ho planned his rash deed, the April sun filtered clown upon him through the boughs of the gnarled old apple trees- which were jtust budding- forth into new lite under the gracious vernal influences, Roberts had been an haibitue o<f the saloon, and was well known to Us proprietor, George PJ. Budd, so that when he came in.to the back yard of the place at noon and seated himself upon a bench underneath the trees, no one paid much attention to him. Several of the hangers-on about the place noticed him thiire and one of these who accosted him received a pleasant and unconcerned aioswer. Twenty minutes later a wonrain came in.to the rear of Edward Boberts, Who Killed Hlm- self. the salo-on a,tid approached Budd somewhat excitedly. "There's a man. out there In the back yard," she said, "who's either drunk or sick, for he's lying on the ground and kicking about oons>kleira,l>le." HIS FINAL AGONY. Budd hastemied to the rear and found Roberts lying on his back under the tre.es tossing his arms about and striking out with his feet as though, in. the mo,st in.tenwe agony. His eyes were wide open, but void of expression, a.nd his tongue hung from his mouth as ho painted for breath.' Budd stooped down beside the prostrate ma.n and detected the odor of carbolic acid. "What's the matter, Ted/' he said, grasping; Roberta's arm, "Spea,k, to me, can't you. o-ld man." But there was no answer, and in a few' moments the convulsive movements ceased, and Roberta lay still In dea.th. Coroner Sommer and Undertaker Evans were soon upon the scene and a few moments later Griffith R. Roberts, the dead man's brother, appeared, almost frantic with grief at the news. .AGENCY OF DEATH DISCLOSED. An empty bottle labeled ominously' "Ca.rboiiu add," was found ln> the grass ' some feet away from the f>ody, aaid Its cork, lying almost within reach o<f the i dea.d man's ha.nd, told the stoiT- Tho <• odor of the acid was strong all about" the- spot. Ro-berts's protruding tongue and the corners of his mouth wera badly btirued by the potenit po>lson. Fits was a, hard-working man S?! yeaa-s of age and unmarried. He lived with his widowed mother and his brother, Griffith Roberts. a,t 24 South Sixth West street. His father, Griffith Roberts, Sr., wa-s one of the early settlers of Salt LtEko City. The laitter W'9.s killed hi a .swowislid'ft l;n, Webt»r cia-nyon twenty- nine yeurs ago to.da.y, a co-lnoidence whinl'i Ts somew'ha.t singular. The deceased was horn in this city and haa lived here most of his life, save for three years whioh h-e spent OTI a ranch in Star valley, Wyu., where htw broither, David, a.nd a mairried sister. Mrs, Lizzie; Morgan, now live. Roberts roturned frtvin AN'yomiug last summer a.nd during 1 the past winter he h-as been engag-ed as a teamster by .D. J. Sharp of the Plea.wa.nt Valley Ct«U company. HAD BEEN DRINKING HEAVILY. On Monday Roberts was pa.id off and dlscharg-ed, the coming 1 of warm wM2ath- or ma.klng it necessary for the coal company to reduce Its force. Roberts had been drinking rather heavily for a wei»k or more a.nd whtm h« drew the money duo him from his employers he proceeded to spend It for whisky. Monday night he remained at home and W-IUMI he left the house next morning his n.ged mother asked him anxiously where he was going. "Oh. I'm not going far and I'll be back sooi%" he returned lightly. That was the l^st time his mother saw Mm alive. Ho stayed away from home all day and seems to have been iu a. despondent mood, as"on- meeting .Toe Lovo in tho evening he said he would give any one a quarter w'ho would kill him. It was about tha.t time that he procured the poison with- which he made, away with himself. Batrly last even.itng a young boy came into H. J. Junklns's drug store at Forth West and First South and a.sked for carbolic acid. It was given him in a square two-ounce, bottle a.nd this bottle, V,I.t.h Junktn's label upon. it. was the one found in the yard whore Roberts too>k his life; Late that evening .Roberts met his brother near home and told him he should return home soon, but this he failed to do. At T o'clock yesterday morning he turned up at Budd's saloon and obtained some whisky. Ha returned about noon and a short time later he was found in the yard In the throes of death. The Coroner's Inquest will take place at 10 o'clock this morning at S. D. Evans's undertaking rooms.