Monday, February 4, 2013

1913 - Carbolic Acid Ends Life of Distraught Young Husband

The Washington Times
February 4 1913

Love for Girl Wife
Cause of Suicide
Young Husband, Unable to Live
Without Her,
Drinks Carbolic Acid

Preferring death to life without his girl bride, from whom he had been separated for several months, William C. Blick, nineteen years old, of 124 Q street northwest, ended his life last night by drinking a quantity of carbolic acid at his home.  Domestic troubles are said to have preyed on the young man's mind, and for several days he had been threatening to kill himself.

Mrs. Blick, who is eighteen years old, is in a local hospital.  She is about to become a mother, and has not been told of her husband's untimely death.

The couple had been married about a year and lived happily together at the Q street house with Blick's father and three brothers until three months ago.  Mrs. Blick came to this country from Ireland and had only been here four months when she met Blick and married home.  She was Miss Evelyn Josephine Franklin and was employed as maid in the home of a physician in Sixteenth street.

Young Blick was upstairs alone last night when his father, three brothers and sister, who had just finished dinner, heard him call to them to come upstairs, as he was dying.  When they reached his room he told them he had killed himself because he couldn't live without his wife, and that he knew she would never return to him.

A hurry message was sent to the Second precinct police station, and the automobile patrol was dispatched to the house.  Blick was placed in the machine, but died on the the way to the Homeopathic Hospital.  Blick was employed by his two brothers, who are engaged in the ice business.

Post Script
William's full name was William Crump Blick.  His brothers were John S. Blick and Wallace Blick.  
Evelyn had been employed by Dr. A.A. Snyder.  In 1906 William Crump Blick was accused of stealing a horse from Edward Blick. 

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