Carrollton Patriot Newspaper

Jan 1904 (possibly)
Michael O’Donnell, Aged 77, Slashed Throat with Razor—Still Alive but will Die.
Michael O’Donnell, 77-years of age and an inmate of the county house, cut his throat with a razor, with suicidal intent Sunday morning. He was still alive yesterday, but will die. The deed was done in his room, while most of the other inmates were at breakfast. He had refused to go down with them, and after they had gone, he got his razor, kneeled down in a corner of this room and cut a fearful gash, deep, wide and gaping, across his throat. A fellow inmate, passing through the corrider heard him making a noise inside, and went in to see what was the matter with him. The man took in the situation, snatched the razor and ran down to call Superintendent Collins. Mr. Collins sent in at once for Dr. Gooch, the county physician.
The gash was just across the epiglottis and almost severed the windpipe. It extended across the throat almost to the carotid artery, on either side. Had it opened either of these, the old man would have bled to death in a short time. When Dr. Gooch arrived he found that the assistance of another surgeon would be required to sew up the wound. He fixed it up temporarily and called Dr. Burns. They brought the severed parts together with a number of stitches and made the patient as comfortable as possible.
He was now able to talk a little. He declared that he had had no idea of committing suicide, and while he remembered getting out his razor to shave, the act of cutting his throat was a blank to him. It is thought, however, that he had contemplated the act.
The condition of his throat makes it impossible for him to take any nourishment, and his attempts to swallow tear out the stitches that were made. It is, therefore, only a question of a few days when his suffering will be at an end.
Mr. O’Donnell lived in this city many years. He has been an inmate of the county house for nearly three and a half years.
Jan 1904 (possibly)
Result of Prize Contest
Miss Minnie Kelly, First Prize
Mrs Clay Thomas, Second Prize
The front cover of The Patriot’s Christmas number had a half-tone group of baby photographs, eighty-seven in number, and all either living here or known here. Two prizes were offered for the best lists of names of the babies.
A number of lists were submitted, and the result is as follows:
Miss Minnie Kelly wins the first prize, $2.50. She had a list of 77 names, 59 of which were correct and 18 incorrect; a net result of 41 points.
Mrs. Clay Thomas wins the second prize, a half dozen photographs, offered by C. Reime. She had a list of 55 names, 45 of them correct and 10 incorrect; net result 35 points.
Little Miss Florence Bowie also guessed 45 names correctly, but in her list were 22 names of children not in the group, which left her only 24 points. Others who came close to the second place were Selma Eberlein, with 41 correct and 27 incorrect names. Estelle Hays, with 41 correct and only 13 incorrect names.

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