June 22, 1898
Mr. Charles Brown, who resides south of Downsville, attempted suicide last week; but his efforts in that direction proved a failure. He first cut his throat on one side but owing to the dullness of his knife failed to sever the jugular vein. He next tried the other side of his throat, with a like result. He then placed his head on rocks, and with an iron instrument, attempted to batter his brains out. In this he was also unsuccessful. Next he climbed on a house top and attempted to crush his skull by jumping therefrom head-first. The outcome of this effort was only a few bruises.
It appears that it just was not Brown’s time to die. His mind was temporarily deranged. When found medical aid was promptly procured, and at last accounts it was thought the patient would recover. Brown used to operate a saw mill near Cherry Ridge.