September 2 (Saturday) 1905. A HORRIBLE SUICIDE. ---
Nicholas Kill Deliberately Stands in Front of Passenger Train. ---
Friday morning, when the Clover Leaf passenger train No. 1 was nearing Delphos,[Ohio] about one mile north of the shops, Engineer Ed. Wagner and Fireman “Slick” Steele were horrified to see a man deliberately standing between the rails and a small boy endeavoring to get him off the track. The boy tried to flag the train but it was too late, and when it came nearer, the boy jumped away from the track to save his own life.
Nicholas Kill was the name of the man standing on the track, and when the train came nearer, he deliberately stooped over, facing the oncoming engine, with his hands on his knees. It was too late to stop the train, and Kill was run down, his body horribly mangled and his head severed and reduced to pulp. The train was stopped and the trainmen gathered up the remains and brought them to the depot, from where they were removed to Bergfeld’s morgue.
It was a deliberate case of suicide. Kill, who is a son of John Kill, Sr., of near Landeck [Ohio] and a brother of John Kill, Jr., and employe at the Can Factory, was married about three years ago to a daughter of Henry Rode, living north of Delphos. He had been making his home with his wife’s parents, and was the father of one child, about two years old. Mr Rode states that the young man, who was 33 years old, had been despondent lately and did not arise until late in the morning.
Friday morning Mr. Rode came to Delphos to be shaved, and when he returned home he asked his daughter where her husband was going, as he had seen him pass the barn and go into a corn field. She supposed he had merely gone to the barn. A 13 year old son of Peter Klaus, of Landeck, who has been working at the Rode farm, was sent after Kill.
When the trainmen were picking up the young man’s remains, the Klaus boy told them that Kill had stated that he intended to commit suicide on the railroad. The boy tried to dissuade him but to no purpose and when the passenger train hove in sight, Kill deliberately placed himself on the track to meet death. The boy tried to get him off the track, but again failed.
Mr. Kill had always been known as a hard working and industrious young man, and those who knew him cannot understand why he should take his own life, and in such a horrible manner.
The remains were prepared for burial and taken to the home of his father Friday evening.
[Twice-A-Week Courant][Delphos, Ohio]
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