Girl Writer Tires Of Life
Nora May French Drinks Poison
After Bullet Misses Mark.
Suicide Idea Fascinates
Advice of Uncle, Minister, Holds Victim Under Spell
San Francisco, Cal., Nov 15th—[Special]—
Nora May French of Los Angeles, a gifted young woman, who had written good poetry and prose for the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines, killer herself with cyanide of potassium yesterday.
Miss French was 20 years old and was the guest of George Sterling—who wrote that strange poem, "The Wine of Wizardry"— and his wife at Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey county.
Mrs. Sterling and Miss French retired in the same bedroom of the cottage Wednesday night. Soon after midnight Mrs. Sterling was awakened by the creaking of the door when Miss French had gone into the bathroom. Her hostess called to her.
"I want a drink of water," she answered calmly.
Soon the young woman returned to bed, moaning in agony, and lost consciousness. The doctors who were hastily called found her dead.
Tries Death by Bullet; Fails.
The emotional girl—she was little else—tried to shoot herself in the head on Monday. The bullet clipped off a lock of her hair.
Her uncle, a Presbyterian minister, had often spoken of his abhorrence of suicide. He told her if the thought of self-destruction even entered her mind, to sit, pistol in hand, in a shadow"s path and to shoot when the edge of the shadow reached her.
"By that time you will have repented," said her uncle," and you will not shoot."
The idea fascinated the girl. On Monday, with Sterling"s revolver hidden in her dress, she hurried out to a quiet spot on the edge of the pines. There she reached a shadow east by a lofty tee, pointed the pistol at her head, and pulled the trigger. Her hand was not steady and the bullet sped by her head, clipping only one of her curls. Her mood then changed until tonight, when she drank the death potion.
Chicago Daily Tribune, Nov 16th, 1907, pg 1.