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    Johnstown Weekly Tribune, 20 Dec 1901, Page 6, Contributed by Lynne Canterbury


Lottie Pringle Quarreled with Her Lover and Took Poison.

Lottie Pringle, aged twenty-three years, daughter of Mrs. Lydia Pringle, of Wilmore, drank carbolic acid at the home of T. W. Gibson in McKeesport last Sunday morning and died at 1:30 o'clock that afternoon from the effects of the drug.

Miss Pringle's father -- Constable George B. [sic - D.] Pringle -- was killed on the railroad at Portage a few years ago, and she was supporting herself. Early last spring she went to Mckeesport and went to live with the Gibson family, at the corner of Walnut and Seventh streets. Shortly afterward she secured employment in one of the department stores of the town.

Some months ago Nathan Waite, a young man from Port Perry, began to visit Miss Pringle. They were together a great deal and it was not long until it was reported that they were engaged to be married in the spring. One day last week she told a member of the Gibson family that she had quarreled with her lover. She then seemed much depressed and on two occasions since said that she was tired of life.

Shortly before noon Sunday cries were heard coming from her room, and occupants of the house went to her assistance. She was lying on the bed, and evidently suffering the most excruciating agony. The odor of carbolic acid permeated the room. Lying on the bed beside her was an empty vial that had contained the poison. The label had been effaced. Miss Pringle was unconscious and the lower portion of her face was terribly burned by the caustic liquid. Physicians were summoned, but her agony ended in death three hours later.

Miss Pringle once before tried to commit suicide, while still at home in Wilmore. She took poison, but medical treatment saved her. That act, which occurred several years ago, was also said to have been inspired by a love affair.

Mrs. Pringle and her stepson went down to McKeesport Monday morning and brought the girl's body home, the funeral taking place at Wilmore on Wednesday.

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