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Samuel Duskin
Jacksonville Daily Journal, 25 Feb. 1917

Young Man of Midway Neighborhood Despondent, Planned Own Death

About 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon the lifeless body of Samuel Duskin was found at the home of James Cooper near Midway. Duskin had committed suicide by shooting himself with a shot gun. Duskin, who was about twenty years of age, had been staying at the home of his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, for some time. Coroner Rose was notified and will hold an inquest today.

It is not known just the motive that led the young man to take his own life but he was known to be somewhat despondent. Not long ago he gave several checks while in this city and they were returned to the bank marked no funds. Relatives subsequently made good the losses sustained by the holders of the checks and it is understood that this affair added somewhat to Duskin's depression.

The young man borrowed the gun with which he took his life from a neighbor, Clarence Lurton, and told him that he wanted to go hunting for a few hours. Instead of doing so Duskin waited until members of the family were away from the home and then going to his bedroom fastened a string to the trigger of the gun and so placed it that while lying on the bed he could discharge the full contents of the barrels into his body. It is believed that death was instantaneous after he pulled the trigger.

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