Sherman Daily Democrat
25 October 1886
John Moss, Dead
John Moss, the unfortunate citizen of Bells who was tried in this
city some time since on the charge of insanity, and who was acquitted,
died rather suddenly and unexpectedly at his home last Saturday night.
He had, it seems, some trouble in the courts in Kentuckytown, and since
that time has been a little strange in his action. It is hinted that
if his death had been closer investigated, strange developments would have
come forth. As no investigation was made, if he killed himself it
will probably remain unknown.
BELLS, TEXAS, Oct 24 -- Last night J. J. Moss, an old citizen of
this county, living a few miles northwest of this place, committed suicide
by taking morphine. He has been partially deranged for several years,
and complaint was made against him about a month since for lunacy, but
was not persued and he came clear. For the last week he had been
sullen and (unreadlable), but no one thought that he had any intentions
upon his own life. Yesterday, he shut himself up in the second story
of his house all day, and about dark, as he did not come down, the family
became alarmed and went to look after him. They found him lying down
and breathing with difficulty. A doctor was called in but he was
too far gone for help and died in a few minutes.