Dallas Morning News
Denison, Tex., Sept 4 - Following is the evidence of Mrs. Raines
given at the inquest this morning in the case of J.R. Raines, who suicided
J.R. Raines was my husband, he was 39 years of age and we have been
married ten years. My husband handed me a note yesterday morning
stating that he had better leave this world, that it was the easiest way
out of his troubles. About 8:45 a.m., Sept. 3, I noticed there was
something wrong with Mr. Raines; he told me there was something the matter
with his eyes. After a while I went into his room and pulled his
eyelids back and saw that something was wrong with them; I raised up his
pillow and found a box marked morphine under it. I immediately sent
for neighbors and a doctor. We worked with him until a physician arrived.
The doctor told me there was no chance for him. He died about 11:30
Sunday morning. We have no children. He had often talked of
L.W. Glover, a farmer living nearest to Mr. Raines, testified as
follows this morning before Justice Cutler:
I think it was near 9:30 when Mrs. Raines sent for me by her sister.
I went to the house and found Mr. Raines lying in bed gasping for breath.
I felt his pulse and that seemed all right, but his breathing was very
irregular. He would gasp a few times and then cease breathing altogether,
then gasp again. Mrs. Raines asked me what I thought of the case,
and I told her that Mr. Raines was the same as dead. He was beginning
to turn purple around the eyes and mouth. I asked her what the trouble
was and she said he had taken morphine, and showed me a note he had left.
She showed me a box labeled morphine taken from under his pillow.
She stated he had been despondent lately and that he had got up and dressed
and been about the place yesterday morning, but later had complained of
his eyes hurting him, and she raised the lids as he seemed to be asleep,
and found that he was suffering. The physician came after I got there
and soon after his arrival Mr. Raines died. He came too late to do
any good, as the poison had operated before he could reach the place.
Following is the note left by the deceased, spoken of by Mrs. Raines:
"After due consideration, I have decided that the best way out of
my troubles and for all interested, is for me to leave this world.
I am sick at heart and can be happy no longer and death is preferable to
the way I am living, so to all, be charitable for I blame no one but myself
for my troubles.
"J. R. Raines"
17 August 1871 - 17 June 1948