The True Citizen newspaper, March 24, 1894 A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY SHOOTS HERSELF THROUGH THE RIGHT LUNG WITH A PISTOL: LAWTONVILLE, GA., March 23: Miss Bertha Wallace attempted to take her own life last night by shooting herself through the right lung, the ball passing out of her back. She wrote a letter to her mother exonerating everyone, saying her mind had been affected from reading novels. It is impossible for her to live. Drs. McMaster, of Beaver Dam, and Oliver, of Munnerlyn, are in attendance. She also left a long letter for THE CITIZEN in which she gave her reason for the attempted suicide. She went out to the buggy to talk to a gentlemen friend and as he started to drive off she fired the fatal shot. She told her father when he first got to her that no one was to blame for the act. She did it herself.
LAWTONVILLE GOSSIP: Your correspondent at Lawtonville visited the stricken parents of Miss Bertha A. Wallace, and was informed by them that for the past six months they had seen peculiarities in their daughter, Bertha, but did not give it serious attention, but since she had taken her own life, they know now that at certain times she was deranged, and can plainly see when it is too late that they should have taken steps to have prevented her sad death. The sympathies of the good people go out to the bereaved family in this their hour of deep distress. The burial of Miss Bertha Wallace was conducted at her late home by Rev. H. G. Edenfield, of the Baptist church, and J. C. Greiner, of the Methodist. Brother Edenfield read the six Psalm, and made a very feeling talk to the large gathering of people. Brother Greiner concluded the service at the grave in one of his instructive and touching styles of delivery. The deceased had made her burial robes only the day before, and for the purpose of being buried in. She was laid away in a fine casket and her grave was covered by rare and beautiful flowers.