New Hampshire, USA
|Death: ||Jan., 1882|
Jan. 21,1882 Mariposa Gazette
(Submitted by W. Disbro)
Suicide Of A Pioneer.
Lucian GILMAN, an old resident of this county, committed suicide at his home on the Merced River near the Benton Mills, on Friday morning of last week, by shooting himself through the head with a pistol ball. He was quite aged and infirm, and was at the time confined to his bed with sickness. He lived alone, and judging from what he had told others, his suicide was premeditated. On the day previous to his death he sent for Manuel De SILVA, a near neighbor, who came as requested and found him prostrated from sickness. He informed Manuel that he would like to have some one stay with him the following night, which Manuel said he would attend to, and send someone up. Before leaving, GILMAN requested to shake hands, as he (Manuel), would probably never see him again alive, at the same time stating that he intended to shoot himself. Mr. SILVA advised him not to think of such a thing, and left for home, where he procured the services of a man and sent him to stay with GILMAN the following night. The next morning about 6 o'clock, the man left for home to get breakfast, intending to return, which he did in about half
a hour afterwards, and found at the house a Mr. John MACKAN, who had been attracted thither by the sound of a pistol shot, and upon entering the house found that GILMAN had carried his previous treat into execution, and was dead. Mr. Antone De SILVA carried the intelligence to Bear Valley, and on the next day, Saturday, Justice QUEIROLO, acting Coroner, proceeded to hold an inquest which elicited facts as above stated. Owing to his ill health, and impoverished circumstances, Mr. GILMAN had been advised by his friends to go to the county hospital where he would receive proper attention and medical assistance; but he appeared to abhor the idea of being confined in a hospital, and notwithstanding he had at last consented to go, he evaded the illusion of becoming a county pauper by taking his case into his own hands. He was a man of intelligence, very retired, remarkably reticent, and having spent most of his time and labor for the past twenty-five years about Bear Valley and the Merced River, his acquaintances at this late date is quite limited. He was a native of New Hampshire, and fully 70 years of age. His remains were brought to Bear Valley and interred in the public burying ground of that place on the next day following the suicide.
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