In a barn near the old Weeks mill at La Honda the body of Charles Lind, the itinerant harnessmaker, was found hanging from the rafter Thursday by A. Basett. The Coroner’s office was at once notified and Deputy Coroner Claude Fox brought the body of the suicide to town that evening. Mr. Fox was assisted by O. Woodhams.
From the decomposed state of the remains it is evident Lind had hung himself a week before he was discovered. An ordinary baling rope was used to do the job. One end of the rope was tied to one of the rafters and the other end was placed around his neck, and thus suspended, Lind slowly strangled himself, the tips of his shoes resting on lie ground. On the first leaf of a memorandum book found on the body was written the following: “November 6, 1899 - I owe to Dalve $26; I owe P. Mathiesen something in the neighborhood of $15. My effects are in H. S. Neilson’s hands at Glenwood Valley farm and I wish the enclosed letter mailed to him. My head is in a whirl and am on my way to him, but am afraid I am going too crazy too fast to reach him. C. M Lind” The letter referred to is dated November 8th and it must have been that day he committed suicide. Lind was a native of Denmark, aged about 56 years and was well known at La Honda and in this city. A receipt was found in his clothing showing that he was recently reinstated in the Ancient Order of Druids. The remains were interred in the Druid’s plot in Union Cemetery yesterday.