Extraordinary case of self-destruction.
There are men who can perpetrate a great offence simply that they may achieve notoriety by the act, and such a man seems to have been the wretched John Ilinour
, who, on Saturday, hurried himself out of existence by swallowing a dose of laudanum, at Chicago, Ill.
The circumstances are detailed by The Times
"The man Illnour
had been employed as a clerk in the office of Mr. Charles R. Vandercook
, lime manufacturer and dealer in cement, No. 94 Monroe street. He was a native of Rome, N. Y.
, where his family at present reside.
He evinced during the trial, and also subsequently, the keenest interest in the fate of the two men who were executed on Friday, and seemed to feel something of disappointment when he saw that their names had become so notorious.
Better it seemed to him to fire an Ephesian dome than to go to the grave unknown; and so this miserable man — actuated by no motive, stimulated by no extreme indulgence, nerved by no object, supported by no well-grounded hope in the future — rushed wildly from existence merely, as it appears at present, that he might gratify the miserable wish to become notorious!
"For a number of years Illnour had boarded in company with a man named Samuel Barnes
To him he said that he had been unfortunate in business.
He had made some money at one time, but had again lost it. He had gone to California
, and been unsuccessful there.
He had begun to come to the conclusion that his life was a mistake, when the excitement created by the execution of Corbett
Then came the desire for notoriety which resulted in his death.
states that he went with Illnour into his office, on Monroe street, on Saturday afternoon. Illnour had frequently expressed to him his wish to die, and when the two convicts were executed on Friday, he earnestly and seriously expressed a wish that he could 'swap places with them.' He then procured a phial of laudanum, and, in Barnes
's presence, drank it nearly out. Barnes
, his old friend, sprang toward him when he drank, and snatched the phial from his hand.
But he had imbibed a sufficient quantity to insure his speedy death; and, after swallowing it, coolly walked to the Lum House
, No. 88 Monroe street, and sat reading the papers while the poison was effecting its work.
"Soon after the fatal draught, Barnes
and Mr. Briggs
, the proprietor of the place, brought three doctors to see him. He acknowledged to them all that he had taken the poison, but would not look at any medicines they could offer in the shape of antidotes.
He wished to die, he said, and he was determined that he would not live.
He had taken the poison with perfect deliberation.
He had a rope fastened up in his office, which he had intended should be the means through which he should escape the torments of this world.
He sat and read the newspapers with perfect equanimity and coolness till the sickness of death began, and then he requested to be assisted to his room.
He was conveyed to room No. 19, and there, in a short time, expired.
"The deceased was fifty-seven years of age; his family are all wealthy, and there can be assigned no cause for the suicide but the gloomy and morbid thoughts which had arisen during his misfortunes, acting upon a natural weak temperament, instigated him to the commission of this crime, for which he alone has had to pay the penalty."