SHE ENDS HER LIFE.
Pauline Philips Administers a Dose of Carbolic Acid.
Died From The Effects At 6:30 O’Clock Last Evening - Inquest To Be Held Today.
Pauline Phillips, a Salem courtesan, committed suicide at 5:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon by taking a dose of carbolic acid. The fact that the woman has for some time been mentally unbalanced, coupled with her infatuation for a local sporting man, who did not reciprocate her affections, is assigned as an explanation for the woman’s self-destruction.
The correct and maiden name of the dead woman was Emma Reisner, but she was the divorced wife of James McDogget, and was about 24 years of age and had been a resident of Salem for four years. The woman’s parents reside at No. 3934 Winter street, Denver, Colorado. The Phillips woman for some time past has been living with Madam Maginnis at No. 142 Ferry street. Last evening, while the other members of the household were partaking of dinner, Pauline, who remained in the parlor, took the deadly poison and although Drs. J. D. Shaw and C. H. Robertson, who were summoned, arrived immediately, they were unable to do anything for the woman, who died in great agony at 6:30 o’clock, just an hour after administering the dose.
About ten weeks ago, the Phillips woman, insane from a protracted spree, smashed a Commercial street plate glass window. She was arrested and committed to the Oregon hospital for the insane when after a six weeks treatment, she was released. Since her discharge from the asylum, the woman has not appeared right, mentally, and frequently declared that she wished she was dead. Her threats were not seriously considered and her associates endeavored to dissuade her from carrying them into execution, but employed no means to restrain her from ending her life. The woman had been unusually despondent for several days, which, with the remorse her unrequited love occasioned, caused her to end her life.
Coroner D. F. Lane will hold an inquest over the remains this morning and examine into the cause of the woman’s death. It is probable the woman will be buried by her associates who last evening solicited subscriptions in that behalf.
Oregon Statesman 20 Jul 1900 2:1
CARD OF THANKS We take this means of extending our heartfelt thanks to the ladies of the W.C.T.U. for the kindness and courtesies extended on the occasion of the funeral of the late Pauline Phillips; we also wish to thank Rev. Dr. John Parsons for conducting the funeral services. MABEL RHODES MRS. HATTIE McGINNIS
Oregon Statesman 22 Jul 1900 5:2