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Hardy, Henry Weld 1885-1909 SUICIDE

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 6:56 am    Post subject: Hardy, Henry Weld 1885-1909 SUICIDE Reply with quote

Pacific Grove Review, CA Aug. 17, 1909
Soldier Dies by Own Hand in Metropolis
Another defender of Uncle Sam’s honor has tired of life and ended his troubles by the suicide route. The tragedy took place in San Francisco Sunday, the victim of his own dreadful deed being Private Henry Weld Hardy, of Company M. Eighth Infantry. Hardy left the Monterey Presidio Wednesday last on a two days pass and nothing had been heard concerning his whereabouts until yesterday morning, when a telegram was received from the chief of notice of the metropolis giving the startling information that he had been found cold in death’s embrace at 1132 Eddy street, where he had engaged a room and turned on the gas. Before proceeding with his rash act, he prepared a letter addressed to Roy W. Gregory, the first sergeant of his company, and penned two epistles to Private A.B. Rittell, also of Company M. Hardy stated in his lietter to Sergeant Gregory that his father was Charles Hardy, of Lawrence, Mass. And that he wanted to be buried at the Presidio. He also requested that the funeral services be conducted by a civilian minister of Monterey. A postscript followed in which he gave notice that when the letter reached its destination he would be cold and stiff. It is hinted by those who had been associates of Hardy, that unrequited love was the cause of the tragedy, the young lady in the case being a resident of Oakland. He was regarded as a man of exemplary character, was a local abstainer from the use of alcoholic beverages, and was a favorite with many in his company. He was aged 24 years and enlisted in Uncle Sam’s service October 8, 1908, as Harry Weld.
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