Drayton's Gazette discusses social and political issues happening around the globe through the eyes of the African American, minority and disaffected communities.

Ghosts of DC

Herbert Bell was the unfortunate victim of a railroad accident in 1912, where he lost his left above the knee. He was able to sue for damages, but only recouped $500 (shocking and sad). He was an electrician in New York, living at the time on Long Island, but was having a hard time making a living. So difficult, that he told his friends that in his condition, he’d rather be dead.

The New York Times reported his attempted suicide in January of 1914.

Because he has only one leg and his wife and child left him owing to his inability to earn a livelihood for them, Herbert Bell, 22 years old, of 78 East Avenue, Long Island City, attempted suicide  by carbolic acid late Tuesday night. Yesterday he was arraigned before Magistrate Fitch, and was committed to the Queens County jail in default of $1,000 bail.

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