From the Evening Times-Republican (Marshalltown, Iowa)
Published February 3, 1902
An 11-year-old girl’s slight against a fortune teller results in a “curse” being placed upon the girl, stating she will be murdered in 10 days. After 3 days, the girl could no longer take the anticipation and kills herself by drinking acid, probably carbolic acid which held a variety of household uses and was a popular means of suicide at the time, thus fulfilling the prophesy.
A 15-year-old shoots herself in the chest after her elopement is shut down by her father. She was expected to recover from her injuries.