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Jane McNell, a domestic employed by Mrs. W. W. Conover, Jr. of Middletown, committed suicide on Sunday by taking corrosive sublimate. The girl was Protestant Irish, and was originally secured at Castle Garden. She was formerly employed by Mrs. A. E. Newton, who kept the temperance hotel at Middletown last year. Mrs. Newton says she had a very violent temper. On Sunday Mrs. Conover discharged her but told her she could have a home there until she got another place. The girl went upstairs and a few minutes later came down and said she had taken poison. Dr. Taylor was at once sent for, but he was not at home. A messenger was sent to Dr. Edwin Field, of Red Bank, but the girl died before he arrived. It is supposed she took the poison in a fit of anger at being discharged. She was about 23 years of age and had no relatives in this country. Coroner Smith took charge of the remains and decided that an inquest was not necessary. The body was buried yesterday at Fair View cemetery.
Source: Red Bank Register Wednesday, June 15, 1887