W. S. Cheney

The Courant American
Cartersville, Georgia
September 28, 1899, Page 2
Transcribed by 2006

W. S. Cheney Commits Suicide.
Prominent Young Lawyer of Marietta Kills Himself.
Opposed Sister’s Marriage
When Minister informs him of the marriage he put a bullet to his head.

Marietta, Ga., Sept. 21. – Mr. W. S. Cheney, a prominent and wealthy young attorney of Marietta, committed suicide in front of the post office in that city last night by shooting himself.

A few minutes before the shooting Hon. N. A. Morris, one of the representatives of this county, and a prominent and highly esteemed young lawyer, was married to Miss Cora Cheney, the half-sister of Mr. Cheney.

Mr. Cheney was very much opposed to the marriage and for some days past he has not been himself and acted strangely on different occasions.  Yesterday his actions were that of a madman.  He went to his sister’s room, drew his pistol and presented it at her and told her if she did not swear she would not marry Mr. Morris he would kill her, and after she had sworn it to him, he again presented the pistol at her and replied that he did not know but what he would kill her anyway.  She grabbed the pistol from his hand and he struck her and threw her down and took it from her, and then told her that if she ever spoke to Morris again he would kill her and would probably do so before tomorrow morning anyway.

Miss Cheney then slipped away from the boarding house and sent for Hon. T. W.Glover, whom she knew to be an intimate friend of Mr. Morris, and asking him to telegraph to Roswell for Mr. Morris.  He came home in response to the telegram, and when Miss Cheney had related to him what had happened, a marriage license was procured and the marriage, which was not to have taken place for a week yet, was solemnized at Locust Lodge, Mr. Morris’ boarding place, in the presence of a few friends, Rv. J. H. Patton officiating.

When Dr. Patton returned to town he met Mr. Cheney and told him what had happened, whereupon he drew his pistol and remarked:

“Yes, and you shall see the fruits of your labor,” and shot himself as above related.  He was taken to the Elmwood hotel and his sister notified.  She is now prostrated with grief.


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