Dies to Follow M’Kinley [excerpt]
ASSASSINATION IMPELS E. H. PARAMORE TO SUICIDE.
Man Despondent from Lack of Employment Discusses Murder of President
Regrets Inability to Harm the Slayer—Then Steps into a Wine-Room
Buffet and Shoots Himself—Religious Insanity Leads to Attempt by
While talking with two friends about
the death of President McKinley and lamenting that he could not
get at the assassin to do him harm, E. H. Paramore of 8843 Indiana
avenue suddenly stepped to one side in the Medinah Temple buffet
yesterday and fired a bullet into his own brain. He died while being
taken to the County Hospital.
Paramore, until three months ago,
was a clerk in the car-tracing department of the Michigan Central
railroad. Since then he had been out of work, and this, coupled
with his grief over the President’s death, are supposed to have
inspired the act. He was 53 years old.
He had entered the saloon a few minutes
earlier with two friends, P. J. Geoghan of 2642 Cottage Grove avenue,
and L. D. Mahon, 4 Warren avenue. All three were talking of the
crêpe which adorned the buildings across the street. Then they began
discussing the death of the President and the assassin. Paramore
seemed much depressed, and showed what his friends considered an
almost morbid grief. They tried to cheer him up.
“Come, have another drink,” one of
them said to Paramore.
Instead of answering, Paramore stepped
through the swinging door into the wine-room at the rear, and, before
any one in the room could prevent, pulled a revolver from his pocket,
pointed it at his head, and fired. His two friends rushed to his
aid, but it was too late. He was unconscious when placed in the
ambulance by the Central Detail police, and died shortly after.
The body was taken to Rolston’s undertaking rooms at 22 Adams street.
Paramore was married and lived with
his wife and four children, the youngest 15 years old. He had lived
in Chicago for nine years and was at one time, it is said, a Deputy
United States Marshal. Three years ago he became an employé of the
Michigan Central railroad, but lost his place a short time ago.
A few days ago he made an attempt to kill himself while at his home,
but he was prevented.