J.D. Macdonald, age about 47 years, who was the proprietor of Macdonald’s Auto Livery, committed suicide in the Taber Hotel on Monday night by taking Strychnine. The deceased went to his room about 11 o’clock Monday night and on Tuesday, several attempts were made to wake him, but with no success. At about 9 o’clock in the evening Mah Hand, the hotel’s proprietor, became alarmed and sent for Chief Faulds. The chief immediately went to the room and found that the door was locked and also bolted and could get no response from Macdonald, so he climbed up and looked over the transom and realized at once that he was dead. The chief then procured an axe and forced the door. After examining the body, the chief found lying on the dresser, a bottle of Strychnine, half empty.
Chief Faulds notified Coroner Humphries of Lethbridge, who came to Taber and after investigating the circumstances decided an inquest was not necessary and issued a warrant for the burial.
The deceased was buried Wednesday morning.
So far, Chief Faulds has been unable to trace any relatives of the deceased but has been informed that he had a sister somewhere in Prince Edward Island and a brother supposed to be at Olds.