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The remains of Nettie Maltby were brought here from Chicago and interred at Rose Hill cemetery last Sunday. Her mother and brother who live in Marion, Kansas, were present at the funeral. Her father was Nelson Maltby, who fell from a wagon and was killed in this city, about twelve years ago. She was married here some years back, to a man named McGuire, but they separated after living together a short time. We copy from the Chicago Daily News of July 29, an article detailing the circumstances surrounding her death, which her relatives say is inaccurate in one particular. While admitting that her death was the result of an overdose of morphine, they deny that it was taken with suicidal intent, and say the testimony of Mrs. Dunn warrants them in believing that the drug was taken simply to soothe the nerves and obtain needed rest. The article in The News reads as follows:

Mrs. W.C. Dunn, wife of a dentist practicing at 163 State street, and living at 300 Marshfield avenue, awakened at 5:30 o'clock Wednesday morning and found her husband dead by her side. Dr. Dunn had come home early the day before feeling ill, and had gone to sleep at 9 o'clock that evening, when she also retired. Yesterday morning the household awakened and discovered that Miss Emma (Nettie) Maltby, a young lady who had lived in the doctor's family for over a year and had been his assistant in his dental practice, and committed suicide in the night by taking morphine. An empty bottle which had contained the drug was found in her room.

Miss Maltby had been in Dunn's dental office about five years. She as a tall, good-looking girl of the brunette type, and was very skilful in dental work, conducting the business in Dr. Dunn's absence from his office, which had been almost continual for the last two months He had invented a heater for houses, and had just formed a company and got the enterprise under way at the time of his death. It was well known that he was a sufferer from heart disease.

Between Miss Maltby and her employer there seems to have been considerable affection. Dr. Dunn regularly escorted his assistant to and from the office, though he had abandoned all office hours himself. Yesterday Miss Maltby visited the office in the afternoon an remained about an hour. Her eyes were red and swollen from weeping, and she seemed deeply affected by her employer's death. The girl's suicide was a terrible shock to Mrs. Dunn, and, taken with her husband's death, has completely prostrated her. At the house it is said that Miss Maltby was scarcely rational all day yesterday, and that Dunn's death, added to the fact that she was herself ill, caused a fit of temporary insanity, during which she took the drug.

The idea of an unwarranted attachment for the doctor or of an undue intimacy between them is scouted. It is reported that the young woman left a letter to Mrs. Dunn explaining her action, but this is strongly denied. The coroner's verdict was that Dr. Dunn died of heart disease and that Miss Maltby died from the effects of morphine administered by herself with suicidal intent during a fit of temporary insanity. Miss Maltby is said to have relatives in Marion, Kan.

Submitted by:Jeanie Lowe


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