By Her Own Hand. Young Woman Ends Her Life

The Los Angeles Times

Rises at Midnight Hour and Takes Poison

Young and Beautiful Woman Who
Has Written Verse for Magazines
Carries out Suicidal Impulse Long
Entertained—Father and Sister
Residents of Los Angeles.

[By Direct Wire To The Times]

Monterey, Nov 14th—[Exclusive Dispatch] Nora May French, a young and beautiful woman, who had written some verse for the magazines, took her life this morning at the home of Mrs. George Sterling at Carmel-by-the-Sea, with a draught of potassium cyanide.

The young woman, who was loved and respected by hosts of friends, had long suffered with suicidal impulse. Lately she had made her home with Mrs. Sterling, wife of the well-known poet, George Sterling. The poet had been absent in San Francisco for a few days, and Miss French and Mrs. Sterling were the only occupants of the Sterling bungalow.

Just after midnight this morning Mrs. Sterling heard Miss French rise then lie down again. A moment later the strange breathing of the young woman aroused the fear of Mrs. Sterling, who lit a lamp and found Miss French dying. Mrs. Sterling ran out for assistance. This was promptly given, but too late.

 Coroner Muller held an inquest this afternoon, and the jury gave the verdict of suicide. It was found that Miss French on Wednesday morning had bought from Dr. Beck a large amount of cyanide of potassium, under the plea of using it for cleaning silverware. Mrs. Sterling is prostrated by the affair.

 Miss French"s father and sister, Helen, are living in Los Angeles. Since shortly after the earthquake and up to the time, two weeks ago, when she took up her home with the Sterling"s, Miss French had been living in San Francisco. Her sister two weeks ago returned to Los Angeles. Her father and sister have been telegraphed for.

The Los Angeles Times, Nov 15th, 1907, pg.13.