Cast Ashes On Sea She Loved.


Family and Friends of Poet Perform Rites Today.

Body of Nora May French Is Cremated in North.

Salem Ceremony Takes Place at Cypress Point.

(By Direct Wire to the Times)

San Francisco, Nov.16—[Exclusive Dispatch] Tomorrow at the famous Cypress Point on the seventeen-mile drive at historic Monterey, the ashes of Nora May French, the young Los Angeles poet, who took her own life last Thursday, will be scattered on the ocean. The body was cremated here today and the ashes will be taken down to Monterey by the morning train.

Her father and her sister, Miss Helen French, George Sterling, the poet, and his wife, Jimmie Hopper and his wife, Mrs. Mary Austin and other intimate friends of the deceased will gather at Cypress Point and cast the ashes into the waves that beat upon that promontory. The shade of the old oak there, the favorite of painters and poets, was one of her places for contemplation.

During the two weeks that she lived at Carmel-by-the-Sea, she often rode to the point, and, resting there, brooded for hours at a time—and no doubt worked out at that place the details of the act that gave sorrow to her friends and robbed the world of a talented woman.

Those who knew her best will gather at the old Cypress tomorrow and there will be little ceremony and no ostentation about the giving of her ashes to the ocean. Short and simple rites will mark the act which is to make her part of the sea and the shore by which she sat and planned this consummation.

The facts have come out that she suffered from an organic disease and that, thought she was engaged to marry Capt. Thomas Allan Haley, an Englishman, who fought on the Boer side in the South African war, she was very despondent and feared that her health would prevent her marriage.

The Los Angeles Times, Nov 17th, 1907. Pg 13.