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Subject: From Henry Clark
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2006 15:20:03 EST
Attempted To Cremate Himself
January 18, 188?
ATTEMPTED TO CREMATE HIMSELF.
Made Insane by Excessive Cigarette Smoking and Applied a Match to Kerosene
Oil He Rubbed on His Body.
Jersey City, Jan. 18.—Florentine Patterson, twenty-one years old of 77 Giles
avenue, who was made insane by excessive cigarette smoking, attempted to
burn himself to death yesterday at his home. He was released recently from the
lunatic asylum at Snake Hill, and it was thought he was cured. Yesterday his
mother heard him screaming in his room, and found him enveloped in flames.
He had partly stripped himself, rubbed kerosene oil on his body, and touched
it off with a match. His mother wrapped a blanket around him and
extinguished the flames, but not before he had been severely burned. Afterward he
threatened to kill his mother and stepfather, and they had him arrested. He will
be returned to the asylum.