A Religious Zealot throws herself before a Locomotive and is crushed to Death!
Thomas Philips, formerly employed in a scale factory on Columbia-street, and a well-known resident in the lower quarter of the city, committed suicide yesterday morning on East Front by throwing himself before the locomotive of the morning Marietta train, which broke every bone and mangled his body frightfully.
Philips was a member of the High-street Baptist Church, and regarded as quite an exemplary and worthy person. For a twelvemonth he had been devoting a great deal of his time to religion, attending one or other of the prayer-meetings almost daily. He read hymns and the Scriptures nightly, and his mouth was full of quotations therefrom. As the months advanced, his ardor in the cause augmented, and religion occupied his mind so much of late that he has attended to little business.
Evening before last he had participated in a prayer-meeting, and seemed at its close to be entirely insane; talking incoherently and raving about God and Christ and the angels like an inmate of a mad-house. A friend who saw his condition, persuaded him to visit his house and sleep there; but Phillips arose about four o’clock in the morning, and walked down Front-street, occasionally stopping and preaching to a lamp-post, and then singing and praying.—He wandered about in this insane mood for more than two hours, and when the train started, he walked slowly along, and stopped on the side of the track as if waiting for the cars to go by. As soon, however, as the locomotive was within a few feet, he threw himself before the engine, which, with the tender, passed over his body, although the bell was rung and the engine reversed—but too late.
Phillips was killed instantly, and presented a frightful and sickening spectacle.—He was crushed to pieces and mangled beyond the power of recognition. A number of pieces of bone were picked up after the corpse had been carried away.
The Coroner held an inquest upon the body, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts. He leaves a wife and four children.—Cin. Enqr., Nov. 19th.
from the Newark Advocate (Newark, OH) Wednesday, November 24, 1858, pg. 1, col. E