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THE LARNED EAGLE-OPTIC, 30 December 1892
A Former Kansas Suicides

Last Tuesday the remains of Thomas L. Bindley, who formerly resided in Hodgeman county, were transferred
from the Santa Fe and placed in a car on the Burdett branch and taken to Burdett for burial. The deceased
met death by cutting his throat in a room at the Pulaski hotel, at Waynesville, Missouri, Friday afternoon,
December 16, 1892.

Mr. Bindley was well known to a number of the citizens of this city and county, particularly in the vicinity of Burdett, where his wife’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. O. Mather, reside. He removed to Poluski county, Missouri, about three years ago, where he took rank as a well-to-do farmer. The preliminary trial of John Bell for murder was being conducted, and Mr. Bindley was a witness. He was also to have been a witness in the Hayes murder case. The bitter feeling in that community engendered by the Hayes tragedy, caused him, as a witness, great worry and alarm, as he claimed that he was spotted for vengeance by some persons. He confided his feelings to several, but little attention was paid to his story, as it was believed to be merely an hallucination.

The morning previous to his suicide he gave a letter to F. C. Kerr for his wife, with a request that if anything should happen the letter should be sent to Mrs. Bindley. The letter was very brief, and is as follows: “I’m going to be lynched. Take care of the children. I want you to administer on my estate. I have also money deposited with Mr. Clark.”

Thomas L. Bindley was a native of Warren county, Pennsylvania, and was thirty-seven years old. In 1875 he was married to Mary Mather, and two years later removed to Hodgeman county, Kansas, where he resided until September of 1889. A wife and four children are left to mourn his death. His aged mother and three brothers still live at the old homestead in Pennsylvania, while another brother, John E. Bindley, lives in Pueblo, Colorado. E. G. Seely, of this city, is also a brother-in-law, and attended the funeral at Burdett last week.

During his residence in Hodgeman county he acquired a large circle of friends, and was universally respected in the communities in which he has lived. He was always a progressive man, and as a farmer he was industrious, pains-taking and more than ordinarily well-to-do.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Tuesday, July 26, 2005 14:03:41

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