Tragedies of Yuletide (1905)

The Guthrie Daily Leader, 26 Dec. 1905
Brought on Apace With Joyous Events of the Christmas Season
Poisoned by Candy.
     Pana, Ill., Dec. 26-Christmas’ coming brought death in the name of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Coleman here, in the form of mixed candy, and as a result, the 3-year-old daughter is a corpse. It is believed the candy contained arsenic. The child died in convulsions.
No Money for Presents; Suicide.
 Kingman, Kas., Dec. 26-E. Apel, a druggist at Norwich, this county, committed suicide by shooting himself at his house. Worry over business and inability to buy Christmas presents was the cause. He leaves a widow and two children.
Asks Christmas Price, Is Slain.
Wathena, Kas., Dec. 26-Because John Schalz, a prominent merchant of this place, told Edward Morris, a farmer, when the latter inquired the Christmas price of a pair of shoes, and then complained that it was exorbitant, that ‘Those shoes are much too good for you to wear,’ Schalz was stabbed to the heart with a pocket knife. The killing occurred on the threshold of the store before fifty horrified shoppers. The dead man leaves a wife and eight small children. Morris, who is in jail, has a family of six.
Bearer of Yuletide Feast Killed.
Temple, Tex., Dec. 26-An interurban car of the Belton-Temple Traction company ran over and killed Paul Atkins, a laborer here yesterday. He was the support of a widowed mother and was carrying home a sack of flour and material for a Christmas dinner.”