|Apr-08-18|| ||MissScarlett: The Beacon Journal (Akron, OH), Monday, July 28th 1902, p.2:|
<New Haven, Conn., July 28. - When Etta Cook, aged 20 years, an orphan and one of the prettiest girls in New Haven was told by Alfred Austell, Yale '98 and Yale law school of 1902, Saturday night in the Double Beach house, a few miles east of this city, that he was going to leave for his home in Atlanta, Ga., on Monday, and that she might never see him again, she drank carbolic acid and fell dying in his arms.
A young woman nurse who was stopping at the hotel took charge of Miss Cook, and Austell went in his automobile for Dr. Evans of Branford. When he returned the physician said the young woman had been dead some time.
Austell met Miss Cook a year ago. She was then employed in the shot shell department of the Winchester Repeating Arms company. Her parents had been dead for several years. She lived with her sister and brother at No. 89 Newhall street, not far from the Winchester factory. She and Austell frequently were seen together after that, the good-looking southerner, who is only 23 years of age, used to dash up to the modest home of Miss Cook in his red automobile and the pair would go off through the country for a ride.
Six weeks ago Miss Cook left the factory, saying she would not return to work, and intimating that she was going to marry a rich young man. Up to last week Miss Cook had been in mourning for her parents. Last Thursday she appeared in a handsome summer gown and a big picture hat to match the dress and went away with Austell in his automobile to the Double Beach house.
They remained there Thursday night and all day Friday. They were in high spirits, apparently, when they whirled through this city on Friday afternoon in the automobile. They returned to the Double Beach house on Friday evening.
No one has told how they spent the evening up to the time Miss Cook took the carbolic acid, for the hotel people, the coroner of New Haven county, Eli Mix of this city and the doctor who was summoned to attend the girl were all requested by Austell to give no information about the suicide. Austell seemed very much downcast over the girl's death.
It was said here by some of the friends of the girl that when she left her home on Thursday to go away with Austell she was under the impression that she and Austell were to leave New Haven and be married later. Then they were to take a long automobile tour through the country as a honeymoon trip.
It was said that when Austell told Miss Cook that he was going on a 1,500-mile automobile journey to his home in Georgia and was going alone, never perhaps to return to this city, she realized for the first time there had come an end to her romantic plans.
Austell has been one of the prominent men in college. His father is reported to be one of the wealthiest landowners in Georgia, and his family is said to be among the leading ones in Atlanta. While in Yale Austell spent money freely. He had two automobiles and a valet. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania Military school. He stood high in his class and was a member of the Yale chess club.>
|Apr-08-18|| ||MissScarlett: Minneapolis Journal, August 4th 1902, p.2:
<"THE NEW PIRATE"
Startling Sermon By a New Haven Divine.
YALE LAW STUDENT ATTACKED
His Brilliant Career of Deception, Ruin and Death Is Told in Detail.
New York Sun Special Service
New Haven, Conn., Aug. 3. - "My theme to-day is the seventh commandment," said the Rev. W. J. Mulch, pastor of the Howard Avenue Congregational church, and secretary of the Yale divinity school alumni association, "and if you don't know what that commandment is, look it up when you get home."
Then he spoke of the recent suicide of 20-year-old Etta Cook of this city at the Double Beach House, and attacked Alfred Austell, the Yale law school senior, who was her companion when she killed herself. He said:
This theme in the pulpit might be made sensational, but with seventeen years of conversatism [sic] back of me I accept it as a call to speak, though every other public voice be silent in condemnation of an unrestrained and flagrant wrong. The newspapers treated it as the freak of a foolish girl who could not bring herself to go back and work in the shop after having a taste of a life of gayety. It is really a story of deception, ruin and death for one who should otherwise have just been entering the glory and beauty of womanhood. It is the deepest tragedy that a human soul is ever called upon to face.
The black sloop of the old pirates has given place to the automobile and the trolley of the new, and the scenes of their lawlessness are transported from the high seas to the highways and resorts of our own community. Credible rumor has it that this particular pirate is not the hero of a solitary adventure. No one but himself can know whether the victims are two or twenty during his brief and brilliant sojourn here, nor how many elsewhere.>
|Apr-08-18|| ||MissScarlett: This story has it all - sex, power, fast cars, ruin, death - but it also has <fake news>. |
Atlanta Constitution, July 27th 1902:
<New Haven, Conn., Jul. 26. -(Special)- Miss Etta Cook, a member of a well-known family here, committed suicide last evening because Alfred Austell, of Atlanta, Ga., a Yale student, intended leaving for his home in the south. The young woman, it seems, had been in love with the young man and when she learned of his plan to return to Atlanta for good she took poison.
Austell had known Miss Cook for some time and counted her among his friends. Never, for an instant, did he imagine that she regarded him as other than an acquaintance. Several friends had told him that the young woman thought much of him, but he did not consider the matter seriously.
Having completed his studies at Yale he decided to make the trip home in his automobile and, meeting Miss Cook, told her of his plans. It is said she asked him if he intended returning to New Haven after having visited his people in the south.
"No," said he, "I have completed my studies, have secured my diploma and there is now no reason why I should come back."
Miss Cook, it is understood, then intimated something of her feeling toward him, but realized that he had thought her only one of his friends, she left and shortly afterwards took the poison which ended her life. Young Austell, while passing the house, heard the commotion which followed the discovery of her body and he was greatly shocked when he learned what had taken place.>