WOMAN IN JAIL BUYS POISON.
Agnes Keller Prefers Death to Two Years in Prison.
Life lost its charm for Agnes Keller, 24 years old, yesterday when she learned that she was to be taken to the penitentiary tomorrow. So late yesterday afternoon she swallowed fifteen bichloride of mercury tablets at an early hour this morning and was in a serious condition in the General hospital.
Last fall the woman was arrested and charged with stealing a diamond pin from a dentist while he was working on her teeth. She was convicted and sentenced to serve two years at Jefferson City. On her promise to reform she was granted a parole.
About six weeks ago she was again arrested at that time being charged with vagrancy. She gave bond for her appearance in court, but when her case was called she failed to appear. Later she was arrested at Pittsburg, Kas., brought back to Kansas City by Detective Ed Smith and her parole revoked by Judge Porterfield of the criminal court.
After being informed yesterday that she would be removed to Jefferson City tomorrow, Agnes called a messenger boy to her cell in the county jail and sent him on a mission. He returned about 4 o'clock. A short time later Agnes swallowed the bichoride tablets.