|"THEODORE HYATT, EMBARASSED IN BUSINESS AND
SUFFERING FROM INSOMNIA, SENDS A BULLET THROUGH HIS BRAIN.
Theodore Hyatt, sixty-five years of
age, committed suicide yesterday, at his place of business, No. 25
Waverly place, by shooting himself in the head. The deceased was a
member of the firm of Hyatt Brothers, manufacturers of patent vault
lights. He was the inventive and mechanical genius of the firm and
devoted all his life to the invention and improvement of the patent
vault lights, which are protected in his right by over forty patents.
He had also achieved great success in other modifications of the vault
lights, such as illuminating encaustic tiles, non-condensing skylights,
corrugated copper skylights, floor lights and vault covers. The firm,
up to a few years ago, was considered to be in a prosperous condition,
but lately business reverses are said to have set in. This depression
had a corresponding effect on the mind and general health of the
deceased. For some time past he had been under medical treatment for
a nervous complaint, which took the form of insomnia; but it was never
suspected that this affection would take a suicidal turn.
About noon yesterday one of the
employees, Jacob Jacobs, while passing Mr. Hyatt's office on the
second floor, heard what he describes as a "gurgling noise."
He tried to enter by the door; but finding it was locked, he
entered an adjoining room, and by going out on the cornice,
which is protected by a long wooden sign, he reached a window of
Mr. Hyatt's office and opened it. He saw deceased seated on a
chair, with a Smith & Wesson seven-barrelled revolver in his
hand. Dr. Maxwell, of Macdougal street, was notified; but before
his arrival life was extinct.
Coroner Woltman, accompanied by his
deputy, Mr. Cushman, proceeded to the scene of the tragedy and
took testimony. Jacob Jacobs related substantially the facts
above stated, and Dr. Edward Seguin, of West Twentieth street,
deposed that the deceased for the past two years had been suffering
Deputy Coroner Cushman probed the
fatal wound, which was in the right temple, and found that the
ball had penetrated the brain. Mr. Hyatt, as he appeared in
death, was handsome, well preserved and venerable looking. His
white, scanty locks served to cover the wound in the temple, and
no blood was visible on the hair or around the mouth of the
Upon the recent organization of the
New York Electric Light Company, the deceased, who had interested
himself in its success, was appointed secretary and treasurer of
the company. He resided at No. 46 Morton street with his wife
and two children — a son and a daughter.
—New York Herald, Thursday, January 9, 1879