ARTICLE: ERNEST DU BUIS A SUICIDE. Well Known Peorian Found Dead by Own Hand.
With a bullet wound in the head, and a revolver lying near, the body of Ernest G. DU BUIS, son of the late Oscar DU BUIS, was discovered at the lower end of Lake View park yesterday afternoon by two rivermen. Coroner ELLIOT who was summoned to the park by the men who made the discovery, stated that the unfortunate yound man had been dead several days. The two men, Frank BUSH and H. BARTLETT, with two others, were coming from the river about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when they came upon the corpse and at once notified the coroner, who, on reaching the scene of the tragedy, ordered the body to be taken to the Boland undertaking establishment. The bullet that snuffed out the young man's life had entered just forward of the left ear, torn through the head and remained just under the skin in front of the right ear, causing instant death. Du BUIS had been rooming at the home of J.S. HINER, 1927 North Adams street, for the past two weeks. He had not been seen at the HINER home since Tuesday morning, at breakfast. At that time he complained of feeling badly. Friends say that he had been brooding over various troubles for some time and that his suicide was due to despondency. Ernest DU BUIS, who was about thirty years of age, was the son of Mrs. Fannie DU BUIS, 1503 North Perry avenue, and a brother of George DU BUIS, the young artist who had recently opened a studio here. His father, the late Oscar DU BUIS, laid out Glen Oak park. Two other brothers and two sisters are living. John DU BUIS of San Francisco, Harry DUBUIS of Danville, Ill., Miss Fannie DU BUIS, and Mrs. Frank OLSON. The inquest was held this morning. The first witness, Frank BUSH,stated that he, with three companions, was walking down through Lake View yesterday afternoon when they discovered the body, lying in the far end of the park. DU BUIS was lying on his back, fully dressed, his face covered with blood, and a revolver badly rusted, with one chamber discharged, lay at his left side close to his hand. Hubert BARTLETT, Roy COLLINS and Chas. SH?? (maybe SHED?), who were with BUSH at the time, fully coroborated the latter's testimony. The examination of Jacob HINER, who owns the hotel on North Adams street where DU BUIS was living, brought out the fact that DU BUIS had twice unsuccessfully endeavored to borrow a revolver from Gus GREEN, proprietor of a saloon on North Adams street and from a man named STUMM, telling them that he wanted to shoot rabbits at Lake View. George S. DU BUIS, artist, brother of the deceased, stated that while his brother had been worried over financial troubles, he knew of nothing serious enough to drive him to so desperate an act. Harry DU BUIS, another brother, made a similar statement. He also said that Ernest DUBUIS was left-handed, which accounted for the revolver being found at the left of the body. The jury brought in a verdict of suicide. The funeral will be held tomorrow or Monday. (SOURCE>The Peoria Star, Saturday, 6 February 1909, page 12, Peoria, Peoria, Illinois)