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Find Mrs. Lorillard Jr. Dead In
Bathroom: Coroner's Verdict,
Suicide Part I
Washington, March 25
Mrs. Pierre Lorillard, Jr., of
New York was found this morning
dead in her bathroom in the
Lorillard residence, near Du Pont
Circle. Although Coroner Nevitt
returned a verdict of suicide by
inhaling gas, the husband and
other relatives insist that Mrs.
Lorillard did not commit suicide,
but that she was a victim of heart
disease. There are a number of
mysterious circumstances in
connection with the affair, and
the action of the Coroner in
signing the certificate of death
before notifying the police
authorities has effectually
prevented any further
Body Lay on Floor
Shortly after his arrival at the Lorillard home the Coroner's attention was called to a note that had been left in a blank envelope. The note was in Mrs. Lorillard's handwriting, but the Coroner took possession of it and refused to make it public. He bases his refusal on the grounds that it is purely a private matter and does not touch upon the tragic end of the writer in any way.
Shortly after the Coroner had
signed the death certificate, the
police were notified of the
tragedy, and detectives were sent
immediately to the Lorillard
residence. They were as promptly
sent back, because, the
certificate having been properly
signed and issued, they had no
.Mrs. Lorillard was then in
fine spirits. Her friend Mrs. C.C.
Cuyler of New York, who had been
in Washington for some time, was
soon to return to New York, and
Mrs. Lorillard had planned a
luncheon party in honor of Mrs.
Cuyler for today. She had asked
Mrs. Bacon, Mrs. Beekman Winthrop,
wife of the Assistant Secretary of
the Navy, and Countess Wedel, wife
of the First Secretary of the
German Embassy, all of whom had
been unable to accept. Others who
had accepted were Mrs. Wilmerding,
Miss Patten, Mrs. Wheelwright, and
Dr. Cuthbert, the family
physician, when seen tonight, held
aloof from any discussion that
might shed light upon the affair.
As to events that preceded Mrs.
Lorillard's death Dr. Cuthbert
said he was entirely uninformed.