The suicide of Miss Belle Slavens, the stenographer at a Wichita bank, is a peculiar thing. The girl insured her life, made her will, bought a revolver, and in the bank late one night to use it. In order to give the impression that it was murder, her last act was to write a letter to a friend saying that she was waiting in the bank for a strange man who wanted her to do some type-written work for him. She then shot herself. The "strange man" story, and the fact that the pistol was found in the girl's left hand, have started the report that she was murdered, which is probably what was desired. No man was seen anywhere near the bank by business men in that neighborhood.
Atchison (Kansas) Daily Globe, June 29, 1899.