Publication: THE WEEKLY VINCENNES WESTERN SUN
Date: February 18, 1860
EXCITING AFFAIR IN CHURCH.—A correspondent furnishes us the particulars of an affair which occurred at Sumner, Ill, on last Sunday, causing the utmost excitement. During the morning service, when the house was crowded, and the preacher in the middle of his discourse, a young man named William Barlow, seated in the congregation, attempted to commit suicide by cutting his throat with a pocket knife. He first cut the principal artery in each arm and them inflicted a horrible gash in the throat, aiming, no doubt, to cut the jugular vein, but not knowing its precise location, missed it.
The attempt was supposed to have been caused by temporary insanity, super-induced by religious excitement. He will probably recover.