Fargo, N.D., March 17.—Josephine Balke, a domestic, attempted suicide by drinking carbolic acid at the Flamer house last night. The doctors are uncertain as to her recovery. She claims that Carl Rudd, an engineer, betrayed her and upon her upbraiding him for not marrying her, he told her that she had better take poison. This she did, Rudd making no effort to prevent her. Rudd will be held by the police for further developments. He denies the woman's statements.
Jamestown Weekly alert, 3/23/1899
Carl Rudd, of Fargo, the alleged betrayer of Josephine Balke, who attempted suicide with carbolic acid, has skipped the town, a day or two before he was to have married the girl.
Bismarck Tribune, 3/30/1899