STRANGE NOTE FOUND IN BOTTLE ON SHORE OF DEVILS LAKE MAY CLEAR UP MYSTERY
Devils Lake, N.D., July 31.—A message was found in a bottle on the shore of Devils Lake by Captain Ford, dated August 17,1913, which read as follows:
"This is to say goodbye. I am weary of this world since the only girl I ever loved has gone to the beautiful beyond and I have gone to join her. I say farewell, beautiful world."
Whether the note is really a farewell of some heart broken youth before he ended his career by drowning in the lake or whether it was the prank of some picnic party, hoping to cause some excitement, cannot be definitely determined.
The only clue so far disclosed is the fact that August 17, 1913, was a Sunday and a day for picnics at the lake. The empty pickle bottle and the wrapping paper, on which the note was written, also lead officials to believe that it was the prank of some picknickers.
Grand Forks Herald, 7/31/1917