Then my little daughter Ann Eliza took the chills and fever, and was continually sick. This made me downhearted and discouraged again. I had some arsenic in the house which I purchased in Harlem, and I put it in the medicine I bought for her to cure the chills. I gave it to her twice, then she was taken sick as the others were, and died about noon four days afterward. She was the happiest child I ever saw.
-- FROM THE CONFESSION OF LYDIA SHERMAN
Exactly what transpired on that long-ago day when Edward Struck lost his job in disgrace will never be fully known. Certain facts, however, are beyond dispute.