Reports the New York Times on the sudden and perplexing demise of Rep. William W. Wedemeyer of Michigan. Apparently his constituents’ recent decision not to return him to office had weighed heavily on his mind and, combined with the temperature change on his visit to Panama to inspect the canal, had driven him insane.
After raving on about President Taft, who he blamed for his defeat, and while on the deck of the ship in front of 30 other Congressmen who also went to inspect the canal (obviously receiving free trips to tropical locations during winter is a high priority in Congress), Wedemeyer threw himself into the sea. His body has not been recovered.
One must grieve for the family he left behind. But one must also wonder how his colleagues will address his bizarre exit in their memorial speeches in Congress.