Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal Friday, 5 August 1892
The following from Rev. Jacob’s issue of the Wingate Graphic is unique in its way and no sane reader will doubt that John McLain was ‘sober’ when he put up his team if the condition is portrayed alright: “No one knows just how poor dumped and mangled John McLain felt when he said he would destroy himself on Sunday night. With heart on fire, born of love, now the heart is lifeless clay. His mangled body beggers description. John left his sweetheart at 2 p.m. Monday. When he kissed Miss Layton good-bye, he touched his last earthly joy, forever. His poor dumb lips are still to joy and pain. What transpired at Miss Layton’s home will probably never be revealed. Was it a lover’s quarrel, death will not let its victim testify. It is said that John was sober when he put up the team at Linden at 3 a.m. His arms were cut off, his right limb cut and mashed, a great hole cut in his head, and breast mashed in. What a death? A wild, reckless, good hearted, boy has gone to sleep in iron arms. We leave him with his Maker who is ever just and merciful.” - thanks so much, "S"