LOS ANGELES, CA — W.T. Ross, a real estate dealer, took his own life today [May 20] in an experiment to determine whether death was merely a transition into another life.

His body was found in his room. He had seated himself on the floor, head propped against a rocking-chair, and had drained a death potion mixed in a glass.

Notes scattered about the floor and inside the covers and on pages of books on the occult, lying on the floor and shelves indicated that Mr. Ross had delved deep into spiritism and the occult, and was seeking an explanation of things which he had read. One of the notes stated that the writer didn't know whether he would return and made the experiment to find out. In another note he directed that all his property and belongings be turned over to his friend, Miss Grace Wilson, parish minister of the Wilshire Congregational Church.