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THE RAILWAY TRAGEDY IN FRANCE.

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THE RAILWAY TRAGEDY IN FRANCE. Respecting this tragedy, the Western Morning News publishes a telegram from its Gibraltar correspondent which supplies strong corroborative evidence that the young man killed on the 30th ultimo between Boulogne and Calais was Mr. J. W. Willoughby, assistant-paymaster in the navy, the second son of Mr. James Willoughby, a member of a Plymouth firm of ironfounders and engineers. The description of the deceased, the marks on his linen, and other circumstances pointed strongly to this conclusion, even before it was publicly known that he had left her Majesty's ship Tamar but now that we know that he did so when she was at Malta, about the 20th of March, and that he did not rejoin her before she sailed for Gibraltar, there is strong circumstantial proof that the J. W. Willoughby who had been found dead is the J. W. Willoughby whose unaccountable absence from the Tamar had caused so much anxiety. The ship had since gone on another trip from Gibraltar to Malta, but there is now unfortunately no chance that the errant young officer rejoined her. It is ditficult to think with patience of the conduct of the French authorities in this matter. They appear to have held no inquest, and must have hushed up the dire tragedy from the knowledge of the press, for no account of it was published in any French paper until after the facts had been made known in England, and that was a fortnight after the poor young man had been dead and buried. If prompt publication had been afforded, as in the similar case of Mr. Gold, the Lefroy who has done this deed would possibly have been detected. They evidently do not manage things better in France, even in the part of France nearest to our own shores. Of course, the whole facts are not accurately known to us yet, but if the details published are correct, it is scarcely possible that Mr. Willoughby can have been the victim either of accident or of a suicidal impulse. Certainly either before or after death robbery must have been committed.âA Plymouth corres- pondent telegraphs that the Home Office has directed inquiries to be made in France with a view of clearing up this mystery. No doubt is entertained as to the identity of the body, or of its being that of the paymaster, J. W. Willoughby, who deserted from the Tamar when she was at Malta on March 20th. It is not probable that Willoughby would have committed suicide- although he must have known that he would be apprehended on his arrival in Englandâsimply for the desertion alone. One of his relatives left on Saturday for Calais, with the view of pro- curing the exhumation of the body. The case has been placed in the hands of Inspector Moser, of Scotland-yard.

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