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MURDER OF A BANK OLERK.

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MURDER OF A BANK OLERK. On Thursday morning considerable excitement was -Created in the district of Aldgate by a rumour that a young gentleman, a clerk in the City Bank, had been found murdered in the river. It appears that since the night of the 3rd September the young gentleman in question, Mr. Hugh Dolby Morris, aged about twenty- two years, was missing; and though the walls of the metropolis were placarded with descriptions of him,, and the police had made inquiries after him in every direction, he could nowhere be found. On Tuesday, however, his body was discovered floating in the Thames, off the St. Katharine's Docks. It was removed to the Aldgate dead-house, and upon exami- nation marks of ill-usage were found upon the face and body, which have led to the apprehension that he had come to his death through foul means. The counte- nance was disfigured by two dreadful black eyes, and there seemed to be contusions on the head and body. There was no money or other property found in the pockets. The deceased was stated to have been in comparatively good circumstances, and not to have be^n in the least likely to have committed self- destruct'on. The police are at present engaged in in- vestigating the particulars of the affair, but hitherto without much success. What they have ascertained up to the present moment is as follows :-At midnight on last Thursday week Mr. Morris was in Arthur-street East, London-bridge, talking to a female, and he was never seen alive after. There appears to be no doubt that the deceased was robbed, and that he was robbed with violence. Such an outrage could hardly have taken place, even at midnight, in so open a spot, and -therefore the inference is that the female must have enticed him down the steps to the river side, where the crime might have been accomplished without obser- vation. An inquest was held on the body on Friday, when some evidence was taken as to the antecedents of deceased, but very little light thrown on the circum- stances of his death. It was deposed that he had been drinking rather freely, but was not intoxicated. The inquest was adjourned for a week, to give time for further inquiries by the police.

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