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HORRIBLE AND MYSTERIOUS OCCUR,RENCE.

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HORRIBLE AND MYSTERIOUS OCCUR- RENCE. The body of a young woman, terribly mutilated, was brought to the Mary lebone Workhouse at midnight on Saturday from the Portland-road station of the Metro- politan Railway. One of the railway inspectors states that the woman was accompanied on the platform by a man who pushed her against the carriage door, and that the moment she got drawn under a, carriage he ran off at full speed up the entrance staircase and got off. The head and face are uninjured, but the right arm is torn completely from its socket, and the left leg is broken. The lower part of the body is literally torn to pieces, and presents a sickening spectacle. The description is that of a good-looking young wo- man; age about twenty, grey eyes, fair complexion, light hair done up in plaits; her dress—a black bonnet, drab striped dress, white stockings, and elastic side- spring boots; a wedding ring on the finger. The boots and clothing, pending the inquest, remain in the charge of Mr. Douglas, master of the St. Maryiebone Workhouse. Up to Tuesday morning the body of the unfortunate young woman still remains unrecog- nised. It is probable the death may be attributable to the act of attempting to enter a train in motion; but the conduct of the man under the circumstances has given rise to grave suspicion, irreconcileable as it appears to be with the supposition that the unfortu- nate woman, as some people think, lost her life through an accident. Not only did he make an im- mediate escape from the scene of the tragedy—for such it was, having regard to the horrible manner in which the body was mangled and mutilated—but he has allowed whole days to elapse without coming for- ward to throw any light upon the matter. The right arm and leg of deceased are shockingly crushed, and both are almost torn from the rest of the body. The features, notwithstanding, are said to be quite placid, and might be easily recognisable by a person to whom the deceased was known in life. It appears that about ten or twelve minutes meet twelve o'clock on Saturday night the deceased and the man who accom- panied her presented themselves at the Portland-road station and took two third-class tickets for the Ed gware- road station. The next, and indeed the last train going in that direction for the night was due at the Portland. road station at a quarter past twelve. Ordinarily there are two porters on duty on each side of the plat- form there, but on Saturday evening one was absent from indisposition as it happened, and the platform at which the deceased and the man would have entered the train was in charge of a porter named Clarke. Oddly enough, Clarke appears to have left that side of the station just before the 12.15 train arrived, and to have crossed over to the opposite side to assist in attending to a train going in the opposite or city direction on its stopping there, where there was a porter already. To do that he had to ascend a flight of stairs and cross the line by a covered way. At the top of the stairs he met the man and woman leaving the ticket-counter. He asked where they were going, and the man replying" Edgware-road," he said they must be quick, as that was the last train. Come on, Kate," said the man, this is the last train and they ran down the stairs to- gether. During this brief parley with the porter the train had arrived, and before they reached the platform the guard had signaled it to start again, and had stepped into his break-van. According to his account the man and woman made a rush at the de- parting train in spite of his entreaties to them to keep off, and he was powerless to prevent them. He saw no more of them, and the train sped on its way, with- out stopping, until it reached the next station. After it had gone, Clarke, the porter, in returning to the side of the station which he had left, as described, found the deceased lying on the down line. On rais- ing her up she groaned once or twice, but never spoke. He got assistance, and a surgeon who had been brought pronounced her to be dead. To the surprise of all concerned the man who had accompanied her on to the platform was nowhere to be seen. A few pas- sengers by the train had alighted at the Portland- road station, but he could scarcely have left the station with them, as on leaving he would have been asked to showhis ticket, which being one that had just been issued there would probably have excited suspicion. Nor could he have left by the stairs by which he entered, for by that time the door at the top leading to the !open Street had been barred for the night. The clerk describes him to be a short man, about forty or fifty years of age, wearing a white wide-awake hat and a loose-fitting jacket of shepherd's plaid, with outside years of age, wearing a white wide-awake hat and a loose-fitting jacket of shepherd's plaid, with outside pockets, and he thinks he would know him again. It so happened that just before the man and woman pre- sented themselves at the window, the clerk had ex- hausted his stock of tickets for the Edgware station for the day, and had to break open a fresh batch in order to give them two. From that circunstance he was able to identify the numbers of the two they took, and strange to say one of the two was returned with others from the Edgware-station on Sunday morning as having been given up there on the previous night. It would appear from this that the man had got into the train at the Portland-road-station and had gone on to the Edgware- station. Even on that hypothesis his conduct in leaving the Edgware-station without communicating with the authorities there would be utterly inexplic- able. Inspector Crapp believes that the death was accidental and caused by the parties attempting to enter the train when it was in motion. By some it is suggested that the intimacy between the deceased and the man may have been of an immoral kind, and that the latter, being ashamed of it, may have slunk away in a cowardly manner on his companion losing her life. The circumstance of the porter Clarke leaving the down platform, of which he was in the sale charge, to cross to the opposite one, certainly appears to require explanation, unless, indeed, he had hoped to return in time to attend to the down train after seeing that going to the city off. Had he been on the down side this sad affair would probably not have happened.

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