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TRAGEDY IN A MAGISTRATE'S…

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TRAGEDY IN A MAGIS- TRATE'S HOUSE. MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEA- RANCE OF THE COOK. FOUND DROWNED IN THE HOUSE WELL. L.andaff has been thrown into a of ex- cit<=-roent by the discovery on Tuesday morning of the body of Sarah Perryn. the late oook at Brvnhafod House, in a well tha.t e^ablish- and an inrjuest to inquire into the matter will be opened to-clay (Wednesday). From inquiries made by our reporter it appears that about four months a.go Sarah Perryn entered the service of Mr. Graham Dorn- tord, J.P.. of Brvnhaifod House, Fanrfield-road, Llaiid'A.ff, as oook, She came with good cre)en. tia.la, havtrin been m service lareiviously for a "hatrt time at Newport, and nriVr to that with J, family in London for something i: two years. She was a well-made young woman of 24- years of stood 5ft. 2in. in height, had long- dark hiir. was of somewhat pale complexion. She quickly Ml into the ways of the and was said to have been on good terms with the otihffi" household servants, two in number. In addition, there was also a man, who combines tthe duties of coachman with those of trardea-r. All appears to liave been well, but immtidiately after servinfir breakfast on the morning of Thursday, August 1, the cook, wlio had been about her early morning duties as usual, aittired in a servant's print dress, was suddenly miss(>d. The time went on, but she did not appear, and the servants and Mr. and Mrs. Dornferd won- dered greatly at her mysterious disappearance. The girl's room was visited. Her box was found and her clothes, but not the slightest clue could be discovered as to the whereabouts of the missing young woman, and the affair was shrouded in com- plete mystery. The police were communicated with, and subsequently, but not until the Sun- day, the girl's brothers, living at Bryngold House, Dmas, in the Rhondda Valley, weie apprised" of the circumstances. Of course, they hurried off at once and commenced an active search on Bank Holiday, the police doing their utmost to assist. Much suspicion was attached to the well at the beck of the house, in the vard., between the servants' erance and the coachhouse, and only a few feet froii the back door. This well ca.n just be sei-n from the entrance path to Mr. Dornford's secluded a.nd delightful residence. It is stated to be 80ft. deep and having 20ft. of water. The mouth of the well is about 5ft. in circumference, and it is protected by two sta-ong iron flaps, which fit oompaetly. The water is drawn in the usual way. by windlass, a long iron chain, rnd I bucket. It seems, however, that when the well was mentioned as the place where the girl migM be found, it was stated that immediately a.fter her disappearance both the Harps at the top were down. Consequently, it was thought that she could not have fallen or jumped down there, but, to make perfectly sure. grappling irons were brought on Tuesday, the day follow- ing Bank Holiday, and the brothers and police grappled for some time, but Without the ) slightest success. Another fact which seemed to negative the theory that the unfortusuate girl was in the well was that no blood was noticed on the sides, nor in the water which was drawn up, and the aperture is so narrow that it was thought almost impossible for anyone to fall in without severely injuring head or limb against the stonework. A most exhaustive search was mado in the neighbourhood of Car- diff and Llandalf for m/i'sfcing cool, and her brothers, in a. frenzy of doubt and grief, hunted the fields around for miles. But neither their efforts nor those of the police resulted in the obtaining of a solitary clue. Her boxes were searched, but there wa. no correspondence found among her effects that would lead to any information rui to her rela- tions with any persons at a distance. It is rumoured that some time ago she was upon very friendly terms with a. young man, but that she voluntarily gave him up, as she dis- approved of his habits. She herself ia stated by her relatives to have borne a. most exem- plary character. Disheartened and despairing, the two brothers returned to the Rhondda;' the household arrangements at. Brynhafod were re-adjusted, and the mystery remained un- Iwlved: Nearly three weeks had elapsed since the Thursday morning when the cook left the breakfast-table, passed out of the back door, and vanished, when on Tue-iday morning the coachman, Charles Allen, upon going to the wc>L fancied, as lIe peered down. according to his morning habit since the disappearance, that he could f", some bodv 011 the urfaee of tho water, fJOft. below. When the bucket was lowered it struck against an object in the water, and, full of alarm, he quickly fetched his master and others, whn detected the sus- picious objoct in the well. Sergeant Morris, of the county police, was informed of the dis- oovery,. and the police proceeded to the spot about two o'clock in thè aftern0011. It appeared to be only too true that the hodv of the unfortunate servant wa* in the of the well Police-constable Phillip* pluckily volun- teered to tro down by a rop and make certain. The suspicions of those above were only too well confirmed. There, in her print dress, her body partially decomposed, floated th* corpsa of the young cook- A rope was fasteixxl around the body, and it was brought to the ten. It was a frightful spectacle. Poltro- conotable Toye undertook the disagreeable task of searching lhe body, and the resuit of hi" search a purse, in which there were three penny postag;stamps, togother with what appeared to be a draper's bill, and, lying loose in. tile dress pocket, five penny p:V*.s. There was no souvenir, nor anything that could in. tile dress pocket, five penny p:V*.s. There was no souvenir, nor anything that could throw the faintest light upon the sad and painful death. A deep mystery still enshrouds tho case. Fortunately, no evil effects have followed from the drinking of the wa.ttr. which has furnished the daily household supply. The body was conveyed to the coach-hoiu,t\ where it awaits the inquest. The deceased's relatives were!wired to during the evening, and they will, doubtless, be present, but, as far as can 1.>3 seen, littlu light can be thrown upon the matter. NO STONS OF VIOLENCE. An examination of the lxxlv has been marl by Dr. Arthur, of Ll ir.datf Yard. He faded to detect- anv signs of violence, and was of the opinion that death was caused by drown- ing. ,10 c

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