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Girl Child Murdered. BOMY FOUNDS LAVATORY. A young girl, whose age is given as six and a half years, and whose name is Marie Ellen Bailes, of Prebend-street, Essex-road, Isling- ton, has been murdered and her body was left in a lavatory at the corner of St. George's-road, close to the Elephant and Castle. The crime is surrounded in mystery. At first reports were circulated which led to the belief that the child had not only been mur- dered but fearfully mutilated. It now appears that the murderer did no more than cut the child's throat and then dispose of the body. On Saturday morning, between eight and nine o'clock, an attendant in the lavatory found a large brown paper parcel, which con- tained the body of a young girl wrapped in a blanket. The attendant states that about that hour he saw a man carrying a parcel enter the gentlemen's lavatory. He describes the man as of about 33 years of age, of middle height, with fair complexion, slight build. The man remained but a few minutes. When he had gone the attendant noticed the brown paper parcel on the floor. This was opened by the police, who f und the body of a young girl, with bluish-grey eyes and fair hair. Several teeth were missing. The head was almost severed from the body, and there were marks on the trunk which seemed to show that the body had been on the ground. It was evident the child had not been dead many hours. The doctors on Saturdav made an examina- tion of the body, and the result of their in- vestigations will be put before the coroner. The Father Interviewed. Interviewed, the child's father Mr Henry Bailes, residing at Prebend-street, which Tans almost parallel to Essex-road, Isling- ton, described Marie as a bright, happy, and healthy child, adding, with a catch in his voice, We made a pet of her." She was last seen alive at a quarter to 2 on Friday afternoon, when she was going out to school with her brother, the only other child. His wife was anxious about her, when he got home from work, about 10 minutes past 5. He im- mediately communicated to the police the fact that his child had not arrived home, and Straightaway set out on a prolonged and fruit- less search, himself walking all round High- bury Fields and Dalston", as well as traversing •All the streets in the immediate neighbourhood of his home. At-a late hour the distracted parents had to subtffit to the inevitable, and with what hopeful feelings they could muster await the news that might be forthcoming in "the morning. I It was under painfully dramatic circum- stances that, the father at last heard the awful truth. At 11 a.riy: on Saturday he was at the Police Station in Upper-street, Islington, inquiring as to whether the authorities had heard any news, and had been informed that nothing had been heard. He was just walking along Upper-street when the constable came running after him, and told him that they had just heard that her body had been found. He said that, strangely enough, he had been the object of some suspicion himself. He happened to be wearing a pair of grey trousers, such as those mentioned by the lavatory attendant, and that fact had caused more than one person to cast at him questioning glances, which conveyed the impression present in their minds that he might be the man for whom the police were searching. The following is the official description of a man whom the police are anxious to find :— Age about 33 height 5ft. 6in. or 5ft. 7in. complexion fair brown moustache build slight dress, dark tweed jacket and vent, dark grey trousers, double collar, dark sailor knot tie, and dark tweed cap. Supposed to Be a Luna'ic. Everything points o the conclusi< hat the murderer is a lunatic, but having disposed of his dreadful burden he had the sense to appa- rently hide all trace of his 1!10Vements, at any rate up to the present. The police, how- ever, are satisfied that their labours will be rewarded before long.

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