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BEACH MYSTERY SOLVED. The arrest and appearance at the Mansion House of Frederick James Sawyer, 25, a clerk, on a charge of forging and uttering a cheque for £ 686 has solved the recent Beachy Head mystery. | An Eastbourne man named John French, while walking on the beach under Beachy Head, ? noticed a small bundle of clothing lying wrapped up neatly in a crevice on the cliffs. A bowler hat lay close by. Footprints to the water were distinctly discernible, but none in the other direction. In the pocket of the coat the police found a case, containing cards, which bore the name of "F. J. Sawyer, of Crouch-end," and several letters were found which pointed to Mr. Sawyer as- the owner of the clothes. Mr. T. H. Berridge, M.P., who prosecuted, said that Sawyer had been since 1903 a clerk in the service of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States at their London office in Princes-street, and bore a good charac- ter. He disappeared, but on the 18th inst. surrendered himself to the police at Old Jewry on the present charge. The evidence went to show that Mr. William Aste, a corn merchant at the Old Barge House Wharf, Blackfria-rs, holds a policy in the society for £ 3,000, on which some years ago he obtained an advance of £ 1,920. On the 6th inst. he had occasion to call at the society's office, and was shown a further mortgage deed raising £ 686 14s. 8d. on the same policy. Of this he knew nothing. The deed and the endorsement on th-ia cheque were forged. Mr. Barnett pleaded with the Court to deal with the accused summarily, as he had volun- tarily surrendered himself to the police' and returned C589 of the money. Sir Horatio Davies declined to adopt this course, and committed the prisoner for trial.

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