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r MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE.

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r MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE. The police authorities at the stations of Brixton and Camberwel! are at present engaged in prose- cuting inquiries respecting the disappearance of a person named John Bradford, which has taken place under suspicious circumstances. Mr Brad ford is a retired tradesman in easy circumstances, being the leaseholder of seven or eight houses, in one of which, 21, Wingrove-street. Lough- borough-junction, ho had up to the time of his disappearance on Wednesday resided. His age is 65, and according to the discription which has been circulated by the police, he is of middle stature, with grey hair and beard, and was dressed at the time he was last seen in a blue pilot jacket, with a brown cord vest and tronsers. For some little time past Mr Bradford had evinced symptoms of weak intellect, and seemed to be especially troubled in regard to money matters, although there appears to have been no ground for his apprehensions, seeing that he was in possession of a sum of money amounting to about L75 in gold and silver, which he was in the habit of carrying about with him in a canvas bag and exhibiting to people. So recently as Saturday last he--was walking about the neighbourhood of Loughborough Junc- tion and Coldharbour-lane, carrying his money bag in his hand and chinking the coin it contained in a manner that attracted the attention of several persons. He was spoken to on the subject and warned to be more cautious, especially by the woman who acted as his housekeeper in Wingrove- street. He, on that occasion, expressed great apprehensions as to his poverty, and also appeared in a state of alarm on account of inability to pay his ground rents, which, however, formed only a very insignificant proportion to his income. On the day before he left home he was walking, a,bout the house with a razor, and seemed to- be in a very strange and distracted state of rrhnd, which, however, had on several occasions been .the case during the last three or four months. On Wednesday he left the house, and after waiting about in the neighbourhood for three or four hours he finally disappeared, and has not been seen since. It, is not known with certainty whether he had the money in his possession at the time. As he was never known to be absent for so long a period before, information was imme- diately furnished to the police-station at Camber- well-green, and his description, together with the circumstances attending his departure, was circu- lated among all the police-stations in the metro- polis. He is known to have been strictly tem- Pe^te in his habits, and was not a freqlRnter of public-houses. He appears to have had no relatives living, and his wife died six or seven years ago, leaving no children. A woman whom he had adopted, and who has since married, is, however, at present resident in, the Walworth- road, and it was thought that ha might have gone to her house..Thither she nor her husband, however, nas'i|fay knowledge as to his where- abouts, and it is feared that some harm has befallen him. befallen him.

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