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Utterly Destitute

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Utterly Destitute

Post by Karen on Wed 27 Jul 2011 - 19:06


Mr. Wynne E. Baxter held an inquest yesterday at the Whittington and Cat, Bethnal-green, on the body of a man unknown, apparently about 50 years of age, found in the Regent's canal, near Victoria-park cemetery, on Thursday morning last. The principal witness was an intelligent boy of about 12, who saw the body floating in the water, and who deposed to seeing the same man half-an-hour earlier, sitting on the bank and looking dreamily at the water. Returning past the spot at 10 o'clock he saw a hat and walking stick floating in the canal, and on looking saw the head of a man just showing on the surface. He called Thomas Russell, a bargeman, who got the body out, and then a policeman, who conveyed it to the mortuary. The latter, on searching the clothing, found an empty purse, an empty tobacco-box, an empty pipe, and an empty matchbox. He had no coat, and the remaining clothing was of the poorest description. In fact, it appeared to be a case of the most utter destitution. The verdict returned was "Suicide caused by destitution."

Source: Lloyd's Weekly London Newspaper, May 13, 1888, Page 12

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