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. A horrifying and mysterious discovery has just been made in the church of St. Peter at Seville. A choir boy chanced to find open the door of a disused room in tho tower of the church, and, entering, saw protruding from under a pile of straw the end of a wooden bax. At the same time he was almost overcome by a dreadful Btencb, and, afraid of what he might diecover if he searched further, he immediately went and communicated to the warden what he had seen. The latter was much annoyed at the boy, and forbade him to again enter the room or to mention tho subject to anyone. Some days afterwards, however, in the absence of the warden, the boy again made his way to the room and succeeded in dragging out one of the boxes, of which he found there were sixteen, and, forcing off the top, discovered the body of a male child of about five years of age. He went and informed the rector, who communicated with the police, and a search party visited the scene and discovered the bodies of no fewer than twenty-six children of different ages, some of them in an advanced state of decomposition, and others which appeared to have been dead only a few months. Suspicion has fallen upou the churchwarden and his wife, both elderly persons, but up to the present it is not known what explanation can be given of the affair. None of the bodies show signs of violence, and it is thought possible that they had been previously buried and afterwards transported" to the vaulted toom in the tower of the church. Meanwhile the churchwarden, Jose Orellana, and his wife have been arrested, and the public, who are greatly excited over the occurrence, impatiently await the ling of the mystery.

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GHASTLY DISCOVERY IS A CHURCH., Evening Star, Issue 10447, 18 October 1897

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GHASTLY DISCOVERY IS A CHURCH. Evening Star, Issue 10447, 18 October 1897