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The Dunecht Mystery.

An important discovery has been mads in connection with the desecration of the vault at Dunecht, and removal of the body of the late Earl of Crawford and Balcarres. The remains have been recovered, and the police are in possession of information which will probably lead to a solution of the mystery. A short time ago it was stated the authorities had made two arrests in connection with the outrage. One of the men apprehended was Soutarj a rat- , catcher, who made a statement to the effect that h« had seen certain persons. burying the body on a spot in the " policies," not far from the vault from which it had been stolen, and in the midst of a thick copsei The man farther stated that ; he was seen by the persons to bo a spec*tator of their act, and that they threatened his life if he dared to divulge the secret. He was walking through the plantation about midnight, when he found td his horror a dead body lying, on the, ground, and simultaneously saw two men'c'nfwflng « near him. Frightened, he started to run, but his progress was arrested by'a'heap of earth, over which he .fell. Before/ lie. . could recover himself the two men .were!'"" upon him. He could see that their : faces „. were blackened, and noticed that they spoke with an Aberdeenshire accent.They ' were immediately^- joined /j jUf: two other men, whb_ wore mafif^'" and spoke with an English accent. One of the .first twa aaid that if he ever breathed a word of what he had seen that night he would be " hunted to death," und that unless heat once took an oath to keep their secret, he would then and» there meet his death. The speaker at the same time presented a pistol at his head. Soutariß believed to have complied with the^deinand. 'whereupon he was set at. liberty^; |Tbreg ; - months afterwards he. visited the spot

where he had seen the c b6dy, and found that it reinaincd undisturbed. The nolicia appre'befitled Seritar, dnd' lie-was brbn^ht before the sheriff charged with complicity. Ip t&e crime. I It is'lelieyed that :he;;gave inf pmiktioh to; ttie pblipe which! enabled them to search' oh tlie 1 spot ipdic^f§d: Their;^ffp^;^ere>>rewarded (b,y> ,the: discqverjtibtVthe'renoains, buried about t>v,9 feet b^low the suif ace. x - The body -was tapped in a piece "6f blanket, aptf the c*Kbatnung process had been so skilfully perißraala that#b6re Very ; few^fi-aceß'ofexpo-I^%a! ! iuJn8 ;f H fi yiplencei r ; precisi ; BpMwl^'^boay'wafe f(ifiiid I waß^at ! a point on ithe fatin of Dan^break ? ;a T little td the^jest .of^tiw home farni, upon' which iJ'rC^pland residefr, and about 600 yards ,£i the west ofc the tnausion. 'jTho; authorities are confident that the whole mystery .wiiriiO#s be revealedjtand that they have:, if n'di in^their^posyessiba- at l^ast s «nder tti& writer of th« letters signed " Nab'bb^ in '.yFhipb .the first intelligence of We desecrition was convej^ed. A Y&ter acco^WsWs that the. jprocorator fiscal has returned frobTßdlnburghAyith the sanction bfrthl fi tfrbwn iiutlibf ities ! to the handing ■'ov«lihVl?b4y,btpjJßi"iate;-Earr;of Cra\yford tb l 'BiS^aui^y f and the^transfer will at dnoe ieffprmally madeirThe police have «b- - f rom ft;masbp who^as iaßtßumrher-aua'i.snawengag^ t!Ear^. Aberdeen, au4. they f have, also examined a professional gentleman who j jwatf-on!a^vißit;to;the district when the late •Earl»waßburiedVand -heard; certain' parties ilsy^tHat "it" wOuldibe a?good thing to rembTe the b^cly,'' and that there: would be a &e^ at I)anecht Some day^Home News.

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The Dunecht Mystery. Southland Times, Issue 4429, 19 September 1882

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