Huddersfield Chronicle (25/Jan/1896) - Disappearance of a Huddersfield Man

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John Ralph Cuthbert, aged over 50 years, who resided at 107, Church Street, Paddock, and who for over 30 years has been in the employ of Messrs. Woodhead and Baxter, woollen merchants, Huddersfield, for a good portion of the time as cashier, has disappeared under painful circumstances. For some time past a young woman in Huddersfield received through the post a number of anonymous letters making immoral proposals, and containing indecent sketches and suggestions. In one letter the writer arranged to visit the young woman. She caused the police to be communicated with, and a detective received the visitor, who proved to be John Ralph Cuthbert. He was taken to the Police Station, his name and address taken, and he was released pending the consideration of the nature of the proceedings to be taken against him. Last Friday morning he went to the place where he was employed, but has not been seen since noon on that day. The man was a deacon at Paddock Congregational Chapel, and had hitherto borne a very high character. The young woman knew nothing whatever of the man before hie arrest. Judging from the fact that the man has left at the place where he was employed a will dealing with his property, there are fears that he may have committed suicide. He has a wife and three grown-up children, and had a niece living at his house.