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[Farrant, Hickman]

As a young man was walking along the bank of the River Fray, a branch of the Colne, on Thursday evening, his attention was directed to an object in the water. He entered the water, and on dragging the body of a young woman to the shore he observed that a second body, that of a young man, also came to the side, and subsequently a broken tie was found around the wrist of the young woman. On the arrival of assistance means were successfully adopted to restore animation. The young man, on recovering consciousness, inquired for his "dear Nelly," whom he said he should meet in heaven. The two persons are named George Farrant (twenty) and Ellen Hickman (sixteen), of Uxbridge, and they were on Monday committed for trial on a charge of attempted suicide. Two letters were put in as evidence, in one of which, written by the young woman to her sister, the writer stated that she would never see her again except in the coffin, as she had drowned herself with George, whom she loved.

Source: The Illustrated London News, No.2257—Vol. LXXXI, Saturday, August 5, 1882, p.139