to the death of Frederic BLANC, a Swiss, aged 60, who was found dead in the
Thames, off Twickenham, on Sunday morning.
Sophia BLANC said she was a cook in service at Marble Hall, Twickenham. The
deceased had formerly kept a hotel at Boulogne, but had recently been engaged
as a courier. For several years past he had been in very bad health. He had
been lodging at Twickenham for a few months.
On Saturday night he bade her “good-bye” saying he was in great pain. A
police inspector handed the coroner a Testament, in which BLANC had written: -
“My dear Wife, - I pray for you. I suffer, and cannot bear it any longer.
Pardon me for the pain that I give you. My last wish is for you. I have loved
you always. Farewell.”
The wife said the handwriting was that of her husband.