27 October 1888
Sir Charles Warren's splendid endowment of self satisfaction has never been so conspicuous as it is in his article in the new number of Murray's Magazine. "Let another man praise thee, and not thine own mouth; a stranger, and not thine own lips," said Solomon; but the whole of this article is in praise of the police, and in inferential laudation of Sir Charles himself. The inferential boasting is particularly striking in the opening part of the article, where every and everything is wrong excepting Sir Charles Warren and the Metropolitan Police system. He lectures the citizens for encouraging the mob, instead of keeping their heads cool, and supporting the police; he rebukes Governments for not having the courage to make a stand against a noisy section of the people; he reproaches the ex Ministers with "embarrassing those in power by smiling on the insurgent mob." He tells the public they have got into the habit of cavilling at the police; that their conduct is violently fickle; and even that a part of their criticism, which he describes as a slander, has for its object the drawing of some reply which will reveal the internal workings of the police administration in a manner that will be useful to those acting contrary to law. The Englishman who poses as a censor is, moreover, possessed of but one idea at a time. His "poverty of originality" is shown by the fact that several hundred letters on the Whitechapel murders have contained no more than four proposals. This after all seems to be four more than occurred to the police. Sir Charles Warren, lecturing the people of the metropolis, is oblivious to everything, even the ridicule to which his remarkable attitude exposes him.