TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1888
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
The SPEAKER took the chair at five minutes past three o'clock.
SIR CHARLES WARREN AND THE HOME SECRETARY.
Mr. CUNNINGHAME GRAHAM asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention had been directed to a letter in the Times of Saturday, in which Sir Charles Warren said: "In many cases, while accepting directions given me which were to all appearances contrary to the statute, I have entered a protest; and in thus protesting I have acted in accordance with legal advice."
Mr. MATTHEWS: I am not aware of any protest.
Mr. PICKERSGILL drew attention to another sentence in the letter of Sir Charles Warren, in which it was stated: "I can only express my astonishment at the statements attributed to Mr. Matthews last night, and I venture to assert that an entirely different impression would be conveyed to the public mind about my action if the correspondence were to be made known." He (Mr. Pickersgill) asked whether the Home Secretary was prepared to take up the challenge thus thrown down by Sir Charles Warren, and to lay the whole correspondence on the table of the House. (Opposition cheers.)
Mr. MATTHEWS: I have seen the letter. I have already read to the House the correspondence in which Sir Charles Warren refuses to accept the directions of the Secretary of State. That is the correspondence to which I referred in the statement I made to the House. (Ministerial cheers.) In reply to further questions Mr. MATTHEWS said he would answer any interrogation put upon the paper.
The main portion of this issue's report from "THE WHITECHAPEL MURDER…" to "…where they were interred" is reproduced in "News from Whitechapel" page 223. The Telegraph then reported:
MARYLEBONE. - RUFFIANISM. - Henry Humphrey, 36, a professional billiard player, was brought up for behaving in a disorderly manner and threatening Ann Vaughan, of Malvern-road, Kilburn. - The prosecutrix, a young woman, said she was standing at the junction of Cambridge and Malvern roads about twenty minutes after nine o'clock on Sunday night waiting for a female cousin to arrive. The prisoner came up to her and said "Good evening, miss," but she took no notice of him, and walked towards her cousin, who was approaching her. The accused followed and said something about them being nice young women, and other foolish talk. Humphrey then raised his arm, and from his sleeve produced a long dagger with a sharp curved point, and said, "This will do for you." She and her cousin screamed at the top of their voices, and the defendant told them not to do that. He went away, and they told a policeman what had happened. - Police-constable 332 X arrested the prisoner in the Chippenham public-house, and when told the charge he said it was only a stupid joke. The man was in drink, but knew what he was about. He had actually been into a shop and sharpened the knife on the counter. - Mr. de Rutzen said this sort of thing must be stopped. He remanded Humphrey for a week, and at present refused bail.