Saturday, 17 November 1888
THE announcement made by the Home Secretary in the House of Commons, on Monday evening, that the Chief Commissioner of Police (Sir CHARLES WARREN) had tendered his resignation, and which had been accepted, was received by both Conservatives and Liberals with loud and prolonged cheering. That Sir CHARLES WARREN has, for months past, been extremely unpopular with the populace of the Metropolis, there is not a shadow of doubt; his high-handed and military discipline displayed towards the members of the force has, also, not been appreciated; and, taking all things into consideration, from the commencement of his official duties as Chief of the Police until the present time Sir CHARLES WARREN has apparently but himself to blame for the hostile manner in which the people [in] have demanded his resignation. The Trafalgar-square riots are still fresh in the memory of all, in fact, it was only on Tuesday last, the Socialistic body celebrated the anniversary of "Bloody Sunday"; his article in Murray's Magazine was condemned - and justly so - far and near, wherein he designated the population as the "mob"; and his instructions for public-houses to be watched, have all tended to make him unpopular. He has made himself obnoxious - it is useless disguising the fact - to gentlemen connected with the police administration. Have we not ample proof of this by the resignation of Mr. MUNRO (a most able and zealous officer) Chief of the Detective Department? In short, Sir CHARLES WARREN has proved himself to be thoroughly incompetent to fulfil the position allotted to him. Never, perhaps, has a more unpopular and disliked Chief of the Police existed than Sir CHARLES WARREN; and it is to be sincerely hoped, that whoever is appointed to fill the vacancy, will have the good taste and common sense not to injure the feelings, nor insult the community at large, in the discreditable manner as Sir CHARLES WARREN has thought fit and proper to do. The general public has hailed his resignation with intense delight and gratification.
ARREST IN STRATFORD.
On Monday evening, a man named Carlingford, living at 62, Pitchford-street, boasted to a casual acquaintance with whom he was speaking that he could show him the missing portions of the bodies of four of the women, and give him a lesson in anatomy. His previous conduct had aroused the suspicions of visitors, and a great many neighbours; and at length information was given to the police. The result was that Carlingford was arrested on Tuesday evening in the "Baker's Arms" Pitchford-street, and a telegram was at once dispatched to the H division of the Police. Subsequent inquiries convinced the police that there was nothing to connect Carlingford in any way with the murders, and that his talk about it was nonsense. He was, therefore, discharged soon after 10 o'clock.
The principal topic of the week has been the resignation of the "mobsman," Sir Charles Warren; and the unanimous opinion of the public is - "Not too late, but just in time." Sir Charles can now go back to where he has spent so much of his time - to Jerusalem (or Jericho) - he has proved his inability to undertake the duties of Chief Commissioner of Police. Sir Richard Mayne created a great sensation when he issued the order to have dogs muzzled in the public thoroughfares; but Sir Charles Warren went even further - he wanted to "muzzle the people," and, because he could not have his own way he has resigned.
More Whitechapel murders? When will they cease? I wonder if a murder of the same description had been committed at the West End or in St. John's Wood, if the murderer would have been found. I think he would, as it would be too near the "nobs" for them to like it. I think there is something in Dr. Forbes Winslow's theory, and also in the other theory - that the murderer is engaged on one of the boats bringing meat to this Metropolis from the Continent, and that he appears and disappears with the boats, but I presume the police have their eyes open in that direction.
An acquaintance of mine visited the scene of the murder on Saturday evening last, and told me he was exceedingly surprised to see so many carriages standing about, their owners having come to view the scene of the crime. What morbid curiosity! That is slumming with a vengeance.