29 October 1888
I AM "JACK THE RIPPER."
At Clerkenwell, Frederick Dunbar, 48, a hair-dresser, of King-street, Somer's Town, was charged with drunkenness, and disorderly conduct, in Bayham-street, Camden Town, on Sunday night. - Police-constable 493 Y, said that prisoner, who was surrounded by a crowd of people, was drunk, and he loudly shouted several times, "I am 'Jack the Ripper.'" He was taken to the police-station, and about 1,000 persons gathered around. - Dunbar, in defence, said he was sorry for what had occurred. He had taken too much to drink. - Mr. Bros: You have made a fool of yourself, and I will send you to prison for twenty-one days' imprisonment with hard labour.
EXPECTED IMPORTANT ARREST.
The Central News learns that Private-detective Slater, of Basinghall-street, has submitted to the Scotland-yard authorities information of a most valuable character in connection with the personality of the Whitechapel murderer. It is believed that a most important arrest will shortly be made.
Up to last night, the police had made no special arrest regarding the late murders. The various districts are being patrolled by extra constables, and their zeal has led them into several excesses, notably an arrest of three young men made on Thursday night in Berner-street. The police have so much in mind the vague stories of an American perpetrator of the dastardly crimes than (sic) any person in a wide-a-wake or soft felt becomes an object of suspicion.
A comic singer was unfortunate enough during a professional visit on Thursday to Whitechapel to wear one of these hats; and when during the interval he and two friends strolled round the neighbourhood, to view the scene of the Berner-street tragedy, they were promptly denounced by some too quick-sighted citizen, avaricious of the promised rewards, and marched off by the police. It is only due to the latter to say they were detained but a very short time, sufficient to test the truth of their statement.
It is stated that the words, "I shall do another murder and will receive her heart," have been found written in chalk on the footway in Camplin-street, Deptford.
THE NINTH OF NOVEMBER.
TO THE EDITOR OF "THE EVENING NEWS."
SIR-As so many people are specially interested just now in the East-end in consequence of the recent tragedies, will you kindly allow me to state that we have arranged to give a big feed, on the ninth of November, in the Great Assembly Hall, so that while the great dinner is in progress at the Guildhall a good meat tea will be given to the poor at the East-end, with the accompaniment of a little music and singing. Our large hall is so arranged that over three thousand persons can be seated at one time for a meal, and we have all the necessary appliances on the premises. I feel sure that numbers of people would like to help us in carrying out this suggestion, which will make a happy evening for these thousands of the needy poor at any rate, for one night in the year, and that on the day when the hungry and destitute might be apt to draw a comparison between their condition and that of their more fortunate brethren. We have plenty of willing and able voluntary workers who will see that the tickets are given in the right quarters, and assist in the distribution of food when the guests are assembled. We shall be glad if friends who give will also come and help in the distribution of their bounty. All we need now is the money to put this "happy thought" into execution. contributions (sic) for this purpose will be thankfully received by yours, &c.,
FREDK. N. CHARRINGTON.
Great Assembly Hall, Mile End-road, E.