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Evening News
London, U.K.
5 November 1888


Sir Charles Warren has issued a notice prohibiting processions or speechmaking in or near any thoroughfare through which the Lord Mayor's procession will pass or in Trafalgar-square. This has been called for by a suggestion, on the part of persons who have before organized disturbances, that a red-flag procession shall pass through the route of the Lord Mayor's procession on November 9. Sir Charles Warren also states that the order of November 18, 1887, shall not apply to the Lord Mayor's procession, but otherwise remains in force in respect to the prohibition of public processions through the metropolis.


Why should a landlord be allowed to let a house which is certain death, while a butcher may not sell a bit of meat that is unfit for food? Dagonet says, with reason, that any house offered for human habitation should be certified as fit for it, and it should be a legal offence to let a house without such a certificate. Until the law is amended on this point no one should enter a house till it has been certified by one of the sanitary survey associations. It is a well-known fact that in the poorer districts, no sooner does a man acquire property of a doubtful character than he either tries to get on the vestry or he works around it in such a way as to get himself taken care of. He adds that West-end property has as much right to be inspected and made wholesome as East-end property. The villa resident should be protected against a careless or mean landlord quite as much as the tenement-house single-room lodger.



At a late hour on Saturday night the following notice was read out to the police, as printed in the formations at Whitechapel:

"To-day a piece of paper was picked up in Spitalfields on which was written: Dear Bos [sic]-In spite of all your Police precautions, and in spite of all the efforts of the Vigilance committee, I committed another murder last night, and have hid the body away in Osborne-street, headless, legless, armless, and naked.-Yours truly, JACK THE RIPPER."

Though the matter is looked upon as a hoax, all constables were ordered to make every inquiry in the neighbourhood to see if anything had been found or whether any one was missing. They were, however, specially enjoined to use their utmost endeavours to try and trace the author of the writing. Special instructions were also ordered to be given to all the auxiliary detectives and officers who went on duty at midnight.