Thursday, 6th September 1888
(BY FREEMAN SPECIAL WIRE)
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT)
Freeman Office, 211 Strand, London,
The appointment of Mr. Munro to the position of head of the Secret Inquiry Department at the Home Office makes it clear that the Government are bent on driving Sir Charles Warren out of Scotland Yard. In his new position Mr. Munro will be Sir Charles Warren's rival, and friction between them is inevitable. Eventually, of course, the Government will make Mr. Munro the Chief Commissioner - that is, if they can get Sir Charles Warren out of office before they are out themselves. On the whole, Mr. Munro's sensation business last year is likely to turn out profitably for him. By the way, the set which has been made on Sir Charles Warren by the London Press still continues, and it is a little curious to note that journals of both sides in politics combine in attacking him. Of course it is easy to understand the hostility of the Tory papers. They are anxious to see Sir Chas Warren out of the way because he is known to be a Liberal, and a sympathiser with Mr. Gladstone's policy. But it is somewhat strange to find the Liberal and Radical journals accusing him of crimes which are much more chargeable upon the Government than upon him. From the revelations of the past few days it is clear that Sir Charles Warren has all along been obeying the orders of the Government, and that his action in connection with Trafalgar-square and other matters was not entirely his own.