Wednesday, 19th September 1888
At the Thames Police Court to-day, Charles Ludwig, 40, a German, living in the Minories, was charged with threatening to stab Alexander Feneberg, of Leman-street, Whitechapel. The prosecutor was standing at a coffee stall when the accused came up, and being drunk was refused to be served. After some remark to the prosecutor, Ludwig pulled out a knife and tried to stab him, following him several times round the table. The constable who apprehended the prisoner said he had previously received information that he was wanted in the city for attempting to cut a woman's throat. On the way to the station he dropped a long-bladed knife, and in his possession were found a razor, a long-bladed knife, and a pair of scissors. Inspector Fimley asked for a remand, pending further inquiries. John Johnson, 866, city police, stated that early this morning he heard screams in a court in the Minories. He found the prisoner there with a woman, who was very frightened, and asked to be taken away. After the prisoner had disappeared she told witness he threatened to stab her. The prisoner was remanded.
The Press Association states that late tonight the police received further important evidence tending to throw light on the Hanbury street murder, but its nature was not allowed to transpire. The police have been investigating the antecedents of Ludwig Wetzer, who is charged with attempting to stab a youth named Feinberg in Whitechapel with whom he had a dispute respecting the price of a cup of coffee at a stall on Sunday night. He lodged at a coffee house in the Minories; but owing to his dirty habit's the proprietor would not allow him to remain the next night. He then went to a hotel in Finsbury, when he produced a number of razors, and his behaviour alerted some of the inmates. The landlady states that on the day after the murder Wetzer called early in the morning and washed his hands, saying he had injured another person. It is alleged that there was blood on his hands, but respecting this the landlady cannot speak. Wetzer is about forty years of age, and walks lame, having a stiff leg. The detectives found nothing at the house in the Minories where he lodged. The police have not succeeded in finding the woman with whom the prisoner was seen, and who told a policeman he threatened to stab her.
To-day a Press Association reporter visited the City News Rooms, Ludgate Circus, and made inquiries of the proprietor, Mr. Walker, as to the circumstances under which the wearing apparel was left there by a strange man on the morning of the 8th inst. Mr. Walker attached no importance to the incident at the time, nor does he now believe that the discovery will be proved to have the slightest connection with the crimes now under investigation. Another representative of the Press Association had an interview this afternoon with Mr. Alexander Feneberg, of 15 Leman-street, who states that he was assaulted by the man Ludwig or Ludwig Wetzel, now in custody, and into whose antecedents the police are now examining. Feneberg, who is a youth about 18 years old, stated that he was standing at a coffee stall at the corner of Commercial-road about four or five this morning, when he noticed a man go by in company with a woman. His attention was directed to the man by the fact that he was respectably dressed and in company with a poorly dressed woman. The man and woman were going in the direction of the Minories. The an, who was about five feet six inches high, and wore a high silk hat, returned to the coffee stall a quarter of an hour after, and an altercation ensued because he would not pay a halfpenny for a cup of coffee. He then pulled out a long bladed knife and chased Feneberg round the stall. A constable arrived on the scene, and the man was taken into custody for attempting to stab Feneberg, who describes his assailant as being about forty years of age, and walks with a stiff leg. He had a brown grey beard.