22 September 1888
The man who was arrested at Holloway on suspicion of being concerned in the Whitechapel murder, and subsequently removed and detained at Bow Asylum, will shortly be released. His brother has given satisfactory explanation as to his where abouts on the morning of the murder. It has transpired that the authorities of the asylum would not allow the police to interrogate the patient while there, as it is against the rules laid down by the Lunacy Commissioners.
The Whitechapel tragedies are bringing to light more than one metropolitan want. The need for proper mortuary accommodation in the Whitechapel district was the subject of protest by Mr. Phillips, who complained of the impropriety of expecting medical men to make autopsies in places wholly unfitted for the purpose. His views were endorsed by the coroner and jury at the inquest of the unfortunate woman who has been recently murdered, the former stating that there was no public mortuary between the limits of the city of London and Bow. The absence of accommodation of this kind is an undoubted reproach to London, which would not have been tolerated had any sufficient system of sanitary administration existed in the metropolis. The method of leaving every district to manage its own affairs, without any inquiry by any department of the State, is doubtless responsible for much of the default of local authorities. The position of London generally in respect of mortuary accommodation would make a fitting subject of investigation by the Local Government Board or the Home Office.
The bulk of the hops in the Farnham district have been picked. It is the shortest hopping season known for many years, and the crop is proportionately light. Paying off has been going on since Wednesday, pickers receiving from 3d to 6d per bushel, this wide range being due to the extraordinary way in which the crops varied. There was a disorderly scene at the railway station at Faversham yesterday, a number of the pickers attempting to travel without tickets, but a large force of police prevented them.
James Cooper, 24, carpenter, of Charlgrove road, Hackney, was charged with violently assaulting Kate Hunt. The prosecutrix, an unfortunate, said that she met the prisoner - who for two years had lived on her earnings - in Dalston lane. He followed her about for some time, asked her to give him money, and when she declined, he said he would serve her as they did the women in Whitechapel. She ran away, but he caught her in the Mayfield road, Dalston, threw her down, and kicked her several times in the pit of the stomach, causing her great pain. Several police officers said the prisoner was one of a gang of men who frequented Dalston lane and lived on a number of girls who nightly paraded that thoroughfare. Mr. Bros sentenced the prisoner to six months' hard labour.