Wednesday, 14th November 1888
LONDON, WEDNESDAY - There has been no arrest yet of the suspected murderer of Kelly in Dorset street. It is now ascertained that the woman was seen in the street between 2 and 3 o'clock in the morning, and there seems to be no doubt that she was murdered between these hours. A person who saw her and a flashily dressed man, at 2 o'clock at the corner of Dorset street, watched them disappear into her house. She is believed to have been then murdered. The person who observed them, has given an accurate description of the man who was with her. It coincides with the personal appearance of the party seen in connection with some of the other murders, and if correct does away with the stories as to the butcheries being committed by a Malay, a woman and others.
LATER - Although several persons have been detained at Commercial street and Lennon street Police stations, they had all been released at noon to-day.
Sir W Harcourt deplored the condition of things at Scotland Yard, and was convinced that the late Sir R Peel never could have contemplated the creation of an authority, with an army of 12,000 men, responsible neither to the Municipal Government or the House. He urgently objected to a military man being at the head of the force. He insisted that the civil spirit of the force ought to be maintained. The greatest danger that could arise would be bringing about a feeling of antagonism between the people and police. He was strongly opposed o any increase of the force, and defended his conduct in withdrawing rewards for the detection of crime.
The Home Secretary agreed with the speech of Sir W Harcourt. He denied that he had interfered with the right of public meeting further than to protect the peaceable portion of the people. He denied Sir Charles Warren had been sacrificed to the demand of demagogues. His resignation had been accepted because it was necessary to uphold the principle that the last resort must be in the hands of the Secretary of State, who was responsible for the actions of the police. There was no intention to propose large addition or to make any great alteration in the organisation of the force.
The Whitechapel horrors has led, as we all anticipated it would, to the shunting of Sir Charles Warren and his bloodhound schemes. No doubt some other place may be found for him yet, but the Government will be closely watched in the appointment of his successor.