An Evening Newspaper and Review.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1888.
Clearly Sir Charles Warren will have to start for the land of Ophir forthwith. Sir Hercules Robinson has notified to the Chiefs Khama and Lobengula that no filibustering raids will be permitted in the Protectorate. England, therefore, must keep her word. But at present between the Limpopo and the Zambesi, in all that vast and wealthy land reserved exclusively for the British sphere of influence, there is not a single British officer or a British sentry. The sooner, therefore, that Sir Charles Warren packs up his traps and departs to act as Warden of the Marches, the better it will be for the Empire and for Scotland-yard.
Our own astrologer, forsaking politics, has taken to astro-meteorology. He sends us the following forecast for September, which every one must devoutly hope may prove correct :- September promises to be a very fine month generally, with great heat and some sharp thunderstorms. The new moon of the 6th is the most favourable one of the year, and indicates a very pleasant month, with great activity, peace, and contentment. The first ten days are the most settled and fine, but rather unsettled from the 10th till after the 14th, and again about the 19th some very heavy showers, high winds, and atmospheric changes. The latter part of month colder, more gloomy, and windy. He is less hopeful about October, which he fears will be a remarkable month. It may commence with very fine weather, but "from about the 6th to the 10th great calamities will occur abroad, such as earthquake shocks, cyclones, the fall of houses, and great floods. At home there will be some troubles in connection with prisons or workhouses." No doubt, also, in police stations, unless Sir Charles is promoted to the Zambesi.
Another death from carbolic acid poisoning - the seventh in a few weeks - occurred in Liverpool yesterday. The police on being called to the house of a man named Mealey, who said his wife had taken carbolic acid, found the woman in a state of collapse, and removed her to the hospital, where, in spite of every attention, she died in a short time.
IDENTIFICATION OF THE DECEASED.
The woman who was murdered under circumstances of a most revolting character in Bucks-row, Whitechapel, yesterday morning, has been identified as Mary Ann, or Polly, Nicholls, by several of the women with whom the deceased lived in a common lodging-house at 18, Trawl-street, Spitalfields. Women from that place were fetched, and they identified the deceased as "Polly," who had shared a room with three other women in the place on the usual terms of such houses - nightly payment of 4d. each, each woman having a separate bed. The deceased had lodged in the house only for about three weeks. Nothing more was known of her but that when she presented herself for her lodging on Thursday night she was turned away by the deputy because she had not the money. She was then the worse for drink, but not drunk, and turned away laughing, saying "I'll soon get my 'doss' money; see what a jolly bonnet I've got now." She was wearing a bonnet which she had not been seen with before, and left the lodging-house door. A woman of the neighbourhood saw her as late as half-past two yesterday morning in Whitechapel-road, opposite the church, and at the corner of Osborne-street. Mary Ann Monk, an inmate of Lambeth Workhouse, was taken to the mortuary, and identified the body as that of "Polly" Nicholls. She knew her, she said, as they were inmates of the Lambeth Workhouse together in April and May, the deceased having been passed there from another workhouse. On May 12, according to Monk, Nicholls left the workhouse to take a situation as servant at Ingleside, Wandsworth-common. It afterwards became known that Nicholls betrayed her trust as domestic servant by stealing £3 from her employer and absconding. From that time she had been wandering about. Monk met her, she said, about six weeks ago, when herself out of the workhouse, and drank with her.
When Police-constable Neil discovered the body he roused the people living in the house immediately opposite where the body was found, but none of them had heard any sounds of a struggle. A general belief prevails that the spot where the body was found was not the scene of the murder, and this belief is supported by the fact that what appeared to be blood-stains have been traced at irregular distances on the footpath in Brady-street, which adjoins Buck's-row. Several persons living in Brady-street state that early in the morning they heard screams, but this is by no means an uncommon incident in the neighbourhood; and with one exception nobody seems to have paid any particular attention to what was probably the death struggle of an unfortunate woman. The exception was a Mrs. Colville, who lives only a short distance from the foot of Buck's-row. She says she was awakened in the morning by a woman screaming "Murder! police!" five or six times. The voice faded away as though the woman was going in the direction of Buck's-row, and all was quiet. She only heard the steps of one person.
Dr. Llewellyn has made a statement, in which he says he was called to Buck's-row about five minutes to four yesterday morning by Police-constable Thane, who said a woman had been murdered. He found deceased lying on the ground in front of the stable-yard door. She was lying on her back, with her legs out straight, as though she had been laid down. Police-constable Neil told him that the body had not been touched. The throat was cut from ear to ear and the woman was quite dead. The extremities of the body were still warm, showing that death had not long ensued. There was a very small pool of blood on the pathway, which had trickled from the wound in the throat, not more than half a pint at the outside. This fact, and the way in which the deceased was lying, made him think at the time that it was at least probable that the murder was committed elsewhere, and the body conveyed to Buck's-row. At half-past five he was summoned to the mortuary by the police, and was astonished at finding the other wounds. He had seen many horrible cases, but never such a brutal affair as this. There is a gash under the left ear reaching nearly to the centre of the throat, and another cut, apparently starting from the right ear. The neck is severed back to the vertebra, which is also slightly injured. The abdominal wounds are extraordinary for their length and the severity with which they have been inflicted. One cut extends from the base of the abdomen to the breast bone. Deceased's clothes were loose, and the wounds could have been inflicted while she was dressed.