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LONDON. WEDNESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER, 1888.
LYCEUM THEATRE. - Sole Lessee, Mr. Henry Irving. - TO-NIGHT at 9.0, MR. RICHARD MANSFIELD, in DR. JEKYLL and MR. HYDE. (Last Four Nights.)
Preceded at 8 by LESBIA, Classical Comedy in one Act, by Mr. Richard Davey. LESBIA, Miss Beatrice Cameron.
MORNING PERFORMANCE SATURDAY NEXT at 2.0.
MONDAY NEXT, Oct. 1, A PARISIAN ROMANCE. Mr. Mansfield as THE BARON CHEVRIAL.
Box-office (Mr. J. Hurst) open daily from 10 to 5.
"A Prison Official" writes to the Standard: - When speaking one day to a convict - a professional pickpocket - to whom I was giving a word or two of friendly counsel, I referred to his modus vivendi. "Would you like to know how to prevent your watch being stolen?" he said. "Just let me have it for a minute." Curious to learn a useful hint, I was about to draw my watch from my pocket, when I found it was already in this expert's hand, without my experiencing the slightest touch. He then explained to me that the most approved method of detaching the watch from its owner was to hold the ring to which the chain was attached firmly between the finger and thumb, and then, with a sharp twist, snap the steel pivot connecting watch and ring, leaving the ring on the chain, and the watch free in the thief's hand. "A dead loss" (the ring), he added, with cool effrontery, "to us of 6s." He then showed me that, if the ring and watch were connected by a swivel joint, the difficulty of watch stealing would be increased so much as to make it scarcely worth the risk.
An inquest was held yesterday on a man 84 years old, who went to the County Agricultural Show at Bishop Auckland, and wandered to the railway station at night, where he fell and broke his thigh. He crawled to a wall side, and lay nearly two hours before a policeman went to him. He told the officer his thigh was broken, and the latter said it was all mockery - he was drunk. He told them his name and address, but he was taken to the lock-up, dragged into a cell, left all night, and next morning dragged out before a magistrate. He did not know with what he was charged, but he was fined 10s. Dr. Ellis, who attended deceased, said he suffered great agony, and he died from wasting consequent on the pain and advanced age. The jury recommended the police to be more careful in future.
The East-End Radicals are Determined to Have Done with Warrenism and Anarchy.
Joseph Ellis, one of the victims of "Bloody Sunday," met with a fitting reception from the Liberals and Radicals of the United Club, Hackney, last night, who gave a dramatic entertainment for his benefit at their spacious building in Ray-street. Between the acts came speeches by Prof. Stuart and Mr. Pickersgill, which considerably increased the interest of the performance. Every allusion to Mr. Ellis, who with his young wife sat in the room, modestly occupying seats near the entrance door, to the cause in which he had suffered was received with cheers that made the rafters ring. Professor Stuart has not often delivered a more stirring or vigorous address than he did on that occasion. It was full of point and fact, appealed to the audience and to every Londoner as well to arouse themselves from the lethargy which they had allowed to so long hang over them, and to see that at the next election they would send men to Parliament who would advance and not oppose the cause of freedom. The moral of his speech was that while the police of London were under the control of the Executive Government, the people of London, who paid for their maintenance, would be at the mercy of the burglar and the assassin, while freedom of speech, a right won for them by the blood of their forefathers, would remain but a right in name. He scoffed at the impudent references of Lord Wolseley to the "Anarchical democracy," and contended that men like him, Lord Salisbury, and Sir Charles Warren were desirous of supplementing popular police control by military despotism. These things, said the Professor, must be changed, and the declaration was received with a cheer that was like the voice of a cataract. Mr. Pickersgill believed that when he brought up the question of Sir Charles Warren in the House of Commons in November 300 members would be found to follow him into the lobby instead of the 30 who supported him on the last occasion.
There have lately been a good many street robberies and burglaries committed in the neighborhood of Gray's-inn-road. At an indignation meeting of residents last night, held in the Holy Trinity Church Schools, under the presidency of the Rector, Sir Charles Warren, who has ignored a memorial on the subject, was warmly denounced. Several speakers considered the police were too much of a military body, were too much engaged in suppressing public meetings, and were not sufficiently occupied in thief-catching. A resolution was carried expressing regret at the neglect of the memorial by the Chief Commissioner, and demanding further measures for the public safety.
At the meeting of the Vestry of St. George-the-Martyr, Southwark, last night, Mr. Caleb Titcomb had the following notice upon the paper:- That the Vestry Clerk be instructed to write and ask the Chief Commissioner of Police if it was by his authority that the following sums were received by the police on the prosecution of the Queen v. Holmes, for keeping a disorderly house, in Sept., 1886, viz.; Inspector Green, £1 10s.; Police-constable Cox, £1; Police Constable Mee, 10s.; Sergeant Mobsley, 7s. 6d.; Police-constable William, 5s. The chairman (Mr. Church-warden Hilton) expressed the opinion that the Vestry could not go into the matter, and his decision was upheld by the Vestry.
The Preacher at St. Paul's, Clapham, Disclaims the Statements Attributed to Him.
The Rev. A. R. Buckland writes: - Your correspondent "J. D. H." unintentionally does an injustice both to The Star and to myself. As the sermon was preached ex tempore, and from very brief notes, I am unable to refer to the manuscript; but upon important points your correspondent's account is not quite accurate.
As preliminary to some words upon Christian evidences, I drew attention to the correspondence in the columns of an evening paper on "Is Christianity a Failure." To emphasise its importance I alluded to your large circulation, adding, however, that in the absence of the accountants' certificate, anyone who understood much about these matters would know at once that it was not necessarily to be relied on. I ought now to add that you have asked me to inspect documentary proofs that your announcement is absolutely accurate. Such an offer is, I conceive,
The phrase "a paper you never look at," &c., was separated by a considerable interval from the words "than which hardly anything more appalling," &c. These latter had no reference whatever to The Star. They came at the end of some remarks on the lower class of atheistic literature, to which they may or may not be fairly applied. "J. D. H." asks, "Why this attack upon The Star?" The terms in which the evident good faith and earnestness of its correspondents on Christianity were spoken of hardly constituted an attack.
The body of a well-dressed young woman was last night washed ashore on the sea front at Dover. The corpse had not been long in the water, and the face was smeared with blood. It is not yet known how she came into the water. A gold watch and other jewellery were found on the body.
At the burial of Amelia Smith at Willesden Cemetery, the Rev. J. A. Rawlins, vicar of St. Andrews, refused to officiate, and the service had to be conducted by a Dissenting minister. The woman had died under circumstances which at first suggested suicide, but a coroner's jury decided that her death was due to natural causes.
Yellow Jack's Ravages.
JACKSONVILLE, 25 Sept. - A hundred and forty-three fresh cases of yellow fever have been registered here during the past 24 hours, 84 of the persons attacked being negroes.
Last night another arrest was made in connection with the tragic death of Mrs. Wright at Canonbury-villas. This time it was a female; and although, of course, she is not to be directly identified with the men who were alleged to have entered the house, it is thought she may know something about a threatening letter which was written to Mr. Wright. The female is detained at the Upper-street Police-station pending inquiries.
A Solicitor and His Lady.
Mr. Henry Harris, 50, solicitor, of 9, Trinity-street, Southwark, was charged at Dalston with assaulting Annie Stanley. Annie said she had known Mr. Harris for about nine years. Between twelve and one o'clock this morning the prisoner, who had persistently annoyed her, got into her house through a neighbor's. On hearing that he was there she ran upstairs to get out of his way, but he met her on the stairs and knocked the lamp out of her hands, causing an alarming fire, which the neighbors came in and put out. He also struck her, and then she screamed "Murder." In cross-examination, Annie said "she found Henry was in the house by hearing him snoring in the parlor." For the first time for a fortnight the old blackguard was sober. She also was sober, but had not a bottle of whisky by her bedside. She did not push the lamp in his face, and brase his forehead. He was a violent man with a plausible tongue." In explanation Mr. Harris said he had provided Annie with a home and the best part of the things she possessed. She was a most violent, quarrelsome and dangerous woman. Some weeks ago she assaulted him with an umbrella, and had prodded him in the stomach with a poker. As to this last affair, Harris said he went to the house and found the woman drunk on the bed with a bottle of whisky at her side. This he took away thinking she had had enough, but she followed him into the passage with a lamp, and pushed it into his face. Fearing injury, he pushed her away, and the lamp fell. She called "Murder!" as she usually did if anything upset her, and the neighbors rushed in. - Mr. Fenwick bound the accused over in £10 to keep the peace for six months.
The Police do not Believe it to be the Work of the Whitechapel Fiend.
No arrest has yet been made in connection with the murder of Jane Beatmoor, at Birtley Fell, near Gateshead. Dr. Phillips, the medical man who examined the body of Annie Chapman, the last victim of the Whitechapel murderer, and Inspector Roots, of the Criminal Investigation Department, Scotland-yard, arrived at Birtley yesterday. Dr. Phillips saw the body during the afternoon, and made a searching examination of the wounds, to see if they bore any resemblance to the injuries inflicted on the Whitechapel victims. The result of the examination, and the effect it had on the doctor's mind, were, of course, not made known, but it is reported that the authorities have little belief in the theory that the murderer had any connection with the events in London. In the case of the woman Chapman, it will be remembered that the perpetrator of the crime displayed a certain amount of anatomical knowledge in the horrible dissection he practised upon the body; but in the case of the woman Beatmoor the murderer was
and appears rather to have overcome his victim by brute force. Policemen have been engaged searching a field of oats adjoining the waggon way for the weapon with which the deed was committed, but they have not succeeded in finding it. An opinion prevails that the murderer has committed suicide, but a telegram from Spennymoor states that a man answering the description of the one wanted was seen at Byers Green Colliery, about 14 miles away, on Sunday morning.
Five cases of suicide and attempted suicide are reported from Galway to-day. A young man named Dominic McDonagh attempted suicide by throwing himself into one of the docks. A girl named Bridget Toole, who had been arrested at Salthill for breaking one of the tramcar windows, attempted self-destruction in the police barrack by hanging herself with her neckerchief. A young man named Lydon made two attempts to drown himself in the basin opposite the Claddagh Chapel. A girl named Mary Kate Costello jumped into the dock and was drowned.
While the inquest on this girl was being held, another girl, named Mary Reilly, a native of Gort, jumped into the dock only a few yards from the place where the inquest was going on. Stephen Murphy, a police-constable, succeeded in saving the girl's life. This girl had been in the company of Costello and two soldiers, but she refused to give evidence at Costello's inquest, and declined to give the names of the soldiers. She is detained in custody.
An inquest was held to-day on the body of a man whose body was taken out of that part of the New River which runs through the Northumberland House Lunatic Asylum, Green-lanes. The man appeared to be about 35 years of age, and was respectably dressed. In his trousers pocket a phial containing laudanum was found. It had been filled, but part had been emptied. The doctor's opinion was that the man had taken the poison to dull the sense of pain, and then had thrown himself into the river. The cause of death was drowning. The police stated that at the spot where the body was found there were no traces of a struggle. There was nothing to suggest foul play. - The jury returned an open verdict of found drowned.
A woman was rescued from one of the lakes at Battersea-park last night. It is alleged that she was pushed into the water by a cabman, who had ridden inside a cab with her to the park. The cabman is in custody.
"A Late Deputy-Coroner" writes a letter to the Times about Dr. Phillips withholding the description of the wounds on Annie Chapman, the last Whitechapel victim. He points out that by the Statute de Coronatore the Coroner is bound to inquire the nature, character, and size of every wound on a dead body, and to enter the same on his roll. Originally this was to be done super visum corporis, and the necessity of viewing the corpse thus arises, for it is the coroner's duty to explain the effect of the wounds and any appearances there may be. The writer goes on: - In this case, had Dr. Phillips's evidence been given at once, as it ought to have been, and as I should have insisted, I think "Leather Apron" should not have been arrested. The criminal is probably a person making research from motives of science or curiosity, and not a drunken loafer. If the body had not been washed, and it is contempt of the coroner's court to do so, there would probably have appeared on the body some finger mark, which would have been very useful.
Poor Jews Coming Here from Russia.
During the last three months nearly 2,500 foreign Jews have left Odessa under the expulsion law enacted in the spring of this year, and the exodus is steadily continues. Their number has recently been swelled by the emigration of a large number of Russian Jews proper, who have taken advantage of the extended exemption as to age and eligibility for military service. Young Russian Jews not having actually reached their 20th year now readily receive permission to leave the country. Formerly they did not receive this permission after having reached their 17th year. The larger number of these voluntary Jewish emigrants go to America or England. Chiefly of the poor artisan class, not more than 1 or 2 per cent. of those who go to England possess any capital on which to commence business in the country of their adoption.
An inquest was held yesterday on the body of Mary Ann Nicholson, Burlington-street, Aston, Birmingham, who, it is alleged, was murdered by her husband on Saturday night. The parties had been married about three years, but had not lived happily. Prisoner had been married three times and the woman twice. On Saturday the woman's son and daughter by a former husband went to see their mother, and on entering the house they saw her sitting in a chair dead, with several fearful wounds on her head. A hatchet covered with blood lay near her, and her husband could not be found until the next day, when he was arrested at Walsall after pawning a watch and chain which he had taken from his wife's neck. When charged prisoner said he knew nothing about the murder; he was very drunk. A witness who worked with him said he had heard Nicholson say, "I shall do a Whitechapel on my wife yet." Medical evidence showed that the skull was fractured in 10 places. A verdict of wilful murder against the prisoner was returned.
The Breakdown of the Police.
SIR, - May I suggest, in view of the utter dissatisfaction which the metropolitan police have given on all hands during the last few years, that the electors of the new London County Council will vote for no candidate who does not pledge himself to do all in his power to bring about the transference of the control of the police from the Government to the inhabitants of the metropolis, whose lives and liberties are being so seriously jeopardised under the present anomalous régime. - Yours, &c.,
1, Cloisters, Temple, E.C., 19 Sept.
When the p'liceman isn't occupied in drilling,
Or in breaking heads around Trafalgar-square,
For any little honest job he's willing,
But he really hasn't got much time to spare.
You must stand your chance of being kicked or shot at,
Or stabbed to death by maniacs for fun.
If the rich West-end of London he is not at -
The civilian's life is not a happy one.
But what matter if 200 X can "double"
Or look towards his right or "shoulder arms?"
For then in future times of strife and trouble
We should all be safe from "unemployed" alarms.
Yet the people call our system wrong and hateful,
And say there's other business to be done;
Ah, when the British public's so ungrateful
The policeman's lot is not a happy one.