The Times (London).
26 March 1892
Adelaide, March 25.
The prisoner Deeming, or Williams, charged with the Windsor murder, left Perth today by railway for Albany in the charge of Detective Cawsey, of Melbourne. At Albany he will embark for Melbourne on board the P. and O. steamer Ballaarat. Cawsey still inclines to the belief that Deeming is Jack the Ripper, though this conclusion is not warranted by the information to hand. Cawsey points out that, whilst Deeming was incarcerated in Hull Gaol, the Whitechapel murders ceased.
PERTH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA), March 25.
A fresh witness against Deeming has come forward in a man who was formerly employed as a clerk when the prisoner was working as a master plumber in Sydney. He states that Deeming was a very agreeable master to serve. He always required that the work should be done properly, but he maintained excellent relations with his men. He seemed very well off and lived comfortably, driving to his office every day in a dogcart; his wife often accompanied him. Although extremely fond of display and of a life of pleasure, Deeming exhibited the qualities of a clever man of business. The chief significance of the clerk's evidence, however, turns upon the fact that he several times saw Deeming's wife, and instantly identified her when shown a photograph in which she appeared standing by her husband's side. He further states that the business in Sydney had all the appearances of a solvent and permanent concern, and only began to grow shaky towards the end of 1887, and in the end Deeming became insolvent. The witness possesses an excellent character in Deeming's handwriting.
Mr. Haynes, the accused's solicitor, today renewed in another court, presided over by Mr. Justice Linsman, his application for a writ of habeas corpus on the same grounds as those he advanced yesterday before the Supreme Court. The application, however, was again refused.
Deeming continues to affect perfect indifference as to the case against him. He has absolutely declined to allow his self to be photographed, and has made it impossible to obtain his likeness by this means. He unceasingly protests that he is innocent of the murder of his wife, and declares that he will very shortly return to Western Australia and institute proceedings against the directors of Fraser's Mine for the recovery of the money due to him in respect of his services as engineer. He expresses himself as extremely grateful for the considerate treatment he has experienced at the hand of the police during his confinement here.
Sydney, March 25.
It is now believed that Deeming is the man who, in the year 1881, stabbed several women in the suburbs of Sydney under the most unprovoked and outrageous circumstances.
In the event of a verdict of wilful murder being returned at the inquest on Monday, the coroner will issue a warrant for the arrest of Deeming. It is stated that a Scotland Yard detective has already sailed for Melbourne, so that if by any technicality Deeming should escape justice in Australia, which is scarcely probable, he would be rearrested and brought to Widnes.
The family relatives of Mrs. Deeming, who identified the clothing in the box sent from Plymouth to Widnes state that shortly before the deceased woman and her children went to Rainhill she purchased at the shop of Mr. Owen, Liverpool, a small plush mantle for eight guineas for herself, besides Leghorn hats trimmed with expensive feathers for the children. No trace of the mantle or the feathers can be discovered. A communication was yesterday received from Mr. Lowe, of the Detective Department, London, by Deeming's relatives asking them to forward photographs of the accused, the deceased woman, and her children to Scotland yard, as such photographs are required by the Melbourne police for the purpose of identification.