New Jersey, USA
13 November 1888
A Long Desired Change in the Chief of Police
WHY SIR CHARLES RESIGNED
London, Nov. 13.
Sir Charles Warren, chief of the Metropolitan police, has resigned.
It transpires that Sir Charles Warren had not intended to resign, despite the popular clamor for his removal, until in the latter part of last week he heard, from what seemed to him excellent authority, that the government had decided to make of him a vicarious sacrifice in the interest of one or two of his superiors in official life. Knowing that the cabinet would hold a council on Saturday, presumably with the object of making his case the chief subject of discussion, Gen. Warren wrote a letter to Home Secretary Matthews on Friday evening, tendering his resignation, ostensibly because the home secretary, a week previous, had mildly censured him for having written a magazine article defending the administration at Scotland Yard, the writing of which was a violation of the civil service rules. It is undeniably a fact that until the receipt of Gen. Warren's letter Mr. Matthews was not aware that the former had written the article mentioned, but being fully aware that he was the principal person for whose shortcomings the chief commissioner of metropolitan police was to be made a scapegoat the home secretary made haste to accept the resignation and secure in its acceptance the acquiescence of his colleagues.
The police as well as the general public are delighted at the retirement of Gen. Warren, whose arbitrary administration has rendered life miserable to them, but all fear that the sudden change in the head of the police department will involve temporary trouble with the Socialists, who are conspicuously jubilant over Warren's departure from Scotland Yard, and already discussing plans for a demonstration in celebration of the event. Every Socialist, and, to his sorrow, almost every shopkeeper in the vicinity, remembers that today is the anniversary of the bloody attempt by a mob, led by Commissioner Graham, to force its way into Trafalgar square in defiance of Gen. Warren's prohibitory order posted throughout London two days before, and many persons express fear that the retirement of the man whose prompt action averted a terrible and prolonged riot on that occasion will embolden the lawless element to violence.
Since the announcement of Gen. Warren's resignation it has leaked out that he carried his habitual meanness to the length of squabbling about the terms of hiring the bloodhounds which were brought into requisition in the attempt to run down the Whitechapel murderer. This so disgusted the owner of the dogs that he removed them to the country a fortnight ago, and no hounds have been employed since, the assertions of the police officials to the contrary notwithstanding. It is probable that either Assistant Commissioner Moore, Chief Constable Wood, of Manchester, or Mr. C.E. Howard Vincent, member of parliament for Central Sheffield, will succeed Gen. Warren, though Home Secretary Matthews favors Chief Constable Farndale, of Birmingham, for the position.