The City Press (London)
Wednesday, 17 October 1888.
Nothing has yet been found of the culprit. The City police have received a postcard, on which the following was written: "Dear Boss - On Saturday night I will do two more murders on a man and a boy. I am JACK THE RIPPER." The police at Rotherhithe have received this missive, "I'll be over here soon. I'll have you. My knife is a sharp one. JACK THE RIPPER. I am up in the City and Bermondsey every day. Good old Leather Apron." A petition to the Home Office asking for additional police protection in Whitechapel has been signed by about two hundred tradesmen of the district, and will be presented by Mr. S. Montagu, M.P. The City police have discovered Thomas Conway, who some years ago lived with Catherine Eddowes. He states that he left the woman in 1880 in consequence of her intemperate habits. The City Solicitor (Mr. H. H. Crawford) writes to a contemporary: "In your report of the evidence given at the resumed inquest held on Thursday last, I find it stated that Detective Halse, of the City police, deposed that Detective-Inspector M'William gave orders to have the writing on the wall in Goulston-street, Whitechapel, washed off. In justice to the City police, and to Mr. M'William, the Chief Inspector of City detectives, permit me to say that the evidence given by the witness Halse was to the effect that he protested against the words being rubbed out until the orders of Mr. M'William to have the writing photographed had been obeyed, and that the City police were in no way responsible for the rubbing out."