22 October 1888
"Jack the Ripper" has been arrested at Bradford - one of him, at least. He turns out to be in this particular instance anything but a formidable individual. In fact, he is of the softer sex, and apparently a nice-spoken and respectable young woman. He, or she, declares that her only object in writing the letters was to make a sensation. She has succeeded in experiencing a new sensation, at all events.
Madame Tussaud has enriched her collection with a new portrait model of Prince Bismarck (with dog) which is remarkably natural and an admirable likeness. Men may come and men may go, but Tussaud's goes on for ever - and collars most of the men who are worth having. Oh, for the day when we shall see announced at Baker-street, "New Portrait Model of Jack the Ripper!"
A murder, resembling those of Whitechapel, was committed near Swansea, yesterday. The victim, a girl of four years of age, was decoyed into a lonely wood by a youth of 16, who is then said to have cut her throat and ripped her bowels open. The boy is in custody.
TO THE EDITOR OF "THE EVENING NEWS."
SIR-If not encroaching too much on your valuable space, I would beg to offer a few suggestions with regard to tracing the origin of the revolting package stated to have been received by Parcels Post to Mr. Lusk, of Mile End. It may not be generally known, but if the box in question was sent by Parcels Post (unless it was posted out of course, i.e., placed in a pillar or other posting box), it must have been handed in at a post-office by some one, and the printed label of that office would be affixed thereto. The necessary postage in stamps would most probably be attached by the sender, it being against the regulations for the postmaster to do it himself. Doubtless if application were made to the secretary of the General Post Office, he would furnish the police authorities with the time of handling in which, with the other points before-mentioned, might assist them in clearing up the matter. - I am, &c.,
SIR-Amongst the many suggestions concerning the crimes of London, would it not be well to suggest that every householder in the metropolis be supplied with a police whistle in case of emergency. I am sure it would help our police, and likewise help to stop the crimes of London. The meaning of this paragraph is that each divisional station be supplied with whistles for the householders. - I am, &c.,
JAMES LAWRENCE LEA,
A Pensioned P.C.'s Son.
16, St. James's-street, Clerkenwell-green.