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New York Times
15 February 1891

It is by no means clear that this tenth Whitechapel murder is by the same hand as the others, but there is enough similarity to make ascription to Jack the Ripper natural. If anything, there is more excitement in East London over this newest addition to the list than there was when the last occurred, in September 1889. Of course, there are a multitude of theories advanced, and it seems that several people really saw the man who it is assumed is the murderer talking with his victim. But such a mass of ignorant liars always turns up on such occasions that it is difficult to choose between the varying descriptions given of the suspected man, and nobody dreams of expecting that the police will track down the miscreant. The policeman who discovered the body did hear retreating footsteps after he realized it was a murder, but it did not occur to him to pursue. The explanation given that he is a young man from the country only six weeks on the force is accepted as satisfactory by everybody.

There is also much doubt whether the man arrested to-day is guilty of yesterday's crime, let alone the others. The police here, so far from giving information, think it sagacious to deny everything, and hence there are no means of corroborating or checking the rumors of which the town is full. Even if the prisoner proves to be Jack the Ripper, his arrest will give no credit to the police, for he had actually been stopped this morning by a Sergeant, questioned, and allowed to go away before a civilian's suspicions caused his apprehension.


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