23 January 1890
How English Detectives Board Cattle Steamers in Search of the
How English Detectives Board Cattle Steamers in Search of the Murderer.
First Officer Matthews of the cattle steamer Borderer, which has just arrived in Boston, gives the following account of the manner in which Scotland Yard detectives are hunting for Jack the Ripper, under the supposition that the murderer is a cattle man: "The detectives have such an arrangement over there that they know nearly everyone of the men who go over on our steamers. If a man isn't known he is carefully questioned and if there is anything suspicious about him they have him shadowed during his stay in the city. Detective Reagan boards every London bound steamer carrying cattle at Gravesend, the first point where it would be possible for any one to land. There he talks with the cattle men about their business in London and what they propose doing while in the city, and accompanies them ashore.
The work done by the Ripper seemed to show that he had experience in butchery, and as the crimes were always coincident with the arrival of cattle boats, it seemed probable that a cattle man from a foreign shore had been the assassin."