17 September 1888
The Whitechapel tragedies still remain a mystery, and the helplessness of the police gives rise to invidious contrasts with the efficiency of the New York detective service. Arrests are made daily, but all prove futile. The "knifer" remains at large, though every man wearing a leather apron is a suspect. Public excitement continues. Apart from the series of undiscovered murders in the East End, numerous street robberies in daylight and the increase of burglaries have spread general terror over the metropolis. Vigilance committees are forming in several districts to meet the outburst of crime. The first question to be agitated at the winter session of parliament is the unprotected state of the metropolis.