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Missing Girl Named Annie Elizabeth

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Missing Girl Named Annie Elizabeth

Post by Karen on Sun 10 Oct 2010 - 11:46

The London Correspondent of the Dublin Daily Express says that Superintendent Dunlop has sent in his resignation to Sir C. Warren. "It is," adds the Correspondent, "on such men that the absurdly rigid regulations of the new regime in Scotland-yard fall with the greatest severity."



On a reporter making an inquiry at about four o'clock this morning, at the Leman-street, the Commercial-street, the Bethnal-green, and other police-stations, he was informed that no arrests had been made in the district during the night. The force of police and detectives on duty in the district was strengthened somewhat last night. The reason of this is that the murders have generally been committed on the Friday and Saturday nights. The number of amateur policemen on the look-out for the murderer was also greater than usual, but up to the hour named their vigilance had not been rewarded with any success. During the evening a number of domiciliary visits were made by the detectives - again with a negative result.


Last week a woman made a statement to the effect that she was accosted in Great Portland-street by a man answering the description of the murderer, and that he informed her that he had then just come from the scene of the Whitechapel murders. She noticed he had a knife in his possession. She then ran screaming away. She, yesterday, made another statement to the police. This was to the effect that at half-past two, when in Great Portland-street, she was again accosted by the man, and on noticing he was the same man, told him she would communicate with the police. He then ran away.


The City Police received, last night, 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 received a letter, which has been found in Anchor-street. It contained the following: -
"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."


It would now appear that the police are absolutely hopeless of any practical result attending their inquiries. No attempt is made to disguise the fact that arrest following upon arrest, and all equally fruitless, have produced in the official minds a feeling of almost despair. A corps of detectives left Leman-street yesterday morning, and the officer under whose direction they are passing their investigations, had in his possession quite a bulky packet of papers, all relating to information supplied to the police, and all, as the detective remarked, "amounting to nothing." "The difficulty of our work," he said, "is much greater than the general public are aware of. In the first place, there are hundreds of men about the streets answering the vague description of the man who is "wanted," and we cannot arrest everybody. The reward offered for the apprehension of the murderer has had one effect - it has inundated us with descriptions of persons into whose movements we are expected to inquire, for the sole reason that they have of late been noticed to keep rather irregular hours, and to take their meals alone. Some of these cases we have sent men to investigate, and the persons who, it has proved, have been unjustly suspected, have been very indignant, and naturally so too. The public would be exceedingly surprised if they were made aware of some of the extraordinary suggestions received by the police from outsiders. Why, in one case (the officer laughingly remarked) it was seriously put to us that we should carefully watch the policeman who happened to be on the particular beat within the radius of which either of the bodies was found. You might as well suspect the Press as suspect the police."


The authorities, however, have by no means abandoned their efforts, and are pursuing their work with relentess pertinacity - their efforts, however, being rewarded by no hope of success. There is a suspicion now that the crime was committed by one of the numerous foreigners by whom the East-end is infested. This opinion the authorities deduce from that mysterious writing on the wall at the spot where the Mitre-square murderer threw away a portion of the murdered woman's apron. The language of the Jews in the East-end is a hybrid dialect known as Yiddish, and their mode of spelling the word Jews would be "Juwes." It would, appear, however, that Sir Charles Warren has finally decided that it would be useless to use bloodhounds - at least, in connection with the present crimes.


The Home Office has again been urged to offer a Government reward. Mr. Lusk has preferred the request on behalf of the inhabitants of Whitechapel. Mr. Lusk calls attention to the fact that the only means left untried for the detection of the murderer has been the offer of a Government reward. Rewards have been offered from other quarters, including the Corporation of the City of London, "but neither the vigilance committees, the Corporation, nor private individuals can offer a pardon to an accomplice, and therefore the value of such offers is considerably less than the proclamation of a reward by her Majesty's Government, with a pardon for such accomplice." To this an official reply has been received, stating that the matter "shall receive due attention."



A working man, who said he was a painter and house decorator, living at 2, Grove-passage, Mare-street, Hackney, applied to Mr. Smith, the Dalston Magistrate, today, for assistance in giving publicity to the fact that his daughter, Annie Elizabeth Burt, aged 17, had been missing from her home since Saturday, September 29. The applicant said his daughter was a good girl, and regularly kept to her employment as a shirt and collar dresser in Columbia-road, Hackney-road. On the date mentioned she returned home about eight o'clock in the evening, and then went to Hackney-road to get her wages, after which she went to Islington to pay some money she owed. From that hour nothing had been heard of her. The police had been informed; but nothing further could be ascertained about the girl. There was (added the father) no reason why she should go away. She, however, had had a sweetheart and had "broken with him" about ten days before she disappeared. There had been no quarrel, so far as applicant knew. She, at all events, came home singing and lighthearted. - Mr. Smith said he thought the Press could do more good than he in the case, and he referred the applicant to the reporters. - Applicant then gave the following description of the missing girl: - Age 17, looking older; about 5ft. 2in. in height, dark hair, thick eyebrows, grey eyes, round, full face, stoutish build. When last seen she was wearing a cream straw hat, turned up on the left side, and trimmed with cream ribbon and flowers to match; black outdoor jersey jacket, with braided front; navy blue stuff dress, with a very narrow red stripe, the bodice being trimmed with figured silk; a grey skirt, and a red flannel petticoat (under linen marked "A." or "A.B." in red cotton), brown stockings, and blue cloth top button boots, steel earrings and brooch in shape of star, and white silk handkerchief round neck. She also had with her a black dolman and an umbrella with a hooked handle.



An exceedingly disagreeable rumour is current in St. Pancras, The St. Pancras Guardian referes to it today. For some time past investigations have been prosecuted into affairs connected with the Finchley Cemetery; and in the course of these investigations it has been asserted that bodies, after interment, have been subsequently brought again to the surface, and transferred to some unknown place. Two gravediggers, recently examined, are said to have testified to their recollection of having taken part in the digging up of five bodies from the pauper ground, which were afterwards taken away, but for what purpose they could not state. On another occasion, it is alleged, eight or nine other coffins were dug up during night time, in order to recover the body of an elderly female, candles being used in the grave. On getting the coffin to the surface the candles were blown out, the body taken out of the old coffin and placed into another, which was put into a hearse, and then taken away - the old coffin being broken up and reburied.


The St. Pancras Guardian had evidently intended to publish particulars connected with the rumour. The chairman of the Inquiry Committee which had been appointed, however, wrote to the editor. The result was, says the Guardian, "We withheld mention of the scandal with the object of letting the Committee obtain further information, but as it is now nearly three weeks since they examined the gravediggers, and have done nothing since towards proving the truth or untruth of their statements, the rumour is of too great moment to be longer suppressed, and we give the assertions as they have come under our notice."


In his letter the Chairman said: - "I am to inform you that the Committee have not yet finished their deliberations, and that, relative to the particular question touched upon in this letter, they have at present no evidence that there is any truth in the allegation. In those circumstances the Committee desire in the interest of the parish generally, and especially in the interest of the feelings of the public at large, that you will refrain from inserting anything connected with the present inquiry until officially reported by the Committee to the Vestry, inasmuch as it may, and probably will happen, that those very details which the Committee understand you intend publishing will be found to be without foundation and without any vestige of truth in them."


Our representative called upon Mr. T.B. Westacott, a prominent St. Pancras resident, intimately acquainted with parochial matters, with reference to the alleged burial scandal. "At present there is nothing but rumour as to this 'scandal,'" remarked Mr. Westacott; but if there is any truth in it it is rather stale, for it occurred five years ago." He went on to say that, some short time back, information came to the knowledge of the Burial Board as to certain vagaries on the part of an official, and a special committee was then appointed to inquire into the matter. "That Committee has not made its report yet," added Mr. Westacott. - "And what led to the appointment of it?" asked our representative. - "Oh, I'll tell you how it was," replied that gentleman, smiling. "A paragraph appeared in The Echo, asserting that a London cemetery company, or someone connected with it, received commissions from undertakers. Well, that paragraph in The Echo led to the Committee being appointed, and its report, as I say, has not yet been made. Rumour, nothing but rumour!" There may or may not have been some bodies of paupers missing, but, as I tell you, what occurred was five years ago."

Source: The Echo, Saturday, October 13, 1888, Page 3

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