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Armed Women and Vigilance Committees

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Armed Women and Vigilance Committees

Post by Karen on Mon 9 Dec 2013 - 17:09


Dr. Forbes Winslow's suggestion of male decoys for the assassin has, it is stated, been acted on extensively; it is quite certain that for two night past three medical students have been out armed with revolver and dagger concealed in the dresses worn by them.
In addition to this the hapless women of the streets are themselves armed with knives, and two poor creatures one morning showed a reporter two formidable bowie-knives, which they would unquestionably use upon any man who attempted violence of a deadly character. A thin woman, pale and starving, said with evident sincerity, "Well, suppose I
do get killed, it will be a good thing for me, for the winter is coming on, and the life is awful. I can't leave it; nobody would employ me." She had been 20 years on the streets of the East End. She is well acquainted with the whole of the lower classes and their habits, and in common with many others of her class and the denizens of the lodging-houses
generally feels certain that the murderer "does not belong to them."


It has been stated that the excitement is dying out in the district, but this is not by any means a fact, for it is hourly increasing, although the indignation is of a quieter and more concentrated kind. This is evidenced by the great number of vigilance committees which are being daily inaugurated, and one of the largest holds its meetings nightly and receives
dozens of members at every sitting. Money is no object whatever, and is cheerfully subscribed for the purpose of hunting down the murderer. The following is a copy of one of the many notices issued by the Jewish section of the inhabitants, the Jews in particular being thorougly determined in the matter, owing to the dread engendered in the breasts of their
wives of the criminal exercising his horrible proclivities upon them: -
"Finding that, in spite of murders being committed in our midst, our police force is still inadequate to discover the author or authors of the late atrocities, we, the undersigned, have formed ourselves into a committee, and intend offering a substantial reward to anyone, citizen or otherwise, who shall give such information as will bring the murderer or murderers to justice."

Source: Oamaru Mail, Volume X, Issue 4273, 22 November 1888, Page 4

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