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A Clever Thought And Verse

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A Clever Thought And Verse

Post by Karen on Fri 13 Aug 2010 - 21:33

Jack the Ripper Items.

The P.M. Gazette points out that the Christian name of the first of "Jack the Ripper's" victims was Emma, and this, with the exception of but one letter, has reproduced itself throughout the series in regular rotation: -

1. E mma Smith
2. M artha Tabram
3. M ary Anne Nichols
4. A nne Chapman
5. E lizabeth Stride
6. M itre-square (Catherine Eddowes) (she used the name Mary Ann Kelly)
7. M ary Jane Kelly
8. A lice M'Kenzie

Mr. Stuart Cumberland has started a weekly paper in London called The Mirror, and in one of its first numbers, he gave the following picture of Jack the Ripper, as revealed to him in a dream:

The face was thinnish and oval in shape. The eyes were dark and prominent, showing plenty of white. The brow was narrow, and the chin somewhat pointed. The complexion was sallow - somewhere between that of a Maltese and a Parsee. The nose was somewhat Semitic in shape, and formed a prominent feature of the face. The formation of the mouth, I could not very well see, it was shaded by a black moustache. Beyond the hair on the upper lip the face was bare. It was not a particularly disagreeable face, but there was a wild intensity about the dark, full eyes that fascinated me as I gazed into them. They were the eyes of a mesmerist!

The London police are said to be on the track of a medical man who is believed to be the only original "Jack the Ripper." So far, we have not heard that they have cabled for the arrest of a certain Auckland medico who in some respects answers the description.

"Amo," an Auckland youth of fifteen summers, sends some verses, entitled "The Whitechapel Murderer Caught Red-Handed," from which we quote: -

He stood with downcast face and mien
A prisoner, yes a felon and a murderer;
The tell-tale blood was on his hands,
And on the clothes he wore.

Just at his feet, stretched in her gore,
His "fallen" victim lay,
Her legs and head had disappeared,
Her heart had been torn out.

Two yards away, lay on the floor,
The murderer's blood-dyed knife,
And by her side, all soiled with blood,
A broken bottle lay.

They searched and found her legs and heart,
And then the severed head;
The murderer gazed upon the scene
With no remorseful thoughts.

That is very gory, and the youthful bard goes on to describe the closing scene in similar realistic style: -

The prisoner stood on the gallows tree,
His arms were pinned behind;
The bolt was drawn, the murderer fell,
A lifeless, stiffened corpse.

Thus he expiates his crimes
Upon the gallows tree,
And goes to meet the Higher Judge,
At the judgment bar of God.

We only wish it was true, friend "Amo." By the way, do you notice that you have not a single rhyme in the above effusion?

Source: Observer, Volume IX, Issue 564, 19 October 1889, Page 17

Karen Trenouth
Author of: "Epiphany of the Whitechapel Murders"
Author of: "Jack the Ripper: The Satanic Team"

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