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The London correspondent of the "New fork World " telegraphs :— The most intense •mjsement has been caused among all olasses of the London world by the arrest last week of little Sir George Arthur on suspicion of being the Whlteohapel murderer. Sir George is a young baronet holding a osptalnoy m the regiment of Royal Horse Guards, and Is a member of most of the leading dabs In town. He Is also a well-known amatenr actor, and wss » great friend of the late Prlnoe Leopold, Dnke of Albany. Sinoe tbe past few weeks the old mania for " slommiog " In Whlteohapel has become fashionable aesln. Every night soores of young men whohtve never been to the Bast End before In their lives prowl round the neighborhood In which tbe murders were oommltted talk ing with the frightened women and push lag tbelr way Into overorowded lodginghouses. 80 long as any two men keep together, and do not make a nulsanoe of themselves, the polioe do not Interfere with them. But if a man goes alone and tries to lore a woman of tbe street into a secluded oorner to talk with ber, be is pretty sure to get Into trouble. That was tbe osse with &ir George Arthur. He put on an old shooting ooat, a slonoh hat, and went down to Wblteohapel for a little fan. He got It It occurred to two policemen that Blr George answered very muoh the popular description of Jack the Ripper. They watched htm, snd when tbeysawhlm talking with some women they proceeded to collar him. He protested, expostulated, and threatened them with the vengeance of royal wrath, but m vain. Finally, a ohance was given to him to send to a fashionable western club to prove his Identity, and he was released with profuse apologies for the mistake. The affair was kept oat of the newspapers. But the jolly young baronet 1 * friends at Brook's Club considered the Joke too good to be kept quiet, Sir Geoiga Is quite a figure In his way In London. He is a ion of the late Sir Frederlok Arthur, who was an Influential man m hit day. Sir George was conspicuous on the turf a few years ago and was intimately associated with the Dowager Duohess of Qfontrose. He then turned his attention to theatricals, and when the Bancrofts produced " Fedora they allowed Sir George to appe»r as the corpse. m ___^ mmm _ m ___^

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2043, 22 January 1889

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ARREST OF A BARONET FOR THE WHITECHAPEL MURDERER Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2043, 22 January 1889