Huddersfield Daily Chronicle (26/Aug/1891) - The Terrible Tragedy at Linthwaite: No Arrest

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Although the neighbourhood in which the terrible murder of Catherine Dennis was committed has resumed more of its normal aspect, the tragedy still occupies the public mind to a very considerable extent. This, of course, arises in a great measure from the fact that the perpetrator of the horrible deed is still at large. The search for the man, Stockwell, still seems to occupy the attention of the police. If the rumours one learns are any guide then he cannot be far away, in which case his lengthened absence from home increases suspicion. Fresh rumours are heard several times a day. One has been to the effect that he was seen in the neighbourhood of the Sands House Inn, Crosland Moor ; another that he has been seen near some farm buildings just outside Honley ; whilst at Meltham Mills search parties were instituted on Monday, and Honley Wood was thoroughly but ineffectually searched, as it had been stated that the missing man had not only been seen but spoken to by persons who knew him, but did not know at the time that he was "wanted." On Tuesday morning it was stated that he had booked from Marsden to Manchester, but on enquiries being instituted by the police it was found that only two men had booked from Marsden to Manchester, that they were both known to the station officials, and that neither of them was the man stated. Some people are beginning to entertain the opinion that if Stockwell had been in the neighbourhood scarcity of food would have driven him to some habitation ere this, and that his movements could in this way be traced. They argue from this that he may have gone away into Lancashire and be working in some of the centres of industry there. An opinion is also held by others that he might be so working and be in ignorance of the fact that he is being connected with the crime in any way, and that the real perpetrator of the outrage is to be looked for in the strange man noticed in the neighbourhood by residents on the day of the murder. Stockwell's arrest, however, would put an end to the suspense that is being felt in the neighbourhood, and if he then could clear himself from suspicion no one would be more pleased than his neighbours in Linthwaite, who don't care for the thought that one of their own people should be capable of such a terrible crime as has been committed.