South London Press
October 24, 1880 . . . . Volume MXI . . . . Karina T
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
"I had gone upstairs to bed about eleven. I sat upon my box, which stood immediately under the window, overlooking the city lit by the full moon. As I sat, I became aware of an aged gentleman with white hair, advancing another smaller gentleman, whom at first I paid less attention to." She had said. "When they had come within speech distance, the older man bowed and greeted the other man with politeness. I was surprised, when I recognized the shorter man he spoke to, Mr. Hyde. He had once visited my master, and I conceived a dislike for him which carries to this day. He held a cane, but never answered to the older man, and all of a sudden broke out into a flame of anger. Mr. Hyde was trampling the older man in his fury, under which the bones were audibly shattered."
The maid had fainted soon after, and the murderer was long gone by the time the police came through, though the victim lay there in the middle of the lane, incredibly mangled. The cane of said murderer had broken under the stress of this cruelty, though being made of very tough and heavy wood, half rolled into the gutter, and the other most likely still in the possession of Mr. Hyde. A purse and gold watch were found upon the victim, along with a sealed and stamped envelope, presumably en route to the post, addressed to Mr. Utterson. When asked of it, Mr. Utterson, a lawyer, declared he would not say a word till he has seen the body, deeming the case serious.