from "The Dailygraph"
8 August [continued]
Of course the
verdict was an open one. There is no evidence to adduce, and whether or not the
man himself committed the murders there is now none to say. The folk here hold
almost universally that the captain is simply a hero, and he is to be given a
public funeral. Already it is arranged that his body is to be taken with a train
of boats up the Esk for a piece and then brought back to Tate Hill Pier and up
the abbey steps, for he is to be buried in the churchyard on the cliff. The owners
of more than a hundred boats have already given in their names as wishing to follow
him to the grave.
No trace has ever been found of the great dog, at which
there is much mourning, for, with public opinion in its present state, he would,
I believe, be adopted by the town. Tomorrow will see the funeral, and so will
end this one more 'mystery of the sea'.