(What was the lunar phase on the night of Sep 30, 1888?).
Yep, Jack was quite the BAD boy, wasn't he? (cue the theme from "Cops"). You also have to, as Errata says, realize that these terms in 1888 were stronger than they are today. They would end up using euphemisms for the euphemisms... (and then have to coin new words to cover THOSE).