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I have no idea what I'm on about? There you go again. Read Paul Feldman's book starting page 217.
If you are getting your observations from Paul Feldman, Observer, I would only advise caution. I prefer the real world.

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That's BS Caz. Did you really read my post on the subject? Albert saw the marks, as would Dundas, he would be looking for them. As I said, it's part of his job, he'll have looked through a glass at every watch he repaired. You can huff, and you can puff, as is you're want, but there's no way Dundas would have missed those marks, whichever watch he looked at.
Suit yourself, Observer. But if Dundas ever examined the inside surface in question of Albert's watch for scratches [and saw none even under the right light and magnification] it's a pity he recalled and described the wrong watch, because, put simply, this renders his observations irrelevant. If he didn't even know which watch he was being asked about, it doesn't inspire confidence in his powers of observation generally, does it? Not only that, but he got the name of the jeweller wrong [calling him Mr Stewart - his name was Ron Murphy] and also claimed that 'Mr Stewart' asked him about marks relating to Jack the Ripper just 'a month or so' after he - Dundas - had supposedly serviced the watch in 1992, while in reality this could not have been until more than a year had passed.

Murphy, on the other hand, did notice 'several' scratch marks on 'the rear case, inside' of the right watch, while polishing it after Dundas had serviced and returned it. He didn't scrutinise the marks closely so couldn't say exactly what they were, but when Albert showed him what he had discovered a year later he accepted that these could have been the same scratch marks he saw originally, but wouldn't have appreciated their significance, as Albert didn't at first sight.

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You know, the inscriptions are that obscure it makes one wonder how Albert Johnston and friends associated them with Maybrick, and Jack The Ripper.
The light from a window apparently highlighted the scratches inside the back as Albert was showing his workmates how to open the back and front. They took the watch to the college's science and maths building and asked a technician to take a look using a microscope. That's when the "I am Jack" and "J Maybrick" were revealed plus a couple of initials on the lower part of the watch. Later that day one of Albert's colleagues, John White, told him he had read about Maybrick and the diary in the Liverpool Echo. He mistakenly had Maybrick burying his wife and children under the floorboards, but mentioned the ripper connection. Albert then returned to the science and maths building where a larger microscope revealed more scratches and initials. The library was Albert's next port of call, where he found a book on JtR after failing to find one on Maybrick.

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The name "Maybrick" is plainly seen though, Dundas would not have failed to see that.
Possibly, if he had used a microscope when examining the relevant surface of the right watch. But that would have been over a year earlier, when Maybrick's name was not recent news.

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