Speaking of the Echo
Originally Posted by Wickerman
"From latest inquiries it appears that a very reduced importance seems to be now - in the light of later investigation - attached to a statement made by a person last night that he saw a man with the deceased on the night of the murder."
Echo, 13 Nov.
The above is the only indication we have of any caution being applied to the story by Hutchinson. Not that his story was discredited, or dismissed, but it is now not as important as first thought.
It's not as mild as "not as important", though, is it? The Echo
says "a very reduced
importance". That, in itself, is congruent with Hutchinson's story being discredited by at least some of the officials, and that more than one paper got to hear about it.