27 November 1888
A Man Who Says He Was a Clever, Harmless Quack.
Some additional facts about "Dr." Tumblety, the Whitechapel suspect, are given by a man who knew him in Canada and the East. Tumblety, he says, had an office in Toronto in 1858. In the autumn of that year he went to Buffalo, N.Y., and attracted the notice of the public by giving 1,000 pounds of flour to the poor. His eccentricities were so pronounced that he was once "frozen out" of a hotel in Toronto in which he had engaged rooms.
Tumblety dressed peculiarly and did eccentric things in order to advertise himself cheaply. In 1860 he had an office on Broadway, New York, near the St. Nicholas Hotel, where he treated patients and made his Indian herb medicine. He charged enormous fees and made a large fortune. Tumblety gained a great reputation by his trick of telling what ailed a patient, and how he felt without asking a question. Still Tumblety knew nothing of medicine or surgery, but was a clever quack. He used to ride a little piebald horse up and down Broadway, and a servant in livery, leading a couple of greyhounds, always followed him.
During the civil war Tumblety was arrested as an accomplice of Dr. Robinson for taking clothes infected with yellow fever germs into New York city, but was acquitted.
Tumblety, or rather Sullivan, for that is his real name, always wore large diamonds and dressed in the hight (sic) of fashion. The person giving this information says that Tumblety never used surgical instruments. The "doctor" was generous and far from cruel in the old days. For these reasons he does not think it possible that Tumblety is in any way connected with the murders in Whitechapel.