Wednesday, 20 November 1888
A Naval Officer Tells Some More About Him While in Washington.
In speaking this morning of the recent arrest of "Dr. Tumblety" in London on suspicion of being "Jack, the Ripper," a naval officer said to a STAR reporter:
"I met that man in 1861 in this city. I was standing in front of a toy store looking at a mechanical toy in the window, when this man, who stood beside me, began to talk about it. He afterward invited me to his room to see an arrangement of his to show the circulation of the blood. I then thought that either he was a food or regarded me as a fool, but after listening to him for some time came to the conclusion that he was a decided crank on the subject of medicine. He pretended to be practical, but I son saw that he knew almost nothing about anatomy. Among other things he had a patent preparation for skin diseases, which seemed to have some merit. He rode a magnificent horse, a bay with white spots, and used to dash up the avenue. At certain points boys would run out from the curb with notes for him, thus giving folks the impression that he was doing a driving business. He did not last very long here, and in '69 I met him again in San Francisco, where he was doing very poorly.
An Austin, Tex., special to the New York World says: During the bloody butchery of women in this city three years ago there was a Malay cook at work in a cheap boarding-house in the vicinity of which two of the bloodiest of all the terrible assassinations occurred. On Christmas eve, 1885, two women were murdered and horribly cut and slashed. One was just two blocks from the boarding-house where the Malay cooked. He was strongly suspected and was shadowed by detectives for two or three days, when he suddenly disappeared and has not been seen or heard of since. Detectives here this it is possible he has drifted to Europe as is the "Ripper."
LIKE THE WHITECHAPEL FIEND.--A Boston special to the New York World says: East Boston women are in constant fear and trembling over the crazy actions of a man which resemble the operations of the Whitechapel fiend. He lies in wait in dark places and darts suddenly out after female passers-by, brandishing an ugly-looking knife. He pursued one woman into her house, and was prevented from attacking her only by the timely appearance of men. No less than six other similar cases are reported, but thus far the fiend has found no victims. The police are on the lookout for the man, but decline to give any details.