25 November 1888
The Eccentric Physician's Career Traced Further Back.
A reputable citizen of San Francisco recalls a Dr. Tumblety who paraded the streets of St. John, New Brunswick, thirty years ago, in a sensational way, accompanied by hounds. He posed there as an herb-doctor, and issued rhyming circulars to catch the public eye. One couplet ran:
"I use no herbs but such as have no strife
With nature or the laws of life."
Eight years later, in 1866, he stumbled across the same quack in Pittsburg, Pa. The doctor had an office somewhere down about Liberty street, and was as fond of attracting public attention as ever, always posing in the streets and circulating the same sensational advertisements.
The identity of the doctor with the man at present in the hands of the London police is unquestionable, as he was of the same striking appearance, and unusual hight (sic), being over six feet tall and wearing a heavy black mustache. The gentleman who recalls Dr. Tumblety in St. John is of the impression that he was an Englishman who came there directly from England, as he looked like a newly imported Britisher on his first arrival there. He looked like a man between thirty and forty years of age.