22 November 1888
The Notorious Dr. Tumblety
A few days ago the cable despatches announced the arrest of a Dr. Tumblety in connection with the Whitechapel murders. Dr. Tumblety is quite well known in St. John and by the older residents of this city. In 1860 or 1861, the doctor cut a great dash here. He purported to be an eclectic physician; he lodged at a leading hotel, and he acquired a large practice. Loudly dressed, mounted on a white horse and followed by one of more hounds, he made quite a sensation when going through the streets on his way to his patients. He was considered a "quack" by many, but that did not prevent him from doing a good business.
The New York Herald of Tuesday says: Dr. Tumblety, alias Blackburn, the person who was arrested in London a week ago on suspicion of being "Jack the Ripper," was a well known character in Brooklyn many years ago. Early in the sixties he used to ride down Fulton Street dressed in a hunting coat covered with gold braid and followed by several valuable hunting dogs. The boys used to guy him and call him "Humpty Dumpty," which name seemed to please him. He opened an office in Washington Street, near Fulton Street, and carried on business as an herb doctor, and it is said made plenty of money. At this time he boarded with a Mrs. Foster at No. 95 Fulton Street.
Dr. Blackburn, as he was then known, had several preparations for beautifying the skin, and fashionable ladies were in constant attendance at his office...