7 December 1888
The Whitechapel Suspect Leaves New York Very Mysteriously
New York, December 6.
It is now certain that Dr. Thos. F. Tumbledy, the notorious Whitechapel suspect, who has been stopping at 79 East One Hundred and Eighth streets since last Sunday afternoon, is no longer an inmate of the house. It is not known exactly when the doctor eluded his watchers, but a workman named James Bush, living directly opposite No. 79 says that he was a man answering the doctor's well known description standing on the stoop of No. 79 early yesterday morning, and he noticed that he showed a great deal of nervousness, glancing over his shoulder constantly. He finally walked to Fourth avenue and took an uptown car.
A reporter last night managed to elude the vigilant Mrs. Namara, the landlady, and visited the rooms formerly occupied by the doctor. No response being given to several knocks at the door, he opened it and found that the room was empty. The bed had not been touched, and there was no evidence that the room had been entered since early morning. A half open valise on a chair near the window and a big pair of boots of the English cavalry regulation pattern was all that remained to tell the story of Dr. Tumbledy's flight. Those who know him best think that he has left New York for some quiet country town where he expects to live until the excitement dies down.