6 December 1888
He Gives His Watchers the Slip and Has
Probably Gone Out of Town
It is now certain that Dr. Thomas F. Tumblety, the notorious Whitechapel suspect, who has been stopping at 79 East Tenth street 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 Jas. Rush, living directly opposite No. 79 says that he saw 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 WORLD reporter last night managed to elude the vigilant Mrs. McNamara, the landlady, and visited the room formerly occupied by the doctor. No response being given to several knocks, the door was opened and the room was found to be 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 calvary regulation pattern were all that remained to tell the story of Dr. Tumblety's flight. Those who knew him best think he has left New York for some quiet country town, where he expects to live until the excitement dies down.