Tuesday, 20 November 1888
A Former Resident Held for the Whitechapel Murder.
Vallejo never takes a back seat while notoriety is going around, and after nearly every character that becomes distinguished before the world could be written in truth, "formerly of Vallejo." There have been heirs to European thrones working on Mare Island, the captain of a Vallejo Military company is claiming the great Tichnorne estate in England, a former Vallejoite is the latest brigand of Southern California, and another narrowly escaped lynching for the most heinous murder of the year. The greatest men of modern history and the most consummate rascals of the time have all dwelt more or less in our city. But the latest glory that Vallejo has achieved is an applicant for the position of principal in the greatest horror of modern times, the Whitechapel murders in England.
Francis Tumblety, who, according to a cable dispatch, was arrested in London on suspicion of being concerned in the Whitechapel murders lived in Vallejo about thirteen years ago and was an uncle of the late John Hayes. He made John a present of a black horse with a white face that John used to travel about with very much. Many old residents remember him well and say that he answers exactly to the description given by the London papers of him, "about fifty-five years old, tall and rather heavy, and looks as if he painted his cheeks and dyed his hair. He has a heavy mustache and side whiskers."
He is well off and peculiar, and is the inventor of a preparation to cure pimples.
Dr. Tumblety always attracted attention in the streets. Some years ago he used to go about wearing top boots, accompanied by a greyhound and followed by a man servant, who also rode after his master when he took exercise on horseback.
The Doctor has had offices at various times in Jersey City, Pittsburg, and San Francisco.
Tumblety came to New York in 1864 from Nova Scotia, where he was known as Dr. Sullivan. The authorities were informed of the strange goings on in the "Doctor's" office, but they were unable to get sufficient evidence against Sullivan, or Tumblety, to warrant taking him into custody.
Of late years Tumblety transferred his "pimple banishing" business to London, but during the year he always made a couple of trips across the Atlantic. He appeared to be well supplied with money, but the police were unable to discover the source of his secret revenue.