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Old August 21st, 2017, 08:35 PM   #641
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Solicitor. Or solicitor's clerk.
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Old August 21st, 2017, 08:39 PM   #642
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Good going, Anna ! Correctamundo !
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Old September 14th, 2017, 08:29 PM   #643
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No peeking....who was the Coroner presiding over the Inquest into the Whitehall Mystery ?

Which police Inspector was in charge of the Whitehall Mystery ?
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Old October 5th, 2017, 05:32 PM   #644
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The answer was Inspector Marshall.


Here's a new one

Who dis ?

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Old October 20th, 2017, 05:33 PM   #645
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Hi Howard,

Who is it?
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Old October 21st, 2017, 10:51 PM   #646
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Mike:

If you're up to speed on the Tumblety saga, that's the Governor of Kentucky, Luke Blackburn :

Although too old to serve in the military, Blackburn supported the Confederate cause during the Civil War. In the early days of the war, he acted as a civilian agent for the governments of Kentucky and Mississippi. By 1863, he was aiding Confederate blockade runners in Canada. In 1864, he traveled to Bermuda to help combat a yellow fever outbreak that threatened Confederate blockade running operations there. Shortly after the war's end, a Confederate double agent accused him of having carried out a plot to start a yellow fever epidemic in the Northern United States that would have hampered the Union war effort. Blackburn was accused of collecting linens and garments used by yellow fever patients and smuggling them into the Northern states to be sold. The evidence against Blackburn was considerable, although much of it was either circumstantial or provided by witnesses of questionable reputation. Although he was acquitted by a Toronto court, public sentiment was decidedly against him throughout much of the United States. Today, historians still disagree as to the strength of the evidence supporting Blackburn's role in the alleged plot. Any plot of this nature was destined to fail, however; in 1900, Walter Reed discovered that yellow fever is spread by mosquitoes, not by contact.

However, Tumblety got himself in the midst of the alleged Confederate plot :

New York Tribune
May 12, 1865
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As Tim Riordan points out in his 'Prince Of Quacks', there had been 50 outbreaks of Yellow Fever in East Coast cities before the Civil War.....which might explain the vitriol in the Tribune article.
I am not exaggerating when I say that I think Tumblety was lucky he wasn't killed in the years just after the War...being tainted by the insinuation of being Blackburn and having anything to do with attempting to start an epidemic which, at the time, was devastating. I see a lot of articles in the 19th century US press discussing outbreaks of Yellow Fever...
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Old November 7th, 2017, 08:52 PM   #647
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New one......

How many times does Jack The Ripper, Leather Apron or the title, Whitechapel Murderer, get mentioned in Jack London's 1902 work, People Of The Abyss ?
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Old November 7th, 2017, 08:58 PM   #648
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Old November 7th, 2017, 09:16 PM   #649
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Good man, Bob. Correct.




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