A Night On The Town For Detective John Shore

Posted: June 14, 2009 in Other Ripper Research

The Scotland Yard Officer Entertained in the Eastern District – His Appearance and Manners – A Pleasant Evening in the Nassau Club Rooms.

The Nassau Social and Boat Club gave one of their fortnightly stag receptions last night, in their club rooms, at No. 136 Broadway. As Detective Sergeant Cosgrove, in company with Detective Sergeant McNaught, of Inspector Byrne’s staff, made arrangements to bring Detective Shore, of Scotland Yard, with them to the entertainment, a large number of guests were invited. When the three detectives arrived at 9 o’clock the assembly room, connecting with the club room, was filled. The members of the club were dressed in their yachting costume and warmly greeted the detectives, especially the foreign visitor. The handshaking over, the mysteries of the club rooms were explored and the quality of the good things which were served duly tested. Mr. Shore was pleased with the cordial greeting he received and made himself quite at home. He was treated during the four hours which he lingered in the place to instrumental music of a kind which he confessed was entirely new to him. The famous Nassau paper band performed numerous selections on their novel instruments, consisting of paper and tin, during the evening. How such music could be made by such a curious band was a wonder. He asked for an explanation from its leader, Mr. Trembly, but the answer was not reassuring.


The leader performed several solos on his paper cornet in imitation of Levy, and was enthusiastically applauded. Mr. Trembly also imitated a full band and sang. Detective Shore’s characterization of him was that he was a host in himself. Colonel Conover, President Wilson and Messrs. Canfield, Safford, Frank Anderson and Trembly represented the Salvation Army in male and female costume and sang several selections. Messrs. Wilson and Trembly, costumed as Mr. and Mrs. Malone, sang, and Conover, Safford, Wilson and Trembly rendered the "Full Moons." Canfield sang several songs, and Joseph Helser, Jr., gave an Indian club exhibition.
Detective Shore is an intelligent, goodly proportioned pleasant faced man with small, light, brown side whiskers and mustache, looking very much like a quiet, well to do farmer. There is nothing of the stage Hawkshaw expression about him, and his manners are unobtrusive and gentlemanly.


formally welcomed him during the night, in well chosen sentences and Mr. Shore made a brief reply acknowledging the courtesy extended to him.
The detective stated to an EAGLE reporter that he would probably start for home next week if there was no prospect of Archer being turned over to him in the near future. Mr. Shore departed in company with Cosgrove and McNaught and Mr. Lewis Miller.
The members of the Nassau Club in charge of the arrangements other than those mentioned, were Lafayette Hill, Edward Hayes, J. Kornahrens, W. Hayes, C.O. Sunde, James Wilson and W. Burrows.

Source: Brooklyn Eagle, March 16, 1883, page 4


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