One thing always leads to another researching things about Carleton Place. From one advertisement found, comes a mountain of deceit, a man sued for libel, and one of the biggest frauds ever tried in the Dominion of Canada. All this from one local Carleton Place man called Dr. Howard who made medicine and religious quackery his forte, and was also into green silk robes.
This tidbit found this week in some notations from Howard Morton Brown
Dr. Howard had quite a large collection of oil paintings that were supposed to be worth a fortune in his home in Carleton Place. He sold the collection to a New York art firm, reportedly for a whopping sum of $400,000. The art firm later declared the paintings were worthless, or nearly so, and attempted tor recover the money from the good doctor. Of course they were unsuccessful as they had put their own valuation on them. If you read his ad above, he stipulates that all wide awake dealers carry his medicines. Some even were touted as curing cancer. Too bad some of these folks he swindled were asleep at the switch– so he could get his just desserts. Stay tuned for more!
Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 22 Nov 1921, Tue, Page 6
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