Over a decade ago a Lanark inspector was shot and I thought it was an isolated case. Not likely around these parts pardner.
Perth Courier, April 11, 1884
A dynamiter has written a letter to the Carleton Place assessor in which he threatens to blow that official skywards.
The document was embellished with a skull and crossbones and other ghastly reminders of immediate mortality.
So what is an assessor? That would be an individual who is a local government official who estimates the value of real property within a city, town, or village’s boundaries. This value is converted into an assessment, which is one component in the computation of real property tax bills.
There was no mention of death in the next issues of the Courier or the Almonte Gazette, so I assume things were worked out some way or another.
Was this shades before the time of my hero Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel who also fought with the town of Carleton Place assessor? I do believe my favourite Carleton Place folk hero Harold Kettles was around at that time. Maybe he could have hooked Dan up with some dynamite?