Photo–Almonte citizens band circa 1910-Almonte.com
A true story from the Almonte Gazette 1897
Some years ago a certain lawyer, was walking down one of the fashionable streets of Almonte. He came to a tiny lit stand over which two pretty children were standing in front of.
The judge—then a young lawyer—had a vein of humor in him. He stopped at the stand, picked up an apple, ate it, and walked off without paying for it. Of course this roused the ire of the little ones, and they began screaming and crying.
A young lady came out of the store and she was the sister of the little ones guarding the stand. The children pointed out the man who had stolen their goods and eaten thereof. The young lady was indignant and overtook the young man at the corner—who by this time was not running away.
The young lady in a quiet but stately manner told the young man he hadn’t done anything funny, and that his act had created more trouble than he had intended. He apologized, paid double the amount of the due of the fruit, and walked on.
Within fifteen months of that incident he became the husband of the charming woman who had given him a lecture on the street for taking her sisters’ fruit.
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