Poor Journalism or Mistaken Identity?


Town Hall front.jpgPerth Courier, September 10, 1880


Pat In Trouble:  The only and original Pat Flaherty of North Burgess was brought before the mayor on Saturday charged by Chief Constable Stone with having been drunk and disorderly the previous day. The charge was fully satisfied and the unfortunate Pat was fined $2 and costs.  This was paid.  (Author’s note:  Another case here of poor journalism, common of the time.  See the story in the next issue, a case of mistaken identity.)

Perth Courier, Sept. 17, 1880

Correction:  The party who was fined at the Mayor’s Court last week for being drunk and disorderly was not Patrick Flaherty as was stated but Terry Quinn of the same township.


Chief Constable ROBERT STONE was born about 1836 in Ontario, and died 27 January 1893 in Perth, Lanark, Ontario, Canada. He married SUSANNAH LITTLE in St. Andrew’s
Presbyterian Church, Perth, Lanark, Ontario, daughter of JOSEPH LITTLE and

More About  Chief Constable  ROBERT STONE:

Burial: Elmwood Cemetery, Perth, Lanark, Ontario, Canada

Occupation 1: Chief Constable, Perth, Lanark, Ontario

Occupation 2: 1851, Cooper

Occupation 3: 1861, Cooper

Occupation 4: 1871, Cooper

Occupation 5: 1881, Chief Constable, Perth, Lanark, Ontario

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