Shades of Sweeney Todd in Perth?




Perth Courier, March 8, 1889


On Wednesday afternoon a young man named Michael Sullivan was brought before Duncan Kippen, police magistrate, charged with assaulting Ambrose Love, barber with a knife.  The evidence shows that about 5:00 on Tuesday afternoon the prisoner was in the barber shop of young Love and some dispute arose regarding lending and paying back money and fiery words were exchanged, etc.  Love put Sullivan out of his shop.

However, after awhile the prisoner came in again and struck Love three times in the face with an open knife near the eye, near the ear and on the chin.  The knife was taken from Sullivan by Edgar King.  Ambrose then went out to make his complaint to the Chief Constable when he was followed on the street by the prisoner and a bare handed tussle took place but without serious results.  The prisoner then threatened to murder Love before he left town.

On hearing the evidence the police magistrate sent Sullivan up to Judge Senckler for trial.  The prisoner has the character of being a well behaved, peaceable young man when sober and a good worker but when the worse of liquor is apt to be troublesome.  He was employed in the carshops for two years prior to the closing down and the bosses had no fault to find with him.  We are told that at the time of the assault he was somewhat the worse of liquor and was subject to a great deal of teasing and annoyance before getting up to the “sticking point”.  He is an Italian although the name does not indicate that nationality.


Perth Courier, March 15, 1889

Mr. Michael Sullivan appeared before Judge Senkler on Tuesday last on the charge of assaulting Ambrose Love by stabbing.  He pled guilty and was sentenced to imprisonment in the county gaol for thirty days, sentence to commence upon conviction for any other felony or misdemeanor.


About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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