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

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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