1925 ad for stove
January 7 1925–Almonte Gazette
Many people have heard the expression: “Here Comes the Devil On Wheels,” but it remained for Messrs. Bob Jack and Frank Maloney to demonstrate that a regular little “Dante’s Inferno” could be transported on runners.
It happened thusly: W. A. James of Almonte, purchased a stove from Mr. Jack and Mr. Jack, who was drawing the mail- that day for the regular driver, who was to deliver it. The stove was placed on the sleigh, with the aid of Mr. Maloney of axe-handle fame, and the journey began.
After proceeding some distance it occurred to one or other of the occupants of the sleigh that the weather being cold it might be a good idea to light a fire in the stove. A pipe was attached to the proper place and the plan was carried into execution. Imagine, then, the astonishment of people along the road as they saw this strange vehicle passing along belching smoke like a locomotive. The horses looked natural and the men warming their feet by the fire seemed real enough but if it hadn’t been for these evidences of earthliness the contraption might have been some kind of a visitor from the infernal regions. What Mr. James said when he saw the smoking apparition pull up in front of his place of business is not recorded—likely he said plenty.
Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.
Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News