Here Comes the Devil




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.


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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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