Put a Foot Inside and I’ll Shoot You!




On October 19 of 1910 Leslie Purcell of Smiths Falls made a reckless attempt to foil the purposes of Baliff R. Burris of Perth. Acting under instructions Mr. Burris went to Smiths Falls in the morning to make a seizure of some machinery in a small planing mill owned by Purcell and against the manufacturers H.W. Petrie and Co of Toronto who had a lien.

Accompanied by Petrie’s representative the bailiff went to the mill but  found it all locked up. In the meantime Purcell was working at a house across the river. After he found out what was about to transpire he went back into the house but crossed to the mill. He left the officer in the front and went to the rear of his mill while the bailiff thought Purcell was about to let them in.

That was not about to happen and he aimed a revolver through a broken window and screamed at the officer:

“Put a foot inside and I will shoot you!”

Being unarmed the bailiff decided to call the police and let them handle it. He had barely got off the phone when a large bang and clouds of smoke, dust and debris began to fill the sky. To foil and spite the law Purcell had dynamited two of his machines. The machines were toast and all the windows were shattered and pieces of iron embedded the structure. Purcell was last seen escaping having been unharmed by the ordeal. Warrants were issued for two charges plus threatening a life. No word was mentioned in  other issues if he was caught– and it seems like he disappeared off the face of the earth.


Related reading-

Dan Miller of the Queen’s Hotel vs the Town of Carleton Place

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 and now in The Townships Sun


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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