One Night in Almonte or Was it Carleton Place?

One Night in Almonte or Was it Carleton Place?



One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a god in every golden cloister
And if you’re lucky then the god’s a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me

Almonte Gazette- November 21 1898

This week there is something for the gossips to roll as a sweet morsel under the tongue. The facts as we have learned them are as follows:

Some weeks ago, it will be remembered, a man named George McGrath, hailing from Ottawa, was arrested and fined for trespassing on the property of Mrs. D. M. Fraser, of the New England section of Almonte. His fine was paid and he was allowed to go. At the time there were allegations that McGrath and a domestic in Mrs. Fraser’s employ were thicker than they should have been.

However that may have been, on Wednesday morning’s Soo train McGrath, with his wife and two small children, arrived here to visit friends, with the intention of returning to the capital on the forenoon train of the same day. Mrs. McGrath’s relatives drove her and the children to the station, but the husband failed to turn up. Then the wife became suspicious and on inquiries being made it was learned that McGrath and the domestic in question had gone off together.

At this stage Chief Lowry was put on the track of the elopers, and he found them occupying the same room in McLaren’s Hotel, Carleton Place, at one o’clock in the (Thursday) morning. He arrested McGrath, who is now in the Almonte jail and the trial  will take place before Magistrate Munro this evening.


One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble
Not much between despair and ecstasy
One night in Bangkok and the tough guys tumble
Can’t be too careful with your company
I can feel the devil walking next to me

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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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