Be on the Lookout for the Sharps! Scams of Yesteryear? Shop Local!

Be on the Lookout for the Sharps! Scams of Yesteryear? Shop Local!

Eugène Atget - Peddler, Place Saint-Médard, 5th District 1899.jpg

Be on the Lookout for the Sharps! 1911


An old confidence game is being played in this district with considerable success, and 30 victims at least are known in Lanark county. To prevent our readers from being “ roped” we will give a description of the game, taken from the Renfrew Mercury, and if the swindlers give you a call, set your bulldog on them.

A stranger comes along with a story, varying somewhat in different places, but generally something after this fashion:

He is an engineer, who has been running on a steamer to New Zealand, but has come to Canada to see an only sister, who dies, however, before he readies her. He had brought out to her, as a present, a very handsome chain, worth about $30. He is run out of funds at present and he tells the farmer at whose house he stops, that he is on his way to visit a rich uncle at a neighbouring town. If the farmer will only advance him a few dollars on the chain, he will be doing him an everlasting service, which he will not forget when he returns to recover the chain, and pay back the amount which he has borrowed.

Many persons have accommodated him with sums ranging from $1 to $5 and that is the last they have seen of him. A visit generally follows to the town jewellers, who have now become quite accustomed to the peculiar characteristics of a “ long face.” The chains are brass, lightly gilded, of taking appearance, but really worth about 20 cents a piece. Remember to trade with the local dealers exclusively and you will come out ahead in the end.


Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)


The Young Buckos of Crime–The Jumpin’ Jack Flash of Clayton

Lanark County Convictions 1859-Who Do you Know?

Throwing a Snowball is Going to Cost you $1- Your Convictions of 1898

Step Right Up- Here are Your Family Convictions-September, 1894

Breach of the Town Bylaws and Other Convictions.. Sept. 11 1888

Justice of the Peace Convictions for the County of Lanark–July 17, 1885

Assault Abusive Language and Bridget McNee

The Notorious Bridget McGee of Perth

Down at the Old Perth Gaol

Justice of the Peace Convictions for the County of Lanark–Dec. 13, 1898-Who Do You Know?

Auctionering Without a License and Pigs on the Loose

Going to the Chapel –Drummond Whalen and Johnson of Carleton Place

“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” in Lanark County

Jailhouse Rock in Lanark County Part 2

The Drunken Desperados of Carleton Place

The Young Offenders of Lanark County

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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