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

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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