Was it Murder?

Was it Murder?




The following dispatches are taken from the daily papers, and explain themselves:

Arnprior, July- 23, 1897—There continues to be a good deal of talk about the recent death of William Robinson, and possibly a murder trial may be the outcome, although so far no one seems to know anything very definite about the circumstances. Robinson came here from Carleton Place and was an employee of McLachlin Bros, here. He boarded at Mrs. Comba’s boarding house,  on Daniel street.

On Monday evening, July 6th, three young men called at his boarding house and asked for him. He went away with them to Braeside. There they got liquor, and the people were much disturbed by their quarrelling and fighting all night. The next morning Robinson’s corpse was found on the C.P.R. track by some of Gillies’ men, frightfully cut up. An inquest was not held, and the body was buried in the Arnprior cemetery in the afternoon.

One of the men who called on Robinson and went with him to Braeside was employed in Gillies Bros’ Mills. He was discharged the day Robinson’s body was found, and has left here. But it is said the case has been taken up by persons who learned of the circumstances, and that a detective’s services w ill be called into requisition to investigate Robinson’s death thoroughly.

P e r t h , July 25th.— Michael Allan, whose name has been ominously mentioned in connection with the mysterious death of William Robinson, of Arnprior, appeared before the county judge yesterday, charged with criminally assaulting Elizabeth Scobie, a girl 14 years of age. He pleaded not guilty. Interviewed as to his knowledge of Robinson’s death, he said that on Monday evening about six o’clock, he, together with a fellow employee in Gillies’ mill at Braeside, a young chap named Duncan McCrae. and a Frenchman named  “Joe,” started for Arnprior, three miles distant.



McLachlin Bros, Public Archives Photo

There McCrae called for William Robinson, the deceased, at his boarding house, and after a few drinks had been digested the four started back for Braeside on foot. Allan says he was asleep but cannot be sure. The last he saw of Robinson was before he retired. Allan quotes Mrs. Primeau as his authority for saying that Robinson arose about four a.m. and told Mrs. Primeau that he was going to return to his work in Arnprior.

About 4:00 am Robinson’s shattered remains were found a short distance from Braeside on the railroad track leading to Arnprior. Allan says that on the previous night Robinson’s object in coming with the others to Braeside was to look for employment in the Braeside mills, but as Robinson left on Tuesday morning so early he (Robinson) must have changed his mind about looking after it that morning.



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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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