In the Ottawa Citizen in 1867 a man from Carleton Place, whose wife mysteriously disappeared was observed making a circuit of the dry goods houses in Carleton Place and Almonte where she had been in the habit of making purchases He hope with a view to learning whether she left any little debts unpaid he might find her.
This man being some what shortsighted, mistook a milliner for his wife and begged her to come home again, but the young lady became so terrified that she called for help and presently she was surrounded by a number of the clerks. They demanded an immediate explanation from the man and he began to argue with them.
He said that this woman before them was his lawful wife, that she had left him without just cause or provocation, and he might say because she was treated too well; that the aforesaid woman had induced him to sell his farm stock, his furniture, and subsequently his house for her special benefit, and to satisfy her whims; that he was now beggared by her extravagance, and he was bound that she should share his poverty.
After relieving himself of this rhetorical flourish, he attempted to take her up in his arms and take her away. But the clerks interfered, knowing the young lady from her infancy, and ejected the deserted man from the establishment without ceremony. This done, cold water and other restoratives were applied to the young lady, who had fainted from the shock, and business was resumed in the establishment.
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