If all the stories are true that are told about Halloween pranks the youngsters of by-gone days used to play, one can imagine that they must have expended much effort in performing them. The following yarn related by Mr. R. L. Bond, of Preston street, is a good example:
Back In the early 1860s a farmer living two miles from Carleton Place had loaded his wagon with grain (in bags) Halloween afternoon, it being his intention to start off for the Ottawa market early the next morning.
But when he arose about four o’clock and went out in the yard to make final preparations tor the trip, there was no sign of either the wagon or the grain. After considerable searching he found the fully loaded wagon straddling the lop of his barn.
“What he said or how long it took him to get the load down. I am not prepared to say, but it is a safe bet that he didn’t get to market that day. I don’t remember just how many lads were involved in the plot but I do know that they included Jacob and George Bond, Joe and Willie Wilson and Morris and John Burke.