Perth Courier, August 26, 1870
We just learn by telegraph that a shocking murder was committed at Carleton Place yesterday morning. A little boy, son of a widow woman the name of Low, aged about 12 years, was shot dead by a man named Peter Cairns a boarder in the house. Later we learned the following additional particulars of this melancholy affair from Constable McFadden of Carleton Place who brought the prisoner from there and lodged him in the Perth jail.
Yesterday morning a son of widow Low, aged 12, having hurt his foot sat crying on the door step of his mother’s residence. Cairns demanded that he should desist but the boy did not heed the order. When the prisoner renewed the demand and told him he would shoot him if he did not stop, the boy had no idea that the prisoner anticipated putting his threat into execution…
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