Dr Metcalfe–Photo Doug McLean who is a descendant of the Blairs from Clayton. (Rose Mary Sarsfield)
Nov. 15 1926…
Friction, antagonism and’ open quarrelling which are said to have, characterised the proceedings of the Almonte Electric Light Commission during the past year, came to a head at the last meeting of the board in the council chamber when the three members engaged in a free-for-all battle.
One of the members of the commission today bears a badly scarred face as the result of the fracas. Mayor Metcalfe, George L. Comba and F. D. Hogan were the participants In the battle. The two latter have been in opposition to the mayor during all the year, but the latter has always been ready with challenge to their attitude. The trouble culminated at the last meeting when the mayor called for a report in regard to the application of a local firm for a power installation.
This was refused by Messrs. Comba and Hogan. High words and threats began and then began a physical encounter. Mayor Metcalfe in his younger days had quite a reputation as an athlete and managed to withstand the onset of the other two. A chair figured in the early part of the battle and when it was smashed the mayor managed to get hold of one of the rungs which he used with such effect that Mr. Comba had to be taken to a doctor and have his features repaired. One of his eyes was closed by a blow from Mayor Metcalfe’s fist. At the end of the battle the council chamber was a scene of great disorder. There was blood about the walls and floor, chairs were broken and desks thrown into disarray. As an aftermath of the battle Mr. Comba has announced that he will oppose Mayor Metcalfe for the mayoralty at the coming civic elections and a warm contest is expected.