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Reckless at Ottway Lake



Perth Courier, September 7, 1877

On Saturday last two men, Mr. James Richardson and Mr. James Taylor, both of North Elmsley were out in a rowboat on Ottway Lake about three miles from Perth.  Taylor was rowing and Richardson, who was rather the worse of liquor at the time, was standing up in the bow holding a bottle of liquor in his hand.

While in this position the latter lost his balance and fell overboard and his companion being unable to render him any assistance, poor Richardson was drowned.  The lake at this spot was searched for his remains but at the time of this writing, the body has not been found, though the destroyer of poor Jim—the bottle of whiskey—was picked up floating on the water nearby.

The deceased was a labouring man, hard working when sober, good natured and reckless when inebriated, in which state he was found very often, it turns out.  When will men take warning and society banish the demon of alcohol from its limits.


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