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Clippings of the Saunders Brothers Shoe Scandal in Smiths Falls–Local Politician Runs Amuck!

Clippings of the Saunders Brothers Shoe Scandal in Smiths Falls–Local Politician Runs Amuck!




Shenanigans ran amuck in small towns, even in those days, and this was quite the story between a Smiths Falls shoe store and a member of council. It went back and forth for a long time, and the whole issue smelled badly from the beginning. on october 11, 1897, four of the most important witnesses failed to show up? Things do not seem to change do they? You only need to look at the news clipping in historical facts to understand there was history to one W.E. Brown alderman from Smiths Falls and when witnesses do not show up–well, it’s hard to make a case.



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  25 Jun 1897, Fri,  Page 6




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  28 Jun 1897, Mon,  Page 1




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  29 Jun 1897, Tue,  Page 7


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  06 Jul 1897, Tue,  Page 7



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  07 Jul 1897, Wed,  Page 6




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  09 Jul 1897, Fri,  Page 8



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  14 Jul 1897, Wed,  Page 7




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 Jul 1897, Thu,  Page 3




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  23 Oct 1897, Sat,  Page 6


Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Nov 1897, Thu,  Page 1



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  26 Jul 1898, Tue,  Page 8




Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  22 Oct 1898, Sat,  Page 3



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  11 Jan 1898, Tue,  Page 7



Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  26 Jul 1898, Tue,  Page 8






Clipped from The Ottawa Journal,  16 Jun 1898, Thu,  Page 7


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Judge Senkler and the Almonte Fire Bug

The Very Sad Tale of Hessie Churchill

The trial of W. H. S. Simpson the Railway Mail Clerk

The Buck Lake Murderer

Have you Ever Heard about Doran? Here Come da’ Judge!

Slander You Say in Hopetown? Divorce in Rosetta?


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Was the Kissing Bug Real?



The Barrie Hotel was constructed in 1843/44. The Hotel later became The Imperial Hotel on Wilson Street. Miss Fidler’s School was next door.  Photo courtesy the Perth Museum. Photo from —Perth Remembered


In 2015 I wrote a story about Daniel E. Sheppard  B.A. that left to practice law at Gananoque  and was bitten by a kissing bug


Perth Courier, April 16, 1897 

Among the visitors to Perth at the 12th July demonstration was Mrs. James Warrington, 11th Line Bathurst. When standing in front of Barrie’s Hotel looking at the procession, a bug alighted on her cheek and bit it.  She brushed it off and thought nothing of it at the time, but it was not long before the spot began to itch then to pain and swell.  Doctors were called in but the check swelled all the more with blood poisoning until the whole side of the face and nick was swollen in a terrible manner.  The doctors could not do anything and on Wednesday the unfortunate woman died.  Whether the venomous but was the creature that is called the “kissing bug” is not know but it looks like something is new in the pest line in the county.

During a short period in the summer of 1899 the kissing bug hysteria reigned in the U.S and by revisiting newspaper and magazine accounts of purported kissing bug bites from 1899, the researchers found that the bugs were blamed, often sight unseen, for a wide variety of bites (and symptoms). But while the “epidemic” may have been overblown, there’s something intriguing about this “outbreak.” The scientists say it’s possible that Chagas may be endemic to the U.S. after all—and this insight may help us better understand the current re-emergence of the disease.

Awareness of the mysterious epidemic began with an article in The Washington Post on June 20, 1899 (“Bite of a strange bug”), eventually resulting in more than 60 articles on the kissing bug epidemic across the country. Reports of the bites were concentrated in the Northeast, with a handful of cases in the Midwest and one each in California and Georgia.

The “kissing bug” was the mystery insect sensation of 1899. The epidemic began in June with reports from Washington DC and quickly spread up and down the eastern seaboard of the United States. The odd part was that nobody actually saw the insect, only experienced the painful bites which made the victim’s lips swell. There were many theories: the bug was a common bed bug, it was an assassin bug, it was a kind of super bed-bug, it was a sign of the impending Apocalypse. Amateur disease hunters captured all types of insects that they believed to be the kissing bug.  But by early August, the true origin of the kissing bug was “revealed.”

The original article suggested patients were affected by an “insidious insect that bites without causing pain and escapes unnoticed,” resulting in “the place where it has bitten [swelling] to 10 times its normal size.”

Though most of those bitten recovered without incident, several fatalities were reported, with one noting that the cause of death was the “sting of a kissing bug”—though it should be mentioned the bug was identified by neither the patient nor the coroner. Robert Bartholomew, author of Panic Attacks: The History of Mass Delusion, points out that this was the case for most reports of kissing bug bites and deaths: The bug itself was never seen.

As the epidemic progressed, the reports became more outrageous. One self-reported victim from Brooklyn said the bug had “a head like a rat and two long ‘fangs’”; a man from New Jersey claimed he was bitten by a bug almost 6 inches long—about six times longer than the average kissing bug. Another from Indiana said a kissing bug dove and attacked his big toe “as if he was boring for oil.”

The epidemic of kissing bug attacks may not have been entirely real, Howard wrote, but the epidemic of fear was—and he knew who was to blame: “This happened during one of the temporary periods when newspaper men are most actively engaged in hunting for items. There was a dearth of news. These swollen faces offered an opportunity for a good story, and thus began the ‘kissing-bug’ scare which has grown to such extraordinary proportions.”



The hotels of Perth began just prior to the Boer War, and were five: Barrie’s Hotel, Hicks House, Allen House, Revere House and Queen’s Hotel. They were all located in the business section of down town Perth and catered to a through trade from road, stage and travelling salesmen.


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Bitten by the Kissing Bug — A Shocking Conclusion to the Life of Carleton Place’s Daniel E. Sheppard

I Can Dream About You —Early Hotels of Perth

Defending the Virtue of Lanark County


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Perth Courier, December 31, 1897

To the Editor of the Perth Courier—


Will you allow me space enough in your valuable paper to correct a mistake or I suppose what you would say was more of a slur than a mistake of what the party or parties say in the Wemyss news that Mr. J. Bowes visited my place.  I must say that gentleman is a man I have never seen for several months.  I must say that I excuse the one who put it in for God gave some of them around Wemyss so little learning and less sense that ignorance has to be over looked.  I take public steps to correct this but the next will be costly ones.

Thanking you for your space, Mrs. John O’Brien

Wemyss:  J. Bowes assures us that the Wemyss correspondent was in error when he stated that he (Mr. Bowes) was a visitor in that neighborhood; and Mr. P. Brady informs us that the statement that he was visiting was equally untrue.  It is to be regretted that correspondents in furnishing news items are not more careful to ascertain the truth of their statements and thus avoid annoyance which this inaccuracy often occasions.

Perth Courier, October 6, 1899

To The Editor of the Perth Courier:

It has lately come to my attention that a misleading and utterly false report has been circulating about me on the 12th July last in Perth.  First of all, let me say that I was not in the company of any man that day and also that I did not taste a drop of drink of any kind except a cup of tea for my dinner; and that I left Perth before 5:00 that afternoon on the Lanark stage and was at my home at Watson’s Corners before dark.  If it was necessary for me to do so I could get fifty people to prove that every word of the above was strictly true.  Thank you so much for your space.

I remain,

Very Truly Yours,

Mary McCulloch, Watson’s Corners

Perth Courier, Feb. 27, 1891


On Wednesday two young ladies named Fleming from Bathurst got off the morning train and proceeded to the home of their sister Mrs. Beatty of this town.  A man named Edward Lavery made up to them and offered to carry their valise as he was “going their way” and they allowed him to take charge of it.  On the way Lavery tried to put his arm round the girls and to act very familiarly in other ways towards them which they resented. Finally they got rid of him and the next day lodged a complaint against him.  Being tried by the mayor he was found guilty of assault and fined $2 and costs, a very light sentence under the circumstances.  (transcriber’s note, see follow up story next issue.)

March 6 1891

Ten dollars and not two dollars was the fine imposed on Lavery for the assault on Miss Fleming of Bathurst and her sister Mrs. Taylor of Verona.  Lavery had been drinking previous to the assault.



Wemyss is in Ontario and is situated between Brooke and Harper, and nearby to Bathurst and DeWitts Corners. (Perth Area)