That was then: Flim-flammer despatched to slammer


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“He’s a medium sized man of about twenty-eight years,” the paper famous, “with a light-weight moustache and brown hair, considerably curly and is altogether reasonably good wanting. His eyes, nevertheless, have a artful look.”

Two days later, on Dec. 30, it was confirmed that the person being held in Ottawa’s jail was James R. Macdonald, who, “cool, adroit and insinuating …. appears to have labored his means into the great graces of numberless enterprise males simply throughout the road.”

Macdonald, the Citizen added, favoured the looks of a priest who made acquaintances at tea conferences and gatherings below the auspices of the YMCA.

“By dint of limitless assurance and a slick exterior, he managed to ingratiate himself with unsuspecting retailers and others. His wiles had been normally profitable in procuring for him both ‘short-term’ advances of money, or credit score for provides of products.”

Macdonald’s work, apparently, was identified throughout Northern New York, and officers from that state had been on their option to Ottawa to establish and extradite him.

Moreover, a 3rd Ottawa cost was laid towards Macdonald, for stealing $10 from Mr. A. MacMillan.

In the meantime, O’Reilly knowledgeable Flanagan that the person who flim-flammed him had false higher tooth, which got here down on the time of the acquisition. “Detective Flanagan,” one of many Citizen’s two articles on the story that day concluded, “has found that Moir has false higher tooth.”

The next day, Citizen readers realized that Macdonald had lived in Hoosick Falls, New York, northeast of Albany, for the previous two years and had operated a boot and shoe retailer there, which he had lately expanded to incorporate clothes and “gents’ furnishings.” He had allegedly bought his retailer’s inventory, which he’d purchased on consignment, to a wholesale auctioneer earlier than taking off for Canada with about $three,000 (and with out, it is perhaps added, his spouse and kids). He had beforehand labored as a bookkeeper in Troy, New York, the place he wrongfully “realized” $1,700. Earlier than that, he owned a retailer in Philadelphia; after it burned to the bottom, he was accused of defrauding collectors and was charged with arson. In each Troy and Hoosick Falls, he was prominently concerned in church actions.