This Island In Time: Remarkable Tales From Montreal’s Past
Even Abraham Lincoln gets a look in. John Wilkes Booth came to Montreal in October 1864 looking for support for the Confederate cause, and when he was drunk averred, “Abe’s contract is near up.” Later-several months after Booth was alleged to have been killed in a barn in the United States-a man answering Booth’s description was discovered in Montreal. He was brought before a judge, who dismissed him without a question. (The same judge, obviously too sympathetic to the Confederate cause, also exonerated the St. Albans Raiders.) German U-Boats off Anticosti Island have Montreal links, and Kalbfleisch brings the characters to life, including a mysterious German who worked for The Gazette for many years, and a denizen of Anticosti Island who took carefully aimed pot-shots at the U-Boats.
There is a touch of romance, of the macabre, and of political events which changed our country’s history but which hung in the balance until affected by the actions of a handful of ordinary people. This Island in Time is a remarkable collection of remarkable tales. mRb