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Above: The blue line shows the route of the Hull Street Railway line back to Ottawa. This was the route that Malcolm McMillan took back to his hotel. Below: The Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge (not shown on the 1894 map above) was built in 1901. It allowed the Hull Street Railway to extend its streetcar service to Ottawa.


Top: Base map: "Ottawa," from Baedeker, Karl, The Dominion of Canada with Newfoundland and an Excursion to Alaska, Leipsic, 1894 (University of Texas at Austin, Perry-Casteņada Map Collection, The route of the Hull Street Railway is indicated on the map of Ottawa in The Atlas of Canada: Cities -- Vancouver, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Halifax, 1906. Bottom: Bird's eye view of Interprovincial Bridge [Ottawa, Ont.], 1920s (Canada. Dept. of Interior / Library and Archives Canada / PA-034234).

Last Trip: The Death of Alfred Bonenfant / 15

The Streetcar

In the meantime Malcolm McMillan and the others at the Ottawa House were unaware of what had happened. Bartender Alphonse Perras noticed that Alfred Bonenfant was gone and told McMillan. "I don't care," McMillan replied, "I want to shake him anyway. I intend to take a [street]car back."

Nevertheless when he stepped outside the hotel a little later with two more bottles of beer McMillan was surprised not to see the driver. "My hack is gone!" he exclaimed.

Charles O'Connor, proprietor of the Ottawa House, noticed the excitement from the hotel doorway and walked over to investigate. On the way he ran into Louis Boileau who told him about the accident.

O'Connor went back to the hotel to telephone for a doctor and then returned to the accident scene in time to help load the victim into his cab. To O'Connor it seemed that only about ten minutes had elapsed since McMillan and Bonenfant first walked into his bar.

O'Connor was still among the onlookers when McMillan wandered by on his way to the streetcar terminus. When O'Connor asked him if Bonenfant was a friend McMillan said no.

Soon afterward McMillan boarded a streetcar. He got back to his hotel room about 11 o'clock and promptly fell asleep. McMillan later testified that he had no idea why the crowd was gathered in the street.

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