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“City and District,” Montreal Gazette. June 30, 1911. Page 03.

Newsies Celebrate President Pete Murphy’s Birthday With Drive Through City.

BOYS GO TO REFORMATORY.

Young Incendiaries Sharply Dealt With by Judge Lanctot – Stiff Fine for Gamblers.

Yesterday was the fifty-seventh birthday of Pete Murphy, Montreal’s veteran newsboy, who has been selling papers in this city for over half a century, having commenced to sell copies of The Gazette in St. James street when he was six years of age. The Montreal Newsboys Protective Association, of which ‘Pete’ is president, celebrated the veteran’s birthday in a becoming manner. They enjoyed a drive around the city last night in two big busses, each drawn by four horses, with the president perched high on the front seat of the leading ‘bus, wearing his silk hat and the cane Sir Wilfred Laurier brought him from Ireland. The sides of the ‘busses were bulging out like watermelons with their loads of boisterous youngsters, each of whom carried a horn and tooted from the time the drive started early in the evening until the end came shortly before midnight. The newspaper offices were visited, and each was cheered in turn, but when The Gazette Office was reached at 11 o’clock, President Murphy made a speech, in the course of which he told the youngsters of having sold The Gazette in St. James street, 51 years ago, when the largest building on the thoroughfare was the Ottawa Hotel, which still stands on the south side of the street just east of McGill. At The Gazette building the veteran presented a bouquet to the editor.

BOY INCENDIARIES DISCOURAGED.
The existence of a gang of juvenile incendiaries in the neighborhood of Point St. Charles around the Grand Trunk yards was the subject of severe comment by Judge Lanctot yesterday when hearing proceedings against three youths named John Collins, James Mailloy and Raymond Banford, charged with having set fire to piles of lumber, the property of Shearer, Brown & Wills, on the 22nd and 25th of May. Two other youth youths, Thos. Mitchell and John Currie, who are in the reformatory awaiting sentence on a similar charge, were brought out to give evidence against their supposed allies. Their testimony did not incriminate the trio, but rather showed that although Collins, Malloy and Banford had been present when the firing arrangements were made, they withdrew from the actual participation. The chief testimony against the lads was that of William Betts, of the Betts Detective Agency, who alleged certain admissions by the boys, but Mr. R. O. McMurtry, for the defence, argued that the boys had not been duly warned before making any statement.

Bail was refused when asked for in Banford’s case, the Judge ordering that the boys be sent to the reformatory until Tuesday next, on which date the two lads, Mitcchell and Currie, will come up for sentence. It was, said Judge Lanctot, a serious case, and the boys knew perfectly well what they were doing.

MUST WEAR COURT DRESS.
Respect to the court must be not only in attitude but in garb; so ruled Mr. Recorder Weir yesterday when two men, J. Bunnin and K. Lucas, were charged with violating traffic laws. The men appeared clad in blue overalls and with their hatbands well garnished with cigarette specimens of art. Ascertaining that these men had been out on bail, and that, therefore, they had chosen to appear in this way, the Recorder remanded the case for a day and informed them that they must reappear decently dressed. A friendly constable came to their aid, however, and in a few minutes they stepped into the court in normal coats and paid their small fine on the spot.

TOO MANY BOY CARTERS.
While hackmen must be over 18 years of age, a carter, said Mr. Recorder Weir yesterday, is not affected by this by-law. The result is that boys between ten and fifteen years drive vehicles through the city, and recently, added the Recorder, there had been brought before him quite a number of youths charged with infractions of traffic by-laws. Such boys not only were dangerous to citizens through their inexperience, but were in a school which was improper for a boy, as many carters were not fit associates for youth lads.

THESE GAMBLERS LOST.
Forty dollars and costs was the sentence of Judge Choquet upon the two men, Omer Dufresne and Damase Daigneault, who pleaded guilty in the Court of Sessions yesterday to a charge of keeping a common gambling house on East Notre Dame street, opposite Dominion Park. At first the men had pleaded not guilty in the lower court, but when they appeared before Judge Lanctot yesterday they changed their minds and revised their plea. Thereupon they were sent up to the Court of Sessions for sentence with the result mentioned.

READY FOR NEXT TERM.
Eli Aubin, alias Eli Robillard, who was arrested in Ottawa last Saturday on charge of carrying a concealed weapons, is wanted here to answer to charges of burglary and forgery. Aubin is only 21 years of age, but Detective-Sergeant Charpentier, who went up to Ottawa to bring him back here, said yesterday he was one of the most daring young fellows the police have had to deal with. Four years ago he was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary for burglary, but after having served a couple of years was allowed out on ticket-of-leave.

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June 30, 2018: a new episode of The Anatomy Lesson at 11pm EST on CFRC 101.9fm. Drenched days. Music by Denier du Culte, Unexamine, Cera Khin + Ossia, Alyssa Festa, Zoe Mc Pherson, Marion + Passion Altar, Dendera Bloodbath + more. Check out the whole setlist below, tune in at 101.9 on your FM dial, stream at http://audio.cfrc.ca:8000/listen.pls or listen to the finished show on cfrc.ca or mixcloud here: https://www.mixcloud.com/cameronwillis1232/the-anatomy-lesson-june-30-2018/

Alyssa Festa – “websdr_recording_2017-07-06T22-50-42Z_131725.0kHz” Alyssa Festa (2018)
Cera Khin + Ossia – “Heavy Feet Heavy Eyes” Guided Meditation (2017)
Lady Shame – “Death of Lovers” Problem Child II (2017)
Nocturnal Emissions – “You Tempt Me” Tissue of Lies (1980)
V. Sinclair – “Of Vice and Forgiveness” For Those Who Stayed (2017)
No Heat – “Haunted Air” In the Shadow of Paradise (2016)
Etat Brut – “Dealey Plaza” Géométrie d’un assassinat (1982)
Zoë Mc Pherson – “Deep (Prayer)” String Figures (2018)
Hide – “All Fours” Castration Anxiety (2018)
Denier Du Culte – “Le Peste” L’appel (1984)
Dendera Bloodbath – “Up Above My Head” Hungry Ghosts (2017)
Marion + Passion Altar – “Self-Improvement, Part II” Self-Improvement (2018)
UNEXAMINE – “Self Defense” Idol Violate (2016)

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“Wild Chase Catches 3 Mimico Fugitives,” Toronto Telegram. June 30, 1934. Page 01 & 2.

Two Men Still at Large Suspected of Burglary And Hold-up at Elmira

Trail of Depredations Marks Flight of Prisoners – Guns Wielded at Filling Station

With three of the five in custody, provincial and county police of all Western Ontario are combining in the man hunt for the remaining fugitives from Mimico Reformatory, with the search now centred around Upper Wellington and Bruce Counties.

The five escaped from the Ontario Brick and Tile Plant late yesterday afternoon by a unique ruse. It is believed that four of them hid in a dump cart, under a load of tin cans, light refuse and other rubbish while the fifth prisoner drove the dump cart safely past the picket lines and out of the reformatory grounds. When safely away from the plant they abandoned the cart, stole a car in Islington and drove west.

Depredations of the five young gangsters since their escape are said to include one armed hold-up, one burglary, at least three car thefts and an attempt to wreck a police car.

EVENTFUL CHASE
The chase has led from Islington to Guelph then Galt, where one was caught, back on the road to Guelph, two more of the fugitives being caught on foot midway between the two cities, and through Kitchener to Elmira and Alma, where the two remaining at liberty were last seen heading toward Drayton.

Caught in the police net are: Lawrence Burns, 21, of Windsor, Bill Tracy an Bill Taras. Still at large are Frank Gedura, 27, and Alfred Ertle, aged 28.

The two men still at large are believe by police to be the pair who committed a burglary and an armed hold-up in the Elmira district early this morning, getting cash, gasoline, a revolver, cigarettes and chocolate bars.

Mr. and Mrs. John Meyers, operators of a service station three miles above Elmira, were wakened by two men at 3.10 this morning, asked for gasoline, and were then held up by the pair, both of whom had revolvers. The proprietor was forced to fill the bandit car with seven gallons of gasoline by one of the men, while the other snipped the telephone wires, stole $6 in cash and filled his pockets with candy and cigarettes.

REVOLVER STOLEN.
‘Don’t you call anyone, or we’ll come back and get you,’ the bandits told the couple as they disappeared northward toward Drayton in their stolen car, which, a police check showed, displayed different license markers from those stolen with the car.

Before the hold-up near Alma, the hatchery owned by Albert Seiling, in Elmira, had been broken into, via a rear window, and $7 stolen after the men smashed into a desk. A revolver and some other small articles were also taken.

One capture was made at Galt, after police had chased the fugitives at 75 miles per hour across the city until they wrecked the car on Joseph Street, narrowly escaping with their lives in snapping off a telegraph pole.

The two men caught outside Galt were on foot, travelling along the C.P.R. tracks southwest of the city, when seen and apprehended by  a party of Galt, Guelph County and Provincial police. They gave their names as Bill Tracy and Bill Terrance.

STOLE CAR AT ISLINGTON
From the story of the flight as told to Galt police by Lawrence Burns, 21, of Windsor, the first recaptured, all the party of five stayed together on foot until they sole a car at Islington. They traveled to Guelph, where they abandoned the Islington car in favor of a roadster.

The Guelph car was reported stolen at 11.55pm and Galt police were on the look-out. Sergt. Frank Cronin and P.C. Joe Byrne sighted the fugitives going past Galt and chased them into the city. Both fugitive and police cars traversed the city at a 75-mile per hour pace until the roadster slewed over the curb, smashed a pole and was wrecked in a vacant lot. The police caught Burns, but the other four men got away over the coal pile in Sutton’s coal yard nearby.

The smash in Galt was caused when the fugitives tried to swing their stolen auto in the side of the police car as the police pulled alongside, the driver of the police car avoiding the smash and letting the stolen car leap the curb when its driver was unable to stop.

Two of the four who fled from the wrecked car stole another auto, belonging to Oliver Chudney, of Hespeler, and made their further escape in it.

DRIVER WAS ‘TRUSTY’
The escape from the reformatory was spectacular in its simplicity.

Lawrence Burns, a trusty, acted as driver of the wagon. Hailing from Windsor, Burns was serving a sentence of three months definite and six months indefinite and was due to come before the parole board in July. Alfred Ertell, of Brantford, William Taras, of Thoroldd, Frank Gedurza, of Windsor, and William Tracey, of Peterboro, were stated to have ridden out of the grounds with him.

Provincial police, aided by local police, scoured the roads, highways and immediate countryside as the escape was discovered at the usual check-up at the close of the day. Despite a wide search no trace of the men was found. They were attired in the regulation reformatory clothes of blue overalls and shirts.

Authorities at the institution believe that the escape followed a pre-arranged plan occuring shiortly before five o’clock. The dump is located about a half mile from the reformatory and it is usual for trusties to drive the garage wagon to the dump and return without a guard accompanying them.

DONE SMOOTHLY
‘It was all done very smoothly,’ declared Superintendent J. R. Elliott.

‘It was Burns’ last load of the day, and he was driving the team. He just drove through the picket lines as usual towards the dump with the other men under the garbage and when they were out of sight they abandoned the wagon and were seen running across a field.’

The wagon was found abandoned near the dump with every indication that the men had scrambled out from underneath the garbage hurriedly. The fugitives range in age from 19 to 26 years.

Ertell had a sentence of 40 months standing against him due to an escape from Burwash. He is 26 years of age, 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 143 pounds in weight and has reddish hair and brown eyes.

Three others, Caras, Gedurza, and Tracey had previously escaped from the brickyard and were serving various sentences. It is believed the men would try to head for the border and police along the route have been notified to keep a close watch for the fugitives.

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“Fire-Fighting Apparatus of Former Days To Be Displayed,” Toronto Globe. June 30, 1934. Page 05.

“As its contribution to the city’s Centennial celebration, the Toronto Fire Department has been gathering together for some time past old firefighting apparatus which will be displayed in a parade. Specimen pieces of the old apparatus are pictured above, at the upper left being an early steam-driven pump which came into use about sixty years ago, and with improvement, continued to be used until 1927, when steam was superseded by the gasoline-driven pumps. Standing beside it is Fireman William Fleming, who had charge of the last ‘steamer’ of the T.F.D. in Portland Street Hall in 1922. At the upper right are displayed the new and old in nozzles or ‘branches’ as the fireman term them. The one at the right is from a hand-drawn and operated pump of 100 years ago, whcih was equipped with a hand-made hose of rivetted leather. It had a capacity of about fifty gallons a minute, as contrasted with the modern one at the left, whcih easily spouts three hundred gallons a minute under high pressure. Below is a four-wheel horse-drawn hose reel of about 1850, which carried 500 feet of hose, with a crew of five men. This type of wagon being used up till about 1880.”

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“Old age rehabilitates criminals better than all programs, congress finds,” Globe and Mail. June 30, 1973. Page 12.

No one can say what will definitely work

By John Beaufoy, Globe and Mail Reporter
REGINA – About the only thing to come out of the Canadian Congress of Criminology and Corrections this week was the conclusion that nothing rehabilitates like old age.

With all the programs and all the experiments being tried across Canada, no one here was able to stand up and say, ‘This is the way to rehabilitate a criminal. This will work.’

Instead, six days of speeches, seminars, and learned papers have produced confusion in the minds of some delegates, adherence to rigid stances on the parts of others, and pleas for unity and co-ordination from almost everyone.

Which is not to say that the 600 people who wound up their conference here yesterday aren’t interested. After all, they’re professional. They make their living by working with society’s rejects – the men and women who’ve gone beyond ‘our’ limits.

But interest and dedication, many of the delegates admit, are not enough. What’s needed, they said, is a whole new approach to corrections.

So, a senator bangs his fist on the lectern and exhorts policy-makers not to build more prisons, while an official of the Canadian Penitentiary Service tells how many new institutions will be built in the next few years.

A professor criticizes the police, judiciary, corrections, parole and other after-care agencies for all operating independently, and the component parts respond that all they’re trying to do is their individual jobs. And, in fact, that’s what they’re doing.

The police arrest. The judge sentences. The prisons imprison. The parole board and the after-care agencies supervise and do what they can to bring the ex-offender back into the community. But it just doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on the offender.

And 80 per cent of those sentenced to federal institutions – serving terms of two years or more – have been in trouble before. Prison is just the end of a long winding road through juvenile court, training schools, probation and provincial jails.

‘They’ve been through the meatgrinder,’ says Paul Fuguy, Commissioner of Penitentiaries.

And, figures show, more Canadians are going through that meatgrinder every day and ending up in jail. The federal prison population has risen to about 9,000. A year ago it stood at 7,500.

Delegates here addressed themselves to the causes of this increase and its practical outcome – overcrowding in prisons, increased probation and parole case loads, more inmates to supervise with the same amount of staff, and less opportunity to attempt rehabilitation.

Institutional confinement even under the best of conditions is tension-producing, they comment. Crowd more people into the system, and there may be an increase in prison violence, more escapes, more parole violations.

This said, however, the same people contend there’s little they can do except try to cope with the people sent to them by the courts. The sheer volume of day-to-day work precludes their devising any new approaches to crime prevention, police discretion, or community – as opposed to judicial – disposition of offenders.

And, although there are indications that at some local levels that the various components are starting to work together, it’s not moving fast enough, according to John Braithwaite, Deputy Commissioner of Penitentiaries. 

‘We must cease this … warfare,’ he told the delegates. ‘We must strive to work better together.’

Without better communications, collaboration and co-operation between the police, judges, and corrections workers, the criminal justice system cannot become meaningful to the average Canadian, he said.

Yesterday provincial deputy ministers and their federal counterparts responsible for corrections met here to plan the agenda for the fall federal-provincial ministerial meeting on the subject.

The September meeting will be the first of its type since 1968. If that time-lag is startling, consider this: it wasn’t until October 1971 that the Canadian Penitentiary Service hired an information officer to tell its story.

‘The job,’ says Yvan Roy, ‘has proved challenging, but difficult. Spreading the word about prisons isn’t like announcing financial aid.’

His difficulty, like that of most people in the correctional field, seems to have been summed up by Mr. Braitwaite when he quoted King Solomon visiting his harem: ‘I have a vague idea of what is expected of me on this occasion, but I know not where to begin and I have grave doubts that I have either the stamina or the ability to fulfill my task.’

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“Our assumption throughout was that philosophy/social theory could be exciting, and that the deadening of all visceral response to intellectual exchange was a semi-deliberate strategy serving oppressive social interests.”

– CCRU Writings 1997-2003.

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“Transients Escape Injury,” Globe and Mail. June 30, 1938. Page 04.

“More than fifty transients, riding empty box cars, escaped injury Tuesday when fifteen freight cars of a Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway train were derailed nine miles south of Kirkland Lake. The picture show some of the cars.

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