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“Convicts for the Pen,” Kingston Daily Standard. September 25, 1912. Page 08.

The population of the penitentiary was increased by three to-day by the arrival of Ernest Moyes, Berlin; William Stephen, Sault Ste. Marie, and John Hummell, Berlin. Moyes will serve seven years for burglary [sic. actually bigamy and perjury]; Stephen five years for attempting to steal a purse and Hummell five years on three charges of theft.

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‘Struck His Wife On Busy Street,” Toronto Star. August 16, 1910. Page 02.

Has Been Paying Attention to Another Woman – To Jail for 30 Days.


Doctor Accused of Bigamy – Brothers Charged With Assault and Robbery.

Even from the court room above it became quite apparent that Wm. A. Fulton had radical ideas of his own as to cell decorum. Alternately he addressed fellow-prisoners in ministerial language or spouted poetry, and guffaws could be heard in greeting. Once up he cooled perceptibly.

Constable Reburn had arrested him for disorderly conduct at the station.

‘Shaking people,’ said that officer, and Fulton waits a week for a doctor’s examination.

Herchall Hertz took her insanity conviction badly. She protested, pitifully, so that all might hear, and two constables were needed to take her downstairs.

Mary Greer, aged 80, will go over to the House of Providence.

George Parker and James McDonald, drunken, pay a dollar and costs each.

Told Troubles to Policeman.
Careless of the man he accosted on the street, backed up by a hard luck tale, Philip Martin landed in Esther street police station. Unwittingly he had recounted his need for money to Provincial Constable O’Connor, so the charge was vagrancy.

He is too young in appearance for such a charge, but he pleaded guilty. Besides, he had been seen to follow a drunken man. Ten dollars and costs or 60 days.

Claiming that the gun he left in the Union Station waiting room had disappeared, William McLean, of Midland, on his way to Winnipeg, caused the arrest of Robert Dalton, fellow-traveler from Victoria Harbor. Constable Reburn locked up, for the rifled was found in his possession.

Ignorance of the circumstances was taken as a plea for not guilty.

‘Dalton claimed it at first,’ stated the officer.

Drunkenness was then promptly rung in as an excuse, but Magistrate Denison has heard it many times before, Dalton’s trip will be interrupted. He goes to jail for 30 days.

Accused of Shoplifting.
Nellie Newman, charged with shoplifting from Eaton’s, was remanded till Monday next without plea of election. The articles complained of are, a chatelaine and one lady’s sweater.

For Striking His Wife.
When several pedestrians saw Herbert Foster strike his wife in the face on the street at Yonge and Queen, they gave chase, but Foster boarded a street car and left the woman lying on the street. Detectives Guthrie and Murray came along and followed and arrested him on a charge of aggravated assault. The couple live at 99 Jarvis street.

‘Why?’ questioned Crown Attorney Corley.

‘There’s another woman in the case, and I kept following him.’

‘No, no,’ Foster shook his head.

The wife stated circumstances of their domestic life, which held Foster up to censure and only a threat from the magistrate forced Foster into an admission that the second woman had wrecked the peace of their family. He goes to jail for 30 days.

Farmers at the Market.
The Humber Bay Farmers, E. Powitt, and W. Griggsby, charged with a breach of the law defining the sale of farm produce in that they sold produce on the St. Lawrence Market not in barrels, bags, or bushels, but in broken portions of those measures, were given a second remand. Their counsel, A. R. Hassard, had not yet carried out his intention to go before the Board of Control to ask for a change in the regulation. He stated he would carry his appeal before those officials at today’s meeting.

Will Support Wife.
William Wells named bright prospects. Though he had not yet contributed to the support of the wife, Elizabeth Wells, as stipulated by the court on July 27, he would go out on the road and sell stuff. He is a traveler.

The second chance was given.

Bought the Harness.
To look up the man who sold him the harness parts for 30 cents, Herbert Bennett was given a remand. A witness was produced, who bought the goods from Bennett for eighty cents, and originally they were stolen from J. Battalta. The charge was theft.

On a conviction of gross indecency Charles F. Brown will go to jail for sixty days.

Ethel Gibson was quite frank: she did not deny stealing 5 ½ yards of ribbon from the Jas. Vise Company. It was her first offence. She promised not to repeat it, so a chance was given.

Michael Tellman, convicted of the theft of jewelry from Samuel Siegel, goes to jail for ten days.

Lost a $20 Bill.
David Stein declared he mistook a twenty dollar bill for a two and handed it to Loretta O’Hara in change from his auction mart in Yonge street, so charged her with theft.

But there had been many customers, the girl knew nothing of the twenty, and T. C. Robinette produced her bank book which showed accurate accounting to correspond with her funds. The charge was dismissed.

Doctor on Bigamy Charge.
Though yesterday afternoon when detained by Inspector Kennedy of the Morality Department, on a charge of bigamy, Dr. Herbert Edward Shepherd, who has practised for a number of years at 15 Gloucester street, admitted three marriages, he claimed to be innocent of the bigamy charge, on the grounds that the first marriage had been dissolved, and that he had been separated from the second wife for more than seven years before contracting the third marriage.

Complaint was received rom the first wife, Mabel Louisa Saunders, who was marred in Barrie, 1869, and who is now living a Duck Lake, Sask., with some of their children. It is alleged that in July, 1883, he left her with six children, and that later he married a second time, and that he married Lucy A. Moore of Goderich, in September, 1908. This wife was living with him when the arrest was made.

Normal Heyd, appearing as counsel, pleaded not guilty, and offered as explanation the statement that a divorce had been granted on December 18, 1867, in Michigan, where the doctor was practising at the time.

Crown Attorney Corley merely offered to put in the two marriages certificates as evidence, and Mr. Heyd consented to waive examination of witnesses, and asked to go over before a jury for trial.

The same bail of $1,000, given by Mr. J. Hazelton, stands, and the case will come before the next assizes.

Brothers Accused.
Lords and Abraham Pancer, brothers, of 47 Chesnut street, tailors, were charged with assaulting Arthur Swartz of 122 Edward street, in Edward street Saturday night, and robbing him of $130. The plea was not guilty, no evidence was taken, bail of $200 being accepted for hearing on the 18th.

Complaining there were pickings from the ice wagons, and that an example was necessary, the Belle Ewart Ice Company caused the arrest of Henry Street, a teamster.

‘I took a little that was left over from the route,’ admitted Street, ‘but it went to pay for shoeing the horses, sharpening ice tongs, axe, and to pay for my dinner.’

‘You should have told the company,’ advised the magistrate, but the charge was dismissed.

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“Diversified Record Of A Young Criminal,” Toronto Globe. August 2, 1917. Page 12.

Sentenced to Four Years For Forgery – Also Charged With Bigamy.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Owen Sound, Aug. 1. – Four years on each of four charges of forgery was the sentence given William John Leseur, alias John Dalton, alias John Langton, alias James John Bailey, by Police Magistrate Creasor, this morning, while he was also sent up for trial on the charge of bigamy. The sentences run concurrently. Lesseur was born near Peterboro, and as John Dalton served a sentence in Kingston Penitentiary. On his release he was married at the rectory of the Church of the Sacred Heart at Peterboro’ in May, 1914. In 1915 he and his wife came to Sullivan township, and he was employed as farm help under the name of John Langton, and his wife as housekeeper for a farmer named Treiford. The second day after his engagement he disappeared, taking with him one of his employer’s horses. He was traced, and on his arrest was being taken to Walkerton for trial when he crawled through the lavatory window and jumped while the train was going at a high speed. He was again apprehended, and on his arrest was sent to the Ontario Reformatory for a year. He escaped when he had served ten months and was lost sight of until eight weeks ago, when he came to Owen Sound and secured employment in  a local factory. He was around town for some few weeks, making himself quite popular and finally eloped with a young woman beloging to a reputable family. They went through the form of marriage at Meaford, and had reached London in an attempt to get over the border in the United States. His arrest followed the receipt of a letter from the young woman to a relative here. In the meantime it was found that he had passed cheques on four local firms, to which he had forged signatures, and charges were laid for this as well as for jumping his board bill. It was then that the police began looking up his career, and during a remand for sentence on the forgery charges, to which he pleaded guilty, the evidence consisting of a copy of the original marriage register at Peterboro’ was secured, and Leseur now faces the other charges in a higher court.

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“Two Bigamists Get Three-Year Sentences,” Toronto Globe. June 3, 1914. Page 02.

Joseph H. Knapp and Mack Peace Before Sarnia Magistrate.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Sarnia, June 2. – John H. Knapp appeared before Magistrate Fleck today on a charge of bigamy. The two women who claim Knapp as husband were in court and gave evidence against him. It was proved that Knapp had married a Mrs. Kennedy on December 21, 1912, the marriage being performed by Rev. W. H. Barraclough. It was also proved that he married a Mrs. Matthews on January 6, 1914, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Walter Rigsby. He has been living here since the last wedding. The first wife was located in St. Thomas. Knapp, who formerly lived in London, was given three years in Kingston Penitentiary.

Mack Peace, another Sarnia man, was also up to-day on a similar charge, and he also received three years in Kingston. Peace was first married in a village near Montreal, about eight years ago, and married Miss Williamson of Sarnia a couple of months ago.

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“News of the Dominion – Rev. Harris Sentenced,” Toronto Globe. May 7, 1917. Page 01.

“Rev. Ernest Harris and Mrs. Gertrude Wambach who pleaded guilty of bigamy, were sentenced at Kitchener, the former to seven years in Kingston Penitentiary, the latter to two years in Mercer Reformatory.”

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“Wife Deserter Sentenced,” Toronto Globe. May 5, 1914. Page 09.

Edward Tilson Gets Two Years in the Kingston Penitentiary.

Pleading guilty to a charge of perjury and bigamy, Edward Tilson was sentenced in the Police Court yesterday by Magistrate Denison to two years in the Penitentiary. The accused was charged with swearing he was a bachelor before an issuer of marriage license, well knowing at the time that he had a wife alive in England, and also that he bigamously married. The Morality Department was communicated with by the wife from England, when Tilson stopped sending her ten shilling a week as he had promised to do, and the bigamous marriage was thus discovered. Col. Denison in imposing sentence said that there were far too great a number of wife-deserters appearing in court, and that perhaps the sentence he gave would act as a deterrent.

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“Guay, Alias Wilson, Two Years for Bigamy,” Toronto Globe. April 17, 1916. Page 10.

He Was Well Known In London and Galt – Decided to Change Plea

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
London, Ont., April 16. – Paul E. Guay, who masqueraded in London as Williams E. Wilson, and who persisted in maintaining his innocence when charged with being a bigamist, changed his plea to guilty Saturday and was sentenced to two years in Kingston Penitentiary.

The case has aroused widespread interest, as Wilson had become well known in the few years he had resided here. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the C.N.W. Shoe Co. until a short time before the discovery, and had only recently arranged with the town of Owen Sound for a loan to establish a shoe factory there.

A few years ago he was working in a shoe factory at Galt, where he was married to Miss Aiken, daughter of Mr. Thomas Aiken.

Guay was born in the Province of Quebec, and was married in Lyn nearly ten years ago. He deserted his wife before his baby was born, and the mother has had to maintain the boy, who is now eight years of age. Guay showed no interest in either his wife or his child when charged with bigamy.

The trial was set for Monday, and apparently Guay felt it impossible to face the witnesses of the Crown. Mrs. Guay bring supported in her contention by the priest who married them and by several witnesses of the marriage, as well as Guay’s former employer. When he sent word to the authorities that he would not fight the case the court was held Saturday. The light sentence was explained by Judge Macbeth as being due to numerous pleas for leniency that had been made by him, and to the good character Wilson had born while here.

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“Bad Record Adds To Term Given Bigamist,” Toronto Star. January 16, 1919. Page 13.

Two-Year Sentence for George Dowle, Now in Jail on Charge of Fraud.

Shell shock, and all the imminent deadly perils of the battlefield, hadn’t taught George Dowle some of the fundamental principles of social ethics. While his first wife and child were still alive he married again. And before that offence was discovered by the law, he had been sentenced to six months’ imprisonment – which he is now technically serving – for fraud.

His counsel, Thomas O’Connor, in the Police Court to-day argued that perhaps his battle injuries were largely responsible for his acts. But Magistrate Denison pointed to the prisoner’s long previous record, and, on the additional charge of bigamy, sentenced him to two years in Kingston Penitentiary.

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