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“Maj.-Gen. Logie Inspects Troops,” Toronto Globe. September 25, 1918. Page 11.

Railway Const. Draft Going Shortly – Another Death From Spanish ‘Flu.’

(Canadian Press Despatch.)
Niagara Camp, Sept. 24. – Major-Gen. W. A. Logie, G.O.C., came over from Toronto this morning accompanied by Major G. G. Mitchell, and inspected a draft of railway troops that is going to leave camp shortly.

Another death was added last night to the fatalities which have occurred in the Polish camp from Spanish influenza, this making a total of six deaths from the epidemic.

There were about 200 cases of Spanish influenza in the Polish army yesterday, but this number was reduced to-day by discharges of 185.

Pte. John Joseph Noonan of the 2nd Battalion, Central Ontario Regiment, who deserted from a draft while in Toronto on the way east on July 27, and was apprehended on August 31st, in Toronto, was sentenced by district court martial here to Kingston Penitentiary for two years, and was taken to Kingston this morning.

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“Erring Soldiers Punished,” Toronto Globe. September 24, 1918. Page 03.

One Goes to Penitentiary For Desertion, Another For Theft.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
London, Ont., Sept. 23. – Pte. Gerald Drouillard was sentenced to-day at London, Ont. to two years in Kingston Penitentiary by Magistrate Graydon for desertion. He was a former 142nd Battalion man.

Pte. William Howie, FCOC, sixty-five years of age, charged with stealing Government supplies from a warehouse where army goods are stored, was sentenced to three years in Kingston Penitentiary. Howie was employed as a night guard when he committed the thefts.

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“Wounded Soldier Sentenced to Jail,” Toronto Globe. September 1, 1916. Page 08.

Attorney-General Authorizes His Liberation That He May Attend Reception.

The ‘boys’ in a western Ontario city were apparently exceedingly good to a war-scarred returned soldier, with the result that the latter, as the result of his imbibing too freely, landed himself in court and was sentenced to thirty days in jail. Last night a reception was held in the city in honor of returned soldiers, and before the ceremony thoughts fastened on the unfortunate victim doing ‘time’ while the band was playing outside. Accordingly, an effort was set on foot to have the prisoner, who had valorously served his country, released, and the Attorney-General, who was communicated with yesterday afternoon, without any hesitation took the human view and authorized the soldier’s liberation. 

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“At Niagara Camp – Alleged Canadian Deserter Poses as U.S. Officer,” Toronto Globe. August 22, 1918. Page 07.

(Canadian Press Despatch.)
Niagara Camp, Ont. Aug. 21. – W. B. Buckner of the Canadian Railway Troops Depot is in detention here in the uniform of an American military officer. He is charged with desertion, and is said to have cut quite a swatch across the border in the guise of an officer of the United States. A private’s uniform is being prepared for him, as his present appearance is not regarded as in keeping with a Canadian soldier under arrest.

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“A Sad Case,” Sudbury Star. July 31, 1918. Page 05.

An extremely sad case was that of Lorne Beck, not yet twenty years of age, and who has spent the best part of his life in jail. He was charged with escaping from Burwash on July 9th. He has a long record and frankly told the court that he spent his boyhood days in an Industrial School. He had been sentenced to Burwash for theft committed while he was in the army.

‘The army is not against you, you are against the world,’ said the Magistrate, as he sentenced Beck to two years in Kingston. Chances of parole to join the army are much better there than at the Burwash instuitution, and recommendedation will be made that Beck be allowed to proceed overseas.

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“Over the Top With The Best Of Luck!” – By Jim Frise. Toronto Star, July 30, 1938. Page 05.

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“Uproarious Corps Battalions Take Over Whole City,” Toronto Star. July 30, 1938. Page 23.

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“Back to the Pen,” Toronto Star. July 28, 1916. Page 14.

But recently the military columns of the papers told of the exploit of an ex-acrobat, Lezine Renand, in literally turning a somersault into the arms of the Beaver Battalion. To-day his eagerness to don the khaki was partially explained when he faced the charge laid by the authorities of the Kingston Penitentiary of having broken his parole. Col. Denison accordingly ordered that he be returned to that stronghold, where his recent army training in marking time will land him in good stead.

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Demonstrated That He Was Active Enough to Be Forester
One of the novel features of the Orange Day parade was the appearance of the 238th Foresters, equipped with the weapons with which they hope to fight the Kaiser – axes. The Foresters were out over forty strong, this representing the most of the recruits taken at the local recruiting depot during the past two weeks.

A somewhat astonishing turn to the recruiting of the 238th took place yesterday when a man walked into the headquarters at 55 Queen West, turned a double-somersault forwards and backwards, then walked up to Lt. H. S. Price, who is in charge of the office and asked if he appeared active enough to be a Forester. The man turned out to be Lezime Renaud, of Aylmer, P. Q., who had traveled from Hamilton for the sake of joining up. Besides being an acrobat, a boxer, and wrestler, Renaud is a saw-filer by trade, and should prove a valuable addition to the force. He has two brothers already fighting with the Canadian forces.

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“Sent To Penitentiary,” Toronto Globe. March 22, 1917. Page 11.

Stole Goods, Escaped From Reformatory, Enlisted in Battery.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Guelph, March. 21. – Stanley Fitzgerald appeared before Magistrate Watt this morning charged with escaping from the Ontario Reformatory on March 7. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years at Kingston Penitentiary. Fitzgerald was sent to the Reformatory in February from Chatham, where he was convicted of breaking into a store and stealing some goods. He escaped on March 7 and was recaptured on March 12, while a member of the 64th Battery, he having enlisted shortly after he escaped. He pleaded hard not to be sent to Kingston.

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“Stole Auto Tires,” Toronto Globe. February 13, 1917. Page 06.

“Thomas McKeown, for stealing fifteen auto tires from the premises of Albert Tugwell, Victoria street, was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary by Magistrate Denison yesterday. The prisoner asked for a chance to join the Construction Battlion, but His Worship would not hear of it.”

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“Wife With Another When Soldier Returned,” Toronto Globe. February 11, 1916. Page 07.

‘Hound in the Dock’ Got Two Years In The Penitentiary.

A sentence of two years in the penitentiary was imposed by Magistrate Denison yesterday in the Police Court on Louis Styles, who pleaded guilty to a charge of having morally wrecked the home of Alfred E. Goddard, a soldier, who on returned home from the front on a furlough of six weeks found his wife living with the prisoner. ‘During the soldier’s absence Styles had taken up with Goddard’s wife, who had been receiving something like $70 a month from the Government, the Patriotic fund, and her brave husband,’ said Crown Attorney Corley. ‘Villain-like, the prisoner entered the home, became the father of a child, shared the money received by the soldier’s wife, and sat idly by while the children of the man who was fighting for me and for the hound in the dock were neglected.’

Mrs. Goddard was given the choice of nursing the illegitimate child in the Infants’ Home or being punished.


“Patriotic Allowance Stopped,” Toronto Globe. February 12, 1916. Page 06.

“To the Editor of The Globe: In this morning’s papers there was a report of the sentencing of Louis Styles to the penitentiary for two years for breaking into the home of Arthur Goddard, 141 Lappin avenue. Styles had cohabited with Mrs. Goddard since her husband went away to the front, and in November last she gave birth to a child, whose father was the man sentenced. In reporting the case it was mentioned that Mrs. Goddard had been receiving $70 per month from the Government and Patriotic Fund. As your readers are aware, the separation allowance is $20, the amount granted by the Patriotic Fund to Mrs. Goddard and the three children was $20.50, making a total from these two sources of $40.50 and in addition to this the assignment of the pay of the soldier, which is usually from $15 to $20 per month. It is evident, therefore, that Mrs. Goddard could not have received the amount stated – $70 per month.

The fact, however, which we wish particularly to bring to the notice of your readers is that the Toronto and York County Patriotic Fund Association cut off its allowance to Mrs. Goddard from November – that is, immediately after the first evidence of her guilty conduct with Styles. Not only so, but steps were taken by the association early in December to inform the department at Ottawa of the condition of affairs, and as a result the Government allowance was also suspended.

I may say that the Goddard case, with all its regrettable results, is a good example of the care that is exercised not only in protecting public funds entrusted to this association, but also in safeguarding the honor and interest of the absent soldier.

John Muir,
Assistant Secretary, Toronto and York Patriotic Fund.
February 11

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“Two Years’ Crimes Bring 3-Year Sentence,” Toronto Globe. Feb 7, 1918. Page 04.

Desertion, Jail-Breaking, Horsetheft, Burglary, The Record.

(Special Dispatch to The Globe.)
Simcoe, Feb. 6. – James Cooper was to-day sentenced to three years in Kingston Penitentiary as the culmination of a two years’ record of crime, desertion from two battalions, escaping from custody after being arrested, twice breaking jail, horse-stealing, and breaking into a country store – and various lighter sentences from time to time failed to apply the brakes to his career. Cooper protests that he is willing to go overseas. His younger brother, George, and one Basil Brackenbury get one year each at the Central. They were charged, the one with violation of the Ontario temperance act, the other with forgery, and both were with James Cooper in his last jail-breaking and the burglary. 

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“New Superintendent For Limb Factory,” Toronto Star. January 31, 1919. Page 04.

Department Makes Effort to End Dispute by Appointing Returned Officer.

In an attempt to end the strike conditions at the artificial limb factory at Davisville and on Spadina avenue, the Department of Soldiers’ Civil Re-establishment, which recently dispensed with the services of Superintendent J. E. Burns, which brought about a strike of the 220 men employed in the factory, has appointed Major R. W. Coulthard to the position.

Major Coulthard is an officer of the C.E.F., who went overseas with the Second Canadian Tunnelling company in 1915 from Western Canada, and his appointment, according to Colonel G. F. Morrison, assistant director of the department, satisfies the first demand of the employees that a returned soldier get the position.

On Strike Since Jan. 24.
The strike at the limb factory has been on since January 24, and followed the dismissal of Mr. Burns. The appointment as a temporary measure of E. M. Martin as superintendent was not agreeable to the men and they decline to return to work, and to-day, the appointment of Major Coulthard is announced.

Sir James Lougheed, Minister of the Department of Soldiers’ Civil Reestablishment, issues the following statement on the situation:

“On the recommendations made by those competent to give an opinion on the subject, we brought about changes that were necessary in the interest of the department, the men employed in the factory, and those ex-members of the forces who required artificial limbs and appliances. Some of the employees seemingly do not see eye to eye with the department in the changes that have been made. It is quite manifest that the Government must exercise its own judgement as to how an enterprise of this kind must be operated.

Highest Efficiency Wanted.
‘Regretable as it is that we have not at the moment the co-operation of the men who have thus ceased work, yet it is our duty to place this work upon the most efficient basis possible. We have appointed in charge, Mr. R. W. Coulthard, who has been overseas for a long period. During his experience as an engineer he has had charge of large enterprises requiring such ability as to qualify him for the position.’

Mr. G. E. Beaton, of the Strike Committee, interviewed by The Star this morning, explained that nothing definite can be announced from the men’s side of the question until the appointment of Major Coulthard has been considered at a meeting of the striking employees, which will be held forthwith.

Referring to Sir James Lougheed’s announcement that the department cannot be dictated to in matters of general policy, Mr. Beaton said: ‘We thrashed that out last night, and it was understood that there would have to be some modifications on the demands of the men.’

‘We are pleased to hear that a returned soldier has been appointed, and hold to that demand still,’ he said. ‘That would be quite satisfactory to us if Mr. Burns were retained to tutor the new superintendent in the way we have been working. Possibly some compromise will be reached along these lines,’ he concluded.

As Major Coulthard’s appointment has not been notified yet to the Strike Committee by the department, it is not likely that any official notice of it will be taken until such time as it is announced. Immediately following that, however, a meeting of all the employees will be held, and the future policy of the men decided on.

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“German Tank Captured By 22nd Battalion,” Hamilton Spectator. July 22, 1919. Page 01.

“War relic of interest to Canadians included in shipment of Canadian war trophies which arrived in Canada aboard the Batsford.  On the right is a German howitzer.”

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“Off They Go On Canada’s Original Vimy Pilgrimage,” Toronto Star. June 11, 1936. Page 19.

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