Posts Tagged ‘convicted criminal’

“Convict’s Thrilling Escape: Leaps From Fast Train,” Toronto Globe. November 25, 1918. Page 08.

Man With Bad Record in Toronto Fools County Constable and Flees Near Shannonville – Recaptured at Napanee

John Gowans, who was on his way to Kingston penitentiary, where he was to commence a second five-year sentence for housebreaking, escaped from the custody of County Constable Frank Brown near Shannonville on Saturday morning. Gowans made his escape by obtaining permission to go to a lavatory, and then by leaping from the window of the train after he had slammed the door upon Constable Brown.

Gowans was the housebreaker who entered the house of the widow of the late Dr. Fenton, and assaulted her when she endeavored to hold him until the arrival of police. He was later arrested, and only recently completed his sentence. Judge Winchester on Wednesday sentenced Gowans to five years’ imprisonment upon convictions registered against him for housebreaking in Parkdale.

The convict was recaptured at Napanee on Saturday just before midnight.

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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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“Convict Deported,” Kingston Daily Standard. September 7, 1912. 

A convict in the penitentiary named Jenkins, who had been sent down for theft in Seaforth, Ont., was yesterday deported to England, by Immigration Inspector Devlin.

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“Arrived at the Pen,” Kingston Daily Standard. September 3, 1912. Page 08

Two new arrivals are registered at the penitentiary. Reginald Holmes was brought in from Owen Sound this morning with a three years’ sentence for house-breaking, and Conrad Sutter, Berlin, Ont., came in yesterday to serve a three-year term for ‘false pretences.’ Both were comparatively young men.
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“Convicted of Fraud,” Kingston Daily Standard. September 3, 1912. Page 08.

Conrad Soutar, 28 years of age, who was found guilty at Berlin of securing money by fraudulent means, from clergymen and professional men, and who was sentenced to three years in the penitentiary, has begun to serve his term.

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“Travers Back to the ‘Pen’,” Kingston Daily Standard. July 30, 1912. Page 02.

Ex-Bank Manager Arrived Last Night.

Wrecker of Farmers’ Bank Enjoyed Holiday in Toronto – Reported Suspended from Masons.

W. R. Travers, ex-manager of the defunct Farmers’ Bank, has returned to the Penitentiary after a few months’ sojourn in Toronto, where he gave evidence in the enquiry into the failure of the Farmers’ Bank. The distinguished visitor arrived in the city last evening and after taking a short constitutional was taken out to the penitentiary.

Travers’ sojourn in Toronto apparently agreed with him for he was somewhat stouter than when he left the penitentiary several months ago. He had none of the ear marks of a convict and was treated with a certain amount of deference by his guard. There was no sign of the irons with which an ordinary prisoner is shackled. It is stated that after Travers had dinner he was invited into the bar for refreshments, but declined on the ground that he did not care for anything after his meals.

It is understood that Travers has been suspended from the Masonic Order, because of the disgrace of serving a penitentiary sentence. A despatch from Toronto states that a local Mason was authorized to serve papers on him in the penitentiary, calling on him to give reasons why he should not be suspended from the Order. Before he was served he was taken to Toronto to give evidence and it is understood that while he was there he was given notice of his suspension.

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Dear Mr. Dawson,
Re: Salvation Army visits, B.C. Penitentiary
I presume Chaplain bases his objection to Reg. 64 but that applies only to visits for religious instruction. The S.A. has a special staff assigned for prison work and by the authority of the Minister of Justice they are permitted to interview and advise those whose discharge by pardon or expiry of sentence is anticipated. That is the limit of their rights, but, if the warden can obtain their assistance in protecting the interests of the convicts in such cases as he mentions he is quite justified in doing so and if interviews are necessary in that connection they should be allowed.

What the warden must be careful to prevent both as to the S.A. and the chaplains is any attempt on their part to work up a case for the release of any convict – except by the representation to the warden of any facts that they may obtain. In other words the over-sympathic impulses of the chaplains and the S.A. officers must be kept in restraint. 

Yours sincerely,
Sgd. D. Stewart, Inspector for Warden

Inspector Dawson,
The Penitentiary Branch,

Letter No. 496

May 29, 1912.

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