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“No Jury For The Inquest Being Held Today,” Sudbury Star. August 21, 1918. Page 03.

Witnessses to Tell Story of the Shooting of Defaulter.

The inquest into the death of Cyprien Gareau, the Blezard Valley defaulter shot by Dominion Officer Tougher at a farm house last Saturday morning, is taking place this afternoon before Coroner Dr. W. R. Patterson, without a jury. The body has been at Henry’s morgue since last Saturday.

SHOT AT UNDERTAKERS.
Undertakers who went to the farm house at Blezard last Saturday afternoon report having been shot at from the bush, near the house, several times, while several automobiles have also reported that they have heard bullets whiz by in the same locality. While the police do not place much credence on the reports of shooting, which they attribute more or less to imagination, the undertakers are emphatic they heard the reports of the rifles and the whiz of the bullets close to their rig. It was while returning with the body that the shooting incident occurred.

OFFICERS GIVEN SAFE CONDUCT
In direct contrast to the visit of the undertakers is that on Monday afternoon o provincial officers headed by Inspector Storie. The inspector reports he drove purposely past the spot from which the shots were supposed to come, and all was peace and quiet. This may be accounted for, however, by the fact that a brother of one of the defaulters who is at large was in the vehicle with the officer.

There seems to be no doubt but what there was shooting. The undertakers say they met several soldiers, belonging to the district and home on harvest leave. The soldiers took to the bush as soon as the firing started. They later emerged with their tunics under their arms.

STORIES VARY SOMEWHAT
Visits to the scene of the shooting were paid by Inspector Storie on Monday and again on Tuesday. An investigation was conducted and witnesses subpoenaed for the inquest. The Inspector found that the stories of the Dominion Police and that of the relatives of the deceased man tally up fairly well, except that there is a difference of opinion as to who fired the first shot. Those at the farm house say the officers fired first, but this is not borne out by the investigation. 

FOUR BULLET MARKS
There are four bullet marks inside the house. These bear out the story of the Dominion officers that the first shot, from which Officer Tougher bears powder marks on his face, passed through the roof of the lean-to of the house, where the deceased man was located when Tougher pulled back the curtain. The bullet mark is in the roof. There is also a bullet hole in the front door, which tallies up with the police story that a shot was fired through the closed door at the officers as they were retiring from the house. The next shot was apparently fired by Tougher after the door had been re-opened. This shot passed through the body of the dead man, who was apparently standing in the door of the bedroom, hit a knob on the bedpost and careened off into the wall. There is also a shot in the window sill, also fired from the inside, which so far has not been connected up with the story, unless it was fired to scare the officers away.

MAY GIVE HIMSELF UP
Hopes are held out that a younger Gareau, brother of deceased, also a defaulter, will give himself up before the inquest. Relatives have given the police assurance that they will advise the young man to take this course, and it was hoped that he would surrender on Monday, but the plan did not materialize. The authorities were given assurance that he would be produced before August 24th, the last day of pardon extended by the Minister of Justice.

Crown Attorney Miller is acting for the Crown at the inquest and Mr. B. Boutet for the family of the deceased. Mr. Boutet has also paid a visit to the scene of the shooting.

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“Changed His Mind,” Sudbury Star. August 21, 1918. Page 08.

Roy Dalton, one of the gang of jail breakers awaiting transfer to Kingston to serve a three-year term, wants to join the army, but the authorities hung up the ‘nothing doing’ sign. Dalton was the fellow who passed the remark at the time of his sentence that he would come out of Kingston with a whole skin, and that was more than a lot of the soldiers would do. He has evidently changed his mind, for on Tuesday he sent for Inspector Storie to tell him he was a deserter and should be in the army. Dalton, however, will go to Kingston very shortly, and under very close guard, in view of his successful attempt at jail breaking at Parry Sound and two unsuccessful attempts at Sudbury jail.

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“Penitentiary for Quintette of Burglars,” Sudbury Star. August 17, 1918. Page 05.

Whole Gang Sentenced in Yesterday’s Court.

Jos. Dalton, 5 years.
Roy Dalton, 3 years.
Jos. Trahan, 2 years.
Ovila Martin, 2 years.
Arthur Boucher, 2 years.

With these sentences to Kingston penitentiary meted out by Police Magistrate Brodie in Friday’s Court, the gang which broke jail at Parry Sound during the past month and coming North committed a series of burglaries at Coniston, Warren and St. Charles, is completely cleaned up. Excellent work by Inspector Storie and Officer Fred Lefebvre, of the Provincial police, gathered in the men within ten days of their appearance in this section.

All the accused pleaded guilty to jail breaking at Parry Sound and to burglary with the exception of Jos. Dalton, whom Magistrate Brodie characterized as the ‘modern Jesse james.’ He was undoubtedbly the master mind of the gang, and although a cripple piloted their operations. He was convicted on the evidence of Boucher who gave the court a clear review of the operations of the gang.

Both the Daltons were recalcitrant and took both their arrest and sentence with bad grace and contempt for the law. Roy Dalton, who is liable under the Military Service Act, passed the callous remark to the constables removing him to the jail after sentence that he would come out of Kingston with a whole skin ‘and that was more than many of the….fighting over in France would do.’

GOOD POLICE WORK.
The round-up of the gang is much to the credit of the Provincial police organization in the North. The manner in which Joe Dalton, Trahan and Martin were gathered in a week ago by officer Fred Lefebvre has been previously reported. At that time Roy Dalton and Boucher decamped and on Wednesday Inspector Storie and Officer Lefebvre went into the district again after them. They located them on Thursday on farms in the Markstay section. Inspector Storie went after Roy Dalton and got his man at the point of the rifle, before he had a chance to move. Dalton’s only comment was ‘you don’t take any chances.’ When searched he had a six-chamber automatic revolver in his hip pocket, fully loaded. Officer Fred Lefebvre came in with Boucher who was working on another farm seven miles away. The valuable assistance given by practically every resident of the district where the gang was, in helping round them up, helped the officers in their expeditious arrests. The quintette will be removed to Kingston penitentiary Sunday night.

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“Defaulter Dead In Clash With Military Police,” Sudbury Star. August 17, 1918. Page 01.

Officers Were Targets of Fusilade of Rifle Firing.

Cyprien Gareau, aged 28, Blezard township, a defaulter under the Military Service Act, is dead from gun shot wounds received in a Dominion police search for defaulters last night. The shooting occurred at the hom of the deceased, a mile and a half from Blezard postoffice, about 3.30 this (Saturday) morning. Coroner Dr. W. R. Patterson was called by the Dominion police to attend the wounded man and found him dead. An inquest with a jury will be held Monday. Officer Tougher, who shot Gareau, surrendered himself this morning before Magistrate Brodie and has been released on $2,000 bail bonds.

With five Dominion police officers Inspector Tolmie left Sudbury last night, acting on information as to the whereabouts of a number of defaulters in Blezard township. The Gareau home was the third farmhouse the police had visited, the search of the other two having been fruitless. It was about 3.30 this morning when the Gareau home was reached. Inspector Tolmie, with two officers, was in the house examining the papers of two men, when one of the officers stepped over to a curtain which partitioned the room, in search of any other male residents of the household. As the officer threw back the curtain he was fired at point blank by a man sitting on a bed behind the curtain, only a few feet away, holding a rifle. The officers backed away and emerged from the house amid more rifle firing from inside the house. Officer Tougher responded with one shot from outside the house through the door, with the fatal effect. There are two Gareau boys defaulters under the M.S.A.  The other brother was in the house at the time, but escaped.

The Dominion police squad were not all armed, not anticipating trouble. After the affray Inspector Tolmie left three of his men on the Gareay farm as guard and came to Sudbury for rifles and ammunition, returning about 6 a.m. Throughout the night there was some firing from the bush and when the squad left the scene at about six o’clock this morning their departing automobile was subjected to a fusilade of rifle shots from the woods.

It was not until seven o’clock this morning, when a truce was declared and the officers re-entered the house, that they knew the tragedy has occurred. No outcry was made and as soon as young Gareau’s condition was learned the officers immediately summoned medical attention.

The most positive definance of the Military Service Act is evident throughout the Blezard Valley section, Inspector Tolmie informed The Star today. There are over forty defaulters and deserters listed in the district and there is not a day that some incident is not reported of lawlessness that is credited to the defaulters, including the theft of calves, sheep and fowl, and store burglarlies alleged to be committed by them in search of food for the several hiding places. The defaulters have shown nothing but contempt for the recent amnesty extended by the Minister of Justice. Word has been sent by friends to every one of the forty names posted, and there has been only one response to the offer of pardon.

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“Trunk Caused Suspicion At C.P.R. Station,” Sudbury Star. July 31, 1918. Page 05.

Found to Contain High Wines – Other Police Court News.

A suspicious looking trunk in the baggae room of the C.P.R. was the object of an all-day vigil by Provincial Officer Grassick on Friday last. The officer was awaiting the arrival of the owner, and when he failed to appear, the trunk was removed by License Inspector Kilpatrick and upon examination was found to contain six gallons of high wines. The trunk came from Montreal. Alex. Brunet, carter, Saturday evening appeared at the baggage room with a check for the trunk and as a consequence was summoned to police court Monday morning to tell what he knew of the affair.

COURT WAS SKEPTICAL
A rather hazy story was told by Brunet Monday morning the court was skeptical as to its truthfulness. A lady had met him in front of the Queen`s Hotel, he said, nad handed him a baggae check to get the trunk at the station. She was sitting in a rig at the time and Brunet was unable to give her name or description. At the station he was told that the trunk was being held by the authorities and that the lady would have to come herself. According to his own story Brunet went back and reported to the lady that the trunk was too heavy for him to handle, at the same time returning the check. The lady, of course, never called for the trunk.

In giving Brunet the benefit of the doubt the magistrate commented on the fact that it was almost unbelievable that a woman with a vehicle should ask a carter to go to the station for a trunk, and frankly told Brunet that he (Brunet) knew more of the circumstances than he had told. His Worship issued a warning that the next offence would not be dealt with so lenitently.

PASSED STANDING STREET CAR
John Lahti had sold his Studebaker car but the transfer had not yet been approved of by the department, and although he had disposed of the car he was held responsible for driving past a standing street car on the Copper Cliff road. The case was called Saturday and laid over until Monday to allow Lahti to get hold of the real offender, John Ajola, who pleaded guilty. A fine of 41 and costs was levied.

MANY WITHOUT PAPERS
The Dominion police continue the good work of rounding up defaulters and aliens without papers. Scarely a morning passes but what a half dozen or more appear.

Monday morning the aged parents of George Chalotte appeared in court with their son, who was in the custody of the Dominion police. Chalotte’s exemption expired June 1st and he has since failed to report. The magistrate had no alternative but turn him over to the military, despite his pleadings that he was the only support of his parents. The aged mother sobbed bitterly as he was taken away, despite the comforting words of the magistrate, who explained that they should be proud that their son was going to be a soldier, and that they would receive as much or more financial support from the Government as they had previously received from their son.

Wm. Babcock and Norris H. Soucie were also handed over to the military authorities as defaulters.

TEACHING A LESSON
Magistrate Brodie Monday morning made good his threat, repeated several times in the past few weeks, that an example would be made of aliens who failed to carry their papers, when he fined John Lozoscrack $5 and costs. Excuses no longer will suffice.

Four Italians appeared charged with failing to carry papers.

‘How do I know you are Italians?’ asked the magsitrate. ‘You might be British subjects for all I know. I will give you twenty-four hors to get the proper papers.’

FARMER FINED $300
Abraham Jackson, a farmer of the Kelly Lake district, Saturday morning, was fined $300 and costs for having liquor in a place other than a private dwelling. In addition he drew done a fine $10 and costs for disorderly conduct in the house of a neighbouring farmer, A. Israelson.

MOTORISTS ARRAIGNED
Four local motorists, Dr. W. J. Cook, W. J. LaForest, David Lawila and Simon Maloney, were arraigned Tuesday morning, charged with passing a standing street car while passengers were alighting, at the post officer corner on the evening of July 26. The motorists pleded not guilty and while Magistrtae Brodie commented that the practice was becoming too common, his Worship pointed out, however, that the car stands at the post office corner some time at various intervals and considered the motorists should take the matter up with the council and have the regulation rectified. The case was remanded till called.

J. M. Balmforth, of Copper Cliff, who exceeded the speed limit on the Copper Cliff road on July 18th, was assessed $10 and costs.

Roy McLaughlin, Creighton Mine, drove his car after dark without proper lights on Monday night and was fined $5 and costs.

GOES TO TORONTO
Sam Penfold, who hails from Creighton Mine and claims Russia as his native land, was sent to Toronto on Tuesday, where he will be placed in the army until such time as he proves his age.

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“Do Young Finns Destroy Papers To Evade M.S.A.?” Sudbury Star. May 4, 1918. Page 05.

Canadian Naturalization Papers Rare in This District.

It is the general belief in official circles here that many young men of foreign birth, other than aliens, have destroyed their Canadian naturalization papers to evade military service. Since the advent of conscription the experience of the police has been that a naturalization paper is a very rare thing, and a raid on Finland Hall, Copper Cliff, Wednesday evening, only served to strengthen the belief already held. None of the young men of military age questioned by the police had naturalization papers, despite the fact that hundreds were taken out in this district prior to the war.

The raid was made by the Dominion police, assisted by some members of the municipal and company force. A show was in progress when the police entered at 9.40 and the appearance of the officers caused so much consternation that the performance was abruptly stopped. Every male in the hall was questioned while all exits were guarded. Nine young men who had no papers whatever were taken into custody. In police court they were fined $1 and costs each for a contravention of section 16 of the M.S.A. in not having the necessary papers to assure their identity. Meanwhile the men who were fined have secured affidavits as to their nationality.

A Real Haymaker.
Nora Laroche, a Creighton woman of middle age and hefty proportions, handed K.

Acquino

, her landlord, a regular ‘haymaker’ the other day following an argument. The blow, or blows, were reinforced by a drinking glass and it required five stitches to repair Acquino. Nora wanted to have a dance in her apartment, but the landlord refused, saying the floor was unsafe. This started the fracas. She was fined $10 and costs.

He Stole Liquor.
The eagle eye of Mrs. A. Delavadova, of Creighton Mine, even at 2 a.m. in the morning, detected a shadow near the chicken coup and this was where the liquor was kept ‘to keep it out of sight of the children.’ The mysterious form moved stealthily, entered the chicken coup, placed 34 bottles in a bag and departed. He was followed, however, and seen to plant his feet under soome camouflage. Next morning, however, a search revealed only nine bottles, while three empties were found at Enrico’s house. He was sentenced to three months at Burwash.

Expensive Drinks
Three of the young Finlanders taken in the raid on Finland Hall Wednesday evening were intoxicated. They admitted drinking liquor in a public place and each paid a fine of $200 and costs.

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“Two Youths Surrender,” Toronto Globe. March 12, 1919. Page 05.

George and Tony Barberich Act on Advice of Their Friends

REMANDED FOR A WEEK

Will Face Charge of Desertion, Also That of Attempted Murder

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Guelph, March 11. – While a great deal of excitement still prevails in New Germany and the country surrounding it because of the raid by the Dominion Police on Sunday morning, the residents are breathing a little more easily today. The chief cause of all the trouble on Sunday morning, and who managed to make a successful escape into the bush, came into the city and gave themselves up to the local police. They were very promptly locked up and will be kept under close surveillance until the charges against them have been finally disposed of.

Friends Advised Surrender.
The chief factor in their decision to surrender themselves was the arrest yesterday afternoon of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Barberich, the parents. When they were brought to the city their friends realized that the Dominion Police meant business, and, following an interview with them, it was decided to go back home, and if possible, find the fugtives and advise them that the best thing they could do would be to give themselves up to the officers of the law. There was no difficulty experienced in locating them. When they were arraigned in the Police Court they looked as though they had slept out in the bushes for some time, as their appearance was very unkempt.

Only Themselves to Blame.
George was charged with being a deserter under the Military Service Act, in that he did not report for military duty when ordered to do so. He did not appear to understand what was being said to him, but a plea of not guilty was entered, and Sergt. Wilson of the Dominion Police asked that the case be adjourned. Anthony Barberich was charged with the same offence as his brother. He also pleaded not guilty, and his case went over until to-morrow. To those who were present in the court-room it was apparent that neither one of these young men would have succeeded in passing a Medical Board even if they had reported, so that the trouble they are now in they have only themselves to blame for.

Whole Family Arraigned.
This afternoon Inspector Lane and Inspector Duncan came down from London, and the whole Barberich family were again arraigned before the Magistrate. The charge against the parents was that of harboring deserters under the Military Service Act. They were not asked to plead, but will be remanded for a week, cash bail of $5000 for each being deposited for their appearance. George and Tony were charged with being deserters, and Inspector Duncan asked that they, too, be remanded for a week, but the Magistrate ordered that they be kept in jail.

Real Deserter Surrenders.
When the Barberichs drove up to the Police Station they were accompanied by Joseph Bruder, also of New Germany. He is accused of being a real deserter. He did report for military service at London last fall, and was a member of the Western Ontario Regiment. He was given a short leave of absence on October 26, but as he did not return inside of 21 days he became a defaulter. He also gave himself up, and will be turned over to the military authorities at London, and will no doubt be brought before a court martial. An escort will come here for him to-morrow.

Charge of Attempted Murder.
In addition to the charge against the Barberichs’ for desertion. Constable Huber of Kitchener arrived in the city armed with a warrant for George and Tony on a charge of attempted murder. New Germany is in Waterloo county, and as the shooting too place in it, and is an indictable offense, this charge will have to be tried at Kitchener. However the authorities there will have to wait until the military authorities are through before the warrants can be executed.

Constable Geggin, the member of the Dominion Police who was severely wounded on Sunday, is doing well at the General Hospital.

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