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“Thieves Busy Over Holiday,” Hamilton Spectator. July 21, 1919. Page 14.

Stolen Large Quantity of Goods From Store

Forced Rear Door and Tied Up Dog On Guard

Thieves did a considerable business over the holiday and last night. One store was looted, and a large amount of goods taken, another house was broken into, and some articles also stolen out of a boat-house. In addition, two automobiles were stolen and several minor thefts reported to the police. 

A grocery store conducted by L. J. Pringle, 14 Duke street, at 1425 Barton street east, was broken into and a large quantity of groceries and meats stolen. In addition, 200 packages of players and 15 packages of Gold Crest cigarets were taken; also of Bull Durham tobacco. The goods taken are roughly valued at $200. The police are of the opinion that the thieves carted the stolen goods away in an automobile. A dog which was in the store at the time was found tied up. When the thieves entered, by forcing a rear door, they three cayenne pepper in its eyes.

James Kelly, 192 Kensington avenue north, reported to the police that thieves jhad entered his boathouse off Ottawa street, some time last night. They stole two camp chairs, an axe, water pail, cushions and a clock; also a lamp, all the dishes in the place, and some rubber coats and hats. The thieves effected an entrance by chopping in a door with an axe. Last Sunday the same boat-house was broken into and a quantity of goods stolen. The police are investigating.

The home of Lupu Goldenthal, 151 Cannon street west, was broken into last night, and cash amounting to $265 stolen. Mr. Goldenthal and his wife were at Wabasso park when the house was entered. The ground floor was ransaked by the thieves, but only the money is missing. The thieves got into the house by removing a front window. The police expect to arrest certain suspects in this case.

Miss Janet McCullough, 140 Ottawa street north, reported to the police that someone had stolen a gum box from in front of her home. Boys are suspected.

A suit of clothes, valued at $50, the property of Fred Popoff, 131 Park street north, was stolen from his houses some time last night. The police have arrested a man whom they claim stole the suit and was trying to sell same.

Konstanten Mochlock, a returned soldier, 403 Sherman avenue north, reported to the police that his pockets were picked or he list a purse containing three twenty dollar bills, his restaurant license and army discharge papers. He is of the opinion that he lost the purse in Dundurn park.

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“Express Men Are Accused Of Theft,” Hamilton Spectator. July 21, 1919. Page 18.

Trio Remanded Until Tomorrow For Hearing

Alien Heavily Fined For Carrying Knife

Only One Crock Owner Roped in Since Saturday

In police court to-day, James Shuler, a husky brave from Hagersville, faced a charge of assaulting Mrs. George Oram, as she was waiting for a car in the Terminal station. James denied having assaulted anyone.

‘Are you an Indian?’ the magistrate asked.

‘Oh, I guess I’m a mongrel,’ replied Shuler with a grin.

‘Well, you are fine $10. You’ve got to learn that women must not be molested,’ the court pronounced.

Charles Burton, Sylvester Riddell and John Kivelle, three trainmen, were accused of stealing from the Canadian Express Company. The case was remanded for one day. All three young men come from Allandale.

On the request of his attorney, Alec. McFarlane, Thomas Finnigan, 100 Napier Street, was remanded for one week. He was charged by John Hodges with false pretences and by James Clancey with theft. Mr. McFarlane explained that the charges were not of a serious character and related to some differences between partners which he thought could be settled within a week’s time. Finnigan was allowed to go on his own recognizance.

Martin Phillips, who was arrested in New York several days ago on a charge of stealing money order blanks from the Dominion Express company, was granted one day’s remand by the magistrate. Phillips pleaded for time to consult a lawyer.

P. C. Roughead noticed Andrew Walaskan, 127 Cannon Street east, walking down the street and acting in a most suspicious manner. A search of Walashan’s person revealed a small bottle of alcohol and the shattered fragments of the O.T.A. tinkled on the sidewalk about him. Andrew admitted the breach. 

‘Fined $200,’ the magistrate decreed.

When Van Cabarich, 922 Burlington street east, was searched, the police found a long, keen, steel knife in his belt. Cabarick admitted carrying the weapon.

‘One hundred dollars or three months in jail,’ the magistrate promptly declared.

When P.C. Myers was wandering up Maple avenue he saw a group of boys standing in a circle.

‘They were going through the motions of shooting crap,’ he explained.

Three of the group, Fergus Fitzgerald, 166 Florence street; Gordon Weaver, 66 Locke street, and Frank Sheehan, 67 Inchbury street, swore that there had been no gambling going on, and the magistrate dismissed the case.

Juan Powzzy, an olive-skinned native of Mexico, was arrested by Detective Shirley yesterday on suspicion of vagrancy. He gave Toronto as his address and was remanded for one day to enable the police to investigate his past life.

Louis Louin, 95 Birmingham street, was drunk early this morning. He was assessed $20.

‘Were’s you drunk yesterday?’ the court asked George Blaicher, Mount Hamilton.

‘Yesterday?’ George faltered. ‘Why, I was sick.’

But the court didn’t believe it, and charged Blaicher $20.

S. B. Fuller, 170 Stanley avenue, allowed his car to be parked on the cab stand and was fined $2.

‘There’s nine cars parked on the cab stand now,’ remarked Fuller as he left the court.

H. E. Smye, 164 Duke street, succeeded in driving his motor-car 28 miles an hour on Main street east yesterday afternoon. He paid $10 for the little prank.

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“Stiff Sentence For Foreigner,” Hamilton Spectator. July 10, 1918. Page 07.

Ponzani Must Serve Ten Years in Kingston

Slashed Fellow-Countryman With a Razor

Wyrtz and Collins Drew Six Months Each

Ten years in Kingston Penitentiary was the punishment given to Anthony Ponzani who appeared to answer a charge of assault on the person of Rocco Celeste before his honor Judge Gauld in the county criminal court yesterday afternoon. Tonnizaini Scacchi, who had been apprehended on a similar charge, was allowed to go free, as the evidence did not warrant a conviction.

The crown’s case having been presented in the morning. M. J. O’Reilly, K. C., in the afternoon pleaded self-defence on behalf of the prisoners. When Scacchi was in the box he told the court that the plaintiff and another foreigner had threatened him after he had refused to go and drink with them. He maintained that the complainant was somewhat under the influence of liquor. Shortly after this the prisoner stated that he was forced into a fight by Celeste. At this point Ponzani arrived on the scene. Seeing this, the plaintiff, it was claimed, started to throw stones at the two prisoners. Then Ponzani started to carve up the complainant in self-defense.

Ponzani swore that Celeste started all the rumpus by knocking him down and otherwise ill-treating him in one of the stores located in the foreign section. A short time later he again came across his alleged assailant. he claimed that he was greeted with the words ‘Are you here again.’ That another onslaught of the previous kind was threatened was his defense for immediately drawing his razor and slashing the plaintiff. When he was asked how it was that he was carrying a razor he told the court that he had used it in the morning and had not bothered to put it away.

In passing sentence, Judge Gauld admitted that the plaintiff should not have struck the prisoner in the first place. However, fifteen minutes had elapsed and that did away with any possibility of defense on the ground of provocation. ‘The fact that he had a razor showed his desire to use it,’ continued his honor. ‘The explanation that he put it into his pocket is not satisfactory. It is fortunate for Ponzani that the plaintiff was not killed. The charge would then probably have been murder. According to this code this man is liable to imprisonment for life. Death would have been result had the wound been a little deeper. It is necessary for the protection of citizens that such a man should not be at large. I sentence him to ten years in Kingston penitentiary.’

When sentence was passed, the prisoner’s friends came up to him one by one and kissed him good-bye.

Steve Wyrtz and Dannie Collins got six months apiece at the prison-farm for breaking into the premises of Hugo Mueller, 183 Charlton avenue east, and stealing a quantity of cloth. Collins had already begun to serve a six months’ term for breach of the O.T.A. and his sentence will run concurrently with the other one.

Police Constables Chamberlain and Snellen said that they found the two men walking down one of the local streets with the cloth.

The explanation offered by the prisoners was that they had found the cloth outside Mr. Mueller’s shop and that they were going to take it back to him. Both of the accused stated that they were under the influence of liquor at the time.

His honor before passing judgement said that it would be wise to have men addicted to the habit of house-breaking out of the way, when so many people were away from their homes in the summer.

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“Three Years in Kingston For Daniel Gerome,” Hamilton Spectator. July 9, 1918. Page 01.

Man Who Wielded Knife Must Also Pay $500 

Another Foreign Stabbing Affray Aired In Court

Bicycle Thief Given Term in Local Jail

Three years in Kingston penitentiary and a fine of five hundred dollars was the sentence handed out by Judge Gauld to-day to Daniel Gerome, who stabbed M. Gaspar. Two hundred dollars of the fine will go to the injured man.

IN passing sentence his honor pointed out the seriousness of the offence, and also observed that the depletions of the police force by the M.S.A. might tend to cause individuals to take the law more in their own hands.

If the fine is not paid two more years will be tacked on to the sentence.

R. J. McKenna was the prisoner’s solicitor.

Anthony Ponsoni and Umbuti Scaccki were charged with assaulting Roceo Celesto.

Colesto claimed one of the prisoners met him in a store on Sherman avenue and challenged him to a fight.

The man stood with clenched hands in his pockets, and then Celesto decided to get in the first wallop. When the trio got outside the two men, he alleged, attacked him. One of them three a stone, which knocked him down, and the other jumped on him and slashed him with a razer. Celesto showed the court various wounds about the head and neck, alleged to have been inflicted in this manner.

Miss Annie Otto, a nurse at the city hospital, who attended Celesto, testified that if the cuts about the head had been a little deeper the patient might have died.

The case was adjourned until this afternoon at 2 o’clock.

M. J. O’Reilly, K.C., is acting for the prisoners.

Although Harry Case pleaded not guilty to the charge of stealing a bicycle from Charles Lovett on June 14, and insisted he bought the wheel for $8, his horror sentenced him to three months in jail. Constable McLean laid the charge. C. W. Bell represented the prisoner.

T. A. Cutss, a mechanic in the Royal Air Force, who was accused of stealing a car, was allowed to go suspended setence. Pte. William Smith, who was arrested along with him on the same charge, was again remanded for sentence. Smith, it appears, was the instigator of the act. He asked Cutts to go for a ride with him, it was stated.

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“Another Boy For ‘Pen’,” Kingston Daily Standard. July 8, 1912. Page 08.

George Peace, Sixteen Years Old, Arrives from Hamilton.

Another 16-year-old boy has arrived to go behind the walls at Portsmouth Penitentiary. He is George Pearce, of Hamilton, Ont., sentenced to two and one-half years for theft. He is a young looking fellow.

He will not be allowed to associate with the other men more than is possible. This makes several boys of minimum age in the ‘Pen.’

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“Negro Barred From Dance Hall In Hamilton’s Dundurn Park,” Toronto Star. July 7, 1948. Page 01.

Hamilton, July 7 – (CP) – Parks board officials today denied responsibility for an incident in which a local Negro war veteran was denied admission to the dance pavilion at Dundurn park.

‘It is up to them; they will have to deal with the question,’ Thomas M. Wright, vice-chairman of the parks board, said today. He referred to the contract which Morgan Thomas, orchestra leader, has with the parks board for the operation of the dance in the pavilion.

Asked today if there would be any change in the policy:

‘There can’t be any change. The only change there can be is that we don’t run any more.’

The practice in all dance halls, he said, was to ‘keep them out.’  and added: ‘If I let one in, I’d have to let two in, and then more, and the crowd would fall off.’

Mr. Thomas said: ‘Last year they [the parks board] said I should’t refuse admission.’ He added that he explained the situation, and ‘they saw the point.’

Morgan Thomas’ brother, ‘Bud’ Thomas, was on the door when the incident occurred. He said the admission had been refused, and accepted, by the Negro applicant, but the latter returned with a girl who objected.

‘Bud’ Thomas said there was a sign on the booth, over the name of the parks board: ‘We have the right to refuse admission to anyone without question.’

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“Three Years in Prison,” Toronto Globe. June 4, 1914. Page 02.

“Wilfrid Cameron, eighteen years of age, was this morning sentenced by Police Magistrate Jelfe to three years in Kingston Penitentiary. With Thomas O’Rourke, who was allowed to go, he had been found guilty of breaking into the pavillion at Dundurn Park and stealing some tobacco. He had been before the court before.”

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