Posts Tagged ‘hard labor’

“Youths Given Hard Labor,” The Globe and Mail. October 27, 1938. Page 03.

Barrie, Oct. 26 (Special). – Magistrate Compton Jeffs today sentenced three youthful burglars who entered Reeves jewelry store here at an early hour on October 14, stealing more than $2,000 worth of watches, rings and cigaret holders. The loot was recovered two days later in a house at 26 Beatty Avenue, Toronto, through the efforts of Toronto police detectives and local police.

His Worship meted out terms of twelves months definite plus twelve indeterminate, at hard labor, in the Ontario reformatory, to each of the three youths.

Mike Kornick, aged 18, no address, and Alex. Young, aged 18, no address, pleaded guilty a week ago to breaking and entering. Walter Andrews, aged 22, residing on Beatty Avenue, Toronto, where the loot was recovered by Toronto detectives, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen goods.

Magistrate Jeffs treated each alike in passing sentence. Charges of receiving had been withdrawn against two others.

‘I am influenced to this extent,’ he said. ‘When you consider the deliberate and extensive looting, my first idea was that it was a case for Portsmouth Penitentiary, but in view of what has been said as to your youth, and in hope that leniency may have some influence on you, I have decided that your sentence will be served in Ontario reformatory.’

Crown Attorney F. A. Hammond, K.C. pointed out that Young had a record dating back to 1935, and that both he and Kornick had used aliases

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“Two Years’ Hard Labor,” Toronto Globe. May 2, 1918. Page 15.

Sentence on Pte. Snider for Deserting From Draft Warned.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Brantford, May 1. – The C.O.R. [Central Ontario Regiment] Depot was lined up, while the Adjutant read the sentence of a court-martial, confirmed by the General Officer Commanding this district, on Pte. C. C. Snider, a member of the local depot, who deserted from a draft which was warned for overseas. The draft left, and Snider was nowhere to be found. He was sentenced to two years’ hard labor in the penitentiary. The prisoner was not a Brantford man, but was called up from an outside place, and reported here at the local depot.

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From Janet Semple, Bentham’s Prison: A Study of the Panopticon Penitentiary. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993. pp. 152-159.

“…a mill for grinding rogue’s honest.” Bentham’s ideas on the criminal mind, the reforming influence of work in prison, and fantasies of never-ending labour. Semple is also an anti-Foucauldian I guess?

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“Five-Year Sentence for Incendiarism,” Toronto Globe. February 4, 1919. Page 05.

Woodstock Youth is Given Chance To His Trouble Cured.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Woodstock, Feb. 3. – Leslie West, who, according to his own confession, fired the barn on the farm rented by his father, Thomas West, on the morning of January 1 last, was this morning sentenced to Kingston Penitentiary for five years with hard labor. Magistrate Ball explained to the unfortunate boy that while the term was for five years, it would depend on himself as to whether he should have to spend that length of time in confinement. The minimum penalty for arson was two years, he said, but he explained that the sentence of imprisonment was imposed more as a curative measure for the boy’s trouble. It seems, according to the doctor’s examination, that the boy was not really responsible for his actions at the time the deed was done. West claimed he started the fire in the barn with the intention of extinguishing the blaze before it secured much headway, thereby bringing himself into prominence. However, the blaze got beyond his control, and the barn, with the contents, was totally destroyed.

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“Union Man Gets 3-Month Term – Toronto Organizer Sentenced at Guelph for Intimidation,” Toronto Telegram. June 29, 1934. Page 04.

“Guelph, June 29 (Special) – Max Federman, Toronto union organizer, was sentenced here to-day to three months at hard labor in the county jail for intimidation.

Federman, organizer of the Fur Workers’ ‘International’ Union, was charged in connection with visits paid to the plant of the Popular Cloak Co. here, a subsidiary of the Superior Cloak Co. of Toronto.

The manager of the plant told of Federman coming into the factory and telling Many Guziker, head of the fur department, that he must quit, and that the union was ‘not going to allow any fur shop in Guelph.’

‘We’ll have to put one of you in the hospital so others won’t come here,’ he was alleged to have said to Guziker.

The manager said he asked Federman if he was ‘trying to racketeer.’ Replying to a question by Federman’s counsel, he declared his shop was non-union and didn’t want any union men. He told the court that he had been attacked in Toronto on July 1 last year.

The threat was alleged to have been made on Federman’s first visit to the plant on June 12, but nothing was done until he returned to Guelph on June 26. On that day, Guziker said, Federman accosted him on the street and advised him again to quit his job and come back to Toronto. He had never been a member of the Fur Worker’s Union, but had been in business for himself, Guziker said.

‘Union officials have no business to come to Guelph to intimidate anyone,’ Crown Attorney Kearns declared.

‘It is not the words which made a threat, but the understanding which results,’ Magistrate Watt stated. ‘If union officials use threat to try to dictate to concerns it is going too far.’

‘I’m afraid they may beat me up,’ Guziker told Crown Attorney Kearns.

Constables Blingworth and Smith told of visiting the plant last Tuesday and seeing seven Toronto men hanging around. Federman refused to answer questions until threatened with arrest on a vagrancy charge, after which he said they were going to declare a strike in the local plant on Wednesdy morning.” 

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