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“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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“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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“Brought to Penitentiary,” Kingston Daily Standard. July 5, 1912. Page 08.

Thomas Moffat, the Gloucester township youth who was sentenced to three years in Portsmouth Penitentiary by Magistrate Smith on four charges of theft and housebreaking, was brought to the penitentiary yesterday by Sheriff G. C. Richardson.

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“Sentences Were Heavy,” Toronto Globe. June 10, 1912. Page 09.

Judge Winchester Sends Four to the Penitentiary.

Twenty-three Convicted Prisoners Sentenced at the Close of Sessions – First Offenders Shown Mercy and Given Warnings.

Some heavy offences were imposed by Judge Winchester at the closing of the Sessions yesterday, four of the twenty-three prisoners being sent for long terms to Kingston Penitentiary, and five for terms of from one to two years in the Central Prison,.The cases of Rev. G. M. Atlas and the three men concerned in the flotation of the Canadian Eatables Co. are dealt with elsewhere. Other sentences were: Four years for Alfred James Haggett and Robert W. Ewers. Haggett got a two-year sentence from Judge Denison on two charges of wounding, and a four-year sentence from Judge Winchester for housebreaking, all to run concurrently.

Ewers is not an ordinary criminal. He is an elderly man who induced a woman named Laura Payne to procure a young girl for him for an immoral purpose, and the Judge, in sending him to the penitentiary for four years, spoke sternly to him. Ewers looked quite dazed as he left the court. Laura Payne, the woman who helped him in his wicked purpose, was sent to the Mercer for two years. She wept bitterly when sentenced, especially when her counsel referred to the death of her baby, which died while she was in custody.

Gibson Shannon, the other man to go to the penitentiary, had served six years on the Toronto police force. He was found guilty of receiving some stolen jewelry, which had been lost by a visitor  to the Horse Show. He received a three-year sentence.

Two Italians, Joseph Santia and Joseph Doizino, convicted of stabbing, were each given a year in the Central, along with Henry Roberts, a sneak thief.

The other prisoners sentenced were Charles Close, a West Toronto fireman, who received six months for an attempted indecent assault on a young girl; Fred Boisden, who got six months for theft; John Healy, who got twenty days for theft, and Walter Corner, a York farm, who was fined $25 for brutally beating an Upper Canada College boy whom he caught trespassing on his grounds.

Suspended sentences were passed on Guy Brothers, a youth who committed theft; J. W. McNulty, whom Haggett induced to accompany him on a housebreaking expedition; Hosea Curtis, a farmer, who struck his sister in a fit of bad temper; Henry Cromble, who pleaded guilty to receiving in the Shannon case; Sylvester Brown, a negro, who committed perjury, and Bertha Wilson, a shoplifter.

Sentenced were deferred until September on Milton W. De Lhorbe for conspiracy in the ‘Estables’ case; Wm. Edgar Hughes, who will appeal a conviction for carnal knowledge, and J. S. Keeping, convicted for false pretences.

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“Three Years for Youth,” Toronto Globe. April 30, 1914. Page 08.

William Redsell Pleads Guilty of Housebreaking.

In the Police Court yesterday morning William Redsell was given a heavy sentence of three years in the Kingston Penitentiary. Redsell, who is only 17 years old, his two companions, Isaac Levine and Samuel Stein, both 13 years of age, were charged with housebreaking. Redsell pleaded guilty. His two companions were remanded for a week in the Shelter by the Juvenile Court Commissioner.

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“6 Years for Looting of Summer Cottages,” Toronto Globe. March 10, 1919. Page 16.

Stiff Sentences As Penalty And Also Deterrent – Boy Sent To Reformatory.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Parry Sound, March 9. – When Medi Mattey, the young French-Canadian who was charged with entering a number of houses while the owners were absent, and stealing goods of every description, even taking a gramophone at one of the houses entered, came up before Police Magistrate Moore for trial yesterday morning, the Police Court resembled a second-hand store. Mattey pleaded guilty to the charge of entering the houses of four persons. A boy, Will Rowe, was with Mattey in three of the cases, and it was through his telling on his companion that the police were able to connect Mattey with the crimes.

Mattey has been living a shiftless life for some time, and had previously been convicted of theft, then of loafing, and later of selling liquor, on which latter charge he served a term at the Burwash Prison Farm.

Mattey was sentenced to one and a half years in KIngston Penitentiary on each of the four charges, the sentences to run consecutively, so that this term in prison is six years in all, the Magistrate deeming it necessary to give looters of summer cottages and unoccupied houses a stiff term as a deterrent, as well as a punishment for the crime.

The boy Rowe was sentenced to one year on each conviction, three years less one day in all, in the Port Arthur Reformatory.

Chief Kidd of Parry Sound, and Provincial Constable Knight, also of this place, as well as the Postmaster of Boiger, who traced Rowe by means of a departmental store cataway in which the thieves were caught rogue, have won great credit for the work and the goods recovered.

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