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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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“Convict Says Police Deliberately Shot His Pal; Jury Unconvinced,” The Globe and Mail. October 8, 1938. Page 04.

Admits He Escaped Jail, but Declares He Will Tell Truth; Accidental Death Is Verdict

Blind River, Oct. 7 (Special.) – An escaped convict, who admitted he had ‘lost count’ of the number of times he had been in prison, failed to convince a Coroner’s jury here today that Provincial Constable John Brown deliberately fired at and killed Harold Olsen, one of the trio that held up and robbed a Sudbury taxi driver. The jury brought in a verdict that Olsen’s death was an accident, and that the bullet fired by the officer was deflected.

The evidence of C. Fissette, who is alleged to have taken part in the holdup, along with Olsen and a third man, was the feature of the inquest. He admitted escaping from Amos when taken there from the St. Jean de Paul Penitentiary [sic], where he was serving a ten-year term for a hold-up. Subsequent to this, he said, he was arrested on a charge of breaking and entering, and of escaping from prison at Portage la Prairie.

‘Will Tell Truth’
‘I may be an escaped convict, but I will tell the truth,’ he declared, reiterating that the police officer had deliberately fired at Olsen. He admitted taking the car, but said it was not a ‘stickup.’

‘This is not the first shooting affray with the police that you have got into?’ asked J. L. O’Flynn, counsel for Constable Brown. ‘What are those marks on your body?’

‘Those are the marks of the paddles used on me in the penitentiary,’ replied Fissette.

‘But those other marks,’ persisted counsel.

‘I don’t have to tell you about that,’ retorted Fissette.

Thomas Campbell, Sudbury taxi-driver, told of having his money and his car taken from him by Fissette and his companions and of being threatened with death if he failed to do what his passengers told him.

Constable Testifies.
Provincial Constable Brown stated that with Gordon McGregor he went to arrest Fissette and his companions following the report of the holdup. He told of warning McGregor not to shoot at any one unless he was shot at first and then only to stop the car. He stated he expected the men to be armed when he started out. On seeing the men approaching, near 10 o’clock at night, he ordered them to halt. Fissette halted but the other men ran. He fired two shots into the ground from his revolver, while McGregor fired one from the rifle into the ground. Later he fired a single shot into the bush from the rifle and three shots to call other policemen to his aid. Some time later Olsen called from the darkness that he had been shot and was found shot through the right shoulder. The officer produced a section of railway tie to show that one of the bullets fired had gone through it when he shot into the ground: McGregor corroborated the officer in every detail.

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“Prisoner Said To Be Quebec Jail-Breaker,” The Globe and Mail. October 5, 1938. Page 02.

Identified by Fingerprints; Companion, Wounded by Police Bullets, Dies

Blind River, Oct. 4 – (CP) – Captured Sunday night when police bullets mortally wounded a companion after the theft of a taxi at Sudbury, eighty miles away, a prisoner in the small jail here was identified today as Morris Fiset alias Gravelle who slugged a guard and escaped from Jail at Amos, Que., July 24.

Fiset, identified by fingerprints had refused constantly since his capture to disclose his identity. He said it was up to police to find out.

Fiset was arrested after Tommy Campbell, Sudbury cab-driver, told police at Spanish, half way between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, three men who hired him to drive them to Whitefish stole his car.

A man who said his was name was Harold Olsen, an escaped convict from Washington D.c., died today in hospital from a bullet wound suffered in a chase after the men deserted the taxi in a ditch near Serpent River bridge. A third man escaped and police are scouring the district for him.

Object of Wide Search.
Fiset was the object of a wide police search since his escape from Amos jail, where had he had been transferred, police said, from St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary, near Montreal. He had been taken to Amos to stand trial.

Police claim also he was wanted in Manitoba.

Tommy Campbell, the cab driver, told police the men hired him Sunday afternoon at Sudbury. When they reached Whitefish, he said, he felt a gun in his back and he was commanded tersely to ‘move over, we are taking your car.’ Campbell said the men warned him to be careful because ‘we are escaped convicts from the United States.’

Campbell escaped from the car at Spanish and the men continued but the car piled into a ditch a few miles away and they fled on foot. Police, however, already were on their trail and they were sighted near the Serpent River Bridge. Four shots were fired by police and one of the bullets struck Olsen.

Guard Slugged.
Amos, Que., Oct. 4 (CP). – Maurice Fisette, believed to be held by police at Blind River, Ont., after a companion had been killed by police bullets, has been a fugitive from Quebec officers since he strong-armed his way out of jail here July 24.

Serving a 10-year term in St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary for holdup, he had been brought here from the Montreal prison for trial on theft charges. Convicted, he was sentenced to three years, to run concurrently with his previous term.

While awaiting in the town jail for his return to Montreal, Fisette broke out of his cell and scaled the prison wall to freedom. On the way out, he overpowered a guard who tried to stop him.

Some weeks later, he was taken at Portage La Prairie, Man. But just as a pair of provincial detectives were setting out from here to bring him back, word came from the West that he had broken jail again.

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“Identify Prisoner As One Who Beat Way Out At Amos,” Ottawa Citizen. October 4, 1938. Page 23.

Canadian Press

BLIND RIVER, Ont.,  Oct. 4 – Captured Sunday night when police bullets mortally wounded a companion after the theft of a taxi at Sudbury, 80 miles away, a prisoner in jail here was identified today as Morris Fisette alias Gravelle who slugged a guard and escaped from Jail at Amos, Que., July 24.

Fisette, identified by fingerprints had refused constantly since his capture to disclose his identity. He said it was up to police to find out.

Fisette was arrested after Tommy Campbell, Sudbury cab driver, told police at Spanish, half way between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, three men who hired him to drive them to Whitefish, stole his cab.

A man who said his was name was Harold Olsen, an escaped convict from Washington D.c., died today in hospital from a bullet wound suffered in a chase after the men deserted the taxi in a ditch near Serpent River bridge. A third man escaped and police are scouring the district for him.

SLUGGED WAY OUT
AMOS, Que., Oct. 4 – Maurice Fisette, held by police at Blind River, Ont., after a companion had been killed by police bullets, has been a fugitive from Quebec officers since he strong-armed his way out of jail here July 24.

Serving a 10-year term in St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary for holdup, he had been brought here from the Montreal prison for trial on theft charges. Convicted, he was sentenced to three years, to run concurrently with his previous term.

While awaiting in the town jail for his return to Montreal, Fisette broke out of his cell and scaled the prison wall to freedom. On the way out, he overpowered a guard who tried to stop him.

Some weeks later, he was taken at Portage La Prairie, Man. But just as a pair of provincial detectives were setting out from here to bring him back, word came from the West that he had broken jail again. 

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Department of Justice
Federal Prison Camp, Tuscon, Ariz.

$50.00 — REWARD — $50.00

CALVIN HOMES – Reg. No. 1959-TA – FBI Number – Unknown

Escaped from Federal Prison Camp, Tuscon, Arizona, on September 18, 1939, at approximately 9:00 p.m. in company with Stockton Darneille, Reg. No. 2149-TA.

ESCAPE WAS MADE IN GREEN CHEVROLET SEDAN, 1937 MODEL, LICENSE No. B-7411.

(Calvin Johnson Holmes – only known alias)

Sex: Male
Age: 46
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Turning Grey (Receding Forehead)
Color: White
Complexion: Light
Height: 69″
Weight: 178
Build: Stocky
Mustache: None
Nationality: American
Occupation: Salesman

Scars and Marks: None noticeable.

Residence: Terre Haute, Indiana.

Relatives or Friends:
Sister: Mrs. Art Taugaw, R. R. #3, Box 373, Terre Haute Indiana.
Brother: Mr. Kirk Holmes, (Last Known address) 601 Mary St., Evansville, Indiana.

At the time of escape he was wearing blue and white checked denim trousers, white shirt, black oxfords.

Received at Federal Prison Camp, Tuscon, Arizona, on August 4, 1938, on transfer from Federal Correctional Institution, La Tuna, Texas.

Crime: Armed Robbery, Post Office.
Sentence: 25 years.

Reward of $50.00 (Subject to the conditions of Bureau of Prisons Circular No. 2689, amended March 1, 1937).

If apprehended please notify any of the following: Superintendent of the Camp; Director, Bureau of Prisons, Washington, D.C., U.S. Marshal nearest to place of apprehension; or F.B.I., El Paso, Texas, by wire, collect.

C. T. GLADDEN
SUPERINTENDENT

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“3 Insane Convicts Free; 5 Make Escape From City Jail; 2 Recaptured / Insane Prisoners Break Jail at Bordeaux.” Montreal Gazette, September 17, 1938. Second edition. Top image is page 15.  Next two are pages 1 & 9.

“Fugitives Overpower Guards – Are Believed Armed. / Police Cordon Drawn. / All Available Forces Join Search for Desperate Men in Woods.

Three dangerously insane convicts, all believed armed, were fugitives from a widespread police net last night after escaping from Montreal Jail at Bordeaux shortly after two o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Two others who were also confined to the jail asylum, escaped at the same time, but were captured shortly afterwards.

A jail guard’s car, which the convicts seized at the gun point outside the prison’s main gate, was found abandoned last night in the north end of the city.  Provincial, Montreal and Royal Canadian Mounted Police threw a strong cordon about the island as soon as the break became known, but it was believed possible that one or more of the men had slipped through before the guards were posted.

The men were believed to have two revolvers and a rifle among them, and all were described by prison officers as ‘desperate men who would stop at nothing to retain their freedom.’

Police search squads were armed with machine guns and tear gas equipment.

The five, all declared by Dr. Daniel Plouffe, superintendent of the prison hospital, to be insane, were:

JULES LEGACE, 32, 10 years for burglary and holdup;

JOHN O’MALLEY, 25, life for assault on penitentiary guard;

JOSEPH GAUCHEN, 23, five years for assault on penitentiary guard;

DIEUDONNE COALLIER, 25, 10 years for burglary;

LEO TREMBLAY, 25, sentence unascertained.

The first four were Montrealers, while Tremblay was brought here from Quebec CIty.

O’Malley and Coallier were captured within a few hours of the break.”

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“C’est là
que se sont réfugiés les fous criminels! / Du Nouveau Dans L’Affaire Des Fous Criminels,” Le Petit Journal. September 18, 1938. Pages 1 & 2.

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Cinq Fous Criminels S’Évadent

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Bordeaux – Des Gardes Blessés.” La Patrie, Edition Quotidienne. September 17, 1938. Page 1 & Page 21.

“L’évasion la plus sensationnelle encore vue dans notre province s’est produite vendredi après-midi,

à 2 heures 30,

à la prison de Bordeaux alors que cinq détenus de la section des aliénés criminels ont pris la fuite.

Trois gardes de la prison ont été assommés par les évadés qui leur ont enlevé leur armes et quie so sont ensuite fait ouvrir la grande barrière de la prison en dirigeant une fusillade nourrie dans la direction  des gardiens qui avaient mission de les empêcher de passer.”

     

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“Maurice Fisette de nouveau en liberté,” La Patrie. September 13, 1938. Night edition. Page 05.

“Capturé hier matin par la police de Portage-la-Prairie, au Manitoba, après évadé de la prison d’Amos le 24 juillet dernier, Maurice Fisette, alias Trudeau, alias Gravel, 24 ans, est de nouveau en liberté.

Hier soir il a pu fuir de la prison de Portage-la-Prairie après avoir assommé son gardien à l’aide d’une de ses bottes.  Il enleva les clefs à sa victime et sortit de la prison en escaladant le mur de la cour.

Fisette devait être ramené à Montréal par la police provinciale pour purger une sentence de dix ans au bagne de Saint-Vincent de Paul.

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“Escaped Prisoner Held In Manitoba,” Montreal Gazette. September 13, 1938. Page 13.

“Maurice Fisette, St. Vincent de Paul Convict, Caught at Portage la Prairie

Sought throughout the country since July 24, when he escaped from jail at Amos, Que., after overpowering a guard, Maurice Fisette, alias Gaston Gravel, 24-year-old Montreal convict, was captured yesterday at Portage la Prairie, according to word received last night by Coll. J. Redmond Roche, Montreal superintendent, Quebec Provincial Police.

The fugitive, sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment in St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary on March 12, was taken to the Amos jail to face other charges of theft early in July.  He had been convicted on the Amos charges and had been sentenced to a three-year-term to run concurrently with the Montreal sentence, when he escaped on eve of the scheduled return to St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary.

Well known to Montreal police authorities, Fisette had been arrested many times in this district under the name of Gaston Gravel. In 1932, he was sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment on charges of theft and receiving stolen automobiles.  Previous to 1933 he had been arrested eight times, mostly on charges of automobile theft.

Registered in police files here as a native of St. Lambert, Fisette was waiting to be escorted back to Montreal on the night of the 24th, when he made his break from the Amos jail.”

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“Escapes From Jail Narrowly Averted,” Sudbury Star. August 14, 1918. Page 08.

An attempted escape by at least three prisoners from Sudbury jail was narrowly averted Sunday, when gaoler O’Neill, suspecting that something was wrong, shifted the inmates around and conducted an investigation. It was found taht three inmates had succeeded in sawing the bars of their cells, which had been carefully set back in position ready to lift out as soon as the opportune moment present itself for a get-away. The three prisoners implicated are Fred Whissel being held for the murder of Dominion Constable McLeod at Espanola, while resisting arrest under the Military Service Act, Lorne Beck, awaiting removal to Kingston Penitentiary as an incorrigble, having escaped twice from Burwash Industrial Farm, and Jos. Dalton, admitted only last Thursday afternoon, one of the trio rounded up by the Provincial Police near St. Charles and one of the five who escaped during the past month from Parry Sound gaol.

It was the feigned coughing of Dalton at every appearance of gaoler O’Neill during Sunday afternoon that aroused the official’s suspicions. This was afterwards learned to be the signal to the other prisoners to cease sawing the bars of their cells. Sunday evening the inmates in the north corridor were transferred to the south corridor and vice versa, and an inspection of the south side corridor located a small hack saw blade hidden in the door jam of one of the cells. The saw blade was brought into the jail by Whissel it is said at the time was committed, having been concealed in the lapel of his mackinaw coat.

That all three men are of the desperate type may be assumed from their admissions on Monday morning that even after they had been foiled in their attempted ecape by being transferred to new cells Sunday evening, the three had conspired to make a break for liberty by a concentrated attack on the turnkey when they were admitted to the corridor Monday morning, and were to use the loose bars from their previous cells as their weapons, secure the keys, and clear out.

The keys of the Parry Sound gaol were found on young Dalton on his arrest last Thursday, he with four others having made a clean get-away from the district jail to the south in a similar manner to that attempted here Sunday.                                 

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“Parry Sound Jailbreakers Rounded Up,” Sudbury Star. August 10, 1918. Page 01 & 05.

Series of Robberies in District Cleared Up by Arrests

Following sensational robberies at Coniston, Warren, and St. Charles during the past week, the provincial police Thursday afternoon rounded up three young men on the west arm of Lake Nipissing. Two other young men, part of a gang of five who broke jail in Parry Sound last week, eluded the officers and are still at large. There were discomforting reports that the Warren and St. Charles robberies were committed by defaulters and deserters under the Military Service Act, for the purpose of securing supplies of clothing, food, arms, and ammunition, but the police say there is no connection in the affair.

Breaking jail in Parry Sound last week, the five young men beat their way up the Canadian Northern to Conistion junction. During last Thursday the Harris Abattoir’s store at Coniston was robbed of a considerable quantity of bacon. The band set out and walked to Warren where they arrived on Saturday afternoon. Some quantity of the stolen bacon was traded to settlers en route for other food. During Saturday night Roys’ hardware store at Warren was robbed of several rifles and some ammunition. It was a hurry-up job.

Sunday night the store of Joseph Desgrossliers at St. Charles was systematically robbed, the whole gang leisurely helped themselves to complete new outfits of clothing all around and large quantities of food. From St. Charles the gang was traced to the Dalton homestead east of St. Charles where a considerable quantity of the booty stolen at St. Charles was recovered.

A RUNNING FIGHT
Good work was done by provincial constable Fred Lefebvre and town constable Sequin of Warren in running down the gang. They received valuable assistance from several French-Canadian settlers, who actively participated in the capture. The gang was tracked down to the west arm of Lake Nipissing, and when the officers were cruising the shores in search of their camp they came across three of the gang out in a canoe fishing. There was a dash for shore, in which a number of shots were exchanged, but the officers intercepted their landing. Two of the gang offered no further resistance, but the third made matters very menacing for a while. The remaining two members of the gang on the mainland withdrew to the bush, while the third member of the gang in the canoe was finally wrested of his weapon. The three taken into custody were a young fellow by the name of Dalton, aged 28, whose home is in that section, Joe Fahant, an American citizen, and Ovila Martin, a French-Canadian. Of the two who escaped one of them is another Dalton. The two brothers are the alleged ringleader of the gang, and it was young Dalton in the canoe who have the officers a real argument. All three young men are now in Sudbury jail. In this morning’s police court they were remanded until Tuesday.

COUNTRYSIDE EXCITED.
The episode set the whole countryside astir in the Warren and St. Charles section. What with rumors of lawlessness on the part of alleged deserters and defaulters the district had a bad attack of nerves. Officers found it very diffuclt to secure conveyances to go into the district. Both at St. Charles and at Warren the three desperadoes and the officers were the centre of attraction of the entire population.

HAD KEYS OF JAIL.
The three men taken into custody take their position lightly. The Dalton boy was especially braggard. The escape from Parry Sound jail may be explained by the recovery from the Dalton boy of the keys of Parry Sound jail.

NOT IN HOLD-UP.
It was suspected that the gang may have been responsible for the sensational hold-up on the Canadian Northern on Wednesday afternoon. There is no connection in the two affairs.

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“Police Are Jokes For Escaped Men,” Toronto Star. August 5, 1910. Page 03.

The Two Who Got Away From London Jail Play High Jinks in Ingersoll.

THEY SPEAK TO CITIZENS

Even Shake Hands With Them, But Still Elude the County Constables.

Special to The Star
Ingersoll, Aug. 5. – Jack Roberts and his chum, Steadman, who made a daring escape from the London jail Thursday afternoon last, are still at large and undoubtedly in this town and community, baffling the best efforts of the local police force, assisted by High Constable Hughes, of Middlesex, and Deputy Sheriff Watterworth, of London.

Roberts, from his knowledge of the town and community, acquired in his early boyhood days, is engineering the chase with all the skill of an experienced checker player. He has a thorough knowledge of the layout of the ground on which he is playing the game, and he cleverly checkmates every move of his pursuers. His friends in Ingersoll, who are undoubtedly assisting him in foiling the efforts of the police. Not only has he shaken hands with a number of citizens of this town, not only has openly appeared on the main streets, but he has been within a stones throw of the officers in pursuit of him, and yet he eludes them of every turn.

Stole Jar of Fruit.
Yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock Roberts entered a house in the southeast portion of the town and stole a jar of fruit. Chief Chilton was notified, and with Deputy Sheriff Watterworth, Constables Hughes and Cook, started after him. Roberts must have known of their movements, as he evaded them and hid in the Baptist church sheds, and remarked to a citizen as the officers passed by: ‘There go the four guys looking for me.’

At 7 p.m. he was seen near the C.P.R. station, and at 9 o’clock he was seen on the north side of the town, talking to a citizen. Nothing more has been heard or seen of Roberts and his chum, so far as the police are informed, though they are constantly on the lookout for any sign of the fleeing prisoners. It is stated both men are armed and will offer resistance if cornered.

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“Le Bandit Mysterieux S’Echappe De La Prison D’Amos,” La Gazette du Nord. July 29, 1938. Page 01.

“Maurice Fiset, surnommé le bandit mystérieux qui semait la terreur à Val D’Or et à Malarctic et tenait la police provinciale sur les épines depuis plusieurs semaines, a a réussi à s’échapper, dimanche soir, le 24 juillet, de la prison d’Amos

 il attendait son transport au pénitencier de St-Vincent de Paul pour purger concurrement pendant 10 ans une échelle de 26 années de condamnations à lui imposées par M. le Magistrat Armand Boily, pour une série de vols à main armée.

Alors que ver les 9 heures du soir tous les prisonniers se disposaient à regagner leur lit, Fisset profita de ce moment pour s’enfuir dans la cour de la prison, débarrer à l’aide d’une broche le cadenas de la porte de service et prendre la clé des champs.  Le géôlier d’Amos se mit à sa poursuite, mais Fiset, un colosse de près de 6 pieds le terrassa et disparut avant que les gardes mobilisées par le 

géôlier ne pussent le rejoindre.

Sur les ordres du Colonel Piuze, Chef de la Sûreté Provinciale, la chasse au fugitif est organisée, tous les trains sont surveillés étroitement pendant que des battues générales fouillent tous les taillis et les forêts du voisinage.

Une foule de rapports contradictoires annoncent la présence du fugitif à toutes les sections du C.N.R., les uns le voient à Doucet, d’autres à Parent et on découvre un moment donné que Fiset, un beau gaillard de 5 pieds 11 pouces, aussi chic qu’Arsène Lupin et qui a plutôt l’air d’une honnête homme que d’un bandit, est toujours au large.

Les recherches se poursuivent.”  

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“Probe Ordered of Amos Escape,” Montreal Star. July 26, 1938. Page 03.

“Maurice Fisette Still At Large After Overpowering Prison Guard

Lt.-Col. Piuze, commissioner of the provincial police today ordered an investigation into the escape of a 24-year convict from the jail at Amos, Que., last night.  The fugitive, Maurice Fisette, alias Gaston Gravel, was still at large early this afternoon while armed posses were spreading out through the entire district around Amos.

Provincial police headquarters had no definite knowledge today as to how the escape was effected but it is believed that Fisette overpowered one of his guards and fled from his cell before help arrived.

Well-Known Here
Fisette was taken to Amos last week from St. Vincent de Paul where he was serving a 10-year sentence for uttering forged cheques, to face charges of theft.  He had been tried and sentenced on the charges and was awaiting transfer back to the penitentiary when he made the break.  Jailer Caouette, it is believed, saw the prisoner getting out of the cell door and went to stop him but was overpowered.

Fisette was well known to Montreal police was arrested here under the name of Gaston Gravel.  He is a native of St. Lambert and according to police description is 5 feet, 10 ½ inches tall, weighing 155 pounds.  He had dark hair and a fair complexion.”

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