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“Garson Farmer Faces Charge Of Harboring,” Sudbury Star. August 21, 1918. Page 03.

Dominion Police State Edward Martell Is Hiding Cousin.

The first charge of harboring a deserter to be laid by the Dominion Police at Sudbury was read in Monday morning’s police court, against Edward Martell, Garson township. He is charged with harboring John Martell, his cousin, a deserter from the C.E.F. The case was adjourned until Saturday morning next. It is understood that the court is prepared to take a lenient view of the case providing that in the meantime Pte. Martell, the deserter, is delivered to the military. B. Boutet appeared for accused Monday morning and entered a plea of not guilty.

While this is the first charge of harboring to be instituted by the Dominion Police, there have been many instances where prosecution could have been started for harboring, aiding and abetting. Flagrant cases have been known to the police, in which the mothers of the offenders have played important parts and it was mainly for this reason that no action was taken.

More shooting is reported from Garson township in addition to that which took place and is daily taking place in Blezard township. The Dominion police last Thursday went out to the Edward Martell farm in Garson township and while making enquiries at the farm house were shot at by some one, presumably John Martell, the deserter, who was concealed in the barn. He later made good his escape to the bush and is still at large.

The Ontario Temperance Act is no respecter of persons. It may happen that Luigi Augustini, hard working man and the father of five young children, one of whom is very sick, may have to go to jail for three months. There is, however, another side to the story, that of Chief Brown, of the municipal police.

The hardship plea failed to move the court Monday morning when Augustini was fined $300 and costs. A few days ago one Koski, up on a drunk charge, disclosed the source of his supply, a case being later found buried beside the Augustini residence. The plea that some one else had buried the case beside the house was also put forth, the possibilities of which were dwelt upon eloquently and at some length by Mr. J. A. Mulligan, counsel for accused. Magistrate Brodie also turned a deaf ear to this plea.

But all’s well that ends well, and there is a chance now that kind friends will come to the rescue of the poor, hard-working Augustini and pay his fine, the authorities having agreed to a recess until Saturday next.

A pretty, young French-Canadian girl of eighteen summers, Cecile Gatien, who originally hails from Montreal and has been in these parts but two weeks, was found in a house Saturday night with three Austrians. Provincial Constable Grassick was out that way on another mission Saturday night last when three autos in front of the house attracted his attention. All lights had been darkened on the autos and he was unable to secure numbers as they scurried away. There is a suspicion that they were licensed jitneys. Several complaints about the house have been made to the police.

Two of the men came from Murray Mine and for that reason the charge of leaving their place of residence without the permission of the police failed. The magistrate held that as there was no registrar at Murray Mine, and as Stobie and Murray are in the same municipality, this charge could not succeed. The third young foreigner, however, come from Garson, which made $10 and costs difference.

On a charge of being frequenters of a house of ill fame and three men pleaded guilty and paid $10 and costs.

The young girl pleaded guilty to being a keeper, her counsel asking a week’s remand, which was granted. She has a lover, a young Italian, it is understood, who is willing to go to the altar with the erring girl, and in case the marriage materializes the leniency of the court for a chance to make good will be asked.

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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.’

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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“News of the District,” Sudbury Star. August 10, 1918. Page 04.

Cobalt Nugget: Alarming stories of an armed camp, with alleged deserters from the C.E.F. holding off intruders with real, business like guns, were circulating in town yesterday. The location of this miniature fortress was given as in the district behind the Casey-Cobalt Mine, east of New Liskeard. It was declared by one party that four men, armed, ordered some people who had approached their camp to depart in peace and haste, reinforcing their commands with a display of firearms. The intruders who had no intentions of disturbing the men, obeyed with alacrity, it is said. Neither the Dominion or the Provincial police had any knowledge of any such camp, they announced.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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“Whissels Now Prisoners in Sudbury Jail,” Sudbury Star. April 20, 1918. Page 01.

Defaulter Who Shot Policeman Taken Into Custody.

Fred and Joseph Whissel, brothers, principals in the shooting of Dominion Officer McLeod near Espanola a week ago Saturday morning while Dominion officers were attempting to apprehend the elder Whissel, Fred, under the M.S.A., appeared in Sudbury police court yesterday morning charged with attempting to kill. They presented a shaggy appearance in their bush clothes and were in charge of Inspector Storie and Inspector Piper, their captors.

When the charge was read against Fred Whissel he replied ‘No, Sir.’ The younger man, Joseph, in reply to the charge read against him, started out to make a statement but was stopped by the court. The men were not allowed to plead, the preliminary hearing being adjourned for eight days. B. Boutet has been retained to defend the accused men, and it is understood the defence will take the nature of shooting under provocation and in self-defence.

Fred Whissel, the alleged Espanola defaulter, who shot Dominion constable George McLeod a week ago last night, together with his brother Joe, who took to the bush with him after the shooting affray, were taken into camp Friday morning at dawn by Provincial and Dominion policemen who had been on their [trail…] They had camped on […] night and when […] passed out of the tent in the grey dawn of Friday morning he was greeted with a command from Inspector Storie of the Provincial police, at 50-yards distance, to throw up both hands. Fred, the older boy, was then ordered out of the tent and warned not to make a false move. Both were as meek as lambs. They had a tent, blankets, provisions and were armed with a rifle and a shot gun. The officers followed them the best part of Thursday with their field glasses, seen them pitch their tents for the night and then moved down around them to wait the morning.

The hunt was taken up by Inspector Storie and his officers Monday morning, together with the Dominion police. French-Canadian and Indian guides tracked almost every footstep of the twain to their capture. The older boy is 26 and the younger 19 years. Joseph, the younger boy, it is believed, joined his older brother in his attempted escape after the shooting out of brotherly love. He is not thought to have had any hand in the shooting. The officers believe that the father aided and abetted the attempted escape by conveying to them a supply of provisions during Saturday or Sunday. No prosecution has been laid against the parents, as yet, it also being alleged that the mpother incited the older boy, Fred, to shoot officer McLeod as he did.

Officer McLeod continues to progress favorably daily, towards complete recovery, as St. Joseph’s hospital, Sudbury.

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“Dom. Officer Victim of Shots At Espanola,” Sudbury Star. April 13, 1918. Page 01.

Brother of Defaulter Fired Shots – Mother Used Poker.

Espanola, April 13. – George McLeod, a Dominion constable, was shot last night, it is believed fatally, while attempting to arrest a young man by the name of Whissel, an alleged defaulter under the Military Service Act. One bullet entered his back and another his leg. He was shot from behind a curtain by someone in the Whissel home.

The affair occured at the Whissel home about two and a half miles from Espanola, and McLeod is in such a precarious condition that he cannot be removed. Although the shooting occurred about one o’clock last night it was nearly eight o’clock this morning before medical aid could be secured, but it is now with him. The arrest of Whissel was not effected.

Constables McLeod and Tomlinson made a journey to the Whissel home last night to round up young Whissel, who is twenty-two years of age and has ignored the M.S.A. It is not their first visit to the home on the same mission. Little is known of the exact details of the affair, but from what your correspondent could gather the women became excited with the visit of the constables and incited the men folk to violence.

Numerous Dominion and Provincial police officers are on the scene this afternoon. Inspector Piper, of the Dominion Police, came in at noon. Inspector Storie, of the Provincial Police, also arrived and has called a number of his men onto the case. Constable Tomlinson would not discuss the affair in the absence of his inspector. Constable McLeod is a Thessalon man.

First Attacked With Poker.
Parties returning from the scene of the shooting this morning brought in some of the details of the affair. McLeod was first attacked with that favorite weapon, a poker, by Whissel’s mother, it is alleged, and the shots are said to have been fired by an older brother of the defaulter. The constable was still alive at two o’clock and is being removed to Espanola village on a stretcher. Whissel made good his escape and is still at large. There are eight Dominion and Provincial men on the case.

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

George and Tony Barberich Act on Advice of Their Friends


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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