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“A Sad Case,” Sudbury Star. July 31, 1918. Page 05.

An extremely sad case was that of Lorne Beck, not yet twenty years of age, and who has spent the best part of his life in jail. He was charged with escaping from Burwash on July 9th. He has a long record and frankly told the court that he spent his boyhood days in an Industrial School. He had been sentenced to Burwash for theft committed while he was in the army.

‘The army is not against you, you are against the world,’ said the Magistrate, as he sentenced Beck to two years in Kingston. Chances of parole to join the army are much better there than at the Burwash instuitution, and recommendedation will be made that Beck be allowed to proceed overseas.

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“Runaway Boy Recaptured,” Kingston Daily Standard. July 24, 1912. Page 01.

Kingston Lad Was Enjoying Drive With Livery Horse and Rig.
Ingersoll, July 24. – Bruce Ireland, a fifteen-year-old lad who four months ago escaped from the Industrial School at Mimico for the third time, was captured here by Constable Bearss. Last evening the lad was taken to Mimico by Mr. J. Morrison of the Industrial School. The lad, who was sentenced at Kingston, has evidently caused the school authorities considerable trouble. After reaching Ingersoll he hired a horse and buggy at a livery stable, and spent an hour or more driving about the town. Soon after returning to the livery stable he was taken into custody.

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“Truant Surrenders Having Seen Circus,” Toronto Globe. July 21, 1933. Page 10.

Wish Expressed to Return to Victoria Industrial School, Mimico

Kenneth Neely, 18-year-old inmate of Victoria Industrial School, Mimico, who has been missing for some days from that institution, yesterday walked into the Central Police Station at Detroit, and surrendered. To the officer in charge, young Neely, with some satisfaction, expressed his desire to return to the school, having explained how he had achieved an ambition of many years’ standing.

‘They let me out from the school to look for another lad who had escaped. While I was away I saw a poster advertising a big circus, the one thing I had longed to see for five years,’ he told the police. Saying he had gratified his ambition, he added: ‘And, say, it was just swell.’

Neely, who was serving a term for stealing a car at Niagara Falls, is being held pending the arrival of an officer from the school to bring him back.

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“Sent to Industrial School.” Kingston Daily Standard. July 17, 1912. Page 08.
In juvenile court this morning a 16 year old lad was sent to the Industrial School. He was found guilty of having stolen a fare box from the Street Railway Company. Another boy who was implicated in the theft was remanded. There were five in the crowd, and warrants are out for the other three.

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“Police Pick Up Two Lads; Notify Industrial School,” Toronto Globe. July 12, 1933. Page 02.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Welland, July 11. – Welland police today were in communication with the authorities of the Mimico Industrial School relative to two lads picked up here late Monday. Rushing to Cook’s Mills after receiving a call from Mrs. Hall at that place. Police Chief Davies and Sergeant Anderson of the Welland force picked up William JOnes, aged 17, who hails from Thorold, and William McClelland, 17, Peterboro’.

The lads had called at Mrs. Hall’s home on Douglas Street asking for food, and thinking one of them might be the missing boys, immediately informed Welland police. On questioning the lads, police learned that McClelland had escaped from Mimico Industrial School on Saturday, and that Jones, who was formerly at Mimico, had made a getaway from his place of parole.

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“Snow, Escaping From Police, Rode Back Into Their Arms,” Toronto Star. December 20, 1912. Page 25.

Broke Away at Court Street Station, Fled Through Cathedral Grounds, Then to the Esplanade, Spent Night Out, Secured Clothing, and Returned to His Home.


Eleven hours of freedom, the most of it in the dark, was the extent of Robert Snow’s liberty. After Snow’s escape at the doors of the Court street police station last night, one of the first thing the authorities did for his capture was to guard his father’s house at 429 Margueretta street, and one of the first things Snow did this morning was to return home. Now the police are saying that while the man was fast enough last night, he was equally stupid this morning.

Shortly after nine o’clock, while Constable Carter, in plain clothes, guarded the front doorway, and Officer Todd the rear, Snow rode up on a bicycle. When he took French leave from the police, he was coatless, but upon arriving home, the young man had provided himself with an old and tattered coat.

Ran Again and Fought.
Snow got as far as the yard before he saw the police waiting, but he didn’t submit quietly. He made his second run for liberty, trying the fence-jumping scheme which worked so well the night before. However, Constable Carter caught him by the tail of the coat and tore it from him as he dropped into the next yard. Four fences away Carter caught him again, and this time Snow put up a fight. The officer and the man were struggling upon the ground when Constable Todd caught up just in time for Snow to bite him upon the hand.

‘He fought, kicked, and bit all the way to the station,’ added Carter, who also was nipped upon the fingers.

Snow is a powerful youth, six feet in height, and just over twenty years of age. In court three charges were laid: escaping custody, the theft of a bicycle from some person unknown, and the shopbreaking case, originally pressed by Detective Mitchell, the complainant being A. M. Gobel, of 1741 Dundas street.

The plea was not guilty in each case, followed by a remand till the 27th without bail.

How He Escaped.
Having at different times in his career viewed the inside of police cells, the jail, and the Central Prison. Robert Snow, alias the Reindeer, balked last night at ten o’clock in front of Court Street Station, while he was in charge of Constable Snape, and balked so successfully that the police and detective departments are now looking for a coatless, vestless fugitive.

Snow is one of the six convicts who four years ago dug their way out of the jail, and last night he was placed under arrest by Detective Mitchell on a charge of shopbreaking. Mitchell saw him early in the evening on a Bloor street car wearing fashionable clothing. This fact was enough to cause Snow’s arrest, and he was sent to Court Street Station later when the detective believe the fur-lined overcoat and the suit he was wearing corresponded to articles stolen from Abraham M. Gabel’s store at 1741 Dundas street on Monday night. Snow seemed angered when the detectives stripped the overcoat, the coat, and the vest from his back, but he went quietly in the patrol wagon. However, just at the station doorway, his fear of the place overcame him.

Long, Swift Chase.
As the constable’s arm was reached out to unlatch the door, Snow gave a violent wrench, twisted under the officer’s arm, and was again a fugitive. He ran along Court street, leaped stone coping into St. James’ Cathedral yard, with Constable Snape close at his heels. The constable took the same leap over the stone wall, but unfortunately the tail of his heavy surcoat caught in one of the spiked balls, and the race was lost. Snape fell forward upon the frozen ground, and by the time he recovered Snow was just making his second leap into King street, and was last seen running down West Market towards the Esplanda.

Snow, though still young, in addition to being one of the Rose, Lee, Churchill, etc., group, made his first escape from the jail seven years ago. Prior to that he broke away from Mimico Industrial School. He has a brother, William, who showed his regard for the Central Prison by leaving it two [sic four] years ago in the same manner.

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“Wish for Freedom Explanation Given For Boy’s Escape,” Toronto Globe. September 30, 1933. Page 11.

No Cause for Discontent at Mimico Industrial School, Is Report

An explanation of the esape of more than a score of boys from the Mimico Industrial School recently was given to the Board of the Industrial Schools Association when it met in City Hall yesterday. The explanation was provided in a written report by Superintendent W. G. Green.

‘In view of the recent newspaper publicity concerned escapes, a few words of explanation should be givem.’ said Mr. Green. ‘A careful examination of the returned boys revealed no general or specific cause for discontent beyond the usual psychological yearning for freedom which is natural to boys held under the necessary restraint.

‘Perhaps the new atmosphere tending more and more to the honor system is a contributory cause, especially in the case of boys whose outlook in life is as yet still in the wrong direction. The fact that discipline is being tightened in the striving toward self-discipline has led boys who have particularly suffered from lack of home discipline to break away.’

Superintendent Green’s report was accepted without comment by the board, after which it adjourned its meeting. The Superintendent reported that in thirty-eight recent committals to the Victoria Industrial School three boys were found to possess superior intelligence and twenty boys were classified as having normal intelligence. 

In her report on the Alexandra School for Girls, Miss K. W. Brooking, Superintendent, stated that eleven girls had been placed in employment and had been returned during the three-month period. Five girls did not measure up to requirements of employers, two had been returned because conditions were unsatisfactory, and four were forced back to the institution because the people had taken them could not pay wages.

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