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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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“Diversified Record Of A Young Criminal,” Toronto Globe. August 2, 1917. Page 12.

Sentenced to Four Years For Forgery – Also Charged With Bigamy.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Owen Sound, Aug. 1. – Four years on each of four charges of forgery was the sentence given William John Leseur, alias John Dalton, alias John Langton, alias James John Bailey, by Police Magistrate Creasor, this morning, while he was also sent up for trial on the charge of bigamy. The sentences run concurrently. Lesseur was born near Peterboro, and as John Dalton served a sentence in Kingston Penitentiary. On his release he was married at the rectory of the Church of the Sacred Heart at Peterboro’ in May, 1914. In 1915 he and his wife came to Sullivan township, and he was employed as farm help under the name of John Langton, and his wife as housekeeper for a farmer named Treiford. The second day after his engagement he disappeared, taking with him one of his employer’s horses. He was traced, and on his arrest was being taken to Walkerton for trial when he crawled through the lavatory window and jumped while the train was going at a high speed. He was again apprehended, and on his arrest was sent to the Ontario Reformatory for a year. He escaped when he had served ten months and was lost sight of until eight weeks ago, when he came to Owen Sound and secured employment in  a local factory. He was around town for some few weeks, making himself quite popular and finally eloped with a young woman beloging to a reputable family. They went through the form of marriage at Meaford, and had reached London in an attempt to get over the border in the United States. His arrest followed the receipt of a letter from the young woman to a relative here. In the meantime it was found that he had passed cheques on four local firms, to which he had forged signatures, and charges were laid for this as well as for jumping his board bill. It was then that the police began looking up his career, and during a remand for sentence on the forgery charges, to which he pleaded guilty, the evidence consisting of a copy of the original marriage register at Peterboro’ was secured, and Leseur now faces the other charges in a higher court.

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“Eight Years’ Sentence Meted Out to N. Ryan,” Toronto Globe. June 16, 1915. Page 05.

Fellow Burglar, J. W. Turner, Gets Two Years – Miss O’Donahue One Year.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Owen Sound, June 16. – Norman Ryan was sentenced to eight years in Kingston Penitentiary by Police Magistrate A. D. Creasor this morning on two charges of burglary. Ryan’s partner in crime, John William Turner, was given two years in Kingston. Miss Kate O’Donahue, arrested for receiving stolen goods, was sentenced to one year in the Mercer Reformatory.

Ryan was given the heaviest sentence because the evidence given showed that he had been the leader of the gang. Turner got an easy sentence partly bceause County Crown Attorney Dyre had received many letters from Toronto people giving him a good character, several of those writing stating that they would give him employment if he returned to the city.

Ryan and Turner were taken to Toronto this afternoon in charge of P. C. Carson. They are alleged to be the men who held up employees and robbed the offices in several Toronto institutions recently.

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“Local Police Sought Owen Sound Gunmen,” Toronto Globe. June 5, 1915. Page 08.

Posse Bags Desperate Pair Accused of Toronto Crimes

BOTH HIGHWAY ROBBERS

Toronto Authorities Declared ‘Battling’ Turner and Norman Ryan, Who Have Several Aliases, Rifled Cash Drawers at Point of Revolver.

Robert J. Bell and John Williams, who were arrested on Thursday in Owen Sound after an all-day chase through the woods and a revolver fight with constables and a posse, are, according to Detective Inspector Kennedy, William ‘Battling’ Turner and Norman Ryan, who are wanted in Toronto to answer charges to be laid in connection with the hold-ups at the Sterling Actions and Keys Limited, and the Dominion Express Company offices in Parkdale. Their alleged partner, Connolly, has already been sentenced on one charge.

The arrests nipped in the bud what promised to be a career of serious crime. Ryan since his youth has showed that he was a person who held human life lightly. He is on parole from Kingston Penitentiary, where, he was serving a three-year sentence for shooting a farm near Brampton when the farmer refused to carry his bicycle to the city after it had broken down. The local police do not know Turner.

Robed Piano Office.
In the late spring Ryan and Connolly entered, according to the local police, the offices of the piano action company in Parkdale and after firing at the office stfaf made off with $1,500. Connolly was arrested some weeks later at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Previous to this Connolly waged a street fight with Detective Nichols on Queen street west and escaped after emptying the contents of his automatic revolver. Detective Nichols was searching for him in connection with a hold-up on Wright avenue. It was on this charge that he was recently sentenced after being identified by the householder.

Held Up Express Clerks.
Ryan and Turner, the police allege, after Connolly’s conviction, held up a man on Ossington avenue before they carried off $100 from the Dominion Express Company at the point of the revolver. the Man returned to his home at midnight. When he entered he found one of the men in the dining-room and met a loaded revolver. As he fled from the house to the street he met the second gunman, who stopped him with a revolver and obtained $2 and his watch.

Since this, it is alleged, they have been travelling through Ontario on stolen motorcycles and committing burglaries. Their arrest in Owen Sound was due to the theft of a motorcycles and committing burglaries. Their arrest in Owen Sound was due to the theft of a motorcycle and information from the local police.

Owen Sound, June 4. – (Special.)- Norman Ryan, alias N. J. Bell, and William Turner, alias John Williams, the two young men captured yesterday evening by the police after an exciting all-day chase through Sydenham township and after a lively exchange of shots, appeared before Police Magistrate A. D. Creasor this morning, and were remanded to jail for a week on the charge of stealing a motorcycle from Forbes Miller’s garage. Both men, it is stated, made admission to the police to-day that they had been mixed up in shady doings elsewhere. When asked why he had opened fire on the police yesterday, Ryan said it meant life for him if he was taken, but he would say no more. Both have admitted knowing something of the Parkdale Dominion Express Co. robbery.

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“Two Years in Pen,” Hamilton Spectator. March 1, 1919. Page 23.

“You have quite a record for a young boy, and I am not going to allow you to run all over the country stealing bicycles,” Magistrate Jeifs said to Stanley Morton, a youth of 19, who pleaded guilty to stealing three bicycles, the property of persons yet unknown, during the past two weeks in this city. ‘You are sentenced to two years in Kingston penitentiary on each charge, the sentences to run concurrently.’

Morton was arrested by Constable Bleakley in the act of stealing a fourth wheel. He boasted that he had stolen nine wheels in Toronto, and had once served sentence for shooting, in Owen Sound.

He grinned over his shoulder as he was taken below. 

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“Reeve Weber Heavily Fined,” Toronto Globe. February 25, 1919. Page 02. 

And Gets Month in Jail at Hard Labor for Uttering Sedition

SCATHINGLY DENOUNCED

Magistrate and Judge Alike Rebuke Neustadt German and Warn Him

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Owen Sound, Feb. 24 – One month in jail and a fine of $4,500 was the sentence pronounced on Reeve Joseph Weber of Neustadt here to-day. In default of payment of his fine Reever Weber would be imprisoned for three years in the Provincial Penitentiary, but he chose to pay the fine. Besides he has to pay all the costs of the proceedings, amounting to approximately $300.

The trial was held in Owen Sound on February 12 and 13 before Police Magsitrate A. D. Creasor, with N. F. Davidson, K.C., of Toronto, acting for the Crown, and D. O’Connell and F. W. Callaghan of Toronto for the accused.

The charge was laid under the War Measures Act of 1914, whereby Weber was charged with making seditious statements likely to hinder recruiting. It was based on words used by Weber to Arthur Mutton, when he is supposed to have said: ‘The _______ British are licked, and they know it. Before either of my sons go to fight, they will die in the hardware store. If they want any fighting let them come to Neustadt and they will get it.’

Magistrate Creasor found Reeve Weber guilty on this charge and remanded him for sentence. An application for a stated case made by counsel for the accused was withdrawn.

Pleads Guilty on Second Charge
On a second charge before the local Police Court Reeve Weber pleaded guilty to making seditious statements likely to cause disaffection. This also was based on the conversation with Mutton, and on it Weber received a sentence of $4,500 fine and one month in jail, this sentence to be concurrent with the previous one.

In sentencing him Magistrate Creasor said that Reeve Weber was a man born in this country, who had lived here all his life. In times of danger he had used disloyal expressions and had possibly influenced his sons to be disloyal also. When he was through with his sentence the Magistrate hoped that he would remember that everyone living in Canada was supposed to be loyal.

Sentenced Suspended on Other Charge
Reeve Weber also came before Mr. Justice Lennox at the Spring Assizes in Owen Sound this afternoon on four charges. Weber pleaded guilty to one charge and is on suspended sentenced pending his good behavior. The charges against him were the only ones in the docket, and were laid under the Military Service Act.

The first charge was of attempting to resist or impede the operation of the Military Service Act by a written communication to Judge Widdlefield, a member of the local Appeal Tribunal. In this letter Reeve Weber offered to give $500 to patriotic funds if his son, Elmer Joseph Weber, were exempted, and the second charge is of offering a consideration directly or indirectly to a member of an appeal Tribunal. The second indictment was based on written and oral communications by Reeve Weber to secure signatures for his son’s exemption.

Admits Guilt, Stay Granted.
On the first charge of the Widdifield indictment the Grand Jury brought in almost immediately a true bill, and Reeve Weber pleaded guilty. Crown Prosecutor Davidson requested a stay of further proceedings on the second count of this indictment and on the second indictment, and also asked for a suspended sentence. These were granted.

Seething Denunciation.
The denunciation by Mr. Justice Lennox of the Neustadt Reeve was most scathing. He said that disloyalty was one of the gravest offences, and there was no ground or excuse for anyone in Canada being guilty of disloyalty. Reeve Weber was a public man and a leader of the people in his district, yet he was stirring up disloyalty and encouraging his two songs to evade the service of their country. He had also made threats of grave bodily harm. In connection with the war and in defiance of the duties of citizenship, Mr. Justice Lennox said, Reeve Weber displayed some of the worst characteristics of a bad citizen. His father had come to this country to better his condition, and he had prospered here! New citizens were welcomed and encouraged, but they had to behave. The only alternatives were to get in behind the prison bars or to get out of the country. In conclusion the Judge said that if after he was released Reeve Weber was a man of good behavior toward his neighbors and the Corwn his sentence would be suspended. If, however, he showed any intimation of relapsing, he would be brought before a Judge to receive a heavy sentence.

Reeve Most Dejected.
During the rebuke of the Judge Reeve Weber stood in the prisoner’s box with his head bowed, and supported himself with one hand on the railing. He appeared most dejected, both in the Assizes and when receiving his sentence in the Police Court, and his face showed considerable emotion. With hardly a word of his counsel, he was led slowly off to the cells in the county jail.

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“Reever Weber Again Remanded,” Toronto Globe. February 21, 1919. Page 16.

Stated Case Asked For As A Precedent, To Know If Order Retroactive.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Owen Sound, Feb. 20. – Reeve Joseph Weber of Neustadt was again remanded to Monday next when he came up before Police Magistrate Creasor here this morning. At his trial Tuesday and Wednesday of last week he was found guilty of uttering seditious language and remanded for sentence. On Monday he also appears before Mr. Justice Rose of Toronto at the Assizes in this town on four charges under the War Measures and Military Service Acts.

The reason for the further adjournment was that Weber’s counsel, Messrs. D. O’Connell and F. W. Callaghan of Toronto, have applied for a stated case as a precedent. The proceedings against Weber were under an order in Council, and there is some doubt as to whether it is retroactive or not, for the time for the laying of information was up for some months before this order in Council was passed. Bail was taken for the same sum as before, $10,000 personal bond and two sureties of $5,000 each.

Before the train which Reeve Weber was on arrived in Owen Sound, Mrs. Weber called up Chief of Police Foster on long-distance telephone to ask him to meet the train. The Chief assured her that there would be no recurrence of mob law against Weber here, and that he need not fear as to his personal safety.

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“At Osgoode Hall,” Toronto Globe. February 20, 1919. Page 07.

JUDGES’ CHAMBERS.
Before Mulock, C.J.

Rex v. Weber – D. O’Connell, for defendant, moved to change place of trial from Owen Sound to such other place as the court may direct. E. Bayly, K.C., for the Attorney-General. Held that the court cannot on the evidence hold that prisoner cannot have a fair trial in Grey, where the jury will be drawn from a large county of some 60,000 population. Motion refused, but without prejudice to an application for change before the trial Judge. No costs.

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“Neustadt Reeve Begs For Mercy From Mob,” Toronto Star. January 31, 1919. Page 14.

Joseph Weber Now at Home After Being Ejected From Owen Sound.

Special to The Star.
Owen Sound, Jan. 31 – Reeve Joseph Weber of Neustadt, who was sent out of town last night by an angry mob of returned soldiers and their friends, has reached his home in Neustadt. Evidently Weber proceeded by foot to one of the stations on the Grand Trunk outside Owen Sound and there got aboard the early morning southbound train for Neustadt, for according to a telephone message from taht place he reached there on the train this morning. There was considerable anxiety in Owen Sound as to the whereabouts of the man this morning, as there was a heavy snowstorm during the night, and Weber is a man well up in years. Shallow Lake is the nearest station to Owen Sound, and it is presumed he spent the night there.

Chief of Police W. O. Forster told The Star to-day that he knew nothing of the disturbance until an early hour to-day.

The chief declared that no action would be taken against the citizens. ‘He will be safe from any rough handling, too, when he comes back for his trial next Wednesday,’ declared the chief.

Made to Sing National Anthem.
A mob of returned soldiers and their sympathizers about two hundred strong went to the Comely House where Reever Weber was staying about ten o’clock last night and demanded that he be produced. The crowd got round him and made him kiss the Union Jack and sing the National Anthem. They then decked him out with flags in his hat and invited him to get his grip. He was then escorted by a cheering crowd and marched through the streets toward the Grand Trunk station where he was told to proceed to his home town, Neustadt. There being no train until this morning, Weber appealed to the crowd to be allowed to stay over, or to hire a conveyance to take him but they would not be satisfied by anything less than to proceed at once. Weber started off down the Grand Trunk tracks, grip in hand. Part of the mob followed him a considerable distance to see that he got out of town. When last seen Weber was proceeding on the Grand Trunk tracks in the direction of Neustadt, which is about fifty or sixty miles from here.

The local police were powerless to prevent the mob, but they did not at any time threaten him with personal violence. Weber was very much afraid and during the singing of the National Anthem broke down and pleaded for mercy.

Reeve Weber was arrested here on Tuesday afternoon on two separate warrants charging him with breach of the War Measures Act and the Military Service Act. The request for his arrest came from the headquarters of the Dominion Police of this district and they were executed by P.C. Thomas Carson at the Comely House.

Mr. Weber was taken to the Police office and latter allowed out on bail of $2,000, half of which was given by Reeve Holm, and the other half by Reeve Schenk, of Normandy, and the charges will be heard next Wednesday. Mr. Weber arrived on the noon G.T.R. train on Tuesday and attended the first meeting of the County Council at the Court House. He returned to the Comely House and was placed under arrest.

The arrest of Neustadt’s reeve has caused quite a sensation in town and amongst the county councillors here.

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“Reeve Arrested While At Council,” Toronto Globe. January 30, 1919. Page 14.

Joseph Weber of Neustadt is Accused of Sedition and Impeding M.S.A.

(Special Despatch to The Globe.)
Owen Sound, Jan. 29 – Reeve Joseph Weber of Neustadt was arrested here last night of five charges of using seditious language and of attempting to impede the operation of the Military Service Act. Weber came here to attend the County Council, and was arrested on two arrants after the first day’s session. He is now out on $2,000 bail, funished by Reeve Holm and Ex-Reeve Schank of Normandy, but will come up before Police Magistrate Creasor of Owen Sound on Wednesday next. Witnesses are being called from Neustadt, Hanover, and Harriston, and the case is arousing great interest in this district.

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