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“Chickens Stolen, and Pigeons Too,” Toronto Star. June 8, 1909. Page 10.

And Two Young Fellows Will Go to Jail for Purloining the Poultry.


Bad Language and Fighting – 30 Days for Begging – Theft From Yacht.

Adolphus Parpagliolo was sentenced to jail for 30 days, hard labor, by Magistrate Kingsford in the Police Court this morning for the theft of a fur cap from the yacht Canada, owned by Mr. George Duthie.

Adolphus was arrested on the 1st of June by Detective Armstrong. The officer had to row out to the boat, which was about 300 feet out from the foot of York Street. He found A. P. on board, with the fur cap under his coat and a pair of boots rolled up in paper near him.

‘How he got to the boat is a mystery,’ said Mr. Corley, ‘as there was no dinghy near.’

‘Is this his first offence?’ asked his Worship.

‘Yes, but it seems he doesn’t work,’ replied the Crown Attorney.

To the Jail Hospital
Mary Carruthers, small of stature, watery of eye, and with the tremolo stop working overtime, admitted she was drunk, but gave numerous valid reasons for such being the case – husband, pain in stomach, general debility, etc.

‘I want to go to the hospital,’ ended she.

‘I’ll remand you for a week,’ said his Worship. ‘There’s a hospital there.’

‘Catherine Cameron,’ said the magistrate to one dressed in a hectic combination of blue and red and green; ‘you’re charged with being drunk. What do you say?’

“Drunk,’ said she, very simply.

And just as simply came his Worship’s reply: ‘One dollar and costs or thirty days.’

Thomas Nugent, a regular visitor, said, ‘sure, he was drunk.’ He was given the usual fine.

‘Give me time?’ asked he.


So Thomas, who usually runs this bluff, came forward and paid up.

Raised Disturbances.
Circumstances were too much for Patrick Foley’s tongue last night, and he let it run away with his discretion, which cost him just a dollar and costs or 10 days.

George Pesnen and John Laine were fighting on the street last night, and as neither was sure how it happened, both were fined a dollar and costs.

John Burke got one and costs for trespassing in the yards of the G. T. R. at the foot of Simcoe street.

For Begging.
Peter Donnelly was indignant, when informed that he was charged with being a vagrant.

‘The cop is just trying to get me convicted,’ said he. ‘I was selling shoe laces and court plaster.’

But the evidence tended to show that he did more begging than selling, so he goes down for 30 days.

For Stealing Pigeons.
The theft of seventeen pigeons from Grevitte Elliott was the charge against Russell Jackson, a young fellow of twenty-two.

According to Elliott about four or five days after the birds disappeared he saw a couple of them in Jackson’s pigeon coop. He came to the detective office and got an officer and a search warrant. Twelve pigeons beloging to Elliott were found. 

Jackson protested his innocence, but even when his brother-in-law gave evidence for him, Mr. Corley said, ‘the tracks of two men were seen around Elliott’s place the morning after the theft. Were you the other man?’

This question rather knocked the defence flat. It was unexpected.

Thirty days in jail was the sentence.

Stolen Hens.
About two weeks ago a henhouse belonging to Joseph Fee was broken into and a dozen hens stolen.

David Hogan was charged with the theft, but pleaded not guilty.

On the evidence of Abstein, a second-hand dealer, who buys anything, Hogan was committed to jail for 30 days.

Abstein swore that Hogan was the man who sold him four hens, which were afterwards identified by Fee. Hogan protested again and again that he was not.

Eleven previous convictions were registered against the prisoner, but because he had not been up for over three years his Worship said he would make the sentence as light as possible.

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