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“‘Big Push’ Has Begun On The Drug Habit,” Toronto Star. July 28, 1916. Page 14.

Three Cases Were Tried To-Day and Two Jail Farm Sentences Given.


One of Those Charged Said Dead Mother Had Owned Paraphernalia

From the fact that three cases of alleged illegal use of morphine and other related opiates followed each other in the Police Court calendar to-day, it would appear that the police had begun to start their ‘big push’ against the ‘coke’ traffic, which recent convictions would seem to prove was waxing as the liquor traffic waned.

An elaborate outfit, consisting of hypodermic needles, syringes, a pair of scales and a quantity of morphine sulphate, approximating to 60 grains, formed substantial evidence against Harry Fontroy. Plainclothesmen Scott and Neill testified to having found the foregoing line-up in Fontroy’s possession and to have caught him in the act of injecting the illegal drug in his arm.

The young man, who has both African and Chinese blood in his veins, claimed that he had been cured of the habit. ‘That outfit belonged to my mother, who died two weeks ago. I found it in her drawer,’ he pleaded. Inspector Geddes disproved this claim by quoting a statement which the young man had made to him. He had admitted that he was ‘tapering off with 30 grains a day.’

‘The last time he appeared on this charge he was given leniency on the understanding that he inform the police the source of his illegal supplies. He has not done this.’ said Mr. Corley. Col. Denison committed him to the jail farm for five months.

‘Coke’ Vendor Jailed.
In addition to the foregoing charge, that of having morphine in his possession for other than medicinal purposes, had coupled against him the police claim that he had sold the drug.

In his possession had been found some dozen packages of both cocaine and morphine which Drake had acknowledged he had been in the habit of selling for a dollar a package.

‘This man, I hear, has been taking from 30 to 40 grains a day,’ said the Crown Attorney.

‘He has had consumption for the last eight or nine years,’ his wife stated in explanation of his drug habit.

‘I am curing him slowly,’ she added.

Drake also goes to the jail farm for a five-month ‘cure.’ In the woman’s court Tillie Evans faced with the same charge received a remand for a week.

Proof Enough.
The actions of Isaac Gilbert spoke louder than his words in proving the charge of drunkeness and disorderliness alleged against him. Eveidence showed that he endeavored to take on six feet two of solid constanbulary muscle, and in addition ‘lick the whole street.’

‘You must have been very drunk,’ sighed the squire. An added count against him was his association with a team of horses. The squire felt grieved that the noble animals had to witness such an orgy of inebriation. Remanded for sentences.

Quick Work.
One minute sufficed to change Jerry Long from a prisoner in the dock with a long and substantial record of drunkeness into laborer with the prospect of two months’ healthy toil ahead. Squire Ellis merely looked at Long and knew that his record resembled his name. Twnety dollars and costs or sixty days.

Got the Habit.
Jeremiah Flaherty has the polishing habit. He, according to his own statement, polishes off brass in the day time, and according to the constable, polishes off drinks in quick succession at night. Yesterday he appeared on the same charge. It was but a little drop ‘for his stomach’s sake,’ he claimed. Remanded for sentence.

As both Sandy Jaegar and John Jacobson with one accord disclaimed responsibility for the hostilities in whcih they were found engaged, the court presumed that it must have been the heat of a case of spontaneous combustion. Police evidence, however, tended to show that Jacobson had figured prominently, both at the start and the finish. He was fined $2 and costs or ten days.

‘Pinched’ a Pom.
That Daniel J. O’Shea should consider a pomeranian dog worth the trouble of annexing, appeared rather strange to Col. Denison when O’Shea pleaded guilty to the offence. The owner placed the value at over $10. ‘I consider dogs worth about ten cents gross,’ interjected his Worship. ‘The man stole the dog and sold it to a Mr. Walters for $10,’ explained the Crown Attorney. ‘Mr. Walters subsequently saw the animal advertised for, and at once communicated with the police. O’Shea, who had ‘blown in’ the proceeds of his act, was remanded one week for sentence, on the understanding that restitution would be made. Pinky Pankey Poo was permitted to meander home with his mistress.

Poetry and Prose.
Frank Martin’s poetry, prose and actions are equally bad, according to Squire Ellis’ ruling after a perusal of all. On a grimy car the alleged poet submitted the following:

‘To-day a poor cripple appeales for your aid.
Don’t turn with a sneer or a frown,
For God in His Mercy is the only one knows
When a loved one of yours will go down.’

The prose followed.

‘Price – Please give what you wish.’

His actions, described by himself, were living an exemplary life, and the brisk bartering of many pencils, described by several feminine witnesses, they consist of the exploitation of the grimy quatrain, a fond pressure of the hand, and the claim that he was a wounded warrior back from the war. – $50 and costs or six months.

Not content with the profit pouring into the coffers of his ice-cream soda fountain by reason of the weatherman’s climbing thermometer, Dragutin Radinrobitch, according to the police, ran a sideline in the form of a gambling den. The charge alleged that he permitted these quiet numbers round the table in his ice-cream parlors. Four guilty – $20 and costs or 30 days.

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“Drunk Driving, Consuming Send Toronto Man To Jail,” Toronto Star.
July 27, 1938. Page 06.

Henry Drury Also Fined $10 and Costs in Newmarket Court


Newmarket, July 27. – Henry Drury, Binscarth Rd., Toronto, was sentenced to
seven days in jail on a charge od driving while intoxicated by Magistrate W. F.
Woodliffe in police court here yesterday. Through his counsel, Frank Callahan,
Drury pleaded guilty to the charge.

A fine of $10 and costs of $11.30, or 10 days, was imposed on a charge of
unlawfully having liquor which had been reduced to one of consuming, and to
which Drury also pleaded guilty. THe liquor was ordered confiscated.

Two additional charges of reckless driving and failing to remain at the
scene of an accident were withdrawn. Drury was not driving his own car at the
time of the accident.

‘I found four full bottles of liquor and one part bottle hidden in a barn
near the scene of the accident,’ stated County Constable A. McCallum. ‘The
accused man later admitted the liquor had been in his car. There was
considerable damage done to the car he was driving and also to the one he

‘The damages done to both cars are being repaired now,’ stated Mr. Callahan.

Trio Placed on Probation
After being in custody for the past two and a half weeks, Dayton Platten,
Ken. Newstead and Eric Hall, all of Toronto, were each given suspended sentence
and placed on probation for one year. The trio of youths were charged with
breaking and entering a service station and newstead faced an addition charge
of joy-riding, on which he was also given suspended sentence.

Charged with operating a booth without a license, George Preston, Preston Lake,
was ordered to buy a license for $10 and he was remanded for sentence on
payment of the costs.

The magistrate issued a warrant for the arrest of Walter L. Dymond, Toronto,
charged with keeping a common gaming house.

A remand of two weeks was given to Newton Williamson, North Gwilimbury township,
on two charges of unlawfully having liquor and keeping liquor for sale. Bail
was set at $500.

Fined for Reckless Driving
Convicted on a charge of reckless driving, Francis Goneau, Toronto, was
fined $10 and costs of $13.30, or 10 days. According to the evidence of Frank
Johnston, Queensville, Goneau’s car swerved and came straight toward Johnston’s
car which was travelling on the edge of the road.

George H. Harman, Markham, bad brakes, and William Dowling, Newmarket, no
operator’s license, were each fined $10 and costs or 10 days.

Convicted on speeding charges, William I. Turner, Jack Creed, and Jack
MacCormack, all of Toronto, were fined $30, $20 and $15, respectively, with

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“Express Men Are Accused Of Theft,” Hamilton Spectator. July 21, 1919. Page 18.

Trio Remanded Until Tomorrow For Hearing

Alien Heavily Fined For Carrying Knife

Only One Crock Owner Roped in Since Saturday

In police court to-day, James Shuler, a husky brave from Hagersville, faced a charge of assaulting Mrs. George Oram, as she was waiting for a car in the Terminal station. James denied having assaulted anyone.

‘Are you an Indian?’ the magistrate asked.

‘Oh, I guess I’m a mongrel,’ replied Shuler with a grin.

‘Well, you are fine $10. You’ve got to learn that women must not be molested,’ the court pronounced.

Charles Burton, Sylvester Riddell and John Kivelle, three trainmen, were accused of stealing from the Canadian Express Company. The case was remanded for one day. All three young men come from Allandale.

On the request of his attorney, Alec. McFarlane, Thomas Finnigan, 100 Napier Street, was remanded for one week. He was charged by John Hodges with false pretences and by James Clancey with theft. Mr. McFarlane explained that the charges were not of a serious character and related to some differences between partners which he thought could be settled within a week’s time. Finnigan was allowed to go on his own recognizance.

Martin Phillips, who was arrested in New York several days ago on a charge of stealing money order blanks from the Dominion Express company, was granted one day’s remand by the magistrate. Phillips pleaded for time to consult a lawyer.

P. C. Roughead noticed Andrew Walaskan, 127 Cannon Street east, walking down the street and acting in a most suspicious manner. A search of Walashan’s person revealed a small bottle of alcohol and the shattered fragments of the O.T.A. tinkled on the sidewalk about him. Andrew admitted the breach. 

‘Fined $200,’ the magistrate decreed.

When Van Cabarich, 922 Burlington street east, was searched, the police found a long, keen, steel knife in his belt. Cabarick admitted carrying the weapon.

‘One hundred dollars or three months in jail,’ the magistrate promptly declared.

When P.C. Myers was wandering up Maple avenue he saw a group of boys standing in a circle.

‘They were going through the motions of shooting crap,’ he explained.

Three of the group, Fergus Fitzgerald, 166 Florence street; Gordon Weaver, 66 Locke street, and Frank Sheehan, 67 Inchbury street, swore that there had been no gambling going on, and the magistrate dismissed the case.

Juan Powzzy, an olive-skinned native of Mexico, was arrested by Detective Shirley yesterday on suspicion of vagrancy. He gave Toronto as his address and was remanded for one day to enable the police to investigate his past life.

Louis Louin, 95 Birmingham street, was drunk early this morning. He was assessed $20.

‘Were’s you drunk yesterday?’ the court asked George Blaicher, Mount Hamilton.

‘Yesterday?’ George faltered. ‘Why, I was sick.’

But the court didn’t believe it, and charged Blaicher $20.

S. B. Fuller, 170 Stanley avenue, allowed his car to be parked on the cab stand and was fined $2.

‘There’s nine cars parked on the cab stand now,’ remarked Fuller as he left the court.

H. E. Smye, 164 Duke street, succeeded in driving his motor-car 28 miles an hour on Main street east yesterday afternoon. He paid $10 for the little prank.

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“City Items,” Montreal Daily Witness, July 12, 1871. Page 03.

Mary Ann Sullivan, a girl of only 10 years of age, who recently escaped from the Reformatory, was arrested yesterday by Constables Armor and Martel, and to-day was sent back to the Reformatory.

Escaped. – Yesterday a boy named Louis Vian, aged 15 years, was arrested by the detectives on suspicion of being concerned in the Gault outrage. The circumstantial evidence against him was very strong, and a handkerchief which belonged to Mr. Gault was also found in his possession. After his arrest, he was put in the cell along with other prisoners to await examination at the Police Court to-day. During the night, however, Master Louis Vian managed to effect his escape by, it is believed, crawling through the ventilator in the cell door. The aperture in question is less than nine inches square, and Vian must have been very dexterous in getting through and afterwards clearing off from the building without being noticed. Three or four persons previously arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the Gault outrage, were to-day shown to Mr. Gault, but the latter failed to recognize any of them, and they were sent to jail as vagrants.

Attempted Imposition By A Carter. – Until cabmen are peremptorily and severly dealt with, their daily tricks and impositions on the public will never be put down. Charles Lapointe, 21, carter, who resides in Craig street, was charged at the Recorder’s Coourt to-day with refusing hire. It appears that on Tuesday morning Mr. Treasurer Black came off the Quebec boat and prisoner was one of several cabmen who solicited hire. Mr. Black hired Lapointe, who on second thoughts wanted to know where he was going, and if to a fire, and finally, with an oath, refused to drive him. Chief Penton gave Lapointe anything but a good character, and His Honor said that this system of carters bullying people and levying black mail must be stopped; and every case proven would be severely punished. Lapointe was fined $8 or one month in jail.

Loafing Vagrants. – At present there seems to be an unusually large number of loafing vagrants about the city. Louis Deschamp, 35, alias Leon Richer, laborer, from St. Urbain street; Michel Dubois, 34, laborer, St. Dominique steet; Xavier Beauvais, 27, carter, carter, Papineau Road, and a disreputable woman named Adeline Lefebvre, 29, were arrested at 5 o’clock this morning by sub-Constables McCormicck and Depatie, who had watched the gang for some two hours previous, when they were in a field off Sherbrooke street. At the Recorder’s Court to-day, it was stated that the prisoners are strongly suspected of being concerned in some recent robberies, and His Honor committed them each for two months; also Joseph Dupont, 20, vagrant, from Campeau street, against whom the detectives are working up a case of burglary.

Sarah Alcock, 44, an old vagrant, Mary Ann Lanigan, 29, and Elizabeth Dunn, 29, both found loitering on Champs de Mars, were each committed for a month; also Mary Ann McDonnell, 45, and Ann Meaney, 23, who were found in a drunken disgraceful state on Logan’s Farm. His Honor said that a law would soon be in force, by which vagrants for second offence may be committed for two years.

Alphonese Labreque, 24, laborer, and who, the police stated, was the ‘fancy man’ of the keeper of a brothel, was arrested along with Joseph St. Jean, 27, stone-cutter, loitering with a prostitute, and they were each fined $2.50 or 15 days in jail.

POLICE COURT – WEDNESDAY. – A woman who was arrested on a charge of breaking a pane of glass in the door of E. Costello, was discharged for lack of evidence.

Edmund Fegan 62, a vagrant from Common street, was arrested for stealing coal on the wharf and was committed as a vagrant for two months,

Eliza O’Brien, wife of James Mourney, of Colborne Avenue, was charged with using insulting language to Catherine Mullins, wife of James Mourney, Jr., and was fined $10.75, including costs, or fifteen days in all.

Damase Piebe, shoemaker for assaulting Augustin Guibord, was fine $7 including costs or 15 days.

George Clarke, Fil, alias Williamson, alias Henderson, charged with stealing four billiard balls belonging to Mr. Chadwick, St. James street, was remanded for examination. The balls were found in his possession, but Clarke says he brought them with him from the United States early in June last.

RECORDER’S COURT – Wednesday – This morning the sheet contained fifty cases, and nearly one-third of those were persons arrested in connection with a house of ill-fame in St. Elizabeth street, where the police made a raid last night. With such a programme before the Court it was no wonder that the place was thronged by those peculiar and miscellaneous personages, the largest proportion of whom are of a vicious character, who watch the rise and fall of the criminal barometer with an interest that is whetted and increasing in proportion as the details are disgusting.

Frederic Lafontaine, 32, agent, or manager of the Toronto House and Edward Rheaume, 24, shoemaker, who got quarrelling and attempted to fight at the door of the above tavern, were each fined $2.50 or 15 days in jail.

Fabien Beaudouin, 22, carter, drunk in Notre Dame street; Daniel Murphy, 40, agent from Quebec, drunk in St. Paul street; François Ganthier, 48, blacksmith, drunk in Panet street; Michael MccGeary, 36, laborer, drunk, in Commissioner street; J. Bte. Deslauriers, 52, laborer, drunk in St Paul street; J. Bte. Braurmter, 58, laborer, drunk in Perthius street; Jos. Power, 19, laborer, drunk in Manufacturer street, and Daniel Gibson, 34, a respectably dressed man, drunk in Cahboulez Square Fire Station, also a woman, were each fined in small sums for being drunk; while Richard McDonnell, 27, baker, drunk in the city cars, was fine $2 or 15 days.

George McNeil, 32, shoemaker, and George McNulty, 55, laborer, both drunk in Lacroi street, and insulting people, were each fined $2.50 or 15 days.

Joseph Howie, 26, shoemaker, was fined $5 or 30 days, for loitering in Campean street with a prostitute, named Adeline Lefebvre, 39, who was committed for a month.

Thomas Cleary, 29, mechanic, residing in Dorchester street, got drunk last night, and was smashing the furniture and threatened to throw his wife out of the window. As the wife failed to appear, Cleary was let off with a fine of $2.50 or 15 days in jail.

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“City and District,” Montreal Gazette. June 30, 1911. Page 03.

Newsies Celebrate President Pete Murphy’s Birthday With Drive Through City.


Young Incendiaries Sharply Dealt With by Judge Lanctot – Stiff Fine for Gamblers.

Yesterday was the fifty-seventh birthday of Pete Murphy, Montreal’s veteran newsboy, who has been selling papers in this city for over half a century, having commenced to sell copies of The Gazette in St. James street when he was six years of age. The Montreal Newsboys Protective Association, of which ‘Pete’ is president, celebrated the veteran’s birthday in a becoming manner. They enjoyed a drive around the city last night in two big busses, each drawn by four horses, with the president perched high on the front seat of the leading ‘bus, wearing his silk hat and the cane Sir Wilfred Laurier brought him from Ireland. The sides of the ‘busses were bulging out like watermelons with their loads of boisterous youngsters, each of whom carried a horn and tooted from the time the drive started early in the evening until the end came shortly before midnight. The newspaper offices were visited, and each was cheered in turn, but when The Gazette Office was reached at 11 o’clock, President Murphy made a speech, in the course of which he told the youngsters of having sold The Gazette in St. James street, 51 years ago, when the largest building on the thoroughfare was the Ottawa Hotel, which still stands on the south side of the street just east of McGill. At The Gazette building the veteran presented a bouquet to the editor.

The existence of a gang of juvenile incendiaries in the neighborhood of Point St. Charles around the Grand Trunk yards was the subject of severe comment by Judge Lanctot yesterday when hearing proceedings against three youths named John Collins, James Mailloy and Raymond Banford, charged with having set fire to piles of lumber, the property of Shearer, Brown & Wills, on the 22nd and 25th of May. Two other youth youths, Thos. Mitchell and John Currie, who are in the reformatory awaiting sentence on a similar charge, were brought out to give evidence against their supposed allies. Their testimony did not incriminate the trio, but rather showed that although Collins, Malloy and Banford had been present when the firing arrangements were made, they withdrew from the actual participation. The chief testimony against the lads was that of William Betts, of the Betts Detective Agency, who alleged certain admissions by the boys, but Mr. R. O. McMurtry, for the defence, argued that the boys had not been duly warned before making any statement.

Bail was refused when asked for in Banford’s case, the Judge ordering that the boys be sent to the reformatory until Tuesday next, on which date the two lads, Mitcchell and Currie, will come up for sentence. It was, said Judge Lanctot, a serious case, and the boys knew perfectly well what they were doing.

Respect to the court must be not only in attitude but in garb; so ruled Mr. Recorder Weir yesterday when two men, J. Bunnin and K. Lucas, were charged with violating traffic laws. The men appeared clad in blue overalls and with their hatbands well garnished with cigarette specimens of art. Ascertaining that these men had been out on bail, and that, therefore, they had chosen to appear in this way, the Recorder remanded the case for a day and informed them that they must reappear decently dressed. A friendly constable came to their aid, however, and in a few minutes they stepped into the court in normal coats and paid their small fine on the spot.

While hackmen must be over 18 years of age, a carter, said Mr. Recorder Weir yesterday, is not affected by this by-law. The result is that boys between ten and fifteen years drive vehicles through the city, and recently, added the Recorder, there had been brought before him quite a number of youths charged with infractions of traffic by-laws. Such boys not only were dangerous to citizens through their inexperience, but were in a school which was improper for a boy, as many carters were not fit associates for youth lads.

Forty dollars and costs was the sentence of Judge Choquet upon the two men, Omer Dufresne and Damase Daigneault, who pleaded guilty in the Court of Sessions yesterday to a charge of keeping a common gambling house on East Notre Dame street, opposite Dominion Park. At first the men had pleaded not guilty in the lower court, but when they appeared before Judge Lanctot yesterday they changed their minds and revised their plea. Thereupon they were sent up to the Court of Sessions for sentence with the result mentioned.

Eli Aubin, alias Eli Robillard, who was arrested in Ottawa last Saturday on charge of carrying a concealed weapons, is wanted here to answer to charges of burglary and forgery. Aubin is only 21 years of age, but Detective-Sergeant Charpentier, who went up to Ottawa to bring him back here, said yesterday he was one of the most daring young fellows the police have had to deal with. Four years ago he was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary for burglary, but after having served a couple of years was allowed out on ticket-of-leave.

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“Woman Spanked Her Neighbor’s Daughter,” Toronto Star. June 23, 1909. Page 14.

Because the Child Wouldn’t Stay Away – Magistrate Ellis Thought it a Pardonable Action.

Before Magistrate Ellis Vendetta Cairo was charged with obstructing the street cars with his buggy. Cairo stated that he did not get off the tracks because a funeral was going along the road, and he couldn’t turn off. His Worship, however, thought that he could have found an opportunity from Wood to Scollard street, on Yonge, if he had looked for it very hard.

He was fined $2 and costs or 10 days.

William Turner is only sixteen, a little boy, really, but he annoyed Joseph H. Arnot’s wife, which was distasteful to Arnot. So he spoke to Turner. Turner responded with a blow, and this cost him $2.35.

Pello Zanella and Frank Joe, were each fined $2 without costs or 10 days for selling refreshments within a hundred yards of Bellwoods Park.

Charlie Jeon sold peanuts within 100 yards of the entrance to a park, and did it two days in succession. He was fined $5 or 10 days.

Mary Smith, very deaf and shaky, denied owning a dog, but said one came around to her place every now and then. It had no license, so his Worship advised her to take it to the police station and get it destroyed.

‘Will you give me a ticket?’ she asked.

‘Just go the station, open the door, and shove the dog in,’ advised the magistrate. 

Mrs. Prudence Launderhue spanked a neighbor’s child. The child was Laura Hogg, and, according to the lady, the girl had come into her yard and bothered her children until she could stand it no longer.

Magistrate Ellis thought that sometimes this course was pardonable, and so adjourned the case until called on.

Albert E. Thurloe has lately become a landlord, and he was so anxious to eject Mrs. Wilhelmina Asher that he laid information of trespass against her on June 12. But this was a number of days before he was really landlord, so his Worship dismissed the case with costs, which meant $2.35 out of the gentleman’s pocket.

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“Police Officer Attacks Witness,” Toronto Star. June 19, 1909. Page 09.

Inspector Archibald Says Things, But Magistrate Ellis Disagrees.

Cases in the Police Court

Street Railway Incidents – The Dog Troubles – Cutting Corners.

‘Cuttin’ catty corners’ was the unusual charge against Thomas Earles in the afternoon Police Court, at least that was the charge he pleaded guilty to. 

A constable said he went around the wrong side of the intersection of Bathurst and College streets.

Magistrate Ellis said that if there had been a lot of vehicles, an automobile or two, and a crowd, such tactics might have resulted in a smash-up but Mr. Earles explained that there wasn’t anybody in sight except the car and a constable.

‘How long have you in Toronto?’ the Magistrate asked.

‘Twenty years,’ was the answer.

‘Then I’ll fine you $1 and costs just to wake you up,’ decided his Worship.

Abraham Pepofski refused to answer to the names of Preposterous and Crackerjack, both of which were tried before the right name came.

He had the kind of dog you have to pay $5 a year license for, and had her without the license.

Her age was seven months, and Mr. Preposterous-Crackerjack-Pepofski was let go on condition that he buy one at once.

A Marvelous Dog.
James Porter got somewhat tangled up over the story of his little dog. It had the necessary age, but not the necessary license, it appears.

‘How old is the dog?’ asked Magistrate Ellis.

‘He’s eight months old, and I don’t own him,’ said Porter. ‘He had a license last year,’ mused his Worship. ‘It will be $1 and costs.’

If George Murray had hurried up a little and got home with his dog tag before the summons against him for not having one had arrived, he might have saved one bone.

But the summons got there first, so he had to divide up with the court clerk.

Talked to a Conductor.
The mere desire to push a man’s face if expressed in language may be expensive.

John Tate, a street car conductor, said that John Daly had called him unusual things because he wanted to collect night fares on a night car.

‘I got on the car before midnight and he never asked for it till afterwards. He hadn’t any night card up when I got in. I never called him those things. I just said I wished I had him off the car for five minutes, that’s all,’ said Daly.

Bellicose remarks come high: this one was construed into disorderly conduct, and the fine was one and costs.

In the Way of Cars.
Philip Caro wasn’t going to hurry up the funderal he was conducting for any old street car that might clang its bell behind him.

Consequences: Police Court summons for obstructing the tracks.

‘Sure I was on the tracks – with a funeral,’ explained Caro.

‘He blocked the tracks from College street to North Toronto, and there were four cars behind him,’ explained Roadmaster Nix.

‘How could I turn out an’ the whole road tore up?’ demanded Caro.

But more witnesses will be heard before, this case off the calendar. More about it next Tuesday.

Fought the Street Railway.
Wallace John Manley put it all over the Street Railway Company, as the saying is. They had him up for not paying his fare on a King Street car.

‘I asked the conductor whether his car went to Oak street, on the other side of Scarbor Beach Park, and he said ‘Yes.’ I got on and went down. The car turned around at Scarboro Beach, and when I saw it was going back I asked for a transfer, and he refused to give me one. I came back down to Church street and reported him in the offices.’

The conductor denied a good deal of this, and stoutly maintained that Manley should have got his transfer where he paid his fare.

‘Oh these conductors don’t need to be like cedar posts,’ said the magistrate. ‘They don’t need to carry out a rigid rule, no matter how much they inconvenience the public. Somebody’s lying, and I don’t know who it is. The case is dismissed.’

Noisy Too Early.
John McLaughlin, William Herbert, William Brown, and Percy Kenyon had a sangerfest, and a cussing bee on Parliament street in the early hours of the morning, according to a policeman. They were the picture of injured innocence in the Police Court.

According to their story, the constable rushed out of a lane in the dark and jumped into their buggy, they being as sober as judges and very quiet.

The magistrate, however, couldn’t imagine a policeman doing anything as strange, and the protesting four were assessed one dollar and costs apiece.

Attacking a Witness.
Chief Inspector Archibald is exceedingly fond of accusing Police Court witnesses of being drunk. That the witness in question has not had a drink at all is a mere detail. The officer frequently has to back down, but he has never been known to apologize.

John Varley was the victim this time. He was the complainant against John Sweet in an alleged assault, and was very nervous.

‘I don’t think the man is in a condition to go on,’ said the Inspector.

‘Are you sober?’ Clerk Webb demanded obediently.

‘Yes,’ said Varley.

‘Do you think you would be a good judge?’ asked the magistrate.

‘I think I’m the best judge,’ Varley replied.

He said that Sweet hit him and knocked him down.

‘If he was in the same condition then that he is now he wouldn’t remember,’ persisted the inspector.

‘I don’t think the man’s been drinking,’ said his Worship, decisively. ‘He’s merely nervous.’

The inspector subsided, and the case was adjourned till Tuesday.

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“Vicious Canines Use Their Teeth,” Toronto Star. June 15, 1909. Page 12.

Several Boys Bitten by Dogs of Different Breeds in the Past Few Days.

Police Court Kept Busy

With Cases in Which People Fight to Save Brutes or Fail to Pay Fees.

Five-year-old Gordon Strachan, Roxborough street, bitten by St. Bernard.

Six-year-old David Pringle, 169 Ontario street, bitten by a collie pup.

Two-year-old Harley Faxton, 206 John street, bitten by a coach dog.

Eight-year-old Ernest Belfry, Brunswick Hotal, bitten by a large collie.

Eight-year-old boy Moore, Oak street, arm lacerated by dog.

This is the somewhat formidable list of lads who have suffered dog bites within the last few days in Toronto. At least three breeds of dogs are involved in these cases, and the youngsters ranged from two to eight years of age. In one case, that of the boy who was bitten on Roxborough Street, the St. Bernard, which attacked him, had already bitten two other children.

Unlicensed Dogs.
Many of the curs which frighten and even attack children do not wear license tags. Shorn of his moustache, Magistrate Ellis appeared in afternoon court yesterday to deal with a list of 70 cases, and of these 21 were charges of keeping an unlicensed canine.

Frex Saxton, who had no lawyer to introduce technicalities, was given twenty-four hours to kill a little collie pup, or pay a fine of $10 and costs or go to jail for 20 days. The pup had bitten six-year-old David Pringle, a son of Mr. Frank Pringle, of 169 Ontario street.

St. Bernard Bit a Boy.
Mr. Herman Nerlich, of 78 Chestnut Park road, was charged with keeping “a vicious dog,” a St. Bernard, which bit Gordon Strachan, who was playing with other boys in a vacant lot in Roxborough street east.

Dr. Riordan testified that there were four wounds in the boy’s thigh and two on each forearm. He thought the dog should be killed at once to find if it had rabies.

‘By an examination of the brain we can tell. If the dog has rabies the boy can be sent at once to the Pasteur Institute; if not, there’s no harm done in destroying a vicious dog anyway. If we wait until rabies develop in the dog, it will be too late to save the child.’

‘Hang a man first, and then see whether he’s guilty or not, eh?’ remarked Mr. W. T. J. Lee, counsel for Mr. Nerlich.

Authorities Differ.
Mr. Lee and Dr. Riordan had a warm tilt over the advisability of killing the dog to ascertain if it had rabies. Dr. Riordan quoting Pasteur in favor of killing, and Mr. Lee quoting Dr. Mackenzie in favor of waiting.

Mr. Lee called Dr. Fred Morphy, who said he had studied under Dr. Mackenzie, and had gone to England, Paris, Heidelberg, and Berlin to study. Morphy said the dog shouldn’t be killed. He now has the dog, and is watching him, and there is no sign of rabies.

‘But if the dog is left for two or three weeks and rabies develops what chance has the child?’ inquired counsel of the witness.

‘I’m not treating the child,’ was the doctor’s reply.

They Wanted It Killed.
‘I have a petition here, signed by twenty-five residents of the neighborhood,’ said Mr. Kingston, offering the paper, ‘and it states that in their opinion the neighborhood would be better off if the dog were gotten rid of.’

‘That’s not evidence. I could get a petition up in twenty-four hours to hang you.’

‘And it wouldn’t take long to get one up to hang you,’ retorted Mr. Kingston.

The father’s counsel strengthened his case by producing two other little boys who had been bitten by the dog.

Several witnesses said the dog was a quiet one, and the case was adjourned for a week to see if the boy’s parents and Mr. Nerlich could reach an agreement.

‘I am satisfied that the dog is not fit to be at large,’ declared the Magistrate, ‘but under the present law I cannot enforce any order to destroy it. I can only make an order and inflict a fine if the order is not obeyed. As Mr. Nerlich would pay the fine, we would gain nothing by that.’

Mr. Strachan said he did not want to have Mr. Nerlich fined. He wanted the dog destroyed so that its brain could be examined.

The final decision was to keep the dog in hospital for awhile, or muzzle it if allowed on the street at all.

Another Vicious Attack
In addition to the case of Ernest Belfry, who was reported yesterday as bitten by a big collie, Harley Faxton of 206 John street, was badly lacerated by a coach dog with which he was playing at his home. He is the two year-old son of Mr. Heber Faxton. The child had put his arm around the dog’s neck in play, and was going to kiss it. It turned viciously and bit him in the face, making three deep gashes one three inches long. One fang laid bare the bone, another went right through the cheek. The mother beat off the dog, and carried her baby to a nearby drug store, where the wounds were cauterized. Later the boy was removed to the Sick Children’s Hospital. There is not thought to be any danger of rabies in this case. The dog was allowed to live.

A lad by the name of Moore, living on Oak street, was bitten by a dog on Sackville street last night, but his sleeve saved him, and he was only slightly lacerated.

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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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“Battered Up Wife With Stove Poker,” Toronto Star. June 4, 1909. Page 03.

Charles Morris Went Home Drunk and Hammered Her All Over Head.


Came While Woman Was Being Chocked – Prisoner Remanded for Sentence.

Willis street, formerly known as Sheppard lane, which runs west from Bathurst street, just north of Queen street, was the scene of a brutal wife-beating case last night. As the result, Mrs. Charles Morris is in the Western Hospital with seven deep gashes in her head and a badly bruised face.

The row began when Morris went home last night under the influence of liquor. It seems he got into an argument with his wife, and commenced to punch her face. Mrs. Morris is a rather strong person, and was able to successfully resist his attacks for a time, but eventually he picked up a poker and attempted to subdue her with that. The neighbors heard the woman screaming, but were afraid to interfere. Somebody notified Police Constable Young, who came along just as the drunken husband was attempting to choke his wife. The woman was lying in a pool of her own blood.

The constable quickly overpowered the man and took him away to the station. The injured woman was attended by Dr. Killoran, whom an excited neighbor had summoned, and was later removed to the hospital. In addition to the gashes, which required 17 stitches, the woman is suffering from the effects of a brutal blow in the face.

Morris was arraigned in the Police Court this morning on a charge of ‘wounding with intent to maim, disfigure, and abuse.’

‘I plead guilty, your Worship,’ said the prisoner.

Crown Attorney Corley said it was a pretty serious case. He suggested a remand till the 7th of June for sentence.

Morris was accordingly remanded till that date.

The neighbors say that Morris would have beaten his wife to death but for the timely arrival of Policeman Young, who was notified of the trouble by a little girl.

The Morris’ have two children, who were at a house on Brookfield street when the trouble occurred.

On the way to the station Morris said that his wife wouldn’t give him any supper. The constable says supper was on the table, all ready for the husband.

The doctors at the hospital said the woman was progressing as well as could be expected. The instruments with which the husband did the beating was of the crank handle shaker variety. It was heavy, and caused fearful wounds.

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“Three Years in Prison,” Toronto Globe. June 4, 1914. Page 02.

“Wilfrid Cameron, eighteen years of age, was this morning sentenced by Police Magistrate Jelfe to three years in Kingston Penitentiary. With Thomas O’Rourke, who was allowed to go, he had been found guilty of breaking into the pavillion at Dundurn Park and stealing some tobacco. He had been before the court before.”

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“Three Years in ‘Pen’ For Stealing Auto,” Toronto Globe. June 1, 1915. Page 07.

Epidemic of Thieving Disposed Of In Police Court.

Herbert B. Jurgins, who was arrested on Sunday for stealing an automobile belonging to Mr. John Peace, 20 McMaster avenue, was yesterday sentenced by Magistrate Denison in the Police Court to three years in Kingston Penitentiary. In addition to the charge of stealing a motor car, he was charged with attempted robbery and with carrying a loaded revolver. When Constable Thompson arrested him Jurgins had in his pocket a loaded revolver, which he tried to pull out as the policeman was taking him into the Yonge Street Police Station. Jurgins had a previous bad record and was out on suspended sentence with a bond for good behaviour.

Two boys, Joseph Clark and Norman Cooper, who stole an auto from in front of Jarvis Street Baptist Church on Sunday night and led the police a long chase up to Davisville, appeared in the Juvenile Court and were fined $5 each. The car belonging to Mr. Lundy, 30 Lipton Boulevard.

Joseph Shields, who appeared yesterday in Police Court also charged with stealing an automobile, on Saturday morning, was able to prove and alibi and let go on that charge. On another charge of furious driving he was remanded until Friday on giving $100 ball.

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“Man Seeking Deportation Gets Two Years In Prison,” Toronto Globe. May 19, 1914. Page 9.

Englishman Broke Three of Eaton’s Windows and Is Disappointed Now.

Two years in the Kingston Penitentiary was the senetnce given to Thomas Ward, the Englishman who smashed three of the big windows in the Eaton store Saturday night, by Magistrate Denison yesterday. He wanted to be deported, but was somewhat disappointed when he was sentenced, as his trip home is farther off than ever. Ward appeared in the Police Court Saturday morning on a charge of vagrancy, but was allowed to go. The sentence was the most severe that could be imposed.

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“Given Four Years,” Kingston Daily Standard. May 9, 1912. Page 08.

Belleville Youth Gets Heavy Term For Burglary.

The boy, Joseph Foley, aged sixteen years, who was convicted on his plea of guilty of burglarizing the house of his employer, Mr. Grass, in Thurlow, on April 30th, and stealing an open-faced watch and some money appeared before Magistrate Masson, Belleville, Wednesday morning, and was given four years in the Portsmouth Penitentiary.

His Worship had asked the youth if he had anything so say, to which the answer was given that he had not. The prisoner had been before the court several times in the last few months.

The boy is a small, sullen sort of chap. The term did not seem to affect him much. One big tear was seen on his right cheek as he sat down.

This is the heaviest sentence that has been passed in the Belleville police court in over eighteen months….

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“Three Years for Youth,” Toronto Globe. April 30, 1914. Page 08.

William Redsell Pleads Guilty of Housebreaking.

In the Police Court yesterday morning William Redsell was given a heavy sentence of three years in the Kingston Penitentiary. Redsell, who is only 17 years old, his two companions, Isaac Levine and Samuel Stein, both 13 years of age, were charged with housebreaking. Redsell pleaded guilty. His two companions were remanded for a week in the Shelter by the Juvenile Court Commissioner.

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